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List of Filles a Marier (Marriageable Young Girls) (1634-1662) Quebec New France

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: weallcamefromsomewhere/Kebec/filles_marier

  Christine REYNIER (abt. 1636, , France - 5 March 1699, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
  Marie RICHARD (RICHAUME) (9 July 1630, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 31 May 1695, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
  Jeanne RICHECOURT dite MALTEAU (abt. 1643, , France - 31 May 1715, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul))
  Judith RIGAULT (RIGAUD) (abt. 1633, , France - , )
  Marie-Marguerite RITON (1623, , France - bet. 1672-1675, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
  Marie ROCHERON (21 April 1639, , France - 20 December 1687, Sainte-Famille-de-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 (Beaupre))
  Marie-Nicole ROLLAND DEPELTEAU (1634, Paris, France - 24 September 1694, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal))
  Jeanne-Marie ROUSSELIÈRE (31 December 1636, Moëze, Saintonge, France - , , Acadia, Canada (Acadie))
  Jeanne ROY (abt. 1626, Angers, France - abt. 23 August 1674, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
  Jeanne SAULEDAY (SOLDE) (15 May 1638 , Angers, France - 12 November 1697, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul))
  Marguerite SAUVIOT dite LAVERGNE (4 July 1641, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 1684, Repentigny, Québec, Canada (La Purification-de-Repentigny) (St-Paul-l'Hermite))

  Marie SIMON (abt. 1625, , France - 8 July 1668, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
  Jeanne SINNALON (SINALON) (abt. 1636, , France - abt. 1670, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Marie SOULINIER (abt. 1631, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 2 September 1701, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul))
  Catherine ST-PERE (26 August 1634, , France - 27 June 1709, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
(Étienne ST-PERE dit CHAMPOUX & Marie Madeleine COUTEAU (COUSTEAU))

  Jeanne ST-PERE dite CHAMPOUX (5 February 1627, , France - 18 November 1669, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marie-Madeleine))
(Étienne ST-PERE dit CHAMPOUX & Marie Madeleine COUTEAU (COUSTEAU))

  Madeleine SURGET (1638, , France - bef. 28 February 1697, L'Ange-Gardien, Montmorency, Québec, Canada)
  Elisabeth-Isabelle TARGER (1634, , France - bef. 06 February 1671, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
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