Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol

 

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The following history details the life of Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol prior to and in New France:

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  • Circa 1636-1640- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol is born in Sainte-Marie, Spain, the son of Manuel Robidou and Catherine Alue/ Alve. (Note: Sainte-Marie is noted as a parish, and also as being in Galicia in the Diocese of Burgos).
  • circa 1645 or later- Jeanne Denot is born, the daughter of Antoine Denot and Catherine Leduc. She is baptized at Saint-Germain-L’Auxerrois, Paris, France.
  • prior to 20 April 1661- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol works as a sailor in Nantes, Brittany (now Loire-Atlantique, Pays-de-la-Lorie, France).
  • 20 April 1661- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol, now in La Rochelle, Aunis (currently Carente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France) enters a contract of engagement with Antoine Grignon, on behalf of merchant Eustache Lambert, obligating Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol to go to Nouvelle-France (New France) and work for 3 years.
  • late spring and summer 1661- Probably working as a member of the crew, Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol sails from La Rochelle, France to Ile-Perce (on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec), Acadia and finally to Nouvelle-France (New France) aboard La Marguerite, a ship originally hailing from Dieppe, Normandy, (now Seine-Maritime), France.
  • late summer 1661- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol arrives in Quebec, Nouvelle-France.
  • between late summer 1661 & prior to 15 June 1664- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol is an engagé to merchant Eustache Lambert in Quebec.
  • 15 June 1665- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol receives a concession of land on Cote Lauzon (now Levis, Quebec), Nouvelle-France.
  • circa 1664- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol receives a concesion of land in what is now Sainte-Laurent on Ille-D’Orleans, Nouvelle-France.
  • 13 May 1665- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol works as a sailor aboard the royal galiotte (type of ship) hailing from Quebec.
  • circa 1665- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol gives up his concession of land on Cote Lauzon and Ille-D’Orleans.
  • 13 May 1666- Jeanne Denote leaves from La Rochelle as a Fille Du Roi aboard Le Saint-Jean-Baptiste, a ship originally hailing from Dieppe.
  • 1666- Census records show Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol works as a sailor and lives with merchant Eustache Lambert in Quebec.
  • circa 11 August 1666- After first stopping at the Gaspe Peninsula, the ship carrying Jeanne Denot arrives in Quebec.
  • between circa 11 August 1666 & 17 June 1667- Jeanne Denot resides at a house on the grounds of the Ursuline monastery, Quebec.
  • 16 May 1667- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol and Jeanne Denot contract for marriage in Quebec.
  • 17 June 1667 – Andre Robidoou dit L’Espagnol and Jeanne Denot marry at Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec.
  • 11 July 1669- Marie Romaine Robidou, daughter of Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol & Jeanne Denot, is born, and is baptized the same day at Notre-Dame-de-Quebec. She is named after her godmother Romaine Boudet.
  • circa 1671- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol, Jeanne Denot, and Marie Romaine Robidou move to the seigneury of LaPrairie, Nouvelle-France, acquiring property within the village of LaPrairie.
  • 10 November 1671- Marguerite Robidou, daughter of Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol and Jeanne Denot, is born, and is baptized the same day at Saint-Francois-Xavier-des-Pres, LaPrairie. She is named after her godmother Marguerite Tenard.
  • 15 January 1672- Sepulture (burial) for Marguerite Robidou (age 2 months) at Saint-Francois-Xavier-des-Pres, LaPrairie.
  • prior to 02 June 1672- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol acquires property on Cote de la Riviere Saint-Jacques, LaPrairie.
  • 04 December 1672- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol exchanges with Jean Caillault the property on Cote de la Riviere, Saint-Jacques, LaPrairie, for property on Cote de la Tortue, LaPrairie. He also sells the property in the village of LaPrairie to Pierre Lefebvre.
  • 22 January 1673- The prior concession to Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol by the Compagnie de Jesus of the property on Cote de la Riviere Saint-Jacques, LaPrairie, is confirmed.
  • 20 September 1673- Jeanne Robidou, daughter of Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol and Jeanne Denot, is baptized at Saint-Francois-Xavier-des-Pres, LaPrairie. She is named after her godmother Jeanne Roinay.
  • circa 1674- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol receives a concession of land on Cote Saint-Lambert, LaPrairie, from the Compagnie de Jesus, and gives up his concession of land on Cote de la Tortue, LaPrairie.
  • 08 December 1674- Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol’s concession of land on Cote Saint-Lambert, LaPrairie, is confirmed by the Compagnie de Jesus.
  • 28 November 1675- Guillaume Robidou, son of Andre Robidou and Jeanne Denot, is baptized at Saint-Francois-Xavier-des-Pres, LaPrairie. He is named after his godfather Guillaume Brunet.
  • 08 November 1677- The Compagnie de Jesus, as seigneur of LaPrairie, inventories all of the concessions, which inventory lists the 08 December 1674 concession to Andre Robidou dit L’Espagnol.
  • 15 January 1678- Joseph Robidou, son of Andre Robidou and Jeanne Denot, is baptized at Saint-Francois-Xavier, LaPrairie. He is named after his godfather Joseph Boyer.
  • 01 April 1678- Sepulture (burial) for Andre Robidou dit L’espagnol (age between approximately 38 and 42 years) at Notre-Dame, Montreal, wherein he is noted as residing at LaPrairie. He had fathered five children.
  • 16 August 1678 – Jacques Suprenant dit Sanssoucy and Jeanne Denot marry at Saint-Francois-Xavier, LaPrairie.