Jean (Lahaie) Lahaye dit Hibernois
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John (Lahaie) Lahaye dit Hibernois (abt. 1670 - 1738)

John (Jean) Lahaye dit Hibernois formerly Lahaie aka Lahey, Lahaye, Hibernois
Born about in Tallow, Irelandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 9 Sep 1697 in Notre-Dame de Québec, Canada, Nouvelle-Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Pointe-Claire, Canada, Nouvelle-Francemap
Profile last modified | Created 9 May 2011
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John Lahey, also called Jean Laha, Jean Lahe, Jean Lahaye, Jean Leahy, and other variants, was born about 1670 in Tallow, Ireland, a son of Thomas Lahey and Catherine Williams.

He emigrated to America and was living in Schenectady, New York,[1] in February 1690, during King William's War, when a French and Indian force attacked the fortified settlement, destroying the fort and town. John was among the survivors of the attack who was taken captive and marched to Nouvelle-France (French territory in Canada).

He renounced the Protestant faith in 1696 in Montreal. His abjuration is on the Montreal records. In English translation, it reads:[2]

"On Monday, 19 March 1696, Jean Lahe born in 1670 at Tollo in Ireland of the marriage of Thomas Lahé, Catholic, and of Catharine Williams, Protestant, and baptized in his country in the Catholic religion & later having professed the Puritan religion until last year, when he was taken in the month of July among the Flemish of Corlar and living now in the service of M. le ber, Merchant, solemnly made abjuration of heresy into the hands of Mre Henri Antoine Meriel, Priest of the Seminary of Vile Marie, authorized to receive it by M. François Dolie priest, Grand Vicaire etc. And this in the presence of M. Yves Priat, priest of said Seminary of Ville Marie and of several others."

John Lahaye

He sign his name as Jean Lahaye on the baptism of his daughter Sylvie.

Signatures of father, godfather and godmother on daughter Sylvie's baptism

Fils de Thomas (catholique) et Catherine Guillot ou Williams (protestante) qui se sont mariés à Tallow, Irlande

26 ans en 1696

au service de Jacques Leber à Montréal, en 1696

abjure le puritanisme le 19-3-1696 Montréal

Pris en guerre (Taken in war) à Corlar

Marriage Jean Lehait, son of Thomas Lehait and of Catherine Guillot, from the city of Tollon in Ireland, married Marie Madeleine Souard, daughter of Jean Souard and Anne Ebal, of the city of Selam, on 9 September 1697 in Notre-Dame de Québec.[3]

In May, 1710, Jean Laha, Irishman, and his wife "Marie Swarton, Englishwoman, ... established in Montreal and having three children," became French citizens.[2]

In 1714, Jean, who had been living in Côte de la Chine in Montreal for twenty-two years, was arrested along with an Englishman named Jean Joublin for counterfeiting money. The Report says that because Jean Leahy has rendered the Queen and colony great service, criminal proceedings had been suspended until further notice, and out of consideration for the ambassadors of Queen Anne of England herself, who had demanded these two prisoners as being of their nation, had promised to beg Her Majesty to order their release without trial. The long imprisonment that they have already suffered as being prisoners of war, and which they must still endure until orders from the Queen are received, is a severe punishment. The record goes on to say that the counterfeit bills were only made-and had never been in circulation. They are besides so badly made that no one could be deceived. [2]


Known children of the family (original spelling used)

  1. François Lehays, b & bapt. 8 Jun 1698 Montréal (ND) (godmother Marthe Mills, English national)
  2. +Madeleine de Lahaye, b & bapt. 7 Jan 1701 Montréal (ND); Madeleine Lahaye married Pierre Boileau 7 Aug 1724 St-Laurent de Montréal; (see notes also)
  3. +Jeanne Marguerite Laha, b 4 Sept 1702 côte St-Laurent, bapt. 5th Montréal (ND); Marguerite Lahaye married Pierre Norman 31 May 1719 Montréal (ND)
  4. Thomas Lahaye, b 23 May 1705 bapt. 24 Montréal (ND); buried 30 May Montréal (ND) at 6 days (residence listed as St-Laurent)
  5. Marie Anne Lahaye, b 29 Jun 1706 côte St-Laurent bapt. 30 Montréal (ND) (godmother Christine Otis daughter of the late Richard Otis of Dover New England); Marie Laha buried 10 Sept 1708 @ 2 years (resident of côte St-Laurent)
  6. +Jean François Lahe, b 7 Jan 1708 côte St-Laurent bapt. 8 Montréal (ND) (godmother Marie Françoise French English daughter of Thomas French formerly of Dearfield New England); Jean François Lahaye married Marie Gautier 13 Jun 1735 Pointe-Claire
  7. +Silvie Laha, b côte St-Laurent bapt. same day 19 Mar 1710 Montréal (ND) (godmother Marie Silver daughter of the late Thomas Silver of Haverhill New England); Marie Anne Lahaye married Jacques Benoist dit Laguerre 7 Jan 1729 St-Laurent de Montréal; Marie Sylvie Lahay remarried with Jean Baptiste Charbonneau 18 Aug 1749 Ste-Geneviève (Pierrefonds)
  8. anonyme Laha, girl b & buried 19 Mar 1710 Montréal (ND), given lay baptism at birth by midwife (twin of Sylvie)
  9. Marie Josephe Lahaye, b 21 Dec 1711 côte St-Laurent bapt. 22 Montréal (ND); buried 25 Dec Montréal (ND) at 3 days
  10. Marie Catherine Lahaye, b 7 Mar 1713 bapt. 8 Montréal (ND) (mother's name left blank)
  11. +Joseph Lahaye, b 11 Feb 1714 bapt. 12 Montréal (ND); married Suzanne Gautier 9 Jan 1736 Pointe-Claire (his mother deceased)
  12. Marie Madeleine Lahaye, born 11 Oct 1715 bapt 13 Montréal (ND); married at 22 with Claude Colomb dit Moulevin 20 May 1737 Montréal (ND)
  13. Claude Jean Baptiste Lahaye, b 21 Jan 1717 bapt. 23 Montréal (ND)[4]


  1. Schenectady was called Corlaer by the Iroquois Indians of the region, and the name was adopted (as "Corlar") by their French allies. The name Corlaer derives from Arent van Curler, the founder of Schenectady. See Pearson, A History of the Schenectady Patent, pages 304-333, and Greene, History of the Mohawk Valley, pages 326-351.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Coleman, page 206
  3. Marriage IGD
  4. Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1997 - Drouin IGD
  • Coleman, Emma Lewis. New England captives carried to Canada between 1677 and 1760, during the French and Indian wars. Portland, Maine: The Southworth Press, 1925. Excerpts accessed on Google Books at and on the RootsWeb website of Bill Martin, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, at
  • Genealogy of Canada, Genealogy Jean Lahaie
  • Greene, Nelson, ed. History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925.
  • John Lahey in French Wikipedia.
  • Pearson, Jonathan, and others. A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley, edited by J. W. MacMurray. Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, Printers, 1883.
  • Entered by Denis Givogue.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Saint-Laurent pg.18 Death
  • Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire pg.112

See also:

  • Dempsey, Gary T. Ottawa Valley Ancestry: A Dempsey Family History., undated, page 312. Accessed at Google Books.

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