recently at work... I live in St. Ignace, Mackinac County MI, and work at the Village Inn. (A Restaurant and bar combo) ...i bet one Paul Martineau that he had Indian blood in him. He claimed tobe all French. This put me on this message board, to your message and then to Maurices site and then to the Library right down the street from me.
Iwas looking for Pauls ancestor one Michel Martineau, from canada who came to Mackinac Island and according to Paul was the first Martineau here.
This Michel is your Oliver's brother
In the book "before the bridge" Oliver is mentioned in the "earliest families in St. Ignace" it reads: "Other french families not mentioned heretofore were:....Oliver Martineau, who was from an old family who first lived in Carp River (he built the window frames for the mission church in 1837.
I live in Carp River, about 12 miles north of St. Ignace. At one time, the story goes that it was a lumber camp with a mill and became a town, they named Charles. they logged off the forest and sent the logs down the river to the mouth there. The road leading out of there is called the "Charles Road"
This must be where Oliver and Michel went to work. I do not find that they were buried there though. That would be in St. Ignace Township.
The Martineau's Oliver and mIchel both married the Mcgulpin sisters, who according to the NISHNAWBE, three fires forum are direct descendents of Chief Topinabee.
This i presented to Paul with a great grin.... Paul,( being french, through and through)....lol Paul Martineau's surnames in his family are old. and all of the voyageur lines, pioneers. Therrien, Terrient, Martin, Pond, his ggrandmother is a Grondin...all metis people. Not to mention his connection to the McGulpins, who have alot of native blood in their veins.
He does not understand that any french blood in this area is almost certain to be metis.
There are but few who are all french or all indian just a handful.
I went to the library and found his line from michel down to he and his brothers and sisters.
lucky that one Margret Smith has a two section file with all the families she researched in this area.
She makes this easy to do.
And very wonderful that Maurice has the info back to France.
And now i have become involved in looking up the characters in his family.
Being that they were initially at Charles in the Carp River Area and little is written of that place. It is my quest to get the info from the elders in my area before it disappears.
I did find Michel on a census for 1870 at carp river with 4 children
I am still looking for his burial place and only got time to go to the library just today and will go back again tomorrow. let me know your interest in Oliver and i can try to look it up for you. Are you descended from Oliver directly????
The library is right down the street from me as i am wintering in town here.
thanks for your post!!! i would not have been so informed had you not asked the question!