Davids of New France

Magdeleine David 

Québec City, Acadie or the Fortress of Louisbourg


Magdeleine David, 1st daughter and 3rd child of Jean Pierre David and Marie Magdelaine Monmellian was born about 1721. The exact date and place of Magdeleine's birth is unknown at this time. However, a primary source burial record, archived at the Archives Canada France and the Archives Nationale de France, which documents her date of burial on 9 February 1733 at the age of 12, coincides with her approximate birth year.

As for her place of birth, Magdeleine was born somewhere between Québec City, Acadie and the Fortress of Louisbourg on Île Royale.

Vue Port Québec 1720

Very little is known of Magdeleine's brief life for only 1 primary source record, her burial record in 1733, has been uncovered which lists her name. Magdeleine's name is also listed within 2 Fortress of Louisbourg secondary source abstract documents, a Family Reconstitution File and a Historical Memoranda of her father, Jean David. In addition, the Louisbourg 1724 and 1726 Census records indirectly indicate her presence in Louisbourg for those years.

Fortress of Louisbourg, Île Royale, Nouvelle France

1721 to 1732

The Louisbourg 1724 Census Magdeleine's presence in Louisbourg is indirectly recorded in the Louisbourg 1724 Census which lists her father, Jean David dit Saint Michel of Nantes, a blacksmith, a wife, Marie Magdelaine Monmellian, 3 sons under 15, Pierre, Michel and Jean Jacques and 2 daughters, Magdeleine and Marie Josephe.

Louisbourg 1724 Census

The Louisbourg 1726 Census

In addition, the Louisbourg 1726 Census which also indirectly includes Pierre continues to coincide with the Louisbourg 1724 Census with the addition of Magdeleine's brother, Jean Baptiste David, to the Jean Pierre and Marie Magdelaine's family on 23 July 1725.

Louisbourg 1726 Census

1732 to 1733

The Louisbourg Smallpox Epidemic of 1732 and 1733

During 1732 and 1733, a smallpox epidemic sweep through Louisbourg causing the deaths of 151 inhabitants. It is said to have been carried to Louisbourg on the King's ship Les Rubis. There is the possibility that this smallpox epidemic was the reason for additional great sorrows within this David family.


The Death of Magdeleine David

On 09 February 1733, Magdeleine died at the young age of 12. She was buried in the cemetery of the Church Convent and Parish of Louisbourg. Fre Zacharie Caradec (Recoleta Vicar General, Commissioner of the missions, Parish Priest of Louisbourg presided at her burial.

Burial Record of Magdeleine David - 09 February 1733

Besides what is recorded here, nothing else has yet been uncovered that tell of other life story events during the infant and adolescent years of Magdeleine David.

The Only Recorded Baptismal Name of Jean Pierre David

The excerpt from Magdeleine's burial record below, ".....fille de Pierre David dit St Michel et de Marie Magdelaine Monmillon....." is of significant importance for it is the only known recording of Jean's given baptismal name, Pierre.

Excerpt of the Burial Record of Magdeleine David - 09 February 1733


Other Compiled Abstracts

Magdeleine's documented presence in Louisbourg is recorded in a Family Reconstitution File of her father, Jean David, which is archived at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada. This Family Reconstitution File was abstracted and compiled from primary source documents archived at the Archives of Canadian and the Archives Nationale.

Further documented evidence which notates Magdeleine in Louisbourg during this period has been extracted and compiled from primary source documents into the Fortress of Louisbourg Historical Memoranda Series 1964 to Present H F 25 1989 titled Jean Pierre David dit Saint Michel: Blacksmith authored by Eric Krause of Krause House Info-Research Solutions.


Other Recorded Events






History of Updates

The following chronological history of updates document the changes that have been made to this ancestorial life story and the date those changes were made by the author.

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