21 July 2014

General Taylor's Residence At Baton Rouge


General Taylor was a resident of Baton Rouge from 1840 to 1848, his home being on [what is now] the LSU campus near the present home of Prof R. L. Himes.  Gen. Taylor was in Baton Rouge when he received the letter telling him of his election to the first office in our land. [Source]

20 July 2014

Camp Big Springs

 From Memoirs of the War:

See Civil War era letters written by John Quince Adams of Co. E., 60th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteers, from Camp Big Springs.

Letters written by Joseph S. Reynolds "to his family in Illinois during his service in the Civil War as a Union officer. Most letters are addressed to his sisters, Lottie, Hattie, and Sarah, or his brothers Charles, John, Willie, and Isaac. These letters cover four years, 1861-1865, and chronicle the movement of the 64th Illinois Infantry Regiment and Yates Sharpshooters from the battle of New Madrid, Mo.; to Camp Yates, Camp Big Springs...".

A transcribed letter written by soldier Albert Tilton near Big Springs on July 20, 1862.

Elisha Wells, a soldier from Lapeer, Michigan, died in Mississippi near Big Springs.

19 July 2014

Eulogy On Zachary Taylor

Jim's Photo Of The 50 Foot Monument

A 50-foot granite monument topped with the life-size figure of former president Zachary Taylor was erected by the state of Kentucky in 1883. Taylor died July 9, 1850.

Eulogy on Zachary Taylor, Delivered July 19, 1850, by George Barker Little:

18 July 2014

Loree Family In 1855

Samuel was born in New Jersey; Elizabeth (Richmond) Loree was born in Onondaga County [New York]. They had lived in Allegany County for 20 years in 1855.

New York, State Census, 1855
Name: Samuel J Lorce
Event Place: Almond, Allegany, New York
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Samuel J Lorce M 54
Wife Eliza Lorce F 51
Apprentice Armàon Palmer U 17

Charles Loree was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Loree:


New York, State Census, 1855
Event Place: Almond, Allegany, New York
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Chas Lorn M 27 [Loree]
Wife Mary Lorn F 23
Son Fred Lorn M 0

17 July 2014

Called La Chine

Claude Dudevoir dit Lachine and Barbe Elisabeth Cardinal were my daughter's 9th great-grandparents.  It's an assumption that Dudevoir and Dudenois were two names for one individual; both are represented below.

On the 19th of June 1721, Montreal experienced the worst fire in its history.  At least 126 homes and buildings were partially or totally destroyed.
(112) A house belonging to Dudevoir... . (Claude Dudevoir dit Bonvouloir and dit Lachene, bailiff, husband of Barbe Cardinal.) [Source]

Claude dit Lachene and Barbe Cardinal were parties to a contract in May of 1725:

Contract between Julien Trotier Desrivieres and....Dudenois, called La Chine, and his wife, Barbe Cardinal (excerpted below):


Contract....for a fur trading expedition to Miamis and Ouiatenon.

Fort Ouiatenon

15 July 2014

So Much James Wilkinson, So Little Time

From Memoirs of my own times, Volume 3 by James Wilkinson:

One "man of destiny" was James Wilkinson. Perhaps because of Wilkinson's machinations during the Revolutionary War where he played a role in undercutting General George Washington's authority in the Conway Cabal, President Washington was not a fan of Wilkinson's. "Washington, who had wanted Wilkinson watched, had retired to Mount Vernon. John Adams gave the general his confidence and maintained him in the southwest."

14 July 2014

McKee Escalated Pre-War Tensions

Jim's Photo Of Plaque In Ohio

From A Chapter of the History of the War of 1812 in the Northwest: Embracing ...:

"...Elliot and McKee, two most atrocious renegades from the United States, whose presence at St Clair's defeat was made known to us after the treaty of Greenville by Indian chiefs, who asserted that they, especially the latter, tomahawked more of our soldiers, and tore the scalps from more of our wounded men than any Indian actor in that terrible conflict. "...these men...met the Indians in council...as chief agents of the British Government with royal commissions as British officers had immense influence over them."