On Saturday, August 19, the Association de Famille Marcotte celebrated the 350th anniversary of the Marcotte Familes in North America (i.e.- the 1667 arrival of brothers Nicolas and Jacques Marcotte from Fécamp, Normandy (who were the ancestors of virtually all Marcottes in Canada and the United States) to Nouvelle France, and the Québec area.
Although several of the earlier burials are for individuals very closely related to my own ancestors, I did not find any of my direct ancestors on this list, only siblings or cousins or grandchildren of my own ancestors. Although Jaques and Elisabeth died in Cap-Santé, it is not known where Jacques was buried. Elisabeth, his wife was buried in the church cemetery, but the church cemetery in the 1700s was not where the present church cemetery exists, and knowledge of the exact previous location has been lost.
After the mass, and a box lunch at the school across from the church in Cap-Santé, we loaded onto three buses (one of those was led by Guy Marcotte, who provided both French and English narration for the sites we visited. First stop was the Marcotte monument placed in 1967, and the 300th anniversary celebration.
Michael Marcotte, at the monument placed in 1967 along route 138 in Neuville, to honor the brothers Nicolas and Jacques Marcotte, who farmed adjacent lands on the North bank of the St. Lawrence River, near this spot from about 1687 to 1701 for Jacques, and until 1704 for Nicolas. The marker was accidentally put in a spot about 1/4 mile east of the actual farms, due to the parish boundaries having been different 300 years ago than they were in 1967, when the marker was placed.