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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?Acadia - Did you know? When France signed the Treaty of Paris in 1763, it gave Great Britain its colonial possessions in North America, except the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, off the coast of Newfoundland.


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Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement flag  Catherine  Benoit dite Labriere

  (b. abt. 1689, Acadia, Canada   d. 26 January 1760, France )  

Catherine Benoit dite Labriere was born abt. 1689 in , Acadia, Canada . Catherine Benoit dite Labriere was the child of Martin Benoit dit Labriere and Marie Chaussegros

She married  François Leprince 23 May 1712 in Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia .  François Leprince  was born abt. 1680 in Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada / Port Royal, Acadia .  He died 24 November 1751 in , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) .  He was the son of Jean-Jacques-Nicolas Leprince and Marguerite Hébert.

Catherine Benoit dite Labriere died 26 January 1760 in , France.

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Catherine Benoit dite Labriere married flag François Leprince-- Date: 23 May 1712 Place: Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia genealogy-benoit.html 

François Leprince was the son of Jean-Jacques-Nicolas Leprince and Marguerite Hébert

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."

Added: 4/12/2015 8:33:37 PM  
Updated: 4/12/2015 8:34:19 PM

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

1712 Marriage / Partner
Catherine Benoit dite Labriere and François Leprince 23 May 1712, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada / Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia

1751 Death of Spouse/Partner
François Leprince died 24 November 1751, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie)

26 January 1760
, France

Added: 3/12/2009 11:17:03 AM

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