Hi Dann, sorry, I just couldn't find the time to write any sooner. Unfortunately there is just so much information out there nowadays that it is very easy to jump to errors. I've follwed down the wrong path for many a day and ended up finding that it isn't even my family. And I love history, especially if it has anything to do with my family. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to go online and hunt down information. If it wasn't for the ability to do that I wouldn't have much information at all as I just don't have the time to go somewhere to do research. I hope we aren't all facing Mecca 25 years from now and that there will be even more information available to all of us online. I do believe that I had family at Ft. Chartres also. More than likely we all had family at every one of the French forts if we checked. I've spent the last two evenings looking for my link to "La Population des Forts ... without finding it. I think it was on one of the subscription services that I no longer belong to. I'll have to check Ancestry.com to see if they have it on their site.You can try these online sites though for some information from that book. http://www.francogene.com/usa/il-m-q.phphttp://www.francogene.com/usa/il-m-q.php or this one http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.htmlhttp://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html There might not have been a county by the name of New Madrid, but there was certainly a town and the surrounding area named that as early as 1783. It included most of the bootheel of Missouri. Here's what I found "online" of course! "The town was founded as an Indian trading post in 1783 by Francois and Joseph LaSieur, French-Canadian brothers who were fur trappers, and it was originally called L'Anse a la Graisse or "The Cove of Grease."In 1789, Revolutionary War veteran George Morgan entered into a colonization scheme with the Spanish ambassador to the United States. Given control of L'Anse a la Graisse, Morgan renamed it New Madrid for Madrid, Spain, and hoped to turn it into the capital of New Spain. He later abandoned the project, but not before initiating American immigration to Missouri. French and American settlers continued to contribute to the growth of New Madrid, but it did not flourish in farming and trade until after the United State's purchase of the Territory of Louisiana in 1803, the year the town incorporated." Of course the area is more famous for the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12. And I am related to the Tougas, the Cardinal, and the Valee families, but only by marriage. I just didn't have any grandparents by those last names. I had plenty of other names though! When you say the way that Clark treated the Indians in Vincennes you are also talking about my family since I was related to them too. I guess they just wandered around town and in and out of the homes at will (scaring visitors to death), sitting down to share a meal or even staying all night. I will look in my book tonight to see if I can find any of your family. I doubt it says whether they were native or not since I don't believe it says that mine are and yet it is documented elsewhere. No native names, only a French name given to them.
I don't know if any of my family fought in the battle you are talking about or not. Probably not, since I believe most of them were in Vincennes by then, but I guess I had better check. Talk to you later. Have to get some work done around here or there will be a battle at home! Nita