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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? New France was born and nurtured in an atmosphere of religious devotion. To the habitant the Church was everything--his school, his counselor, his almsgiver, his newspaper, his philosopher of things present and of things to come. To him it was the source of all knowledge, experience, and inspiration, and to it he never faltered in ungrudging loyalty.

Source: Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
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immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Marie-Madeleine  Francoise

  (b. 1633, France   d. 23 March 1707Batiscan, Canada, New France )  

Marie-Madeleine Francoise was born 1633 in , France. Marie-Madeleine Francoise was the child of

Marie-Madeleine was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1655.

She married  Guillaume Thibault 11 January 1655 in Montmagny, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 8 children. Guillaume Thibault  was born 1622 in Rouen, France .  He died 21 August 1686 in Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer) .  He was the son of Nicolas Thibault and Elisabeth Anthiaume.

She married  (2) François Fafard 8 April 1696 in Château-Richer, Canada, New France .  François Fafard  was born 8 January 1630 in , France .  He died 25 December 1711 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) .  He was the son of Jean Fafard and Antoinette Leverdier.

Marie-Madeleine Francoise died 23 March 1707 in Batiscan, Canada, New France .

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Marie was the daughter of Isaac Francois and Esther Pasquier.

Death recorded at Saint-Francois-Xavier, Batiscan, Quebec

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Marie-Madeleine Francoise married immigrant flag Guillaume Thibault-- Date: 11 January 1655 Place: Montmagny, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Guillaume Thibault was the son of Nicolas Thibault and Elisabeth Anthiaume

Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec, Canada

"On Monday, 16 November 1654, Guillaume required the services of the notary Audouart to draw up his marriage contract at Fort St-Louis in Quebec. The distinguished guests were Jean de Lauzon, Governor of New France; Father Francois Lemercier, head of the Jesuits; the Normand priest Lean Lesueur, chaplain of the Hotel-Dieu; Anne Gasnier, widow of Jean Clement, Sieur DuVault; Denis-Joseph Ruette, Sieur d'Auteuil, son-in-law of Anne Gasnier; Jean Bourdon from Rouen, the administrator of the Communaute des Habitants of New France; Seigneur, the Venerable Guillaume Couillard, bourgeois; Louis Couillard, Seigneur for part of the Ile aux Oies; and Martin Grouvel."

"Who was the future bride? Marie-Madeleine Francois or Lefrancois, who had been in the country for a short time, appeared as a worthy 21 year old orphan. Her late father Squire Isaac Francois had been the Captain of a company of light horse cavalry in France, obviously a nobleman. Her mother was named Esther Paigne. Marie-Madeleine was born in Lorraine, about 1633."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XIV, Pages 202-203
Updated: 1/7/2014 12:35:02 AM

flag Claire-Françoise Thibault (b.29 October 1655, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 11 April 1728, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Jeanne-Marguerite Thibault (b.20 January 1657, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 06 February 1718, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Guillaume Thibault (b.1659, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 3 August 1692, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag François Thibault (b.1660, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 24 November 1710, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Charles Thibault (b.15 November 1661, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 12 September 1685, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Nicolas Thibault (b.30 May 1663, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 30 September 1727, Terrebonne, Canada, New France )

flag Anne Thibault (b.12 June 1665, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 13 April 1749, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Étienne Thibault (b.6 December 1668, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. aft. April 1681, , Québec Province, Canada )

Marie-Madeleine Francoise married immigrant flag François Fafard-- Date: 8 April 1696  Place: Château-Richer, Canada, New France 

François Fafard was the son of Jean Fafard and Antoinette Leverdier

groom's name: Francois Fafar
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bride's name: Magdeleine Lefrancois
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marriage date: 08 Apr 1696
marriage place: Chateau Richer, Montmorency I, Quebec
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groom's race: White
groom's marital status: Unknown
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bride's race: White
bride's marital status: Unknown
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indexing project (batch) number: M01734-5
system origin: Canada-EASy
source film number: 1018161
reference number: P 173

"Canada, Marriages, 1661-1949," index, FamilySearch ( pal:/ MM9.1.1/ F2KL-G2P : accessed 06 Jan 2013), Francois Fafar and Magdeleine Lefrancois, 08 Apr 1696; citing reference P 173, FHL microfilm 1018161.

"After ten years of widowhood, the banked fires of love flared anew in the heart of Madelein Lefrancois. A brilliant citizen from Batiscan, the widower of Marie Richard since 31 May 1695, the father of seven children, a Normand by origin, Francois Fafard, 60 years old, entered the heart of the widow Thibault... In early spring, on 8 April 1696, Madeleine and Francois were married a second time, at Chateau-Richer... The new Lefrancois-Fafard couple moved to Batiscan..."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XIV, Page 210

Added: 7/24/2010 3:25:52 PM  
Updated: 4/18/2016 11:07:33 AM

Marie Madeleine LeFrancoise
From gmf/ pafn01.htm#6316
Madeleine LeFrançois est une orpheline et son père, Isaac, avait été capitaine d'une compagnie de chevaux-légers, sa mère s'appelait Esther Paigne. Les chevaux-légers étaient un corps de cavalerie chargé de la garde du roi. Après la mort de...Read MORE...

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 11:07:46 AM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 11:07:56 AM - Beckie

1655 Marriage / Partner
Marie-Madeleine Francoise and Guillaume Thibault 11 January 1655, Montmagny, Québec, Canada (Saint-Thomas) (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire)

1655 Birth of Child
Claire-Françoise Thibault was born 29 October 1655, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1657 Birth of Child
Jeanne-Marguerite Thibault was born 20 January 1657, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1661 Birth of Child
Charles Thibault was born 15 November 1661, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1663 Birth of Child
Nicolas Thibault was born 30 May 1663, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1665 Birth of Child
Anne Thibault was born 12 June 1665, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1666 Habittans de Beaupré
Guillaume Thibaut - 48 boulanger & tailleur d'habits

Marie Magdelaine le francois 33 sa femme

Claire francoize Thibaut 11 fille

Jeanne Margueritte Thibaut 9 fille

Guillaume Thibaut - 8 fils

francois Thibaut - 5 fils

Charles Thibaut - 4 fils

Nicolas Thibaut - 3 fils

Anne...

1668 Birth of Child
Étienne Thibault was born 6 December 1668, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1681 Canadian Census Seigneurie de Beaupre
Guillaume Thibaud, tailleur, 63
Madelaine Francois, sa femme, 46
Guillaume, 23
Francois, 21
Charles, 20
Nicolas, 18
Anne, 16
Etienne, 13

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
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1685 Death of Child
Charles Thibault died 12 September 1685, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1686 Death of Spouse/Partner
Guillaume Thibault died 21 August 1686, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1692 Death of Child
Guillaume Thibault died 3 August 1692, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1696 Marriage / Partner
Marie-Madeleine Francoise and François Fafard 8 April 1696 , Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1707 Death
" as there (Batiscan) that the ancestress of the Thibault descendants died on Wednesday, 23 March 1707. Her burial was conducted the next day by Father Michel-Philbert Boy, in the presence of Nicolas Rivard and Julien Rivard dit Laglanderie."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian...


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