French, Scottish, Irish, German and English families of James and Deborah McDonald

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  • ID: I824
  • Name: Marie-Catherine Baillon 1 2
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1645 in V. Montfort-l'Amaury, ev. Chartres, Île-de-France (ar. Rambouillet, Yvelines), France 1 2
  • Emigration: 1669 One of the "Filles de Roi" ("King's daughters").
  • Death: 30 JAN 1688 in Rivière-Ouelle, Québec, Canada 1
  • Note:
    From Fichier Origine (remarks); source: Jean-René Côté et Anita Seni (MSGCF) ; Nicole Mauger et Raymond Ouimet (Catherine de Baillon...), MSGCF, vol. 52, no 2, été 2001, p. 123-144 ; Catherine de Baillon. Enquête sur une fille du roi, Septentrion, Novembre 2001; DGFQ, pg. 817:

    Catholic. Son père, veuf en premières noces de Claude Dupuy, décède en novembre 1648 et sa mère est inhumée aux Layes le 21-02-1680. Sa soeur Louise se marie avec Jacques Pocquet le 02-10-1673 aux Layes. Famille d'origine noble. Her parents have a marriage contract dated 05-11-1639 from notary Paris (Châtelet).


    Catherine de Baillon was born around 1645, probably in the hamlet of Layes near Montfort-L'Amaury in the Chevreuse Valley. Her parents, Alphonse de Baillon and Louise de Marle were from old noble stock but, at the time of Catherine's birth, their financial situation was shaky. In August 1669, she arrived in Québec City aboard the Saint Jean-Baptiste, one of the149 King's Daughters that year. She brings a dowry of 1000 pounds. On November 12, 1669 in Quebec City, she marries Jacques Miville dit Deschesnes. His father was Pierre Miville dit Le Suisse, born in Fribourg, Switzerland, ex-soldier of the Cardinal of Richelieu, and his mother was Charlotte Maugis, originally from Brouage near La Rochelle. After living a few years in the Miville household in Lauzon, the couple settled on a piece of land in La Grande Anse near Rivière-Ouelle. They had 7 children. The third one, Jean, is the ancestor of the two lines belonging to this genealogy (see tree below). Catherine and Jacques died within a few hours of each other in 1688, probably victims of an epidemic. The presence of Catherine de Baillon among the King's Daughters is somewhat surprising for the following reasons: Although she had lost her father, she still had her mother, her guardians, and a brother with a good position at the Royal Court; Although she was not rich, she came with a dowry of 1000 pounds; Contemporary accounts suggest that she came to Canada against her will, probably after having been sequestered in the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris; Despite her dowry and her aristocratic origin, she was shunned by the 12 bachelors of noble birth in Quebec City as rumors of ill repute may have preceded her to New France. The most plausible explanation was posited by Raymond Ouimet and Nicole Mauger in their book on Catherine de Baillon (see source noted below). Catherine's brother Antoine was equerry to Gaston Henry of Bourbon, Duke of Verneuil, Bishop of Metz, and great Uncle of Louis XIV. Through him, Catherine met this great lord and might have had a short affair with him. In October 1668, the Duke of Verneuil married Charlotte Seguier, daughter of France's Chancellor. Catherine may have lacked proper discretion about her involvement with the Duke. To protect his future at Court and to avoid any embarrassment to his newly wed protector, Antoine may have arranged for his too talkative sister to be secluded in the Salpêtrière and then included in King's Daughters' contingent heading for New France.

    Source: Raymond Ouimet et Nicole Mauger, Catherine de Baillon - Enquête sur une Fille du roi, Editions Christian, Septentrion, Sillery, QC, 2003

    Father: Alphonse Baillon
    Mother: Louise de Marle

    Marriage 1 Jacques Miville dit Deschènes b: 02 MAY 1638 in St-Hilaire de Hiers (auj. Hiers-Brouage), ev. Saintes, Saintonge (ar. Rochefort, Charente-Maritime), France
    • Married: 12 NOV 1669 in Québec, Québec City, Canada
    1. Has Children Jean Miville dit Deschènes b: 06 SEP 1672

    1. Author: Created by professors Hubert Charbonneau and Jacques Légaré, the PRDH is housed at the Demography department of the Université de Montréal; the data bank is managed by Bertrand Desjardins
      Title: Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH)
      Publication: Name: 1966-2000;
        Name: Université de Montréal

      Source Medium: Church Record
      Source Quality: Good

      Interrelated sections of the PRDH data bank are: a Repertory of vital events (VE) (1621-1799), a Genealogical dictionary of families (FAM) (1621-1765), and a Repertory of couples and filial relations (COUP) (1621-1799).

      Page: IND 5146 and FAM 3053
    2. Author: This list is compiled by Marcel Fournier, coordinator, then revised and broadcasted by Denis Beauregard, webmaster, in the name of the Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie and the Fédération française de généalogie
      Title: Fichier Origine
      Publication: Name: Copyright 1998-2001 by Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie;

      Source Medium: Electronic
      Source Quality: Good

      The database of vital records of French and foreign immigrants who settled in Québec from the beginnings of the colony to 1865.

      Multiple underlying sources; see source listing at

      Page: Jean-René Côté et Anita Seni (MSGCF) ; Nicole Mauger et Raymond Ouimet (Catherine de Baillon...), MSGCF, vol. 52, no 2, été 2001, p. 123-144 ; Catherine de Baillon. Enquête sur une fille du roi, Septentrion, novembre 2001; DGFQ, pg. 817
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