Francoise Jacqueline Nadreau was born 1645 in Bayeux, France to Jacques Nadreau and Marie Lebrun. She married Michel Andre dit St. Michel on June 8, 1663.They were the parents of Gertrude, Catherine, Jeanne, Petronille, Philippe, Marguerite, Marie, Marie Angelique, and Louise.
The family settled in Lachine on the island of Montreal, Quebec. On the night of August 5, 1689, during a heavy rain storm, between 1000-1500 Iroquois silently crossed the river to Lachine. They crept through the woods and surrounded the farm houses and homesteads and attacked the surprised settlers. The Indians broke out windows and doors attacking settlers or setting fire to homes where the victims had barricaded themselves. Fifty-six of 76 homes were burned that night.
Approximately 24 men, women and children were killed during the attack and their homes and buildings were burned. About 80 others were taken prisoner. Fifty of the captives were tortured by fire or cannibalized. Some escaped. Some were exchanged. A few children were integrated into the tribes.
Francoise Andre dit St. Michel was taken captive by the Iroquois and died in captivity along with her husband Michel, her daughters Gertrude, Petronille, several of her grandchildren and other family members. The location of their bodies is unknown.
A monument in the Lachine cemetery honors the victims of the massacre.
Michel Andre dit St. Michel (1639 - 1689)
Marie Gertrude Andre (1664 - 1665)*
Gertrude Andre dit St. Michel Philippon (1666 - ____)*
Catherine Andre (1668 - 1673)*
Petronille Andre dit St. Michel Beloncle (1674 - ____)*
Marguerite Andre dit St Michel Dubois (1676 - 1751)*
Note: Cenotaph - Francoise is not buried in Lachine, but a monument to the victims is in the Lachine Cemetery
Saints Anges de Lachine Cemetery
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