Robert Caron died 8 July 1656

Robert Caron was born about 1616 in France.  His parents are unknown.    

Robert arrived in New France  (Quebec) on June 4, 1634.  He disembarked from one of the four ships that belonged to the Cheffault-Rozee Company, based in Rouen. According to the Intendant, Jean Talon, he traveled with our ancestor Zacharie Cloutier, carpenter, Robert Giffard, doctor,  our ancestor Noël Langlois, Charles L’Allemant, Jesuit, Jean Bourdon, engineer, and, of course, many others.

After completing two years with the Company, he opted not to renew his contract and decided to set down roots in the colony. From Pierre Le Gardeur de Repentigny, he obtained a concession at Longue-Pointe, near Sault Montmorency, which he started to clear immediately. The following year, on October 25, 1637, he married Marie Crevet a young 16-year-old girl from Normandie, the daughter of Pierre Crevet and Marguerite Lemercier, of Bénouville, near Caen.  Robert and Marie lost a daughter in a battle with Indians.  Two of their sons, Jean Baptist and Pierre, are Laber ancestors.

Since the Iroquois constantly harassed the colonists, Robert decided to leave his land in Longue-Pointe, which he later sold to Guillaume Couillard, and moved to Côteau Sainte-Geneviève. There, he undertook to clear this new concession and a few years later he was given ownership of the property. In 1654, he once again sold his property and moved to Côte de Beaupré, approximately 1 kilometer to the east of the current Basilique Sainte-Anne, in Beaupré. 

Robert died in 1656, at the Hôtel Dieu in Québec City (a hospital for the very sick), at the age of 44. I do not know his cause of death. 

Robert and Marie founded one of the families with the most descendants in North America. Their descendants can be found in all of the provinces of Canada and in a large number of American states. There are more than 30,000 Carons listed in telephone books throughout North America. In Québec, the Caron name is associated with more than 150 place names. These facts testify to the family’s sense of initiative and discovery.


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