George Knaggs Jr. (abt.1765 - 1809)
He was born at Fort Miami on the Maumee River in Ohio to George Knaggs & Rachel Sly/Schley [George & Rachel baptized their youngest son Thomas at Sandwich, Ontario in November of 1782]. George Jr. was a magistrate at detroit under the British rule in the late 1700's when he settled the estate of George Lyons. In 1795 he married Lyons widow, Elizabeth Chene who was the daughter of Charles Chene (St.Onge dit Chene) & Marie Descomptes Labadie. John Askin was appointed adminstrator of Knaggs estate in 1809. His children were: Louis Whittmore Knaggs (b.1796 Detroit), Peter Wm.George Knaggs (b.1798 Detroit-d.1852 Ft.Laramie, Wyoming), Ann Knaggs (1800-1824) & Alexis Knaggs (b.1802 River Raisin, Mich.-d.1855 Erie Twp., Mich.)
Whitmore Knaggs (1763 - 1827)
He was born at Fort Miami on the Maumee River in Ohio to George Knaggs & Rachel Sly/Schley. Whitmore was an Indian Agent, appointed by Gen.George Washington (and was granted 4,000 acres of land at Maumee, Ohio by the Ottawa indians in 1785). He married Marie-Joseph Descomptes dit Labadie, daughter of Pierre, at Detroit in 1793. The following is from the reminiscences of General Friend Palmer "...The Knaggs' house (Hubbard farm), built about 1790 (long since destroyed), stood on the west side of Knaggs' creek, twenty feet back from the road, on what is now the corner of River street and Swain avenue. The mouth of Knagg's creek was said to be, in 1812, about 300 feet wide and came up to within a few yards of the Knaggs' house...I quote from remembrances of the late Colonel James Knaggs, son of Whitmore Knaggs, who was born in the house. It may be of interest to some to repeat it here. 'Whitmore Knaggs, my father, was born in Detroit in 1763, the same year Pontiac tried to carry out his famous plan of driving the English out of Detroit and the other forts on the western frontier. On July 31, 1763, a party of the Detroit garrison, under Captain Dalzell, made a sortie, and at Bloody Run were defeated by Pontiac with great loss. After his triumph, Pontiac invited the leading French residents, including Peter Descault Labadie, who afterwards became the father of my mother, to a grand feast in honor of the victory. There was plenty of fish, flesh and fowl, but no liquors.' General Hull was a frequent visitor at the old house. Governor Cass and Governor Woodbridge also called frequently. Tecumseh, the celebrated Indian chief, with his brother were also common visitors. The Labadie house (still standing), was next above the Schwarz mansion. The Labadies were an old French family, here in Cadillac's time..."
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