Sunday, September 20, 2009
Main Entry: big·a·my
Etymology: Middle English bigamie, from Medieval Latin bigamia, from Latin bi- + Late Latin -gamia -gamy
Date: 13th century
: the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another
The first case of bigamy in New France was that of Michel Chauvin-Sainte-Suzanne. Although married to Louise Delisle in France where she remained, he married in New France (Canada) on 29 July 1647 at Quebec. This second wife was Anne Archambault (our ancestor), daughter of Jaques Archambault & Francoise Toureau, by which he had two children, Paul Chauvin (b. 1650) & Charlotte Chauvin (b. 1651) who both died young. Charged by the governor, Michel was commanded to pay fifteen hundred livres to Anne, and he returned to France. Anne remarried on 3 Feb 1654 in Montreal to Jean Gervaise, son of Urbain Gervaise and Jeanne Pebise, and together they had 9 children.
(source:American-Canadian Genealogist Issue 81, Vol. 25, No.3, 1999)