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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In the mid 1800s, the average couple in New France had 6 to 8 children, with one or more lost to disease during their childhood.

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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immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Marie  Ferra (Feret)

  (b. abt. 1642, France   d. 17 February 1713Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France )  

Marie Ferra (Feret) was born abt. 1642 in , France. Marie Ferra (Feret) was the child of

Marie was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1658.

She married  Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette 24 September 1658 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 11 children. Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette  was born 21 May 1634 in , France .  He died 4 April 1699 in Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada . 

Marie Ferra (Feret) died 17 February 1713 in Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France .

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daughter of Jean Ferra and Joinette Hubert

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Marie Ferra (Feret) married immigrant flag Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette-- Date: 24 September 1658 Place: Québec, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Jacques Jahan, son of Sebastien Jahan and Jeanne Oudinet
Marie Ferra, daughter of Jean Ferra and Theinette Hubert

Added: 7/12/2009 6:44:54 PM  
Updated: 9/7/2010 12:51:52 PM

flag Louise Jahan (b.4 October 1661 , Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 14 October 1661, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette (b.24 November 1663 , Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 16 April 1711, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Jean Jahan (b.20 May 1665, Château-Richer, Canada, New France   d. 19 May 1666, Château-Richer, Canada, New France )

flag Marie Jahan dite Laviolette (b.9 February 1667, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 26 September 1719, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France)

flag Elisabeth Jahan (b.19 January 1669 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 21 April 1670, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France)

flag Hippolyte Jahan (b.15 March 1671 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 13 November 1689 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France)

flag Jeanne Jahan (b.07 October 1673, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 23 August 1689, Québec, Canada, New France )

flag Catherine Jahan (b.30 January 1676 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 21 April 1734, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Elisabeth Jahan (b.03 December 1678 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 18 October 1750 , Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France )

flag François Jahan (b.14 June 1682 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 04 May 1699, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France)

flag Geneviève Jahan (b.31 May 1684, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Canada, New France  d. 16 September 1687 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, 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." (
Added: 9/15/2010 11:06:22 AM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 11:06:32 AM - Beckie

1658 Marriage / Partner
Marie Ferra (Feret) and Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette 24 September 1658, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1661 Birth of Child
Louise Jahan was born 4 October 1661 , Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1663 Birth of Child
Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette was born 24 November 1663 , Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1665 Birth of Child
Jean Jahan was born 20 May 1665, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1666 Death of Child
Jean Jahan died 19 May 1666, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1667 Birth of Child
Marie Jahan dite Laviolette was born 9 February 1667, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1669 Birth of Child
Elisabeth Jahan was born 19 January 1669 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1670 Death of Child
Elisabeth Jahan died 21 April 1670, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1671 Birth of Child
Hippolyte Jahan was born 15 March 1671 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1673 Birth of Child
Jeanne Jahan was born 07 October 1673, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1676 Birth of Child
Catherine Jahan was born 30 January 1676 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1678 Birth of Child
Marie-Elisabeth Jahan was born 03 December 1678 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1681 Canadian Census Comte de St.-Laurent
Jacques Jahan, 50
Marie Ferra, sa femme, 40
Jacques, 19
Marie, 15
Hippolyte, 10
Jeanne, 7
Catherine, 6
Elizabeth, 3

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
Added: 3/2/2010 3:40:26 PM - Beckie  Updated: 3/2/2010 3:40:26 PM -

1682 Birth of Child
François Jahan was born 14 June 1682 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1684 Birth of Child
Geneviève Jahan was born 31 May 1684, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1687 Death of Child
Geneviève Jahan died 16 September 1687 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1689 Death of Child
Jeanne Jahan died 23 August 1689, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1689 Death of Child
Hippolyte Jahan died 13 November 1689 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1699 Death of Spouse/Partner
Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette died 4 April 1699, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1699 Death of Child
François Jahan died 04 May 1699, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

1711 Death of Child
Jacques Jahan dit Laviolette died 16 April 1711, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

17 February 1713
Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada

Added: 7/12/2009 6:44:28 PM

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