The Robars of Sherbrooke (St. Mary's) and Wine Harbour, Guys. Co. were descendants of Abraham Robert/Robar, a French protestant who was among the founding families of Lunenburg in 1753. Like all of that group, Abraham, his wife Elizabeth Catharine and a young daughter lived in Halifax, in their case from their arrival in 1752 until the whole group was transported to Lunenburg in the spring of 1753.
Valentine Robar and his siblings were the children of John Robar and Susan Ridman who were married in the Sherbrooke area (in the record Saint Mary's River) Nov. 13, 1816. In the 1838 census John Robur [sic] is listed with 2 boys and 1 girl under 6, 2 girls 6 to 14, 2 boys over 14, and his wife. Studying the listing of other family names in the census it is possible to guess the route the census taker (in this case William Bent) took while enumerating, and from that it would appear that John Robar was living at that time between Sherbrooke and the community of St. Mary's River. There is no reason to believe that John and Susan's children were born anywhere else although I have seen references to Valentine (for example) having been born in Halifax. I don't know what the basis for that claim is. Valentine married Catherine McConnell on 14 Sept. 1841. Valentine's sister Caroline married William McAndrew 23 Dec. 1844, also at St. Mary's. I haven't seen historical records related to Valentine's other siblings but this is only a peripheral interest of mine.
The census data supports a birth date for Valentine of ca. 1819 although his headstone (in the Barachois Cem.) would put his birth as ca 1810. Valentine seems to have lived most of his adult life in Wine Harbour and his house is marked in the A.F. Church map of the area, ca. 1876 .
As far as the reference to "Rudee Hill" this is a peculiar corruption of Rude's Hill, which is not a place name but a term used locally to describe the land to the west of the lower end of Indian Harbour Lake; my maternal grandmother (nee Margaret Harding Rood) was born on Rude's Hill. That area is know called Port Hilford but throughout most of the 1800's was called Indian Harbour. It does not seem to be an accurate description for the birth place of Catherine McConnell because as far as I know in that era the McConnells lived on the east side of Indian Harbour. There is a listing in the land grant maps for the area of a very small piece of land shared by Valentine Robar and Experience McConnell on the coast at Wine Harbour. In the 1871 census John was living (as a widower) with his son Valentine and family.
As for the parents of John Robar (who married Susan Ridman) there are two choices and I know of no way to distinguish them. Two of Abraham and Elizabeth Catherine Robar's sons had children named John, both born in or around Lunenburg and both it would seem in 1791. George and Mary Margaret (Darree) Robar's son John was christened in Sept. 1791 so probably was born in that year, while Andrew and Barbara (Motz) Robar's son John was born and christened in July of 1791. One of the two Johns seems to have stayed in the Lunenburg area and married Catherine Dimon in 1814, while the other John moved to Guys. Co. and married there.
If you have not already done so go to the Lunenburg Co. GenWeb site and follow links to get the transcriptions of Lunenburg church records done by Don and Mary Shankles. It is an extraordinary piece of work.
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