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From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
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immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Anne  Boyer (Boulier)

  (b. 1 December 1632La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France   d. 9 December 1704La-Pérade, Canada, New France )  

Anne Boyer (Boulier) was born 1 December 1632 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France. Anne Boyer (Boulier) was the child of Pierre Boyer and Catherine Vinet

Anne was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1658.

She married  Pierre Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle 14 May 1658 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Pierre Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle  was born 19 November 1635 in Le Mans, France .  He died 27 August 1708 in La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade) . 

Anne Boyer (Boulier) died 9 December 1704 in La-Pérade, Canada, New France .

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Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Anne Boyer (Boulier) married immigrant flag Pierre Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle-- Date: 14 May 1658 Place: Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

According to PRDH, there was a 1658 marriage contract between Pierre Pineault Laperle and Anne Boyer in an undetermined place in Quebec.

L’Immaculée-Conception, Trois-Rivières, Canada
Updated: 1/7/2014 12:25:04 AM

flag Jeanne Pineau (Pineault) (b.11 April 1659, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 1665, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Madeleine Pineau (Pineault) dite Laperle (b.25 April 1660, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 26 May 1734, La-Pérade, Canada, New France )

flag Michel Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle (b.26 April 1662, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 9 April 1712, Lotbinière, Canada, New France )

flag Pierre Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle (b.17 November 1664, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 13 December 1708, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Louise Pineau (Pineault) (b.1665, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada, New France   d. 8 December 1749, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Joseph Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle (b.8 May 1667, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 22 May 1722, Verchères, Canada, New France )

flag Thomas Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle (b.1671, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 21 April 1748, Maskinongé, Canada, New France )

flag René Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle (b.10 August 1675, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 1 August 1747, Pointe-du-Lac, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France* )

flag Mathurin Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle (b.1676, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 13 May 1745, Montréal, Canada, New France )

1 December 1632
La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France

Fille a Marier

"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." (
Added: 9/15/2010 10:30:25 AM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 10:30:35 AM - Beckie

1658 Marriage / Partner
Anne Boyer (Boulier) and Pierre Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle 14 May 1658, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1659 Birth of Child
Jeanne Pineau (Pineault) was born 11 April 1659, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1660 Birth of Child
Marie-Madeleine Pineau (Pineault) dite Laperle was born 25 April 1660, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1662 Birth of Child
Michel Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle was born 26 April 1662, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1664 Birth of Child
Pierre Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle was born 17 November 1664, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1666 Les Trois Rivieres
pierre pinot dit la perle - 35 habitant

Anne boyer - 30 sa femme

Magdelaine pinot - 6 fille

Michel pinot - 4 fils

pierre pinot - 1 fils

Et Jacques chever - 20 domestique
The first census of New France (1666)
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1667 Birth of Child
Joseph Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle was born 8 May 1667, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1675 Birth of Child
René Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle was born 10 August 1675, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1681 Canadian Census Sainte-Anne
Pierre Pinot (dit Laperle), 60
Anne Boyer, sa femme, 48
Michel, 19
Joseph, 14
Marie, 12
Thomas, 10
Rene, 6
Mathurin, 5

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
Added: 3/1/2010 12:55:16 PM - Beckie  Updated: 3/1/2010 12:55:16 PM -

9 December 1704
La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)


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