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Rene de la Voye, Sr

Male Abt 1607 - Aft 1656  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Rene de la Voye 
    Suffix Sr 
    Born Abt 1607  Rouen, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1656  Rouen, Saint-Maclou Parish, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00040  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Family Isabeau Belanger,   b. Abt 1607, Rouen France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1656, Rouen Saint-Maclou Parish, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married Abt 1627  Saint Maclou, Rouen, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Rene de la Voye, Jr.,   b. 28 Nov 1628, Saint-Maclou Parish, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1696, Chateau Richer, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. Jeanne de la Voye,   b. 6 Sep 1634
     3. Marie de la Voye,   b. 6 Oct 1638
     4. Andre de la Voye,   b. 23 Feb 1640
    Family ID F0048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Saint-Maclou Cathedral
    Saint-Maclou Cathedral
    The Typical Dress of men from Normandy, France During Rene de la Voye's Lifetime
    The Typical Dress of men from Normandy, France During Rene de la Voye's Lifetime

    Documents
    LaVoy Family Crest
    LaVoy Family Crest
    French Canadian Hometowns of the LaVoy Family
    French Canadian Hometowns of the LaVoy Family
    Map showing the Hometowns in France of Rene de la Voye and Anne Godin
    Map showing the Hometowns in France of Rene de la Voye and Anne Godin

  • Notes 
    • The LaVoy Family in France

      The beginnings of the LaVoy Family lie in the city of Rouen, in the old province of Normandy, France, in the Catholic Parish of Saint-Maclou. It it is here that the ancestors of the LaVoy Family of Canada and America are first discovered. In this parish Rene de la Voye, Sr., and his wife, Isabelle Belanger, lived in the early 1600's. Neither the date of their marriage nor any other facts are known about earlier ancestors of the LaVoy Family.

      Rouen was the capital of Normandy for a thousand years and it was the city which witnessed the death of St.Joan of Arc who was condemned as a hertic and burnt at the stake as a witch in 1431, two hundred years before our first contact with the LaVoy Family.

      Rouen was also an important port city linked to both the Atlantic Ocean and the city of Paris by the River Seine.

      The LaVoy Family Church of Saint-Maclou was built in flamboyant Gothic style between 1437 and 1517. The author secured a postcard picture of it while visiting there in the 1960's and the picture can be found with this history.

      The Family name de la Voye, or de la Voie, means "of the highway or road way" suggesting that the earliest ancestor to take on the name lived near a highway, implying countryside origins rather than city origins for the family. With the passage of time the name was shortened to LaVoie, then Americanized in a couple of ways, "LaVoy" and "Lavoy", the latter form more often seen in the 1800's in the family records and the former adopted almost universally by living members of the family.

      The family name has also been spelled "Lavois" and "Lavoix". All of these spellings are pronounced the same in Franch and as the 1850 Monroe County Census inidcates that Francois LaVoy could not read or write, it was up to the record taker to decide how the name was spelled since the name was new to the area.

      Other variations on the name found in the 1840 Census and the genealogies of Fr. Christian Denissen are "Lavouay" and "Lavoue". Both of these spellings are pronounced as the first spelling and are attempts by a French-speaking record taker to capture in French the sound of the American pronunciation of "LaVoy". They have no authenticity as alternate ways of spelling the name.

      Rene de la Voye, Sr., and his wife Isabelle had four known children: (1) Rene de la Voye, Jr., born in about 1633, but whose baptismal record has not been found. (2) Jeanne de la Voye, baptized 6 September 1634; (3) Marie de la Voye, baptized 16 October 1638;(4) and Andre de la Voye, baptized 23 February 1640.

      It is this couple's oldest child, Rene de la Voye, Jr., who immigrates to Quebec, Canada, and becomes the first LaVoy in the New World.