|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1666|
Gertrude Andre dit St. Michel was born on April 2, 1666 in Montreal, Quebec to Michel and Francoise (Nadreau) Andre dit St. Michel. She married Francois Philippon on January 16, 1686. They were the parents of at least one child - Marie.
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.
Gertrude was taken captive by the Iroquois and died in captivity along with her child Marie, her father Michel, her mother Francoise, and her sisters Petronille and other relatives. The location of their of their bodies is unknown.
A monument in the Lachine cemetery honors the victims of the massacre.
Michel Andre dit St. Michel (1639 - 1689)
Francoise Jacqueline Nadreau Andre dit St. Michel (1645 - ____)
Francois Philippon (1660 - ____)*
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 - Gertrude is probably not buried in Lachine, but a monument to the victims is in the Lachine Cemetery
Saints Anges de Lachine Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 27, 2011
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