The St-Arnaud Ancestral Farm
in Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan


The Ancestral Farm

After his marriage to Gabrielle Baribeau on 3 June 1697, our ancestor Paul Bertrand dit St-Arnaud occupies a piece of land on the North shore of the Batiscan river in Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan. The following summer, he purchases the farm for 300 pounds. In his book Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan, E.Z. Massicotte has a map of the ancestral farm of the 51 pioneers of Ste-Geneviève (1685-1720) which includes the farm of our ancestor as #34. This map is based on the 1709 Catalogne map.

The ancestral farm is now occupied by two descendants of the ancestor, Raymond and Laure St Arnaud, unmarried children of François St-Arnaud and Rachel Massicotte.


Ancestral Farm

Ancestral House

François St-Arnaud (1892-1997) and Rachel Massicotte (1899-1976)
Married 9 Jan 1924 in Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Ancestry of François

All pictures courtesy of Yolande St-Arneault

Locating the Ancestral Farm

I was told that Autoroute 40 from Montréal to Québec (Autoroute Felix Leclerc) passes on a portion of the ancestral farm. The top-left picture was taken from the Autoroute 40 bridge as it crosses the Batiscan river (looking North-East). With this information, you can pretty much figure out the exact location of the farm on this mapquest-map. The red star on the map represents Batiscan and the farm would be right under the letter G in Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan. A more detailed map shows how the secondary road that passes in front of the house is on the North side of the Batiscan river. On this map, the red dot marks the location of the farm.

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Last modified by Jacques L'Heureux on
May 10, 2003