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 )
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  Marguerite LECLERC (12 February 1640, , France - 24 January 1705 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
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  Françoise LELIEVRE (abt. 1636, , France - 29 September 1677, Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
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  Jeanne LEROUGE (1625, Champagne, France - 9 March 1696, L'Ange-Gardien, Montmorency, Québec, Canada)
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  Marie MAZOUER (3 December 1643 , La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - abt. 1713, L'Ange-Gardien, Montmorency, Québec, Canada)
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