GreenerPasture.com
FREE genealogy since 1999 - History belongs to all of us!
Get Started Sign In
Menu Menu
Search Search
Family Tree Family Tree
Daily News Daily News
Bookmarks Bookmarks
Not on this site Don't end up on this site as someone's ancestor!


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

 
 
T
Marie TROTTINE (TROTIN) (1646, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - bef. 27 October 1682, Rivière-Ouelle, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Liesse))
V
Marie-Barbe VALADE (abt. 1643, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 7 March 1724, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Jeanne VAUVILLIERS (abt. 1639, , France - 30 July 1699, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Anne VIDEAU (abt. 1641, , France - 21 April 1703, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie-Sainte VIE dite LAMOTHE (abt. 1634, Paris, France - 25 May 1682, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery))
Françoise VIGER (abt. 1642, Angers, France - 23 March 1712, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne VIGNAULT (VIGNEAULT) (abt. 1636, Poitiers, France - 20 March 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Jeanne VOIDY (abt. 1637, , France - 7 December 1708, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Page: 1  2  3