Category: Filles a Marier

Categories: Chronicles of New France | French Immigrants to New France

Page creator: George Blanchard, per suggestion from Donna Storz

You can read the history of the Filles à Marier here.



In New France, men outnumbered females six to one, prompting officials to aggressively recruit women in France willing to enter into marriage contracts and then make the voyage to settle in the new world. With the conditions in France such that a girl of poverty, without a dowry, or a widow, was unlikely to be selected as a marriage partner, the opportunity to emigrate offered hope for a better life. As an additional inducement the women could refuse to take the vow of marriage if, upon meeting with their potential husband, she found him to be lacking in character. The marriage contract would be annulled, thus making her available for a suitor. This option for a female to reject an arranged marriage was perhaps the first time a society elevated women above chattel.

Who were the Filles à Marier

Peter J. Gagné[1] has defined the qualifications to be considered a fille à marier as follows:

  • Arrived in New France before September 1663
  • Of marriageable age (12 thru 45)
  • Married or signed a marriage contract in New France, or have signed an enlistment contract
  • Not accompanied by both parents
  • Not accompanied by or joining a husband

A comprehensive history is available at Geocities: Filles a Marier

Related Populations: Filles du Roi and Category: Carignan-Salières Regiment

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  1. Before the King's Daughters: The Filles à Marier, 1634-1662 by Peter J. Gagné. Pawtucket, RI: Quinton Publications, 2002. pp 13-38


People or pages in Filles a Marier

There are 136 profiles on this category page.





D cont.



  • Françoise Fafard abt 1622 Argences (St-Jean-Baptiste), Calvados, Normandie, France - 13 Jan 1702
  • Catherine Forestier abt 6 Jan 1640 V. Et Ev. La Rochelle, Aunis (Ar. La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime), France - 31 Mar 1694
  • Charlotte Fougerat abt 1636 La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime), France - 18 Aug 1684
  • Jacqueline Freslon Jan 1635 Angers, Anjou, France - Apr 1712




  • Suzanne Jarel abt 1642 St-Martin, Île de Ré, La Rochelle, Aunis, France - 15 Dec 1687
  • Marie Françoise Jobin abt 1634 Amfreville-sous-les-Monts, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France - 6 Jul 1702



M cont.



  • Marie Pavie abt 1637 Le Château d'Oléron, Isle d'Oléron, Aunis, France - 15 May 1713
  • Jeanne Poireau 8 Mar 1642 St Nicolas de la Chaume, Les Sables d'Olonnes, Vendée, France - 2 Nov 1690
  • Barbe Poisson abt 1631 Mortagne (Saint-Jean), Perche, France - Jan 1711
  • Mathurine Poisson abt 1620 Mortagne (Saint-Jean), Perche, France - abt 1665
  • Marie Pontonnier 22 Jan 1643 St-Vincent-de-Lude, La Flèche, Angers, Anjou (Sarthe), France - 7 Jan 1718




  • Élisabeth Targer abt 1634 Saint-Nicolas, La Rochelle, France - before 6 Feb 1671
  • Marie Taupier abt 1636 Luçon, Poitou, France - 16 Nov 1703
  • Jeanne Testard 1643 St-Vincent, Rouen, Normandie, France - 18 Jan 1723
  • Marie Teste abt 1638 Salles-de-Villefagnan, Angoulème, France - 11 Sep 1701
  • Perrine Therrien 1 Nov 1640 Notre-Dame-de-Cogne, La Rochelle, France - 26 Nov 1693
  • Catherine Thierry abt 1626 St-Denis-le-Petit-Bourg, Rouen, Normandie, France - 5 Aug 1690
  • Jacquette Touraude 1612 St-Jean- Dangely, Saintes, Saintonge, France - 21 Apr 1670
  • Marie Madeleine Triot abt 1641 St-Nicolas-des-Champs, Paris, France - 18 Nov 1701
  • Marie Trotinne 1646 Bournezeaux, La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendee, France - before 27 Oct 1682


  • Marie Barbe Valade abt 1641 La Rochelle, (St-Nicolas) (Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes), Aunis, France - 7 Mar 1724
  • Jeanne Vauvilliers abt 1639 - 1699
  • Anne Vidault 1641 St-Sorlin de Marennes, Saintonge, France - aft 21 Apr 1703
  • Marie Vié abt 1643 Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs, Paris, Ile-de-France, France - 25 May 1682
  • Françoise Viger abt 1646 St-Pierre, Doué-la-Fontaine, Saumur, Angers, Anjou, France - 23 Mar 1712
  • Jeanne Vigneau abt 1637 Brioux-sur-Boutonne, Niort, Poitiers, Poitou, Deux-Sevres, France - 20 May 1700
  • Jeanne Voidy 12 Jan 1633 St-Germain-du-Val, Anjou, (Sarthe), France - 1 Dec 1708

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