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Robert Henry (abt. 1643 - bef. 1736)

Robert Henry aka Henri
Born about in Rouen, Normandie, Francemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1678 in Cobéquid, Acadie, Nouvelle-Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 93 in Acadie, Colony of Nova Scotiamap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Aug 2009
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Robert Henry or Henri was from the parish of Saint-Vincent in Rouen, Normandie (today Seine-Maritime), France, and born in about 1643. He travelled first to Canada, Nouvelle-France, where he served as a domestic servant for Quentin Moral. He was confirmed in the Catholic faith at Trois-Rivières in 1666,[1] so he likely had been a Huguenot.

Note re prior notation of birth in France: his profile had previously been noted to refer to Saint-Vincent in Rouen - however no birth record at the church of Saint-Vincent is noted, and he was later baptized at Trois-Rivières at the age of about 23. As has been noted, he may have been a Huguenot, but his birth record is not yet identified.

He was counted in the 1666 census of New France at Trois Rivieres, age 20.[2]

He moved to Chignecto in c1676 and two years later married Marie-Madeleine, daughter of Pierre Godin dit Châtillon, a native of Québec who had also moved to Chignecto. [3]

Robert and Marie-Madeleine were counted at Port-Royal in 1686,[4] but by 1693 they had moved to the Minas Basin.[5] They were also counted at Minas in 1703 and 1707.[6][7]

They were listed at Cobeguit in the 1714 census,[8] before moving to Ile Royale by the 1717 census. Robert was listed with a wife and children at Port Tolouse in 1717[9] and 1719.[10]

They had 13 children, including six sons, all of whom married and created families of their own. Five of their daughters married into the Doiron, Pitre, Druce, Radoux, Pinet, and Guérard families.[3]

Their children were:[1][11]
  1. Martin (dit Robert) Henry, b. about 1679 in Port Royal, Acadia
  2. Marie Henry, b. about 1681 in Port Royal, Acadia
  3. Jean (dit le Vieux) Henry, b. about 1684 in Port Royal, Acadia
  4. Genevieve Henry, b. about Jan 1686 in Port Royal, Acadia
  5. Germain Henry, b. about 1686 in Port Royal, Acadia
  6. Anne (Jeanne) Henry, b. about 1688 in Acadia
  7. Madeleine (dit Robert) Henry, b. about 1690 in Acadia
  8. Rose Henry, b. about 1692 in Cobeguit, Acadia
  9. Catherine (dit Robert) Henry, b. about 1695 in Acadia
  10. Pierre (dit Robert) Henry, b. about 1700 in Acadia
  11. Antoine Henry, b. about 1704 in Cobeguit, Acadia
  12. Joseph (dit le Petit Homme) Henry, b. about 1707 in Acadia

Unknown daughter Henryr, b. before 1714 in Acadia

He died sometime before the marriage of his son Pierre on 2 May 1736, since he was noted as deceased in the marriage entry.[12]


Robert Henry (1646 - )

Vers 1643, Il naît à Rouen, France.

Robert Henry arrive au Canada où il sert comme domestique pour Quentin Moral.

En 1666, il est confirmé dans la foi catholique à Trois-Rivière; il avait probablement été un Huguenot auparavant.

Vers 1676, il déménage à Chignecto et deux ans plus tard épouse Marie-Madeleine, fille de Pierre Godin dit Châtillon, originaire de Québec, qui avait également déménagé à Chignecto.

Robert et Marie-Madeleine ont été dénombrés à Port-Royal en 1686, mais en 1693 ils avaient déménagé dans le bassin Minas. Ils sont finalement établit à Cobeguit.

Ils eurent 13 enfants, dont six fils, tous mariés qui créerent leurs propres familles. Cinq de leurs filles se marièrent dans les familles Doiron, Pitre, Druce, Radoux, Pinet et Guérard.

Recensement 1666:[13] Quentin Moral sieur de Saint-Quentin, 44, habitant ; Marie Marguerie, 40, sa femme ; Jeanne, 13 ; Marie, 10 ; Gertrude, 8 ; Marthe, 5 ; Robert Henry, 20, et Nicolas Dupuis, 24, domestiques. Ils vivent à Trois-Rivières, Mauricie, Canada.

Recensement 1667:[14] Quentin Moral, 49; Marie Margris, 40; Marie-Jeanne, 14; Marie, 12; Gertrude, 10; Marthe, 6; Robert Henry, domestique, 23; 6 bestiaux, 64 arpents en valeur. Ils vivent chez Sieur Quentin Moral de Saint-Quentin à Trois-Rivières, le Cap ou la Touche-Champlain, Mauricie, Canada.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes' - 1, page 840." White, Stephen A., Patrice Gallant, and Hector-J Hébert. Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Acadiennes. Moncton, N.-B.: Centre D'études Acadiennes, Université De Moncton, 1999, Print, p. 840.
  2. Rapport de l'Archiviste de la province de Québec, 1935, 1935-1936 transcription du recensement 1666. pg 1-161. Entry for Robert henry, p. 139 (image 145 / 462).
    Les Trois Rivieres: Quentin Moral Sr de st quentin, 44, habitant... Robert henry, 20, domestique.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Acadians in Gray" [1] Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s HENRY
  4. 1686 Census: Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Image 15-61.
    Robert HENRY 43, Marie-Magdelaine GODIN 20; children: Martin 7, Marie 5, Jean 2, and one (baby) who is not baptized; 1 gun, 4 cattle, 10 sheep.
  5. 1693 Census: Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Image 15-61
    Robert HENRY 50, Madeleine GODET 31, Martin 15, Marie 13, Francois 11, Genevieve 9, Jacques 7, Jeanne 5; 12 sheep, 6 arpents
  6. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1703 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1703 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 212-220.
    Les Mines: Robert HENRY, his wife, 2 boys, 1 girl, 1 arms bearer.
  7. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1707 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1707 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 221-237.
    Minas: Robert HENRY, his wife, 2 boys 14 or older. 2 younger boys, 3 girls less than 12; 2 arpents, 2 cattle, 4 sheep, 2 hogs.
  8. Tim Hebert; Transcription of the 1714 Acadian Census at Port-Royal, Acadie 1714 Census Transcription. The original census can be found at Acadian Census microfilm C-2572 of the National Archives of Canada “Acadie Recensements 1671 – 1752”, Images 239-261.
    Census of Wecobeguit: Robert HENRI and wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters.
  9. "1717 Census Of Acadian Residents Who Settled On “Isle Royalle” And Who Received Provisions For One Year At The Rate Fixed By The Council" , Acadian Residents at Port Toulouse 1717.
    Resident: Henry Robert, spouse: yes, boys: 3, girls: 1.
  10. "Circa 1719 Census Of Port Toulouse - Settlers Residing With Their Families & Domestics On Isle Royale", 1719 census of Port Toulouse.
    Resident: Robert Henry, spouse: yes, children: 3, men: 4.
  11. Rootsweb on, Family tree by Karen Theriot Reader, "Ancestors of Fred J. Theriot, Sr.", page for Marie Madeleine GODIN
  12. Paroisse de St. Charles des Mines, Grand Pré, Acadie, Québec Province, digital images, Héritage, Genealogy collection, Library and Archives Canada, reel C-1869, "Parish Registers: Nova Scotia : C-1869," roll 1, Image 705, Marriage for Pierre Henry and Marguerite Brasseur, 2 May 1736, accessed 18 Oct 2021. This register is a transcript written around 1895 of the original registers currently held at the Baton Rouge Diocese Archives in Louisiana, USA.
  13. "Internet - 'Recensement de 1666 en Nouvelle-France, compilé par Jean-Guy Sénéca.'"
  14. Internet - 'Recensement de 1667 en Nouvelle-France, compilé par Jean-Guy Sénéca.'"

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The project protected mother should be removed-it doesn't appear that Robert's parentage is known, and it's very unlikely he had a mother named "Jonat Lowry."
posted by Greg Lavoie
Henry-5 and Henry-2102 appear to represent the same person because: Very same.
posted by Gaston Tardif

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