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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? The Assomption (or arrow) sash is a symbolic piece of clothing central to the culture of the French-speaking population of North America. The item was widely worn for almost a century, from the end of the 18th to the end of the 19th century, before it fell into disuse, a result of the decline of the fur trade industry... In 1777, a German [probably Hessian] mercenary, staying in Saint-Anne-de-la-Pérade is more explicit in his comments: 'They wear a thick wool sash with long fringes around their hips and over their coat-they weave it themselves-these sashes are of a variety of colours, depending on the wearer's taste.'

Source: Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.

Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire) - Église de Saint-Joachim, est. 1713
2, rue Sainte-Anne, Pointe-Claire, QUÉBEC
Source: Google maps
Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire)
Église de Saint-Joachim, est. 1713
2, rue Sainte-Anne, Pointe-Claire, QUÉBEC
Source: Google maps

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Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Joseph-Antoine  Dubois dit Laviolette

  (b. abt. 1667, France   d. 6 June 1743Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Canada, New France )  

Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette was born abt. 1667 in , France. Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette was the child of

He married  Louise Plumereau 17 November 1698 in Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Louise Plumereau  was born abt. 12 February 1678 in Sorel, Québec, Canada .  She died 18 December 1736 in Montréal, Québec, Canada .  She was the daughter of Julien Plumereau dit Latreille and Jeanne Barbier.

Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette died 6 June 1743 in Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Canada, New France .

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son of Francois Dubois and Jean Mailloux

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette married flag Louise Plumereau-- Date: 17 November 1698 Place: Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France
Louise Plumereau was the daughter of Julien Plumereau dit Latreille and Jeanne Barbier

Added: 6/2/2016 8:24:11 AM  

flag Antoine Dubois dit Joseph (b.23 April 1705, Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 4 January 1770, Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Province of Québec, Canada )

flag Jean-Baptiste Dubois (b.4 May 1707, Lachine, Montréal, Canada, New France   d. 25 October 1784, Lachine, Montréal, Province of Québec, Canada )

flag Marie-Josephte Dubois (b.abt. 1709, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 6 February 1771, Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Province of Québec, Canada )

1698 Marriage / Partner
Joseph-Antoine Dubois dit Laviolette and Louise Plumereau 17 November 1698, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)

1705 Birth of Child
Antoine Dubois dit Joseph was born 23 April 1705, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)

1707 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Dubois was born 4 May 1707, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine)

1736 Death of Spouse/Partner
Louise Plumereau died 18 December 1736, Montréal, Québec, Canada

6 June 1743
Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire)

Added: 6/2/2016 8:23:28 AM

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