Honoring the memory of our courageous ancestors, the filles du roi (King's Daughters) and the soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment of 17th century New France.
Thanks so much for your response to my post. I am interested in a translation. Does the "dit" mean he was nicknamed 'The Spaniard'??
Is that a listing of his children with Jeanne Denot? Thanks. Can you also give me the sourse of this info? Merci Beaucoup!
Hi.......glad to be of help. This an excellent site and has some english but
the main index part is in french only. http://www.grandesfamilles.org/
Just click on "R" for Robidou and "S" for Surprenant and scroll down to your
ancestor. The spaniard part was not only a "nom de guerre" as this
fellow was born in Spain. The army used these dit names as a way of
differentiating as an example...one Jean Leblanc from another Jean Leblanc
to notify next of kin if he were killed or wounded. Your ancestor Jeanne Denot
had a total of thirteen children from the 2 marriages I believe. Your Surprenant
ancestor was part of the Contrecoeur Company......the same company that
Andre Jarret de Beauregard my ancestor belonged to.....who knows they
could have been buddies. The only reason we are here now to talk about
them is because the Contrecoeur Company was left behind to build a fort
that still carries the Regiment's name.....Contrecoeur, Quebec. The rest of
the regiment went on a winter campaign against the Iroquois. Being unacustomed
to the climate many of them died from cold and starvation.
Hi..I was mistaken in my first post on his death there were 5 children.........here goes
Andre Robidou dit the Spaniard , Parents (Emmanuel & Catherine Alve) from Ste-Marie in Galice, Spain. He was 26 yrs old in the 1666 census in Quebec. He was listed as a sailor hired by Eustache Lambert. He died at Lapraire..01-04-1678 in Montreal at 35 years of age.
Married 07-06-1667 Quebec(16-05-1667) Notary Duquet
to : Jeanne Denot, Parents(Antoine & Catherine Leduc) from St-Germain-l'Auxerrois de Paris, France. She was 36 years old in the 1681 Quebec census.
2nd Marriage to Jacques Surprenant dit Sanssoucy.
Children of Andre and Jeanne
I am a descendant of Jeanne Denot and her first husband Andre Robidou dit L'Espagnol. Between her two marriages Jeanne had 14 children. I have a lot of info on her if you would like to email me, I can send you a report or a tree. I also have info on her first marriage to Andre on my website at
Click on "Family Trees" then on " Belair dit Robidou" you will come to the story of my family.
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I am descended from Jacques Surprenant (dit. Sansoucy) who married Jeanne Denot. It is listed as her 2nd marriage. I thought all the Filles du Roi were single girls. I don't find her first husband listed in the Regiment listing (Robideau). Anyone else descended from this couple?? Some of Jacques' descendants ended up in Momence/Kankakee, IL and NW Indiana. Peter Surprise was an original settler in Lake Co., IN and was Jacques' g g g grandson. He lived in 3 centuries...lived to be 106 years old.
excuse me, my name is sarah and i am doing a report for school on the filles du roi....do you think you can help me?
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My mother's side of the family is all Surprenant and they all live in the Kankakee/Momence area. My great-grandfather was Philip Surprenant. The chances are good that we are descendents of the same Surprenants.
Be careful that you don't cross the 2 families together: where the dit lafountain lived or moved to, the dit sansoucy did also.