Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Memoir of Jean Baptiste Faribault

Memoir of Jean Baptiste Faribault:

Bartholomew Faribault, the father of the subject of this memoir...was so prominent, that he received from the government the important appointment of Military Secretary to the French army in Canada, then under the command of Montcalm. He came to Canada, entered upon his duties, and continued to discharge them until the 12th September, 1759, the day which witnessed the defeat of the French under the walls of Quebec, by the British forces commanded by the gallant General Wolfe... .

Source - Eastern North America, 1763

Jean Baptiste Faribault was born in Berthier, Canada, in 1774, one of 10 children, 4 of whom reached adulthood.

It was only by the combined influence and persuasion of his kindred and friends, that he was prevented from encountering the hardships and dangers of a sailor's life, for which he had early manifested a decided inclination. While thus thwarted, and still uncertain as to his future mode of life, an incident occurred which but for the strong remonstrances of his friends, would have resulted in his entering upon a military career. 
Faribault went to work for the Northwest Fur Company, traveling to Montreal and then to Michilimackinac (Mackinac).

Mackinac Island In The Distance

The station or trading post to which young Faribault was assigned was...not very far from the present site of the city of Chicago. That region being under the jurisdiction of the United States, it was a necessary preliminary that a license to trade be obtained from the proper authorities (from Governor Harrison of the Northwest Territory). Faribault was promoted to a post on the Des Moines river.  He narrowly escaped assassination... .

During the third year of his residence at Little Rapids [yet another post], Mr. Faribault married a widow, the daughter [some sources say widow] of a Mr. Hanse, who had been previously Superintendent of Indian Affairs. This event precluded any idea of Mr. F.'s return to Canada.

The combined force of militia and Indians, upon their arrival at Prairie du Chien, made preparations to attack the American post. Mrs. F. supposed her husband to have proceeded to Mackinac, and had no idea that he was a prisoner in the hands of the attacking party.

The wife of Jean Baptiste Faribault died at Mendota June 19, 1847.

Faribault's son-in-law was Major [Stern H.] Fowler, the husband of daughter Emily.  Mr. Faribault died 20 August 1860 at his daughter's house.

United States Census, 1860
name:  Isan B Fauland [sic]
residence: , Rice, Minnesota
ward: Township Of Fanbault [sic]
age: 85 years
estimated birth year: 1775
birthplace: Canada E
gender:  Male

See de Salaberry post in War of 1812 for related information.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Andrew Jackson And The Cumberland Character

Jim's Photo - Mid-Tennessee (Near Cumberland County)

Flowering of the Cumberland, by Harriette Simpson Arnow:

"One could go on with a long list of other contradictions [personified by Andrew Jackson] and ponderings on the roots of this and that. It is much easier and pleasanter merely to look at the life in the Cumberland Country after the ending of the Indian Wars, for it was not enough to take the land and hold it, first and early settling families shaped the pattern of a world, much of which still endures."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oswego In The French-Indian Conflict

From The Plains of Abraham book:

"Oswego, the British outpost on Lake Ontario....Only the width of Lake Ontario separated it (Oswego) from the French Fort Frontenac on the other side."



Oswego was mentioned in Luke Gridley's Diary.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Evolution Of Belle Isle

From Legends of Le D├ętroit:

The missionaries, indignant at this exhibition of idolatry, broke the statue in a thousand pieces and in its place erected a cross, at whose foot they affixed the coat of arms of France with this:

Taking the largest fragment of the broken idol the missionaries...towed it to the deepest part of the river so that it should be heard of no more. But the tradition says that after the fathers were far away a band of Indians coming to offer their homage to the deity found only its mutilated remains. Each took a fragment which he placed in his canoe as a fetish and it guided them to where the Spirit of the Manitou had taken refuge under the deep sombre shadow of Belle Isle.

 He bade them bring every fragment of his broken image and to strew them on the banks of his abode. They obeyed his order and behold each stone was converted into a rattlesnake, which should be as a sentinel... .

The Tugboat Hunter blog has a post with a view of the river from Belle Isle.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ship-yard Of The Griffon


The Ship-yard of the Griffon:...:

"...locating the site of the Griffon's dock on the [Jackson] Angevine farm. In giving his reasons for so doing...says Mrs. Eli Reynolds, now (1876) residing at Niagara Falls, aged 83...says her father settled with his Cayuga Creek in 1810, was well acquainted with an old ship-carpenter named Smith who had some time before located his place for work upon the ground upon which vessels had been built many years before; that old blocks chips and rusted remains of small articles of iron were found under the surface of the ground, and that tradition among the Indians was that the 'Big Canoe' ("Griffon") was built there by the French."