Francois Philippon was born about 1660 in Montreal, Quebec. He married Gertrude Andre dit St. Michel 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.
Francois was taken captive by the Iroquois and died in captivity along with his wife and child Marie, his father and mother-in-law, and his sister in-laws Petronille and Marie. The location of their bodies is unknown. Another source claims Francois returned to France the year before the massacre in 1688.
Gertrude Andre dit St. Michel Philippon (1666 - ____)
Note: Cenotaph - Francois 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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