24 July 2014

Happy Birthday, Detroit

A bit of early history from "Cadillac's Village," Or "Detroit Under Cadillac.": With List of Property Owners And A History Of the Settlement, 1701-1710 ..., by Clarence Monroe Burton.

 "The early history of Detroit is scarcely known. The records that contain its story are to be found in Montreal, Quebec, and Paris."

"Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac had been the commandant at Mackinac from 1694 to 1698, and while occupying that position, had cast his eye southward as a better location than Mackinac for founding a colony."

"Having obtained permission from his government to found a colony at Detroit, he set out on his errand in the spring of 1701, and reached the site of the future city on the 24th of July."

23 July 2014

Sprang Up, As If By Magic

To the Indians, the advent of Cadillac, with his little troop, was a revelation, and it worked a revolution. The little village sprang up as if by magic, and the Indians flocked to it from all sides; from all quarters they came, singly and in nations.

What on the 23rd of July, 1701, was a wilderness, and on the next day was a houseless city of 100 souls, in eight months time was a rival of Montreal and Quebec in trade, had a population of 6,000 beings, and was the metropolis of America. The Indians, far outnumbering the whites, were encouraged to settle around the fort, and their villages, four or five in number, were above and below the palisaded enclosure. [Source]

22 July 2014

Francois Trudell's Late Wife

This document, signed by Peter Audrain, J.P., which was part of Francois Trudell's probate file (#140) in Wayne County, Michigan, predated his death.  It was stated that "The within Inventory contains the whole of the real and personal property between him and his late wife, Josette, at the time of her death."

Probate File 140 (Image 446)  Dated 16 April 1804

1782 Aug 26  Francois Trudel s/o Francois & Suzanne Le Febure  (domicile Batiscan, P.Q.) m. Josette Fovel dit Bigras widow of Andre Boismenu    w. Joseph Harnois, Pierre Demers, Amable Fovel, Jean Baptiste Drouillard, Alexandre Fovel  [Source]

This document's dateline is "Indiana Territory - Wayne County," 1804.

21 July 2014

General Taylor's Residence At Baton Rouge


General Taylor was a resident of Baton Rouge from 1840 to 1848, his home being on [what is now] the LSU campus near the present home of Prof R. L. Himes.  Gen. Taylor was in Baton Rouge when he received the letter telling him of his election to the first office in our land. [Source]

20 July 2014

Camp Big Springs

 From Memoirs of the War:

See Civil War era letters written by John Quince Adams of Co. E., 60th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteers, from Camp Big Springs.

Letters written by Joseph S. Reynolds "to his family in Illinois during his service in the Civil War as a Union officer. Most letters are addressed to his sisters, Lottie, Hattie, and Sarah, or his brothers Charles, John, Willie, and Isaac. These letters cover four years, 1861-1865, and chronicle the movement of the 64th Illinois Infantry Regiment and Yates Sharpshooters from the battle of New Madrid, Mo.; to Camp Yates, Camp Big Springs...".

A transcribed letter written by soldier Albert Tilton near Big Springs on July 20, 1862.

Elisha Wells, a soldier from Lapeer, Michigan, died in Mississippi near Big Springs.

19 July 2014

Eulogy On Zachary Taylor

Jim's Photo Of The 50 Foot Monument

A 50-foot granite monument topped with the life-size figure of former president Zachary Taylor was erected by the state of Kentucky in 1883. Taylor died July 9, 1850.

Eulogy on Zachary Taylor, Delivered July 19, 1850, by George Barker Little:

18 July 2014

Loree Family In 1855

Samuel was born in New Jersey; Elizabeth (Richmond) Loree was born in Onondaga County [New York]. They had lived in Allegany County for 20 years in 1855.

New York, State Census, 1855
Name: Samuel J Lorce
Event Place: Almond, Allegany, New York
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Samuel J Lorce M 54
Wife Eliza Lorce F 51
Apprentice Armàon Palmer U 17

Charles Loree was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Loree:


New York, State Census, 1855
Event Place: Almond, Allegany, New York
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Chas Lorn M 27 [Loree]
Wife Mary Lorn F 23
Son Fred Lorn M 0

17 July 2014

Called La Chine

Claude Dudevoir dit Lachine and Barbe Elisabeth Cardinal were my daughter's 9th great-grandparents.  It's an assumption that Dudevoir and Dudenois were two names for one individual; both are represented below.

On the 19th of June 1721, Montreal experienced the worst fire in its history.  At least 126 homes and buildings were partially or totally destroyed.
(112) A house belonging to Dudevoir... . (Claude Dudevoir dit Bonvouloir and dit Lachene, bailiff, husband of Barbe Cardinal.) [Source]

Claude dit Lachene and Barbe Cardinal were parties to a contract in May of 1725:

Contract between Julien Trotier Desrivieres and....Dudenois, called La Chine, and his wife, Barbe Cardinal (excerpted below):


Contract....for a fur trading expedition to Miamis and Ouiatenon.

Fort Ouiatenon

15 July 2014

So Much James Wilkinson, So Little Time

From Memoirs of my own times, Volume 3 by James Wilkinson:

One "man of destiny" was James Wilkinson. Perhaps because of Wilkinson's machinations during the Revolutionary War where he played a role in undercutting General George Washington's authority in the Conway Cabal, President Washington was not a fan of Wilkinson's. "Washington, who had wanted Wilkinson watched, had retired to Mount Vernon. John Adams gave the general his confidence and maintained him in the southwest."

14 July 2014

McKee Escalated Pre-War Tensions

Jim's Photo Of Plaque In Ohio

From A Chapter of the History of the War of 1812 in the Northwest: Embracing ...:

"...Elliot and McKee, two most atrocious renegades from the United States, whose presence at St Clair's defeat was made known to us after the treaty of Greenville by Indian chiefs, who asserted that they, especially the latter, tomahawked more of our soldiers, and tore the scalps from more of our wounded men than any Indian actor in that terrible conflict. "...these men...met the Indians in council...as chief agents of the British Government with royal commissions as British officers had immense influence over them."

13 July 2014

Joseph Clovese, Michigan's Last Man Standing

Source: Fold3

Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served the United States Colored Troops: 56th-138th USCT Infantry, 1864-1866
Content Source: NARA

Vicksburg, MS, Where Mr. Clovese's Unit Was Stationed

Joseph Clovese's military record indicated that he was born in New Orleans, [St. Bernard Parish] Louisiana, and that he was 18 years old, 5'2".  

From the Farmington [Michigan] Library's Regimental Roundtable organization:

"At 9:40 A.M., July 13, 1951, Joseph Clovese, age 107, died in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan."  "Clovese continued to live in the South for many years after the war, working as a laborer along the Mississippi and as a deck hand on steamers running between New Orleans and Biloxi.  In 1948 he moved north to make his home with his niece, Mrs.Valerie Daniel, in Pontiac."

A civic observance was held in Pontiac in honor of Clovese’s 107th  birthday on January 28, 1951. Tributes were paid him by his fellow townsmen, and he received a warm letter from President Truman...". Serenity was one of Joseph Clovese’s notable attributes.  “Ever since I can remember,” Clovese told an interviewer a few days before his death, “every time I sit down to eat I say, ‘Thank God and bless the cook.’ ”

Mr. Clovese became Michigan's "Last Man (Civil War Veteran) Standing."

United States Census, 1940
name: Joseph Clovis
Ward 3, New Orleans, New Orleans City, Orleans, Louisiana
gender: Male
age: 96
marital status: Widowed
relationship to head of household (standardized): Lodger
estimated birth year: 1844
residence in 1935: Slidell, St Tammany, Louisiana
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Peter Daniel M 40 Louisiana
wife Valerie Daniel F 40 Louisiana
son Monroe Daniel M 17 Alabama
daughter Gloria Daniel F 14 Pennsylvania
brother-in-law Charles Giles M 38 Louisiana
lodger Joseph Clovis M 96 Louisiana

United States Census, 1930
name: Joseph Cloviest
St Tammany, Louisiana
age: 87
estimated birth year: 1843
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Louisiana
mother's birthplace: Louisiana
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Joseph Cloviest M 87 Louisiana
wife Mary S Cloviest F 42 Mississippi

Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956"
death date:  21 Mar 1922
death place:  Slidell, , St. Tammany, Louisiana
gender:  Female
race (original):  Colored
race (standardized):  Colored
age:  56
estimated birth year:  1866
birth place:  New Orleans, Louisiana
marital status:  Married
spouse's name:  Joseph Clovese

11 July 2014

Evacuation Day In Detroit

Plan Of Detroit And Fort Lernoult Circa 1796

The Centennial Celebration of the Evacuation of Detroit by the British...:

"It was Monday, July 11, 1796, and the scene was the British military post of Detroit. The sun rose brightly over the little town, and Fort Lernoult, and the broad expanse of the beautiful river. At the first notes of the bugle that sounded forth the reveille the Union Jack--the meteor flag of England--was given to the breeze, the main gate or entrance to the fort was opened, and red-coated sentinels were seen on guard. The few privates left in the fort fell into ranks and answered to their names, and then dispersed to get their breakfasts and help pack up."

"There was to be no guard mounting that day."

"All around could be seen wagons loaded with household goods, and military supplies, for the "flitting" had commenced several days before, and the work of building Fort Malden, at Amherstburg, had been going on for several weeks."

"On the ramparts several officers conversed in groups, apparently on a subject of engrossing interest, and the massive form of Col. Richard England appeared on the scene. Telescopes were brought out and the river below was scanned with interest."

Everybody in Detroit knew that, by the terms of the Jay treaty, the fort and its dependencies were surrendered by England to the United States, and that possession was to be given on July 1. But from several causes the United States troops had not come to claim their own."

10 July 2014

Moses Porter's Will

From Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983, AlleganyWills 1790-1850 (at FamilySearch):

Will of Moses Porter
10 July 1794

[Witnesses - Page 14 in Will Book]

The will was transcribed and posted here.

Here is a blog post on the Nuts From The Family Tree blog concerning the Porters of Allegany County, Maryland.

09 July 2014

Michigan-Born Mother-In-Law

Myrtle Book, daughter of George E. Book and granddaughter of George and Melissa (Kennedy) Book*, married (as his 2nd wife) the son [William Merton Crittenden] of a Michigan woman, Mrs. Frank [Ida McCracken] Crittenden, of Kelso, Washington.

From the Cass City Chronicle, 24 April 1936

United States Census, 1930
Longview, Cowlitz, Washington, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Frank Crittenden M 50 South Dakota
Wife Ida Crittenden F 40 Michigan
Son Meiton Crittenden M 19 Oregon
Daughter-in-law Winnie Crittenden F 17 Montana
Son Eldon Crittenden M 15 Oregon

Obituary of Ida Crittenden's mother, Frances (Burgess) McCracken, can be seen here in the Cass City Chronicle (23 April 1937).

*Melissa (Kennedy) Book and my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Agnes (Kennedy) Powers. were sisters.  They were originally from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.

08 July 2014

When Oglethorpe Saved Georgia

St. Simons Island, Georgia

From Georgia History Stories:

"...with a little band of only eight hundred men and three ships, Oglethorpe had driven off a Spanish armada of thirty-six warships and an army of five thousand men and had saved Georgia and South Carolina and perhaps the whole of English America, from Spanish conquest! There is no more brilliant event in American history.

07 July 2014

06 July 2014

Aquilla Davenport's Probate

Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, Probate journal 1820-1849 vol A White County:

Page 181
6 July 1846

Aquilla is a family name in the Greer line and Greers moved to the White County, Illinois, area.  It is not known to me if Aquilla Davenport is related to this family.