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Filles a Marier (Marriageable Young Girls) (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.

Source: www.oocities.org/ weallcamefromsomewhere/ Kebec/ filles_marier.html


A
Ozanne Achon (18 July 1633, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 24 December 1707, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)
Etiennette Alton (13 November 1638, Angers, France - 19 December 1722, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marie Armand (abt. 1636, Rouen, France - , , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France))
Marthe-Marie Arnus (Arnue) (Arnault) (28 March 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 26 August 1700, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marguerite Aubert (abt. 1625, , France - 22 April 1693, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* (La-Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Beauport))

B
Marguerite Banse (abt. 1615, , France - , )
Suzanne Barbot (Barbeau) (1620, , France - 25 November 1657, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Gabrielle Barré (abt. 1639, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 4 July 1688, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Madeleine Beaudoin (13 January 1639, , France - 13 November 1706, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))
Françoise Bénard (abt. 1629, , France - 6 February 1707, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marie Bérard (2 April 1639, , France - 4 November 1719, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Suzanne Betfer (Bedford) (abt. 1629, , England (Great Britain) (United Kingdom) - bet. 1688 and 1694, Lachenaie, Québec, Canada (St-Charles-du-Lac))
Françoise-Marie Bigot (7 May 1632, , France - 9 August 1706, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada)
Marie Bissonnet (abt. 1639, Luçon (Lucon), France - , , France)
Jeanne Bitouset (Bitouzet) (1636, Paris, France - 10 February 1706, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre))
Marguerite Boileau (11 August 1638, , France - , )
Marie Bonin (abt. 1638, , France - , )
Gillette Bonne (Banne) (1636, , France - 9 June 1672, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))
Marie Bourdon (5 March 1634 , Rouen, France - 27 April 1705, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La-Visitation-de-Notre-Dame du Chateau-Richer))
Marthe Bourgouin (1638, Paris, France - 19 December 1682, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Boyer (abt. 1636, , France - 12 November 1665, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))
Anne Boyer (Boulier) (1 December 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 9 December 1704, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Ste-Anne-de-la-Perade))
Marguerite Breton (22 July 1631 , Paris, France - 11 November 1698, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne-Angélique Briere (abt. 1640, Paris, France - 2 June 1711, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))

C
Catherine Camus (22 November 1633 , La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 17 October 1678, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada* (Notre-Dame-de-Foy))
Elisabeth Camus (abt. 1645, , France - 20 July 1680, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Françoise Capel (abt. 1626, , France - 20 April 1699, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation de Champlain))
Helene Cartier (1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 10 October 1665, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (St Francois de l'Isle d'Orleans))
Jeanne Cerisier (1640, , France - 17 September 1709, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (St-François-Xavier-de-Batiscan))
Marie Chapelier (6 January 1621, , France - 15 March 1697, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Catherine Charles (abt. 1638, , France - 12 December 1691, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Jeanne Chaverlange (abt. 1637, , France - abt. 1681, , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France))
Marie Chefdeville (5 June 1631, , France - 23 November 1708, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Anne Chevalier (abt. 1635, , France - 25 June 1705, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie Cholet (abt. 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 13 January 1700, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Jeanne Chotard (abt. 1636, , France - 10 February 1711, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Catherine Colin (Collin) (12 September 1633, , France - 10 January 1688, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Catherine Crampon (abt. 1644, , France - 6 July 1699, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)
Françoise Crepeau (1645, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 12 January 1695, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (Sts-Anges-de-Lachine))
Marie Crevet (abt. 1621, , France - 22 November 1695, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre et St-Paul-de-Baie-St-Paul))

D
Esther de Lambourg (abt. 1630, , France - 19 April 1687, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Anne Delaunay (De Launay) (10 July 1635, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 12 December 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Jeanne Delaunay (De Launay) (abt. 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - , )
Catherine Delavaux (Delavau) (abt. 1620, , France - 11 April 1688, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marie Deligny (abt. 1636, , France - 24 December 1696, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La-Visitation-de-Notre-Dame du Chateau-Richer))
Susanne Denoyon (Noyon) (3 April 1626, Rouen, France - April 1701, Bécancour, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Becancour) (Gentilly))
Jacqueline (Jacquette) Desbordes (Borde) (abt. 1637, Paris, France - 19 April 1660, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Anne Després (abt. 1620, Paris, France - 12 March 1689, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Geneviève Després (abt. 1639, Paris, France - 11 May 1706, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Vincente Desvarieux (Devarieux) (abt. 1624, Rouen, France - 2 January 1695, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La-Visitation-de-Notre-Dame du Chateau-Richer))
Marguerite Doucinet (14 February 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 14 September 1698, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marie-Madeleine Drouillard (abt. 1636, , France - 17 February 1719, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation de Champlain))
Elisabeth-Isabelle Drugeon (abt. 1642, , France - 17 January 1722, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Madeleine Dubois (abt. 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 5 March 1721, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* (La-Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Beauport))
Nicole Duchesne (abt. 1636, , France - , )
Marie-Madeleine Dupont (abt. 1633, , France - 28 October 1696, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Anne-Antoinette Durand (abt. 1636, Rouen, France - 15 February 1703, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie-Madeleine Duteau (5 July 1649, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - bet. 1689-1694, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* (Ste-Marie-Madeleine du Cap-de-la-Madeleine))
Marie-Michelle Dutost (Dutaut) (Duteau) (21 August 1639, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 30 November 1675, Lotbinière, Québec, Canada (St-Louis-de-Lobtiniere))
Louise Duval (abt. 1640, Paris, France - , )
Françoise Duverger (abt. 1642, Paris, France - 17 November 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Suzanne Duverger (abt. 1643, Paris, France - , )

É
Anne Émard (22 October 1627, , France - 17 January 1700, Lauzon, Québec, Canada (St-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-Lévy) (Lévis))

F
Françoise Fafard (1621, , France - 13 January 1702, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre))
Marie Faillet (Fayet) (Fayette) (abt. 1643, Paris, France - 6 April 1713, Saint-Nicolas, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Levis))
Marie Ferra (Feret) (abt. 1642, , France - 17 February 1713, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (St-Jean))
Catherine Forestier (Fortier) (6 January 1640 , La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 31 March 1694, Boucherville, Québec, Canada)
Marie-Madeleine Francoise (1633, , France - 23 March 1707, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (St-François-Xavier-de-Batiscan))
Jacqueline Marie (Jacquette) Freslon (28 January 1635 , Angers, France - 17 April 1712, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (St-François-de-Sales-de-Neuville))

G
Geneviève Gamache (13 October 1636, , France - 5 November 1709 , L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer))
Jeanne Garnier (abt. 1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - November 1703, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Françoise Gaudet (abt. 1633, , France - 9 March 1715, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (St-Enfant-Jésus))
Mathurine Gaudet (Godet) (31 January 1637, , France - 12 November 1672, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marguerite Gaulin (14 May 1627, , France - 15 January 1703, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* (La-Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Beauport))
Françoise Gausse dite LeBorgne (1634, , France - 08 March 1714, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* (La-Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Beauport))
Marie-Isabelle Giraud Dit Giroux (abt. 1641, , France - 23 February 1713, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Isabelle-Elisabeth Gobinet (1642, , France - 2 April 1715, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-de-Longueuil))
Jeanne Godard (abt. 1638, , France - 25 November 1686, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marie Godard (abt. 1640, , France - 21 November 1684, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* (La-Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Beauport))
Marie Godeau (2 April 1643, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 21 April 1662, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La-Visitation-de-Notre-Dame du Chateau-Richer))
Perrine Godin (abt. 1600, , France - , )
Marie Grandry (abt. 1646, Paris, France - 29 June 1728, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La-Visitation-de-Notre-Dame du Chateau-Richer))
Antoinette Grenier (Garnier) (abt. 1638, , France - 17 February 1713, Cap-St-Ignace, Québec, Canada (St-Ignace du Cap-St-Ignace))
Marie Grignault (abt. 1636, , France - 30 November 1706, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marguerite Guillebourdeau (abt. 1620, , France - 20 October 1662, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))

H
Élisabeth Haguin (Hagouin) (1643, , France - 11 April 1718, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Marie-Anne Hardy (10 October 1633, Angers, France - 2 January 1726, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (Sts-Anges-de-Lachine))
Marguerite Hayet (abt. 1630, Paris, France - 22 June 1711, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))
Jeanne Herault (4 May 1624, Poitiers, France - 9 January 1677, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Catherine Houart (abt. 1638, Rouen, France - 22 April 1712, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie-Marthe Hubert (abt. 1642, Champagne, France - 26 February 1688, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Françoise Hubout (Huboult) (Houbou) (1636, , France - , )
Catherine Hurault dite Trelle (abt. 1640, Angers, France - 19 October 1680, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))

J
Suzanne Jaron (Jarel) (abt. 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 15 December 1687, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Suzanne Jaroussel (1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - aft. 1 November 1694, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Marie-Françoise Jobin dite Lajeunesse (1632, , France - 6 July 1702, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation de Champlain))

L
Jacqueline Lagrange (1 July 1641, , France - 3 August 1688, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal))
Anne Lamarque (7 July 1648, Bordeaux, France - abt. 1686, , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France))
Antoinette Lamoureux (abt. 1648, , France - 17 January 1706, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
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