"Rouen is the historic capital city of Normandy, in northern France on the RiverSeine, and currently the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) region. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, Rouen was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandyin the Middle Ages. It was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th to the 15th centuries. It was in Rouen where Joan of Arc was burnt in 1431. People from Rouen are called Rouennais."
from Wikipedia Rouen
Google Map of Rouen
Here are some photographs of Rouen from Photobucket contributors.
Generation One - Two - Three Private
Education: Bowdoin College, Boston University, University of Vermont Medical School,
Georgetown University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Law School.
Occupations: Assistant to the President of the Continental Bag Mill
Executive Housekeeper for the Mechanics Institute
I hope to write a more detailed biography in a later blog. I hope you will enjoy the photos below of my grandfather and grandmother.
University of Paris (Sorbonne), France Certificate February 13th 1919 Corporal A. H (should be A.) Poulin signed June 25, 1919
Albert Poulin, July 4th 1930, holding wreath, Memorial Bridge, Rumford, Maine
Lydia Belanger (Poulin), my grandmother, center front
Occupation Train Conductor
Occupation Owned two apartment buildings, Sabattus Street, Lewiston, Maine
Is recorded in Lewiston under the last name Poulin.
Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston, Maine
"The first basilica was destroyed in a fire on March 29, 1922. The present-day basilica was built on the site of the prior church in 1926"
Claude Poulin aka Poulain was born in Rouen which is located a short distance from Le Havre on the Seine River. He came to Canada as a carpenter on the vessel of Sieur Courpon arriving 11 June 1636. He was one of the Company of One Hundred Associates who were to settle the Quebec colony. He was married in Quebec to Jeanne Mercier in 1639. The young couple later lived in Trois-Rivieres, New France. Claude Poulin and Jeanne Mercier returned to Rouen, France in 1646 and 1647 as births of two of their children were recorded at Saint-Maclou. The couple returned to New France after Oliver LeTardif granted Claude six arpents of frontal land in the Seigneurie of Beaupre. Claude is recorded as having received payment for scrollwork on the door of Ste-Anne. Claude later donated land for the cemetary at Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre. In June of 1661, the Journal of the Jesuits record the tragic news that two of Claude's sons, Pascal age 16 and Rene age 10, were either lost in the woods or taken by the Iroquois. Claude is recorded as a carpenter in the census of 1666. In the census of 1667 he is recorded as owning eight head of cattle and having twenty arpents of land under cultivation.
Poulain in French means a colt.
An outline of historical events of his life can be found at this source:
The Teacher Genealogist: Many Mini Biographies
Found: A detailed history with downloadable pdfs on another branch of the Claude Poulin family that followed similar routes to Skowhegan, Maine.