Mille - Mailloux
Our 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 has been transformed a couple times. From 17th century French MAILLOU, to MAILLOUX during British occupation of New France in the mid 18th century.
The name MAYHEW in America is predominantly an English surname. Most notable is English-American progenitor Thomas Mayhew (1593-1682) from Tisbury. His 1642 farm and whaling enterprise was the first established European colony on Martha's Vineyard. In the year 1642 our New World progenitor, Pierre Arnaud Maillou (1635-1699) was a seven-year-old living with his family near Saintes, France.
Fifteen years later would find Pierre Maillou aboard LaVierge, a 150-ton frigate out of La Rochelle bound for New France. With a month of luck and fair winds Pierre sailed over Newfoundland's Grand Banks and on up the St. Lawrence to dock at Quebec City―pioneer colony of barely fifty years―founded by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain.
At age 22, Pierre was our family's first to arrive in the New World, living in an outpost with fewer than fifty houses. For the next three years he would be indebted to work off his passage to New France. It was fifty years after Pierre that Maillou gained an X and became French-Canadian, Mailloux.
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 adopted by this branch of the French-Canadian family.
< Pam K. Leon Mayhew's 3x Great-Granddaughter