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, Montmorency, Québec, Canada)
(Jean ACHON & Hélène REGOURDE dite REGNAUD)

  Etiennette ALTON (13 November 1638, Angers, France - 19 December 1722, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
  Marie ARMAND (abt. 1636, Rouen, France - , , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
  Marthe-Marie ARNUS (ARNUE) (ARNAULT) (28 March 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 26 August 1700, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
(Marc ARNUS (ARNUE) (ARNAULT) & Louise BRODEUR)

  Marguerite AUBERT (abt. 1625, , France - 22 April 1693, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-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-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Madeleine BEAUDOIN (13 January 1639, , France - 13 November 1706, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
  Françoise BÉNARD (abt. 1629, , France - 6 February 1707, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
(Pierre BENARD & Catherine RIVERIN)

  Marie BÉRARD (2 April 1639, , France - 4 November 1719, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
  Suzanne BETFER (BEDFORD) (abt. 1629, , England (United Kingdom) - bet. 1688 and 1694, Lachenaie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Charles-de-Lachenaie))
  Françoise-Marie BIGOT (7 May 1632, , France - 9 August 1706, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec, Canada)
  Marie BISSONNET (abt. 1639, Luçon, France (Lucon) - , , France)
  Jeanne BITOUSET (BITOUZET) (1636, Paris, France - 10 February 1706, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre))
  Marguerite BOILEAU (11 August 1638, , France - , )
(Rene BOILEAU IV & Joachine FERRAND DITE SERRANT)

  Marie BONIN (abt. 1638, , France - , )
  Gillette BONNE (BANNE) (1636, , France - 9 June 1672, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
  Marie BOURDON (5 March 1634 , Rouen, France - 27 April 1705, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de 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 )
(Pierre BOYER & Catherine VINET)

  Anne BOYER (BOULIER) (1 December 1632, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 9 December 1704, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade))
(Pierre BOYER & Catherine VINET)

  Marguerite BRETON (22 July 1631 , Paris, France - 11 November 1698, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
(Antoine BRETON & Sainte PAULIN)

  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))
(Hector CAMUS & Jacquette MONDY)

  Elisabeth CAMUS (abt. 1645, , France - 20 July 1680, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
  Françoise CAPEL (abt. 1626, , France - 20 April 1699, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation))
  Helene CARTIER (1636, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 10 October 1665, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Jeanne CERISIER (1640, , France - 17 September 1709, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
  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 )
  Jeanne CHAVERLANGE (abt. 1637, , France - abt. 1681, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
  Marie CHEFDEVILLE (5 June 1631, , France - 23 November 1708, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
  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 )
  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-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Catherine CRAMPON (abt. 1644, , France - 6 July 1699, L'Ange-Gardien, Montmorency, Québec, Canada)
  Françoise CREPEAU (1645, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 12 January 1695, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine))
  Marie CREVET (abt. 1621, , France - 22 November 1695, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-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))
(Louis DELAUNAY & Marguerite CAZALEDE (CASSALETTE))

  Jeanne DELAUNAY (DE LAUNAY) (abt. 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - , )
(Louis DELAUNAY & Marguerite CAZALEDE (CASSALETTE))

  Catherine DELAVAUX (DELAVAU) (abt. 1620, , France - 11 April 1688, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
  Marie DELIGNY (abt. 1636, , France - 24 December 1696, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))
  Susanne DENOYON (NOYON) (3 April 1626, Rouen, France - April 1701, Bécancour, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Becancour) (Saint-Edouard-de-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))
Page: 1  2  3  4  5