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Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno)

  (1645Paris, France  - bef. 5 JUL 1724Maskinongé (Maskinonge), Québec, Canada )  

Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno)

Born at St-Medard, Paris, France

Son of Henri Petit and Elisabeth Fontaine

Did You Know?Did you know...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?Did you know...A typical French-Canadian building is the farmhouse. It is based on structures in the French provinces of Normandy, Maine, and Anjou, where most of the French settlers in the St Lawrence valley originated. The typical house was made of wood and had low walls, a steep roof, small windows, and few interior divisions. It was adapted to the northern climate by raising the ground floor to accommodate heavy snow accumulation and by adding multiple chimneys and dormers. The farmhouse also came to be characterized by a verandah, extended belcast eaves supported by a row of narrow columns, and a roof covered in sheet metal.

Source: Mutlicultural Canada: Quebec to 1800 (

Paris, France
Invention1656 - The pendulum clock is invented (Christiaan Huygens, Netherlands)

Canada1663 - Québec becomes a royal province. The first Filles du roi (Kings Daughters) arrive in New France during the summer

Canada1665 - The Carignan-Salières Regiment destroys five Mohawk nation villages

Invention1666 - Isaac Newton discovers gravity

1675 Marriage
Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) married Marie Madeleine Chenay 16 SEP 1675 in Québec (Quebec), Québec, Québec, Canada
World History1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

Invention1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)

Canada1701 - Signing of the Great Peace of Montréal between 39 First Nation tribes and the French Colonial government

Marriage(s) and Child(ren)

marriage Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (Bruno) married Marie Madeleine Chenay -- Date: 16 SEP 1675 Place:  Québec (Quebec), Québec, Québec, Canada
Source: 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 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

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


son Joseph Petit dit Bruneau (22 Aug 1676, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 20 AUG 1749, , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada)

daughter Marie Magdelaine Petit dit Bruneau (15 Feb 1678, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - ,  )

daughter Marie Jeanne Petit (12 July 1680 , Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 13 March 1710 , Maskinongé (Maskinonge), Québec, Canada)

son Jean Baptiste Petit dit Bruneau (19 November 1687 , Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - , )

daughter Marie Josephe Petit (26 February 1689 ,  - , )

daughter Marie Anne Petit dit Bruneau (26 JUL 1691, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - ,  )

daughter Genevieve Petit dit Bruneau (20 June 1696 , Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 08 June 1773, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada)


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Je suis descendant de Joseph Petit Bruno marié (troisième mariage) avec Agathe Sicard de Carufel le 28 février 1728. Ensuite Jean Baptiste, Pierre, Rémi, Léon marié avec Delphine Descoteaux le 15 mai 1869 à Saint-Maurice. Napoléon est mon arrière grand-père, Benoit mon grand-père. Mon père Jean-Guy m'a présenté mon arbre généalogique. Claude Bruneau
6/9/2012 1:56:03 AM -

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