- Nicolas’s surname was Audet when he moved to Canada. He lived on a piece of land that jutted into the river and so became known as LaPointe. He came to Quebec before 1664. In the census of 1666, he was working on the farm owned by the Bishop of Quebec, Francois De Laval, at Saint-Joachim near Cape Tourmente. Two years later he was still working for the Bishop as stated by the Notary, Pierre Duquet. For four more years, Nicolas worked in service, saving his money, at which time he decided to become a settler on the Ile D’Orleans opposite the Beaupre coast. On June 22, he recieved a concession from the Bishop of three arpents of land fronting the St. Laurence River. His grant was in the parish of Sainte-Famille, later to be the parish of Saint-Jean. His neighbors were Guy Boivin and Robert Boulay. He hired them to help him build a house to be finished within one year. The census of 1691 tells us that by then he had cleared 15 arpents of land and had acquired 6 animals. He then began to court Magdelene Despres, a young girl of 14 years. These two appeared before the Notary Romain Becquet at Quebec on August 30, 1670 to arrange a marriage contract. This couple had 12 children, 9 boys, and 3 girls, but the elder 2 died quite young. All were born in the Parish of Saint-Famille except the 3 youngest who were born in the Parish of Saint-Jean. These 12 children founded the family line. They were all married on the island except Marguerite, who was married in Boucherville. In 1689 Nicolas fell ill and never fully recovered. He had seen the marriages of 3 of his children, but that left 7 children at home to be cared for by his wife. On July 9, 1969 he acquired another 3 arpents of land along the river which on August 2, 1698 he gave to his son, John Baptiste.