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"Early Days in Detroit"/LABADIE
Posted by: Lynne Steele Date: August 20, 2000 at 13:10:22
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"Early Days in Detroit", Palmer-got book out of Burton Library in Detroit-Face Page torn out.

LABADIE, Alexandrine, Mrs. O.P. BURT, 624
, Antoinette, Mrs. Joseph LANGLEY, 623
, (Badichon), Antoine Louis, 623, 628, 631, 661
, Charles F., 628
, Delphine, Mrs. V.E. MARENTETTE, 628
, Eleanore, Mrs. Thomas C. SHELDON, 623
, Eleanore Descompts, Mrs. John Baptiste PIQUETTE, 629
, Elizabeth, Mrs. J.G.MARENTETTE, 628
, Francoise, Mrs. Isadore NAVARRE, 608
, Laura J., Mrs. Jos. ARCHAMBAULT, 624
, Lizzie, Mrs. Wm. S. DRIGGS, 623
, Marguerite, Mrs. Judge MAY, 625
, Mrs. John HALE, 402, 623
, Medard, 148, 149
, Peter Descompts, 370, 372, 402
, Pierre Barthe, 661
BARTHE, Charlotte, Mrs. Louis LABADIE, 623, 661

"Colonel JOHNSON stated at the time, and afterwards often reiterated it, that he killed an Indian with his pistol, who was advancing upon him at the time his horse fell under him. The testimony of Captain KNAGGS shows conclusively that it could have been no other than TECUMSEH.
Colonel JOHNSON, when last here, saw and recognized Captain KNAGGS and Mr. LABADIE as the men who bore him from the field in his blanket.
The transaction is of some little importance in history, as the ball that bore with it the fate of the great warrior dissolved at once the last great Indian confederacy, and gave peace to our frontier.
I am respectfully yours, etc., B.F.H.WITHERELL"

"State of Michigan, County of Monroe, ss.
James KNAGGS deposeth and saith as follows:
I was attached to a company of mounted men called Rangers, at the battle of the Thames, in Upper Canada, in the year 1813. During the battle, we charged into the swamp, where several of our horses mired down, and an order was given to retire to the hard ground in our rear, which we did. The Indians in front, believing that we were retreating, immediately advanced upon us, with TECUMSEH at thier head. I distinctly heard his voice, with which I was perfectly familiar. He yelled like a tiger, and urged on his braves to the attack. We were then but a few yards apart. We halted on the hard ground, and continued our fire. After a few minutes of very severe firing, I discovered Colonel JOHNSON lying near, on the ground, with one leg confined by the body of his white mare, which had been killed, and had fallen upon him. My friend, Medard LABADIE, was with me. We went up to the colonel, with whom we were previously acquainted, and found him badly wounded, lying on his side, with one of his pistols lying in his hand. I saw TECUMSEH at the same time, lying on his face, dead, and about fifteen or twenty feet from the colonel. He was stretched at full length, and was shoot through the body, I think, near the heart. The ball went out through his back. He held his tomahawk in his right hand (it had a brass pipe on the head of it); his arm was extended as if striking, and the edge of the tomahawk was stuck in the ground. TECUMSEH was dressed in red speckled leggings and a fringed hunting shirt; he lay stretched directly towards Colonel JOHNSON. When we went up to the colonel, we offered to help him. He replied with great animation. 'KNAGGS, let me lay here, and push on and take Proctor.' However, we liberated him from his dead horse, took his blanket from his saddle, placed him in it, and bore him off the field. I had known TECUMSEH from my boyhood; we were boys together. There was no other Indian killed immediately around where Colonel JOHNSON or TECUMSEH lay, though there were many near the small creek a few rods back of the place where TECUMSEH fell.
I had no doubt then, and have none now, that TECUMSEH fell by the hand of Colonel JOHNSON.
Sworn to before me this 22d day of September, 1853.
B.F.H.WITHERELL, Notary Public"

Colonel James KNAGGS said:
After his triumph PONTIAC invited the leading French residents, including Peter Descompts LABADIE, who afterwards became the father of my mother, to a grand feast in honor of the victory. There was plenty of fish and fowl but no liquors. After the feast was over PONTIAC said to LABADIE: 'How did you like the meat? It was very good young beef, was it not? Come here, I will show you what you have eaten,' and PONTIAC then opened a sack that was lying on the ground behind him, and took out the bloody head of an English soldier. Holding it up by the hair, he said with a grin, 'There's the young beef,' LABADIE took one look, his stomach turned and he ejected all he had eaten. The dusky warrior jeered at him and said he was nothing but an old squaw. He described the young beef as very tender and quite appetizing until PONTIAC's revelation."

"The BREVOORT house, occupied by Commodore BREVOORT, was built by Robert NAVARRE about the year 1740, that and the LABADIE house, built the same year, were standing in 1885, just above 24th Street, on what was commonly known as River Road, but now River Street."

"(Eleanore) Mrs. (Thomas C.) SHELDON was a LABADIE, a daughter of one of the old French families and a most estimable woman."
John HALE married her sister.

"Isadore (NAVARRE), born 1768, married (1795) Francoise Descomptes LABADIE, daughter of Alexis and Francoise ROBERT."

"The name of LABADIE was borne in France 1732, by Alexander Etyenne Ravielt Claude LABADIE, colonel of an infantry regiment. A descendant of his came to Detroit about 1747 and immediatley took a foremost rank in the affairs of the colony. His son was Louis (Badichon) LABADIE, married, 26 February, 1759, Angelique CAMPEAU, who died in the parish of l'Assumption (Sandwich, Ont.), 11 December, 1767. She left six young children. Louis (Badichon) LABADIE then fell in love with the daughter of an Indian chief. Though no record can be found of his marriage to this Indian woman, yet it is known that he lived with her seventeen years, and when she died she left seventeen children. He was then married, in St. Anne's Church, Detroit, October 18, 1784, to Charlotte BARTHE, widow of Lieutenant Louis REAUME, of the British army. By this marriage he had ten children, so as he had thirty-three children by his three wives, he may claim to have aided materially in populating Detroit and its vicinity. One of the children of Louis LABADIE married John HALE, an extensive merchant here until into the forties (Hale & Bristol). One of his daughters (Antoinette) married Joseph LANGLEY, then of New York, but now of Chicago; the other (Lizzie) married William S. DRIGGS of Macey & Driggs, real estate, etc. Her son is an officer in the United States navy (he invented a gun). Another daughter of Louis (Badichon) LABADIE, Eleonore, married first, Mr. J. REID, who was one of the editors and proprietors of the old 'Detroit Gazette' (Sheldon & Reid); second, in 1806, Jean Baptiste PIQUETTE, son of John Baptiste PIQUETTE and Francoise ARCHEVEQUE DE ROUEN by whom she had two sons, John Baptiste and Charles; third, in 1825, Thomas C. SHELDON, by which marriage she had three children, Thomas P. married Winnie CLARK, niece of Governor FENTON of Michigan; Rose married A. Henry GUISE, of a distinguished Philadelphia family, an estimable man and courteous gentleman. Her daughter Nellie married Mr. Orville ALLEN, of Grosse Ile. She died some years ago. One of the sons (Thomas GUISE) possessed a fine voice and is now on the operatic stage; another son (Richard) is also upon the operatic stage; another son (Philip) was a bright young man of scholarly attainments, he was at one time engaged in newspaper work and was on the 'Evening News', and bid fair to become a success in that line, but unfortunatly he has been the victim of rheumatism for years to such an extent that it has almost totally incapacitated him from attending to any business that requires much out-door work. Alexandrine MACOMB, another daughter of Thos. C. SHELDON, married first, Barnabas CAMPAU, son of Barnabas (L'Abbie) and Archange MCDOUGAL, by whom she had three children; Charlotte died in infancy; Thomas S., and Albert, two bright, promising young men who attained majority. Thomas died after a brief illness in Yokohama, Japan, where he had gone for his health. Albert studied medicine under Dr. E. L. SHURLY of Detroit, was admitted to practice, with the prospect of a brilliant career before him, but from some cause became a hopeless invalid and died at the Catholic Retreat, Dearborn. These two young men were quite celebrated for their courteous and elegant manners. Alexandrine M. CAMPAU married a second time to Mr. R. Storrs WILLIS, brother of the poet, N.P. WILLIS."

Whew! I will type more later


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