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Re: Bourassa Marriages
Posted by: Richard Richard (ID *****7284) Date: October 16, 2003 at 15:39:05
In Reply to: Re: Bourassa Marriages by Victoria Frye of 633

In an affidavit from the Draper Collection, Joseph Bertrand swears that: he is of the age of 58 years and upwards; he has known Daniel Bourassa and his wife, Theotis Bourassa from his infancy up to the present and acquainted with his wife since their marriage which is 26 or 27 years; and that he (Bourassa) is my nephew and my brother-in-law. It is dated 11 May, 1834, at Bertrand.

It would seem that:
1. He is referring to Daniel Jr.or II, b 1780, as Daniel Sr., or I, was born in 1752 and therefore he would not have known him all his life (Joseph Bertrand was b 1778)
2. This Joseph Bertrand was, I believe, the one married to Madeleine Bourassa, Daniel II's step-sister (or adopted sister as Gail Klein believes), making Daniel Jr. a brother-in-law, and he was also the brother of Daniel Jr.'s mother, Marguerite Bertrand, making Daniel Jr. his nephew, meeting the criteria of the affidavit.
3. He affirms that Daniel Jr.'s wife is named Theotis.
4. This also explains away the problem of Daniel Sr., b 1752, marrying Theotis, (b abt 1770) 18 years his junior, and having children as late as 1829, when he would have been about 77 years old. Not impossible, of course.
5. The reference to the marriage 26 or 27 years earlier would put it about 1807 or 08. This would work with all of the children born to Theotis, from 1811 to 1829.
6. A letter of Jul 5 1979, Bureau of Indian Affairs to Ronald Bourassa, states: "We have concluded, however, that Daniel Bourassa II and his wife, Theotis Penangai, were halfblood Citizen Potawatomi Indians. Our conclusion was reached becasue of Daniel's involvement in tribal affais in the early 1800's and the surnanes of his parents, Bourassa and Bertrand, were both names of early halfbreed families. Also, Theotis is not an Indian name and early fullblood Potawatomi Indians were shown in the early records by their Indian names." This would further indicate Theotis was married to Daniel II.

I would appreciates any comments on this.

Richard Richard


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