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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.

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Did You Know?Did you know...The seigneurial system was a form of land settlement modelled on the French feudal system. It began in New France in 1627 with the formation of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés that was initially responsible for handing out land grants and seigneurial rights. The land was divided into 5 by 15 kilometre plots, usually along major rivers like the St. Lawrence. They were then further subdivided into narrow, but long lots for settlement. These lots were usually long enough to be suitable for faming, and they provided everyone who lived on them with equal access to neighbouring farms and the river.

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France  Blaise  Juillet dit Avignon

  (26 February 1611France  - 19 April 1660Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal) )  
Cause of Death: killed by Iroquois

Blaise Juillet dit Avignon was born 26 February 1611 in France. Blaise Juillet dit Avignon was the child of

He married  Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt 2 February 1651 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt  was born abt. 1633 in France .  She died 30 September 1707 in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal) . 

Blaise Juillet dit Avignon died 19 April 1660 in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal).

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Son of Jean Julliet and Gabrielle Barbarine

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Blaise Juillet dit Avignon married Fille a Marier - Find out More.France Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt-- Date: 2 February 1651 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)

Title La population du Canada en 1666: recensement reconstitué
Author Marcel Trudel
Publisher Les éditions du Septentrion, 1995
ISBN 2894480229, 9782894480229
Length 379 pages
Page 296

Updated: 2/26/2010

Canada/New France Marguerite-Mathurine Julliet (31 December 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 06 March 1723, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Marie Juillet (25 November 1653, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal) - 29 September 1736 , Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Charles Julliet (19 May 1656, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal) - 5 July 1690, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Louis Juillet (11 October 1658, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal) - 5 May 1736, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

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26 February 1611

News1635 - Jean de Lauzon becomes the owner of the Island of Montreal.

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World History1635 - France enters Thirty Years War as an active combatant. Franco-Spanish War begins.

News1636 - The Island Where There Was a Village
The Island of Mont Real is still being used as a temporary camp and the Savages called the place 'The Island Where There Was a Village'. The Savages like Trois Rivieres better than Kebec, they stop t...Read MORE...

News1642 - Fort Maisonneuve
Fort Maisonneuve (Montreal) is established by (I)-Paul de Maisonneuve (1612-1676) at Point Calliere near the ancient site of Hochelaga. public/dgarneau/french13.htm

The Alg...

News1643 - Ville-Marie (Montreal) had grown from 50 people to 70 people by this year. public/ dgarneau/ french13.htm -

On 21 April 1644, at the age of thirty-three, Blaise contracted to go to Ville-Marie (Montreal) Quebec as a becheur (wood cutter). The contract was to last for three years, but Blaise chose to remain in Quebec. In 1848, Blaise was offered a concession of land in Montreal of which he took title in No...Read MORE...

News1644 - Iroquois attack Montreal on March 16

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News1645 - Treaty with the Iroquois. The peace is broken a few months later. (Montreal)

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News1646 to 1653 - War with the Iroquois (Montreal)

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News1648 - Adrienne Du Vivier arrives; she and her husband, Augustin Hébert, are often referred to as "Montreal's First Citizens."

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News1650 to 1653 - 50 men held Fort Montreal
Only 50 men held Fort Montreal. Between 1650 and 1653, 32 French settlers were killed by the Iroquois and 22 were captured. The Iroquois made such ravages in New France that many settlers believed the...Read MORE...

News1650 - Montreal Status Report
The wheat crop this year was excellent especially at Montreal. The Iroquois had driven most of the Savages from Montreal and only 50 French remained. Most French were surprised that Montreal had not...Read MORE...

1651 Marriage / Union
Blaise Juillet dit Avignon and Marie-Anne-Antoinette Liercourt 2 February 1651, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) (see below)

News1651 - On July 26, 200 Iroquois attack the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal.

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News1652 - Montreal
Fifty miles beyond is the Great Island of Mont Reale, 180 miles distant from Kebec, which was formerly thickly in habited by Barbarians, while now they are very few. There is a fort of the French, wi...Read MORE...

News1653 - Congregation of Notre Dame founded in Montreal

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News1653 - Life in Montreal
The Jesuit vision of the Mountain of Montreal is a mission to convert the Natives and stop French exploration and free trading. This objective failed, and one hundred new settlers arrived this year, ...Read MORE...

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

News18th March, 1658 - Right to Bear Arms in Montreal
By-law permitting the inhabitants of Villemarie to provide themselves with guns and ammunition, to defend themselves against the Iroquois, to work in safe places, and to retire to their houses at the ...Read MORE...

News9th July, 1658 - Forbidding the Sale of Liquor to Indians (Montreal)
Renewed orders, forbidding the sale of liquor to the Indians, under pain of confiscation and a fine to be paid to the Villemarie church.
Sessional Papers: Volume 24, Issue 2 Quebec Province Legislature January 1, 1890 -

News1659 - New Laws (Montreal)
18th January, 1659. — By-law to put an end to riots and desertions arising from drunkenness and strict orders to the Officers of Justice to enforce it.

5th April, 1659. — Order prohibiting fishing...

News1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

20th June, 1660
20th June, 1660. — Inventory of the moveable and immoveable property of the late Blaise Juillet dit Avignon.

Sessional Papers: Volume 24, Issue 2
Quebec Province Legislature
January 1, 1890
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1660 Death
On 19 April 1660, Blaise was involved in a battle with the Iroquois Indians. While trying to flee in a canoe, the canoe overturned and Blaise drowned in the river. Blaise was buried the next day in Montreal.
Added: 11/23/2013 9:29:38 PM - 1  Updated: 11/23/2013 9:38:32 PM - 1

1660 Death
"...Un autre détail précieux que nous retrouvons dans cet ouvrage, et que les historiens ne donnent pas, c'est celui des noms non moins glorieux des compa- ‘ gnons de Dollard. Ils sont partis vingt pour cette ex pédition, tous également intrépides, dévoués et déter minés, tous des jeunes gens. Trois...Read MORE...


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