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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? The chief festivities in New France occurred at Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter, and May Day. On Michaelmas the habitant came to pay the annual rental for his lands.

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 a Marier flag  Marie  Boyer

  (b. abt. 1636, France   d. 12 November 1665Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France )  

Marie Boyer was born abt. 1636 in , France. Marie Boyer was the child of Pierre Boyer and Catherine Vinet

Marie was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1663.

She married  Jean Bellet 30 January 1663 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .  Jean Bellet  was born abt. 1631 in Rouen, France . 

Marie Boyer died 12 November 1665 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .

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Marie Boyer married flag Jean Bellet-- Date: 30 January 1663 Place: Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France
no children

Added: 1/4/2015 9:25:57 AM  
Updated: 1/4/2015 9:26:14 AM

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." (
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1663 Marriage / Partner
Marie Boyer and Jean Bellet 30 January 1663, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

12 November 1665
Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Added: 1/4/2015 9:25:05 AM

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