Adrien Robineau – My Father

He was Born on the 30th of April, 1924 in Sturgeon Falls. He lived in Sturgeon Falls until the late 30’s (more research required). In 1940 at the age of 16 he completed Grade 10 at St. Joseph’s school in Sturgeon Falls. Although his service record says he was at the “Industrial ” school from September 1938 to June 1940. (Hmmm). At the same time being of a poor and divided family living during the depression he was sent to an “Industrial” school in Alfred Ontario (St. Joseph) to learn a trade (Shoemaking). He was sent to Lancaster Ontario to be an apprentice shoemaker, where he met his future wife Lily Sauve (my monther). They were married in 1948, but before that he did a stay in the RCAF during the war. He joined the RCAF on November 19, 1943. He served in Canada and Labrador (before it joined Confederation). He served as shoemaker and was apparently in charge of the shoe repair shop for five months. He served from November 19, 1943 to March 13, 1946. His service record indictates that he joined as (AC2- Aircraftman , Class 1) , became (AC1 – Aircraftman Class 1) in October 1944 and (LAC – Leading Aircraftmen) in April 1945. He spent most of his time in Moncton and Goose Bay. He was awarded the CVSM – Canadian Volunteer Service Medal andClasp.

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One of my genealogical contacts had a book with the names of witches burned at the stake in Massachusetts and offered to look up if there any Robineau’s or Sauve’s. There were none. Perhaps, they were too crafty?

However, there were at least five Robineau’s guilllotined during the French Revolution…more on that later.

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Damase and Joseph

Joseph Robineau was baptized on March 8, 1804. According to the church record Joseph’s parents were Louis Robineau and Marguerite Bigras who were married in 1799 at Oka (L’Annonciation-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie).

Joseph Robineau and Eleonore Phalmeur were married on February 20, 1832.

As per the Church record, Joseph Robineau’s parents were Louis Robineau and Marguerite Bigras. In this record the priest chose to write that Eleonore’s parents were Andre “Phalmeur” and Marie Margerite Cleroux. Phalmeur is one of the several variants in the church records. As I have hinted at before, i think the true spelling of the name should be “Falmar”. The marriage took place in St. Benoit parish.

Based on a record search through the Drouin records on, i can say that Joseph and Eleonore had the following children. This list is probably not complete. The dates listed are most likely dates of baptism and not dates of birth:

  • Olivine, baptized in 1844
  • Joseph baptized in 1846
  • Joseph was married to Marie Portelance in February 1871.
  • Marie Marguerite baptized in 1842
  • Joseph Robineau baptized in 1836 – died in 1837
  • Artimise Pricille baptized in 1838 – died in 1839
  • Emelie Onezime baptized in 1835
  • Aurelie baptised in 1833 – married in 1857 (Hughes)
  • Frederique baptized in 1848
  • Damase Robineau baptised on August 1, 1854


The “1852 census of Canada – East” lists six Robineau’s in the household (Emelie, Olivine, Joseph, Marguerite, Frederique and Aurelie). Artimise and Joseph died before 1852 and Damase was born after 1852.

Joseph Robineau died in 1855. According to hearsay, Eleonore was destitute after Joseph’s death. Apparently he had a lumber business with his in-laws and when that business failed they lost all their wealth. Eleonore was helped in the raising of her children by Joseph Brunet who she eventually married.


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Robineau – Leonel and Damase

Robineau – Leonel and Damase

Leonel was born in 1892. His father was Damase Robineau who was born in 1854, in Valleyfield Quebec and died in1920 as a result of a dynamite explosion at his son’s (Almadie’s) sawmill near Chapleau. Damase married Marie Riopel. Damase and Marie moved to Sturgeon Falls after 1900, but before 1911 (census data shows them in Sturgeon Falls in 1911). The reason for this move has not been determined, however, the leading theory is that there was “work” to be found in Northern Ontario.

Damase and Marie had fifteen children:
Almadie – born in 1875 and died in 1939 – 10 children (Adela, Aldee, Laurien, Lil, Floria, Yvette, Armande, Lauria, Florian ‘“Frank”, and Leode
Antoine – born in 1877
Arsidas – born in 1979 and died in 1880 (twin to Olivine)
Olivine – born in 1879 and died in 1882 (twin to Arsidas)
Eleonore – born in 1881
Albert – born in 1871
Aldebert – born in 1878 – 5 children (Dona, Marie Anne, Anna, Belsora, Emelda)
Lucien – born in 1885 and died in 1975 – 5 children (Lucille, Marguerite, Armand, Alene Emma, Germaine)
Josephat – born in 1887 and died on April 29, 1950 – 5 children (Lileo, Jeanette, Simone, Margo, Fernande)
Marie Laure “Eglantine” – Born in 1899 – 11 childen
Daniel – Born in 1892 and died in 1967 (twin to Leonel) – 2 marriages – 9 children (Gaston, Germaine, Juliette, Lilianne, Madeleine, Thomas, Yvette, Danielle, Marthe)
Leonel – Born in 1892 and died in 1964 (twin to Daniel) – 9 children ( Gilbert Rheal, Guillaume, Henri, Alice, Gilberte, Leona, Adrien, Clairette, Leo Paul)
Marie Euphrosine “Exilda” Born in 1883
Florida – born in 1883 – 14 children

Damase’s parents were Joseph Robineau and Eleonore (Falmar, Farmer, Phalmeur,?). The spelling of Eleonore’s maiden name has many variations, however an upcoming post will conclusively (well! as conclusive as i can be) that her maiden name was “Falmar”.

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