Canadian Besner Family of French Origins

The embarkment list

Of the hundred men recruited by Mr. de Gignoux and who appeared on the same list as Jean Bezenere (it was the spelling used when he enrolled), nine were put down as being born in Montauban, and eight of those worked in the wool business. This list refers to the second convoy of recruits to be forwarded to Canada from the Island of Ré. The first convoy left in March 1752. In the year 1752, of four hundred and fifty recruits sent to Canada, eighty six of them were said to be natives of Montauban, and about nine of ten were working the wool as combers or shearers. We can deduct that the recruiters knew that many peasants came to work in this city in the winter, and that the recruiters' work was facilitated by it. That is where Jean Bezanaire was recruited, and had probably not given signs of life to his family. Of the ninety seven embarked recruits, at least six were married in Canada, according to the "Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Canadiennes" (Canadian Families Genealogical Dictionary) of Mgr Cyprien Tanguay.

The "Charente-Maritime" housed several sea ports on the Atlantic Ocean: La Rochelle, Rochefort and the Island of Ré

A transatlantic in the style of the 1750's

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