Catherine Ducharme (c.1657 - c.1719) MP

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Birthplace: St Benoit, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Death: Died in Montréal, , Quebec, Canada
Occupation: Fille du Roi
Managed by: David Normand Morrissette
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About Catherine Ducharme

Burial: 21 Feb 1719

Montreal, Quebec, Quebec

Catherine was a "filles du roi" or daughter of the King.

These women, known in French as the "fille du roi", agreed to travel to the new settlements in North America and marry a settler there in exchange for a 50 pound dowry from the French King. Of the nearly 1000 women who undertook the journey, about 800 made it to Canada.

They made contracts of marriage with the men who had originally settled the New World and usually married within a few days or weeks of the contract signing. Often the women broke the contracts, only to remake them or make new contracts with other men.

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Catherine Ducharme's Timeline

St Benoit, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
January 12, 1672
Age 15
Canada, Province of Quebec, Notre-Dame-de-Montreal
Age 18
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Age 18
Laprairie, Quebec, Canada
January 3, 1677
Age 20
April 11, 1678
Age 21
Laprairie, Laprairie Co., Québec, Canada
June 17, 1679
Age 22
Laprairie, Laprairie Co., Québec, Canada
May 25, 1681
Age 24
LaPrairie, Quebec, Canada
May 25, 1681
Age 24
Laprairie, , Quebec, Canada
February 22, 1683
Age 26
Laprairie, Laprairie Co., Québec, Canada