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From: Mona Andrée Rainville <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Filles du Roi Annulment
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 11:17:03 -0400
Hello Suzanne and all,
The example you cite is all the more interesting that it points to the
practice - the legal necessity, really - of putting pen to paper
whenever a marriage contract was annulled.
A written contract, be it of marriage or for any purpose - could not
simply be ignored by the parties for it to cease having effect. The
annulment or setting aside of the contract needed to be evidenced in
written form, notarized, and probably insinuated (which simply means,
confirmed by the court).
A document attesting to Pierre MERCIER and Jeanne LABBÉ's marriage
contract annulment must therefore have existed, and perhaps it has
survived. I don't have access to the "Banque Parchemin" collection from
home, but if the document still exists, my bet is that this is where it
will most likely be found.
Suzanne Sommerville wrote:
> The woman I am describing was Barbe Loisel. Her first marriage was in
> 1676 to Pierre Roussel. Next, in 1688, came the annullment to the
> contract with Jean Miquelly, cited as a soldier in Montreal to 1691 by
> Then she married François Legantier, sieur de La Vallée Rané, in 1689,
> with whom she traveled to Fort Pontchartrain. She was actively engaged
> in the fur trade there by 1708. Legantier died there at the fort and
> she remarried in 1713 to François Fafard dit Delorme, widower of
> Madeleine Jobin, interpreter for the king in the Ottawa languages
> since 1701 at the fort. In this last marriage contract, one of the
> things he promised her was the part of a child should he pre-decease
> her. They had no children, so she evidently inherited one part of
> whatever Fafard had at his death that was his inheritance to his
> children by Madeleine. Haven't traced this aspect yet.
> A most interesting woman I must write about one of these days. I have
> all of her marriage contracts and several other notarized documents.