If you don't know your family's history, then
you don't know anything. You are a leaf that
doesn't know it is part of a tree.
- Michael Chrichton
François-Marie-Thomas de Lorimier "Chevalier" (1803-1839)
We are the descendants of François-Marie-Thomas de Lorimier (1803-1839), one of the most famous patriots of 1837-1838. Like his uncle and godfather, François would receive first name of Knight and always signed Chevalier de Lorimier. Born in Saint-Cuthbert, in Lanaudière, he married Henriette Cadieux Courville, Montreal in 1832 and fathered five children, three of which died at a young age. Like many of their peers, the couple supported the patriotic Party of Louis-Joseph Papineau at the time of the general elections of 1834.
When the London Parliament refused the Patriotic Party application in 1837, Chevalier joined a resistance movement which wound up in an armed struggle. He took part in uprising of Saint-Eustace and Beauharnois and takes the direction of the Brothers Hunters, a clandestine association aiming to release Canada from British influence.
Chevalier de Lorimier's legacy continues to be an influence on Canadian society, especially in Montreal, today. Expressive arts in Canada continue to tell his story and his own works have been carefully preserved. Visit Chevalier's Legacy to find out more.
Read Chevalier de Lorimier's final letters before his execution on charges of treason.
Born in Lachine, on September 4, 1744, Claude-Nicolas Guillaume de Lorimier, officer in the Navy. Known under the name of Guillaume, de Lorimier.
A military career as subaltern undertook during the Seven Year old war. After the Conquest, was employed as an interpreter at the British department of the Indian Businesses and exploited a building site. Service at the time of the American invasion of 1775-1776 began again: carried out in particular operations of recognition and raids with the head of groups of Amerindians; was wounded in June 1776. An attack surprised in the State of New York in 1780 ordered successfully. Had been named agent resident of the department of the Indian Businesses with Caughnawaga (Kahnawake, Quebec) at the beginning of the conflict. Is the author of “My services during the war American”, published in Invasion of Canada (Montreal, 1873) and translated under at title war with the Americans (Victoria, C. - B., s.d.).
Appointed elected official of Huntingdon in 1792; supported the Canadian party. Would not have represented itself in 1796.
During the war of 1812, captain resident was named near the Amerindians of Caughnawaga and other Iroquois. Attended the battle of Châteauguay in October 1813. Appointed assistant superintendent of the regiment of Embodied Indian Warriors, at the time of its creation in August 1814, and the rank of major obtained.
Deceased at Caughnawaga (Kahnawake), on June 5, 1825, at the 80 years and 9 months age. Buried on June 7, 1825.
Had married [in Lachine], on June 26, 1783, Louise Schuyler, Iroquoise; then, on March 23, 1793, Marie-Madeleine-Claire Brassard Deschenaux, girl of the lord Joseph Deschenaux Arm-band and his second wife, Madeleine Valley; finally, in Caughnawaga (Kahnawake), on February 27, 1801, Skaouennetsi (Anne Gregory).