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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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)


Did You Know?Did you know...In New France, the vast majority of newcomers were either soldiers or indentured workers. Before crossing the Atlantic, the indentured workers had signed a contract providing for a predetermined stay. Most of them saw it as a temporary contract, not a permanent move. The fact that more than half of them nevertheless stayed on shows that New France had a real power of attraction.

Source: History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd.


Angers, France - Château d'Angers
The Château d'Angers is a castle in the city of Angers in the Loire Valley, in the département of Maine-et-Loire, in France. Founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou, was expanded to its current size in the 13th century. wikipedia
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Château d'Angers
The Château d'Angers is a castle in the city of Angers in the Loire Valley, in the département of Maine-et-Loire, in France. Founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou, was expanded to its current size in the 13th century. wikipedia
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immigrant France  Jean-Guillaume  Vacher dit Lacerte

  (21 April 1650Angers, France  - 30 June 1720Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) )  

Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte was born 21 April 1650 in Angers, France. Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte was the child of

Jean-Guillaume was an immigrant, arriving by 1671.

He married  Anne Barillet 9 November 1671 in Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) .  Anne Barillet  was born abt. 1650 in France .  She died abt. September 1672 in Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) . 

He married  (2) Marguerite Benoit 26 November 1685 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Marguerite Benoit  was born October 1666 in Champlain, Québec, Canada .  She died 11 September 1728 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) .  She was the daughter of Gabriel Benoit dit Laforest and Marie-Anne Guédon.

Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte died 30 June 1720 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers).


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Born St-Pierre, Angers, Anjou, France

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Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte married immigrant Fille du Roi - Find out More. France Anne Barillet-- Date: 9 November 1671 Place: Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
"Upon arrival in New France, he settled in Quebec, where his presence was noted for the first time on the occasion of the signing of his marriage contract before Romain Becquet on 29 October 1671. On the following 9 November, still in Quebec, he married a King's daughter, Anne Barillet, daughter of Jean and of Anne Boudinier, of Saint-Sulpice in Paris... This young woman does not seem to have lived very long after the ordeal of the first birth, that of an anonymous child born on 22 September 1672, and buried the next day."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 247

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Updated: 4/4/2010



Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte married Canada/New France Marguerite Benoit-- Date: 26 November 1685 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)
Familysearch.org. Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 


Marguerite Benoit was the daughter of Gabriel Benoit dit Laforest and Marie-Anne Guédon


Immaculee Conception, Trois-Rivieres, QC, Canada
Jean Guy Vache dit la Serte, age 34
Marguerite Benoit, age 19, daughter of Gabriel Benoit and Anne Guedon

"After a dozen years of the solitary life, Jean-Guillaume found a second wife, in Trois-Rivieres. On 11 May 1685, before notary Antoine Adhemar, he made a contract of marriage with Marguerite Benoist, born in 1666, daughter of Gabriel Benoist dit Laforest and of Marie-Anne Guedon. The nuptial ceremony took place on the following 26 November in the church which the bridegroom had helped to construct. The act says that our ancestor was 34 years old, and that Marguerite as 19 years old."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 248
Updated: 4/4/2010


Children:
Canada/New France Jean-Charles Vacher dit Lacerte (12 March 1686, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 11 September 1761, Yamachiche, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Marie-Madeleine Vacher dite Lacerte (16 March 1689, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 27 January 1745, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Marguerite Vacher dite Lacerte (2 July 1691, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 16 February 1777, Chambly, Québec, Canada)

Canada/New France Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte (25 September 1693, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 26 September 1758, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))

Canada/New France Marie-Louise Vacher dite Lacerte (11 January 1696, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 20 April 1757, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Marie-Agathe Vacher dite Lacerte (18 July 1697, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 11 September 1725, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Marie-Anne Vacher dite Lacerte (abt. 1700, Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) - 1789, Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France))

Canada/New France Marie Vacher dite Lacerte (27 December 1702, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 2 April 1734, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Montreal))

Canada/New France Françoise Vacher dite Lacerte (12 January 1705, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - ,  )

Canada/New France Marie-Thérèse Vacher dite Lacerte (12 June 1707, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 4 July 1707, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))

Canada/New France Jean-Baptiste Vacher dit Lacerte (17 October 1708, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - 12 March 1772, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers))

Canada/New France Michel Vacher dit Lacerte (19 April 1711, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) - ,  )



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"Who was this Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Laserte, formerly known as Jean Guy? A descendant of this ancestor, Roger V. Lacerte, trace dhis French origins back to the great-grand-parents loated in Saint-Pierre d'Angers in Anjou (Maine-et-Loire). Mathurin Vacher and Perrine Chaveau were married about 15...Read MORE...


France1659 - France and Spain sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees.


FranceOn August 26, 1660, Louis XIV made a triumphal entry into Paris with his wife, Marie-Therese. The royal couple took their places...
Louis XIV wasn't just a ceremonial king who represents the kingdom, but makes no decisions of his own... His regime was considered an absolute monarchy, and Louis XIV was the sole master. No oppositio...Read MORE...


1671 Marriage / Union
Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte and Anne Barillet 9 November 1671, Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

Canada1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop.

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Canada1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi.

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Canada1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years since...Read MORE...


Canada1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec.

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1685 Marriage / Union
Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte and Marguerite Benoit 26 November 1685, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)

Canada1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July).

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Canada1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the hamlet...Read MORE...


Canada1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps.

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Canada1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October)

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Canada1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time. A...Read MORE...


Canada1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England.

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Canada1710 - British Capture Port Royal, Rename Fort Anne
The Acadian community of Port Royal is captured by Francis Nickolson for the British and renamed it Fort Anne, and the community, Annapolis Royal. Daniel d'Auger de Subercase (1661-1732), with less t...Read MORE...


Canada1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ended Queen Anne's War (War of the Spanish Succession)
Hudson's Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland now all belonged to the English. Cape Breton belonged to the French.
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"...On 30 June 1720, the Recollet missionary priest, Hyacinthe Pelfresne, ministering to the parish of Trois-Rivieres, mentioned the death of Jean Guy de la Certe in the parish records. He was bout 72 years old and had received the last rites of the Church."

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Death
30 June 1720
Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers)



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