Toussaint DucharmeJacqueline Roy

Jean DucharmeAnne Lelievre

Catherine Ducharme

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Children with:
Pierre Roy or LeRoy

Marie Madeleine Roy
Catherine Ducharme
  • Born: 1647, St Benoit, Paris, France
  • Married 12 Jan 1672, Montreal, Quebec - Notre Dame Parish, to Pierre Roy or LeRoy
  • Died: Bef 21 Feb 1719, Montreal, Quebec

    pict910.jpg [193x143] "Fille du Roi", from the National Archives of Canada
    Burial: 21 Feb 1719
    Montreal, Quebec, Quebec
    Catherine was a "filles du roi" or daughter of the King.

    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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