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Catherine Lemesle

Female Abt 1646 - Aft 1716  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Catherine Lemesle 
    Born Abt 1646  Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Baptised Saint-Pierre du-Chastel, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died Aft 3 Mar 1716  Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I5931  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2021 

    Father Jean Lemesle 
    Mother Marguerite Renard 
    Married Bef 1646  Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F18937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pierre Morin,   b. Abt 1647, St. Etienne de Brillouet, Poitou, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1706  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 13 Jun 1672  Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Louise Morin,   b. 25 Oct 1678,   d. 20 Feb 1710, Hôtel-Dieu, Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    +2. Marie Jeanne Morin,   b. 22 Apr 1685,   d. 26 Nov 1755, Québec City, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F18898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 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.