Lamothe: other Lamothe/Lamotte families of Cauchon-Lamothe, Lepellé-Lamothe, Lamothe dit Laramee, Dagneau Douville de Lamothe, Dubois de Lamothe, Aigron dit Lamothe, Bigot dit Lamothe, Brébant dit Lamothe & Laumet de Lamothe (sieur de Cadillac).
Pierre Lamothe: (1693 - 1754) or (1703 - 1755) or (1693 - 1775)
He was the son of Bruno Lamothe & Jeanne Le Vallois. Pierre married Angelica/Angélique Caron (widow of Jean Bte. Girard), daughter of Vital Caron I & Marie Perthius, in 1740 at Montreal. Angelica was: the sister of Vital Caron II (1702-1742) who died at Detroit; sister-in-law of Pierre Meloche (1701-1760) who married her sister Jeanne and moved his family to Detroit by 1730; and the cousin of Claude Caron III (1714-1774) of Kaskaskia, IL./Ste. Genevieve, MO. By Angelica he had Joseph-Marie (1743-1790) and Pierre-Guillaume (1744-1799). Angelica may have been his second wife, possibly first marriage to Marie Magdelene St.Agne dit Hogue in Montreal in 1715 or Marie Anne St.Yves in 1715.
Joseph-Marie Lamothe: (1743 - 1790)
In June of 1761 he was hired by Nicolas Vernet dit Bourguignon for the Detroit fur trade. In 1775 carried dispatches for Gov.Guy Carleton during the American Revolution. Joseph married Catherine Blondeau (the daughter of Jean Bte. Blondeau & Genevieve Lefebvre-Anger) in 1777. Catherine was the sister of fur trader Maurice-Regis Blondeau. Before the Americans occupied Mackinac Is., he was an Indian Department interpreter there and later retired to the Montreal area.
Pierre-Guillaume ("William" or "Guillaume") Lamothe: (1744 - 1799)
Pierre was involved in the fur trade at Detroit in the 1760's. During the early years of the American Revolution he was back in the east but by 1778 he was back at Detroit on Gov.Hamilton's expedition against Vincennes and later captured by the Americans. The following is from Joseph Bowman journal, dated 7 mar.1779: "7th Capt. Williams Lt Rogers with 25 Men set for the falls of the ohio to conduct the following Prisoners-Viz-Lieut. Govr Hamilton, Majr Hay, Capt Lamothee, Mons. Dejean Grand Judge of Detroit Lieut. Shifflin, Doct McBeth, Froincois Masonville Mr Bellfeiull with Eighteen Privates". In 1781 he was apart of a prisoner exchange. Guillaume married Marie Josette Hautrage at Detroit about 1787. From 1793 to 1796 he worked for the Indian Department as an interpreter at Mackinac Is. & St.Joseph Is., retiring to St.Joseph Is., when the Americans occupied the British fort in 1796. The following is a letter of G. LaMothe to Joseph Chew from Michilimackinac, dated 15 Sep.1793 . "Sir/I have the honour to inclose you the requisition for the year 1794, it would be very necessary that the articles therein mentioned should be advanced early enough in the spring on the communication as to be in this post time enough for the presents made in the spring, as there remains not enough in the store for the numbers of nations which is to come in, and which have be en asked by the neighboring Indians of this post, especially the Sious, Chipaway and Fox, which is at war-for to make a treaty of peace together. If it was possible to send by the first canoes, Tobacco & Vermillion, two articales absolutely necessary and which is wanting in the store. There is no extraordinary news, only the return of the Ottawas & Chipeways, which is arrived from the counsel held at the Miamies river, the first having lost four men amongst which was Two Chiefs, which caused a great mourning amongst the nation."
At a treaty with the "Principal Chiefs,Warriors and people of the Chippewa Nation" at Joseph Is. in June of 1798 the following signed as witnesses: ALEXANDER MCKEE D.S.G. I. A, RICHARD POLLARD Commis's on behalf, DAVID COWAN (Commissioner) of the Province, PETER DRUMMOND Capt. 2nd Batt. R.C.V. Commanding, WM. FRASER Lieut 2nd Batt. R.C.V., WILLIAM DEASE Ensn. 2nd Batt. R.C.V., GEORGE LANDMANN Lieut. Royal Engineers, GUILLAUME LaMOTHE Interpreter, C. LANZLADER, PETER SELBY Asst. Secretary,
Joseph-Maurice Lamothe: (1781 - 1827)
Joseph was born in Montreal and as a young man became a fur trader in the west in competition with the North West & Hudson Bay companies. In 1801 he became a XYCo. clerk for Pierre Rastel de Rocheblave at Grand Portage and Fort de l'Isle. While collecting furs at an village near Fort de l'Isle in the winter of 1802-03, an argument broke out between Joseph and NWCo. trader James King. Joseph shot King dead and brought his body back to the fort. He was tried and acquited of the crime but the case brought up the legal delemma of jurisdiction in the far west between Rupert's Land (HBCo.) and Upper Canada. In the spring of 1812 he became he became a captain in the Indian Department and the Montreal Militia, fighting in the war with the Americans. He married Marie Josette Laframboise at Montreal in Feb.1813. In July of 1814 he was sent to Mackinac Is. to fight in the western campaign. After the war he returned to Montreal work for the Indian Dept.
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