The history of the Saindons

There are more than 75000 Saindons in North America. All have as ancestors Michel Saindon, royal notary, and Marie-Yves Godin called Bellefontaine, Acadian.

                                     Michel Saindon

Bretagne

    from Britanny to Acadia

  • 1715 – Michel was born on December 2nd 1715 in Bains-sur-Oust near Redon in Brittany. His father was named Pierre and his mother Marie Marquer. Pierre was a "laboureur" (plowman), farm owner.
  • 1735: He left France for North America specifically Acadia around 1735. The first evidence of his presence in America was on September 3, 1736 when Michel signed as a witness at the wedding of Claude-Antoine-Duplessis, master surgeon, and Catherine Lejeune at Grand-Pré.
Acadie

    from Acadia to the St-Lawrence river

  • 1739: In the 1739 Census by father Daniélou, he is at Point Ste-Anne of the St. John River (near today Fredericton city of New Brunswick) married to Marie-Yves Godin called Bellefontaine. He will live there for more than 25 years and raise his family (nine children).
  • 1751 – September 23rd, he became surveyor appointed by the intendant Bigot
  • 1764: Dispossessed of his property during the "Acadian deportation", he must flee from this region with the Bergerons, the Godins and others. After a journey of several weeks he  arrives around July 20th, 1764 near L'Islet-du-Portage, Province of Québec.
  • 1765 : On August 7th, 1765 he was the first to purchaser a lot to clear (no 56.57.58) and his son Louis did the same (no 59) on the 14th. In this way Michel Saindon became one of the pioneers of the  Cacouna and L'Isle-Verte region.
  • 1769: Appointed royal notary after examinations by three notaries and bailiff in 1769 by Governor Guy Carleton, he wrote more than 600 acts.
  • 1780: He died on October 1st 1780 about 62 years old according to his burial certificate  and is buried in "Le Berceau"  at Kamouraska city north of Québec city.
Québec

   Saindons in the Québec province

  • Gradually the Saindons settled in the surrounding parishes in particular St-Arsène and St-Modeste.
  • Around 1850 because lands have been subdivided many times became too small to support a family and the industrial revolution like other families, the Saindons move toward other regions of Quebec: St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Bécancour, the Laurentians mountains and Abitibi.
Canada

    in Canada

  • Some settled in other parts of Canada including Manitoba, where more than a hundred descendants of Michel Saindon now live.
  • A lineage settled in Ontario in the Moose Creek area. Upon their return to Quebec 30 years later, their name had been change to "Sindon" instead of "Saindon".
États-Unis

    in the United States

  • Always for the same reasons, Saindons settled in New England where they were employed in cotton factories.
  • Many settled in the Midwest in particular in Kansas. They will later head to Colorado and California.
  • If we rely on telephone directories, there are more Saindons in the United States now than in Canada.

Marie-Yves Godin

  • 1709: We know little about her : born in Acadia, her birth certificate was never found. It is believed that she could have been born around 1709.. She was the youngest daughter of Gabriel Godin and Angélique Jeannes.
  • 1735? : She married Michel Saindon with whom she had nine children: five daughters: Françoise, Marie, Angélique, Marie-Ursule and Madeleine; 4 boys: Louis, Pierre, Charles and Jean
  • 1795: She died April 1st, 1795 and buried the 2nd at L'Isle-Verte cemetery.

Her ancestors

  • 1653: Marie-Yves was the daughter of Gabriel Godin and Angélique Jeannes. Gabriel's father, Pierre, native of Châtillon-sur-Seine in France, came to Quebec during the Maisonneuve's Great Recruitment in 1653.
  • 1661: Pierre, carpenter by trade, was granted a concession from Maisonneuve in Montréal and a sum of 600 pounds. He was married to Jeanne Rousselière on October 13th of the same year. They had 9 children of whom, Gabriel, father of Marie-Yves, born in July 1661.
  • 1676: Several years later, after a short stay in Quebec City, the family moved to Port-Royal and Gabriel then settled at the St. John River on a Seigneurial land which was granted by Governor Joseph de Villebon circa 1690. It is from this time that he was nicknamed Bellefontaine.