Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Etienne Desbien – Marie Campeau

Etienne Debien is my immigrant ancestor of the Desbiens line, my eighth great-grandfather.

Etienne Debien was born in 1648 in Moulisme, Poitiers, France and came to New France in the 17th century. On Jan. 2, 1691 he married the Montreal-born Marie Campeau, daughter of Etienne Campeau and Catherine Paolo who came from LaRochelle, France. She was the recent widow of Nicholas Pilieur.
Marie Campeau had four children with Nicholas Pilieur: Jean, born in 1686, Nicholas and Marie, born & died in 1687 and Etienne, born in 1690.

Etienne Debien and Marie Campeau had the following children:

Etienne, born in 1691, Francois, born in 1693, Michel, born in 1695, Antoine, born in 1697, Joseph, born in 1699, died in 1722, Marie-Josette, born in 1700, died in 1703, Marie-Anne, born in 1702, died in 1703, and Jean-Baptiste, born in 1704.

Marie Campeau baptism 1665

Etienne Debien – Marie Campeau marriage 1691

Etienne Debien death

After Etienne’s death Marie Campeau remarried to Julien Perusie dit Baguete in 1710.

Marie Campeau death

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My Brick Walls – Maria ? married to John Freisman

I am researching my great-grandmother’s family and I have an enormous brick wall as far as her mother, Marie, who was born in Quebec about 1780 . She married John Freisman and they had one child in Quebec before coming to Niagara. If the censuses are correct, John Freisman was born in England. I can’t find any records of their marriage in the Drouin Collection.

Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born about 1795 in Quebec (she said she was 50 in 1851 census of Niagara Twp. and her death record says her age was 97 in 1891) and I can’t seem to find any record of her baptism in the Drouin collection either. There is the baptism of John Freisman, son of John and Maria Freisman on Aug.16, 1807 at Fort George in Niagara. The Freisman family didn’t apply for a Loyalist grant when they came to Niagara, so I am thinking they came for the opportunity to own land. Their daughter, Sarah, married Benjamin Haines about 1836. Two of the children, Peter and Elizabeth, never married. John married and moved to Canboro Twp., Haldimand Cty.

From my research, I’ve learned that there was another Freisman family who immigrated from Holland in the later 19th century. I doubt that there is any connection to them.

Ben & Sarah Freisman Haines 1851 Niagara Twp.

Haines cont’d, Maria Freisman (widow) family, 1851

John Freisman family 1851 Haldimand Twp.
Sarah Freisman Haines census, Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty. 1891

Sarah Freisman Haines death 1892

Holland-born Freisman census Niagara Twp. 1891

Elizabeth Freisman death 1891


Peter Freisman census 1891 Niagara Twp.

Peter Freisman death 1895

Filed under: Brick Walls, Family Files, Genealogy, Haines/Hines, , , , , ,

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