came from Brittany, France, to settle in New France (Nouvelle-France). They
are named Jean, Guillaume and Nicolas.
Jean Tanguy, a native of Ploudiry, in Finistère
department, near the city of Brest in Brittany, was baptized on May 13,
1662. Son of Yves, his mother was Margarite Abgrall. His nickname was La
Navette (The Shuttle). He probably was a soldier when he came to La
Nouvelle-France. Documents show that Jean and Marie Brochu, his future wife,
signed their marriage contract on January 24th 1692, at
Saint-Jean de l’Île d’Orléans. The notary was Étienne Jacob. Father Erbery,
a missionary, celebrated their marriage, on the following February the 6th
in the same parish. They lived with Marie’s family for a while, at the same
place. Their first son, Jacques, died at an early age. Their second one was
born in May of 1694, in the Seigniory de la Durantaye, to be known later on
as Saint-Vallier-de-Bellechasse. They lived on a farm given to them by
Marie’s parents. Eleven other children will come to
life: Jean-Baptiste, Marie-Anne, Jacques, Isabelle, Élisabeth, René,
Jean-François, André, twins Marie and Anne-Françoise, and Marie-Françoise.
The older one, Jean-Baptiste, had 11 children in
two marriages. Jacques had 13 children in three marriages. René had 14 ones
in two marriages, Jean-François and his wife had 11 children. Jean Tanguy
died on the 24th of August, 1744, at
Saint-Vallier-de-Bellechasse, and his wife Marie, on February the 5th,
1753. They are buried in the local cemetery. The vast majority of Tanguays
are descendants of this couple.
Guillaume Tanguy, nicknamed Sansoucy, was born and
baptized in Plouëc-du-Trieux, on June 3rd , 1713. He is the son
of Pierre and Marie Quinart, from Plouëc, in the bishopric of Tréguier,
Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany. He married Catherine Berthiaume, daughter of Pierre
and Catherine Fauteux, on September 23rd, 1748. in L’Ancienne-Lorette,
Québec. They had only one son, Michel. From his second marriage, with Agathe
Bossu, daughter of Joseph Bossu dit Lionnais et de Marie-Louise Aide dite
Créguy, they had two sons and a stillborn infant. Apparently, Guillaume does
not have any descendant.
Nicolas Tanguay was baptized in Yvignac, on July 17,
1730, in the bishopric of Saint-Malo, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany. He is the son
of Pierre and Thomasse Du Four. He married Anne Woel, Louis Messer’s widow,
in Acadia. Later, Nicolas settled in the Bellechasse area, probably during
the Acadian deportation. This family branch lived mainly in the Lower
St.Laurent region, on North Shore and the Eastern Townships of Québec.
However, other family members can also be found elsewhere in the province.
Nicolas and his wife, Anne, had seven children: Marie-Anne, Pierre,
Marie-Marthe, André-Nicolas, François-Marie, Nicolas, and Marie-Élisabeth.
Their first child was baptized on August 15, 1756, in Notre-Dame-de-Québec.
Four children were married: Nicolas, with Geneviève Lapierre, on May 21,
1787, in Saint-Vallier; André, with Marie-Anne Marcoux, on January 11, 1791,
in Berthier-sur-Mer, Élisabeth with Pierre Carbonneau, on October 16, 1792,
in Berthier-sur-Mer and finally, Ursule, with Jacques Beaudoin, on August
the 4th, 1804, also in Berthier-sur-Mer,