"December 2:Sillery birth (III)-Francoise Pelletier Metis son (II)-Francois Pelletier (1635-1688) Metis, and (II)-Marguerite Madeleine Morisseau; married May 2, 1689 Champlain Madeleine Thunes."
Other records indicate Francois was born in Gallardon, France 1635 & came to Canada with his parents, Nicolas & Jeanne (De Voisy) as an infant or small child. There is a lot of discussion about when he added Antaya to his name and why.Knowing what we do now about the way mixed blood children were treated, it would not be surprising for them to be hidden in plain sight by not registering them as Amerindians.
Another website quote: "The French King imposed a fine of 2,000 pounds of sugar if a man was convicted of fathering a child by a slave, and the mother and child was seized and given to the religious to work in the hospitals, both as slaves.This is the first reference to French Metis slaves."
Francois is known to have taken Dorothee, a Native American, as his first 'country' wife in 1661. She supposedly died and he remarried almost immediately to Marguerite-Madelaine Morisseau. Is it possible he already had a couple of Metis children that they quietly took into their home?Or is it possible that Francois was a Metis child that Nicolas took in and raised and that in later years Francois added the Antaya because it became accepted to admit to being Metis?
This is all news to me. My mother always told me we were Amerindian on her mother's side and it's taken me years to get this far in my research because more is available online. I'd never heard the term Metis until yesterday so I'm doing a lot of supposing. Any help appreciated.