Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes History


The works below are biographies & memoirs in Great Lakes region history. See the right column for more info about this website.

 

Daniel Boone

New York: D. Appleton 1902
Thwaites, Reuben G.Go to Book

Lyman Draper (1815-1891), the first director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, carried out research for years on Daniel Boone with the aim of writing his biography, but never completed the project. Reuben Thwaites, who succeeded him at the society, drew upon Draper’s notes and collected documents, as well as works by others, for this biography of the famous frontiersman.

Boone, Daniel (1734-1820)

Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout

NY: Doubleday, Page 1922
White, Stewart EdwardGo to Book

“In the early days of the American republic Daniel Boone was swindled out of his land by unscrupulous means and forced to leave Kentucky. The Spanish governor gave him a grant of land in Missouri, but again he lost this by failing to conform to some clause in the title. Once more Boone had to begin his wanderings and the story gives some vivid pictures of his encounters with frontiersmen and Indians. When he was eighty years old he was engaging in fur trapping as far west as the Yellowstone, and although a comparatively poor man, this sturdy pioneer was able, by an adjustment of the Spanish grant of land, to leave something to his children.”
– The Book Review Digest

Boone, Daniel (1734-1820)

Recollections of Persons and Places in the West

Philadelphia: Kay 1834
Brackenridge, Henry MarieGo to Book

H.M. Brackenridge (1786-1871) was born in the frontier town of Pittsburgh, the son of attorney Hugh Henry Brackenridge, who was one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent citizens. The younger Brackenridge practiced law for a time in St. Louis, served in the diplomatic service during the Jackson administration, and was appointed a judge in Florida. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1832, and later served briefly as a congressman. He authored several histories, as well as books on other topics. Recollections of Persons and Places in the West covers his early life, to his mid-20s.

Brackenridge, Henry Marie (1786-1871)

Life of Joseph Brant-Thayendanegea: Including the Border Wars of the American Revolution, and Sketches of the Indian Campaigns of Generals Harmar, St. Clair, and Wayne …

New York: A.V. Blake 1838
Stone, William L. Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

(title continued) “… and Other Matters Connected with the Indian Relations of the United States and Great Britain, from the Peace of 1783 to the Indian Peace of 1795”

A reviewer wrote in 1839 that this work was written hastily, and “…wants unity, clearness, and a sustained interest.” However, he also said it was valuable for the ‘rare matter’ and facts that Stone pulled together, and “… abounds in curious and interesting details. The general reader may nod over it, but the historical student will prize it”. North American Review vol. 49, 277-79.

Brant-Thayendanegea, Joseph (1743-1807)

A Western Pioneer, or, Incidents of the Life and Times of Rev. Alfred Brunson, A. M., D. D.,

Cincinnati: Hitchcock and Walden 1897
Brunson, Alfred Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

(title continued) ” …embracing a period of over seventy years, written by himself “

Reverend Alfred Brunson was born and raised in Connecticut. His father drowned in an accident when Alfred was a boy, so he left school to help support his family. He served as a soldier under General Harrison from about 1810-1815; then entered the Methodist ministry. He was active as a minister for 67 years, estimating in his autobiography that he preached about 10,000 sermons. He also served as a member of the Wisconsin legislature, and as an Indian agent on Lake Superior.

Brunson, Alfred (1793-1882)

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes History

A Bibliography of George Rogers Clark

Frankfort, KY: Perry 1958
Jillson, Willard RouseGo to Book

(title continued) ” … General commanding the Virginia military forces in Kentucky and the Old Northwest Territory during the American Revolution”

The sources are listed in chronological order, beginning in 1775, and include unpublished manuscripts by contemporaries as well as later published materials. Many entries include background information.

Clark, George Rogers (1752-1818)

The Life of George Rogers Clark

Chicago: University of Chicago 1929
James, James A.Go to Book

The author was a professor of American history at Northwestern University. This book was the result of many years of research by Dr. James on General Clark’s papers, as well as on the history of the Revolutionary War in the west. Dr. James also drew upon the notes of Lyman Draper at the Wisconsin Historical Society, who spent 15 years researching Clark for a biography that he never completed.
Chapter headings are:

1. Years of Preparation
2. events Preliminary to the Outbreak of the Revolution in the West
3. Organized Defense of the Frontier
4. The Illinois Country
5. Spanish Influence in the West during the First Years of the Revolution
6. Capture of the Illinois Country – Kaskaskia
7. Capture of Vincennes
8. Results of American Success and the Organization of Government in the Conquered Territory
9. Clark’s Problems in Extending his Conquests
10. Need for Measures of Defense, 1780
11. Renewal of Plans to Capture Detroit
12. The Last Year of the Revolution in the West
13. Western Problems at the Close of the War
14. The British Continue in Control of the Northwest
15. Efforts of Americans to Gain Possession of the Northwest
16. Retaliation on Indians and Spaniards
17. Frontier Expansion and Spanish Conspiracy
18. Clark and the Growth of French Empire
19. Louisiana Continues to be the Chief Factor in International Affairs
20. Last Years

Appendixes
I. Clark’s Memoir
II. Clark on the Mound Builders
III. Improvement in River Navigation
IV. Speech of Chief Logan
V. Letters of Clark Pertaining to his Relations with the French Government, 1798, 1799
Bibliography

Some of the significant people and topics covered in this volume are:
Daniel Boone, Boonesborough, Joseph Brant, Fort Pitt, Capture of Cahokia, Fort Chartres, Cherokee Indians, Chilicothe, Clark Expedition, Dunmore’s War, Kaskaskia, Shawnee expedition, , (Seneca chief), Cornstalk (Shawnee chief), Michael Cresap, Chief Logan, Virginia Governor Dunmore, Arent De Peyster, Fort Finney, Fort Harmar, Fort Jefferson, Fort Nelson, Edmond Genet, Simon Girty, Lieutenant-governor Henry Hamilton, Josiah Harmar, Harrodsburg, Transylvania, Thomas Jefferson, Indian attacks in Kentucky, Expedition against Wabash Indians, Benjamin Logan, Indian Commissioner George Morgan, Ouiatanon trading post, Arthur St. Clair, John Sevier, James Wilkinson.

Clark, George Rogers (1752-1818)

Narrative of the Life of General Leslie Combs of Kentucky, Embracing Incidents in the Early History of the Northwestern Territory

Washington: Towers 1855
Combs, Leslie Go to Book

Combs, Leslie (1793-1881)

“Sketch of Cornstalk”

Ohio History XXI, April-July 1912/Numbers 2 & 3, 245-262

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
Draper ManuscriptsGo to Article

Cornstalk was a respected Shawnee chief who played an important role in Dunmore’s War in 1774 in Ohio country. When the American Revolution began, he tried to use his influence to keep Indians from siding with either the British or Americans, and in 1777 was invited to Fort Randolph on the Ohio River to negotiate with American military leaders. While there he was murdered by militiamen.

The Draper Manuscripts are an enormous quantity of documents, papers, correspondence and notes accumulated by Lyman Draper (1815-1891), who spent his life researching frontier history. He ran the Wisconsin Historical Society from 1854 to 1886.

Cornstalk (1720-1777)

The Life of Sile Doty: The Most Noted Thief and Daring Burglar of his Time …

Toledo: Blade 1880
Colburn, J. G. W., comp.Go to Book

(title continued) ” … The Leader of a Gang of Counterfeiters, Horse Thieves and Burglars of the New England, Middle and Western States. The Terror of Mexico During 1849″

Doty, Sile (1800-1876)

Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley; Or, Pioneer Life in the West

Cincinnati: 1853
Finley, James B, and Strickland, W.P. Go to Book

“Mr. Finley was born in North Carolina, 1781, died at Eaton, Ohio, 1857. He entered the Ohio M. E. conference in 1809; was missionary to the Wyandot Indians from 1821 to 1827; Chaplain of the Ohio penitentiary in 1845-9, and subsequently connected with the Methodist Church in Cincinnati. In this volume, the author recounts the principal events of his itinerant life, including, also, many of the tragical events of border warfare as narrated to him by the survivors.”
– Peter G. Thomson, A Bibliography of the State of Ohio (1880)

Finley, James B. (1781-1856)

Girty, The White Indian

Fort Wayne: Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County 1955
Ranck, George W.Go to Book

Girty, Simon (1741-1818)

History of the Girtys: Being a Concise Account of the Girty Brothers, Thomas, Simon, James and George …

Cincinnati: Robert Clarke 1890
Butterfield, Consul W.Go to Book

(title continued)”… and of Their Half-Brother, John Turner; Also of the Part Taken by Them in Lord Dunmore’s War, in the Western Border War of the Revolution, and in the Indian War of 1790-95 : with a Recital of the Principal Events in the West During These Wars, Drawn from Authentic Sources, Largely Original”

The Girty brothers, Simon in particular, were infamous on the frontiers of Pennsylvania and Kentucky during the American Revolution and following years. The brothers were the sons of an Irish immigrant to Pennsylvania, who as boys were taken prisoner by Indians and lived among them for a time before settling in the Pittsburg area. When the Revolution began they were at first on the Patriot side, but then went over to the British. Simon worked for the British commander in Detroit to plan and lead Indian attacks against settlers in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Girty, Simon (1741-1818)

The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

Chicago: Winona 1908
Whittles, Thomas D.Go to Book

Memoir of a minister who worked with the lumberjacks in the north woods.

Higgins, Francis Edmond (1865-1915)

George Wallace Jones

Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa 1912
Parish, John Carl Go to Book

Jones, George Wallace (1804-1896)

Simon Kenton; His Life and Period 1755-1836

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran 1930
Kenton, EdnaGo to Book

Kenton, Simon (1755-1836)

Reminiscences of Col. John Ketcham, of Monroe County, Indiana

Bloomington: Whitaker & Walker 1866
Hopkins, Thomas M.Go to Book

Ketcham, John (1782-1865)

A Short Biography of John Leeth, with an Account of his Life Among the Indians

Cleveland: Burrows 1904
Leeth, John; Thwaites, Reuben Gold, ed. Go to Book

Originally published in 1831.

Leeth, John (1755-1832)

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

“Logan – The Mingo Chief”

Ohio History XX, April 1911/Number 2, 137-75

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
Draper ManuscriptsGo to Article

Logan was an Iroquois warrior and leader in Ohio country who, in revenge for the murder of members of his tribe and family in April 1774, led attacks on settlers along the Ohio River. Royal Governor of Virginia Lord Dunmore responded with an expedition against the Indians in Ohio country, termed “Dunmore’s War”.

The Draper Manuscripts are an enormous quantity of documents, papers, correspondence and notes accumulated by Lyman Draper (1815-1891), who spent his life researching frontier history. He ran the Wisconsin Historical Society from 1854 to 1886.

Logan (1752-1780)

Sketches of Western Adventure …

Covington, KY: Collins 1872
McClung, John A.Go to Book

(title continued) “… containing an account of the most interesting incidents connected with the settlement of the West, from 1755 to 1794; with an appendix. Also, additional sketches of adventure, compiled by the publishers, and a biography of John A. M’Clung, by Henry Waller”

This was first published in 1832. “It is the most complete collection of captivities and early adventures ever published in one volume. Daniel Boone had been a resident of Maysville only a few years before Mr. McClung settled there. Simon Kenton, William Kennan, James Ward, Charles Ward, Major Hugh McGary, Thomas Marshall, and other heroes of the “Adventures,” were acquaintances or personal friends of the author, some of them as early as 1806; and he had every facility to verify, and was himself thoroughly assured of the accuracy of the sketches.”
– Peter G. Thomson, A Bibliography of the State of Ohio (1880)

McClung, John Alexander (1804-1859)

Roughing it in the Bush: or, Life in Canada

NY: Putnam 1852
Moodie, SusannaGo to Book

Roughing It in the Bush, first published in 1852, helped to destroy British illusions about life in Upper Canada. Susanna Moodie described a life of backbreaking labour, poverty, and hardship on a pioneer farm in the colonial wilderness. Her sharp observations, satirical character sketches, and moments of despair and terror were a startling contrast to the widely circulated optimistic accounts of life in British North America, written to entice readers across the Atlantic. The spontaneity, wit, and candour of Moodie’s account of life on a backwoods farm give Roughing It in the Bush enduring appeal.”
– Open Library Summary

Moodie, Susanna (1803-1885)

Life and Letters of Samuel Holden Parsons Major General in the Continental Army and Chief Judge of the Northwestern Territory 1737-1789

Binghamton, NY: Otseningo 1905
Hall, Charles SamuelGo to Book

Parsons, Samuel Holden (1737-1789)

“Pioneer Experiences in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, 1766–1836: A Memoir”

Indiana Magazine of History Volume 15, Issue 3, 1919, pp 201-232

Indianapolis
Records, SpencerGo to Article

Records, Spencer (1762-1851)

Biographical Sketch of Louisa J. Roberts

Philadelphia: Ferris 1895
Roberts, Louisa Jewett Raymond Go to Book

(title continued) ” …with extracts from her journal and selections from her writings “

Roberts, Louisa J. (1819-1893)

Arthur St. Clair, Rugged Ruler of the old Northwest; an Epic of the American Frontier

Richmond: Garrett and Massie 1944
Wilson, Frazer EllsGo to Book

St. Clair, Arthur (1737-1818)

“Major-General Arthur St. Clair”

Ohio History XVI, October 1907/Number 4, 455-76

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
Douglas, AlbertGo to Article

This article was an address at the annual meeting of the Ohio Historical Society in 1907. Arthur St. Clair rose to Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and afterward was a Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress. He was appointed Governor of the Northwest Territory in 1787, then became Governor of Ohio Territory when it was created in 1800. In 1791 he led a disastrous military expedition against Ohio country tribes that severely tarnished his reputation.

St. Clair, Arthur (1737-1818)

The Unfinished Autobiography of Henry Hastings Sibley

Minneapolis: Voyageur 1932
Blegen, Theodore Christian, ed.Go to Book

(title continued) ” … Together with a Selection of Hitherto Unpublished letters from the thirties”

Sibley, Henry Hastings (1811-1891)

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

Life of Tecumseh and of his Brother The Prophet, with a historical sketch of the Shawanoe Indians

Cincinnati: Applegate 1852
Drake, BenjaminGo to Book

Benjamin Drake was an early settler in Cincinnati and a newspaper editor, who also wrote books on Cincinnati, Black Hawk and William Henry Harrison. Although the publication date of this book was 1853, the author had finished the book in 1841 and conducted his research in the 1820s and 1830s, interviewing a number of people who were personally acquainted with both Tecumseh and the Prophet. The anecdotes he heard are included here.

For more about prominent Native American leaders in the Old Northwest, see:
– Thwaites, Reuben Gold, “Logan, The Mingo Chief 1710-1780″ in Biographies & Memoirs in Ohio History;
Cole, Cyrenus, I am a Man: the Indian Black Hawk in Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History;
Quaife, Milo Milton, ed., The Life of Black Hawk; Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak in Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History;
Ellis, Edward S., The Life of Pontiac, the Conspirator, Chief of the Ottawas in Native Americans in the History of the Great Lakes;
Turner, F. N. (Dr.), “Chief Okemos” in Native Americans in Michigan History;
Matson, Nehemiah, “Sketch of Shau-be-na, a Pottawattamie Chief” in Native Americans in Wisconsin History

Tecumseh (1768-1813)

Tecumseh: A Chronicle of the Last Great Leader of his People

Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1915
Raymond, Ethel T.Go to Book

This is a sympathetic biography of Tecumseh and a history of conflict in the Ohio River Valley from 1774 to 1815 for the general reader. It is one of the 32 volumes in the “Chronicles of Canada Series”.

Tecumseh (1768-1813)

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

“Tecumseh, the Shawnee Chief”

Ohio History XV, October 1906/Number 4, 418-97

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
Randall, Emilius O.Go to Article

Emilius Randall (1850-1919) of Columbus, OH was a Law Professor at Ohio State University and the official reporter of the Ohio Supreme Court. Appointed by the Governor as a Trustee of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, he also served as Secretary and Editor. He edited 28 volumes and authored several books and numerous articles for the Society.

In this 80-page biography Randall gathers information from quite a number of written sources and footnotes them. The sweeping generalizations about characteristics of the Indians or tribes seem to be his though. One of many examples: “[Tecumseh] was the embodiment and the acme of the Shawnee daring, arrogance, restless activity, resourceful cunning, innate and intense hostility to the whites.”

Tecumseh (1768-1813)

Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet: Including Sketches of George Rogers Clark, Simon Kenton, William Henry Harrison, Cornstalk, Blackhoof, Bluejacket, the Shawnee Logan …

New York: Dodd, Mead 1878
Eggleston, Edward, and Seelye, Elizabeth E.Go to Book

(title continued) “… and Others Famous in the Frontier Wars of Tecumsehs̕ Time”

Edward Eggleston (1837-1902) was a popular historian and novelist who was raised in rural Indiana. No biographical information about the co-author, Lillie Eggleston Seelye, was found. Some of Edward Eggleston’s books about Indiana are available on other pages of this website. For this biography of Tecumseh that includes sketches of a number of other famous men of the Ohio frontier, the authors relied mostly upon the work of other writers, and their recommended sources for further reading are at the back of the book.
Chapter headings are:

1. Tecumseh’s Nation
2. The Childhood of Tecumseh
3. Wars of the Shawnees in Tecumseh’s Childhood
4. The Revolutionary War in the West – Colonel Clark’s Expeditions
5. Early Battles and Adventures of Tecumseh
6. Defeat of Harmer and St. Clair
7. Skirmishes with the Whites – Tecumseh and Kenton
8. A Sketch of Simon Kenton
9. Wayne’s Victory over the Indians
10. The Peace at Greenville – Blue Jacket
11. Death of Wawillaway – Tecumseh as a Peace-maker
12. The Rise of the Prophet
13. The Band at Greenville – The Prophet in Council
14. Tecumseh’s Defiant Speeches
15. General Harrison and the Prophet
16. Plans and Character of Tecumseh
17. Formation of Tecumseh’s Confederacy
18. Execution of Leatherlips for Witchcraft
19. Meeting of Harrison and Tecumseh at Vincennes
20. The Last Council between Harrison and Tecumseh
21. Getting ready for War
22. The Battle of Tippecanoe
23. Incidents of the Battle
24. Tecumseh’s Return
25. Hull’s Surrender
26. Sieges and Battles at the Western Forts
27. Incidents of the War – Hand to Hand Encounter, and Death of Logan
28. Destruction of the Mississinewa Villages – Battle and Massacre on the River Raisin
29. The Siege of Fort Meigs
30. The Second Attack on Fort Meigs
31. The Attack on Fort Stephenson
32. Anecdotes of Tecumseh
33. Perry’s Victory
34. Battle of the Thames – Death of Tecumseh
35. After Tecumseh’s Death
Appendix

William Trent and the West

Harrisburg, PA: Archives 1947
Slick, Sewell EliasGo to Book

Trent, William (1715-1787?)

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

Experiences of Pioneer Life in the Early Settlements and Cities of the West

Chicago: Sumner 1881
Walker, James B.Go to Book

Walker, James Barr (1805-1887)

The Diary of George Washington, from 1789 to 1791 …

NY: Richardson 1860
Washington, George, edited by Lossing, Benson John Go to Book

(title continued) ” … Embracing the Opening of the First Congress, and his tours through New England, Long Island, and the Southern States, together with his Journal of a Tour to the Ohio, in 1753″

“Journal of a Tour to the Ohio, in 1753”, is found on pp. 203-248. Included in this section is an introduction that explains the mission he was assigned, the text of correspondence between Washington and the Governor of Virginia (including initial instructions from the Governor), the text of a letter from the Governor to the French commandant directing him to vacate the Ohio River region, explanatory notes by the editor, and a few other documents related to Washington’s mission. Washington’s ‘Tour’ was one of the events that triggered the French and Indian War.

Washington, George (1732-1799)

Life and Adventures of Lewis Wetzel, the Virginia Ranger: …

Philadelphia: G.G. Evans 1859
Hartley, Cecil B.Go to Book

Subtitle: “To Which Are Added Biographical Sketches of General Simon Kenton, General Benjamin Logan, Captain Samuel Brady, Governor Isaac Shelby, and Other Heroes of the West”

Lewis Wetzel (1763-1808) was known throughout the frontier area during his own lifetime as one of the most famous and feared Indian-fighters in the Ohio River valley. He grew up not far from what later became Wheeling, WV, and was very frequently in action against Indians as a teenager during the Revolutionary War and for years afterward. Simon Kenton (1755-1836) was located further down the Ohio in Kentucky, and was famous for the same reason. However, they are normally portrayed quite differently. Kenton warmly supported settlers in Kentucky and often took the lead against Indian warriors who attacked them. He distinguished between combatants and non-combatants, and between friendly and hostile Indians. Wetzel seems to have had a ruthless and undiscriminating hostility toward all Indians.

Wetzel, Lewis (1763-1808)

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1940

Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress
Go to Collection

This collection of life histories consists of approximately 2,900 documents, compiled and transcribed by more than 300 writers from 24 states, working on the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940. Typically 2,000-15,000 words in length, the documents vary in form from narratives to dialogues to reports to case histories. They chronicle vivid life stories of Americans who lived at the turn of the century and include tales of meeting Billy the Kid, surviving the 1871 Chicago fire, pioneer journeys out West, grueling factory work, and the immigrant experience. Writers hired by this Depression-era work project included Ralph Ellison, Nelson Algren, May Swenson, and many others. The documents often describe the informant’s physical appearance, family, education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores. Pseudonyms are often substituted for individuals and places named in the narrative texts. The life histories comprise a small part of the larger Manuscript Division collection titled United States Work Projects Administration Records.
– From the Collection’s Website.

Tips for using this site:
1. Be sure you’re on the tab “Collections Items”.
2. Scroll down the page and look in the left column for the filters “Subjects” and “Locations”, and select your preferences.
3. When you reach the “Results” page from your selections, click on page images to reach the documents.
4. Note that many of these documents, including those with the format “book”, are less than one page. Look for page images with a full page of text, which indicates a multi-page document.
5. If you can open the “TIFF” format, you can enlarge to view exceptionally clear text.

Social life and customs, Economic conditions, Anecdotes

Biographical sketches of General Nathaniel Massie, General Duncan McArthur, Captain William Wells, and General Simon Kenton: who were early settlers in the western country

Cincinnati: 1838
McDonald, JohnGo to Book

“The first biographical sketch is of General Nathaniel Massie, and occupies some 70 pages of the volume. The second is of General Duncan McArthur, and takes up about 112 pages. Following this, is some account, made up principally of interesting anecdotes, of Captain William Wells, one of the active spirits of Wayne’s army, 1794. Then comes a sketch of the life of General Simon Kenton, filling about seventy pages, and closing the volume. Of all these men, Mr. McDonald was a contemporary; a young adventurer under Massie, an intimate of McArthur, an acquaintance of Wells, and a companion of Kenton. He was an actor in many of the scenes which he describes; and the incidents detailed in his volume, which he did not witness himself, were communicated to him by the actors soon after they had taken place. He is thus original authority, and the fullest reliance may be placed in his statements.”
– Peter G. Thomson, A Bibliography of the State of Ohio (1880)

Maids & Matrons of New France

Toronto: Morang 1902
Pepper, Mary SiftonGo to Book

Chapter headings are:

First Period: Pioneer Women of Acadia
1. Marguerite de Roberval, the Heroine of the Isle of Demons
2. The Marchioness de Guercheville, First Patroness of American Missions
3. The Lady de la Tour, a Fair Chatelaine of Acadia

Second Period: Pioneer Women of Quebec
1. Dame Hebert
2. Madame de Champlian, the First Lady of Canada
3. Madame de la Peltrie, Foundress of the First Girls’ School in Canada
4. Mother Marie Guyard of the Incarnation
5. Some Dainty Nurses of Long Ago

Third Period: Maids of Montreal
1. The Founding of Montreal
2. The Work of Jeanne Mance and Marguerite Bourgeois
3. Judith de Bresoles and her Companions
4. Jeanne le Ber, the Recluse of Montreal
5. Madeleine de Vercheres, the Heroine of Castle Dangerous

Fourth Period: Advent of the Carignan Regiment
1. Coming of the King’s Girls, or Marriages and Social Life in New France
2. Women in the First Siege of Quebec
3. The Two Pompadours, or Women in the Downfall of New France

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

Makers of American History: Daniel Boone, Robert Cavelier de La Salle and Father Marquette

NY: University Society 1904
Peck, John and Sparks, JaredGo to Book

See also: Thwaites, Reuben Gold, Father Marquette in Century Past Biographies: M, N & O
Thwaites, Reuben Gold, Daniel Boone in Century Past Biographies: A & B;

See the resources on this site for: La Salle the Explorer

Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes Region History

Nights in a Block-House; or Sketches of Border Life …

Philadelphia: Lippincott 1856
Watson, Henry C.Go to Book

(title continued) “…embracing adventures among the Indians, feats of the wild hunters, and exploits of Boone, Brady, Kenton, Whetzel, Fleehart, and other border heroes of the west”

“This is a made up book. The scene is a block-house on the Scioto River near James’ settlement. The characters introduced are generally fictitious in name and deed, but are intended to be truthful in their qualities. The work is written in the form of a novel, and possesses some historical value, as many of the narratives of captivities and adventures are copied intact from other works of undoubted accuracy.”
– Peter G. Thomson, A Bibliography of the State of Ohio (1880)


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