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Re: Olivier Martineau in Michigan
Posted by: Judi Engle (ID *****3097) Date: March 07, 2005 at 18:32:04
In Reply to: Re: Olivier Martineau in Michigan by Danielle Laye of 776

Jane Martineau's dad was Michael Martineau
her mother was Lena-Lenore McGulpin
they married here, at Mackinac Island in 1848.
Lena Lenore McGulpin was the daughter of William McGulpin.
The "McGulpin House" on Mackinac Island is the oldest house on the island, dated around 1790s. They moved it and restored it in 1982 and it is like a museum now.
If you want to go to the island and see it, you can walk around in the house where Jane's mom grew up!
William McGulpin married Madeline Bourassa, daughter of Daniel Bourassa.
Daniel's father was the famous fur trader, Rene Bourassa.
Start looking them up and you will see the connection to the fur trade your family has. The native american oral history says that Daniel Bourassa was in fact Chief Topinabee.
There is much discrepancy about that.
I looked for almost a year to try to figure out what the deal was.
Daniel Bourassa went with the Potawatomi Tribe on the Trail of Tears to Kansas.
So did Chief Topinabee.
Neither one of them show up anywhere after that.
A young Daniel Bourassa died at Kansas.(but too young to be the Daniel we are speaking of) a son or grandson.
And there are records of Chief Topinabee the elder and of Chief Topinabee the younger as being deceased (their property given up). Does not say what year thye died or where they were buried. The native americans think that Chief Topinabee and Daniel Bourassa were one and the same.
Because there is a Daniel I and a Daniel II
and there is a
Topinabee I and Topinabee II
it is hard to decifer, which is which, if they are separate people or the same family.
The situation still remains at large.
Howeverthere are plenty of Indian ties through the McGulpin family.
Through the maternal link of the wife of William McGulpin, Madeline Bourassa, you are connected to all of the most famous fur traders of this area.
Your ancestor was also Jean Nicolet, who was through this area as an explorer in 1634.
The names in the fur trade you are connected to are:
Pierre GAGNE, Rene BOURASSA SR and JR Francois BOURASSA, Jean Baptiste CHEVALIER, Chief Joseph Hains/Hins, Jean Baptiste DULIGNON, Jean DU LIGNON Sieur de Mirande(with LaSalle exploring Mississipi), Charles Langlade,Jean Baptiste LeDuc, Antoine Lauzon, Jacques Dumay-Demeres, Jean-Etienne Cheniers, Charles Jean Baptiste chaboillier.
You are not blood related to all of these fur traders (ONLY THE ONES CAPITALIZED) the others you connect to through family marriages.
Jean Baptiste Chevalier had many daughters, and married them off so that his son-in-laws would all become to hold a monopoly in this area on the fur trade.
Your connection to them comes from Madeline Bourassa's grandfather, Rene Bourassa, he married Marie charlotte Veronique Chevalier, daughter of the Fur Trader Jean Baptiste Chevalier.
You have some remarkable history in your family.
Even more.... Through Micheal Martineaus mother, Madeline Fournier who married Jean Baptiste are a descendant of Charles the Great, or Charlemagne , Madeline Fournier was from royalty. It is 37 generations from my Paul Martineau friend to Charles the Great.
There is much much more. I cannot put it all here.
I am writing a book on your family. This thursday i have to present the draft to the Michilimackinac Historical Society to see if they will publish it.I will place it at the St. Ignace Library and at the School Library. It is a booklet with pictures, showing where the Martineaus came from and follows them down through 12 generations of where they lived and what they did until they came here to Swingin' Iggy as they call it.
It is simply written, with pics, so kids can understand it.
I do not have this info in any form in which i can send you. It is in notes, on my puter, in my draft, and all over my room right now!!!I only 4 days to pull this out of my hat.
I am drastacally trying to put together a ton of info into a small 30 page booklet! I am writing the "family story" of the Martineaus as well as other families in this area.
Hopefully the MHS will publish them within the next year.
And you can have one.
You just can't believe where you come from lady. :)
Gosh, i forgot what the question was
hee hee hee hee , oh my lord......
oh yes, Paul does have Indian in him. this comes from Michaels son marrying into the Grondin family. Your Jane also married into the Grondin family (Cyril Pond and Susanna Grondin were Abes parents) Indian further back in the fur trade i did not trace. But just assume it is there.

Yourancient ancestors, from France, were Norman French, Vikings that is. They came to France in the 900's. Mathurin Martineau, the pioneer left France in 1685 when thousands were fleeing France from persecution. Look up "Huguenots"
and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685. I think mathurin may have been a huguenot.


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