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Therese Campau, daughter of Louis Campau and Marie Louise
Roberts. Father Bonaventure officiated, and among those present at
their marriage were, the commandent of the fort, Joseph Lemoyne de
Longueil, Jos. Douain de Bondy, Chas. Chesne, Du Messaux, Dr. Cha-
poton and Pierre Chesne. They had a number of children, whose
descendants became prominent, both in the United States and Canada.
Their first daughter, Marie Archange, born in 1749, married John
Askin, at one time governor of Michilmackinac. Adelaide, the second
daughter of John Askin and Marie Archange, born May 30th, 1783,
married Col. Elijah Brush in 1802. He was attorney general of the
northwest territory, and commanded the legionary corps in 1812. He
was the father of the late Edmund Brush. Adelaide Street in Detroit
takes its name from her.

Pierre, the younger brother of Charles Barthe, followed him to
Detroit, and in 1760 married Charlotte Chapoton, daughter of Dr. Jean
Chapoton. Their only surviving child, Charlotte, married Louis
Reaume, a lieutenant in the British army, in 1780, who, at the end of a
year, died, leaving her a widow with no children. In 1784 she became
the second wife of Antoine Louis Descomptes Labadie, and her
descendants are Mrs. Giesse, Mrs, Alexander Chapoton, Sr., who, as
well as their children, are well known in the Detroit of to-day.
Therese, daughter of Charles Barthe and Marie Therese Campau,
married Commodore Alexander Grant in 1774. He built a home at
Grosse Pointe, which was known as the Castle, the site of which is
now occupied by T. P. Hall's summer residence, which he names

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Louis Beaufait was born in France and came to Detroit in 1760.
In 1766 he married Therese de Mirsac, daughter of Francois and
Therese Campau. Their son Louis 2d, born in 1773, afterwards Col.
Beaufait, lived and owned the farm since known as the Bagg farm.
Louis Beaufait was one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas
for Wayne county, as organized in 1796 by the acting governor of the
northwest territory, Sergeant Winthrop. Louis 2d married Louise
Saussier in 1804. His son, Louis, married in 1835 Catherine Peltier,
who was the daughter of Charles and Martha Cecile Chapoton.


The ancestors of this family in Detroit and the northwest were
Michael and Jacques, who settled in Detroit in 17 10. The sketch of
Joseph, which is that of the Detroit branch, given elsewhere, obviates
going into their geneology in detail.


Daniel Joncain, born in 1714, was the son of Thomas Joncain who
was proficient in five Indian dialects and was royal interpreter for the
five nations for a number of years. Daniel was a lieutenant in the
French army and later succeeded his father as intepreter. In 1751 he
married Ursule Marguerite Elizabeth Morandier, a descendant of the
Roibert family of Canada. He died at Detroit in 1770. PhilHp
Joncain, who was a son of Daniel, married Judith Gouin in 1783. He
was a brother of the ChevaHer Joncain, who was active in promoting
the growth of Detroit and was a colleague of Solomon Sibley and
James Visgar in the legislative assembly of the northwest territory at
Cincinnati in 1799, as representative of Wayne county, at which
General William Henry Harrison was chosen delegate to congress.
The chevalier married Josette Chesne in 1780. His descendants are
well represented in Monroe and Detroit by the Loranger family.


Those bearing this name, so familiar to the citizens of Detroit and
throughout Michigan, are the descendants of Jean Chapoton, a dis-
tinguished surgeon in the French army, and succeeded Antoine
Forrestier, the first physician and surgeon under Cadillac in 1701. He
came to Detroit in 1719. In 1721 he married Marguerite Estene or
Stebre, by whom he had twenty children, only seven of whom arrived
at maturity. Jean Baptiste, born in 1721, a son, was the one who held

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a parley with Pontiac in 1763. He married, in 1755, Felice Cecyro,
by whom he had a large family. His third son, Louis Alexis, born
in 1764, married Catherine Meloche in 1783. Their daughter, Cath-
erine, married Major Dequindre in 1809. Jean Baptiste, Jr., born in
1758, married, in 1780, Therese Pelletier-^?^5/^(:/^(S. One of his sons is
remembered as a man of energy and industry, through the exercise of
which he acquired a large property. He was born in 1792. In 1819
he married Adelaide, daughter of Alexis and Cecile Tremblay. He
died in 1872. Alexander Chapoton, the well known contractor and
builder, another son of Jean Baptiste, Jr., married Felice, daughter of
Antoine Louis Descomptes Labadie. They have several children, viz. :
Alexander, Jr., who married Marianne Pelletier, daughter of Charles
and Eliza Cicotte; Elizabeth, who married Alex. Visgar; Emily married
Edward Bush, Josephine married Raymond Baby ; Edmund, a well
known physician, married Miss Martha Sherland, of South Bend,
Indiana. Detroit is indebted to this family for many of its substantial
and beautiful structures, of which they were the builders.


Charles and Pierre, who were the first of the name in Michigan,
came to Detroit in 1717. Charles married, in 1722, Catherine Sauvage.
They had ten children. Pierre, born in 1724, the second son, married
Clemence Chapoton, daughter of Jean Chapoton, the second surgeon
who settled in Detroit. Charles, the fifth child, born in 1732, was an
able interpreter. He married Josette Descomptes Labadie, daughter
of Pierre and Angelique Lacelle Labadie. Isidore, another son, was
eminent in military annals. To him was deeded a tract of land by the
Pottawatomies at the same time as the one to Robishe Navarre, which
grant was confirmed by Governor Hamilton in 1777. Pierre, Sr., died
in 1774- He married Madeline Roy in 1728. In 1736 he married
Louise Lotham Barras, who was a sister of Maria Lothman, wife of
Robert Navarre, the sub-intendent. The Chene farm, known as such,
takes its name from, and belonged to, the two branches of the family.


Chiquot, Cicot, and latterly Cicotte, as a family, was founded in
Detroit in 1730 by Zacharie, the son of Jean Cicot and Catherine
Lamourieux. He was born in 1708, and after completing his educa-
tion came to Detroit, as stated, in 1730. At the end of six years he
married (1736) Angelique Godfrey de Marboeuf. They had three
daughters and two sons, and at one time possessed a large fortune, a
small portion of which only passed to their children.

Jean Baptiste, born in 1749, married Angelique Poupart Lavoise

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in 1770. They had fifteen children, thirteen of whom reached matur-
ity. They occupied the Cicotte farm, since known as the Peter
Godfrey farm. Agathe, a daughter, married James Visgar, who was
the associate of Solomon Sibley in the Cincinnati convention of 1799,
which nominated General Harrison to congress. Catherine, a daugh-
ter of James Visgar and Agathe Cicotte, in 1819, married Whittimore
Knaggs, Jr., a son of Captain Whittimore Knaggs and Josette
Descomptes Labadie. He was also a brother of Col. James Knaggs,
still living in Detroit.

Francoix X., born in 1787, married Felice Pelletier, the widow of
Captain P. Tallman of the U. S. Artillery, who served during the war
of 181 2. They were the parents of Edward Cicotte, a well known
and respected citizen, still living, and one who has occupied numerous
responsible public positions, the duties of which he has discharged to
the satisfaction of the community and with honor to himself. He
married, first, a Miss Bell, who died leaving one son, George. He
married for his second wafe Lucretia Abbott, daughter of Robert and
Elizabeth Audrain. She is still living, but for many years has been an
invalid and a great sufferer.


The founder of the family of Beaubiens was Jean Beaubien, who
was born in 1670, and who married Catherine Trotier in 1696. From
them have descended the family of Beaubiens -of Michigan. Jean died
in 1708, leaving a widow and two sons, Jean Baptiste, born in 1709 and
Antoine, born in 1697. The former married in 1742, at Detroit, Mari-
anne Lothman Barrois, by whom he had two children, Catherine born
1743, and Jean Muire born 1745, who married Clara Guoin. His son
Antoine married Monique Descomptes Labadie, daughter of Pierre
and Therese Guillard. The present site of the Sacred Heart Convent
was their residence. Antoine had no children. He was the owner of
an estate known as the Antoine Beaubien farm.


Jacob L. Ommespron Mersac was an officer in the French army
and accompanied Cadillac to Detroit in 1701. He married Therese
David. He died in 1747, leaving the following children: Jacques,
born 1704, died young; Jacques 2d, born 1707, married and left
descendants who are scattered throughout the western states. By
marriage they became connected with the Campaus, Beaufaits, Na-
varres and Gouins. Mrs. Hamlin repeats the tradition that Jacob, the
founder of the family, after his retirement from the army, cultivated
the land granted him, and that it was his custom to always carry a
sword by his side when plowing.

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The history of this family is detailed elsewhere in this book, in
the sketch of Major Antoine DeQuindre, but it may be of interest
to know who are the present living representatives in Detroit. Mrs.
Edward Lansing, who died very recently, was the daughter of Louis
Dequindre, born in 1790, and Marie Desnoyers; Louis being the son
of Antoine, who was the first European child born within the walls of
the Fort.

Mrs. Edward Lansing died February 20th, 1890. Her surviving
children are Dr. Richard Lansing, Maria A. Lansing, Mrs. C. J.
Reilly, wife of Judge Reilly of the Wayne Circuit Court, and Phillip
D. Lansing, of Boston.

Timothy, the sixth child of Louis, the son of Antoine De Pon-
chartrain, married Jeannette Gode-Marantette, daughter of Dominique
Navarre. Of his children, his daughter Emilie married Charles
Hayes, of Kalamazoo, and her daughter married James Scott, and
lives in Detroit. JuHa, another daughter, born in 1799, married Judge
Charles Moran, whose descendants are among the most respected
citizens of Detroit.


Of the members of this family more immediately connected with
Wayne county as it is and New France as it was, were Pierre, the
paternal progenitor, who was born in 1742, and Therese Gaillard
Livernois, who was from one of the most distinguished families of
Quebec. Pierre was the third son of Pierre ist, born in Quebec in
1702, who came to Detroit in 1747, and who, after the death of his
first wife, married Charlotte Barthe, the widow of Lieutenant Reaume
of the British army; so that Pierre 2d, and Therese Gaillard are
the ancestors of Josette, who married Captain Whittimore Knaggs
(whose son is still living) and of his granddaughter, Mrs. Joseph B.
Moore, of Detroit.

Marguerite, another daughter of Pierre Descomptes Labadie,
married Judge James May, one of the early justices of the territory of
Michigan. The children of this marriage were Mrs. Maria Moran, of
Grand Rapids, and Marguerite Anne, who married Col. Edward
Brooks, of the U. S. army. One of the daughters by the latter
marriage, Anna Brooks, married Chief Justice Chas. W. Whipple,
She died at the age of thirty, leaving two daughters, one of whom.
Eunice, is the wife of Judge William Jennison, of Detroit. Rebecca,
another daughter of Col. Brooks and Marguerite Anne, married Dr.
J. B. Scoville. Octavia, the fourth daughter, married J. C. W. Sey-

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mour, a former banker of Detroit. Nancy, the fourth daughter of
Judge May, married James Whipple, son of Major John Whipple and
Archange Peltier, in 1823. She married Francois Audrain. Caroline,
the fifth daughter of Judge May, married Alexander Frazier, the
nestor of the Detroit bar.


Pierre Jean Desnoyers was the founder of this family in Detroit,
was born in France, and came to Detroit in 1796. In 1798 he married
Maria Louisa Gobiel. There were a number of children born to them,
who, as well as their children, have added much to the material growth
of Detroit, and lustre to the family name.

Pierre, the eldest son, married twice; first Caroline, daughter of
John and Marguerite O'Conner, of Philadelphia. Two children were
the issue of this marriage. Dr. Edward Desnoyers and Emilie, who
married the distinguished artist, St. Alvav. His second wife was Anne
Hunt Whipple, daughter of Captain John Whipple, father of Chief
Justice C. W. Whipple, the great grandfather of Judge Jennison's wife
Eunice. Two children survived this marriage — Kate, who married J.
Newton Powers, and Fanny W. B. Moran.

Marie Louise, the eldest daughter, married Louis Dequindre in
1 81 7, who was the mother of Mrs. Edward Lansing, very recently
deceased. The wife of Judge Reilly is her daughter. Victoire mar-
ried the Hon. Henry S. Cole, a distinguished lawyer of the Detroit
bar. One of his sons is still living in Detroit.

Marie Louise married E. N. Wilcox, a genial man and fine scholar,
well known in Detroit. Their son, J. V. D. Wilcox, is the present
prosecuting attorney of Wayne county.

Elizabeth, the favorite daughter of Pierre, married the Hon.
James A. Van Dyke, one of the most brilliant lawyers and orators of
the Detroit bar. Of their children, Geo. W., living, married Fanny
Perley, widow of Chas. Piquette. Phillip James D., married twice, first,
Marion King, second, Sarah Buson, by whom he left a number of chil-
dren. He died young, just when he had reached an eminent position.
Ernest D. is the respected pastor of St. Aloysius, on Washington
Avenue. Josephine Desnoyers Van Dyke married Major Brownson,
an eminent member of the Detroit bar, son of a celebrated writer. Dr.
Orestes Brownson. Eliza married W. B. Moran, 2d. She died in
1874, leaving two children.

Chas. Desnoyers married EHzabeth Knaggs, daughter of a brother
of Col. James W. Knaggs. The only representative living in Detroit
is Henry D. Desnoyers, who married Kittie, daughter of Judge Chas.
Moran and Justin McCormick. \

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Etienne Dubois, after whom the " Dubois Farm " is named, came
to Detroit in 1792. He married the daughter of Alexis Descomptes
Labadie Francois Robert. Their son James, in 1829, married Sophie
Campau, daughter of Jacques and Josette Chesne. He died several
years since, and left a valuable real estate. His son Louis, still living,
married Julie St. Aubin. She was a daughter of Louis and Theresa
Chapoton. Emilie married M. Girardine, and Elizabeth, Julian Wil-


Susanne Gamelin, born in 1796, was the daughter of Antoine and
Catherine Gamelin-Laurent, who settled in Detroit, 1767. She married
Audrain Abbott, son of Robert Abbott. She died a few years since, in
full possession of her mental powers. Her descendants still represent
her own and the peculiar characteristics of their ancestry.


Jacques, Jr., and Francois, established themselves at Port Pont-
chartrain in 1747. Jacques married Louise Adhemar St. Martin the
year of his arrival. They had five children. Charles Joseph, born in
1749, Marie Angelique, born in 1750, married Francois Gouin ; M.
Louise, born in 1756 ; Genevieve, married Jean Baptiste Campau in
1767. Many of their descendants still live and are recognized as
among the enterprising citizens of Detroit.


Jean Bapt. came to America in 1635. His is said to be the earliest
marriage certificate in Canada. He married Marie Le Neuf Hensen
at Three Rivers, Canada, December 15th, 1636. The first of the name
to settle in Detroit was Pierre, who came in 17 15. He was a grandson
of Jean Bapt. and Marie Godefroy. Pierre engaged in the fur trade,
and died, leaving no children, his line becoming extinct.

Jacques Godfroy followed Pierre. In 1716 Jacques married Marie
Chesne St. Ouge, a daughter being born 171 7 at Three Rivers. She
married Alex Trotier Ruissaux (now Rousseau), who was the first
trustee of St. Ann's church and the first militia captain. She died in
1777. Angelique, the second daughter of Jacques, born in 1719, mar-
ried Zacharie Cicotte January 8th, 1736. Jacques 2d, the only son
of Jacques and Marie Godefroy, born in 1722, was young at the death of
his parents, and wa*s brought up by Catherine Ruissaux, his elder sister.
He married Louise Clotilde Chapoton, daughter of Dr. Jean Chapoton,

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in 1758. He died in 1795 and his wife in 1764. Their children were
Jacques Gabriel, born 1758, married, first, Angelique Coutiere, by whom
he had five children; second, Therese Donaire Bondy in 1796. They
had several children; and, third, Monique Campau. He had no children
by her. He died in 1832.

Gabriel 2d, the eldest son, married Elizabeth, the eldest daughter
of Judge May, by Adele de St. Cosme. His descendants reside at
Grand Rapids.

Pierre, styled Le Prince, the immediate ancestor of the Detroit
Godefroys, was born in Detroit in 1796. He was of the well
known firm of P. & J. Godfrey. He married Marianne Naverre Mar-
antette. Mrs. Hamlin says, she and her sister, Mrs. Dequindre (after-
wards Mrs. W. B. Hunt), were considered the most beautiful women
in the territory. The children of Pierre Godfrey and Marianne Mar-
antette were Jacques Wm., Elizabeth, who married John Watson;
Franklin Appolonise and Therese, who died young ; Alexandrine Louise,
who married Theo. Parsons Hall, grandfather of T. P. Hall, of the
firm of Gillette & Hall. Nancy married Joseph Visgar, well known in
the early history of the territory, whose descendants have since been
classed as among the most worthy citizens of Detroit. Jacques B., the
youngest son, married Victoire, a daughter of Colonel Francois
Navarre, of Monroe. He died in 1847, leaving a large family. Jacques
Louis Columbus married Sarah Dequindre. Zoe married Benjamin
Abbott, son of Robert Abbott. Sophie married Major Whipple, son
of Major John Whipple. The first wife of Judge Christiancy belonged
to this family. She was the granddaughter of Jacques Gabriel Godfroy,
through Susanne, who married James McCloskey, whose daughter
Elizabeth married Judge Christiancy.


Joseph Nicholas Gouin, born in 1746, was the direct ancestor of
those of the name residing in Detroit. In 1771 he married Elizabeth
Rivard, whose son Charles, born in 1778, married Elizabeth Des-
comptes Labadie, daughter of Alexis and Francois Roberts. He was
chief surveyor under British rule.

Joseph Nicholas married the second time in 1790, Archange
Boyer. The only child by this marriage was Colette or Clotilde, who,
in 1809, married Antoine Bernard, and after his death Dominique
Riopelle. In this way the landed interests of the Gouin and Riopelle
families were united.

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Francois, born 1676, married at Detroit, 17 17, Mariana Sauvage
and established himself at Detroit. Their children were Marie, born
1 7 19, who married Robert Navarre in 1734, and from this line have
sprung all the Navarres who appear connected with the subsequent
history of the northwest.


Pierre, the founder of this family in America, was born at Batis-
con in 165 1. He married Madeline Grimard in 1676. Their descend-
ants were, and are still noticed as among the literar}', as well as the
large landed proprietors of both Canada and the United States. It
would seem that at one time Grimard was to be the dominant name by
which the family was to be designated, hence we find the name
Morand Grimard appears as the founder of the family in Detroit.
The only reason for this is the fact that the Grimards possessed large
monied interests, which enabled the Morands to relieve Pierre from the
embarassments occasioned by his realt}^ obligations; for it is stated
that Pierre, prior to his marriage, had incurred large liabilities in New
France, and after the marriage was enabled, through the dower
received with his wife, to liquidate them.

Jean Bapt, his son, married Elizabeth Duboise at Quebec, and after
giving him a suitable education, was sent by his parents to Detroit about
1757. He was known as Charles Morand Grimard. There was, at
this time, another branch of the Morands at Detroit, represented by
another Charles Morand, who, in reality, was the founder of the
Detroit Morands. He married Catherine Belleperche who was nearly
allied to LaMotte Cadillac's wife, and were the direct ancestors of
Judge Charles Morand, who married Justine McCormick, of New
York, by whom were born James, who died unmarried, Wm. B., who
married Elise Van Dyke, the daughter of James J. Van Dyke, and
Francis, daughter of Pierre Desnoyers.

John Vallie, another son of Charles, married Emma, the daughter
of Emerson Etheridge, of Tennessee (who, by the way, was a per-
sonal friend of the compiler). Catherine, a daughter of the judge,
married Henr}^ D. Barnard, an extremely learned and courteous gen-
tleman. Alfi-ed is a partner of Wm. B., and married Satilda Butter-
field, a granddaughter of Lyman Baldwin, once sheriff of Wayne
County, and the father-in-law of Hon. Wm. B. Wesson. Judge Chas.
Morand died in 1876. The family dropped the " Grimard " and the
"de" in 1796, after England had ceded to the United States.

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Robert Navarre was the first of the name to settle in Detroit. He
was sent to Fort Ponchartrain as superintendent and royal notary. In
1734 ^^ married Marie Lothaire Barvois. The children by this marri-
age were, Marie Francois^ born in 1735. She married Lieut. George
McDougall, of the English army, by whom she had two sons, Jean
Robert and George. She married the second time Jacques Campau,
father of Joseph and Barnabe. They had no children, but in 1820
Barnabe married her granddaughter, Archange McDougall, whose
sons were Alexander and the late Barnabe.

Marianne, the second daughter, born in 1737. She married in
1760 the well known Indian interpreter, Jacques St. Martin, heretofore
mentioned as the owner of the old Cass residence, which stood on
Larned, corner of Second. He died in 1776, leaving her a widow with
three children: St. Martin, who died unmarried; Finon married Phillip
Fry, and Archange married August Mcintosh. Two of her grand-
daughters, Mrs. H. B. Hunt and Catherine Mcintosh, were much
respected, and filled a high social position in Detroit. She married the
second time Dr. Geo. C. Anthon.

Robert, or Robishe the Speaker, as he was called, was the eldest
son of Robert the royal notary, born in 1739. ^^ married Louise
Archange Mersac, daughter of Francois Mersac and Charlotte Bour-
asso. A cousin of the latter, also named Charlotte Bourasso, married
Chas. Langlade, a pioneer settler of Wisconsin. The children of
Robert and Louise Archange were, Robert, born 1764, Jacques, born
1766, settled on the River Raisin, near Monroe, as did also Francoise,
born 1767- He held a colonel's commission, and raised a regiment
composed mostly of French descendants. It is said there were thirty-
six of the name in his regiment. He rendered important service to the
American armies during the war of 1812, and was the confidential
friend of Winchester, St. Clair, Macomb, Cass and Wayne. He mar-
ried Marie Sazord, daughter of Louis and Marie Josette Lebeau, to
whom was born Francois in 1792, Victoire, who in 1823 married
Jacques Godfroy, son of Col. Gabriel and Therese Donair Bondy.
Monique married John Askin, of Sandwich.

Isidore, the second son of Robert, born in 1768, married in 1795
Francoise Descomptes Labadie. Their eldest son, although young,
served in the war of 181 2 in his uncle's regiment. The third daughter
of Robishe, Archange Louise, born in 1770, married Dominique Gode
Marantette. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Caroline Watson
Hamlin, the author of the " Legends of Detroit." Her daughters were
Francoise Marie, who married Col. James Askin ; Marianne Navarre,
Peter Godfrey. Jesamine married, first, Timothy Dequindre, and sec-
ond, Wm. B. Hunt.

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Charlotte Lonlange, the fourth daughter, married Cazetan Trem-
blay. Her son, Antoine Freshet, served during the war of 1812 in his
uncle's regiment. A daughter of Charlotte, Marianne, was a noted
belle, whose hand was sought by Colonel Hamtramck and Colonel
Gratiot. Catherine, the fifth daughter of Robishe, born 1782, married
Commodore Henry Brevoort, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this
work. Francois, the third son of Robert, born in 1859, married Marie
Louise, daughter of Rene Goderi.


Francois Pelletier, who greeted Cadillac on his arrival at Detroit,
in 1701, was an elder son of Nicholas and Jeanne Rousay. He accom-

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