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The official Newletter of
The Plante families Association

March 2002                                                             volume 10 - number 3



A word form the administration
Annual meeting on june 8
Some Plante "Patriots" (1837 - 1838 rebellion)
Genealogy at the cemetary
In praise of the car
Christmas party, december 8, 2001
The baker of St-Denis and her "Patriot" J. Pratte
Varia and birthdays


The following persons contributed to the production of this edition of La Voix des Plante

Jean-Marie Plante (1-318)
Jacques Plante (Lévis) (3-196)
Marcel Plante (3-101)
Marie-Paule Plante (3-107)
Paul-A. Plante(2-230)
Roland Plante (2-434)
Assembly of the newsletter : J-M Plante
Thank you to Claude Plante from Xérox for his generous contribution to the photocopy.


A Word from the Administration


The year 2002 will be one of reflection? I believe that all our members want to see our Association survive. Since we are a nonprofit association and each administrator works voluntarily in whatever timeframe he can manage, we should try to profit from each person’s expertise.

We have come a long way since our Association was founded and we have had wide-spreading success thanks to the perseverance of some of our members. I will mention especially Paul-A for his genealogical dictionary of Plante and Laplante families, now in its 5Th edition. The newsletter which was only one or two pages at its outset is now in colour and progressively more interesting thanks to Jean-Marie who puts his heart and soul as well as his time into its publication. (It is hard to mention all those who have kept the membership informed in whatever means possible over the years.)

The annual meetings have always been a way of socializing and an opportunity to meet Plantes from different regions and provinces / states.

Lately, the Internet has allowed better and faster communication with the membership and a greater diffusion of information about our Association in our newsletter. We must mention Julie’s work in this area.

There are also those who work in the shadows discovering the history of our ancestors such as Clement, Roland (see the publication "Famille Plante, Histoire et Genealogie". I cannot be quiet about the work of Marie-Paule. She supported Jacques (Levis)’s newsletter for a long time and because of her efforts, the Association has archives going back to the beginnings of its foundation.

This was not meant to be an enumeration of all that has been done to bring our Association to what it is today but an overall view so that we tackle the future enthusiastically.

What does the future hold for us? We must stop and reflect now and then. We must continue our efforts if we want the Association to survive and progress.

Our territory is wide-spread and distance does not always allow meetings among our members. Dividing it into regions made it easier for members to contact each other. I feel that this is still necessary to avoid miscommunication.

In conclusion, our Association is healthy. To remain so, it will take the effort of both The Administrators and those members who have the time and interest.

One suggestion: who will take the responsibility of contacting the "Laplantes" so that they can join our ranks?

Don’t forget to put the June 8 meeting on your schedule! We’d love to see you!


Marcel Plante (3-101), president                    

IMPORTANT: Saturday, June 8, 2002, annual meeting at Grosse Ile (Ile de la Quarantaine) in the neighbourhood of Quebec City

Reserve your day or entire weekend if you choose immediately! We have scheduled activities from 10:00 to 18:30. Besides the annual meeting and dinner, our main activity will be a boat crossing to this famous historical site.

Moreover, we are considering organizing lodging for those who wish to stay for a second (guided) historical day in our area. Those who do not reside in the area are encouraged to carpool. We welcome all members and nonmembers. Everyone will receive a personal invitation.

Some Plante "Patriots" (1837-1838 Rebellion)


Everywhere in the world at this time, nations under the yoke of the colonial powers wanted emancipation: the Greeks from the Turks, the Polish from the Russians, the American colonists against the English government, the Irish against its British rulers.

In Upper Canada, a certain elite known as "Family Compact" wanted to take control. Taxpayers wanted representation in the local government and participation in its decisions. Mackenzie King, a journalist, headed them. At this time, French Canadians were in majority. British immigration would eliminate their majority. The English conquerors favoured their friends. The leaders of Lower Canada tried to negotiate justice, but with London’s support, the army heads and English businessmen made no concessions.

Taking strength from the discontent that reigned among the population, the leaders of Lower Canada mobilized troops against one of the most formidable armies of the time. After a Patriot victory in Saint-Denis in the Richelieu valley, the English army squashed the rebellion in Saint-Charles. Around 30 Patriots were killed, an equal number of prisoners set out for Montreal. North of Montreal, 200 Patriots from St-Benoit and St-Eustache joined Jean-Olivier Chenier to face 2000 English soldiers with artillery. Jacques Paquin, the parish priest tried in vain to make them realize the strength of their adversaries. They resisted ferociously but had to escape the church where they were entrenched when it was set on fire. There were 70 dead and 120 prisoners. Among the dead was Francois Plante who lost his life Dec 14, 1837. The army then moved on to Saint-Benoit. It met up with 300 men who lay down their arms and waved a white flag. At the beginning of 1838, 200 of 500 prisoners were freed. Another wave of revolts broke out in the region of Napierville south of Montreal. This resulted in 50 deaths, 50 wounded and numerous prisoners.

Following the rebellion of 1837-1838, several French Canadians were brought to trial. We have come across Plantes in the Richelieu valley who were either accused or served as witnesses. Nov.14, 1838, Jean-Baptiste Plante testified against Joseph Langlois, Julien Poutre, Francois Beaucaire (Bigonesse), Francois Nicolas, Joseph Poirier and Medard Hebert. He also served as witness against Pierre Granger. During another trial Dec. 8, 1838, Laurent Laboissiere testified against Dominique Poissant (Boileau) and Pierre Plante. A deposition is made on February 5, 1839 by Toussaint Prevost and by Albert Prevost against Pierre Plante.

In a list of those who participated in the rebellion, we find

Ref. Report from the archivist of the Province, 1925-1926. Mathieu Nichols, U.Q.U.M.-


Roland Plante (2-434)           

Genealogy at the cemetery


Most times, visiting the cemetery has a precise purpose: to go to the plot where a member of the family was laid to rest. We stop at the headstone and say a prayer for the soul of the persons whose names are inscribed and we go back home.

If we take the time to read the inscriptions carefully, we often discover something. Sometimes the profession of the person is indicated such as doctor, teacher, lawyer, priest or farmer. When a couple has the same plot, the spouse is mentioned or sometimes son or daughter of. Looking at the date of birth and death, we know the person’s age and the length of time he lived. Sometimes, the birthplace is indicated. I have also read: died accidentally.

For a genealogist who is always researching his ancestors, it doesn’t take long to trigger the thought, is he related to me, given that we have the same last name? This is the undoing for the genealogist.

Having visited many cemeteries in the course of a research project to study inscriptions, I have chosen two headstones at the Levis cemetery and one at Saint-Vallier. One of them in Levis is on my parents’ plot. The other two are in memory of persons who are unknown to me except for the fact that they are Plantes like myself. For these two latter persons, I have established their direct paternal line; I wanted to know how far back they were related to me.

This is the explanation of the chart at the end of this article.

Our relation starts at the 3rd generation where we see that the line of Maria Plante, of Henriette Plante and of myself, Jacques Plante, meets up with a common ancestor, Louis Plante. At the 4th generation, two brothers, Francois and Eustache. Francois was married twice: the first time with Dorothee Patry and the second time with Francoise Daniau (Laprise.) Maria Plante and I are descendants from this Francois Plante, whereas Henriette Plante is a descendant from Eustache. Therefore, we have a common ancestor in Louis Plante who married Marie-Josephe Bissonnet.

Lien de parenté


Jean Plante + Françoise Boucher


Jean + Suzanne Lefebvre


Louis + M.-Jos. Bissonnet



Eustache + Marg. Hely/Breton


+ Dorothée Patry

+ Françoise Daniau/Laprise

François + Marg. Gosselin

Pierre + Agnès Blais

Antoine + Barbe C./Laverdière


Etienne + Olive Nolin

Pierre-O. + Marcelline Gosselin

Etienne + Archange Ratté


Damase + Marg. Gonthier

Anselme + M.-Emma Gagné

Antoine + Eudoxie Chabot


Damase + Alvine Matteau

J.-Valère + Simone Carrier

Henriette Plante


parents de Jacques Plante

Maria Plante


cimetière de Lévis

cimetière de Lévis

cimetière de Saint-Vallier


This is the type of research that a genealogist can do once he has read the inscriptions on headstones in the desire to establish a link between those who have the same last name.

Jacques Plante (Lévis)           

In Praise of the Car

Taken from La Presse, Jan 20,2002, by Raymond Plante

My father used to be my hero and the fact that he drove a car was the most fascinating thing about him. My conception of heroism changed over the years but I still loved my father as much.

I wrote a book about his life and his passion. Many years after his death, I understood that he was most happy when he was at the wheel. He drove transports, taxis, vans, regular cars, limousines, and even hearses.

I was hospitalized at six. My father imagined the gift that would bring me back to health. He went to all the car dealers to pick up all the catalogues of the latest models. He brought them to me with a pair of scissors. Cutting out cars and trucks, inventing problems and accidents for them, bringing them to life as if they were persons became one of the most interesting games of my childhood. I did the same with hockey players.

Since my father’s death, I feel a bit badly every time I buy a new car. I would really love to show it to him so that he could see how much the mechanical end of it has improved and we could share a certain pride.

I owe my love of cars to him. I don’t deny it. I love driving a car.

The joy of hitting the road

I travel a lot. Road maps make me dream. What magnificent scenes! I escape into a world of highways, secondary roads, country roads, roads that link cities and towns. I envision in my memory all the parts that I have seen. I plan future trips to unknown places.

I drive everywhere in Quebec. When I visit other countries, I choose to drive along routes where you can see how people live. I appreciate the fact that, in a car, you can change your routing, stop when you want, go off the beaten track, discover the world. I am allergic to organized trips. I like the independence you get with a car.

The rolling shell

On Saturday morning, my neighbourhood was frantic with activity. Men polished their old jalopies. In the suburbs, some were already out cutting their lawns. In Villeray, grass sparkled around small flowerbeds. For those who lived in apartments, the car was the only space they had, their personal mobile home, their shell.

Today, it is still the place where many find the best sound system, the vessel where they can listen to the music that they like…very loudly if they want to.

For me, it’s a spot where I can reflect. I can talk to myself and have entire dialogues with myself when I’m at the wheel. Of course, it’s better to do this when you’re on the highway since city driving requires careful vigilance.

This is where I sing… so that I stay awake when I’m driving at night, to allow myself to be crazy, to have fun. I’m better at singing on the highway than in the shower.

The power of a weapon

I know that a car gives you an unbelievable feeling of power. When you have a steering wheel in your hands and an accelerator under foot, you risk thinking that you’re another Jacques Villeneuve. Engulfed in his mechanical bubble, a driver becomes an armed man. The car is responsible for more deaths than firearms. The driver has to think of others more when he’s driving than when he’s in any other situation.

All this can refer to both males and females because inconsideration knows no discrimination. It seems to me however that guilty males outnumber guilty females in spite of the clichés about women drivers.

And all these guilty parties are just like the scoundrels who would use their shoes to erase in the sand the marvelous tracks we had traced for our little cars when I was a child.

Christmas Party, Dec.8, 2001

Forty-one party lovers gathered in Charlesbourg. The atmosphere was one of celebration. Nicole who headed up the social committee welcomed everyone.

The excellent buffet which had been prepared by the administrators and their spouses and friends was eye appealing and teased our taste buds. A power shortage slowed down the festivities a bit but candles added an exotic look to the tables. Everything was back to normal shortly afterwards.

A gift exchange added cheer to the evening. It wouldn’t be a Plante party without music and sing-alongs. Helene, our experienced pianiste, cheerfully accompanied the many singers. After Christmas carols, we heard some wonderful folksongs and round songs. The evening came to an end with everyone wishing each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Marie-Paule, secretary (3-107)           

The Baker of St-Denis and her "Patriot" J. Pratte

by Paul-A. Plante, genealogist

Marie Lussier Lhuissier (1804 - 1862)

Fist husband: TOUSSAINT PLANTE (31-10-1800 à 28-05-1830)

Second husband: JOSEPH PRATTE

Father: Joseph Duprat Mother: Marie Anne Lorain

Joseph Pratte à la bataille de St-Denis

Joseph Pratte at the Battle of St-Denis

Toussaint Plante was a baker in St-Denis (St-Hyacinte). He was the only son of Alexis Plante and Marie Agnes Gauthier. He married Marie Lussier, daughter of Toussaint Joseph Lussier and Francoise Bourgault (Lacroix) on June 19, 1821. They had 8 or 9 children, Ludger being the first and only survivor. He died May 28, 1830, leaving a 26 yr. old widow.

Meanwhile, Joseph Pratte, son of Joseph Duprat and Marie Anne Lorain, had married Louise Bedard on Nov. 23, 1803. He was also a baker and lost his wife before 1832. He stayed alone with his only son, Joseph.

He then married the widow, Marie Lussier on May 7, 1832 in St-Denis. His son Joseph married Nancy Francoise Bouthillier on Feb. 16,1835 in St-Denis withnessed by Wolfred Nelson, a family friend.

Joseph Pratte, the father seems to have been active in politics because on the morning of the battle of St-Denis, Nov.23, 1837, we find him participating in a murder.

A young English officer who was a dispatch courier by the name of George Weir had been imprisoned around 5:00 that morning. When the troops approached, it was decided to transfer him to St-Charles. He had hardly climbed into the cart when he jumped down to escape.

Jean-Baptiste Maillet who was holding him by a strap hit him with his sword and asked for help. Joseph Pratte and others ran to help and held the prisoner to the ground with his sabre. Since the agitated crowd was yelling to finish him off, another rebel by the name of Louis Lussier shot him. Weir’s body was found in the river a few days after.

Maillet and Pratte fled to the United States.

Sources: Bernard, Jean-Paul: The rebellions of 1837-38. Boreal express 1983


Last Minute:

We have learned of the death of Kenneth Glenn Plante Sr. 3-321 of Maryland on Feb. 12. Our sincerest condolences to his widow, Mary Dietrich and to her entire family.


En vente

Please direct your inquiries to an administrator


Do you have extras?

Jacques Plante (Levis) is asking the Association to help with its genealogy library. He is the founding member (June, 2001) of the Genealogy Society of Levis. If you have printed documents (baptism or marriage certificates, obits, Drouin volumes) that you no longer need and would not mind parting with, please donate them to the Society. This will be greatly appreciated and will help them a lot. Please contact:

Jacques Plante, 19 rue Thibault#4, Levis Qc. G6V2J6 (418) 833-2017 plantej@sympatico.ca.

Internet site for the Society www.genealogie.org/club/sglevis


Happy Birthday to

Mars Avril Mai


Roland Plante Tracy


Raymond Plante St-Pierre, I.O.


Marie-Paule Plante Lévis


Lionel Plante Laval


Alain Plante Mascouche


Etienne Plante Laval


Conrad Plante Québec


Simonne Plante Lasalle


Albert Plante St-Eustache


Lucien Plante Les Saules, Québec


Nicole Verville Blainville


Nicole Plante Québec


Marie Plante St-Athanase


Jacques Plante Ste-Dorothée


Antoinette Plante Cap-Rouge


Emilien Plante Sillery


Monique Plante Québec


Pierrette Plante Drummondville


Patrick Plante Cap-Rouge


Paul A. Plante Longueuil


Jean Plante Loretteville


Ginette P. Turmel N-D de Lourdes


Vincent Plante Lévis


Suzanne Plante Beauport


Murielle Plante Ste-Pétronille, I.O.


Doris Plante Ste-Marthe-s-Lac


Claude Plante St-Émile, Qc


Thérèse Desroches Joliette


Maurice Plante Beauport


Cécile Plante Repentigny


Jacques Plante La Prairie


Cyriac Plante St-Cuthbert


Renald H. Plante St-Alexis-des-Monts