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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


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Marie-Noëlle-Nathalie Landeau (2 November 1638, , France - 24 September 1706, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie Languille (abt. 1640, , France - , )
Catherine Latour dite Simonet (abt. 1638, , France - 3 February 1678, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marguerite Leboeuf (abt. 1638, , France - , )
Louise-Marie-Thérèse Lebreuil (Dubreuil) (abt. 1636, Bretagne, France - 22 March 1727, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marguerite Leclerc (12 February 1640, , France - 24 January 1705 , Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Leclerc (12 January 1634, Dieppe, France - 8 October 1702, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Michelle LeFlot (abt. 1636, , France - 24 October 1710, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Anne Lelaboureur (abt. 1630, , France - 11 December 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Françoise Lelievre (abt. 1636, , France - 29 September 1677, Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Denise Lemaitre (1636, Paris, France - 29 October 1691, La Prairie, Québec, Canada )
Anne Lemoine (25 July 1638, Rouen, France - 15 July 1725, Varennes, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne Lemoine (Lemoyne) (24 April 1630, Rouen, France - , )
Anne Leodet (Ledet) (1631, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 14 December 1700, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne Lerouge (1625, Champagne, France - 9 March 1696, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)
Mathurine Leroux (18 March 1635, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 1 February 1708 , Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt (abt. 1633, , France - 30 September 1707, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Geneviève Longchamp (abt. 1632, , France - 27 March 1718, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada )
Renee Loppe (1643, , France - 20 March 1679, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marie Lorgueil-Arcouet (abt. 1636, , France - 29 November 1700, Sainte-Thérèse, Québec, Canada )
Catherine-Marie Lorion (1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 20 April 1720, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Catherine Lotier (Lothier) (13 February 1640, , France - 30 September 1705, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

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Marguerite Maclin (Maquelain) (1647, Champagne, France - 20 June 1733, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Geneviève Macre (1636, , France - 12 December 1700, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie-Geneviève Manovely de Réville (28 April 1643, Mortagne, Perche, France - 1681, , Québec Province, Canada )
Catherine-Marie Marchand (1 October 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 25 February 1713, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* )
Madeleine Marcotte (abt. 1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 17 September 1698, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Marie-Marguerite Marguerie (12 September 1620, Rouen, France - 26 November 1700, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Anne Martin (abt. 1608, , France - 4 December 1684, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Catherine Mathieu (1628, Champagne, France - 3 April 1697, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Marie Mazouer (3 December 1643 , La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - abt. 1713, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne Mechin (1630, , France - 30 November 1680, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Catherine Meliot (abt. 1639, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 23 September 1699, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada* )
Jeanne Mercier (abt. 1622, , France - December 1687, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne Merrin (abt. 1634, Poitiers, France - 8 December 1711, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Françoise Mery (1621, Mortagne, Perche, France - 11 July 1671, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Marie Mesange (4 April 1643, Mortagne, Perche, France - 13 March 1692, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Metayer (1636, , France - 2 June 1687, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* )
Françoise Meunier (abt. 1632, , France - 12 July 1690, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Madeleine Michelande (abt. 1635, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 31 January 1695, Repentigny, Québec, Canada )
Suzanne Migaud (Michaud) (abt. 1646, , France - 30 April 1723, Boucherville, Québec, Canada)
Jeanne Mignon (abt. 1635, , France - 24 March 1701, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Françoise Morin (abt. 1626, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 24 February 1663, , Québec Province, Canada )
Jeanne Morineau (abt. 1633, Luçon - aft. 20 July 1696, , Québec Province, Canada )
Marguerite-Madeleine Morisseau (abt. 1642, , France - 15 December 1707, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Louise Mousseau (abt. 1636, Paris, France - 13 July 1707, Québec, Québec, Canada )

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Marie-Catherine Nault (abt. 1634, , France - , , Québec Province, Canada )

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Marie Oudin (abt. 1640, , France - 29 March 1721, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)

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Marie Pacreau (abt. 1628, , France - 5 September 1699, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Claire-Françoise Pare (1641, , France - 22 January 1720, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Parenteau (abt.1641, , France - 17 November 1705 , Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Catherine Patou (abt. 1642, , France - , )
Marie Pavie (abt. 1630, , France - 15 May 1713, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada* )
Jeanne Pelletier (abt. 1639, Paris, France - 10 October 1708, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Pelletier (Peltier) (abt. 1620, , France - abt. 1663, , Québec Province, Canada )
Marguerite Picard (1643, Paris, France - 6 September 1722, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Perrine Picoté dite Belestre (abt. 1644, Paris, France - 19 December 1723, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Marie Pinet de LaChesnay (abt. 1626, , France - 11 September 1673, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada* )
Marthe Pinson (abt. 1628, Angers, France - 23 January 1663, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne Poireau (Poiraud) (8 March 1642, , France - 2 November 1690, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Barbe Poisson (abt. 1633, Mortagne, Perche, France - 7 January 1711, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Mathurine Poisson (abt. 1627, , France - abt. 1665, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* )
Charlotte-Marie Poithier (Poitiers) dite DuBuisson (1641, , France - 9 February 1717, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada )
Marie Pomponnelle (1630, , France - 18 November 1700, Varennes, Québec, Canada)
Marie Pontoniere (Pontonnier) (22 January 1643, , France - 7 January 1718, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* )
Jacqueline Potel (abt. 1600, , France - 11 September 1654, Québec, Québec, Canada )

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Marie-Elisabeth Radisson (abt. 1638, Paris, France - 11 May 1722, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
Marguerite Rebours (Reboux) (abt. 1644, , France - , )
Marie Renaud (Renault) (14 November 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - , )
Judith-Catherine Renaudeau (abt. 1628, , France - 5 October 1695, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Marie Renaudin (abt. 1630, , France - , )
Christine Reynier (abt. 1636, , France - 5 March 1699, Batiscan, Québec, Canada )
Marie Richard (Richaume) (9 July 1630, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 31 May 1695, Batiscan, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne Richecourt dite Malteau (abt. 1643, , France - 31 May 1715, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Judith Rigault (Rigaud) (abt. 1633, , France - , )
Marie-Marguerite Riton (1623, , France - bet. 1672-1675, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* )
Marie Rocheron (21 April 1639, , France - 20 December 1687, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Suzanne Rocheteau (9 April 1642, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 1 October 1677, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada )
Marie-Nicole Rolland Depelteau (abt. 1634, Paris, France - 24 September 1694, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne Roussellier (abt. 1636, , France - aft. 1700, , Acadia, Canada )
Jeanne Roy (abt. 1626, Angers, France - abt. 23 August 1674, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada* )

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Jeanne Sauleday (Solde) (15 May 1638 , Angers, France - 12 November 1697, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marguerite Sauviot dite Lavergne (4 July 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 1684, Repentigny, Québec, Canada )
Marie Simon (abt. 1625, , France - 8 July 1668, , Québec Province, Canada )
Jeanne Sinnalon (Sinalon) (abt. 1636, , France - abt. 1670, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Soulinier (abt. 1631, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 2 September 1701, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Catherine St-Pere (26 August 1634, , France - 27 June 1709, Batiscan, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne St-Pere dite Champoux (5 February 1627, , France - 18 November 1669, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* )
Madeleine Surget (1638, , France - bef. 28 February 1697, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)

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Elisabeth-Isabelle Targer (1634, , France - bef. 06 February 1671, , Québec Province, Canada )
Marie Taupier (abt. 1640, , France - 16 November 1703, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marie Tavernier (27 May 1631, , France - 2 February 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada )
Jeanne Testard (abt. 1641, Rouen, France - 18 January 1723, La Prairie, Québec, Canada )
Marie Testu (Teste) (abt. 1638, , France - 11 September 1701, Sainte-Famille, L'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Marguerite-Josephe Thavenet (1646, , France - 16 September 1708, Chambly, Québec, Canada )
Perrine Therrien (1 November 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - , )
Catherine Thierry dite Primot (abt. 1626, Rouen, France - 5 August 1690, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
Marguerite Thomas (abt. 1634, , Belgium - 30 August 1695, L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada)
Marie-Madeleine Triot (abt. 1641, Paris, France - 18 November 1701, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada )
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