La Tour lineage
The life of 14-year-old Charles La Tour who came to
Poutrincourt and Samuel de Champlain at Port Royal in 1606 recounted
In the days of my youth there was no such thing as one-minute oatmeal. Mum would put the oatmeal in a double boiler and let it cook slowly on the back of the stove during the evening. The next morning she would heat it up and serve it to us piping hot, smothered with brown sugar and drenched in real cream.
Toasters had not made their appearance either. To make toast, Mum would put a slice of home made bread between two wire racks with a handle. Next she placed this in the opened side cover of the stove.
With filled tummies, Cliff and I set out on this warm Saturday morning in May to pick a bouquet of flowers to give to Mum for Mother's Day. Our first stop was under the elm tree by the brook near Bob's gate to check on the blood root.. Below the bridge we spotted red trillium in the alder bushes. There were lots of adder tongues to gather. In the field we picked some bluets. Our final stop was behind the cemetery to add some pink and white ground phlox.
Mum acted as pleased as if we had bought her a dozen red roses from a Flower Shop. She did a bit of rearranging and placed the flowers in a pickle bottle to serve as a centrepiece for Sunday's dinner.
Speaking of gathering flowers, I wonder if Francoise Marie Jacquelin, better known as Madame La Tour gathered flowers from the hillside near Fort La Tour, Saint John to decorate her dinner table.
In 1640 Francoise, of France had been offered and she accepted a very generous marriage contract by a representative of Charles La Tour. She sailed for Acadia on the L'Amitye de la Rochelle. At Cape Sable, she found La Tour waiting for her and they were married here before proceeding to the fort at the mouth of the St. John River.
Francoise Marie Jacquelin probably left France with dreams in her heart of making a home at the fort with her Governor husband and raising a family in this foreign land but found hardship, adventure and death waiting for her in her attempt to defend her home.
Charles's third wife was Jeanne Motin, the widow of his rival d'Aulnay and from this union five children were born.
Charles La Tour's oldest daughter, Jeanne (born to his Micmac wife), settled at the mouth of the St. John river in the early 1660s with her husband, Martin d'Aprendistiguy, a Basque associate of her father's. They became the Sieur and Dame de Martignon with the grant of a seigneury. The St. John river community of Martinon is a reminder of them.
Fortune & LaTour - The Civil War in Acadia by M. A. MacDonald tells the story of the life of fourteen-year-old Charles La Tour who came in 1606 to join Poutrincourt and Samuel de Champlain at Port Royal, the first European outpost north of Spanish Florida. He determined to make his life there - a life of wandering with a band of Frenchmen and Micmacs, of building forts to maintain the claims of France in America, of rising to become Lieutenant-Governor of Acadia. But it was also a life of war, treachery and survival.
By the way, many of the old families of Acadia can, if they wish, claim kinship with Charles La Tour.
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