About Robert Caron
- Location info: Aunis, France (birth), Québec (marriage,death)
- NOTE about date of birth: Some Internet sources say 1603, others, July 22, 1613, therefore, I put between c1603 and c1613. An authoritative source needed here.
- Pionnier de la Nouvelle-France. Arrive au Québec en c1635 sur un bateau de la Compagnie des Cent-Associés venant de Dieppe.
- Robert était cultivateur.
Robert Caron is believed to have been born July 22, 1613, in L'eveche of Rochelle, Aunis, France. He arrived in Quebec June 4 1634. He married Marie Crevet, daughter of Pierre Crevet and Marie LeMercier, on October 25 1637. They had seven children: Marie, Jean Baptiste, Robert, Catherine, Joseph, Pierre, and Aimée.
Their daughter, Marie Caron, born about 1638, married Jean Picard in 1656. On June 5, 1660, A party of Huron and Iroquois Indians captured her and four children. They were intercepted by the French, who were accompanied by Algonquins, but she was killed in the battle. Her daughter, Louise Picard, born in 1659, married Louis Gagne in 1673.
Jean Baptiste Caron, born July 10, 1641, married Margurite Gagnon in 1661. Robert Caron, son of Robert and Marie, born February 10, 1647, married Marguerite Cloutier in 1674. Catherine, born November 23, 1649, married Jacques Dodier in 1662 and after his death, married Pierre Dupre in 1680. Joseph, born March 19, 1652, married Elisabeth Bernier in 1683. Pierre, born July 11, 1654 married Marie-Michelle Bernier in 1678. Aimée, born about 1656, married Noël Langlois.
Robert Caron died on July 08, 1656, at the age of 45. Marie Crevet Caron later married Noël Langlois, father-in-law of her daughter Aimée, on July 27, 1666.
These families became the ancestors of many of the French-Canadian Carons.
Fût titulaire d'une terre au moment que sa fille Catherine était chez les Ursulines de Québec
Robert is considered one of the founders of the city of Quebec and his name is inscribed on the Louis Hebert Monument.
Robert Caron and his descendants
On June 4, 1634, Robert Caron arrived in New France. 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 Zacharie Cloutier, carpenter, Robert Giffard, doctor, 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 Normandy, the daughter of Pierre Crevet and Marguerite Lemercier, of Bénouville, near Caen. Seven children were born from that union: Marie, Jean-Baptiste, Robert, Catherine, Joseph, Pierre and Aymée.
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. Today, the descendants of Mr. Thomas Simard live in the house erected on the foundations of Robert Caron’s home, which was destroyed by fire.
Robert died prematurely in 1656, at the Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec City, at the age of 44. The causes of his death remain relatively obscure. Did he die as a result of an injury suffered in combat with the Amerindians? After Robert died, Marie Crevet moved to Château-Richer. After remaining a widow for ten years, she married Noël Langlois, the widower of Françoise Garnier, who had arrived on the same ship as Robert in 1634. He died in 1684, at the age of 80. Following that, Marie Crevet lived in Baie St-Paul where she died at the age of 85.
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 Quebec, the Caron name is associated with more than 150 place names. These facts testify to the family’s sense of initiative and discovery.
The Association des Familles Caron d’Amérique was officially founded on May 26, 1984. It now has 750 members, including 425 who are members for life. The Association organizes an annual get-together, which is held at a different location each year. Its bulletin, which was named in keeping with the Associations’ motto, Tenir et servir (“Hold and Serve”), is published four times a year. It should be noted that the Association was the first family association to publish its genealogical data on the site of the Centre de généalogie francophone d’Amérique, which can be consulted at: http://www.genealogie.org/famille/caron/caron.htm
Robert Caron's Timeline
July 22, 1613
Saint-Vivien, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France
June 4, 1634
Arrival at Quebec
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
July 28, 1639
Québec, Québec-Ville, Quebec, Canada
July 10, 1641
Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Québec, Canada
February 10, 1647
Québec, Québec, Canada