Often, life in France offered little hope for women. Arranged marriages prevailed, and most women did not have a say in the matter of matrimony, for parental consent was required for women under the age of twenty-five. For poor families that could not offer a dowry, marriage opportunities for the women were bleak.
“He will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the father of a mighty empire.“Chief Red Hawk
This great grandmother, Marie Jeanne Toussaint, blazed a new trail in the New World, and her name survived throughout the generations as one of the founding mothers of North America.
In the 17th century, my great grandparents sailed to New France after leaving loved ones behind in their homeland in France. Although the two did not sail together, they eventually met, married, began raising a family, and settled in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade.
You’re not rich until you have something that money can’t buy.
I was rather disappointed in Gramps and his squash on free speech…
Ann – meaning: Favored, Grace
This grandmother also took a lover, and on the 23 Mar 1676, she had a son, Andre-Jean.
I tried wracking my brain, trying to recall if he slept on the couch that night. If not, he should have.