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Marie Major

Female - 1689


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  • Name Marie Major 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Dec 1689  [1
    Buried Hôtel-Dieu, Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I32079  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2021 

    Father Jean Major,   b. France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Marguerite Lepelé,   b. France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1637  Touques, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F19028  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Antoine Roy,   b. Bef 23 Mar 1635,   d. 10 Jul 1684, Lachine, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 49 years) 
    Married 11 Sep 1668  Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Pierre Roy,   b. Between 1669 and 1684,   d. 29 Apr 1734  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F19026  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Possibly the Marie Major baptized 26 Feb 1637 at Saint-Thomas, Touques, Calvados.

      She was a fille du rois, a "daughter of the king." By 1660 or so it had become apparent that the fledgling North American colony of New France was badly short of marriageable women. To ameliorate this, between 1663 and 1673 the French government recruited respectable young women of limited prospects and, after vetting them for suitability, provided each of them with a small dowry, a chest of clothes, and one-way passage to Quebec. The approximately 800 women who made this journey became known as the "filles du roi", the "daughters of the King." Millions of modern French-Canadians can trace their descent from them, quite often from several.

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] Genealogy of the French in North America, by Denis Beauregard. Complete version, 2021.