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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...Women wore shirts and skirts made of linen, cotton and hemp. Men wore knee breeches (pants that tied at the knee) and jerkins (jackets). They also wore wide-brimmed hats and tapabords (with earflaps). To survive the cold winter, the habitant copied some of the Amerindian clothing. He wore mittens and moose leather boots lined with beaver fur and a fur-lined coat (pelise). To walk in the snow, he wore snowshoes and loaded his provisions on a toboggan.

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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
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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  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

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).

Pedigree Chart Pedigree Chart Family Group Record Family Group Record Invention Inventions

Born St-Pierre, Angers, Anjou, France

"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...

News1652 - In 1652, Henri Chabot, Duke of Rohan and governor of Anjou, decided to back Louis of Condé, leader of the Fronde. Angers again became rebellious and Louis XIV sent his army to seize it. The Duke of Rohan immediately surrendered and thus again

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

News1666 Census - Trois Rivieres was a small port with a population of 455, including that of adjoining settlements.
The governor in charge of the local administration was Pierre Boucher, already mentioned as a delega...Read MORE...

Invention1666 - Isaac Newton discovers gravity

News1668 - Prohibited from selling liquor to Indians
The End of February 1668. Petition presented to the Supreme Council by a number of the inhabitants o...Read MORE...

News1678 - Cathédrale de l’Assomption (Paroisse Immaculée-Conception) established at Trois-Rivières -

News1678 - Église de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine established at Trois-Rivières -

World History1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

News1698 - October 14 - New France census shows: 211 houses in Trois-Rivières, todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ October_14 -

Invention1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)

"...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."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadia...

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

Marriage / Union(s) and Child(ren)

Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte married Fille du Roi - Find out More. 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

Added: 4/4/2010 10:24:35 AM  
Updated: 4/4/2010

Jean-Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte married  Marguerite Benoit-- Date: 26 November 1685 Place: Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Trois Rivieres) (Three Rivers) 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

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

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

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

 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))

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

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

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

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

 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))

 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))

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


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Jean Charles Vacher dit Lacerte is in my ancestery... actually Dating back 10 generations... he is the last person I could find on my father side...
6/14/2011 8:43:07 PM -

This is my family tree. I am the 9th generation. My older brother's grand son is name Guillaume.

Great! alain lacerte
11/18/2011 10:40:38 PM -

My gr. grandmother was Marguerite Liezert, her father Joesph James, his father Charles LaCerte. Charles was born in Yamachiche and then moved to Edwardsville Ont (changed his spelling of LaCerte). A big thank you for this website, if has been very helpful! Jan Smith
1/20/2012 10:44:55 PM -

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