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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? Within the typical habitant dwelling-house there were usually two, and never more than three, rooms on the ground floor. The doorway opened into the great room of the house, parlor, dining-room, and kitchen combined. A 'living' room it surely was! In the better houses, however, this room was divided, with the kitchen partitioned off from the rest. Most of the furnishings were the products of the colony and chiefly of the family's own workmanship. The floor was of hewn timber, rubbed and scrubbed to smoothness. A woolen rug or several of them, always of vivid hues, covered the greater part of it. There were the family dinner-table of hewn pine, chairs made of pine saplings with, seats of rushes or woven underbark, and often in the corner a couch that would serve as an extra bed at night.

Source: Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Jean  Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet)

  (b. 13 September 1643Périgueux, France   d. 17 August 1722Contrecœur, Québec, Canada )  

Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) was born 13 September 1643 in Périgueux, France . Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) was the child of

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

He married  Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau) 16 April 1674 in Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau)  was born abt. 1653 in Champagne, France .  She died 7 January 1737 in Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada . 

Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) died 17 August 1722 in Contrecœur, Québec, Canada .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Saint-Ours Company

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Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) married immigrant Fille du Roi France Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau)-- Date: 16 April 1674 Place: Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada

Updated: 12/15/2014 10:55:20 AM

Canada/New France Anne Bellet dite Gazaille (b.abt. 1675, , Québec Province, Canada   d. , )

Canada/New France Jeanne Bellet dite Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) (b.30 November 1676, Sorel, Québec, Canada   d. 6 February 1750, Yamaska, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Mathurin Blet dit Gazaille (b.abt. 1678, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 28 February 1742, Sorel, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Barbe Gazaille dite Blette (b.3 May 1681, Contrecœur, Québec, Canada   d. 2 February 1742, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Elisbeth Gazaille dite Blette (b.29 July 1683, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada  d. 10 May 1753, Sorel, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Pierre Gazaille dit Blette (b.2 June 1686, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada  d. 25 January 1728, Sorel, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Madeleine Gazaille dite Blais (b.abt. 1693, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 17 March 1732, Verchères, Québec, Canada )

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13 September 1643
Périgueux, France

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...

Bellet, Jean (La Gajaille), Company: Saint-Ours
The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
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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 -

1674 Marriage / Partner
Jean Bellet dit Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) and Jeanne Bouveau (Beauveau) 16 April 1674, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada

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

1676 Birth of Child
Jeanne Bellet dite Gazaille (Blet) (Belet) was born 30 November 1676, Sorel, Québec, Canada

1681 Birth of Child
Barbe Gazaille dite Blette was born 3 May 1681, Contrecœur, Québec, Canada

1683 Birth of Child
Elisbeth Gazaille dite Blette was born 29 July 1683, Saint-Ours, 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 -

1686 Birth of Child
Pierre Gazaille dit Blette was born 2 June 1686, Saint-Ours, 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...

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 -

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...

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. -

17 August 1722
Contrecœur, Québec, Canada


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