I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANY DATA YOU HAVE. IT MAY PROVIDE GREATER FOCUS FOR UNDERSATNDING THE FAMILY. HER NAME WAS MARIE IDENTIFIED BY THE SIDEBAR TITLE ON HER RECORDS AS "SAUVAGESSE". I DO READ SOME FRENCH AND FOUND THOSE RECORDS WAY BACK WHEN, AND PUBLISHED THEM ON THE INTERNET IN THE LABADIE FORUM.
Bigra was the last name of a witness on her death record. He was not related to the family. Another witness written in by the priest was that of an indian who obviously had enough stature to be recognized by the priest. That virtually puts him in the chieftan category as the same priest refused to recogize Marie by other than the words "Sauvagesse" and "Sauteuse" on the birth records of her 8 children. I assume you also have those records. Mine came from photostats of 50 MM taped records and are very blurry. I could use clearer copies if yours came from the books of Assumption Church in Windsor. I need help to trace that indians name. I was hoping to get someone to use photographic enhancement to identify the name. It could then be processed through the records of Walpole Island to identify the mans tribal connections. Walpole is the home territory of the Sauteuse today, and it has historical data. A slave child was born in 1783, the summer of Marie's christening, in the Labadie household. That child had to belong to Mannon the slave who was acquired in 1775 as a household slave to help Marie. Mannon finished raising the Badichon children and is still thought by many to be the mother of them. She was effectively the slave mother of them, and needs proper recognition of that fact. There is reason to believe that Mannon may have birthed up to 10 children giving rise to the often mentioned number of 33 children attributed to Antoine Louis. That was never true. Antoine had inherited a male slave from his father( born circa 1740 in his fathers premises) who was just a few years younger than Antoine. So it is a known fact that he had both a male indian slave and female indian slave in the house of childbearing age. Antoine's 3rd wife did not appear to have anything to do with the raising of the indian children. The Badichons and the indians were collectively raised as if they were indian slaves. That fact may be hard to swallow. but my grandmother said they were treated badly. There could have been no other reason.
As an aside the records of Mission Huronne are on the internet but the records of L'Eglise de L'Assomption de la Pointe de Montreal have never been entered on the internet.
Bigra had some indirect ties to the family. His son-in-law, a Peltier worked in the Labadie mills as a miller assumed forman. So Bigra is related to the Peltier (Pelletier) family with whom I do have family ties.
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