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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 New France, socially, the seigneur and his family did not stand apart from his neighbors. All went to the same church, took part in the same amusements upon days of festival, and not infrequently worked together at the common task of clearing the lands. Sons and daughters of the seigneurs often intermarried with those of habitants in the seigneury or of traders in the towns. There was no social 'impasse' such as existed in France among the various elements in a community.

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

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Canada/New France  Pierre  Benoit dit Laforest

  (b. abt. 1670, Québec Province, Canada   d. 25 April 1745Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada )  
Age: 74

Pierre Benoit dit Laforest was born abt. 1670 in , Québec Province, Canada . 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 Province, Canada .  She died 25 November 1771 in Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada .  She was the daughter of Jean Jacquet St-Amand dit Gerlaise and Marie-Jeanne Trudel.

Pierre Benoit dit Laforest died 25 April 1745 in Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada .

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Pierre Benoit dit Laforest married Canada/New France Jeanne-Marie-Anne Jacquet St-Amand dite Gerlaise-- Date: 20 August 1705 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) 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

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

Canada/New France François Benoit dit LaForest ( 1705-1720, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 6 February 1760, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Françoise Benoit (b.24 October 1706, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 2 May 1787, Nicolet, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Thérèse-Apolline Benoit (b.1708, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 8 September 1723, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Pierre Benoit dit Laforest (b.17 May 1709, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada   d. 6 August 1752, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jeanne Benoit (b.12 October 1713, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada   d. , )

Canada/New France Joseph Benoit dit Laforest (b.25 September 1715, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada  d. , )

Canada/New France Madeleine Benoit (b. 27 August 1718, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada  d. 26 September 1733, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jeanne Benoit (b.31 May 1722, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada   d. 7 December 1752, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Gabrielle Benoit (b.31 January 1725, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada   d. 22 April 1743, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Jean-François Benoit (b.6 November 1729, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada   d. 21 November 1729, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada )

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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 -

News 1673 - Population of Quebec - 6,705

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

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 -

News 1681 - 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
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 - Beckie  Updated: 3/1/2010 2:10:28 PM -

News 1683 - 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 -

News 1685 - 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 webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ pqztimeln.htm -

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 -

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...

World History 1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

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 -

News 1692 - Population of Quebec - 13,041

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

Invention 1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)
"Thomas Savery was an English inventor credited with making important advancements and discoveries in the development of the steam engine. He was born in 1650 at Shilston and belonged to a well known ...Read MORE...

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...

News 1702 - Queen Anne's War between France and Great Britain began webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ pqztimeln.htm -

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 -

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

News 1706 - Population of Quebec - 18,842

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1706 Birth of Child
Françoise Benoit was born 24 October 1706, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1709 Birth of Child
Pierre Benoit dit Laforest was born 17 May 1709, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada

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. -

1713 Birth of Child
Jeanne Benoit was born 12 October 1713, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada

1715 Birth of Child
Joseph Benoit dit Laforest was born 25 September 1715, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada

News In 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 and often was. On the other hand, this was not done in France. 2011/ 05/ dit-dite-names.html -

News 1718 - Population of Quebec - 25.971

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1718 Birth of Child
Madeleine Benoit was born 27 August 1718, Louiseville, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada

1722 Birth of Child
Jeanne Benoit was born 31 May 1722, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada

1723 Death of Child
Thérèse-Apolline Benoit died 8 September 1723, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1725 Birth of Child
Gabrielle Benoit was born 31 January 1725, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada

News 1727 - Population of Quebec - 34,355

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1729 Birth of Child
Jean-François Benoit was born 6 November 1729, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada

1733 Death of Child
Madeleine Benoit died 26 September 1733, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada

News 1737 - Population of Quebec - 45,108

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1743 Death of Child
Gabrielle Benoit died 22 April 1743, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada

25 April 1745
Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada


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