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Thank you for your post.You confirmed what I had suspected re: Vien/Cummings.I am just beginning to research my Vien connection.Maybe you can help.
Charles Racicot (b. Oct/1819 Quebec, d. 1871 Vermont or IA) married Alesime Vien (aka Eliza Cummings)(b. 1826, Quebec, d. after 1880).Alesime's siblings: Marie, Flavie & Jean Baptiste (dates Unknown)
I know the following about Alesime's parents, father: Bat Vien (aka John Cummings)(b. Quebec, d. Vermont), Mother: Catherine LaBonte (Dates unconfirmed)
I suspect Alesime's parents are: Jean Baptiste Vien (b. 22 Apr 1796, Ste. Mathais, Quebec, d. after 1850), Mother Catherine Vegiard dit Labonte (b. Unknown, d. after 1850).
Do any of Vien names ring a bell?Can you elaborate on the use "dit" in French Canadian names?