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Fille a Marier flag  Marguerite  BOILEAU

  (b. 11 August 1638, France   d. )  
Summary: Marguerite BOILEAU was born 11 August 1638 in , France. Marguerite BOILEAU was the child of

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

She married  Jean SERREAU dit ST-AUBIN abt. 1663 in Québec Province, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Jean SERREAU dit ST-AUBIN  was born abt. 1621 in , France .  He died 29 March 1705 in Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada / Port Royal, Acadia . 
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daughter of Rene Boileau and Joachine Serrant

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Marguerite BOILEAU married immigrant flag Jean SERREAU dit ST-AUBIN-- Date: abt. 1663 Place: , Québec Province, Canada
Jean Serreau de Saint-Aubin, born in Poitou in c1621, emigrated to Canada in c1660 and set himself up on the Argentenay seigneurie at Île d'Orléans. He married Marguerite, daughter of René Boileau or Boisleau, sieur de La Goupillière and Joachine Ferrand of St.-Jean Dersé, or Dercé, Diocese of Poitiers, probably at Québec in c1663. Marguerite gave Jean four children, born on Île d'Orléans. All was not happy in the Saint-Aubin household, however. A neighbor, Jean Terme of Switzerland, became obsessed with Marguerite and, despite Jean's warnings, "visited [her] too familiarly." Threats were exchanged between the husband and the neighbor. One day in July 1665, Jean surprised Terme with his wife. In the encounter that followed, Terme made the mistake of placing his hand on the hilt of his sword. Jean "dealt him a blow with a stick which proved fatal." The aggrieved husband was exonerated of the act, which, in the eyes of his fellow colonists, was clearly self-defense. He received "letters of remission and pardon" signed by King Louis XIV in February 1666, which were certified by the Supreme Council at Québec the following January. Nevertheless, at the request of his seigneuress, Madame d'Ailleboust, Jean and his wife were expelled from Île d'Orléans. In September 1676, Jean sold his property at Baie St.-Paul, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence below Île d'Orléans, to Msgr. Laval for 1,100 livres and took his family to Acadia. They settled at Passamaquoddy, on the north shore of the Bay of Fundy. In June 1684, Jean was granted the seigneurie of Passamaquoddy, which included Île Ste.-Croix on Rivière Ste.-Croix, site of de Monts's first settlement. The seigneur and his family built their manor house on Île Archimagan, at the mouth of Rivière Ste.-Croix, near present-day St. Andrews, New Brunswick. In 1686, de Meulles found the seigneur with his wife and "his older and younger sons and a few servants" on Rivière Ste.-Croix. Marguerite gave Jean four children, including two sons who created families of their own.

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flag Marguerite SERREAU dite ST-AUBIN (b.abt. 1664, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Pierre SERREAU dit ST-AUBIN (b.1665, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Geneviève SERREAU dite ST-AUBIN (b.7 August 1667, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 1739, Port Royal, Acadia)


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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." (http://www.thinal.co.cc/weallcamefromsomewhere/Kebec/filles_marier.html)

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Geneviève SERREAU dite ST-AUBIN was born 7 August 1667, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
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