Re: Introductions and question from the ancestor of Louis Balard d'ausson dit Latour
Hi Tom. Welcome to the website, and the world of amateur genealogists. We at SFRSC agree that family history research is great fun, and can be very exciting (and frustrating at times).
Your may already know the following about your ancestor and his arrival as a Carignan soldier, but just in case, here's some more info (c/o our researcher, Bill):
"Louis Balard dit Latour d’Ausson was indeed a soldier in the Des Portes Company of the Carignan-Salières Regiment. He left France with his company on the ship Le Saint Sebastian, from the port of La Rochelle on May 24, 1665 and arrived in Quebec on September 12, 1665. This was the same ship that carried the new Gov. Courcelle and the intendant Jean Talon. It was a three and a half month journey and most of the men arrived in an ill state with a communicable disease, and most had to be helped from the ship and spend some time in the Hotel Dieu. Your ancestor was one of the lucky ones who survived this long journey and the illness that killed several of his fellow soldiers."
The discrepancy in names is common from this period of time (e.g. re his parents, Pierre Balard and Sébastienne Bilin), due to the poor literacy rate of that era (and the fact that record keeping for the average person was a new concept of the 17th century). An accepted spelling of surnames was established for French Canada (see René Jetté's "Dictionnaire..." (1983), the PRDH), which is what you found (compared to the spelling in the actual record - it's hard to call it a mispelling, as in those days, they were trying to figure out how to spell it).
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