In researching my Roy ancestors, I encountered various spellings of the family name,
including Roy, Roi, Rois, LeRoy and King. My particular Roy lineage was also frequently
referred to as Desjardins, Lauzier, Lauzon, and Voisine. With just a cursory look, one
would not necessarily associate these last surnames with the Roy family. However,
backtracking through the various historical records, I have come across all these
surnames as referring to the same family.
My Roy Family migrated from Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada in the mid 1820s.
My 3rd Great Grandfather, Jean Raphael Roy, appears to have been the first Roy to migrate
to the Saint John River Valley around 1826.
Jean Raphael Roy, son of Jean Marie Roy and Marie Anne Michaud, married Marie Louis
Caron, daughter of Simon Caron and Ursule Belanger on 26 November 1810 at St Louis,
Kamouraska, Kamouraska County, Province of Quebec. Their children were also born and
baptized at St Louis, Kamouraska, except for Henriette who baptism was registered at
St Basile, Madawaska County, New Brunswick, Canada in 1826.
My Roy Family is descendant from Antoine Roy dit Desjardins who came to Quebec with
the Carrignan-Saliere Regiment in 1665. See the following page for Antoine's relatives in
France. This is my English translation of Monsieur Pierre LeClercq's research as published
on la Société généalogique de l'Yonne and is published here with permission from the author. See also the villages along the St. Lawrence where Antoine and his son Pierre have lived.
My wife's Desjardins Family are descendants of Jean Baptiste Desjardins and Marie Louise Dionne. He is the son of Jean Baptiste Roy and Geneviève Côté and thus part of the Antoine Roy dit Desjardins Family tree.
Their grandson, Honoré Roy dit Desjardins married Henriette Marquis on 5 Feb 1839 at St André de Kamouraska, Québec, Canada. Joseph Desjardins, son of Honoré Roy and Henriette Marquis, was the first to marry in the St. John Valley. Joseph married Démerise Gagné on 25 Apr 1871 at Ste Luce in Frenchville, Maine.