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Louis George LABATTE 1786-1872

Journal by janilye

Louis George LABATTE was one of three sons of Michel LABATTE 1760-1850 and a Menominee indian Woman.The other two sons were Nicholas LABATTE b: 1780 and Michel b: 1784. Louis George had two half brothers FRANCOIS LABATTE 1800-1862 (killed in the Sioux uprising) and Archange LaBatte 1803-1861

Louis George was born in Green Bay Wisconsin in 1786. His first wife was Louisa CADOTTE also known as Oh-ge-ke-quah 1795-1850, the daughter of John Baptiste CADOTTE 1723-1803 and Catherine Anastasie EQUAWAICE 1740-1776 from the Nipissing tribe.

Louis George and Louisa were married in 1813 on Drummond Island, Chippewa, Michigan.

The children of this marriage were:-
1. Michael LABATTE B:1814, Sault St Marie, Michigan, d: 2 April 1902,Hogg Bay, Ontario. married Archange BERGER on the 3 June 1845
2. Louise LABATTE b:1817 Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, d: 3 September 1848 at Owen Sound, Ontario. married Pierre Blett SORELLE on the 9 February 1836 at Pentanguishene Ontario

Louis George LABATTE in 1820 at Drummond Island, Chippewa, Michigan, next married Julia Francoise GROUETTE born in 1788 at Bay City, Pierce, Wisconsin and died at Lafontaine, Ontario on the 22 July 1865.
Julia Francois was the fourth child of seven children born to James Grouette/GRUET b: 12 April 1731 in London and died at Holland Landing Ontario his wife Julie ? b; 1765 at Drummond Island, Chippewa, Michigan, and died in 1828 at Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada.

The children of this marriage were:-

1/.Antoine LABATTE B: 16 september 1824 atDrummond Island, Ontario and died on the 1 November 1904 and married (1)Marie Jeanne COTE 1825-1856 on 1 October 1855 at Penetanguishene, Ontario. (2) Marie Elise Elizabeth CHRETIN 1843-1891 on the 9 May 1865 at Barrie, Simcoe, Ontario.

2/.Catherine LABATTE b:1827 at Drummond Island, Chippewa, Michigan and died 28 November 1906 at Lafontaine, Ontario married Eusebe DUQUETTE 1834-1923 on the 11 February 1861 at Simcoe, Ontario

3/. Ambroise LABATTE b: 16 August 1829 in Ontario and died 21 November 1911 at Simcoe, Ontario married Emily Elmire CHEVRETTE 1838-1879 in 1856 at Lafontaine, Ontario

4/. Louis Georges LABATTE 1830-1901 m. Agathe GENDRON on the 20 August 1855 at Penetanguishene Ontario Canada

5/. Dominique LABATTE b:1834 Simcoe, Ontario and died 11 April 1864 at Lafontaine, Ontario, m. Armine/Hermine THANASSE 1845-1918 on the 28 January 1862 at St Croix Church, Lafontaine, Simcoe, Ontario.

6/. Ursule Lucie LABATTE b:1836 Simcoe County, Ontario,Canada

Louis George LABATTE -Blacksmith and Fisherman is buried at Lafontain Ontario

Francois LaBatte was born 1779 at Prairie duchien Wis.
Francois died 18 Aug. 1862 Lower Agency,MN
parents were Angelique, sister of Chief Wapasha II,and Michel laBatte.
His third wife was Mary Ironshield/Hapistina.
Philip b. 1858 MN, died 1931 SD.
Wed 2x:
no.1 was susan QUINN. wed at Mayasan Church, Sisseton. later divorced.they had two sons Tom and John LaBATTE

No.2 was Sarah RENVILLE aka mazatowin,daughter of Gabriel and Mary RENVILLE. They married at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Their children were Solon, Sidney, Sophia, Cornelia, Walter and adopted daughter, Maude
Francois other wives:
Nana COUSI, whom he wed in 1803. they had a child Archange laBatte b. 1803 at Prairie du Chien. Nana cousi died in 1863.
Another wife was NahkoAkicu/Ann LAMARCHE (b: Wis) married 1825 in WI. their children were Joseph, Angelique, and Michel .
His other wife was Judith BRISBOIS. she died in 1855. No children.

LaBATTE Burials at Grey Cloud Island Cemetery;
Joseph b. may 1825/26 d. 23 Jan 1914 parents were Francois laBatte and nanna Cousi
His wives were 1. genevieve (Sara Jane, or Ellen) TURPIN, and 2. Mary McLAIN b. 1861, died July,1923. His children:
Eli b. 1862 d. May 1922 Washington Cty.,MN Eli's mother was Genevieve Turpin.
William born Feb. 1874, died Nov. 1941 Hennepin,MN Genevieve TURPIN was the mother.
Alex b. Nov. 1864, d. Sep. 1955. Mother was Genevieve TURPIN. Alex wed Maria WENBURG.

Canadian Immigrant Records, Part One
1861 Census of Canada
1871 Census of Canada
Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967
Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s
1861 Census of Canada
1881 Census of Canada
1891 Census of Canada
Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871
Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928
Ontario, Canada, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869
Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1936 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

"The History of Simcoe County" by Andrew F. Hunter. First published in 1909 and reproduced in 1948 by the Simcoe County Historical Society

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on 2011-07-22 21:33:07

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by Boru on 2011-07-22 22:10:10

This is exactly the information I had been looking for ... Excellent work as always ... Thank You janilye ...

by janilye on 2011-07-22 22:19:07

It was a hard slog. I found other 'supposed' children of Louis George but gee I couldn't find the proof. A lot of the sites that I saw were pure fanciful. I was a bit of a fish out of water in Canada. The indian ancestry was terribly conflicting. I believe what I have there is correct.

by 1bobbylee on 2011-07-22 23:58:47


by lostrelative on 2011-09-05 00:30:26

Wow, I'm blown away by the information you've compiled. Thank you so much. You may feel that you were "a bit of a fish out of water in Canada" but I'm Canadian and I haven't done this well. I've been researching the Labattes peripherally as I'm a descendant of Julia Francoise Gruett/Grouette/Goroite's brother James (my ggg grandfather). My gggg grandparents Julia and James Gruett Sr. traveled from Drummond Island to Penetanguishene with Louis Labatte,then to Tiny Township where I used to live. I had no idea at that time that I was probably surrounded by long lost distant relatives!

by Boru on 2011-09-05 03:46:46

we should talk lostrelative ...we are distant cousins ... check your private messages ...

by janilye on 2011-09-05 10:05:03

Thank you lostrelative, I'd never heard of the Labattes until I saw Boru's post seeking them. I have to say it was a tremendous pleasure searching them out. I really enjoyed the history which was all foreign to me and their stories. I have to say before the Labatte's and a couple of other families I searched, I thought I knew all about Canada but really I only knew the geography, the maple leaf and a few historical facts. Which is nothing until you know the people.

by lostrelative on 2011-09-06 00:02:37

You must enjoy the challenge of solving complex genealogical puzzles. Delving into Metis and voyageur history can be frustrating but it's highly entertaining! Louis George Labatte must have been fun to research. He certainly fathered enough children; perhaps he was trying to populate the wilds of Upper Canada. I have spent the past year trying to track down my elusive gg-grandmother, Harriet Gruett, who would have been Julia Francoise Gruett Labatte's niece. I strongly suspect she was born on Drummond Island in 1826, hence my interest in Louis Labatte and the passengers in his bateau. Historical accounts state that four members of the Gruett(Goroite) family traveled with him but I can only account for three. One of these days I may have to drive to Penetanguishene to delve through the voyageur archives. And to think that I used to live just down the road from there!

by janilye on 2011-09-06 03:14:58

I added a bit more to Julia Francois Grouette for you.
So, is Harriet Grouette the daughter of one of Julia Francois' brothers William Grouette/Gruet born at Green Bay in 1789 and died in 1881 at Medonte Twp, Simcoe Co. Ontario, or another brother maybe James 1787 and maybe there was a Peter.
It's not easy with all the spelling changes. With Julia's father being born and christened in London you would think he was English and just plain, rhymes with suet, BUT! I did see a couple of trees that declared he was christened at the Orange Street Congregational Church in London, now, that church was built around 1685 or 6 on the site where a french chapel once stood and that whole area in London which is around Leincester Square (right next door to Isaac Newton's house) was settled by french fleeing religious persecution in France and when they built the church on the chapel site the congregation were Huguenots.
You could probably email them about their records. The Congregationalists were known to keep very good records. Perhaps James was not the only child baptised there.
Here's the address. secretary@orange-street-church.org

by janilye on 2011-09-06 08:51:19

I mean not the only Grouette/ Gruett child christened there.
Tell them all the spelling variations and I'm pretty sure they should be able to help you. It's possible they could give you the correct spelling of the original family name.

by lostrelative on 2011-09-08 04:06:09

Whoa, are you good! Fast too! Thank you so much, Janilye.

I believe Harriet's father was James 1787, who was Julia Francoise Gruet's brother. There are far too many James Gruetts in my family tree, at least one per generation. James '87 had two sons named James and Peter, who are often misrepresented as his parents' sons (James 1730 and Julia Gruet), which would make them his brothers. Confusing! I believe they were grandsons brought up by grandparents while their Drummond Island-born, Canadian father fought for Michigan (and was captured by the British) in the War of 1812, then bounced around Mackinac and Drummond Island trading, interpreting and possibly bootlegging -- and begetting Harriet in 1826. I have no idea when or where he married or died. His wife is always recorded as "unknown" but Harriet's marriage record states her mother's name as Margaret Gruett. I can find no further records of Margaret. I suspect she was a Drummond Island Chippewa or Metis and doubt she was also the mother of James' sons James and Peter who were born rather earlier than Harriet.

As for the spelling -- or misspelling -- of Gruet, my current favourites are "Gwett", "Grooat" and "Pruit". The spelling problem was somewhat exacerbated by my ancestors' penchant for changing it. My ggg grandfather preferred "Gruett" to the original Gruet; his brother William changed it to "Grouette"; his son Peter used "Grewette" and occasionally "Grewitt".

As for my gggg grandfather James Gruet 1730 (aka Jacques), he was known, pre-emigration, as the "English Frenchman" of Orange Street and did indeed have sibs christened at the same church. His parents were Jean David Gruet (1707) and Jeanne Raut. I'm unclear if they were French or Swiss but Jean was a descendent of the James Gruet who was horribly tortured, then beheaded, in Geneva for daring to refer to Calvin as a hypocrite. I have records dating back to Switzerland in the 1550s littering my computer but have yet to put them into any semblance of order as I've been too busy chasing my gg grandmother through history. I have to admit I haven't done any original research on the European Gruets; rather I've picked up snippets here and there on the net. I thank you greatly for the details about the Orange St Congregational Church and (wow) the contact address! It's time for me to get it together and follow through on more of my wildly entertaining Gruet past. Never in a million years did I expect my family research to lead me into Metis and Hugenot history.

by janilye on 2015-01-20 18:11:29

Tracing the very interesting LABATT family from Dublin to Australia via TROVE

by RowanLabatte on 2018-01-15 17:18:21

Hello all! Or I should say cousins! My 3rd Great Grandfather (as in Ancestry.ca) was Louis George. I refer to him as my great, great, great grandfather (I think!). I am just new to this website and overwhelmed at the information I am getting from here! I was wondering if anyone had any photos of any of the Louis Georges. My great, great grandfather was also a Louis George.

by JimE on 2019-09-01 23:19:47

Very plausible summary of Louis Georges' procreative career, with the one exception that son Dominique is double counted in both marriages. His daughter Ursule was the grandmother of my grandfather. She married a wandering Vermont Yankee named James Norton/Northon in the mid 1850's and they moved to Quebec. Their son Edouard had one son with each of two wives, both were named James, and each had ten or more kids so there are many descendants today, mostly in Quebec with some in the USA. Among the latter are my three California surfer dude sons. Hard to imagine when looking at them, but the blood of metis voyaguer Louis Georges does run in their veins.

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