Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Engaged at The Age of 12 – Anne Martin

B. 23 Mar 1645 in Quebec City, New France
M. 12 Nov 1658 in Quebec City, New France
Husband: Jacques Ratté
D. 14 Jan 1717 in St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

In the seventeenth century, there were different ideas about what age a girl could get married, especially in a remote colony like Quebec. Anne Martin was born in Quebec City on March 23, 1645 to Abraham Martin and Marguerite Langlois. They had come to New France in about 1620 among the first settlers; Anne was the eighth out of nine children.

When Anne was just 12 years old, she became engaged to Jacques Ratté, a 27 year-old cabinet maker. He had come from France and had been in New France at least five years. The agreement to marry was drawn up on August 19, 1657, with Jacques promising to bring 300 livres as a dowry. They were married on November 12th of the following year at Notre-Dame de Quebec. The young couple lived with her parents for at least the first six months.

While still in her teens, Anne gave birth to three children, all boys who died before the age of four. She went on to have nine more children, born between 1665 and 1686. Anne's father died in 1664 and left her 100 livres in his will. By 1667, Anne and Jacques moved to St-Pierre on the Ile d'Orleans, where they had a farm. Jacques died on April 8, 1699 and Anne died on January 14, 1717.

Children:
1.  Jacques Ratté – B. 30 Dec 1659, Quebec City, New France; D. 31 Dec 1659, Quebec City, New France

2. Bertrand Ratté – B. 10 Dec 1660, Quebec City, New France; D. 25 Dec 1660, Quebec City, New France

3. Michel-Joseph Ratté – B. 25 Dec 1662, Quebec City, New France; D. About 1666

4. Marie-Anne Ratté – B. 13 Feb 1665, Quebec City, New France; D. 25 May 1729, St-Laurent, Ile d'Orleans, New France; M. Ignace Gosselin (1654-1727), St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

5. Jean-Baptiste Ratté – B. 28 Nov 1667, Ste-Famile, Ile d'Orleans, New France; M. Madeleine Blouard (1682-?), 13 Oct 1698, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

6. Anne Ratté – B. 16 Oct 1670, Ste-Famile, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. 25 Dec 1709, Chateau Richer, New France; M. (1) Jacques Trapanier (?-1706), 20 Feb 1691, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; (2) Jean Langlais, 8 Mar 1707, Chateau Richer, New France;

7. Jacques Ratté – B. 16 Jun 1673, Ste-Famile, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. young

8. Pierre Ratté – B. 11 Oct 1675, Ste-Famile, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. 21 Mar 1721, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; M. Jeanne Nolin (1685-1733), 27 Nov 1702, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

9. Genevieve Ratté – B. 27 Jan 1678, Ste-Famile, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. Nov 1754, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; M. Jean Sicard, 27 Nov 1694, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

10. Louise-Angelique Ratté – B. 17 Jun 1680, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. May 1749, La Pocatiere, New France; M. Louis Martin (1671-1749), 12 Jan 1700, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

11. Ignace Ratté – B. Aug 1683, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. Jan 1744, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; M. (1) Helene Bouchard, 10 Nov 1705, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; (2) Genevieve Langlois (1703-?), 13 Jun 1729, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

12. Guillaume Ratté – B. 14 Nov 1686, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; D. Oct 1759, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France; M. Marie-Madeleine Nolin (1690-1748), 4 Nov 1710, St-Pierre, Ile d'Orleans, New France

Sources:
Our French-Canadian Ancestors, Gerard Lebel (translated by Thomas J. Laforest), 1990

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