Marguerite-Françoise Moreau

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Marguerite-Françoise Moreau

Birthplace: Saint-Sulpice, Rhône-Alpes, France
Death: Died in Laprairie, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: La Nativité-de-la-Prairie-de-la-Madeleine, Laprairie, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Francois Moreau and Francoise Gardien
Wife of Mathieu Lafayette and Jean-Guillaume Lefort dit Laprairie
Mother of Anne Marie Faille-Faye; Marguerite Faye; Marie-Angélique Faye; Marie-Jeanne Lafaillette dite Lafayette; Andre Faille and 7 others

Occupation: Filles du Roi
Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Marguerite-Françoise Moreau

The filles du roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women and many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement in the colony were paid for by the King. Some were given a royal gift of a dowry of 50 livres for their marriage to one of the many unmarried male colonists in Canada. These gifts are reflected in some of the marriage contracts entered into by the filles du roi at the time of their first marriages.

The filles du roi were part of King Louis XIV's program to promote the settlement of his colony in Canada. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and the USA (and beyond!), are descendants of one or more of these courageous women of the 17th century.

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Marguerite-Françoise Moreau's Timeline

Saint-Sulpice, Rhône-Alpes, France
September 30, 1670
Age 5
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 22, 1672
Age 7
Laprairie, Québec, Canada
March 21, 1674
Age 9
Laprairie, Québec, Canada
March 25, 1676
Age 11
Laprairie, Québec, Canada
July 15, 1678
Age 13
Laprairie, Québec, Canada
January 4, 1683
Age 18
Laprairie, Québec, Canada
August 22, 1684
Age 19
Laprairie, Laprairie, Québec, Canada
September 11, 1686
Age 21
Laprairie, Québec, Canada
March 20, 1689
Age 24
Laprairie, Québec, Canada