BABIE, JACQUES (in later generations spelled “Bâby,” [Acadian Spelling] and in Michigan historical collections “Baubee” or “Baubie”), soldier, farmer, and fur-trader, founder of the distinguished Canadian family of this name, son of Jehan “Babie” and Isabeau Robin of the parish of Monteton, diocese of Agen; b. France c. 1633 (1639 according to the census of 1681); d. 28 July 1688 at Champlain.
Jacques Babie came to
He was attracted to
fur-trading and farming and engaged in both. As early as 1668,
and for many years thereafter, he traded with the Indians of the upper
Saint-Maurice and upper
The youngest of his 11 children, Raymond Babie, who followed in his father’s footsteps as a fur-trader, was the father of Jacques Baby*, dit Dupéron, and François Baby*. Both distinguished themselves in the early years of British rule.
AJTR, Greffe de Guillaume de La Rue, 1 juin 1670. APQ, Documents divers, I, Lettres de Jacques Babie et de son èpouse, Jeanne Dandonneau, à Antoine Adhémar. Additional ms material in Detroit Public Library, Burton Hist. Coll.; Ontario Hist. Soc.; Public Archives of Ontario; University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library; Université de Montréal, Coll. Bâby. Recensement de 1681. Jug. et délib., II, III, V, VI, passim. P.-B. Casgrain, “Jacques Babie,” BRH, X (1904), 329–32; Mémorial des familles Casgrain, Bâby et Perrault (Québec, 1898).
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