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Jean Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte

  (21 Apr 1650Angers, France  - 30 Jun 1720Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada )  

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Jean Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte
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Born St-Pierre, Angers, Anjou, France

Did You Know?Did you know...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?Did you old farmer in a parish [in the province of Quebec] gave a good thrashing to a boy who had innocently killed a small yellow snake which he had seen crawling along the grass in front of his house. The old man said that he would have preferred losing his best horse rather than see that snake killed. It had been living in his cellar for some years past, and he considered it as a good lutin [spirit] which brought him luck and prosperity.

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

"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 1585 and died in 1613. Their son, Etienne, a bargeman, married Jeanne Fresneau, daughter of the late Jean and of Madeleine Gaultier at Saint-Pierre on 11 February 1613. At least three children were born of this union: Jean, baptized on 11 September 1615 Pierre baptized on 28 June 1618 and Guillaume, baptized on 24 February 1621. About 1643, the latter was married to Guillemine Vinsonneau, and was the father of four children baptized at Saint-Pierre: Jeanne, 11 August 1664 Guillaume, 12 September 1647 Guy, 31 January 1649, and Jean-Guillaume, the ancestor of the Canadian Lacertes, on 21 April 1650."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 246

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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."

Thomas J. Laforest
Our French-Canadian Ancestors : Volume V, Page 249

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30 Jun 1720
Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada

Marriage(s) and Child(ren)

marriage Jean Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte married Anne Barillet -- Date: 9 Nov 1671 Place:  Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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"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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marriage Jean Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte married Marguerite Benoit -- Date: 26 Nov 1685 Place:  Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada
Source: 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 and Marie Anne Guedon

Family Group Record
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

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son Jean Charles Vacher dit Lacerte (12 Mar 1686, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 11 Sep 1761, Yamachiche, Maskinongé, Québec, Canada)

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

daughter Marguerite Vacher (2 Jul 1691, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 16 February 1777, Chambly, Québec, Canada)

son Guillaume Vacher dit Lacerte (25 Sep 1693, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 26 Sep 1758, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada)

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

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

daughter Marie Vacher dit Lacerte (27 Dec 1702, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 2 Apr 1734, Montréal (Montreal), Québec, Canada)

daughter Francoise Vacher dit Lacerte (12 January 1705, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - ,  )

daughter Marie Therese Vacher dit Lacerte (12 June 1707, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 4 July 1707, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada)

son Jean Baptiste Vacher dit Lacerte (17 October 1708, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada - 12 March 1772, Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivieres), Québec, Canada)

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

daughter Marie Anne Vacher dit Lacerte (aft. 1711, , Québec (Quebec) Province, Canada (New France) - 1789,  )


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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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