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Le Perche a donné pas moins de 230 émigrants à la Nouvelle-France. On compte, aujourd'hui, autour de deux millions de descendants d'origine percheronne en Amérique du Nord.

The Perche gave no less than 230 emigrants to New France. Today, there are about two million descendants of Percheron origin in North America.

Mathurin, Jean et Pierre, fils de Pierre Gagnon, du Perche, s'établirent ici en 1640. Honneur à ces valeureux pionniers! 14 septembre 1940.

Mathurin, Jean and Pierre, sons of Pierre Gagnon, of Perche, settled here in 1640. All honour to those brave pioneers! 14th September 1940. 

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Baptisé le 14 février 1612 à La Ventrouze, en France, Pierre Gagnon est le fils de Pierre Gagnon, laboureur, et de Renée Roger.

Arrivé en Nouvelle-France vers 1639, Gagnon ouvre un magasin dans la basse ville de Québec en compagnie de ses deux frères, Jean et Mathurin. Après la vente du commerce en 1668, il s'établit à Château-Richer où il possède des terres.

Il est décédé à Château-Richer le 17 avril 1699. Il est inhumé dans la même ville.

Il avait épousé à Québec, en 1642, Vincente Desvarieux, fille de Jean Desvarieux et Marie Chevalier. 

Baptized on February 14, 1612, in La Ventrouze, France, Pierre Gagnon was the son of Pierre Gagnon, a labourer, and Renée Roger.

Arrived in New France around 1639, Gagnon opened a store in the lower town of Quebec with his two brothers, Jean and Mathurin. After selling the business in 1668, he settled in Château-Richer where he owned land.

He died in Château-Richer on April 17, 1699. He is buried in the same town.

He had married in Quebec, in 1642, Vincente Desvarieux, daughter of Jean Desvarieux and Marie Chevalier.

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Dad side

Gagnon Wilson

Hull Quebec

Tomb Stone

Rev. Eric Michel



Gagnon, Pierre (1612 - 1699) 

Mom side

Gosselin Raymond

Masham Quebec

Anatole Gosselin & Théodora Gosselin (Raymond)

Uncle Henri Chalifoux & Maurice Gagnon

Albert Raymond

Théodora Gosselin (Raymond)

 Rev. Eric Michel's Grand-mother.

Maurice & Irene Family

Gagnon - Arnold Family

Rev. Eric with grand son Mikael

Karine & Naomie

Other Gagnon

Gagnon is a surname, and may refer to:

Marie (Tavernier) Sœur Sainte-Monique 

(1631 - 1700)

Born May 1631 in Randonnai, Perche, France

Daughter of Éloi Tavernier and Marguerite Gaingnon (Gagnon)

Mgr Ernest Gagnon

BIRTH 17 May 1874

DEATH 8 Oct 1947 (aged 73)

Richard Gagnon

Author Bloom6132

Richard Joseph Gagnon (born June 17, 1948) is a Canadian bishop of the Catholic Church. He is the Archbishop of Winnipeg, appointed to the position in 2014 after previously serving as the Bishop of Victoria. He has also served as President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) since September 2019. Gagnon attended high school and university in Greater Vancouver, before studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1983 and served in the Archdiocese of Vancouver as an assistant pastor and parish priest for two decades. He became vicar general of the archdiocese in 2002 and was consecrated as a bishop two years later. Gagnon has been noted for his work toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Victoria and Winnipeg. He is also noted for calling the first diocesan synod in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. 

Gagnon was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on June 17, 1948, to Thérèse Demers Gagnon and George Gagnon. He is a Franco-Albertan, given his family's ancestral roots in Quebec. Through his matrilineal line, he is "closely related" to, and a collateral descendant of, Modeste Demers, the first Bishop of Vancouver Island (since renamed to the Diocese of Victoria). The Gagnon family moved to British Columbia (BC) during his childhood, and he graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver. Gagnon went on to study philosophy, history and English at Simon Fraser University, obtaining a BC Teaching Certificate in 1976. He subsequently taught at a public school as a band teacher, and could play the clarinet, flute, and saxophone. Starting in 1978, he attended seminary at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. On June 24, 1983, Gagnon was ordained to the Catholic priesthood at Holy Rosary Cathedral by James Carney, the Archbishop of Vancouver at the time.

Onésime Gagnon, PC (October 23, 1888 – September 30, 1961) was a Canadian politician who served as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec. 

Coat of arms of Richard Joseph Gagnon

Author SajoR 

 Poster for the Seventh War Loan Drive 

(May 14–June 30, 1945) 

Rene Gagnon

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René Arthur Gagnon (March 7, 1925 – October 12, 1979) was a United States Marine Corps corporal who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Gagnon was generally known as being one of the Marines who raised the second U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, as depicted in the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by photographer Joe Rosenthal. On October 16, 2019, the Marine Corps announced publicly (after an investigation) that Corporal Harold Keller, not Gagnon, was in Rosenthal's photo. Gagnon was one of three men who were originally identified incorrectly as flag-raisers in the photograph (the others being Hank Hansen and John Bradley).

The first flag that had been raised was deemed too small. Later that day, Gagnon, a runner in the 5th Marine Division, was given a larger flag to take up the mountain. A photo of the second flag-raising became famous and was widely reproduced. After the battle, Gagnon and two other men identified as surviving second flag-raisers were reassigned to help raise funds for the Seventh War Loan drive.

The Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, is modelled after Rosenthal's photograph of six Marines raising the second flag on Iwo Jima.

Moments after the second flag raising, February 1945

From the Louis R. Lowery Collection (COLL/2575) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division


Gagnon was born March 7, 1925, in Manchester, New Hampshire, the only child of French Canadian immigrants from Disraeli, Quebec, Henri Gagnon and Irène Marcotte. He grew up without a father. His parents separated when he was an infant, though they never divorced. When he was old enough, he worked alongside his mother at a local shoe factory. He also worked as a bicycle messenger boy for the local Western Union