Thomas Hayot1

M, b. circa 1609, d. before 25 July 1675
French Home of Thomas Hayot
     Thomas was born circa 1609 in Soligny-la-Trappe, Orne, Normandy, France. Thomas married Jeanne Boucher on 15 July 1629 in Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France, at the parish of St-Jean.2 About 1638, Thomas & Jeanne as well as their children; Jean, Genevieve & Rodolphe immigrated from France, arriving in Quebec City.3 Soon after their arrival, the family had obtained 56 perches of land in upper-town Quebec, then called Mt Carmel [now called the cidadel of Quebec]. It was between the land of Jacques Silvestre and land owned by the New France Company. By 30 July 1640, he was working for Nicolas Pivert, clearing land. He sold his land at Mt Carmel on 4 July 1641. It was probably then that the family moved to Beauport where Thomas and his brother-in-law, Marin Boucher, were share croppers for the Jesuits. By 1653, he was living at Cap-Rouge, where he was elected to the people's assembly on 19 August 1653. On May 14, 1654, he purchased 2.5 arpents of land within the fort of St Francois Xavier with the right to build. He was still at Cap Rouge in 1667, as he appears there on the census. He was residing next to his daughter, Anne.4 He was a farmer for the Jesuits of Beauport until 15 April 1646 when the Governor of Quebec gave him land in Sillery measuring 3 arpents by 28 arpents [1 arpent = 192 feet]. 1667, Thomas was listed on the Canadian Census in Ste-Foy, ville de Quebec, Quebec, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Thomas Hayot [58 years] & Jeanne Boucher [60 years].5 On 8 September 1670, Romain Becquet, a notary, drew up a marriage contract between Thomas and a "daughter of the King", Marthe Raudy, daughter of Pierre Raudy and Anne Bubbol. Something strange must have happened as on that very same day, the notory drew up another contract with another "daughter of the King", Barbe Ravey. He and Barbe soon married, as on 4 December 1670, they were involved in a recorded transaction. Another transaction involving Thomas and Barbe was dated 8 September 1673.6,7 Thomas's wife, Jeanne, died before 8 September 1670 in Sillery, ville de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, leaving him a widower. Thomas departed this life before 25 July 1675 in Sillery, ville de Quebec, Quebec, Canada. On this day "to the rights of Sean Hayot", received revenues due his father Thomas Hayot.1


Jeanne Boucher b. c 1 May 1601, d. b 8 Sep 1670


  1. [S1570] Father Gerard Lebel translated by Thomas J LaForest, Our French Canadian Ancestor, Volume VI: Chapter 10, pages 115-124.
  2. [S1592] Peter J.Gagne, Before the King's Daughters: the Filles a Marier,1634-1662.
  3. [S1569] Marcel Trudel, Catalolgue Des Immgrants 1632-1662, Cahiers du Quebec Collection Historie, page 77 - Thoma Hayot, age 29 arrived 1638 at Quebec, wife, Jeanne Boucher 31, Sean 2, Genevieve 8, Rodolphe 4. [Note: The ages of the children possibly should have read: Sean 7, Genevieve 5, and Rodolphe 4. - KLM]
  4. [S1570] Father Gerard Lebel translated by Thomas J LaForest, Our French Canadian Ancestor, Volume VI: Chapter 10, pages 115-124 - On 30 July 1640, Thomas went to work for Nicolas Pivert as a land clearer. (4) Some time earlier, he had obtained 56 perches (a little more than a half-parent) of land in the Upper-Town of Quebec, at a spot then called Mont-Carmel, a high location situated between rue Saint-Louis and Cap-aux-Diamonts. [Today, this is the citadel of Quebec.] . . . the Hayot land was sited between that of Jacques Sevestre and the holdings of the Company. Thomas sold his lot to the Company on 4 July 1641. . . he and his brother-in-law, Marin Boucher, were sharecroppers on the farm owned by The Society of Jesus at Beauport. On 11 June 1646, a notation was made: "Our farmers at Beauport agreed to a separation: Boucher left & Thomas Hayot remained in charge; this was an agreement between them, without our having to do anything except consent to it."
    Record of Romain Becquet. Since this document is lost, it is not possible to establish with certainty if it concerns the land at Sillery. But it is certain that Thomas Hayot lived on this land after 1653. . . The land of Thomas Hayot would be located today approximately between the rue de la Carriere and the rue Ranvoyze, from the river up to the Boulevard Laurier, in Sainte-Foy. . . This time the Hayot family was not forgotten. They were listed as being at Cap-Rouge on the Saint-Ignace coast. Their neighbors were Etienne de Nevers and Sebastien Langelier. Thomas was said to be 58 and Jeanne 60 years old; they owned three animals and had twenty arpents under cultivation. [Note - A special thank you to Thomas Kennedy for putting these excerpts from this book on his website to share with other family members. - KLM]
  5. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography.
  6. [S1570] Father Gerard Lebel translated by Thomas J LaForest, Our French Canadian Ancestor, Volume VI: Chapter 10, pages 115-124 - She must have died a short time later, since on the following 8 September, [1670] at the home of the same notary, Thomas contracted to marry a "daughter of the King," one Marthe Raudy, born at Saint-Gervais in Paris, and daughter of Nicolas and the late Anne Bobel. Marthe brought belongings estimated at 300 livres in value and a dowry of 50 livres from the King. According to Silvio Dumas, this contract was not carried out and we find no trace of Marthe after 1670.
    Nevertheless, there is a mystery here which needs to be unraveled. On this same 8 September at the home of the same notary, Thomas promised to marry Barbe Ravey (Rave or Ravet), another one of the King's daughters. Subsequent records prove that in this case there was indeed a marriage, because Thomas and Barbe were mentioned by Becquet in two transactions, one on 4 December 1670 (a sale to Jean Migneron), and the other on 8 September 1673 (a sale to Jean Routier). Dumas mentions another King's daughter named Barbe Raveau, born at Saint-Roch in Paris in 1646, widow of Charles Petit and daughter of Claude and of Barbe Lomogne. (15) This Barbe married Jean Malerbaut on 9 October 1673 at notary Duquet on 16 September. This contract states that Barbe was a widow, but the civil records do not mention this detail.
    Were Barbe Ravey and Barb Raveau the same person? If so, then Thomas would have left this mortal coil sometime between 8 and 16 September 1673. This is hardly enough time to bury one husband and find another, unless...? At the time, nothing in the affairs of the heart need seem astonishing; all the more so when we remember that Barbe was 37 years younger than Thomas, and, she hardly would have had time to become overly attached to her sexagenarian husband!
  7. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Marriage Contract Certificate Number 94441.