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Filles a Marier (Marriageable Young Girls) (1634-1662)


When the Company of 100 Associates began their settlement scheme, their plan of recruiting only families proved to be too costly, so instead they signed on single men; tradesman and labourers; who would be indentured for three years. However, this meant that more than 80% of the colonists were men, so even if they decided to stay at the end of their term, there was little hope of them starting a family, unless they chose a Canadian girl. But, since her family would never allow her, or her children, to leave their village; the company directors needed to avoid this from happening.

So instead, they began recruiting "marriagable young girls", who would first sign a contract in France and then be given passage and a small dowry to become the wife of a Quebec settler. You might wonder why these young girls (many under 16), would risk the dangers and hardships, which by now most of France were well aware of; but believe it or not; for many it was the best option.

At the time, marriages were arranged, so if the girl's family did not have the means to provide a sutable dowry, her only option was to become a nun, if she was Catholic; or marry beneath her station. In the case of the young Filles a Marier, though a marriage contract must be signed before departure, she had every right to refuse the union, once she met her husband-to-be. As a matter of fact, many of them did just that, and were provided safe passage home.

Source: www.oocities.org/ weallcamefromsomewhere/ Kebec/ filles_marier.html

 
 
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Ozanne ACHON (18 July 1633, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 24 December 1707, Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada (Saint-Ange-Gardien))
Etiennette ALTON (13 November 1638, Angers, France - 19 December 1722, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie ARMAND (abt. 1636, Rouen, France - , , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
Marthe-Marie ARNUS (ARNUE) (ARNAULT) (28 March 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 26 August 1700, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marguerite AUBERT (abt. 1625, , France - 22 April 1693, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
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Marguerite BANSE (abt. 1615, , France - , )
Suzanne BARBOT (BARBEAU) (1620, , France - 25 November 1657, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Gabrielle BARRÉ (abt. 1639, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 4 July 1688, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Madeleine BEAUDOIN (13 January 1639, , France - 13 November 1706, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Françoise BÉNARD (abt. 1629, , France - 6 February 1707, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie BÉRARD (2 April 1639, , France - 4 November 1719, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Suzanne BETFER (BEDFORD) (abt. 1629, , England (United Kingdom) - bet. 1688 and 1694, Lachenaie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Charles-de-Lachenaie))
Françoise-Marie BIGOT (7 May 1632, , France - 9 August 1706, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada)
Marie BISSONNET (abt. 1639, Luçon, France (Lucon) - , , France)
Jeanne BITOUSET (BITOUZET) (1636, Paris, France - 10 February 1706, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre))
Marguerite BOILEAU (11 August 1638, , France - , )
Marie BONIN (abt. 1638, , France - , )
Gillette BONNE (BANNE) (1636, , France - 9 June 1672, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Marie BOURDON (5 March 1634 , Rouen, France - 27 April 1705, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))
Marthe BOURGOUIN (1638, Paris, France - 19 December 1682, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie BOYER (abt. 1636, , France - 12 November 1665, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Anne BOYER (BOULIER) (1 December 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 9 December 1704, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade))
Marguerite BRETON (22 July 1631 , Paris, France - 11 November 1698, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne-Angélique BRIERE (abt. 1640, Paris, France - 2 June 1711, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
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Catherine CAMUS (22 November 1633 , La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 17 October 1678, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Foy))
Elisabeth CAMUS (abt. 1645, , France - 20 July 1680, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Françoise CAPEL (abt. 1626, , France - 20 April 1699, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation))
Helene CARTIER (1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 10 October 1665, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne CERISIER (1640, , France - 17 September 1709, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
Marie CHAPELIER (6 January 1621, , France - 15 March 1697, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Catherine CHARLES (abt. 1638, , France - 12 December 1691, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne CHAVERLANGE (abt. 1637, , France - abt. 1681, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
Marie CHEFDEVILLE (5 June 1631, , France - 23 November 1708, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Anne CHEVALIER (abt. 1635, , France - 25 June 1705, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie CHOLET (abt. 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 13 January 1700, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne CHOTARD (abt. 1636, , France - 10 February 1711, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Catherine COLIN (COLLIN) (12 September 1633, , France - 10 January 1688, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Catherine CRAMPON (abt. 1644, , France - 6 July 1699, Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada (Saint-Ange-Gardien))
Françoise CREPEAU (1645, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 12 January 1695, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine))
Marie CREVET (abt. 1621, , France - 22 November 1695, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul))
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Esther DE LAMBOURG (abt. 1630, , France - 19 April 1687, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Anne DELAUNAY (DE LAUNAY) (10 July 1635, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 12 December 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Jeanne DELAUNAY (DE LAUNAY) (abt. 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - , )
Catherine DELAVAUX (DELAVAU) (abt. 1620, , France - 11 April 1688, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie DELIGNY (abt. 1636, , France - 24 December 1696, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))
Susanne DENOYON (NOYON) (3 April 1626, Rouen, France - April 1701, Bécancour, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Becancour) (Saint-Edouard-de-Gentilly))
Jacqueline (Jacquette) DESBORDES (BORDE) (abt. 1637, Paris, France - 19 April 1660, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Anne DESPRÉS (abt. 1620, Paris, France - 12 March 1689, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Geneviève DESPRÉS (abt. 1639, Paris, France - 11 May 1706, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Vincente DESVARIEUX (DEVARIEUX) (abt. 1624, Rouen, France - 2 January 1695, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))
Marguerite DOUCINET (14 February 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 14 September 1698, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie-Madeleine DROUILLARD (abt. 1636, , France - 17 February 1719, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation))
Elisabeth-Isabelle DRUGEON (abt. 1642, , France - 17 January 1722, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Madeleine DUBOIS (abt. 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 5 March 1721, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
Nicole DUCHESNE (abt. 1636, , France - , )
Marie-Madeleine DUPONT (abt. 1633, , France - 28 October 1696, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Anne-Antoinette DURAND (abt. 1636, Rouen, France - 15 February 1703, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie-Madeleine DUTEAU (5 July 1649, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - bet. 1689-1694, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marie-Madeleine))
Marie-Michelle DUTOST (DUTAUT) (DUTEAU) (21 August 1639, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 30 November 1675, Lotbinière, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis))
Louise DUVAL (abt. 1640, Paris, France - , )
Françoise DUVERGER (abt. 1642, Paris, France - 17 November 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Suzanne DUVERGER (abt. 1643, Paris, France - , )
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Anne ÉMARD (22 October 1627, , France - 17 January 1700, Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy))
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Françoise FAFARD (1621, , France - 13 January 1702, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre))
Marie FAILLET (FAYET) (FAYETTE) (abt. 1643, Paris, France - 6 April 1713, Saint-Nicolas, Lévis, Québec, Canada )
Marie FERRA (FERET) (abt. 1642, , France - 17 February 1713, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada )
Catherine FORESTIER (FORTIER) (6 January 1640 , La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 31 March 1694, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville))
Marie-Madeleine FRANCOISE (1633, , France - 23 March 1707, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
Jacqueline Marie (Jacquette) FRESLON (28 January 1635 , Angers, France - 17 April 1712, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales))
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Geneviève GAMACHE (13 October 1636, , France - 5 November 1709 , L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours))
Jeanne GARNIER (abt. 1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - November 1703, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Françoise GAUDET (abt. 1633, , France - 9 March 1715, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles))
Mathurine GAUDET (GODET) (31 January 1637, , France - 12 November 1672, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marguerite GAULIN (14 May 1627, , France - 15 January 1703, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
Françoise GAUSSE dite LEBORGNE (1634, , France - 08 March 1714, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
Marie-Isabelle GIRAUD dite GIROUX (abt. 1641, , France - 23 February 1713, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Isabelle-Elisabeth GOBINET (1642, , France - 2 April 1715, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil))
Jeanne GODARD (abt. 1638, , France - 25 November 1686, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie GODARD (abt. 1640, , France - 21 November 1684, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
Marie GODEAU (2 April 1643, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 21 April 1662, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))
Perrine GODIN (abt. 1600, , France - , )
Marie GRANDRY (abt. 1646, Paris, France - 29 June 1728, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))
Antoinette GRENIER (GARNIER) (abt. 1638, , France - 17 February 1713, Cap-St-Ignace, Québec, Canada (Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola))
Marie GRIGNAULT (abt. 1636, , France - 30 November 1706, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marguerite GUILLEBOURDEAU (abt. 1620, , France - 20 October 1662, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
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Élisabeth HAGUIN (HAGOUIN) (1643, , France - 11 April 1718, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie-Anne HARDY (10 October 1633, Angers, France - 2 January 1726, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine))
Marguerite HAYET (abt. 1630, Paris, France - 22 June 1711, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne HERAULT (4 May 1624, Poitiers, France - 9 January 1677, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Catherine HOUART (abt. 1638, Rouen, France - 22 April 1712, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie-Marthe HUBERT (abt. 1642, Champagne, France - 26 February 1688, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Françoise HUBOUT (HUBOULT) (HOUBOU) (1636, , France - , )
Catherine HURAULT dite TRELLE (abt. 1640, Angers, France - 19 October 1680, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
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Suzanne JARON (JAREL) (abt. 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 15 December 1687, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Suzanne JAROUSSEL (1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - aft. 1 November 1694, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie-Françoise JOBIN dite LAJEUNESSE (1632, , France - 6 July 1702, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation))
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Jacqueline LAGRANGE (1 July 1641, , France - 3 August 1688, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Anne LAMARQUE (7 July 1648, Bordeaux, France - abt. 1686, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
Antoinette LAMOUREUX (abt. 1648, , France - 17 January 1706, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
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