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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.

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Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? It is said that on the stroke of midnight, farm animals acquired the marvellous and unusual gift of speech. Oxen, cows, horses, pigs, and poultry began to speak to one another and to exchange strange secrets about humans, particularly their masters. Bad luck, the risk of being struck dumb or, worse still, even death came to those who tried to spy on them. This belief was prevalent not only in France but also in Francophone Canada. Another belief says that at midnight, farm cattle kneel in the stable to worship the Infant Jesus. It is clear that these two beliefs are closely linked to the even older one that Jesus was born at midnight.


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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Joseph  Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno)

  (b. 1645Paris, France   d. bef. 5 July 1724Maskinongé, Québec, Canada )  

Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) was born 1645 in Paris, France. Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) was the child of

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

He married  Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne 16 September 1675 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne  was born 20 August 1658 in Québec, Québec, Canada .  She died 30 September 1730 in Maskinongé, Québec, Canada .  She was the daughter of Bertrand Chenay dit Lagarenne (Chesnaye, Chesne) and Marie-Madeleine Belanger.

Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) died bef. 5 July 1724 in Maskinongé, Québec, Canada .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Loubias Company

Born at St-Medard, Paris, France

Son of Henri Petit and Elisabeth Fontaine

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Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) married Canada/New France Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne-- Date: 16 September 1675 Place: Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne was the daughter of Bertrand Chenay dit Lagarenne (Chesnaye, Chesne) and Marie-Madeleine Belanger


Joseph Petit, son of Henry Petit and Elisabeth Fontaine
Marie Chenay, daughter of Bertrand Chenay and Marie Madeleine Bellanger

"The eldest, Marie Chenay, became god-daughter of Jean Gloria on 22 September 1658, and joined her life to that of Joseph Petit dit Bruneau, at Quebec on 16 September 1675. Marie saw ten children grow up at Trois-Rivieres and even became the Seigneuresse of Maskinonge. It was there that she died in 1730."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume XII, Page 88

Updated: 8/28/2010 12:10:58 PM

Canada/New France Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) (b.22 August 1676, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 20 August 1749, , Québec Province, Canada )

Canada/New France Marie-Magdelaine Petit dite Bruneau (b.15 February 1678, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. ,  )

Canada/New France Marie-Jeanne Petit (b.12 July 1680 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 13 March 1710 , Maskinongé, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jean-Baptiste Petit dit Bruneau (b.19 November 1687 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. , )

Canada/New France Marie-Josephte Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) (b.26 February 1689 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. , )

Canada/New France Marie-Anne Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) (b.26 July 1691, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. ,  )

Canada/New France Geneviève Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) (b.20 June 1696 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 8 June 1773, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada)

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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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

1675 Marriage / Partner
Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) and Marie-Madeleine Chenay dite Lagarenne 16 September 1675, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

1676 Birth of Child
Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) was born 22 August 1676, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1678 Birth of Child
Marie-Magdelaine Petit dite Bruneau was born 15 February 1678, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1680 Birth of Child
Marie-Jeanne Petit was born 12 July 1680 , Trois-Rivières, 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
Jean-Baptiste Petit dit Bruneau was born 19 November 1687 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...

1689 Birth of Child
Marie-Josephte Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) was born 26 February 1689 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1691 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) was born 26 July 1691, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1696 Birth of Child
Geneviève Petit dite Bruneau (Bruno) was born 20 June 1696 , Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Canada 1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time....Read MORE...

Canada 1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1710 - British Capture Port Royal, Rename Fort Anne
The Acadian community of Port Royal is captured by Francis Nickolson for the British and renamed it Fort Anne, and the community, Annapolis Royal. Daniel d'Auger de Subercase (1661-1732), with less...Read MORE...

1710 Death of Child
Marie-Jeanne Petit died 13 March 1710 , Maskinongé, Québec, Canada

Canada 1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ended Queen Anne's War (War of the Spanish Succession)
Hudson's Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland now all belonged to the English. Cape Breton belonged to the French.
History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd. -


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