|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1672|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1689|
Pierre Michau (dit Michel) was born September 24, 1672 in Petite Riviere, Quebec to Jean Michau dit Michel and Marie Marchesseau.
The family 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.
Pierre Michau dit Michel was among the victims. 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." Pierre's mother 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".
Jean Michau or Michel (1640 - 1689)
Marie Marchesseau Michau or Michel (1639 - 1689)
Albert Boutin (1670 - 1689)**
Pierre Michau or Michel (1672 - 1689)
Saints Anges de Lachine Cemetery
Created by: Pam
Record added: Oct 19, 2010
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