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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In the mid 1800s, New France had a population of about 4 million. 1/2 were Catholic. 1/2 were Protestant. 1/3 of the population was French speaking.

Source: Canada: A People's History ( history/)

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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Located on this site since 1647, the cathedral has twice been destroyed by fire throughout the centuries.
Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
16, rue de Buade, Quebec City, Quebec
Located on this site since 1647, the cathedral has twice been destroyed by fire throughout the centuries.

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immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Anne  Després

  (b. abt. 1620Paris, France   d. 12 March 1689Québec, Canada, New France )  

Anne Després was born abt. 1620 in Paris, France. Anne Després was the child of

Anne was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1651.

She married  Jean De Lauson 23 October 1651 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 5 children. Jean De Lauson  was born bet. 1620-1635 in , France .  He died 22 June 1661 in , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) . 

Anne Després died 12 March 1689 in Québec, Canada, New France .

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daughter of Nicolas Despres and Madeleine Leblanc

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Anne Després married immigrant flag Jean De Lauson-- Date: 23 October 1651 Place: Québec, Canada, New France

Added: 5/12/2015 3:25:47 PM  

flag Marie De Lauson (b.8 June 1654, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Jean De Lauson (b.6 December 1655, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Charles De Lauson (b.2 August 1657, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Anne-Catherine De Lauson (b.21 April 1659, Québec, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Angélique De Lauson (b.22 January 1661, Québec, Canada, New France   d. 22 December 1732, 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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1651 Marriage / Partner
Anne Després and Jean De Lauson 23 October 1651, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1654 Birth of Child
Marie De Lauson was born 8 June 1654, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1655 Birth of Child
Jean De Lauson was born 6 December 1655, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1657 Birth of Child
Charles De Lauson was born 2 August 1657, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1659 Birth of Child
Anne-Catherine De Lauson was born 21 April 1659, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1661 Birth of Child
Angélique De Lauson was born 22 January 1661, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1661 Death of Spouse/Partner
Jean De Lauson died 22 June 1661, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

12 March 1689
Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Added: 5/12/2015 3:24:06 PM

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