History of Simon Drouillard dit Argentcourt

The first official record we have of our Drouillard line is the marriage of Jean Drouillard and Jeanne Chevreau, August 30, 1666 at Marennes, diocese of Saintes, Saintonge, France. Marennes is on the seacoast in Southern France near the port of Bordeaux. Witnesses at the marriage were Pierre Mercier, Jean Drouillard, Etienne Drouillard and Michel Baudet. Their son, Simon was baptized there November 11, 1668.

DROUILLARD dit Argentcourt, Simon, came to New France as a soldier with Lestringant de Saint-Martin and was in the campaign against the Iroquois below Montreal. He married at Quebec, November 25. 1698, Margaret Ferret, the eleventh of thirteen children of Peter Ferret and Mary Lasnon. Simon and Margaret had one child born at Repentigny, Province of Quebec. Three more children were baptized at St. Francis, Isle Orleans. The family left their farm around 1707 and moved to Quebec City where two more children were born. Margaret died in 1711 at the age of thirty. Simon was listed as a "soldat de le Mothe" (with Cadillac). He was a sublieutenant at the time of his second marriage at Levis to Ann Cadoret, age 19, the daughter of George Cadoret and Barbara Boucher. Simon and Ann had eleven children but the years from 1718 to 1736 held much sadness for them. All of their children died between the ages of one and nine years with the exception of Marie Catherine who married Charles Carrier. When Simon came to Detroit is unknown. His last child was baptized at Quebec City May 28, 1733, six months before his death. Simon and several others were ambushed by Indians about three miles east of Fort Pontchartrain, a league west of the river. He was buried at Detroit October 21, 1733. Ann was enumerated in the 1744 census of Quebec City with her daughter Catherine. Ann died at Quebec March 2, 1754.

Taken from "Genealogie des Drouillards" by Hazel M. (Lauzon) Delorme, available at the Société Franco-Ontarienne Library in Belle River, Ontario

More information about Simon's family can be found here: Simon1 Drouillard dit Argentcourt