Louis Hebert Monument in Quebec

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Gold Star







For a photo of the plaque in Québec listing the first French-Canadian settlers,
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Society of the Filles du Roi


The Filles du Roi
Kings Daughters

were young women sent to the colony between 1663 and 1673 to marry and increase the population of New France. Read more about the Kings Daughters.

Gilman Ancestors
listed among the King's Daughters include:

Catherine Ducharme
, who married Pierre Roy on January 12, 1672;

Marie Boutard,
who married Pierre Bourgery on November 21, 1669;

Louise Bercier
, who married Michel Feuillon on October 15, 1668;

Catherine Leroux
, who married Renè Goulet on October 29, 1670;

Louise Gargottin
who married Daniel Perron dit Suire on February 26, 1664;

Jeanne Burelle who married
André Poutre Lavigne on November 3, 1667; and

Françoise Boivin, who married Louis Lamoureux about 1668.

Jeanne Denot, who married André Robidoux Lespagnol on June 7, 1667

Gilman Family History

Joseph Gilman of Taylor County, Wisconsin:
His French-Canadian Ancestry

A Family History that goes back to Seventeenth-Century Québec
and, in some cases, to Sixteenth-Century France

Thomas O. Gilman's surname originates with Jean Conrad Heinmann --
The Story Behind the Family Name

Jean Conrad Heinmann (D 1815) of Boucherville, Chambly, Québec, Canada

Our French-Canadian Ancestors

Hélène Desportes
 The descendants of Thomas O. Gilman can trace their ancestry to many of the first French to settle in New France, including Hélène Desportes (1620-1675), the first child of French descent to be born and to survive in Québec.

Hélène Desportes of Early Québec: Her Years of Exile in France

Marriage records of Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Québec

Midwives of Early Québec
Hélène Desportes was one of the first officially-recognized midwives in Québec.

Weather -- A Formidable Foe for the French-Canadian Pioneers

Helene's World Book Cover

Hélène's World

Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Québec

Learn more about Hélène's Life ...

The Marriage of Charles Gariepy and Marie-Anne Cloutier
Chȃteau-Richer, Québec, Canada; February 7, 1684

Beautiful image of a record more than three hundred years old!

Catherine Ducharme (1657-1719) Fille du Roi

City Girl Survives and Thrives on Pioneer Life in La Prairie
This article was first published in the Spring 2014 issue of Sent by the King,
Journal of La Société des filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, Inc.

Pierre Roy and Catherine Ducharme
Parents of 18 provide a home for Elizabeth Casse, an English child kidnapped in 1704 raid on Deerfield, MA

Zacharie Cloutier was another pioneer ancestor who came to the New World in 1634 with his wife and five children. According to the Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH), he had 10,000 married descendants before 1800. Famous descendants of Zachary Cloutier include: Celine Dion, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Hillary Clinton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Soldiers Among Our French-Canadian Ancestors

Guillaume Richard Lafleur --  Among our French-Canadian ancestors are several men who served as soldiers with the Carignan-Salières Regiment that arrived in 1665 to defend the colony against the Iroquois. One of these men was Guillaume Richard Lafleur who settled near Montréal, became a Captain of the Militia, and was killed by Iroquois warriors in 1690.

Jacques Agement Son dit Martin of La Prairie, Québec
A Soldier with the Régiment Royal-Roussillon in the French and Indian War (1756-1763)

André Poutré dit Lavigne (1639-1724): Soldier, Settler, and Village Shoemaker
A Soldier with the Carignan-Salières Regiment who arrived in Québec in 1665

Descendants of Thomas O. Gilman

These include son Joseph Gilman of Medford, WI and Joseph's daughter Marietta who married George Aschenbrener in Stetsonville, Wisconsin in 1903.

Joseph and Barbara (Fox) Gilman: Pioneers of Taylor County, Wisconsin

Joseph Gilman Family Portrait and Biographical Sketch
written by Joseph's oldest daughter, Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener, in 1930

Marietta Estelle Gilman (1880-1981) Pedigree Chart

Lines of Descendancy
Relationship Charts to the above ancestors:

Hélène Desportes to Matilda Gratton, wife of Thomas O. Gilman

Hélène Desportes to Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener

Zachary Cloutier to Matilda Gratton, wife of Thomas O. Gilman

Zachary Cloutier to Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener

Guillaume Richard Lafleur to Thomas O. Gilman

Catherine Ducharme, Fille du Roi, to Marietta Gilman Aschenbrener

Note: Information on the individuals born in Canada in the charts above comes from two sources: The Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) and the Québec Catholic Parish Registers 1621-1900, digitized (although not indexed) and available at www.familysearch.org, under the published collections for Québec, Canada.

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