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Joseph Drouillard[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 42 - 1783  (174 years)


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  • Name Joseph Drouillard 
    Born 1740-42  Des Cedres Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Jan 1783 
    Buried 27 Jan 1783  Assumption, South Coast of Detroit Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He was 29 and she was only 13 when they married. They were still in Petit Cote in 1778. Joseph was in the list of volunteers "ordered to go" on the expedition of Captain Bird. Their pay from the 24th of March to the 24th of May 1780 was four shillings each, York, per day. There were six children, the last born in October of 1782. That year Joseph gave the parish of Assumption a gift of two silver candlesticks worth 150 pounds. Joseph was buried the 25th of January, 1783. Mary Joseph married August 23, 1783, Francis Rivard dit Lacoursiere and they had five children.

      Taken from "Genealogie des Drouillards" by Hazel M. (Lauzon) Delorme, available at the Société Franco-Ontarienne Library in Belle River, Ontario.
    Person ID I270  Drouillard
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2012 

    Father Jean Baptiste Drouillard,   b. 14 Feb 1707,   d. 25 Feb 1754 to 1755  (Age 47 years) 
    Mother Marie ELISABETH Rapin,   b. 06 Jun 1712,   d. 06 May 1787  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 05 Feb 1731  Ste. Anges, Lachine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Argentcour dit Drouillard, brother, Jean Chenin, cousin, Jean Baptiste
      Rapin, father, Jean Janson, grandfather, Antoine Rapin, uncle, Barbe Rapin, aunt
    Notes 
    • In 1733, the family was living at Soulanges. Between 1741-1744 they were at St. Joseph-de-la-Riviere-des-Prairies. In 1746 they were back at Lachine. Jean Baptiste moved his family to Detroit 26 Jul 1749 where he had received a land grant of three arpents on the south shore of the river.

      We know that Jean Baptiste died sometime between March 1754 and the middle of 1755, so there has been speculation that he was part of Beaujeu's force that fought at Fort Duquesne in 1755. [SK]

    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marie Josephe (Josette) Godfroy dite St. Georges,   b. 25 Jul 1756, Ste. Anne, Detroit Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 09 May 1791  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1771  Assumption, South Coast of Detroit Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Witnesses to the marriage were J. B. Drouillard, Simon Drouillard, Philipe Belanger, Jean B. Pare, Francois Drouillard, Guil. Goyau
    Notes 
    • Joseph and Josette held several negro and panis slaves.

      Joseph's four brothers were at his burial.
    Children 
     1. Jean Baptiste Drouillard,   b. 23 Nov 1772
    +2. Josette Drouillard,   b. 23 Oct 1773,   d. 21 Jan 1814  (Age 40 years)
    +3. Marie Angelique Drouillard,   b. 17 Feb 1776
     4. Elisabeth Drouillard,   b. 30 Dec 1777,   d. 21 Jan 1778  (Age 0 years)
     5. Marguerite Drouillard,   b. 23 Sep 1779,   d. 14 Nov 1787  (Age 8 years)
     6. Daughter Drouillard,   bur. 05 Aug 1781, Assumption, Sandwich Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Louise Catherine Drouillard,   b. 10 Oct 1782,   d. 16 Oct 1785  (Age 3 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2004 
    Family ID F140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections.
      Vol. I, 416 (1874-76) Vol. III, 35 (1881);
      Vol. IX, 442-43 (1886); Vol. X 322. 602 (1886); Vol. XV, 240 (1890)


    2. [S17] WAYNE COUNTY PROBATE RECORDS.
      Docket #54

    3. [S20] Genealogy of the Drouillard Families of St Clair Co., Michigan, Elizabeth L. (Warner) Droulard , 16 (Reliability: 1).

    4. [S19] The Windsor Border Region, Ernest J. Lajeunesse, C.S.B., ((Toronto: The Champlain Society, University of Toronto Press, 1960)), 320 .

    5. [S21] Michigan Censuses 1710-1830, ed. Donna Valley Russell , ((Detroit: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, Inc., 1982)).
      1) Census of March 1779, p 44
      2) Census of July 1782, p 50


    6. [S34] History of the Girtys, Consul Willshire Butterfield, (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1890 reprinted Columbus: Long's College Book Co., 1950), 63 .

    7. [S33] Michigan as a Province, Territory and State, the Twenty-Sixth Member of the Federal Union, Henry M. Utley and Byron M. Cutcheon, (The Publishing Society of Michigan, 1906), 327 .

    8. [S54] Descendants of Simon Drouillard, Donald F. Drouillard, Norman W. Drouillard and Mark J. Drouillard, 3-5.