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French Canadian Pioneers: The Groleaus of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

Index: Filles du Roi 




Barthelemy  Groleau / Grosleau  |  Marie-Madeleine Sasseville

January 7th, 1745 Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ.salt smuggler and day labourer]

Source: Researcher – Nicole Pinier


Pierre Groleau  |  Marie-Madeleine Gobert

September 8th, 1670 Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. notary]

Source: Researchers – Archange Godbout, Josée Tétreault, Lise Dandonneau


Francois Marchand  |  Madeleine Groleau

September 30th, 1669  Quebec (Notre-Dame)

Madeleine Groleau was a Fille du Roi (see below).


Variations or associated surnames

Grolleau  – Grosleau  – Groslot



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 those particular French Canadian settlers. The 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).

Madeleine Groleau was a Fille du Roi. She came from La Rochelle, France and her mother’s name was Marie Gaultier. She took her mother’s name as the parents” marriage was not valid.


Filles du Roy




Related Posts

List of Metis Surnames of Ontario  (Grosleau)

Index: Filles du Roi 

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy & History



First Nations Marriage Records – Groleau Surname

W …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  newly indexed  [QC]



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