Marie was born about 1694. Marie Girard ...  For unknown reason's Marie Angelique signed on to be one of the brides brought to the Louisiana Territory on the ship La Baleine in 1721. She was among 88 women who sailed on the French ships the Baleine, Mutine and Chameau to Louisiana to be married in Biloxi. They were sponsored by John Law's Company of the Indies and were carefully selected from the Hospital General de La Sapetriere in Paris. The list of their names was lost for 266 years but in 1987 it was discovered misfiled in the French Archives and published by Bruce Ardoin in the NGS. Twenty four of these girls founded large families in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Illinois. All of the girls were volunteers, none of them were deported. Often they are referred to as the casket girls because of the small wooden chest each of them were given to contain their belongings.
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