Hi Cathy,Here is a copy of a letter I sent to Thomas Dufour concerning the Mannon question and also his reply.He is currently working on compiling all the genealogies of the French Families of Essex County Ontario and has Mannon in his family file."The archives at Windsor Library has these documents along with the John Askin papers and I have a copy of the document which Pontiac gave land to such people as Labadie, Maisonville dit Loranger Rivard, Langlois & Gregoire dit Nantais. So the documentation is there and it has been proven that Mannon was a daughter of Chief Pontiac. Labadie, I believe was married at least three times, had many slaves and was noted as being a very mean person. In fact the towns people showed at his home and made it known that they where going to burn his house down if he did not get rid of the slaves. Jody Hunt wrote:
Hi Thomas: Finally I get around to writing you an email.For a few months now, I have come across your name on different genealogy sites and have been meaning to contact you but something always comes up and I don't get to it!So far in three different names have I seen that my husband and you are probably related; Nantais, Labadie and Langlois.This is a quick run down on his line: Floyd NantaisParents:Joseph Nicholas Nantais & Violet Marie LangloisGParents:Joseph Honorius Nantais & Mary Silvina VandelinderGGParents:Nicolas Agapitus Nantais & Margaret GrayGGGParents:Benjamin Gregoire dit Nantais & Marie Descomps dit Labadie dit BadichonGGGGParents:Pierre Gregoire dit Nantais & Marie Apert dit Lepine -Antoine Louis Descomps dit Labadie & MannonFather of Mannon is supposedly Cheif Pontiac of the Ottawa Tribe I guess the biggest question here is:"How do we know that Mannon is really Cheif Pontiac's daughter?"I know we can say we found it on the Internet so therefore it must be true, but we also know not to believe everything we find in cyberspace!I was just wondering where you got that information even if it isn't documented.My husband was always told that there was Indian in the bloodline but all the older ones we can really ask have passed on.I thought maybe you had heard a story or something to make you come to this conclusion.I have found it written in a few places that Mannon was the daughter of an Indian Cheif but no father was specifically mentioned. I have lot of info on these three families and happy to pass on anything I have.Hope to hear from you soon and thanks in advance!Jody Huntjhunt@csource.net"
My opinion of Friend Palmer being right when he wrote Early Days in Detroit is only my opinion, not proven, however, I would like to prove it but that may not be possible.Lynne Steele copied parts of the information from this book in Messages 88, 167, 106, & 107 of this message board if you would like to read what is there.As for what Thomas Dufour wrote to me, I believe him as he has done lots of research for this huge project that he has undertaken.Hope to getWindsor myself when my kids start back to school in September.