This 1663 Jesuit baptismal record shows Europeans acting as godparents to native children at the reserve at Sillery. It is an unusual record in that most Jesuit baptismal records don’t record multiple baptisms in one entry. I am having difficulty with it because of the thick ink, the old Latin, and the obscurity of the native names. Anyone see this as a challenge and want to take a peek?
I am primarily interested in the April 20 entry at the bottom, but have included three others for context and handwriting clues. The first, second, and final (April 20) record are all in Father Bailloquet’s writing. Entry 3 is in the very neat hand of Henri Nouvel.
If you don’t know Latin, googletranslate helps a lot!
Line by line, this is what I think I see. (Underlines mean word left out. Parentheses mean my best guess at a native name.)
- I Father Bailloquet Society of Jesuits ______ baptize
- _____ ______ Sillery ______ ______ infant _____ ______ ______
- first child of mother Nicola (Nosnisaksa) and _____ of father (Piksachins)
- _____ ______ _____ (Nosnisaksa) born Gropius (Srxchelin)
- 3rd ______ born of mother Martina (Nigoty) and father ______ (Nikazhkasnt)
- ______ ______ Abenaki. Stephen Brantigni ______ ______ ______ Stephen
- Godmother Trud 2nd & 3rd. ______ Nicolas.
I believe that this is the baptismal record of three natives at Sillery. Some believe it might be the baptism record of the founding Boisvert ancestor for whom no baptismal record has ever been found. (Etienne Boisvert went by a dit name rather than his father’s name, not unusual in the era.) In this understanding, the child in this record is later orphaned and raised by his godfather Etienne Denevers (called Brantigni here) as his own son.
What do you think?