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Ancestor is complete! immigrant flag male ancestor  Claude  BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT

  (b. abt. 1626 Le Mans, France   d. 25 November 1699 Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, New France )  
Age: 73

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Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT was born abt. 1626 in Le Mans, France. Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT was the child of ?   and   ?

Claude was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1654.

Marriage(s) and Child(ren):

He married  Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER) 25 May 1654 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER)  was born 21 January 1642 in France.  She died 27 April 1721 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul).  She was the daughter of Louis GAGNÉ and Marie MICHEL.

Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT died 25 November 1699 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, New France .

Occupation: Tailor



Claude was the child of Jacques Bouchard and Noelle Touschard of France. Baptsim St Come De Vair, Le Mans, Maine, France


Details of the family tree of Claude appear below.
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - Over time, Québec 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 Québec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Québec, Canada.

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.
Did You Know?Québec Généalogie - Did you know? An old farmer in a parish [in the province of Quebec] gave a good thrashing to a boy who had...Read MORE...



The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Québec 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)
  • Claude Bouchard
    'Claude Bouchard, a tailor from Saint-Cosme-de-Vair in Maine, France, first settled on the coast of Beaupré to the east of Québec. He was nicknammed 'little Claude' to distinguish him from a namesake and because of his stature.

    Claude Bouchard, no doubt influenced by his father in law, Louis Gasnier, decided to take his family and settle on the new lands of Petite-Rivière. On July 26 1682, he contracted to sell his farm at Château- Richerto...Read MORE...


  • 1650
    'In March of 1650, at the White Horse Inn, situated near the county seat of Saint-Come, on the road leading to Rouperoux, Sir Robert Giffard, surgeon and Canadian colonizer, was giving lectures to attract settlers to America. Claude and his friend Julien Fortin answered the inviation and voluteered: They put their affairs in order and embarked for New France.'
    Laforest, Thomas J., Our French Canadian Ancestors, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, 1984
  • 1654 Marriage / Partner
    Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT and Louise GAGNÉ (GASNIER) 25 May 1654, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1659 Birth of Child
    Marie BOUCHARD was born 27 October 1659, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1664 Birth of Child
    Gilles BOUCHARD was born 8 March 1664, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)
  • 1665 Birth of Child
    Marguerite BOUCHARD was born 15 October 1665, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)
  • 1670 Birth of Child
    Anne BOUCHARD was born 20 February 1670, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
  • 1672 Birth of Child
    Geneviève-Marie BOUCHARD was born 25 April 1672, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)


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