My mother was descended from a King’s Daughter.
OK, not actually a princess. Just someone who was paid by the French government to go to New France and marry a local farmer. But it still sounds cool to say we’re related to a King’s Daughter.
Canada, family, France, history, identity, immigrant •
Tags: Canada, Canadian history, King's daughters, La Rochelle, Les Filles du Roi, Louis XIV, New France, Quebec, Quebecois •
A few weeks before my mother passed away, I finally had the chance to do what I had wanted to do for years: Visit the sites where my French-Canadian ancestor had been.
The problem was, I could only figure out one specific location, and that was only due to guessing based on an old photograph: a “cabinet card.”
My mother had insisted for decades that she had French-Canadian ancestry. Her grandmother Carrie Lewis Connally was French, she claimed. But I always wondered.
Lewis doesn’t sound terribly French.
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Tags: Bonaventure, Cohoes, family, French Canadian, immigration, Montreal, naturalization, Quebecois, St. Joseph's, Troy, Waterford •