Mille - Mailloux       

This Mayhew Family is French-Canadian with earliest ancestry records found in Aix en Provence, France. Originally recorded as MILLE, meaning grain worker, our family name was written MAILLOU in 17th century France. By the time the British occupied New France (abt.1760) our surname was changed again, this time to French-CanadianMAILLOUX.


The family name MAYHEW is an English surname. Most notable is English-American progenitor Thomas Mayhew (1593-1682) from Tisbury.  His 1642 farming and whaling enterprise was the first established European colony on Martha's Vineyard.  In 1642, our ancestor Pierre Arnaud Maillou (1635-1699) was a seven-year-old living with his family near Saintes, France. Fifteen years later in 1657 he was aboard LaVierge, a 150-ton frigate out of La Rochelle bound for New France.

With a month of luck and fair winds he would sail over the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and up the St. Lawrence to Quebec Citythe pioneer colony founded 50 years earlier by the French explorer Champlain, with fewer than 50 houses. At age twenty-two, Pierre was our first family to The New World. Indebted, he then had to face three years of work to pay for his passage to The New World.

Maillou evolved into Mailloux and eventually became Mayhew 150 years after Pierre's era.  The English surname Mayhew was adopted by our French family soon after Leon Mailloux emigrated to Kane County, Illinois from L'Acadie, Quebec.   

                    LEON MAYHEWLMAread more >


Pam K.  ( Leon Mayhew's 3x Great Granddaughter )

Aix en Provence-  FR.  < read more

                     Lavender fields     Aix en Provence                                                                                  

La Rochelle- France                            < read more                                          


                Ancient Seaport      
            La Rochelle, France

Map- New France  1730

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The primary focus of this web site is to research the family genealogy of Leon Mayhew and our Mailloux predecessors.  Our objective is to share available information regarding our ancestors and their descendants.

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