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Sophie (Raby) Bissonette (1816 - 1889)

Sophie Bissonette formerly Raby aka Roby
Born in Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil Dist., Bas Canada (Quebec)map
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 22 Jan 1856 in Saint Clet, Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 73 in North Plantagenet Twp., Prescott County, Ontario, Canadamap
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Sophie Raby was born on March 11, 1816 in Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil District, Quebec (known as "Bas Canada" at the time). She was of French Canadian origin. Her parents were Louis Raby and his wife Suzanne (Lalonde) Raby. [1] Her father's original surname was "Payant" and he used the "dit" name "La Liberte" as well. Her mother's ancestors came from Rouen, France, and had been among the 1st French settlers in Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, in the 1640s. [2]

On January 22, 1856, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Clet, Vaudreuil District, Quebec, Canada, Sophie Raby married widower, Pierre Bissonette, b: August 7, 1815 in Saint Polycarpe, Vaudreuil District, Bas Canada (Quebec). The couple soon moved to a farm in Alfred (later North Plantagenet) Township, Prescott County, Ontario, Canada. This area borders Quebec Province and was largely French-speaking at the time.[3]

Pierre and Sophie (Raby) Bissonette had 1 son:

  1. Leonidas Bissonette, b: 15 July 1859 in Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Canada Census, 1871:
Location: Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Household... Role... Sex ... Age ... Birthplace
Pierre Bissonette..... M...... 55...... Quebec
Napoleon Bissonette...M...15...... Quebec (from 1st marriage)
Leonidase Bissonette ..M..11...... Quebec
Canada Census, 1881:
Location: Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Household... Role........ Sex .... Age ... Birthplace
Pierre Bissonette.......... M..... 67..... Quebec
Sophie Bissonette..........F.......65..... Quebec
Leonidase Bissonette...M......21...... Quebec
Marie Bissonette............F.......24.......Quebec (dgr.-in-law)
Arthur Bissonette...........M.....5mo....Ontario (grandson)

Sophie (Raby) Bissonnette took ill and died on April 19, 1889, at her family's farm in Prescott County, Ontario, Canada. Her burial place is not known.[4]


  1. [ Julia's Bissonnette Tree on RootsWeb - Sophie Raby]. Family genealogy by her great-granddaughter, based on family documents.
  2. Family Lines on RootsWeb - Sophie Raby
  3. See Note 1.
  4. See Note 1.
  • "Québec, recensement, 1861," database, FamilySearch ( : 7 November 2014), Sophie Raby, Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada; citing line number 1, p. 186; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1328-1329, Archives Publiques, Ottawa (Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa); FHL microfilm 517,435.
  • "Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 April 2016), Pierre Bissonette, Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 30, line 1; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10011, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,628.
  • "Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 June 2017), Pierre Bissonette, Alfred, Prescott, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 45; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13228, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,864.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 April 2015), Sophie Raby in entry for Leonidas Bissonnet and Zephirine Pitre, 03 Oct 1894; citing registration , Curran, Prescott, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,706.

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