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immigrant Fille a Marier France  Jacqueline (Jacquette)  Desbordes (Borde)

  (b. abt. 1637Paris, France   d. 19 April 1660Québec, Québec, Canada )  

Jacqueline (Jacquette) Desbordes (Borde) was born abt. 1637 in Paris, France. Jacqueline (Jacquette) Desbordes (Borde) was the child of

Jacqueline (Jacquette) was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1652.

She married  Claude Charland dit Francoeur 8 January 1652 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Claude Charland dit Francoeur  was born abt. 1626 in , France .  He died 22 January 1705 in Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada . 

Jacqueline (Jacquette) Desbordes (Borde) died 19 April 1660 in Québec, Québec, Canada .

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daughter of Dimanche Desbordes and Radegonde Valentin

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Jacqueline (Jacquette) Desbordes (Borde) married immigrant France Claude Charland dit Francoeur-- Date: 8 January 1652 Place: Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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Canada/New France Noel-Joseph Charland (b.10 November 1652, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. , )

Canada/New France Denis-Hyacinthe Charland (b.31 January 1656, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. 25 February 1703, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada )

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"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." (
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1652 Marriage / Partner
Jacqueline (Jacquette) Desbordes (Borde) and Claude Charland dit Francoeur 8 January 1652, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1652 Birth of Child
Noel-Joseph Charland was born 10 November 1652, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

1656 Birth of Child
Denis-Hyacinthe Charland was born 31 January 1656, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

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19 April 1660
Québec, Québec, Canada

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