I've read, "Robert arrived in New France aboard the ship Taureau on August 6, 1658."
I also read "....On July 29, 1658, Thomas Touchet made a sale to Sebastien Lienard dit Durbois...." This sale took place in the office of Quebec Notary Guillaume Audouart.
I am very puzzled. Obviously Thomas and Robert were in La Rochelle on the same date waiting to set sail.Although they've been said to travel together on the Le Taureau, the passenger manifest does not bear this out. And, most importantly, Robert arrived in New France on August 6th, 1658 but Thomas was already there and had signed a contract to prove it on July 29, 1658--a week before.
The only conclusion I can arrive at is this.Despite the passenger manifest for the Le Taureau, Robert did not end up sailing on that particular ship.In looking at the manifest, every passenger has some notation after their name...except Robert.
They did NOT all sail together.
The date we know Robert and Thomas were in La Rochelle was April 5, 1658. The Le Taureau did not set sale until May 14th.I thinksomething may have happened during that five-week period before the ship set sale.Perhaps Robert had intended to sail on the Le Taureau and thus his name was on the manifest and not removed.Then, if he ended up sailing with Thomas and family, he would have sailed on another ship and been in New France when Thomas was signing that contract.