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French Canadian Pioneers: The Vilains of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

Quebec Surnames: Vilain + Lorion, Bernier Locations: Montreal


Pierre Vilain  |  Catherine Lorion

October 13th, 1654  Montreal (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. -]

[Genealogical notes + primary document – French]


Mathurin Bernier | Jeanne Vilain

October 28th, 1670  Montreal (Notre-Dame)

Jeanne Vilain was a Fille du Roi (see second note below).



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).

Jeanne Vilain was a Fille du Roi. She was born about 1655 in Paris, France. her parents were Jean Vilain and Jeanne Barbe. Her father was a master goldsmith or silversmith. Jeanne died or was buried on December 18th, 1711 in Montreal.



Related Posts

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

Index: Filles du Roi

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy and History


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