Nicholas Audet was the first settler of the family in Québec, who came to Canada in 1663. He was confirmed on 23 March 1664 at Québec City. He worked for Bishop Laval, first at the Saint-Joachim farm near Cap-Tourmente in 1666, then as a caretaker at the bishopric and seignorial manor in Québec City in 1668. In return for his services, Bishop Laval granted him land on L'Île-d'Orléans on 22 June 1667. Madeleine Després was one of the 768 Filles du Roi or Founding Mothers of New France who came to Canada in 1670 at about age 17, bringing with her goods worth an estimated 200 livres for her dowry. She signed the marriage contract drawn up on 30 August 1670 by the notary Becquet, as her husband could not read or write and so could not sign the contract. She received the King’s Gift of 50 livres upon their marriage. They settled at Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, then in about 1679 moved to Saint-Jean, L'Île-d'Orléans, where they both died and were buried.
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