Marie-Madeleine Benoit (c.1653 - 1725)

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Birthplace: Évêché De Dole, France
Death: Died in Montreal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, QC, Canada
Managed by: Corey MARENTETTE
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About Marie-Madeleine Benoit

King's Daughters (files Du roi)

References 1. Geneology of the French in North AmericaThe 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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Marie-Madeleine Benoit's Timeline

1653
1653
Évêché De Dole, France
1668
1668
Age 15
Contrecœur, QC, Canada
1670
1670
Age 17
1672
April 14, 1672
Age 19
Contrecoeur, Quebec
1675
February 26, 1675
Age 22
Contrecoeur
1677
March 16, 1677
Age 24
Contrecœur, QC, Canada
1679
1679
Age 26
Sorel
1681
1681
Age 28
Boucherville, Chambly, Québec
1683
March 25, 1683
Age 30
Contrecoeur
1685
February 13, 1685
Age 32
Contrecoeur