Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pageant Of Old Detroit



 Chevalier Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac 
Antoine his son 
Captain Alphonse de Tonty 
Lieutenants Dugue and Chacornacle 
Surgeon Henri Belisle 
Pere del Halle Recollet 
Pere Vaillant Jesuit 
Jean Fafard Interpreter 
French soldiers, woodsmen, artisans, Indians 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Detroit's French-Canadian Gamelin Family

Included in the Legends of Le D├ętroit was a descendant of Michel Gamelin, Josette Gamelin, who married Joseph Bondy.  Joseph and Josette are my grandkids' ancestors.


 Gamelins in a deed here.  Some history of their Detroit property at Corktown History.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Annexed Texas....

From The New Nation Grows, Volume Two:

"Exuberant, bumptious, the young republic annexed Texas, picked a quarrel with Mexico, and then sent thousands across the plains and mountains to the newly discovered gold fields."

"By 1850, California had entered the Union, and the United States had preempted the whole vast territory from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Lake of the Woods to the Rio Grande." "And in the federal census of that year, it counted 23,191,876 inhabitants."

An 1850 letter from Wm. Carey Jones.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sandusky And Sixteen Miles

The scope of the book, Old Fort Sandoski of 1745 and the "Sandusky Country", by Lucy Elliot Keeler:

"My story will be confined to the sixteen miles which separate Fort Stephenson at the Lower Falls of the Sandusky river, (now Fremont), from the banks of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Portage river, (Port Clinton), the point visited by all Indians and French in coming from or going to Detroit and the northwest; and later the point from which General Harrison's army left American soil to pursue the British in Canada in his successful campaign terminating at the Battle of the Thames, October 5, 1813."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nemacolin Path

From The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell:

...with a small escort of frontiersmen and friendly Indians, he (George Washington) was to strike north-west from the border mountains for Lake Erie. He carried a formal letter from Dinwiddie to be delivered to the first French officer of authority he found....Washington's starting point was at Wills Creek [north of Fort Cumberland], a tributary of the upper Potomac on the Virginia side of the mountains. ...joined by Christopher Gist, the Ohio Company factor, who had blazed the Nemacolin trail for eighty miles to the Great Crossing of the Youghiogheny. Thence they would have to rely on Indian guides as far as Lake Erie. The season was far advanced for such a journey.