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Fille a Marier flag   Nicole  DUCHESNE

  (b. abt. 1636, France   d. )  
Summary: Nicole DUCHESNE was born abt. 1636 in , France. Nicole DUCHESNE was the child of

Nicole was a Fille à Marier, arriving in New France by 1657.

She married  Jacques LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES 3 September 1657 in Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Jacques LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES  was born 5 March 1627 in , France .  He died 26 January 1702 in Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur) . 
daughter of Francois Duchesne and Marie Rolet

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Nicole DUCHESNE married immigrant flag  Jacques LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES-- Date: 3 September 1657 Place: Montréal, Canada, New France Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 


flag  Paul LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES (b.15 April 1659, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 29 January 1736, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag  Georges LAPORTE (b.23 April 1662, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 20 August 1693, Boucherville, Canada, New France )

flag  Catherine LAPORTE dite ST-GEORGES (b.12 October 1663, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 11 April 1737, Varennes, Canada, New France )

flag  Jacques LAPORTE dit LABONTÉ (b.26 October 1665, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 7 March 1748, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Canada, New France)

flag  Louis LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES (b.abt. 1667, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 26 January 1717, Saint-Sulpice, Canada, New France)

flag  Suzanne LAPORTE (b.28 February 1676, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada, New France*   d. 27 October 1743, Contrecœur, Canada, New France )

flag  Pierre LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES (b.30 April 1678, Saint-Sulpice, Canada, New France  d. 5 September 1751, Lavaltrie, Canada, New France )

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Fille 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." (

1657 Marriage / Partner
Nicole DUCHESNE and Jacques LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES 3 September 1657, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1659 Birth of Child
Paul LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES was born 15 April 1659, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1662 Birth of Child
Georges LAPORTE was born 23 April 1662, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1663 Birth of Child
Catherine LAPORTE dite ST-GEORGES was born 12 October 1663, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1665 Birth of Child
Jacques LAPORTE dit LABONTÉ was born 26 October 1665, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1676 Birth of Child
Suzanne LAPORTE was born 28 February 1676, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Québec, Canada* (L'Enfant-Jésus-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles)
1678 Birth of Child
Pierre LAPORTE dit ST-GEORGES was born 30 April 1678, Saint-Sulpice, Québec, Canada
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