(A.D., Contrats de
mariage separes, 11803, March 24, 1722)
Prospective Husband: M. Francois-Denis de Pavie de Becarie,
Marquis quis de Fourquevaux (military nobility).
Prospective Wife: Dlle Henriette de Catellan (daughter of a councilor
Attending for Groom:
Dame Marie de Prohenques de Fourquevaux, widow, mother of the
M. de Pavie de Fourquevaux, brother to the prospective husband.
Attending for Bride:
Dame Marie de Boisset de Catellan, widow, mother of the prospective
M. Jean-Baptiste de Catellan, Former Canon of the Church of Toulouse,
Dlles. Jeanne et Francoise de Catellan, aunts.
M. Jean-Louis de Catellan, Councilor of the King at the Parlement
of Toulouse, brother.
M. Aimable de Catellan, Canon of the Church of Toulouse, brother.
at Toulouse, March 24, 1722 by Fourquevaux and Catellan families
before witness of a notary.-
Articles of Marriage:
- The marriage will be celebrated
according to the rites and usages of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic
- Dame de Catellan, mother, promises
to "glid" [dorer] the bride, that is, provide the trousseau.
- For the charges of the marriage,
Dame de Catellan constitutes 8000 livres for the amount of the
paternal portion regulated between the future wife and her brother,
Seigneur de Catellan. The future wife renounces all claims to
a paternal portion. Seigneur de Catellan pays 2000 livres at
present to the prospective husband. The remaining 6000 livres
will be paid by the brother of the bride as follows: 4000 livres
in three months, 2000 livres in two years at 4% [denier vingt-cinq]
(to be paid in coin, not in any kind of paper).
Dame de Catellan, mother constitutes 4000 livres, payable by
the Seigneur de Catellan, brother, on the same conditions as
above at 4%.
- The future wife renounces all
claims to a maternal portion, unless the number of Catellan children
diminishes before the death of her mother, Dame de Catellan.
- M. Jean-Batiste, great uncle,
makes a donation to his grand niece of 2500 paid as follows:
1500 already released to the brother, and 1000 lives payable
after his death and under the above conditions of "right
- All of these sums total 23,500
livres, of which only 12,000 are "dotal." Following
the Customs of Toulouse, if the prospective wife dies first,
her husband will gain 12,000 livres. In the contrary case, the
prospective wife will gain the 12,000 livres and the increase
of 6000 livres.
- Nevertheless, the prospective
husband will enjoy the revenues from the entire sum of 23,500
- If the prospective wife dies
childless, the prospective husband will retain 12,000 livres
of the sums received. The remainder will be restored to the family
- Finally, the prospective married
couple has given to one of the male children to be born of this
marriage half of all their property, present and future, preferring
to elect and name him,...but if they fail to name him, they have
named and elected the eldest son not engaged in Holy Orders.