Sans Crainte Signature

Of the Land Deeds and Treaty's of one that I am Sure of the Signature of Jean Baptist (Bt) Sans Crainte or his son of the same name Is The "Treaty Of Greenville" . This Signature is compared to others that I believe to be valid for The father or Son, one or more of these Papers ( First Nation deeds) are probably attributed to both

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pontiac Decomps-Labadie, Marie Saulteuse Indian conection clues

Louis Antoine [middle name?] (Antoine Louis) Decomps dit LABADIE
Born 1732 in Detroit, MImap
Husband of  — married  in Détroit, (Ste-Anne-de-Detroit), Pays-d'en-Haut, Nouvelle-Francemap
Husband (may have not maried but had up to 8 children) of  — married  in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United Statesmap
Husband of  — married  in Détroit, (Ste-Anne-de-Detroit), Pays-d'en-Haut, Nouvelle-Francemap
Died 17 Dec 1807 in Assumption, Sandwich, On, Canadamap
Claude-Pierre [middle name?] Solo aka Soleau
Born 21 Sep 1732 in Montreal, Canadamap
ANCESTORS ancestors
Husband of  — married  in Detroit, Michiganmap
Husband of  — married  [marriage location?]
DESCENDANTS descendants
Died 29 Jan 1799 in St. Antoine, Michiganmap

From Tanguary Collection, 1608-1890 Antoine-Louis Descomps-Labadie transposed by Kevin lajiness

(1) Dit Labadie-Bodichon, en 1767
Antoine-Louis Descomps-Labadie avait au gager l'es-
time et l'affection des Indiens Ottawas, au Milieu des-
quels il vivait, par l'honnêteté qu'il avait invariablement
apportée dans ses rapports avec eux.
Son petit-fils, le capitaine Charles Labadie, Possède une
curieuse collection d'actes passés entre son grand-père une
divers chefs ottawa's, notamment la fameux chef Pontiac
Un de ces acle commence ainsi:
"Noi, Pontiac, chief de la nation ottawa aveo le
consentement de toute la nation, en présence de George
Crogan, surintendant des affaires Indiennes, en considera-
tion des bons sentiments que je porte d'Antoine-Louis
Labadie, etc"
La signature de Pontiac consiste en un XXXX de signe
hieroglyphic semblant a l' chiffre 9.
La Plupart des titres aulet en francais et quelques-uns
sont écrits sur de petites feuilles de papetiers de huit
a dix chefs: vaches, oats, cera, renard's, poissons, ect.______________________________________________________________

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Oh Canada Whatever Be Thy Name

Oh Canada whatever be thy name

no matter I use your present name for your nation pride

and I'm not worthy to speak of your ancient times for your labor

pains were shared by the USA and the children born of your people

spread your seed in the heart of America Oh Canada

please forgive me I am a child of both sides

but my true allegiance is to my native father

over land or by sea I will come to much to much my lady

I just can't get enough like romancing a stone Oh Canada

Land where my fathers died

Can you hear them can you hear
their Metis cry Oh Canada whatever be thy name

no matter I use your present name for your nation pride

and I'm not worthy to speak of ancient times for your labor

pains were shared by the USA and the children born of your people

spread your seed in the heart of America Oh Canada

please forgive me I am a child of both sides

but my true allegiance is to my native fathers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Of Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster To Detroit Fur Traders and Metis involved in Final Peace (Their words not mine)

    Of Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster To Detroit Fur Traders and Metis involved in Final Peace with Indian Nations, with interesting Family connections to the history. Livers with the Indians before the American Revolution

   Alexander McKenzie employed in the Indian Department as Interpreter and Messenger to the Pottawatomies of St Joseph's and the Neighbouring Villages, Having left Detroit where I found Pepan and Baptiste SansCrainte inhabitants of the settlement of Detroit they informed me they had just arrived from Fort Wayne and that the only News there was the intention of the American Army to come to Detroit on the Opening of the Navigation in the spring I prevailed on those two to come with me to Kekalamasoe Burrell's where I met an Indian Chief of the Chippewas called the Bad Bird he had been at Fort Greenville and returned hither with Pepan and Sanscrainte His information to me was that Williams and Zeans with a few Wyandot from Sandusky were with General Wayne when he was there and that Williams in Council spoke as follows, " We have come from Sandusky to see you or Brothers and to give you our hands and to let you know we are the first Nation and the commanding Nation And that we can bring all the other Nations here to make a general peace with you we have come to remain with you Brothers and you will point out to us a place to sit upon until you rise or want our help We will send for all the other nations to come and make a final peace we will assist you against the English the Governor and the White Elk or any Forces that may come against you or any of the Nations that refuse to join us"


   Alexander McKee was a native of Pennsylvania who engaged in the Indian trade
and in 1772 was appointed deputy agent of Indian Affairs at Fort Pitt. When the
Revolution came on McKee sympathized with the British government. In 1777 he
was imprisoned by General Hand. Being released on parole, he fled to Detroit in the
spring of 1778, in company with Simon Girty and Matthew Elliott. In the same year
he was appointed captain in the British Indian Department, and before long was given
the rank of deputy agent, and subsequently became superintendent of Indian Affairs
at Detroit. In 1789 he was made a member of the Land Board of the District of Hesse.
McKee was an inveterate foe of the Americans and had much to do with inciting the
Indians to war against them. The Battle of Fallen Timbers in August, 1794, was
fought in the immediate vicinity of his trading establishment on the Maumee, and
at its conclusion Wayne proceeded to raze his property. The day before the battle
McKee, intending to participate in it, made his will. A copy of this will is now in the
Burton Hist. Coll. McKee removed to River Thames upon the American occupation
of Detroit, and died there of lockjaw on January 13, 1799. See Riddell, Life of William
Dummer Powell, 163; Thwaites and Kellogg, Revolution on Upper Ohio, 74-75; Mich.
Pio. Colls., passim; and mss. in Burton Hist. Coll., passim.

   Simon Girty was born in Pennsylvania in 1741. At the age of fifteen he was
captured by the Seneca and lived among them as a prisoner for three years. He subsequently acted as an interpreter, and in this capacity served in Lord Dunmore's
campaign. Loyalist in his sympathies, Girty in the spring of 1778 accompanied Alexander McKee and Matthew Elliot on their flight from Pittsburgh to Detroit. Girty,
like Elliot and McKee, became a notable leader of the Indians in the Northwest in
their warfare with the Americans. For some reason Simon Girty was regarded by the Americans with greater detestation than any other of their foes, and he seems to have returned their feeling in full measure. In the summer of 1784, Girty married
Catherine Malott, who had been living for several years as a captive of the Delaware
tribe in Ohio, and established a home a short distance below Amherstburg. For a
decade longer he continued to lead, or encourage, the western Indians in their warfare with the Americans, but this phase of his career was definitely closed by Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers and the peace which followed it. Save for a considerable period of exile during the War of 1812, when the Americans were in control of Amherstburg, Girty continued to reside here until his death, Feb. 18, 1818. For an exhaustive account of his career see Consul W. Butterfield, History of the Girtys . . .
(Cincinnati, 1890).

   Mary raised by Shawnee Indians

   [10045] Book of McKee, p 157, pg 430 states: "Charles A. Hanna in his The Wilderness Trail surmises Thomas McKee's wife to have been white." Bishop Cammerhoff, a Moravian minister, states in his journal: "January 12, 1748. . . at nine o'clock we reached Thomas McKee's , the last settlement on the river below Shamokin. . .His wife, who was brought up among the Indians, speaks but little English.. . .He is recovering from a serious sickness and is still feeble. . .he also asked Powell to request me to baptize his child on my return."

   She was probably raised by Shawanoe Chief Kishacoquillas, who died at Thomas McKee's place in the summer of 1754.

Book of McKee, p 157

   pg 435 states: "I have the entire account of how Thomas McKee was captured by Indians in the Western part in Virginia. She [his later wife] understood their language and heard them plotting to kill Thomas. She went to him and told him she would help him to escape if he would take her with hm and marry her. Thomas McKee with her rode 48 hours without stopping and as we know in the family he married a white woman we presume this was she....Thomas McKee evidently did not regard his connections with Indian women as legal marriages...I have a number of family letters never published in which Alexander addresses James as brother. Also the Authorities of the day acknowledged James as the legal son of Thomas and gave him all the land Thomas had owned....My mother knew very well her grandfather Alexander McKee who was the son of James McKee...and he told her this family history and also said that James had said his mother was a white woman...Mary McKee (wife of Captain Thomas McKee...) could only make a mark for her name...there were at least 6 children by Indian women."

   Page 438 states: "I Mary McKee, Widow and Relict of Thomas McKee late of Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster Yeoman Deceased do hereby Relinquish all my Right of Administration on the Estate of my said Late Husband and do agree, as far as in me lies that letters of Administration be granted on the said Estate to my son Alexander McGee."

   Tomas Mckee Of Paxton township signs as executor on John Powell's d 1748 will, John Powell of Paxton's Father William Powell (Welsh) first purchaser (Penn) 1200 was my Mother's ancestor as stated in Welsh and German Friends Pioneer

Tomas McKee's son Alexander Indian agent above was appointed captain in the British Indian Department, and before long was given
the rank of deputy agent, and subsequently became superintendent of Indian Affairs at Detroit.
   Alexander McKenzie employed in the Indian Department as Interpreter and Messenger to the Pottawatomies at Detroit with Bapt. SansCrainte

John Powell is My 7th Great Grandfather on my mother's side, Bapt.Sanscrainte is my 6th Great Grandfather on my father's side

Kevin Lajiness,

Conservation History - Virtual Exhibit - NCTC Cultural HistoryA John Powell was charged with inviting the Indians, and was "to go to Shuano .... which encompassed an area extending from the mouth of the Monocacy River
Charles Mounts Anderson, early explorer and operator of an Indian trading post on the Monocacy River near present-day Frederick, Maryland, was asked by the Maryland Assembly to provide a meeting place at his home for a council with a local Indian tribe. A John Powell was charged with inviting the Indians, and was "to go to Shuano town on Potomack, commonly called Opessa’s Town”; he was provided calico shirts and scarlet worsted stockings to be used as gifts to help induce the Indians to attend. The purpose of the proposed council was to negotiate with the Shawnee over returning slaves they had been harboring - but the Shuano (Shawnee) Indians chose not to show up on the appointed date, and Anderson’s partner Israel Friend was sent back to invite them to visit Annapolis instead (Archives of Md, vol. 25 p 443, 451). Opessa’s Town is now called Oldtown, located on the Potomac River between Hancock and Cumberland, Maryland, about 50 miles west of Shepherdstown. Charles Anderson had been in the Indian trading business since at least 1712, when he was recorded as entering into a lawsuit in Cecil Co, Maryland, with the widow of Indian trader Jacque LeTort, who lived at the Indian town at Conestoga, Pennsylvania (see Diller, n.d). Charles Anderson had been involved with negotiations over these same slaves since at least 1722 when the Maryland Council, hearing he was in Annapolis, had asked him to go to the Shuano town (Oldtown) with gifts of coats and socks, and a promise of a "chain of friendship" for "so long as the sun and moon shall endure," especially if they would give the slaves back (Md Archives, vol 25, p. 395).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Letter To Ypsilanti Historical Society (Pub)

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Atten:Tom Dodd,  I want to thank you for publishing A Sanscrainte Timeline, for I have terrible English and spelling an struggle with my blog, never the less i have spent a great amount of time studying my ancestors, my grandmother was a Sancrant (Sans Crainte). I knew well of him and his father from the stories my dad, Dennis Lajiness, told me as a boy some almost 50 years now. The Stories were so amazing that even to us we would joke that this was just another self promoting Lajiness. but as i got older and the age of computers I was instantly immersed in them even building my own with parts from the trash, but the trimming was perfect for me for this was about the time everybody started digitizing historical books and articles. i was on the ground floor and started connecting the dots
and I realized that there was "Truth" to the stories, Sans Crainte was a famous Interpreter (more so the father). The father probably the one that had signed the Treaty of Greenville, the son and father had much influence with the Indian probably because the grandmother Margaret Descomps dit Labadie  Married Claude Solo (1732 - 1799), Jan 22, 1759 and died Apr., 1765 . She Died When his wife (Margaret Solo b 3 May 1761), Is said to have resided at Coast of the Pottawatomies (Denissen), was only 4 so she was raised by her Father Claude Solo second wife was raised by her step mother who was a  Sauteuse Indian and she had a stepbrother by her. Anyway to get back to the story. My father also told me of the story of Pierre Roy and that he was at Detroit  before Cadillac, he even told me driving down I 75 from Detroit one time as a child "There that Island, the one just south of Belle Island, That is where our family comes from. remember this was a long time ago and we were poor and did not travel to go to library to study this and my Dad grew up during the depression, the only time he got out of Luna Pier Mi was to hitch hike to Catholic Central high School in Monroe. even his dad Preston Lajiness walked to Monroe down the tracks to work when he wasn't walking them to pick up coal that fell from the coal cars. So when i found out that everything he had said, and I'm still finding out, has been true, where i find discrepancies i dig tireless to prove them.
   In your article "Have NO FEAR; J.B. Sanscrainte was here!" You write  "Until the Fall 2009 publication of GLEANINGS, most readers were content in their understanding that Gabriel Godfroy was the first European to settle what is now Ypsilanti. All that has changed as..."
"When Karl Williams was a student in EMU’s Historic Preservation Program, he noted in the Fall 2009 GEANINGS, “As indicated in Hugh Heward’s 1790 journal, Gabriel Godfroy was both aware and involved with the trading post established by Jean Baptiste Sanscrainte at Ypsilanti as early as 1790…”   As You can see I Published that and more including the Sans Crainte timeline at my blog "Indian Trader and Interpreter: In 2020 Ypsilanti" This was in May obviously before fall when everything changed, I bring this up for two reasons, one, since I am outside of academia and have problems with English i am often overlooked and I makes it that much harder to access information.
  The Canadian French Metis ( Métis (/meɪˈtiː/; Canadian French: [meˈtsɪs]; Michif: [mɪˈtʃɪf]) are one of the recognized Aboriginal peoples in Canada) as they were squeezed by the Rebels and the British and colonist, many suffering the same fate as the Indians
 In that spirit it has come to my attention of another claim that the story of "Without Fear"  "Digging deeper: Ypsilantian Michael Van Wasshnova, a history buff and member of the Monroe County Historical Society, relayed our “Sanscrainte” story to his compatriots in Monroe who said, “Certainly! Sanscrainte was a promotional alias Jean Baptiste had adopted to further his trading in the American wilderness.” His real name, they reveal, was actually Jean Baptiste Saint Romain." This i find to be totally without Merit!!! Bt Sans Craint as he was known did not in any records I have seen have Saint in his name regardless of where he came from as for the self promoting, he did not have to do that he had influence over tribes of Indians as well as his father. My father said The Indians called him Strong man without fear and it is a mater of fact that this was undoubtedly true in Dappers records when he was begged to go to the falls with Pontiac's son, Dapper himself not favorable to him remarks how he was a big and imposing figure, It is said he saved many life during the war of 1812 and with his influence on the Indian and If there is any Doubt that he was not a strong man without fear as a Boy of eleven he and his father helped set up missions all through out western Lake Erie where only rugged men and Indians ruled.
  Something to note , i have taken a brake from my Genealogy for years to write 300 songs but when i was into the thick of it I studied the first hundred at Quebec and realized they were all almost related, in fact the first permanent settler in Canada Louis Hebert, Champlain's apocrathy, also my ancestor is the father of many that came to Detroit Via the Fur trade and The Jesuits to set up missions and those people part of the Fur trade Dynasty married within that Dynasty as it happen Pierre Roy first at Detroit and Sans Craint at Monroe and many more it is no wonder they are both ancestors, this and a dime will get you a cup of Joe, Not. But for me to Justify an existence, to give reason, to tell the stories and pass them unmolested, and the greatest reward to find that men of Courage and substance place a cross, over looking a cliff, that they say is the most beautiful spot in all of Canada and for me not that it bear at the foot a coat of arms to claim the land but for what that cross represents. Thank You Kindly Happy Hunting   Kevin C Lajiness , edit some mistakes 3/15/2015, sorry wasnt fresh and some of it is confusing, may have to edit again.