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Did You Know? What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Canada from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In the mid 1800s, New France had a population of about 4 million. 1/2 were Catholic. 1/2 were Protestant. 1/3 of the population was French speaking.

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Jean  Gely dit Laverdure

  (b. abt. 1639, France   d. bet. 1687-1689, Québec Province, Canada )  

Jean Gely dit Laverdure was born abt. 1639 in , France. Jean Gely dit Laverdure was the child of

Jean was a Carignan-Salières soldier, arriving in New France in 1665.

He married  Ursule-Madeleine Turbar (Turbal) 19 October 1667 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 6 children. Ursule-Madeleine Turbar (Turbal)  was born abt. 1649 in Paris, France .  She died 25 November 1739 in L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada . 

Jean Gely dit Laverdure died bet. 1687-1689 in , Québec Province, Canada .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Monteil Company corporal

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Jean Gely dit Laverdure married immigrant Fille du Roi France Ursule-Madeleine Turbar (Turbal)-- Date: 19 October 1667  Place: Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

PRDH indicates that a marriage between this couple took place in Quebec City in 1667

Added: 3/2/2010 5:51:36 PM  
Updated: 1/22/2014 5:48:38 PM

Canada/New France Jean-François Gely (Gelly) (b.2 February 1670, Québec, Québec, Canada   d. 14 April 1718, Québec, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jeanne Gely (b.3 April 1672, Québec, Québec, Canada   d. 27 April 1713, Québec, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Françoise Gely (b.8 May 1674, Québec, Québec, Canada   d. 11 December 1702, Québec, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jean-Andre Gely (Gelly) (b.21 November 1681, L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada  d. , )

Canada/New France Jeanne-Ursule Gely (b.16 April 1683, L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada  d. , )

Canada/New France Marie-Angélique Gely (b.20 January 1687, L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada  d. , )

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France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

France 1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

France On August 26, 1660, Louis XIV made a triumphal entry into Paris with his wife, Marie-Therese. The royal couple took their places...
Louis XIV wasn't just a ceremonial king who represents the kingdom, but makes no decisions of his own... His regime was considered an absolute monarchy, and Louis XIV was the sole master. No...Read MORE...

Canada 1666 - The Carignan-Salières regiment destroys five Mohawk villages, eventually leading to peace between the Iroquois and the French. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Carignan-Salières Regiment Officers and Soldiers (who married Filles du Roi)
Gély, Jean, dit Laverdure, m. Ursule Turbar, 19 Oct. 1667
Corporal, Company: Monteil

The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: 9/14/2010 3:29:17 PM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 10:06:29 AM - Beckie

1667 Marriage / Partner
Jean Gely dit Laverdure and Ursule-Madeleine Turbar (Turbal) 19 October 1667 , Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1670 Birth of Child
Jean-François Gely (Gelly) was born 2 February 1670, Québec, Québec, Canada

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1672 Birth of Child
Jeanne Gely was born 3 April 1672, Québec, Québec, Canada

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1674 Birth of Child
Françoise Gely was born 8 May 1674, Québec, Québec, Canada

1681 Canadian Census Petite Auvergne
Jean Jelly (Gely), 60
Ursule Tubar (Turbal), sa femme, 32
Francois, 12
Marie-Jeanne, 10
Francoise, 7
Claude, 5
Ursule, 3

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
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1681 Birth of Child
Jean-Andre Gely (Gelly) was born 21 November 1681, L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada

1683 Birth of Child
Jeanne-Ursule Gely was born 16 April 1683, L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada

Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1687 Birth of Child
Marie-Angélique Gely was born 20 January 1687, L'Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada

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