Genealogy Hedgecoe-McKenna

Maybe the Universe is trying to tell us something…

Posting Member: Jenn
Topic: Finding Irish
Family Name Associations: O’Brenan, O’Brennan, Aubry, Aubrenan, Saguirou,
Location: Home
Mood: Okay but for my super sore wrist!

Well, we’d moved on.  Basically, we can’t seem to wrap our minds around the Saugirou question of adoption any more to progress.  Jake and Mark both seem to think Jean Baptiste might have been adopted, but there’s no proof for Joseph at all.
So, in the tradition of being stuck, we looked for something else to work on.

A bit of a surprise happened as I was plugging along through Tanguay’s Dictionary…  While trying to find the ancestors of Suzanne Lecompte I discovered someone absolutely intriguing.  Tec Cornelius Aubrenan.  Who’s actual name was most likely Tadhg O’Brennan!  The first Irishman in Canada, and we can claim him as our forefather.  I was quite impressed!
We can add Kilkenny onto our Irish list of places that have to be visited!

I found these really fun sources as well, so I’m adding them in here…  In case anyone else would like to read about Mister O’Brennan!

Charlevoix – Blogue de la Nouvelle-France

Tec Cornelius Aubrenan: The first Irish-born Immigrant in Canada


Most likely the first Irish immigrant to North America, Tadhg was recorded in Montreal in the 1660s working as a farmhand, he also trapped and traded furs.  He was captured by Iroquois and held for seven months.

Tadhg married Jeanne Chartier, Fille du Roi from Paris in 1670.  They settled into farm life in Pointe-aux-Trembles near Montreal and had 7 children.  We descend from Marie Therese and her husband Jean Capel dit Desjardins.

Everything was progressing smoothly, I’d actually made progress today that I was quite proud to share with everyone else…  Right up until I found Marie Therese’s birth certificate.  It happens to be on the exact same page as Jean Baptiste Saguriou’s!

A Universal sign maybe???  What could we possibly be missing?!

Always one for making things pretty, Jenn is our resident artist. Métis, British Home Child Descendant, family historian and genealogist, she is always looking into some new branch of research and encourages historical preservation and education.

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