Lalonde Family History: Sarah Allen Granted French Citizenship
In May 1710 King Louis of France granted Sarah Allen and 40 others citizenship in New France.
by Eric Lalonde (email@example.com)
The following text was written by Emma Coleman in her book "New England Captives Carried To Canada". Note that Sarah Allen is written as Magdelaine Allyn with an asterisk. The asterisk means she was unidentified by Emma Coleman. One of the reasons she was unidentified in many of the studies done is the fact that her name is written as Marie-Madeleine Helene in the official church records of baptisms, marriages and burials.
In the month of May 1710, Louis, fourteenth of his name, gave at Versailles in the grandest manner his gracious permission to these and other boys and girls, men and women, to live and die in New France or elsewhere in his possessions.
"Louis, by the grace of God, King of France and Navarre, to all present and to come, greeting: our well beloved ...
The names that follow from the Lettres de Naturalité in the Canadian Archives, omitting those known to belong outside New England. An asterisk means unidentified. The names are printed as written, but abbreviations are used and repetitions avoided.
All professing the catholic apostolic and roman religion, have shown us that they have been established several years in New France and desiring to end their days as our subjects, they have very humbly supplicated us to grant these Letters which facilitate in everyway possible their residence in the "country of Canada and new france." they yielding obedience to us. The above named are to have "all rights, priviledges and immunities enjoyed by our born subjects, as well as the same rights to hold and dispose of property, real and personal," But:- "they cannot leave the country without our express and written permission, nor be employed as go-betweens with foreigners on pain of forfeiting these rights."
Given at Versailles May 1710.
Note: Spelling copied as printed by Emma Colemen.
© 2002 Chris Lalonde & Eric Lalonde Updated: June 22, 2003