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flag female ancestor  Barbe  FORTIN dite BELLEFONTAINE

  (b. 21 October 1654 Québec, Canada, New France   d. 26 August 1737 L'Islet, Canada, New France )  

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Barbe FORTIN dite BELLEFONTAINE was born 21 October 1654 in Québec, Canada, New France . Barbe FORTIN dite BELLEFONTAINE was the child of Julien FORTIN dit BELLEFONTAINE   and   Geneviève GAMACHE

Marriage(s) and Child(ren):

She married  Pierre GAGNON abt. 1669 in Château-Richer, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Pierre GAGNON  was born abt. 1646 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City).  He died 10 August 1687 in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre).  He was the son of Pierre GAGNON and Vincente DESVARIEUX (DEVARIEUX).

She married  (2) Pierre LESSARD 16 April 1690 in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Pierre LESSARD  was born 4 August 1658 in Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City).  He died 8 May 1737 in L'Islet, Québec, Canada (L'Islet-sur-Mer) (Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours).  He was the son of Étienne LESSARD (LESSART) and Marguerite SEVESTRE.

Barbe FORTIN dite BELLEFONTAINE died 26 August 1737 in L'Islet, Canada, New France .
Details of the family tree of Barbe 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.
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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 (
  • Baptism
    Barbe Fortin
    4 November 1654
    Notre-Dame-de-Québec Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.
  • 1671 Birth of Child
    Marie-Madeleine GAGNON was born 28 March 1671, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)
  • 1673 Birth of Child
    Joseph GAGNON was born 1 January 1673, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
  • 1674 Birth of Child
    Geneviève GAGNON was born 4 March 1674, Saint-Joachim, Montmorency, Québec, Canada
  • 1677 Birth of Child
    Pierre GAGNON was born 20 January 1677, Saint-Joachim, Montmorency, Québec, Canada
  • 1679 Birth of Child
    Charles GAGNON was born 18 May 1679, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
  • 1681 Birth of Child
    Marguerite GAGNON was born 10 February 1681, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)
  • 1684 Birth of Child
    Alexandre GAGNON was born 6 January 1684, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)

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