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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In France of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the chief officials of state, the seigneurs, the higher ecclesiastics, even the officers of the army and the marine, were always drawn from the nobility. In the colony this was very far from being the case... Even among the seigneurs the great majority of these landed gentlemen came from the ranks of the people, and not one in ten was a member of the 'noblesse'.

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
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

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immigrant Fille du Roi flag  Marie  Bellehache

  (b. abt. 1652, France   d. 7 December 1718Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )  

Marie Bellehache was born abt. 1652 in , France. Marie Bellehache was the child of

Marie was a Fille du Roi, arriving in New France by 1673.

She married  Gilles Bourré (Bourret) dit L'Espine 5 September 1673 in Québec Province, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 8 children. Gilles Bourré (Bourret) dit L'Espine  was born abt. 1642 in , France .  He died 8 February 1726 in Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée) . 

Marie Bellehache died 7 December 1718 in Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Fille du Roi

daughter of Pierre Bellehache and Marie Burelle

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Marie Bellehache married immigrant flag Gilles Bourré (Bourret) dit L'Espine-- Date: 5 September 1673 Place: , Québec Province, Canada

Added: 12/12/2014 11:00:58 AM  

flag Anne Bourré (Bourret) (b.12 December 1674, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 12 August 1735, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Jeanne Bourré (Bourret) (b.9 March 1678, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 10 September 1747, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Michel Bourré (Bourret) dit L'Espine (b.1681, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 16 July 1688, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag François Bourré (Bourret) (b.10 June 1683, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Marie-Catherine Bourré (Bourret) (b.28 March 1686, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 14 June 1754, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne Bourré (Bourret) (b.26 January 1689, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 2 February 1745, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Anonyme Bourré (Bourret) (b.1691, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 24 May 1691, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Antoinette Bourret (Bouré) (b.15 September 1692, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

Fille du Roi
Bellehache, Marie, m. Bourret, Gilles, dit Lépine, contract Sep. 9, 1673
1663-1673 Filles du Roi

"The filles du roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women and many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement in the colony were paid for by the King. Some were given a royal gift of a dowry of 50 livres for their marriage to one of the many unmarried male colonists in Canada. These gifts are reflected in some of the marriage contracts entered into by the filles du roi at the time of their first marriages.

The filles du roi were part of King Louis XIV's program to promote the settlement of his colony in Canada. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and the USA (and beyond!), are descendants of one or more of these courageous women of the 17th century. "

Added: 3/31/2015 10:34:37 AM - Beckie  Updated: -

1673 Marriage / Partner
Marie Bellehache and Gilles Bourré (Bourret) dit L'Espine 5 September 1673, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

1674 Birth of Child
Anne Bourré (Bourret) was born 12 December 1674, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1678 Birth of Child
Jeanne Bourré (Bourret) was born 9 March 1678, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1683 Birth of Child
François Bourré (Bourret) was born 10 June 1683, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

1686 Birth of Child
Marie-Catherine Bourré (Bourret) was born 28 March 1686, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

1688 Death of Child
Michel Bourré (Bourret) dit L'Espine died 16 July 1688, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

1689 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Bourré (Bourret) was born 26 January 1689, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

1692 Birth of Child
Antoinette Bourret (Bouré) was born 15 September 1692, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

7 December 1718
Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) (Saint-Charles-Borromée)

Added: 12/12/2014 11:00:33 AM

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