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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? The chief festivities in New France occurred at Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter, and May Day. On Michaelmas the habitant came to pay the annual rental for his lands.

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

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immigrant France  Jacques  Lucas dit Lepine

  (b. abt. 1630, France   d. 12 September 1659Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )  
Cause of Death: killed by Iroquois

Jacques Lucas dit Lepine was born abt. 1630 in , France. Jacques Lucas dit Lepine was the child of

Jacques was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1653.

He married  Françoise Capel 9 November 1653 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Françoise Capel  was born abt. 1626 in , France .  She died 20 April 1699 in Champlain, Québec, Canada . 

Jacques Lucas dit Lepine died 12 September 1659 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada .

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son of Martin Lucas and Renee Hebert

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Jacques Lucas dit Lepine married immigrant Fille a Marier France Françoise Capel-- Date: 9 November 1653 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)

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Canada/New France Marie Lucas (b.22 January 1655, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 29 November 1700, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France François Lucas dit Dontigny (b.24 February 1658, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada   d. 15 March 1699, Champlain, Québec, Canada )

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France 1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.

France 1638 - King Louis XIV born in France
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France 1643 - King Louis XIII dies, Louis XIV assumes French throne

1653 Marriage / Partner
Jacques Lucas dit Lepine and Françoise Capel 9 November 1653, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)

1655 Birth of Child
Marie Lucas was born 22 January 1655, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

1658 Birth of Child
François Lucas dit Dontigny was born 24 February 1658, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

12 September 1659
Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

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