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Andre Migner dit Lagace
Born Andre Migner
St. Martin, Île de Ré, La Rochelle, Aunis, France
Died November 20, 1727(1727-11-20)
La Pocatière, Quebec
Nationality French
Occupation soldier
Known for ancestor of the Lagace/Legacy/Lagasse/LaGasa families
Spouse(s) Jacquette Michaud (m. 1668wid. 1727)

Andre Migner dit Lagace (born 1640 in St. Martin, Île de Ré, La Rochelle, Aunis, France d: November 20, 1727 in La Pocatière, Quebec) was a soldier in the French and Indian Wars and the principal ancestor of the Lagace/Legacy/Lagasse/LaGasa families, as well as many others.

Early life

He was born to Michel Migner and Catherine Masson in Saint-Martin-de-Ré on Île de Ré, an island near La Rochelle, France.

Sent to fight

He was a French soldier attached to the Berthier (L'Allier) regiment of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, a private army which was sent to Quebec, arriving on June 30, 1665, to protect settlers from marauding Iroquois.

When the fighting ended in 1667, part of the regiment decided to stay behind and settle on land granted by Louis XIV.

Settling down

He married the widow Jacquette Michaud (one of the King's Daughters[1][2]) on October 23, 1668 in Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral. He was 17 and she was 31. His land was located in Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Quebec. In 1672, he purchased 15 acres (61,000 m2) additional for the price of a chicken and a rent of 15 sol en argent and 3 deniers to be paid once a year on St. Martin's Day.

In 1685, he and his family moved to Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec.

They had six children, all of whom married and produced offspring. The first and last were male. His first son sired 13 children, his second son ten.


He died on 1727 in La Pocatière, Quebec.

Name Confusion

His first son (born October 4, 1669 in St. Joseph de Charlesbourg) was given the same name.

Source of name

The name Lagace is likely related to the French word "gâchette", meaning trigger or sharpshooter.[3] It was likely a military sobriquet.[4]




  1. "JACQUETTE MICHEL / MICHAUD". Retrieved 29 May 2010. "Jacquette Michel was part of a group of 78 Filles du Roy, the ¨King’s daughters¨ that landed in Quebec City on the 3rd of july 1668." 
  2. Therriault, André (8 Apr 1995). "The King's Daughters: Section Six". Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  3. "Encarta French-English dictionary entry". Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  4. Canadian Dit Names

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