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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Perre and Marie Lebrun Marry

When Pierre came to Quebec (New France) there were a total of 3215 white settlers and laborers. Although the colony had been in existence for over 50 years, there were a large majority of men and not many single women, so the population was growing slowly. Anxious to populate the colony to create a stronghold, Louis XIV began sending single women to New France. Called "Filles de Roi" they were offered a dowry to make the journey and marry a settler. The 700-900 women sent from France between 1663 and 1673 endured more than 100 days at sea to reach the colony. Once there, it was not difficult for them to find a husband - even with the influx of women, men still outnumbered women 3 to 1. Most were married within a month of their arrival.

In 1668, Pierre married Marie Lebrun, who may have been a Filles de Roi. Her parents are shown on the marriage records as being in Normandy, so it appears they did not travel with her. By then, Pierre was listed as a Captain in the Contrecour Company, part of the Carignan-Salieres Regiment.

They settled in an area on the Island of Montreal called Lachine, and Pierre became a laborer. He most likely received a land grant for his service as a soldier. Over the next 20 Years, Marie gave birth to 10 children.

1 comment:

  1. Good Catholic family, but only 10? There must have been some marital problems.