CATALOGNE, JOSEPH DE, soldier and officer in the colonial regular troops; b. 5 May 1694 at Montreal, son of Gédéon and Marie-Anne Lemire; married Marie-Charlotte Renaud Dubuisson (d. June 1734), daughter of Jacques-Charles; they had one child, Louis-François-Gédéon (b. 14 Feb. 1734); d. 10 Oct. 1735 on Île Royale (Cape Breton Island).
Catalogne enlisted in the colonial regular troops about 1714 and was commissioned in 1722 as a second ensign. After he had served three years in Canada in this capacity, his father sought a promotion for him, but was told that Joseph was 14th in line. The minister did agree, however, to a transfer to his father’s company at Louisbourg. In 1730, the year following his father’s death, he became an ensign and then, within two months, a lieutenant. In August 1732, while en route to Canada, where he was conducting 60 seamen, he was shipwrecked at Port d’Orléans (Ingonish Harbour, N.S.) and lost all his personal effects, valued at 512 livres. In 1734, he commanded a party sent by Saint-Ovide [Monbeton*] to two Cape Breton outports to investigate violations of fishing ordinances.
AN, Col., B, 49, f.722v et seq.; 50, f.514v; 54, f.506; 55, f.574; 64, ff.466, 479v, 484v; C11B, 15, f.65; C11C, 16, f.14; C11G, 7, f.190; D2C, 47, ff.359–60; 60, ff.6, 9v; 222/1, p. 121 (copy in PAC); E, 65; Section Outre-Mer, G1, 406/3, pp.379, 397 (transcript in PAC). Le Blant, Histoire de la N.-F. McLennan, Louisbourg, 49. [There does not seem to be any evidence, other than McLennan’s claim, that Joseph wrote a treatise on the magnet and thereby gained a seat in the Académie des Sciences. f.j.t.]