Perche,
 region of emigration to Quebec in the 17th century
Perche, region of emigration
to Quebec in the 17th century
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 region of emigration to Quebec in the 17th century Genealogy

Julien Fortin dit Bellefontaine (1621 Notre-Dame-de-Vair - ~ 1690 Canada), the French ancestor of Madonna

Descendants   From Saint-Cosme to Bay City From Saint-Cosme to Repentigny Jack Kerouac Family link between Julien Fortin and Ryan Gosling

Julien Fortin was christened on February 9, 1621 in the parish of Notre-Dame-de-Vair (now attached to the municipality of Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais, Sarthe, France), on the edge of Perche. His father, also named Julien who worked as a butcher, married Marie Lavie in the same parish on November 26, 1619.


Julien Fortin's baptism record of February 9, 1621 - Parish registers of Notre-Dame-de-Vair
source: Sarthe archives

Julien Junior, who had a sister and three brothers, lost his mother when he was seven. His maternal grandfather, Gervais Lavie, was the owner of the "Auberge du Cheval Blanc", where the surgeon and apothecary Robert Giffard from Mortagne-au-Perche recruited candidates to settle in New France. When he was thirteen, Julien developed a passion for this adventure.

Inauguration of the Julien Fortin monument

On July 4, 2015, l’Association des Fortin d'Amérique paid tribute to Julien Fortin and Genevieve Gamache, ancestors of thousands of descendants, for their courage to brave the harsh living conditions in New France. The monument is erected on the ancestral land located at 765, chemin du Cap-Tourmente in St-Joachim (Quebec).

Giffard described Quebec as the Garden of Eden, a land where milk and honey flow but he omitted to mention the bloody battles against the Iroquois and the English. When Robert Giffard came back sixteen years later, he convinced several Percherons to migrate to New France.

Julien Fortin, 29 years old, was one of them. In 1650, he sailed from the port of Dieppe with several companions and arrived three months later in Quebec after a perilous crossing. The group included Simon Rocheron and his sister Marie, aged 15, Antoine Rouillard (carpenter), Claude Bouchard (tailor), Martin Boullard, Pierre Mauffay, Simon Lereau and others.

On December 26, 1650, he received a concession at Petit Cap from Olivier Le Tardif, like Claude Bouchard, Louis and Pierre Gagne. This is where he spent the rest of his life with his wife Genevieve Gamache.

Two years later, Julien Fortin decided to found a family with a pretty peasant girl of fourteen years his junior. Genevieve Gamache dit Lamarre, baptized on October 3, 1636 in Saint-Illiers-la-Ville, a small village in the diocese of Chartres (France), is the daughter of Nicolas Gamache dit Lamarre and Jacqueline Cadot and the sister of the pioneer Nicolas Gamache, Lord of the Islet.

On November 11, 1652, the marriage is celebrated in the chapel Cap-Tourmente in Saint-Joachim de Montmorency by the Father Paul Ragneau, Jesuit superior and grand vicar of the archbishopric of Rouen. However, the marriage record is mentioned in the parish registers of Notre-Dame de Quebec.


Julien Fortin and Genevieve Gamache's marriage record of Novembre 11, 1652
Parish registers of Notre-Dame-de-Quebec
source: collection Drouin

"Le 11 de nov. 1652 apres publication faite de deux bans le 28 d'oct. e le 3 de nov e dispense obtenue du 3e ne s'estant trouve aucun empêschement le r.p. paul ragueneau Super. des Missions de la Compie de Jesus en ce pays e grand Vicaire de Monseign l'archv. de rouen a interroge Julien fortin fils e heritier de Julien e de defuncte marie La vie de la paroisse de Nre Dame le verd Evesche du Mans d'une part : et genevieve Gamache fille de Nicolas gamache dit La marre e de Jacqueline Cadot de la paroisse de St-Illier la ville, Evesche de Chartres en beausse d'autre part, lesquels ayant donne leur mutuel consentement par parole de present il a solennnellement maries disant la messe au Cap de Tourmente en presence de tesmoins connus, le Sr le Tardif, Louys Gangner, Claude Auber."


Madonna talks about her French direct ancestor, Julien Fortin,
in the TV show "La chanson numero 1"
broadcasted on France 2, June 8 2003
On August 23, 1657, Julien Fortin, Sieur de Bellefontaine, bought his share of "La Compagnie de Beaupre" for 700 pounds from Jean Lauzon. He even acquired a little place on the Island of Orleans in exchange for beavers, a spot that he resold in 1662 to the Bishop of Laval, making a profit. In 1659, he received a grant of 6 acres in Cape Tourmente (St. Joachim), on the riverside. This area was formerly known as "La Cote Fortin" (The Fortin Coast). Julien also owned land in "La Petite Riviere Saint-François", in Charlevoix. The 1667 census reveals that Julien Fortin lived in Saint-Joachim, employing 2 domestics and had 8 acres of cleared land, a barn and 7 animals.

But the Iroquois terror hung over the region of Cap-Tourmente. An interesting fact: On October 6, 1661, Julien Fortin testified in court the looting of the farms of Jean Picard, the widow Caron and Claude Bouchard by the Iroquois. He also described the massacre of six people including Louis Guimond. Julien Fortin's family took refuge away from Chateau-Richer. However, Julien Fortin business continued to grow and he made many transactions with Claude Bouchard.

The prosperous colon is also famous for his gifts, especially after the miraculous healing of his daughter Barbara when afflicted with pleurisy. On August 18, 1680, he donated to the churches of Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation of Chateau-Richer and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre a "land and a house with a bakery in Chateau-Richer.

He founded a large family with twelve children. Despite the loss of many children in the prime of life because of epidemics of the time (fever, scarlet fever, measles, smallpox, etc.), four sons continued Fortin and Bellefontaine names: Eustache, Jacques, Joseph and Pierre.

Julien Fortin died between June 18, 1689 - he is the godfather of his granddaughter Marie Gagnon christened this day - and April 16, 1690, day of the wedding of his daughter Barbara with Pierre Lessard - Julien is said deceased. Contrary to what is stated in some books and on websites, Julien did not die on August 10, 1692. It is another Bellefontaine who died on this date at the Hotel-Dieu de Quebec.

Genevieve Gamache finished her life with their son, Charles Fortin, at l'Islet. She was buried on November 5, 1709 in Notre-Dame de Bonsecours at L'Islet.

On December 31, 1729, Julien Fortin had 364 descendants, which ranks him at the 56th position among the pioneers in Canada.

The singer Madonna, born on August 16, 1958, is a descendant of Julien Fortin through her mother who was named Madonna Fortin.


Family link with Madonna


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FORTIN Simon (1575-1617)
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FORTIN Julien ((e) 1599-1679)
LAVYE Marie (1601-1628)
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FORTIN Julien dit Bellefontaine (1621 Notre-Dame-de-Vair - ~1690)
GAMACHE Genevieve (1636 Saint-Illiers-la-Ville - 1709 Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours L'Islet)
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FORTIN Eustache ( ~1658-1736)
CLOUTIER Louise (1676-)
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FORTIN Louis (1711-1788)
BLANCHET Marie Françoise (1709-1753)
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FORTIN François (~1750-1780)
DANDURAND Marie Louise (1744-)
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FORTIN Genevieve (~1780-)
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FORTIN Charles Thomas (1656-1735)
CLOUTIER Xainte (~1661-1725)
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FORTIN Louis (1690-1749)
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1st marriage
BOSSE Marie Anne (1693-1734)
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FORTIN Claude Joseph (~ 1712-1799)
METHOT Marie Jeanne (1724-1789)
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FORTIN Joseph Romain (~ 1750-)
DELISLE Marie Louise (~ 1755-)
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FORTIN Joseph (1774-)
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2nd marriage
LANGELIER Marie Madeleine (1707-)
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FORTIN Augustin Magloire (1739-1800)
THIBAULT Marie Judith (1755-)
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FORTIN Augustin (~ 1785-)
GAUDREAU Marie-Euphrosine (1788-)
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FORTIN Narcisse (~1825-)
RIOUX Felecite (~1820-)
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FORTIN Narcisse (1860-1903)
LAJOIE Rose (1869-)
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FORTIN Willard (1903-1959)
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FORTIN François (~ 1810-< 1855)
BLIER Marie Victoire (1814-)
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FORTIN Henri Nazaire (1840->1900)
DANIEL Emilie (1845-1906)
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FORTIN Henri Guillaume (1867-~1920)
DEMERS Marie-Louise (1875-1929)
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FORTIN Elsie Mae (1911-2011)
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FORTIN Madonna Louise (1932-1963)
Madonna Fortin Ciccone's grave
Madonna's mother grave
at Calvary Cemetery
and Mausoleum
Bay City (Michigan, USA)
CICCONE Silvio Anthony (1931-)
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CICCONE Madonna Veronica Louise (1958)
Madonna, from France to Michigan


Family link with Celine Dion

FORTIN N... (-)
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FORTIN Simon (1575-1617)
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FORTIN Julien ((e) 1599-1679)
LAVYE Marie (1601-1628)
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FORTIN Julien dit Bellefontaine (1621 Notre-Dame-de-Vair - ~1690)
GAMACHE Genevieve (1636 Saint-Illiers-la-Ville - 1709 Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours L'Islet)
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FORTIN Eustache (~ 1658-1736)
CLOUTIER Louise (1676-)
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FORTIN Charles Thomas (1656-1735)
CLOUTIER Xainte (~1661-1725)
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FORTIN Marie Elisabeth (1695-1733)
GUIMOND François (1690-)
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GUIMOND Claude Joseph (1715-)
MORNEAU Marie Salomee (1729-)
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GUIMOND Marie Salomee (1752-)
BERNIER Pierre Basile Louis (1749-)
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BERNIER Yvonne Modeste (1776-)
DION Joseph (1781-)
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DION Joseph (~ 1810-)
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FORTIN Marie Claire (1716-)
BERNIER Jean Baptiste (1710-)
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BERNIER Marie Josephte (1736-)
MERCIER Joseph Pascal (1730-< 1793)
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MERCIER Marie Claire (1777-)
LACHAUME Jean François (1779-)
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LACHAUME Monique (~ 1807-1891)
LeVESQUE Georges (1815-1891)
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LeVESQUE Jean (1846-1924)
VALLeE Marguerite (~ 1848-)
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LeVESQUE Esther (1871-1934)
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FORTIN Philippe (1706-)
RICHARD Marie Genevieve (1715-)
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FORTIN Marie Victoire (1748-)
CHESNEL Louis (-)
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CHESNEL François (-)
BOULET Elizabeth (1790-1833)
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CHESNEL Julie (~ 1813-)
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DION Joseph-Adelard (~ 1845-1905)
LeTOURNEAU Marcelline (1845-1922)
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DION Adhelard (1868-1940)
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DION Charles Edouard (1895-1957)
BARRIAULT Marie Ernestine (1904-1980)
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DION Adhemar (1923-2003)
TANGUAY Therese (1927)
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DION Celine (1968)
From Saint-Cosme to Repentigny


Family link with Jack Kerouac


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FORTIN Simon (1575-1617)
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FORTIN Julien ((e) 1599-1679)
LAVYE Marie (1601-1628)
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FORTIN Julien dit Bellefontaine (1621 Notre-Dame-de-Vair - ~1690)
GAMACHE Geneviève (1636 Saint-Illiers-la-Ville - 1709 Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours L'Islet)
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FORTIN Charles Thomas (1656-1735)
CLOUTIER Marie Sainte (~1661-1725)
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FORTIN Marie Geneviève (1686-1763)
LEMIEUX Louis (1683-)
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LEMIEUX Louis (1707-)
GAMACHE Marie Louise (1716-1782)
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LEMIEUX Reine Ursule (1743-)
GUIMOND Jean Charles Gabriel (1739-)
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GUIMOND Marie Ursule (1765-1820)
LE BRIS KEROUAC Simon Alexandre (-1823)
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LE BRIS KEROUAC François (1791-)
CHOUINARD Marie Marcelline
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KEROUAC Edouard
MALENFANT Marie Séverine
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KIROUACK Jean-Baptiste
BERNIER Clémentine (1849-)
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KEROACK Léo-Alcide (1889-1946)
LEVESQUE Gabrielle-Ange (1895-1972)
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KIROUAC Jean Louis
dit KEROUAC Jack (1922-1969)

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