Born: 1652, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandie, France
Married 19 Sep 1672, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France, to Jean Verdon
Marguerite Richer is known in French as one of 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.
"Fille du Roi", from the National Archives of 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.