Roy, Bire and a miracle

Continuing the stories of our first ancestors to come from France, I will write a little about Mathurin Roy and Marguerite Bire, ancestors in both the Hogue and the Girardin lines.  They were from the area of La Rochelle and were married January 27, 1637 in France in the Chapel of Sainte-Marguerite.  They had three children born in France, and then we find Mathurin mentioned as a witness to a marriage in Quebec city in 1647. He must have come alone, and then returned to France, as the couple had another child born in 1650 in France.

I do not know exactly when the family came here permanently, but it was by 1654. Here is how we know that date. Mathurin, like many of our ancestors, was a master mason and in 1654, according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography he, along with Paul Vachon,

“ was entrusted with the building of the chapel and the sick-ward of the Hôtel-Dieu of Quebec”.

One can assume he was involved in the construction of many other buildings in Quebec city.

On June 10, 1659, the last of their children, a daughter Catherine was born.

And now we have our first miracle! In 1664 Marguerite broke her leg in four places, and it could not be set.  She was miraculously cured when she went to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica.  She threw away her crutches and walked to the altar.  Read about it here in The miracles of Beaupre: a collection of the most remarkable cures wrought at the far-famed Shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupre, compiled by a Redemptorist.

An interesting side-effect (depending on your point-of-view) of claiming Mathurin and Marguerite as our ancestors is the fact that it makes us distant cousins of Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne.


As I mentioned in a previous post, numerous famous cousins are commonplace for those of us with French-Canadian ancestry.

Here’s our descent to Pépère:

1-Mathurin ROY (abt 1610-?)
+Marguerite BIRE (abt 1616–?)
2-Marie Catherine ROY (1659-1734)
+Thomas PAGEAU (1642-1706)
3-Marie PAGEAU (1678-1705)
+Joseph GUILBAULT (1672-1738)
4-Charles GUILBAULT (1702-1760)
+Marie CROQUELOIS dit LAVIOLETTE (1712-1796)
5-Marie Rose GUILBAULT (1747-1778)
+Jean Jacques Baptiste LABELLE (1743-1816)
6-Marie Anne LABELLE (1776-?)
+Louis Amable HOGUE (1769-?)
7-Louis Amable HOGUE (1796-1858)
+Marguerite TAYLOR (1805-1885)
8-Thomas HOGUE (1840-1924)
+Philomene MCMILLAN (1848-1923)
9-Thomas Joseph HOGUE (1879-1955)

And our descent to Mémère:

1-Mathurin ROY (abt 1610-?)
+Marguerite BIRE (abt 1616- ?)
2-Marie Catherine ROY (1659-1734)
+Thomas PAGEAU (1642-1706)
3-Anne Elisabeth PAGEAU (1686?-)
+Jean Baptiste ALLARD (1676-1748)
4-Francois ALLARD (1719-1801)
+Barbe Louise BERGEVIN-LANGEVIN (1724-1794)
5-Pierre Francois ALLARD (1746-?)
+Marie Marguerite Rosalie ALAIRE (1755-1825)
6-Charles ALLARD (1787-1862)
+Magdeleine LUSSIER (1795-1832)
7-Joseph Pierre ALLARD (1826-1875)
+Marie BONIN (1827-?)
8-Onesime ALLARD (1852-1896)
+Napoleon GIRARDIN (1851-1929)
9-Marie Emma GIRARDIN (1878-1979)


4 thoughts on “Roy, Bire and a miracle

  1. These two are my ancestors, as well. Good read, thanks.

  2. Raymond Peare

    Mathurin is approximately my 11th-13th grandfather. Amazing.

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