Our first ancestor in America was named Jans Sauvage.We believe he came to Canada around 1780. He was most likely a native of the parish of Ploüer, province of Bretagne, in the north west of France, which is also known as Brittany. Ploüer is located on the Rance river, 30 kilometers from St-Malo.

Jans was the son of Jean Sauvage and Anne Eon. After coming to Canada, he married Marie-Louise Benoit on April 8, 1782 in the parish of Les Cédres, Quebec. He almost immediately became a widower.

In the fall of that year, on October 7, 1782, he married Marguerite Martin dit St-Jean, daughter of François Amable Martin and Elizabeth Leroux. They too were married in Les Cédres.

They first settled on land in the Beauharnois region before moving to the Seigniory of Nouvelle Longueuil .

Jans and Marguerite had 11 children, eight of whom married. Marguerite died on May 10, 1804,  8 days after giving birth to a stillborn child.

Jans survived her almost 9 years before he died on March 6, 1813.

Jans was a master carpenter and a master cooper
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