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  (b. 9 March 1616 France   d. August 1709 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France )  
Age: 93

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Robert GIGUERE dit DESPINS was born 9 March 1616 in France. Robert GIGUERE dit DESPINS was the child of ?   and   ?

Robert was an immigrant to Canada, arriving by 1645.

Spouse(s)/Partner(s) and Child(ren):

Robert  married  Marie-Aimee MIVILLE 2 July 1652 in Québec, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 13 children. Marie-Aimee MIVILLE  was born 8 December 1635 in Notre Dame, Brouage, Saintes, Saintonge, France.  Marie-Aimee died 9 December 1713 in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre).  Marie-Aimee was the child of Pierre MIVILLE dit LESUISSE and Charlotte MAUGIS.

Robert GIGUERE dit DESPINS died August 1709 in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Canada, New France .

Born in Tourouvre, France

Details of the family tree of Robert appear below.
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - Over time, Québec has gone through a series of name changes
From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France.
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Québec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Québec, Canada.

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.
Did You Know?Québec Généalogie - Did you know? In France of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the chief officials of state, the seigneurs,...Read MORE...

Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Québec from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

  • 'On 9 March 1616, in the parish of Saint-Aubin or Tourouvre, Michell Jornal gave birth to Robert Giguere, her 16th child. The son of Jehan Giguere, Robert would come to be responsible for the spread of his surname throughout New France, and subsequently, North America... There is no reason to believe that he did not come to Canada about 1645 and then do his service of indenture for at least three years, or maybe even five or six.'

    Thomas J....

  • 1616 Birth
    9 March 1616
    , France
  • Robert GIGUERE dit DESPINS
    1652 Marriage - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, QC, Canada Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.
  • 1652 Marriage / Partner
    Robert GIGUERE dit DESPINS and Marie-Aimee MIVILLE 2 July 1652, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1653 Birth of Child
    Charlotte GIGUERE was born 23 October 1653, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1655 Birth of Child
    Martin GIGUERE dit DESPINS was born 2 January 1655, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre)
  • 1657 Birth of Child
    Jeanne GIGUERE was born 22 July 1657, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)
  • 1659 Birth of Child
    Marie GIGUERE was born 12 April 1659, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City)

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