Thanks David. This solves a long-standing question about whether or not my family descended from the Lunenburg County Nova Scotia Robars. It now seems clear that we did not.
I find it interesting that we can determine this (in part) from when the French name "Robert" (pronounced "ro-bare") begins to show up in records with numerous English spelling variations of the French pronunciation. I hope I am not reading too much into this, but clearly folks already known as "Robar" in the earliest NS records would be very unlikely to have their descendents show up in Quebec years later and start reusing the French spelling "Robert"! Is this a reasonable assumption on my part? Or am I reading too much into the spelling?
Again, thank you for your most valuable help - Rusty
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