Pierre St. Onge dit Chesne


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Pierre Chesne
Held lot #01 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.


[77] (p. 265). - Charles and Pierre Chesne (Chêne), of Montreal, came to Detroit at an early date. Charles (born 1694) married, in 1722, Catherine Sauvage, by whom he had thirteen children; the date of his death is not recorded. Pierre (dit La Butte) was born in 1698; at the age of thirty years he married (at Fort St-Philippe, the Miami post) Marie Madeleine, daughter of Pierre Roy, by Whom he had one son, and who died in 1732; four years later he married Louise Barrois. Pierre was a merchant, and also an Indian interpreter; he died in 1774.

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Paid to the man named Roy[66] 40 livres, for 2 arpents of cleared land. Item, to one du chene 40 livres, for 2 other arpents of cleared land.


I owe 30 sols to chene for 100 shingle-nails. [0]

Early days in Detroit edited by Harry P. Hunt, Charles Mills June, pp. 640-643


(Sometimes Called Chesne in the Early Days.)

THE Chenes are a (French) Hamtramck family, and the earliest to invade this section of the country. Mrs. Hamlin says in her book, "Legends of Detroit":

"As early as 1717 the name of Chene appears on the records of St. Anne's, and one is attracted by the beautiful and picturesque signature, so clear, precise, full of character and individuality."

It appears that Pierre Chene, the founder of the race on the soil of the new world, married in 1676 at Montreal, Jeanne Bailly, of a family of considerable importance. Two of his sons, Charles and Pierre, came to Detroit as early as 1717 (as said), and are , the ancestors of that name in Michigan. They were active and enterprising, and at once took leading positions in the colony.

One of the Chenes (Pierre) married, in 1747, Clemence Chapoton, daughter of the surgeon. Charles, another son, was a noted interpreter; he married a Labadie. Isadore, another son, married, in 1758, Therese Bequet. Isadore was noted for his great bravery and figures conspicuously in the military annals. To him was deeded a tract of land by the Pottawatomies at the same time as the one to Robishe Navarre. This grant to Isadore was confirmed by Lieutenant-Governor Hamilton in 1777.

The descendants of Isadore married into the Joncaire, Labadie, Campau, Chapoton, Dequindre and Baby families.

In 1753 a large body of French from Canada moved to the southeast and erected forts—Presque Isle, on the site of Erie, Pa.; La Boeuf, on French Creek, and Venango on the Allegheny river. In April of that year Mr. Joncaire was sent with a small detachment of regulars and a number of friendly Seneca Indians, to visit the Indians on the Ohio and its branches. When Joncaire reached the Miami, he marched into their towns with great ceremony. The Indians were frightened and promised again to become the children of the French. Joncaire assured them of protection and succeeded in inducing a large number to accompany him to the fort on Maumee.

Rev. Rufus W. Clark, in his address, or sermon, delivered before the Sons of the American Revolution in the First Congregational Church, this city, April 30, 1899, has this to say in regard to the Chenes:

"During the revolution and long after peace was declared Detroit was the center of the military operations of the British in the northwest, and furnished the base of supplies for their incursions. The first expeditions fitted out here were those which appeared before Harodsburg and other points in Kentucky in the spring of 1777. The attack on Fort Henry at Wheeling was in the fall of the same year. The expedition of 1778, consisting of a force of four hundred Indians and eleven Canadians, led by Captain Chene, of Detroit, against Boonesborough, Ky."

It was reported and generally believed that Isadore Chene parted with the entire island of Grosse He for two satin dresses, desirous that his wife and daughter should be the two best dressed women in the community. The grant of land mentioned as going to Chene from the Pottawatomies and confirmed by Governor Hamilton in 1777 may have been this same island of Grosse lie. He might have thought he was well paid in what he got for. the island, as land was worth scarcely anything in those days.

The Joncaires, one of whom married into the Chene family, were highly educated and cultured gentlemen. It is no wonder that they were such an acquisition in their new home. Francois Chabert de Joncaire was a son of Gabriel, captain of infantry, and Marguerite Fleury de la Gorgendiere, one of the most aristocratic and powerful families of Canada. The chevalier was a man of great ability and took an active interest in promoting the growth of the city of Detroit. He married Josette Chene, by whom he had ten children, sons and daughters. They are represented today by the families of the La Fontaines, Lorangers, McBride, F. Van Miller, Kellogg, of Monroe, and Mrs. Fitzsimmons, of Albany, N. Y. The grandmother of the foregoing, Catherine Chabert de Joncaire, born 1784, married, 1808, Francois La Fontaine. He was a merchant and considered a man of wealth. He also had a large property in Canada. To him belonged the "La Fontaine Farm." He was a man of much ability, energetic ami persevering. Five children were born to them. Julia, Charles, Margaret, Louis and Lucy. Louis was a hanker m Monroe; he died some vears since. Lucy La Fontaine married James McBride, a prosperous merchant of Monroe. A daughter of theirs (Josette) married a Mr. Clark, of Monroe. He passed away and the widow married W. Van Miller, of Monroe, son of the late Hon. Dan B. Miller, of that city, cashier of the Wyandotte Savings hank, and brother of the late Sidney D. Miller, president of the Detroit Savings Bank, and Mrs. Alex H. Sibley. of this city. Another daughter married Mr. Fitzsimmons, of Albany, N. Y., at one time a partner in the extensive firm of Erastus Corning & Co., hardware and railroad supplies. Another daughter (Nellie) is single and resides in Monroe. Another daughter married Mr. James Kellogg, of Detroit, for many years connected with the late wholesale hardware house of J. James & Son, and after with the United States customs in this city until his death. He was the half brother of Mr. Friend Palmer, of this city. A son of Mr. McBride (James) is a prosperous furniture manufacturer in Grand Rapids.

Captain Chene, mentioned in Mr. Clark's address, was the great great grandfather of Mrs. Serena Kellogg and the rest of the Monroe descendants. The Joncaire mentioned was their great grandfather (Chabert de Joncaire). Joncaire was. as before said, at one time in command of a detachment of Indians and coureurs des hois that marched to the Ohio.

The Chene homestead was standing when I came here, and occupied a portion of the present site of Parke, Davis & Co. It was a hewn log structure covered with clapboards. One of the Chencs (they used to call him "Old Man Chene") occupied it at that time, and he died there. I remember the funeral quite well. He was buried from St. Anne's church with most imposing ceremonies, and his body deposited in the vault beneath the high altar, where reposed the remains of Father Richard; for which privilege his estate paid $500, a most munificent sum in those days.

The Chene heirs claimed, through Gabriel Chene, who in 1827 paid $50 (it is said) for it, a large tract of land skirted by the river front and extending from the Boulevard to Baldwin Avenue, which takes in Beller's establishment, Kling's brewery and a large number of handsome dwellings. When the land was originally purchased a stipulation in the contract called for a reservation for a burial ground by the Catholic diocese. Bishop Riese was then officiating. A chapel was built (St. Phillips'). The property was never used for the dead, as far as I know.

Mrs. Catherine Baby Chene, the wife of Mr. Charles Chene, who died at the family home on Jefferson avenue, May, 1904, was a Baby, scion of the distinguished Canadian family of that name. In her obituary notice it was stated that her grandfather, Colonel Baby, was in command of the Second Regiment of Essex Militia in the War of 1812. It was also said, in the obituary notice, that the first 'deed of land in Detroit was held by the ancestors of Gabriel Chene. The deed was given by Cadillac.

Chene street takes its name from this family.


1701 TO 1710.
DETROIT, 1896.


1 Pierre Chesne, March 10, 1707, for 3 livres rent and 10 livres for other rights given up, all payable in furs, or in such coined money as may be current.

35 Guilleaume Aquet, dit Laporte, March 10, 1708, for 50 sols rent and 10 livres for othet rights. This grantee in other places is named Aquenet. Pierre Chesne, who owned the lot on Ste. Anne street, adjacent to this lot, purchased it, thus giving him two frontages, one on Ste. Anne and the other on St. Joachim street. Pierre Chesne (or Chene, as it is now commonly called), was one of the most important men of that early day, and many of his descendants still reside in Detroit.

It is, however, to the first 10 years of our city's history that we look for the ancestry of many of our older families. The men who came with Cadillac and those who came to him after his first establishment include the names of Chene, Campau, Belisle, DeLisle, Chapoton, St. Aubin and many others.

A short time after Cadillac left Detroit to become governor of Louisiana, in 1711, he had a complete inventory of his belongings in Detroit, made by Pierre Chesne and Antoine Magnant, and the priest, Father Cherubin Deniaux, and this property was turned over to Pierre Roy for safe keeping. From this list we obtain an idea of the buildings owned by Cadillac . . .


Chesne, Charles, son of Pierre Chesne and Louise Batty. He married Catherine Sauvage, daughter of Jacques Sauvage and Marie Catherine Rieul, Jan. 18, 1722.

Chesne, Francois, voyageur. Came Sept. 25. 1707.

Chesne, Marie, daughter of Pierre Cliesne and Jeanne Bailli. She married (first) Jacques Montboef, dit Godfroy, and after his death she married Jacques Boutin, Sept. 16, 1733. There is a record that Marie Chesne died Feb. 13, 1738. From Marie Chesne have descended all the Godfroys of French extraction in and about Detroit.

Chesne, Pierre. Came June 13. 1707. His wife was Jeanne Bailli, she died in 1700, she is sometimes referred to as Louise Batty. The name has been slightly changed in spelling, though not in sound, by his descendants. He was the Detroit ancestor of the present Chene family.

Chesne, Pierre. Son of above Pierre Chesne. He had two wives; first on May 25, 1728, he married Marie Magdellne Roy, a daughter of Pierre Roy; this marriage took place at Fort St. Phillipe, village of the Miamis. She died of smallpox Oct. 20, 1732, and in 1726 he married his second wife, Louise Barrois, daughter of Francois Lothenane dit Barrois; and Marianne Sauvage. Pierre Chesne was an interpreter and sometimes called La Butte. He was born about 1697.

Godefroy (or Godfroy), Jacques, dit Mauboeuf. Paul Chevalier and Jacques Godefroy, dit Mauboeuf, voyageurs, and Joseth Senecal, toolmaker and voyageur, formed a partnership Sept.10, 1710, to carry on the business of trading at Detroit. To this business Chevalier contributed 255 livres, Senecal 165 livres and Godefroy 43 livres and two guns. The partnership was to continue for two years, and if any of the partners died in that time another man would be taken in to fill the place. Gains and losses to be shared equally. Godfroy married Marie Anne Chesne at Detroit Nov. 20, 1730.

Moitie, Marie, wife of Pierre Chesne, according to Tanguay, married Oct. 9, 1700, at Montreal. She was widow of Jean Maguan, and died Dec. 31, 1727.

Roy, Marie Magdeleine, daughter of Pierre Roy, born May 25, 1710. She married Pierre Chesne dit La Butte, and died Oct, 20, 1732, aged 22 years.

Roy, Pierre. It has been stated that this was the first man at Detroit and that he lived with the Indians in this neighborhood before Cadillac came. His wife was Marguerite Ouabankikoue, a Miami Indian.

Roy, Pierre, son of Pierre Roy. Baptized April 21, 1706.

The suppression of "s" in some names, as from Chesne to Chene, Estienne to Etienne, is accounted for by the evolution of the French language from the old form to the modern way of spelling.

From http://www.geocities.com/histmich/frenchfamilys.html:

Early French Families of
Detroit (Le De'troit)
Selected Biographies
For full source view the book entitled Legends of Le Detroit published in 1889 pg 268-317. Transcribed in my own words, however names and dates taken from this source. This webpage should be used as a guide, if you want documentation of the following lineages, you should view the book and its index sections for proper sources.

Chesne appears in the history of Detroit as early as 1717, in the records of Ste. Anne's parish.
Pierre, who married in 1676 in Montreal, to Jeanne Bailly, and had two sons, Charles and Pierre, who came to Detroit in 1717. They both occupied active positions in the colony.
Charles, married in 1722 to Catherine Sauvage, and had 10 children:
1Catherine, born in 1722 and married Pierre Testard de Montigny ;
2Pierre born in 1724 and married in 1747 to Clemence Chapoton;
3Agathe born in 1727;
4Bonaventure born in 1731;
5Charles, born in 1732 and married in 1754 to Josette Descomptes Labadie, the daughter of Pierre and Angelique de Lacelle. He had several children including:
Pierre, married in 1784 to Cecile Campeau ; Charles, born in 1758; Catherine born in 1763 and married Fontenay de Quindre ; Agatha, married in 1795 to Alexis Campeau and Gabriel born in 1772 who married in 1793 to Genevieve Campeau.

Gabriel and Genevieve had several children as well, Gabriel, born in 1796 (married 10-23-1821 to Cecile Sequine Laderoute, and had Emilie (Gagnion), Charles (Eliza Parent and Catherine Baby) , Mathew (married Agnes Parent) ; Joseph who died in infancy; Alexander who also died in infancy ; Elizabeth (married Edmund Baby) ; Isidore (married Mary Martin) ; Pierre (married Sarah LaMay) ; William (married Miss Bird of New York). Gabriel's second marriage to Mlle. Campau, the widow of Antoine Parent and had these following children with Mlle.: Marie, who died young, Gabriel (married Antoinette Barien) ; Alexander (married Miss Barien) ; Felice; and Rosalie (married Mr. Charest).

Their sixth child, 6Leopold, was born in 1734;
7Isidore, born in 1737 and married in 1758 to Therese Bequet. He also served in the military and was deeded a tract of land by the Pottawatomie, which was later confirmed by Lieuteant Governor Hamilton in 1777. In 1780 his daughter, Josette married Chevalier, Francois Chabert de Joncaire.;
8Antoine born in 1742.

9Josette, the ninth child of Charles and Catherine married in 1819 to Jacques Campeau, the son of Jacques and Susanne (Beaubien)

10Geneviere, was the last child born in 1800.

Pierre Chesne the other son to arrive in Detroit, married in 1728 to Madelieine Roy, and also in 1736 to Louise Lothman de Barrois. Pierre was also called La Butte, though St Onge was the proper title. Many of his descendants were only known as La Butte. He also held office as an interpreter for a number of years. All of his children died unmarried except Pierre Toussainte. He died in 1774, and his wife Agathe, remarried to William Sterling.

The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, Volume 2 edited by Clarence Monroe Burton, William Stocking, Gordon K. Miller

City of Detroit, p. 934


At Detroit, affairs had not been entirely idle during the year. The inability of the British government to supply all of the requirements of the Indians and the persistence of the Americans in refusing to accept terms of peace unless their independence was recognized had alike disheartened the British soldiers and Indians. It is possible that the inhabitants, soldiers and civilians, saw the coming peace and resolved to make the most of their opportunities.

The British government had never recognized a general right, either on the part of individuals or the government itself, to purchase lands from the Indians and we find very few transfers made by the Indians before the year 1780. In some instances, as in the case mentioned of the purchase of Hog Island, a special permit had been granted by the British authorities, either at Quebec or Whitehall; when the Indians gave up the Jones Farm to Isidore Chene as a mark of friendship to him, who had so long been a chief among them, the consent of the commandant of the post was deemed necessary to the validity of the transaction, and many other cases of like nature can be found of record; but this year the commandant, De Peyster, permitted the Indians to trade their lands off to settlers and speculators in large tracts; not only permitted it, but took a decided interest in it and obtained for himself a grant of 5,000 acres.

Great numbers of Indians, claiming lands in the neighborhood, would come about the post to attend the councils or to receive the trinkets and rum given to them, and the chiefs would make deeds to applicants of farms of from 150 to 2,000 acres, all situated near Detroit and all now of great value. These deeds were drawn up and witnessed by Thomas Williams, notary and justice, and were witnessed by his clerk, John Cassety. As the signing and witnessing was all that was necessary to make the deed valid, Mr. Williams wrote them out at full length in the books kept by him, which we now have.

Detroit was without laws or rather was a law unto itself. It was a civil settlement at present under military rule, but engaged in commercial transactions.

City of Detroit, p. 1269


Being the Story of the Church, or Malcher, Farm

By Clarence M. Burton

There is no more romantic occupation than that of examining titles to real estate. The titles of no two farms along the river front of Wayne County are the same, and the story of every farm combines the romances of the lives of many families for the two centuries of occupation by the white man. The Indians never claimed private ownership in these lands, but individual ownership by white men extends back to the time of Cadillac. The first settlers were the French farmers, and they brought with them from their homes across the water, the idea of the Frenchman's "water lot," and introduced it here. The "Ribbon farm" was a tract of land with a frontage of several arpents or French acres, upon a stream of water and extending in the rear as far as government would permit. Upon the Detroit River these farms were usually two, three or more arpents wide, and extended from forty to sixty arpents in depth. An arpent was a French measure of 192.75 feet, being a little less than an English acre. There were many of these concessions or grants made by the French government and the commandants, but only a very few were made under the English rule. The French government controlled the country until 1760 and the British had possession from that date until 1796. Thereafter the Americans owned and disposed of the lands or confirmed the previous grants made by France and England.

About the year 1780, when it was thought likely that the Revolutionary war would end by the transfer of this part of the country to the new United States, many of the people living in and around Detroit, obtained grants of lands from the Indian tribes. There was no validity to any of these transfers, but on many occasions persons took the Indian deeds and entered into possession of lands under them and were in the actual possession, with title uncontested, at the time of the coming of Gen. Anthony Wayne with the American army in 1796.

Soon after the Americans took possession of the country an agitation was begun to settle the land titles. Acts of Congress were passed at various times, the general object of which was to quiet the titles in the proper parties and to give land owners assurances that they would not be disturbed in their possessions. Commissioners were appointed by Congress to sit as a court in Detroit, to whom evidences of possession and ownership were presented. Awards were made by the commissioners and, where no appeals were taken, grants or patents were issued to the proper parties. These patents were based upon the actual possession of the soil ante-dating the coming of the Americans and were, therefore, more in the nature of confirmations than of conveyances, (Corby vs. Thompson, Vol. 196, page 706, Michigan Reports).

(As it is expected that this paper will be read by lawyers and others engaged in examining titles and transferring land, references will be made to the public records and to Supreme Court reports so that they will readily understand.)

Among these grants was one located on the Detroit River a short distance east of the Grand Boulevard. It has a frontage on the river of five arpents (about 963 feet) and extends northward about three miles. A more definite description will be given later. This farm is now generally known as the "Church" farm or private land claim number sixteen. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Malcher" farm and as the "Public" farm.

Charles Chene purchased a portion of the land from the French government and obtained a patent for it dated July 14, 1734. This portion was 4 arpents in width by 80 arpents in depth.

Charles Chene was the son of Pierre St. Onge dit Chene and his wife, Louisa Jeane Bailly. He was born at Montreal March 11, 1694, and married at Detroit, January 18, 1722, Catherine Sauvagc. The family name Chene is sometimes spelled Chesne. Pierre and Charles Chene were ancestors of the family bearing that name and owners of the Chene farm at Chene street, Detroit. In 1762, Charles Chene sold the farm to Guillaume Bernard (or St. Bernard).

City of Detroit, p. 1318

Chesne, Charles, son of Pierre Chesne and Louise Batty. He married Catherine Sauvage, daughter of Jacques Sauvage and Marie Catherine Rieul, January 18, 1722.

Chesne, Francois, voyageur. Came September 25, 1707.

Chesne, Marie, daughter of Pierre Chesne and Jeanne Bailli. She married (first) Jacques Montboef, dit Godfroy, and after his death she married Jacques Boutin, September 16, 1733. There is a record that Marie Chesne died February 13, 1738. From Marie Chesne have descended all the Godfreys of French extraction in and about Detroit.

Chesne, Pierre. Came June 13, 1707. His wife was Jeanne Bailli. She died in 1700. She is sometimes referred to as Louise Batty. The name has been slightly changed in spelling, though not in sound, by his descendants. He was the Detroit ancestor of the present Chene family.

Chesne, Pierre, son of above Pierre Chesne. He had two wives; first, on May 25, 1728, he married Marie Magdeline Roy, a daughter of Pierre Roy; this marriage took place at Fort St. Phillipe, village of the Miamis. She died of smallpox October 20, 1732, and in 1736 he married his second wife, Louise Barrois, daughter of Francois Lothenane, dit Barrois, and Marianne Sauvage. Pierre Chesne was an interpreter and sometimes called La Butte. He was born about 1697.

City of Detroit, p. 1364

Jean Baptiste Campau (9) had a son, Jean Baptiste Campau, born July 4, 1770, married February 1, 1796, Marie Josette Gamelin. He died August 29, 1834. A son, Alexis, born August 4, 1771, married Agatha Chene. A daughter, Genevieve, born 1774, married January 7, 1793, Gabriel Chene, a son of Charles Chene. Chene died February 1, 1830. A son, Antoine Campau, born February 20, 1775, married Cecelia Cadet, August 7, 1793. He died April 4, 1833. A son, Zacharias Campau, born September 5, 1780, married February 19, 1811, Victoire Chauvin.

City of Detroit, p. 1367

Chabert, Francois Joncaire dit. Born in 1757. He was the son of Gabriel Chabert and Marguerite La Gorandiere. He married at Detroit in 1780, to Marie Josette Chene, daughter of Charles Chene (interpreter), and Marie Anne Bequet, April 10, 1780. He died November 22, 1813. They had several children, among them were:

Marguerite, born in 1781, married Jean Baptiste Beaugrand in 1802.

Marie Catherine, born in 1783, married (1) Francois Dubard dit Lafontaine and (2) Ezra Younglove. Catherine died in 1835.

Francois, born in 1784, married Marie Louise Parnier.

Rosalie, born in 1791, married October 20, 1809, Joseph Loranger. Rosalie died November 20, 1868.

George, born 1793, died August 9, 1825.

Vol. 11—33

City of Detroit, p. 1368

Philip, born 1795, married 1826, Therese Campau, daughter of Alexis Campau and Agatha Chene. Therese died before 1841.

Richard, born July 9, 1798.

Henrietta, born 1803, married September 29, 1825, John Bathan Hubbell. Victoire, born 1805, buried in Detroit February 21, 1820.

City of Detroit, p. 1369

Chene, Pierre Charles. Son of Charles Chene and Marie Josette Descompts dit Labadie, born June 20, 1758, married Cecile Campau, widow of Claude Leblond dit Dupont, daughter of Nicolas Campau dit Niagara. Peter Charles died February 24, 1833.

Toussaint Chene (brother of Pierre Charles), born October 31, 1768, married Marie Therese Campau, April 23, 1798, daughter of Jean Baptiste Campau and Genevieve Godet. Marie Therese died June 23, 1823, and Toussaint married, April 21, 1833, Marie Franeoise Pare. Toussaint died May 2, 1834.

Gabriel Chene (Sr.)i brother of Toussaint, born February 29, 1772, married, January 7, 1793, Genevieve Campau, daughter of Jean Baptiste Campau and Genevieve Godet dit Marantette. Gabriel died February 1, 1830.

Gabriel Chene, Jr. (son of above), born March 26, 1796, married (1) Felicite Seguin dit Laderoute, October 23, 1821, and (2) Marie Ann Campau. June 27, 1848. His first wife died March 21, 1848. Marie Ann Campau, the second wife, was widow of Antoine Parent and daughter of Jean Baptiste Campau and Therese Rivard. Gabriel died July 2, 1867.

The children of Gabriel Chene, Jr., were as follows:

An infant, born July 25, 1822, died in infancy.

Emilie, born July 20, 1823, married Samuel Gagnier.

Charles, born June 20, 1825, married (1) Elizabeth Regina Parent and (2) Catherine Rose Isabella Baby.

Michel Mather, born October 2, 1827, married, January 17, 1849, Anastasia Parent.

Joseph, born February 6, 1830, and died September 11, 1847.

Alexander Gabriel, born November 15, 1831, died March 6, 1841.

Chene, William Bienhereux. Born December 25, 1833, married Henrietta Burnett.

Pierre, born December 13, 1835, married (1) Laura LeMay and (2) Elizabeth Adelaide Tremble. Pierre died in 1906.

Henry, born March 3, 1838, and died September 4, 1848.

A daughter, born in January and died in December, 1840.

Elizabeth, born December 28, 1841, married April 24, 1866, Edmund Baby.

Isidore, born December 6, 1844, and married, January 6, 1866, Marie Louise Martin.

Marie Felicite, born June 10, 1850, buried November 20, 1867.

Gabriel Honorius, born August 12, 1851, married Marie Antoinette Bariller. He died in Montana.

Joseph Alexander, born December 14, 1852, married Emma Clara Bariller.

Felicite, born July 3, 1855.

Marie, born December 1, 1856.

Rosalie Basilique, married Eugene Charest.

Chene (or Chesne), Gabriel. Son of Charles Chene and Marie Josette. His wife was born February 29, 1772.

His sister, Catherine, was his godmother. He married the daughter of

City of Detroit, p. 1370

Jean Baptiste Campau. He died January 15, 1830. He had six daughters, as follows:

Josette, married Jacques (James) Campau.

Catherine Dandurand, wife of Antoine Dandurand.

Cecil Gagnier.

Elizabeth Reaume.

Anne Bourie.

Rose Chene.

He had two sons:

Gabriel Chene, Jr. •

Isidore Chene, died unmarried.

Chene, Gabriel, Jr. Son of Gabriel Chene, above, married twice. His children were: Charles, Michael, Gabriel H., William M., Joseph S., Peter, Emilie (Gagnier), Isadore, Mary P., Felicite, Basilique (or Rosalie), Elizabeth (Baby). His second wife was Marianne Parent.


Gabriel Chene, son of Gabriel Chene and Geneveva Campau, married Marie Anne Campau June 27, 1848.

Marie Anne Campau was the daughter of Jean Baptiste Campau and Therese Rivard and her first husband was Antoine Parent, to whom she was married June 5, 1832. Parent died before 1848. Chene also had been previously married, his first wife being Felicite Seguin dit Laderoute.

City of Detroit, p. 1573

One of these conveyances, dated July 6, 1776, two days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, transferred the title of Grosse Ile from the Indians to Alexander and William Macomb. The witnesses to the deed were Isidore Chene and Pierre St. Cosme, both prominent people at Detroit. Chene was an Indian interpreter and was at one time chosen as a chief in one of the tribes. The grantees of the deed were, at that time, prominent merchants in Detroit and subsequently acted as agents for the British government in importing Indian goods and other articles used to keep the savages engaged on the side of the British government during the war. They formed, either under the firm name of Alexander and William Macomb, or of Macomb, Edgar and Macomb, the most responsible firm in the place and their trade, for government purposes, exceeded, in some years, $500,000. They were Indian traders, general merchants, real estate dealers, and bankers, and probably carried on many more pursuits that were required in the village.




(Miss Kilroy died at Windsor July 16th, 19O6, while this paper was in type.)

Copy of the names of the contracting parties and of the dates of the marriages celebrated at the Church of the Assumption, "La Pointe de Montreal du Detroit" (Sandwich), 176O-1781.


July 14 Marie Louise Pierre Chêne Jean Bapt. Cuillerier Marie Anne Cuillerier Marie Anne Chêne


Sept.15. Marie Des-Anges Pierre Chêne François Joncaire Dit Labute Chabert Marie Anne Cuillerier Agathe Françoise Chêne


Date Name of Child Names Of Parents Names of Sponsors

Feb.20 Pierre Pierre Chêne Pierre Chêne Marie Anne Cuillerier Marie Josephe Cuillerier


Date Name of Child Names Of Parents Names of Sponsors

Feb. 14 Marie Louise Angélique Pierre Chêne Claude Thomas Chêne Dit La Butte Marie Anna Cuillerier Maria Anne Chêne


Apr. 6 Joseph Joseph Deschênes Jean Bapt. Le Duc Charlotte Le Duc Geneviève Janis


Sept.30 Jean Baptiste Guillaume Sterlin Antoine Cuillerier Agathe Chêne Angélique Girard


May 6. Jean Baptiste Joseph Deschênes Louis Joseph De Saux Charlotte Le Duc Thérése Meloche


Aug.17 Hypolite Joseph Deschêne Claude Thomas Reaume Charlotte Le Duc M. Magdelène Gaïau


Oct.23 Cécile Claude Du Chêne Caëtan Sèguin Jeannetre Bitiou Cécile Hiax

Dec. 8 Julien Julien Chêne Joseph L'Espérance Catherine L'Espérance Marie Anne Cuillerier


May 26 Petagu Charles Stanislas Jean Bapt. Descomptes Fontenay DeQuindre Marie Catherine Chêne Dlle. Marie Des Anges Chêne


Feb. 18 Isaac Joseph Deschênes Gervais Godienne Charlotte Le Duc Charlotte Godienne

June 22 François Xavier Claude Duchêne François Xavier Forton Jeanne Billoux Archange Solier

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