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Mathurine Goard

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Children with:
Louis Marie dit St. Marie

Angelique Marie St. Marie
Catherine St. Marie
Mathurine Goard
  • Born: 1648, St. Germain des Prairie, Paris, France
  • Married 31 May 1667, Montreal, Quebec, to Louis Marie dit St. Marie
  • Died: 9 Dec 1720, Hotel Dieu, Quebec

    pict244.jpg [193x143] "Fille du Roi" - National Archives of Canada
    Mathurine came to New France as one of many Filles du Roi, or Daughers of the King. contracting to marry one of the men trying to build a colony in the New World.

    These women, known in French as the "fille du roi", agreed to travel to the new settlements in North America and marry a settler there in exchange for a 50 pound dowry from the French King. Of the nearly 1000 women who undertook the journey, about 800 made it to Canada.

    They made contracts of marriage with the men who had originally settled the New World and usually married within a few days or weeks of the contract signing. Often the women broke the contracts, only to remake them or make new contracts with other men.
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