Some Vanasse dit Precourts adopted the surname of Varnum after their immigration to New England .Two such families settled in Rhode Island .
Israel Varnum , son of Antoine Vanasse dit Precourt and Catherine Marcouillier . He married Marguerite Esso in 1872 at Smithfield Rhode Island .
Antoine appears in the 1870 census for Rhode Island at Smithfield as Antoine Varnum but in the 1881 census he and his family appear at St Etienne , St Maurice County Quebec . Israel who stayed in RI died in 1894 as Israel Precourt .