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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 French-speaking parishes of the Province of Quebec, lutins are considered as mischievous, fun-loving little spirits, which may be protecting or annoying household gods or demons, according to the treatment that they receive from the inmates of the house where they have chosen to dwell. It generally takes the form of a domestic pet, such as a dog, a cat, a bird, a rabbit, or even a reptile of the inoffensive species, or, again, rats and mice that have learned to become familiar with the members of a household.

Source: The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  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, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 6 children. Ursule-Madeleine Turbar (Turbal)  was born abt. 1649 in Paris, France .  She died 25 November 1739 in Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation) . 

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

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Monteil Company corporal

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Jean Gely dit Laverdure married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Ursule-Madeleine Turbar (Turbal)-- Date: 19 October 1667  Place: Québec, Canada, New France
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

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

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

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

flag Jean-Andre Gely (Gelly) (b.21 November 1681, Ancienne Lorette, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Jeanne-Ursule Gely (b.16 April 1683, Ancienne Lorette, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag Marie-Angélique Gely (b.20 January 1687, Ancienne Lorette, Canada, New France   d. , )

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)

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

1672 Birth of Child
Jeanne Gely was born 3 April 1672, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1674 Birth of Child
Françoise Gely was born 8 May 1674, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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
Added: 3/2/2010 5:53:17 PM - Gail  Updated: 3/2/2010 5:53:17 PM -

1681 Birth of Child
Jean-Andre Gely (Gelly) was born 21 November 1681, Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation)

1683 Birth of Child
Jeanne-Ursule Gely was born 16 April 1683, Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation)

1687 Birth of Child
Marie-Angélique Gely was born 20 January 1687, Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation)

Added: 3/2/2010 5:51:06 PM

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