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Filles a Marier

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

Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Marie TROTTINE (TROTIN) (1646, , France - 1682, Rivière-Ouelle, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Liesse))
Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Marie-Barbe VALADE (1643, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 7 March 1724, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))

Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Jeanne VAUVILLIERS (1639, , France - 30 July 1699, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul))
Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Anne VIDEAU DE LA GASSONNERIE (1641, , France - 21 April 1703, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Marie-Sainte VIE dite LAMOTHE (1634, Paris, France - 25 May 1682, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery))
(Robert VIE & Sainte PAULIN)

Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Françoise VIGER (1642, Angers, France - 23 March 1712, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Jeanne VIGNAULT (VIGNEAULT) (1636, Poitiers, France - 20 March 1700, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
Fille a Marier  female ancestor  Jeanne VOIDY (1637, , France - 7 December 1708, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
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