Marie-Geneviève Hallé

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Marie-Geneviève Hallé / Haley

French: Marie Halle (Hallé)
Also Known As: "Marie-Geneviève Haley", "Marie-Geneviève Hallé"
Birthplace: Du Coudray, Chartres Orleanais, St Julien, France
Death: April 20, 1676 (28-37)
Charlesbourg, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jean-Baptiste Halay / Hallé dit Raoul; Jean Baptiste Hallé; Mathurine Valet and Mathurine Valet
Wife of Joachim Girard
Mother of Marie-Marguerite Hotte (Girard); Feu Jacques Girard, II; Antoine Girard; Marie Barbe Fournier (Girard); Jacques Girard (died at four days old) and 9 others
Sister of Marie Halley or Halay; Barbe Carrier; Élisabeth Hallé Halay; Jean-Baptiste Hallé; Angelique Halay and 1 other

Managed by: Paul Louis Doré
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About Marie-Geneviève Hallé

Joachim and Marie were married on September 27, 1660 at Notre Dame in Quebec. One Hundred French Canadian Family Histories by Phillip J, Moore tells us that uncle Jean Jobin:

“gave a cow, two cauldrons, a mattress, two place settings, a pot, two platters , six dishes and promised to pay the passage of Joachim’s man and to feed his for one year of his two year contract.”

A generous uncle for sure! The Jobin family would have many close connections to the Girard family, which I will explain in another post.

Joachim and Marie had seven children.

Marie Halay was written up in the Jesuit Relations, Vol. 50 :

A very virtuous woman, who saw herself burdened with three children, the eldest of whom was but four years old, and who, moreover, lived at a great distance from the Church, was extremely hindered on Holy days in the discharge of her devotions. Yet she did not cease to come to the Chapel of Saint John and to attend the assembly of the Holy Family, with great punctuality, although always with much disquiet and fear for her children. One day when she had left them asleep in her house, she was greatly surprised, on her return, to see them upon their beds, very carefully dressed, and provided with breakfast, just as she was wont to give it to them. Upon asking her eldest girl who had thus dressed them in her absence, the child, who is very intelligent for her age, could tell her nothing about it except that it was a Lady clothed in white whom she did not know -although she knew very well all the women of the neighborhood; and that, besides, she had but just gone out, and her mother must have met her on entering.

Many have piously believed that the Blessed Virgin herself was pleased to calm this good woman’s anxieties, and let her know that, after taking the usual precautions for her children, she was to leave the rest to the protection of the Holy Family.

What renders such an opinion plausible is that the mother found the door of the house closed, just as she had left it on going out; that she did not see this woman dressed in white, who had but just made her exit when she entered; that everything was performed exactly as she was wont to do it herself; that this cannot be ascribed to any one known in the neighborhood or in the country; that the child is of an age little capable of a fabrication of this nature; and that, after all, God does sometimes perform such marvels on behalf of the poor. Finally, inquiries in the matter were prosecuted with great exactness by a very virtuous Ecclesiastic. That good woman is named Marie Haslé, wife of Joachim Girard, and this occurrence was on the 8th of July, 1665.”

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Marie-Geneviève Hallé's Timeline

Du Coudray, Chartres Orleanais, St Julien, France
La Coudraye, Nievre, France
August 26, 1661
Age 18
Québec, Canada
September 28, 1662
Age 19
Beaumont, Quebec, Canada
February 24, 1664
Age 21
La Nouvelle France
December 26, 1665
Age 22
Quebec, par Notre-Dame de Grace, Quebec, Canada
December 8, 1669
Age 26
March 19, 1671
Age 28
Quebec, Canada