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Marie Marchesseau Michau or Michel
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Birth: 1639, France
Death: 1689
Quebec, Canada

Marie (Marchesseau) Michau dit Michel was born in the year 1639 in Poitou, France to Etienne and Sebastienne (Lamoureux) Marchesseau. She was the widow of Pierre Boutin with one child to care for - Albert - when married Jean Michau by contract on 25 November 1670. Jean and Marie had another son - Pierre and a daughter Marie.

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.

Marie's husband and two sons, Albert and Pierre, were killed in the attack. A plaque in their 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." Marie was taken captive and died in an unknown location.

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". A monument in the cemetery honors those who died in captivity as well as those who died.
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  Jean Michau or Michel (1640 - 1689)
  Albert Boutin (1670 - 1689)*
  Pierre Michau or Michel (1672 - 1689)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Cenotaph - A monument at Lachine Cemetery honors the Massacre victims - she is probably not buried there
Saints Anges de Lachine Cemetery
Montreal Region
Quebec, Canada
Created by: Pam
Record added: Dec 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81936896
Marie <i>Marchesseau</i> Michau or Michel
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Rest in peace my 9th grandmother last name documented as Marchesseault
- Under The Lotus
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015
A loving rememberance of my 8th great grandma, a brave Fille du Roi.
- Kris Monigal Kurtz
 Added: Apr. 9, 2014
RIP Marie, 10th great grandmother of Antoine, 11th great grandmother of Jack-Henry and Gustavo
 Added: Apr. 3, 2013
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