Madeleine et Marie Robichaud


Madeleine Robichaud was born in 1664 (approximately) and died on June 7, 1710 in Port-Royal. She married Pierre Landry born in 1658, July 1, 1682. They can be found in the following censuses

In 1671, during the census, we find Pierre’s father, René Landry Lesnes, born in France around 1618. He is 53 years old. He would have married Perrine Bourg in France around 1640 and would have arrived in Acadia a little before 1645. In 1671, he had at that date 5 daughters and 2 sons including Pierre, aged 13, who would become the husband of Madeleine.

Pierre and Madeleine were then found married in the censuses of 1686, 1693, 1698, 1700, 1701 made in Port-Royal. They will have 5 boys and a girl.

During the next census in 1715 Pierre Landry was widowed.

There is no further information. They would have lived as a farmer.


Marie Robichaud was born in 1672 (approximately) and died on March 26, 1742. She married Denis Petitot, doctor-surgeon by profession in 1689. We find him with his wife Marie on the following censuses:

In 1698 and 1703, they had 4 children.

Here is what I know about Denis Petitot dit Saint-Seyne.

The information comes first from a former missionary from Northwestern Canada, Father Stanislas-Joseph Petitot, “Oblate writer, geographer and ethnographer”, from a small village near Dijon, in ancient Burgundy. The Petitot surname is said to be one of the most authentic in this region; Dauzat noted its presence from the 14th century. An important street in Dijon bears this name.

About twenty kilometers from the capital of the Burgundy region, we discover the medieval village of St-Seine – the Abbey, very close to the source of this great river in France. We also write Saint-Cène and Saint-Cennes which quickly becomes Sincennes, a nickname attached at the beginning to Petitot to eventually become autonomous.

The strain of this name in Acadia is a doctor-surgeon named Denis Petitot dit Saint-Seyne. We do not know his parents, but we do know that they are from the village of Saint-Seyne. A doctor-surgeon by profession, he arrived in Acadia around 1684.

In 1689, he married Marie Robichaud, daughter of Étienne and Françoise Boudreau, in Port-Royal, capital of French Acadia, which has become Annapolis-Royal today, “a charming little typically British town”, as the Guide writes. blue. They have four children, including only one son, the eldest Denis, who passes on the name.

He would have died in 1714 in Port Royal.

But the story continues with his only son Denis dit Saint-Seyne II born in 1688, because he finds himself on the same boat as Prudent Robichaud (see his story)

So on December 8, 1755, at 5 a.m. in the morning, the English put 1,664 Acadians on board six sailboats bound for the coasts of Boston and Carolina. On one of these ships were crammed 32 families from Port-Royal; among them were the Belliveau (Charles), the Guilbeau (Joseph), the Gaudreau (Pierre), the Dugal / Dugas (Pierre), two families from Granger, as well as the Saint-Seyne, father and son (Denis and Jean- Baptiste-Denis).

In a letter dated from the Saint-Jean river on July 31, 1756 and which bore the signatures of Saint-Seyne among others, “in the name of all the other inhabitants of the Saint-Jean river”, it is related how the deportees of this ship in particular revolt and take over the ship, taking the English crew by surprise. They arrived at the port of Saint-Jean (in today’s New Brunswick) on January 8, 1756, not without having been chased by an English privateer who was forced to abandon the pursuit “after a small shock, without any loss on our side. (i)

In fact, the Petitots are among the few thousand Acadians who escape the “cleansing” of Governor Lawrence of Halifax by leaving their farms to take refuge in the woods. Some eventually reach the Gaspé, others the St. Lawrence Valley. This is how we find Jean Saincennes (fourth generation) a refugee in L’Islet where he takes his wife. From there, the family swarmed towards St-Jacques-L’Achigan to reach Haute-Gatineau from where they came to settle on the shores of the Outaouais.

(i) See the history of the Pembrooke.