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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? A common belief in old Quebec was that lutins [spirits] had the power to bring woe upon the people. If a lutin becomes offended, his master might discover his boots filled with peas or with pebbles. His pantaloons might be sewed up at the knee. He might find salt in his porridge, and pepper in his tea, and the meat in the soup kettle will be turned into pieces of stone. If he goes cutting hay or grain, he cannot get his scythe or his sickle to cut properly; in winter time the water will freeze in his well, and his wife never can cook a good tourtiere - meat pie - without burning the crust into a crisp.

Source: The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.

Bretagne, France (Brittany) - Basilique Saint-Tugdual
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Montréal, Québec, Canada  - Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QUÉBEC
Established 1678
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Montréal, Québec, Canada
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QUÉBEC
Established 1678
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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Mathurin  Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte

  (b. abt. 1643Bretagne, France   d. 14 April 1708Montréal, Canada, New France )  

Mathurin Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte was born abt. 1643 in Bretagne, France . Mathurin Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte was the child of

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

He married  Jacqueline Labbe abt. 1669 in Québec Province, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 13 children. Jacqueline Labbe  was born abt. 1651 in , France .  She died 1 November 1721 in Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil) . 

Mathurin Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte died 14 April 1708 in Montréal, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Carignan-Salières soldier - Saint-Ours Company

Born Riolo, Guilliers, Bretagne, France

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Mathurin Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Jacqueline Labbe-- Date: abt. 1669 Place: , Québec Province, Canada
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

PRDH has no record of this marriage, however the records of the baptisms of their many children are available, the first one being in 1670 in Sorel.

Updated: 4/22/2014 4:29:43 PM

flag Marie Colin (Collin) (b.11 October 1670 , Contrecœur, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag André Colin dit Laliberté (b.13 February 1675, Sorel, Canada, New France  d. 24 June 1767, Sainte-Geneviève, Province of Québec, Canada )

flag Jacques Laliberte (b.1676, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 05 February 1688, Montréal, Canada, New France )

flag Michel Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte (b.24 August 1677, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 1 March 1752 , Saint-Sulpice, Canada, New France)

flag Marguerite Colin (b.14 March 1680, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 20 January 1717, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Madeleine Colin (b.8 May 1681, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 3 April 1756, , Québec Province, Canada )

flag Pierre Colin (b.6 October 1682 , Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 29 June 1751, Saint-Sulpice, Canada, New France)

flag Marie-Anne Colin (b.10 March 1684, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 13 January 1688, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Josephe Colin (b.28 April 1686, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. , )

flag François Colin (b.01 July 1687, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 28 November 1687, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Anne Colin (b.3 April 1689, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 8 December 1691, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Guillaume Colin (b.12 September 1690, Longueuil, Canada, New France   d. 6 November 1690, Longueuil, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Thérèse Colin (b.21 February 1692, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 31 October 1765, Lanoraie, Province of Québec, Canada )

Carignan-Salières Regiment Officers and Soldiers (who married Filles du Roi)
Colin, Mathurin, dit La Liberte, m. Jacqueline Labbe, abt. 1668
Soldier, Company: Saint-Ours

The Carignan-Salières Regiment, June-Sept 1665, Quebec, Canada
Added: 9/14/2010 3:15:06 PM - Beckie  Updated: 9/15/2010 9:58:54 AM - Beckie

1670 Birth of Child
Marie Colin (Collin) was born 11 October 1670 , Contrecœur, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Trinité-de-Contrecoeur)

1675 Birth of Child
André Colin dit Laliberté was born 13 February 1675, Sorel, Québec, Canada

1677 Birth of Child
Michel Colin (Collin) dit Laliberte was born 24 August 1677, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1680 Birth of Child
Marguerite Colin was born 14 March 1680, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1681 Longueuil
Mathurin Colin (dit Laliberte), macon, 38 ans; Jacqueline Labbe, sa femme, 30 ans; enfants: Marie, 11 ans; Andre, 6 ans; Jean, 5 ans; Michel, 4 ans; Marguerite, 1 an; Madeleine, 5 mois; 1 vache; 3 arpents en valeur.

Title Histoire de Longueuil et de la famille de Longueuil
Authors Alex Jodoin,...

1681 Birth of Child
Marie-Madeleine Colin was born 8 May 1681, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1682 Birth of Child
Pierre Colin was born 6 October 1682 , Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1684 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Colin was born 10 March 1684, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1686 Birth of Child
Marie-Josephe Colin was born 28 April 1686, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1687 Birth of Child
François Colin was born 01 July 1687, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1688 Death of Child
Marie-Anne Colin died 13 January 1688, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1688 Death of Child
Jacques Laliberte died 05 February 1688, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1689 Birth of Child
Marie-Anne Colin was born 3 April 1689, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1690 Birth of Child
Guillaume Colin was born 12 September 1690, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1691 Death of Child
Marie-Anne Colin died 8 December 1691, Longueuil, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil)

1692 Birth of Child
Marie-Thérèse Colin was born 21 February 1692, Montréal, Québec, Canada

1708 Death
Death found at Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec in Drouin Collection

14 Apr 1708

Mathurin Colin dit Laliberte Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.
Added: 4/23/2009 5:59:32 PM - Beckie  Updated: 4/23/2009 - Beckie


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