need help finding proper birth location in France for this lady and her first husband

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This lady was married twice in the colony, there is very little data to work with and her name has numerous variations, can someone help find any data from the other side of the big pond on her and her first husband, also missing a lot of data.
WikiTree profile: Marie Françoise Chaqueneau
in Genealogy Help by Danielle Liard G2G6 Pilot (703k points)
Could you give an image of the marriage record and/or contract ? I have some doubts about Noizay, the name Chaqueneau does not seem to occur there.

''Françoise Guenault, fille d'Antoine Guenault et de Françoise Pinardes, de la paroisse de St-Prix, archevêché de Tours'' is what the text says, quite legibly.  

Variations de nom: Chaqueneau, Quenau, Guenault

Very few records for her, the above are the 3 name variations on documents, her second marriage got transcribed as Chagnon by Drouin institute, but the name is actually not very legible on the document.

Would have to go to archives to get marriage contract.

the marriage contract is now available online, have linked it in bios.  Names are slightly different in some cases.  Her father was ''Huissier royal'' by profession.

I read "St Espin en Touraine" rather than "St Espin en Toussaint". That would be Saint-Épain.

Saint-Épain is the place of origin of French poet Raymond Queneau (his father was born there), so we may have an interesting connection!

oh good, makes sense to me, her father had a government post, so there may be more records available for him.  This lady had no children so the connections would have to be in France.

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According to PRDH, Françoise originated from the Saint-Prix parish in Noizay, near Tours.  Her husband's entry indicates that he originated from the Toussaints parish in Rennes.  Françoise was said to be born around 1649, while no date of birth was provided for her husband.

by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (379k points)
thanks Greg, narrows things down a bit.  Jetté had his own take on where the husband came from.
I've reviewed the family names associated with her, and it seems that Chaqueneau is the most common variety in that area.  It's less commonly spelled Chacqueneau.  That said, you can find examples of Quenau, Guenau, and Chagnon within a 30km radius.

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