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  (b. abt. 1636 France   d. 27 October 1686 Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France )  

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Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST was born abt. 1636 in France. Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST was the child of ?   and   ?

Gabriel was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1665.

Marriage(s) and Child(ren):

He married  Marie-Anne GUÉDON 26 October 1665 in Québec Province, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 6 children. Marie-Anne GUÉDON  was born abt. 1641 in France.  She died 22 March 1732 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City). 

Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST died 27 October 1686 in Trois-Rivières, Canada, New France .

Son of Claude Benoit and Anne Fontaine

Look for this family in Laforest Volume XXVII

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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.
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Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America
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 (
  • Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST
    Title Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie, Cyprien Tanguay Author Cyprien Tanguay Published 1871 Original from Oxford University Digitized Jun 9, 2006 Page 41
  • Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST
    Title Histoire de la paroisse de Champlain ... Volume 2 of Histoire de la paroisse de Champlain, Prosper] [Cloutier Author Prosper Cloutier Editor Prosper Cloutier Publisher Impr. "Le Bien public,", 1917 Original from the University of Michigan Digitized Feb 20, 2008 Length 521 pages Page 54
  • 1665 Marriage / Partner
    Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST and Marie-Anne GUÉDON 26 October 1665, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)
  • 1666 Les Trois Rivieres
    Is this them?

    Gabriel benoist - 30 habitant

    Marie Gaudry - 25 sa femme
    The first census of New France (1666)
  • 1666 Birth of Child
    Marguerite BENOIT was born October 1666, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)
  • 1681 Canadian Census Champlain
    Gabriel Benoist (dit Laforest), 40
    Anne Guesdon, sa femme, 40
    Gabrielle, 12
    Pierre, 11
    Marie, 2

    Source: Histoire des Canadiens-Francais 1608-1880 by Benjamin Sulte, Montreal, 1882
  • 1682 Birth of Child
    Marie-Françoise BENOIT was born 17 May 1682, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Three Rivers)
  • Gabriel BENOIT dit LAFOREST
    Death Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

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