My ancestors lived next door to the native reserve at Sillery during the mid-seventeenth century. I have been wondering about how tight their relationships to native Americans might have been. It looks like the answer might be found by following the godparents!
A while back I posted about using godparents as a way to put skin on the bones of distant ancestors’ lives. In the Nepveu and Silvestre families, community ties were made and reinforced through god-family. Now I also have evidence of interracial relations as well.
Etienne Denevers dit Brantigni (the original Boisvert from France) was godfather to at least two namesake native godsons. The first was the son of Kaouboukouchich and Kouekassouekoue, born 1650.
The second was the son of Nicole Nemiouekoue and Pikouetching, born 1663. I believe this Etienne’s mother was a Christian Indian (hence the mixed name) but that his father was not.
Edward Roby, who provided a vital translation in the comments of this post, believes that Etienne Denevers later adopted this godson and raised him (Etienne Denevers dit Boisvert, @1661) as his own.