Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Date of Birth: October 20, 1963
Ethnicity: French-Canadian, with small amounts of Belgian [Flemish, Walloon], Breton, English, First Nations [Algonquin and Kaskaskia], Irish, Scottish, and Spanish [Castilian]
Julie Payette is a Canadian businessperson, astronaut, and engineer. She served as the 29th Governor General of Canada, from October 2, 2017 to January 21, 2021.
Her father, André Payette, is an engineer. Her mother, Jacqueline (Carey), worked as a theatre accountant. She was raised in Montréal’s Ahuntsic neighborhood. Governor General Payette has a son with her former husband, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot William Flynn.
A few of Governor General Payette’s distant ancestors were First Nations, specifically Algonquin and Kaskaskia.
Governor General Payette is a fourth cousin of actor and comedian Jim Carrey. They share great-great-great-grandparents, Francois Carré and Marie Genevieve/Josephe Joly.
Governor General Payette’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to her ninth great-grandfather, Pierre Payet (c. 1610, Libourne, Gironde, France – November 2, 1694, Montreal, Quebec).
Governor General Payette’s paternal grandfather was Roland Payet (later Payette, the son of Benoni Payet, later Payette, and of Élisabeth Marin). Roland was born in Montréal. Benoni was the son of François Payet (later Payette) and Tharsille Payet dit St-Amour. Élisabeth was the daughter of Louis Forêt dit Marin and Sophornie Quévillon.
Governor General Payette’s paternal grandmother was Jeanne Huberdeau (the daughter of Louis Huberdeau and Alice Martin). Jeanne was born in St-Hubert, Chambly. Louis was the son of Louis Huberdeau and Rose de Lima Brossard. Alice was the daughter of Alfred Martin and Malvina Ste-Marie.
Governor General Payette’s maternal grandfather was Noël Carey (the son of Adélard Carey and Blanche Asselin). Noël was born in Montréal. Adélard was the son of Paul Carré and Adelina Goulet. Blanche was the daughter of Joseph Asselin and Louise Robitaille.
Governor General Payette’s maternal grandmother was Cécile Marcotte (the daughter of Alphonse Marcotte and Ardelise Trépanier). Cécile was born in Montréal. Alphonse was the son of Octave Marcotte and Rosianne Marion. Ardelise was the daughter of Joseph Trépanier and Sophronie Desautels.
Governor General Payette’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced to her eleventh great-grandmother, Catherine Dorbelle (c. 1611, Amiens, Somme, France – December 1, 1708, Angers, Anjou, France).
Governor General Payette is a direct descendant of Zacharie Cloutier (c. 1590-1677), a prominent early Québec settler.
Source: Genealogy of Julie Payette – http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca