Catherine Ducharme

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Catherine Ducharme

Birthplace: Paroisse Saint-Benoit, Paris, Isle de France, France
Death: Died in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jean Ducharme and Anne Lelièvre
Wife of Pierre Roy dit Saint-Lambert, dit Saint Lambert
Mother of Marguerite Roy, Soeur de la Conception of Notre Dame; Marie-Anne Roy; Pierre Roy; Catherine Roy; Pierre Roy and 12 others

Occupation: Fille du Roi
Managed by: Private User
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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. Marriage Contract A contract for the marriage of Catherine and Pierre Roy was signed on 27 December 1671 before Notary Bénigne Basset. Neither Pierre nor Catherine were able to sign.15,9,11 Catherine arrived in Quebec City on Aug 15, 1671 on the ship "St.John the Baptist". She was 15 years of age. She had 18 children - more than any other Fille du Roi.

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Catherine Ducharme's Timeline

Paris, Isle de France, France
July 4, 1674
Age 17
La Prairie, Roussillon Regional County Municipality, Québec, Canada
Age 18
Montréal, Québec, Canada
January 3, 1677
Age 20
April 11, 1678
Age 21
Laprairie, Laprairie Co., Québec, Canada
June 17, 1679
Age 22
Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
May 25, 1681
Age 24
Laprairie, , Quebec, Canada
February 22, 1683
Age 26
Laprairie, Laprairie Co., Québec, Canada
August 17, 1684
Age 27
Laprairie, Quebec, Canada