Mille - Mailloux
Our family is French-Canadian with pre-Columbus ancestry records found in Aix en Provence, France. Originally recorded as MILLE, grain worker, our name has transformed several times over the centuries. From MAILLOU in 17th century Poitou-Charentes France, to MAILLOUX during the 18th century British occupation of New France.
The name MAYHEW in America is predominantly an English surname. Most notable is English-American progenitor Thomas Mayhew (1593-1682) from Tisbury. His farming and whaling enterprise was the first established European colony on Martha's Vineyard in 1642. The same year our New World ancestor Pierre Arnaud Maillou (1635-1699) was a seven-year-old living with his family near Saintes, France.
Fifteen years later and Pierre Maillou was aboard LaVierge, a 150-ton frigate out of La Rochelle bound for New France. Within a month, luck and fair winds brought Pierre over Newfoundland's Grand Banks and up the St. Lawrence to Quebec City, Champlain's pioneer French colony of barely fifty years.
At age 22, Pierre was our family's first to arrive in the New World at an outpost with fewer than fifty houses. For the next three years he would be indebted to work off his passage to New France.
The Maillou name gained an X in the mid-18th century and became MAILLOUX during the British occupation of New France.
It was about 1840 when our first emigrant, Leon Mailloux found his way from L'Acadie, Quebec to Kane County, Illinois. That is where our family name became anglicized as Mayhew and incorporated into this branch of the French-Canadian Mailloux family.
< Pam K. Leon Mayhew's 3x Great- Granddaughter