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French Canadian Pioneers: The Nadeaus of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Index: Filles du Roi


QUEBEC SURNAMES: Nadeau + Desbien, Forcier LOCATIONS: L'Ile-aux-Coudres, St-Michel-d'Yamaska. | Vintage postcard: Restaurant in the Saguenay - Owner H. Nadeau, Vintage Texaco sign



Joseph Nadeau / Belair  |  Felicite Desbien

November 1st, 1749, L’Ile-aux-Coudres

[Occ. ship’s captain]  [Baptismal record]


Olivier-Francois Nadeau  |  Marguerite Forcier

April 3rd, 1742, St-Michel-d’Yamaska

[Genealogy notes + Primary documents – French]


Ozanie-Joseph Nadeau / Lavigne  |  Marguerite Abraham

mar.contract Nov. 6, 1665

Marguerite Abraham was a Fille du Roi (see notes below).



Variations and associated surnames

Bachelier – Belhair – Fevrier – Forcier

Grenier – Hamel – Lavigne – Letourneau – Nadau(x)

Nadeaux – Nado – Nadro – Nantais


This series of Early French Canadian Pioneers microposts is dedicated to the earliest settlers of Quebec. If you are new to the genealogy of French-speaking Canadians, please be aware that the earliest French settlers can also descend from the Acadian pioneers who originally settled in what are now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition, please note that any Native related links refer back to other posts citing census, marriage or other documents with indigenous or Metis individuals of that surname, however those individuals do not necessarily descend from these particular French Canadian settlers. All these posts are intended as Finding Aides – a place to find possible clues and start your own research!


Filles du Roi is the name that’s been given to about 700/800 women who emigrated from France to Quebec in the middle of the 17th century. They were called the King’s Daughters because Louis XIV (King of France) had sponsored their trips to the New World. Each Fille received her passage, a hope chest and room and board until her marriage (read further at The Canadian Encyclopedia).

Marguerite Abraham was a Fille du Roi. Her parents were Godegrand and Denise Fleury of de la Tonnellerie Boulevard in Paris (St-Eustache), France. Her father was a maitre pourpointier (master pitter?). After her father’s death, Marguerite’s mother married Antoine Hullot in Paris, France. Marguerite was baptisized on January 5th, 1637.  [Baptismal record]  [for Quebec information see above]


Filles du Roy



Related Posts

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Index: Cimetière des Soeurs Grises

Index: Headstones of St-Constant Cemetery

Nadeau m. Vandal| Nadeau, Joseph m. Tanguay

Lagace/Mignier Marriages – A Canadian Family Tree (1)

Theriault Marriages Extracted from Canadian Family Tree (1)

A Dodier/Doyer In Oka

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History



Nadeau | Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surnames | Metis, French, Montagnais  NEW!





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  1. This is cool I’m a direct descendant of Ozanie Nadeau and Marguerite Abraham on my mother’s side the Nadeaus of Port Daniel


    Comment by onijkt | April 7, 2021 | Reply

    • Very cool. I’m Gerald Nadeau of Port-Daniel daughter Gail. My parents lived in Charlie H. Nadeau’s big home. I’m always searching gir new Nadeau history and photos.


      Comment by Gail Nadeau | April 7, 2021 | Reply

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