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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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Pierre Cloistre dit Clouatre

Acadian Ancestors, The Lewiston Daily Sun, Lewiston, Maine, February 12, 1983

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flag  Pierre  Cloistre dit Clouatre

  (b. abt. 1695, France   d. )  

Pierre Cloistre dit Clouatre was born abt. 1695 in , France. Pierre Cloistre dit Clouatre was the child of

Pierre was an immigrant, arriving by 1720.

He married  Marguerite Leblanc 1720 in Port Royal, Acadia .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Marguerite Leblanc  was born abt. 1700 in , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) .  She was the daughter of Andre Leblanc and Marie Dugas.

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Pierre Cloistre dit Clouatre married flag Marguerite Leblanc-- Date: 1720 Place: Port Royal, Acadia 

Marguerite Leblanc was the daughter of Andre Leblanc and Marie Dugas

Pierre Cloistre dit Clouâtre, a gunsmith, reached Acadia from France by 1722, the year he married Marguerite, daughter of André LeBlanc, one of the pioneers of the Minas settlement. Pierre and Marguerite settled at Grand-Pré and had at least a dozen children, including five sons, all born at Minas: Louis in August 1724, Georges in November 1727, Dominique in May 1729, Pierre-Sylvain in c1740, and Joseph in c1750. Their daughter Marie-Josèphe was born in April 1723, Anne in March 1744, and Marthe-Marie July 1746. Daughter Anne's marriage record calls her a native of "St. Jean, Acadia," so the gunsmith and his wife may have lived on French-controlled Île St.-Jean during the 1740s. Only one of Pierre and Marguerite's sons seems to have married before Le Grand Dérangement: Third son Dominique married Françoise, daughter of Claude Boudrot, fils, probably at Minas in c1750. Oldest daughter Marie-Josèphe married Pierre, son of Augustin Hébert, at Grand-Pré in October 1747.

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flag Marie Josephe Clouatre (b.April 1723, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Louis Clouatre (b.1724, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Marguerite Clouatre (b.1726, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Georges Clouatre (b.November 1727, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement flag Dominique Clouatre (b.11 May 1729, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. 16 January 1770, La Prairie, Province of Québec, Canada )

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement flag Madeleine Clouatre (b.abt. 1731, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. 10 March 1800, L'Acadie, Lower Canada )

flag Marguerite Charlotte Clouatre (b.1732, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Pierre Sylvain Clouatre (b.1740, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Marie Clouatre (b.1742, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Anne Clouatre (b.March 1744, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Marie Marthe Clouatre (b.July 1746, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

flag Joseph Clouatre (b.abt. 1750, Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia  d. , )

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1723 Birth of Child
Marie Josephe Clouatre was born April 1723, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada / Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia

1727 Birth of Child
Georges Clouatre was born November 1727, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada / Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia

1729 Birth of Child
Dominique Clouatre was born 11 May 1729, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada / Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia

1744 Birth of Child
Anne Clouatre was born March 1744, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada / Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia

1746 Birth of Child
Marie Marthe Clouatre was born July 1746, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada / Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia

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