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)
Acadia - Did you know? Acadians believed that the first snowfall of May had medicinal qualities. It was believed to cure sore eyes, ear aches and other maladies. Acadians melted the snow and saved it in bottles to use throughout the year.
Source: Je Me Souviens, A Publication of the American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Volume 35, Number 1. Spring 2012. Acadian Festivals.
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She married François Leprince
23 May 1712
in Grand Pré (Saint-Charles-des-Mines), Nova Scotia, Canada (Acadia)
was born abt. 1680
in Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia)
He died 24 November 1751
in , Acadia (Acadie), Canada
He was the son of Jean-Jacques-Nicolas Leprince and Marguerite Hébert.
Catherine Benoit dite Labriere died 26 January 1760
in , France.
Catherine "...married François LePrince in 1712. Catherine was among those deported by the English and died in France in 1760. At least four of her seven children were also deported. One son, Claude Prince, along with his wife, Madeleine Doiron, and their entire family, died at sea during the deportation. The others who were deported were in France in the late 1760’s."
1693 Port Royal Martin BENOIT 43, Marie CHAUSEGROS 39, Pierre 18, Clement 15, Marie 13, Jean 11, Pierre 9, Claude 7, Catherine 4, Anne 1 7 cattle, 10 sheep, 6 pigs, 8 arpents, 1 gun 1693 Acadian Census Added: 9/22/2010 8:09:14 AM - Beckie Updated: 9/22/2010 8:09:27 AM - Beckie
1698 Port Royal Martin BENOIT 57 Marie CHAUSSEGROS (wife) 43 Clement 21 Marie 19 Pierre 15 Claude 11 Catherine 8 Jeanne 6 Francoise 4 2 cows, 8 sheep, 3 hogs, 40 arpents, 200 fruit trees,
1698 Acadian Census Added: 9/24/2010 6:43:31 AM - Beckie Updated: 9/24/2010 6:43:49 AM - Beckie
1700 Port Royal Martin BENOIT 50; Marie CHOSSEGROS (wife) 46; Clement 22; Jean 18; Pierre 16; Claude 14; Marie 20; Catherine 11; Anne 8; 15 cattle, 20 sheep, 10 arpents, 1 gun. 1700 Acadian Census Added: 9/24/2010 10:34:38 AM - Beckie Updated: 9/24/2010 10:34:50 AM - Beckie
1704 - According to the census, there are 1,450 people living in Acadia
1712 Marriage / Partner Catherine Benoit dite Labriere and François Leprince 23 May 1712, Grand Pré (Saint-Charles-des-Mines), Nova Scotia, Canada (Acadia)
1754 - At the beginning of the French and Indian War of 1754, the British government demanded that Acadians take an oath of allegiance to the Crown that included fighting against the French. Most of them refused. www.cbc.ca/ acadian/ timeline.html -
1754 - Beginning of the French and Indian War between Great Britain and France for control of the North American colonies. It is part of the Seven Years War.
1758 - The Acadians who fled to Ile St. Jean and Ile Royale are rounded up and 3000+ are sent to France. Two of the ships are unseaworthy and sink ... hundreds of Acadians perish. The ones who make it to France initially settle in northwestern France, around St. Malo and Morlaix. www.acadian-cajun.com/ acadtime.htm -
1758 - French power in Canada declines as the British capture Ft. Louisburg
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