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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? Seigneuries in North America were granted to military officers, some were owned by the Catholic clergy and even by unions of local inhabitants. In 1663, half of the seigneuries of New France were managed by women. This situation came to be because a woman could inherit her husband's property after his death.

Source: Seigneurs and the seigneurial system of New France ( feudal-system.php)

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  Godard

  (b. abt. 1640, France   d. 21 November 1684Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )  

Marie Godard was born abt. 1640 in , France. Marie Godard was the child of Robert Godard and Antoinette Grandpierre

Marie was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1654.

She married  Toussaint Giroux 29 September 1654 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Toussaint Giroux  was born 2 November 1633 in , France .  He died 15 February 1715 in Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport) . 

Marie Godard died 21 November 1684 in Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France .

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Marie Godard married immigrant flag Toussaint Giroux-- Date: 29 September 1654 Place: Québec, Canada, New France
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 


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flag Charles Giroux (b.30 April 1655, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 7 May 1655, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Raphaël Giroux (b.21 July 1656, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 11 February 1715, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Charles Giroux (b.10 August 1658, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 23 December 1708, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Toussaint Giroux (b.24 April 1660, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 7 July 1660, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Michel Giroux (b.13 June 1661, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 5 August 1715, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Toussaint Giroux (b.17 October 1663, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 10 November 1663, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Jean Giroux (b.26 October 1664, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 16 January 1733, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne Giroux (b.28 December 1666, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 9 June 1711, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Jean-Baptiste Giroux (b.16 December 1668, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Marie-Madeleine Giroux (b.29 December 1669, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 4 June 1751, Charlesbourg, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Toussaint Giroux (b.1 March 1672, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 24 February 1750, Beauport, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Monique Giroux (b.abt. 1679, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 1 March 1727, Québec, 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." (
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1654 Marriage / Partner
Marie Godard and Toussaint Giroux 29 September 1654, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1655 Birth of Child
Charles Giroux was born 30 April 1655, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1656 Birth of Child
Raphaël Giroux was born 21 July 1656, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1658 Birth of Child
Charles Giroux was born 10 August 1658, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1660 Birth of Child
Toussaint Giroux was born 24 April 1660, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1661 Birth of Child
Michel Giroux was born 13 June 1661, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1663 Birth of Child
Toussaint Giroux was born 17 October 1663, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1664 Birth of Child
Jean Giroux was born 26 October 1664, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1666 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Giroux was born 28 December 1666, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1668 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Giroux was born 16 December 1668, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1669 Birth of Child
Marie-Madeleine Giroux was born 29 December 1669, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1672 Birth of Child
Toussaint Giroux was born 1 March 1672, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

21 November 1684
Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport)

Added: 1/9/2015 4:09:42 PM

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