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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? Habitants spent the wintertime cleaning and repairing tools and tending the animals. In spring they planted crops, took animals to pasture, and fixed fences. They ploughed the land with a team of oxen, then seeded it. They also cultivated a vegetable garden. In summer the entire family worked in the fields from sunrise until sunset. In late summer, they harvested grain crops and took them to the seigneur’s mill for grinding. In the autumn, they put up preserves, chopped and stacked firewood, brought in animals, butchered and salted the meat, which they put into barrels, and prepared the soil for next season’s crop.

Source: Elspeth Deir et al., Canada: The story of our heritage, Grade 7 (Whitby, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2000)

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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier France  Antoine  Brûlé dit Francoeur

  (b. 28 December 1667, France   d. 14 May 1743La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada )  

Antoine Brûlé dit Francoeur was born 28 December 1667 in , France. Antoine Brûlé dit Francoeur was the child of

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

He married  Marie-Renée Cotnoir (Cottenoire) abt. 1701 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* (Ste-Marie-Madeleine du Cap-de-la-Madeleine) .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. Marie-Renée Cotnoir (Cottenoire)  was born 15 February 1683 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* (Ste-Marie-Madeleine du Cap-de-la-Madeleine) .  She died 9 February 1711 in Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel) .  She was the daughter of Antoine Cotnoir (Cottenoire) De Villier and Marguerite Provencher.

He married  (2) Françoise-Angélique Méline 1 November 1711 in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal) .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Françoise-Angélique Méline  was born 10 February 1687 in Lauzon, Québec, Canada (St-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-Lévy) (Lévis) .  She was the daughter of Louis Méline and Anne-Marie Massard.

Antoine Brûlé dit Francoeur died 14 May 1743 in La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada.

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Occupation: Soldat de Carignan et bedeau

son of Antoine Brûlé and Marie Obry (Aulary)

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Antoine Brûlé dit Francoeur married Canada/New France Marie-Renée Cotnoir (Cottenoire)-- Date: abt. 1701 Place: Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* (Ste-Marie-Madeleine du Cap-de-la-Madeleine)
Marie-Renée Cotnoir (Cottenoire) was the daughter of Antoine Cotnoir (Cottenoire) De Villier and Marguerite Provencher

Added: 2/13/2015 12:53:42 PM  

Canada/New France Madeleine Brûlé (b.20 September 1706, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* (Ste-Marie-Madeleine du Cap-de-la-Madeleine)  d. 27 January 1775, Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier))

Antoine Brûlé dit Francoeur married Canada/New France Françoise-Angélique Méline-- Date: 1 November 1711 Place: Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal)
Françoise-Angélique Méline was the daughter of Louis Méline and Anne-Marie Massard


Added: 2/13/2015 12:51:04 PM  

Canada/New France Marie-Josephe Brûlé (b.13 August 1712, La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada  d. 21 December 1792, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Marguerite Brûlé (b.3 June 1714, Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)  d. 16 July 1790, La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada)

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28 December 1667
, France

1706 Birth of Child
Madeleine Brûlé was born 20 September 1706, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada* (Ste-Marie-Madeleine du Cap-de-la-Madeleine)

1711 Marriage / Partner
Antoine Brûlé dit Francoeur and Françoise-Angélique Méline 1 November 1711, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Ville-Marie) (Montreal)

1711 Death of Spouse/Partner
Marie-Renée Cotnoir (Cottenoire) died 9 February 1711, Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)

1712 Birth of Child
Marie-Josephe Brûlé was born 13 August 1712, La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada

1714 Birth of Child
Marguerite Brûlé was born 3 June 1714, Sorel, Québec, Canada (St-Pierre-de-Sorel)

14 May 1743
La Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas (Ile Dupas), Québec, Canada

Added: 2/13/2015 12:49:54 PM

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