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immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Catherine  Forestier (Fortier)

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

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, Canada, New France .  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 (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville) . 

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


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daughter of Jean Fortier and Julienne Coeffes

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Catherine Forestier (Fortier) married immigrant flag Jacques Menard dit Lafontaine-- Date: 19 November 1657 Place: Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France
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:
flag Marie Menard dite Lafontaine (b.7 September 1659, Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France   d. 2 July 1726, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

flag Thérèse Menard (b.02 October 1676, Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. 19 June 1753, Longueuil, Canada, New 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." (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

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

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

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

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...


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

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

1671 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Ménard was born 1 April 1671 , Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

1673 Birth of Child
Catherine Menard was born 27 September 1673, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

1676 Birth of Child
Thérèse Menard was born 02 October 1676, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

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...


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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