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Jean Michau or Michel
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Birth: 1640, France
Death: Aug. 5, 1689
Quebec, Canada

Jean Michau or Michaud (dit Michel) was born in the year 1640 in La Rochelle, France. He emigrated to New France and married Marie Marchesseau, widow of Pierre Boutin, on 25 November 1670.

They settled in Lachine near Montreal. 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 they 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.

Jean Michau was among the victims killed in their home. A plaque in his honor says: "Near here…upon the [home] of the late Jean Michau were discovered the bones of the said Michau and his son Pierre, 15 years of age, also those of Albert Boutin, his wife's son." Michau's wife Marie was carried off and died in captivity.

The bodies of Jean Michau and his son Pierre were discovered five years later under the burned out cabin. Je me souviens", a Franco-American history publication notes that the 25 victims "whose corpses were retrieved five years later...were officially buried in the Lachine church cemetery by the priest Pierre Rémy". 
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  Marie Marchesseau Michau or Michel (1639 - 1689)*
  Pierre Michau or Michel (1672 - 1689)*
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Saints Anges de Lachine Cemetery
Montreal Region
Quebec, Canada
Created by: Pam
Record added: Oct 19, 2010
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Jean Michau or Michel
Added by: Pam
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Rest in peace my 9th grandfather! Last name shows up on documents as michaud!!
- Under The Lotus
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015
Never forgotten
- Quirky1129
 Added: Apr. 16, 2014
Gone but not forgotten - 9th great grandfather
- Pam
 Added: Dec. 13, 2011

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