Tuesday, July 2, 2013

jolie's jots

The women disembarked in Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, and Montreal. When the women arrived in New France, the amount of time it took them to find husbands varied greatly. For some, it was as short as a few months, while others took two or three years before finding an appropriate husband. When it came to choosing a husband, and the actual marriage, most couples would officially get engaged in church, with their priest and witnesses present. Then, some couples went in front of the notary, to sign a marriage contract. Marriages were then celebrated by the priest, usually in the woman’s parish of residence. While the marriage banns usually had to be published three times before the wedding could take place, the colony’s need for women to marry quickly led to very few Files du roi actually having marriage banns announced. We know that 737 of these Files du roi were married in New France.

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