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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? Black cats have always had a rather suspicious reputation as associates of sorceresses and witches, but it is singular that among [French Canadian] peasants they are regarded as protecting goblins, and that no one would think of parting with them, chasing them away, or ill-treating them in any manner. Lucky is the man whose house, or barn, or stable, has been chosen as a home by a large family of black cats.

Source: The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec

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immigrant Fille a Marier France  Françoise-Marie  Bigot

  (b. 7 May 1632, France   d. 9 August 1706Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada )  

Françoise-Marie Bigot was born 7 May 1632 in , France. Françoise-Marie Bigot was the child of

Françoise-Marie was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1647.

She married  Charles Guillebout (Guilbault) 19 September 1647 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Charles Guillebout (Guilbault)  was born 21 March 1609 in Mortagne, Perche, France .  He died 12 February 1658 in Québec, Québec, Canada . 

She married  (2) Denis Briere 8 May 1658 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Denis Briere  was born abt. 1631 in , France .  He died 24 April 1700 in Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada . 

Françoise-Marie Bigot died 9 August 1706 in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada.

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Born in Tourouvre, France
Daughter of Jean Bigot and Thomine Chastel.

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Françoise-Marie Bigot married immigrant France Charles Guillebout (Guilbault)-- Date: 19 September 1647 Place: Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Updated: 7/14/2010 6:52:57 PM

Canada/New France Marie-Geneviève Guillebout (Guilbault) (b.4 March 1651, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. 21 January 1709, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada* )

Canada/New France Charles Guillebout (Guilbault) (b.9 March 1654, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. 11 August 1690, Québec, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Marguerite Guillebout (Guilbault) (b.11 June 1656, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. 15 December 1729, Saint-Nicolas, Lévis, Québec, Canada )

Françoise-Marie Bigot married immigrant France Denis Briere-- Date: 8 May 1658 Place: Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Updated: 3/31/2009

Canada/New France Denis Briere (b.abt. 1660, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 20 June 1718, Québec, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Françoise Brière (b.abt. 1662, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 8 August 1739, Saint-Nicolas, Lévis, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Sebastien LaBriere (b.28 January 1664, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. ,  )

Canada/New France Jean-Baptiste Briere dit Laborde (b.21 May 1668, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*   d. 17 October 1745, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada)

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7 May 1632
, France

Fille a Marier

Filles a Marier 1634-1662

"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 10:27:34 AM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 10:27:48 AM - Beckie

France 1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.

France 1638 - King Louis XIV born in France
History of France : Highlights from Louis XIV to Napoleon

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France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

1647 Marriage / Partner
Françoise-Marie Bigot and Charles Guillebout (Guilbault) 19 September 1647, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Canada 1648-49 The Iroquois disperse the Huron nation. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1651 Birth of Child
Marie-Geneviève Guillebout (Guilbault) was born 4 March 1651, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

1654 Birth of Child
Charles Guillebout (Guilbault) was born 9 March 1654, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

1656 Birth of Child
Marguerite Guillebout (Guilbault) was born 11 June 1656, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

1658 Marriage / Partner
Françoise-Marie Bigot and Denis Briere 8 May 1658, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1658 Death of Spouse/Partner
Charles Guillebout (Guilbault) died 12 February 1658, Québec, Québec, Canada

Canada 1659 - François de Laval arrives in Québec as vicar general of the pope (June). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1660 - Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and about sixty others withstand an attack by over 500 Iroquois at Long Sault (May). It is traditionally said that the small party fights so well that the Iroquois decide not to attack Montréal. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1663 - Québec becomes a royal province. The first Filles du roi (Kings Daughters) arrive in New France during the summer
In 1663, the King Louis XIV took over direct control of the government of New France, making it a Crown colony with Québec becoming a Royal Province. Royal governors and other officials replaced...Read MORE...

1664 Birth of Child
Sebastien LaBriere was born 28 January 1664, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

1666 Sillery
denis Briere - 35 habittant

francoise Bigot - 34 sa femme & precl vefve de Guilleboust

denis Briere - 6 fils

francoise Brière - 4 fille

marie guilleboust - 15 fille

Charles guilleboust - 12 fils

Margueritte guilleboust - 9 fille

et pierre Campaignard - 22 domestique...

Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1668 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Briere dit Laborde was born 21 May 1668, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada*

Canada 1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1681 Canadian Census Signeurie de Maure
Denis Briere (dit La Briere), 50
Francoise Bigot, sa femmme, 50
Charles, 27
Denis, 22
Jean, 13
Charles, 10
Joseph, 7

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
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Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

1690 Death of Child
Charles Guillebout (Guilbault) died 11 August 1690, Québec, Québec, Canada

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1700 Death of Spouse/Partner
Denis Briere died 24 April 1700, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Canada 1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time....Read MORE...

Canada 1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

9 August 1706
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada


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