Mathurin Landry: Father of Guillaume Landry, The First Landry in New France

Early History

I have been able to document my Landry family all the way back to Mathurin Landry, born in 1595 in the parish of St, Germain de Neuilly-sur-Eure, a village in the Department of Orne, in the Perche region of Normandy. Mathurin married Damiane Desavis on November 8, 1620 in La Ventrouze, Mortagne, Perche, France. They had four children, Guillaume, Sébastienne, Robert and Jean. The first three were born in La Ventrouze, the fourth in Tourouvre also in Perche, France. Mathurin, master-tailor, may have come to Canada sometime around 1643 in the employ of the Jesuits. There is evidence in the registers of Trois-Rivières that he was the sponsor or godfather at the baptism of two Amerindians July 16, 1643 administered by Father jean de Brébeuf. He returned to France in 1643. He returned to France in the fall of 1643.

Guillaume Landry

Mathurin's son, Guillaume, came to settle in New France as one of the earliest pioneers of New France in 1653. He married Gabrielle Barré in 1659 in Notre-Dame Church in Québec City. Guillaume was given a concession in the parish of Ste. Famille in the seigniory of Orléans on L'Isle d'Orléans near Québec City. He and Gabrielle were among the first settlers in the parish of Sainte Famille. Guillaume and Gabrielle had three children.


Guillaume Landry & Gabrielle Barré Marriage Record
Marriage of the first Landry in New France

Children of Guillaume Landry & Gabrielle Barré

Marguerite was born in 1860. She married Esprit Carbonneau on November 26, 1672 at Ste. Famille. They had ten children and at least sixty-three grandchildren. Claude was born on July 19, 1662. He married Angélique Verieu on August 17, 1688 at Ste. Famille They had thirteen children and seventy-eight grandchildren. Barthelemi was born on April 12, 1866 at Ste. Famille. He died in October 12, 1688 and was buried the next day.

The Death of Guillaume Landry & Gabrielle Barré

Gabrielle died at the age of sixty on July 4, 1688, shortly after the death of her son Barthelemi. She was buried at Ste. Famille. Guillaume decided to to live with his daughter, Marguerite. He gave half of his farm to Marguerite and the other half to his son, Claude. On January 8, 1689, Guillaume passed away at the age of sixty-three.

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Ste. Famille Church on l'Ile d'Orléans

Ste. Famille

Ste. Famille Church
The church on l'Ile d'Orléans where Guillaume and Gabrielle were buried.
Source: The Répertoire du patrimoine culturel de Québec; Originally from @ Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

The Landry Family Today

Over time, the Landry's moved from L'Isle d'Orléans into the Beauce regions south of Québec City and gradually spread out over the whole of Lower Canada (now Québec). In the mid and late 1800's, French Canadians in large numbers moved to the New England states for economic reasons. Today, Landry's can be found throughout Canada & the United States.

By the mid-1700's, my direct line which descends through Guillaume's son, Claude, can be found in St. Eustache, just west and north of Montréal in what is now know as Mirabel. My great-grandfather, Théodule Landry, his parents and siblings came to Ottawa, Ontario in the mid-1800's. This branch of the family has remained in this region ever since.

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Perche is the region from which the Guillaume Landry emigrated. Learn about Perche at the website.


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Théodule Landry was my great-grandfather.


1. Much of the information on this page is taken from the publication Nos ancêtres: biographies d'ancêtres, Volume 11, Collection Nos ancêtres by Gérard Lebal. Publisher: Revue Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, 1990.