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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? Throughout 17th century Quebec, it was not uncommon to see older men marrying young girls. Such unions were auhtorized because women were, for a long time, far less numerous than men in the colony.

Source: History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.


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immigrant Fille a Marier France  Catherine  Forestier (Fortier)

  (b. 6 January 1640 La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France   d. 31 March 1694Boucherville, Québec, Canada )  

Catherine Forestier (Fortier) was born 6 January 1640 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France. Catherine Forestier (Fortier) was the child of

Catherine was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1657.

She married  Jacques Menard dit Lafontaine 19 November 1657 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) .  The couple had (at least) 10 children. Jacques Menard dit Lafontaine  was born abt. 1629 in , France .  He died 14 January 1707 in Boucherville, Québec, Canada . 

Catherine Forestier (Fortier) died 31 March 1694 in Boucherville, Québec, Canada.


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daughter of Jean Fortier and Julienne Coeffes

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Catherine Forestier (Fortier) married immigrant France Jacques Menard dit Lafontaine-- Date: 19 November 1657 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
Familysearch.org. Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 


marriage found at Immaculee Conception, Trois Rivieres in Drouin Collection

Jacques Menard and Catherine Fortier

He is the son of Joannis Menard and Auare Lavinelle

She is the daughter of Joannis Fortier and Juliannae Coifus

Updated: 12/15/2014 12:39:05 PM


Children:
Canada/New France Marie Menard dite Lafontaine (b.7 September 1659, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 2 July 1726, Boucherville, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Jean-Baptiste Menard (b.27 November 1660, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 29 October 1728, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Louis Menard (b.28 July 1662, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 11 May 1742, Boucherville, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Maurice Menard dit Lafontaine (b.6 June 1664, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 9 May 1741, Chambly, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jean Menard dit Bellerose (b.16 March 1666, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 7 May 1702, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Marguerite Menard (b.22 January 1668, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 3 April 1699, Boucherville, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Jeanne-Françoise Menard (b.24 May 1669, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 15 October 1747 , Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Marie-Anne Ménard (b.1 April 1671 , Boucherville, Québec, Canada  d. 3 February 1710, Laval, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Catherine Menard (b.27 September 1673, Boucherville, Québec, Canada  d. 1 January 1727, Boucherville, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Thérèse Menard (b.02 October 1676, Boucherville, Québec, Canada  d. 19 June 1753, Longueuil, Québec, Canada )



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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." (http://www.thinal.co.cc/weallcamefromsomewhere/Kebec/filles_marier.html)
Added: 9/15/2010 11:07:03 AM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 11:07:12 AM - Beckie

France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne


1657 Marriage / Partner
Catherine Forestier (Fortier) and Jacques Menard dit Lafontaine 19 November 1657, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)

Canada 1659 - François de Laval arrives in Québec as vicar general of the pope (June).

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1659 Birth of Child
Marie Menard dite Lafontaine was born 7 September 1659, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1660 - Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and about sixty others withstand an attack by over 500 Iroquois at Long Sault (May). It is traditionally said that the small party fights so well that the Iroquois decide not to attack Montréal.

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1660 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Menard was born 27 November 1660, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1662 Birth of Child
Louis Menard was born 28 July 1662, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1663 - Québec becomes a royal province. The first Filles du roi (Kings Daughters) arrive in New France during the summer
In 1663, the King Louis XIV took over direct control of the government of New France, making it a Crown colony with Québec becoming a Royal Province. Royal governors and other officials replaced...Read MORE...


1664 Birth of Child
Maurice Menard dit Lafontaine was born 6 June 1664, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1666 Les Trois Rivieres
Jacques Mesnard d. lafontaine - 38 habitant

Catherine forestier - 29 sa femme

Marie Mesnard - 6 fille

Jean mesnard - 4 fils

Louis Mesnard - 2 fils

Maurice Mesnard - 2 jours fils

Simon Caillouet - 35 domestique

Et Hierosme langlois - 64 serrurier...Read MORE...


Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French.

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1666 Birth of Child
Jean Menard dit Bellerose was born 16 March 1666, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants.

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Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...


Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries.

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1668 Birth of Child
Marguerite Menard was born 22 January 1668, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1669 Birth of Child
Jeanne-Françoise Menard was born 24 May 1669, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2).

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1671 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Ménard was born 1 April 1671 , Boucherville, Québec, Canada

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop.

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Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...


Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi.

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1673 Birth of Child
Catherine Menard was born 27 September 1673, Boucherville, Québec, Canada

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec.

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1676 Birth of Child
Thérèse Menard was born 02 October 1676, Boucherville, Québec, Canada

1681 Canadian Census Seigneurie du Boucherville
Jacques Menard (dit Lafontaine), charron, 52
Catherine Forestier, sa femme, 46
enfants:
Jean, 22
Louis, 19
Maurice, 18
Jean, 16
Marguerite, 14
Jeanne, 12
Anne, 9
Catherine, 6
Therese, 5
Jacques, 3

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal,...Read MORE...


Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July).

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Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...


Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps.

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Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October)

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1694 Death
Death found at Saint-Famille-de-Boucherville, Boucherville, QC, Canada in Drouin Collection.

Catherine Forestier
Familysearch.org. Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.
Added: 2/5/2010 10:44:37 AM - Beckie  Updated: 2/5/2010 - Beckie



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