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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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)


Did You Know?Did you know...On February 5, 1663, a great earthquake was felt throughout Northeastern North America. No deaths were recorded, but some people got the scare of their lives. For the clergy in New France, the cause was obvious. The earthquake was a sign of devine anger. For a time, this put a stop to the liquor trade between the settlers and the Native people.

Source: History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.



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  Pierre  Benoit dit Laforest

  (abt. 1670Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France)  - 25 April 1745(St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre) )  
Age: 74

Pierre Benoit dit Laforest was born abt. 1670 in Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France). Pierre Benoit dit Laforest was the child of Gabriel Benoit dit Laforest and Marie-Anne Guédon

He married  Jeanne-Marie-Anne Jacquet St-Amand dite Gerlaise 20 August 1705 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) .  The couple had (at least) 10 children. Jeanne-Marie-Anne Jacquet St-Amand dite Gerlaise  was born bet. 1679-1683 in Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) .  She died 25 November 1771 in (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre) .  She was the daughter of Jean Jacquet St-Amand dit Gerlaise and Marie-Jeanne Trudel.

Pierre Benoit dit Laforest died 25 April 1745 in (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre).


Pedigree Chart Pedigree Chart Family Group Record Family Group Record Invention Inventions

Look for this family in Laforest Volume XXVII
News1673 - Population of Quebec - 6,705

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

News1681 - Population of Quebec - 10,077

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1681 Canadian Census Champlain
Gabriel Benoist (dit Laforest), 40
Anne Guesdon, sa femme, 40
enfants:
Gabrielle, 12
Pierre, 11
Marie, 2

Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
Added: 3/1/2010 2:10:28 PM - 1  Updated: 3/1/2010 2:10:28 PM -

News1683 - September 4 - Jacques Lefebvre, of Trois-Rivieres, owner of vast domains of property, obtained a concession to be known as the seigneurie of Baye-Saint-Antoine (later known as Baie-du-Fèbvre)

Histoire de la Baie-Saint-Antoine, dite Baie du Febvre, 1683-1911 by Bellemare and Suite -

News1685 - King Louis XIV decreed Code Noir (Black Code),ordered all Jews out of French colonial empire; defined slavery rules, restricted activities of free Negroes; forbade any religious activities other than Roman Catholic

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World History1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.


News1692 - Population of Quebec - 13,041

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

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


Canada1701 - 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 representativ...Read MORE...


News1702 - Queen Anne's War between France and Great Britain began

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1705 Marriage / Union
Pierre Benoit dit Laforest and Jeanne-Marie-Anne Jacquet St-Amand dite Gerlaise 20 August 1705, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)

News1706 - Population of Quebec - 18,842

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

News1713 - 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 F...Read MORE...


NewsIn 1716 (New France), it became a requirement that all soldiers be given a dit name.
What is most interesting is that in New France a dit name could be passed down from father to son an...Read MORE...


News1718 - Population of Quebec - 25.971

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

News1727 - Population of Quebec - 34,355

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

News1737 - Population of Quebec - 45,108

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

Death
25 April 1745
(St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre)


Marriage / Union(s) and Child(ren)


Pierre Benoit dit Laforest married  Jeanne-Marie-Anne Jacquet St-Amand dit Gerlaise-- Date: 20 August 1705 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
Familysearch.org. Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 


Jeanne-Marie-Anne Jacquet St-Amand dite Gerlaise was the daughter of Jean Jacquet St-Amand dit Gerlaise and Marie-Jeanne Trudel


Pierre Benoit dit La Forest habitant of la baye de st. antoine? and Jeanne de Jarles de la Riviere du Loup


Source:
Title Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie
Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie, Cyprien Tanguay
Author Cyprien Tanguay
Published 1871
Original from Oxford University
Digitized Jun 9, 2006
Page 41
Updated: 12/19/2014 3:05:00 PM


Children:
 François Benoit dit LaForest (bet. 1705-1720, Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) - 6 February 1760, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre))

 Françoise Benoit (24 October 1706, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 2 May 1787, Nicolet, Nicolet, Québec, Canada)

 Thérèse-Apolline Benoit (1708, Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) - 8 September 1723, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))

 Pierre Benoit dit Laforest (17 May 1709, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre) - 6 August 1752, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre))

 Jeanne Benoit (12 October 1713, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre) - , )

 Joseph Benoit dit Laforest (25 September 1715, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada - , )

 Madeleine Benoit ( 27 August 1718, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada - 26 September 1733, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre))

 Jeanne Benoit (31 May 1722, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada (St Francois du Lac) - 7 December 1752, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada (St Francois du Lac))

 Gabrielle Benoit (31 January 1725, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre) - 22 April 1743, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre))

 Jean-François Benoit (6 November 1729, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre) - 21 November 1729, (St-Antoine de la) Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Baie du Febvre))




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