As I wrote about recently, several of my grandmothers were essentially paid by the French monarchy to come to Québec to be brides for the settlers of New France (Nouvelle France). These women were called the “Filles du Roi”, or daughters of the King.
Their transportation to the New World was paid for by the crown, and they were given a monetary sum plus a dowry of various bridal supplies as an enticement to come to Québec. Several of the immigrant ancestors in my French lineage were these “Filles du Roi”, so I’m just making a note here of which ones they were. Note that below, Marquérite Fontaine was not my direct-line ancestor, but one of her husbands, Pierre Ratel, was:
BONVILLE (BONHEUR), Marie 27 Oct 1669 Paul INARD Ste Famille, I.O. (Carignan soldier) FONTAINE, Marguerite bef 1681 census Jacques GIRARD dit Sorel, PQ VIMONT 22 Aug 1684 Pierre RATEL Repentigny, PQ 21 Dec 1691 Maurice OLIVIER LEMAIRE, Marie 28 Dec 1669 Pierre RATEL Montreal, PQ MARTIN, Marie 4 Feb 1666 Jean VALLEE Chateau-Richer, PQ 5 Dec 1673 Jacques CHARIER dit Ste Famille, I.O. LAFONTAINE PELLETIER dit PASSAVANT, 14 Dec 1665 Pierre PAPIN Anne Montreal, PQ PILLAT, Catherine 19 Oct 1665 Pierre CHARRON Montreal, PQ 13 Jan 1709 Sebastien BRISON Montreal, PQ RENAUD, Marie 25 Oct 1668 Francois LEROUX dit Quebec, PQ CARDINAL