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 PACREAU (abt. 1628, , France - 5 September 1699, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
  Claire-Françoise PARE (1641, , France - 22 January 1720, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Marie PARENTEAU (abt.1641, , France - 17 November 1705 , Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Catherine PATOU (abt. 1642, , France - , )
  Marie PAVIE (abt. 1630, , France - 15 May 1713, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Foy))
  Jeanne PELLETIER (abt. 1639, Paris, France - 10 October 1708, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Jeanne PELLETIER (19 March 1644, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 23 January 1715, Saint-Nicolas, Lévis, Québec, Canada )
(Nicolas PELLETIER & Jeanne DEVOISY (ROUSSI))

  Marie PELLETIER (PELTIER) (abt. 1620, , France - abt. 1663, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
  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 )
(François PICOTÉ & Perrine LAMBERT)

  Marie PINET DE LACHESNAY (abt. 1626, , France - 11 September 1673, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery))
  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 (Quebec City))
  Barbe POISSON (abt. 1633, Mortagne, Perche, France (Mortagne-au-Perche) - 7 January 1711, Montréal, Québec, Canada )
  Mathurine POISSON (abt. 1627, , France - abt. 1665, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marie-Madeleine))
  Charlotte-Marie POITHIER (POITIERS) dite DUBUISSON (1641, , France - 9 February 1717, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales))
(Pierre-Charles POITIERS & Hélène BELLEAU)

  Marie POMPONNELLE (1630, , France - 18 November 1700, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
(Jean POMPONNELLE & Michelle BOULET)

  Marie PONTONIERE (PONTONNIER) (22 January 1643, , France - 7 January 1718, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles))
  Jacqueline POTEL (abt. 1600, , France - 11 September 1654, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
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  Marie-Elisabeth RADISSON (abt. 1638, Paris, France - 11 May 1722, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )
(Pierre-Esprit RADISSON & Madeleine HENAULT)

  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 (Quebec City))
  Marie RENAUDIN (abt. 1630, , France - , )
  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 )
  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 (abt. 1634, Paris, France - 24 September 1694, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal))
  Jeanne ROUSSELLIER (abt. 1636, , France - aft. 1700, , Canada)
  Jeanne ROY (abt. 1626, Angers, France - abt. 23 August 1674, Beauport, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité-de-Beauport))
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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 (La Purification-de-Repentigny))
(Jean SAUVIOT dit LAVERGNE & Louise BRODEUR)

  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 )
  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)
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  Elisabeth-Isabelle TARGER (1634, , France - bef. 06 February 1671, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
  Marie TAUPIER (abt. 1640, , France - 16 November 1703, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Marie TAVERNIER (27 May 1631, , France - 2 February 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
(Eloi TAVERNIER & Marguerite GAGNON)

  Jeanne TESTARD (abt. 1641, Rouen, France - 18 January 1723, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis))
(Jean TESTARD & Anne GODEFROY)

  Marie TESTU (TESTE) (abt. 1638, , France - 11 September 1701, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
  Marguerite-Josephe THAVENET (1646, , France - 16 September 1708, Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly))
  Perrine THERRIEN (1 November 1640, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - , )
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