SYLVAIN FAMILY GENEALOGY – The Anne Gallet Mystery

Among my many other interests is genealogy. My wife’s family in the U.S. descends in part through the Sylvain Family in Quebec. The purpose of this posting is to get some information out there for other researchers on this family, and perhaps either help them, or they may assist us in our research.

This pertains to those Sylvains (and others) who descend from the original immigrant ancestors Sylvain Veau and his wife Anne Gallet. Sylvain Veau was the originator of this line of the Sylvain family in Quebec. A very good website, by the way, is http://sylvainveau.org/ . It is in French. I would love to correspond with its owners if they are interested in collaboration.

Regarding Sylvain Veau, we haven’t done much work yet back in France, as there aren’t many records yet that we’ve found.

So…… here is what very little we know about Anne Gallet (and we know VERY little about her).

Anne was a Fille du Roi (King’s Daughter) sent over by Louis XIV. She arrived around the Quebec City area in Quebec (New France) on the ship La Nouvelle France with many other Filles du Roi. She was from Saint-Malo, Bretagne (modern Ille-et-Vilaine, France). Her parents were Nicolas Gallet and Margueritte Morel. She was married to Sylvain Veau in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Montmorency, Quebec on 13 Oct 1670. We know this due to the original marriage record.

She was listed as a godparent during a baptism of a friend’s child in Sante Anne de Beaupre in about 1675. This due to original baptism record.

She had one son, Etienne Veau-Sylvain (born 8/23/1671 in Sainte-Anne De Beaupre, Quebec (near Quebec City).

We know that she claims to be the daughter of Nicolas Gallet and Margueritte Morel, both dead at the time of her marriage, and both from Saint-Malo.

We know that according to a deathbed statement by her husband, Sylvain Veau, she is supposed to have returned to France by around 1681. This because he makes the statement when he is dying that he wishes for others to care for his young son, since his wife has returned to France. This due to original document that is available.

We know that she claims to be 21 years of age at her marriage (placing her birth year at around 1648 (supposedly in Saint-Malo).

We know that she is stated to have deceased by the time her son Etienne marries on 23 Nov 1693.

In a nutshell, we believe she is the daughter of Nicolas Gallet and Margueriitte Morel and born in Saint Malo around 1648. She came to Canada in 1670 and soon thereafter married to Sylvain Veau. She had a child in 1671, witnessed a baptism around 1675, returned to France sometime before 1681, and died sometime before 1693.

That is everything known about her.

In intensive research of Saint-Malo Parish records, there is only one Nicolas Gallet to be found. He married Guillamette Lignolet probably around 1645 and they had a son in 1646.

It cannot yet be proven that this Nicolas Gallet is actually the father of Anne Gallet.

However, this Nicolas Gallet’s ancestry has been traced back in Saint-Malo for a number of generations linking him to a very old family that had resided in that area at least as early as the mid 1400s.

We have been able to locate no information on Margueritte Morel (Anne’s mother), but many Morel family members resided in and around Saint-Malo at that time.

We have found no birth/baptism information for Anne, no death record, no proof that she returned to France, or if so, where she went.

There is a very good, free French government site: http://www.geneafrance.org/ (all in French) which links to many parish records in many parts of France. So, please feel free to research and share your results.

Some other information is that her correct family name spelling (from the mid 1600’s and earlier) was GOLLET (or GOLET).

That is what we know thus far.

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