MOUCHY, NICOLAS DE, often erroneously called Monchy, a native of Lyon (France), notary, clerk of court, deputy attorney-general and member of the Conseil Souverain.
Mouchy, a merchant based in Lyon, married Jacqueline Perin in that city on 27 Jan. 1656. Arriving at Montreal in 1663, or shortly before, he was, on 26 May 1664, appointed by the Conseil Souverain royal notary and clerk of the royal seneschal’s court of Montreal, which was subsequently abolished on 18 Sept. 1666; he nevertheless continued to carry on the same duties within the framework of the seigneurial jurisdiction. On 14 Jan. 1669 he was promoted to the post of deputy attorney-general. He took up residence in Quebec, bringing with him his minutes, only six of which have come down to us although he drafted at least 35 documents. A year later, on 13 Jan. 1670, Mouchy was appointed to the Conseil Souverain, and on two occasions, on 21 Jan. 1671 and 28 March 1672, he was reappointed to membership. On 31 Oct. 1672, he took his seat in the council for the last time. A few days later he sailed for France, apparently leaving in the colony his daughter Jeanne, who, in 1675, married François Sabatier in Montreal.
AJM, Greffe de Bénigne Basset, 18 déc., 1675. Jug. et délib., I. É.-Z. Massicotte, “Nicolas de Mouchy, notaire royal à Montréal,” BRH, XXV (1919), 83–89.
Revisions based on:
Arch. Municipales, Lyon, France, “Reg. paroissiaux et d’état civil,” Notre-Dame-de-la-Platière, 27 janv. 1656: archives-lyon.fr/archives/sections/fr/archives_en_ligne (consulted 2 May 2018). Bibliothèque et Arch. Nationales du Québec, Centre d’arch. de Montréal, CE601-S51, 19 déc. 1675.