Title: Jette, Rene et al: Dictionnaire Genealogique
Title: Champlain, Quebec--Notre Dame de la Visitation Parish Records (LDS microfilm)
Note: According to "Histoire des Desilets" (Roger Cloutier), quoting Trudels's Catalogue des immigrants 1632-1662, and translated from the French (sort of) by Weston Richards, noted French scholar, Antoine Desrosiers probably came to "New France" about 1641 from France. There were two fleets that arrived in Quebec that year, one was the "annual fleet" in June 1641 and a navy fleet in August 1641. A total of about 100 passengers came ashore, including 57 immigrants. He probably was one of them. According to the book, the ships were very small, the voyage long and uncomfortable, taking two months or more on the average, depending on the winds. The food was poor and monotonous and water was scarce. About 10% of the passengers died en route.
The first mention of him is when he attended a baptism in Sillery, Quebec, on Jan. 10, 1642. His family must have had some stature in France as he was able to read and write and even had a small library--very unusual in those days! He was first employed by the Jesuits in Sillery. He soon was granted land near Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers), Quebec, and built a home there. With a partner, he had a fortress built at Trois-Rivieres. Over the years, he obtained a number of other land concessions in the Quebec area, and must have been considered well-to-do for the times.
Life in Old France could be very dangerous as it was a huge area with very few settlers. It was menaced by hostile Indian tribes, especially the Iroquois. In 1659, on the 26th of May, Antoine Desrosiers, then 42 years of age and the father of four young children, was captured by the Iroquois. He was with two companions on Lake St. Pierre. All three of them were tortured but he survived and escaped while on Lake Ontario after eleven weeks of captivity. It does not say what happed to his two companions.
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