dear kurt, sorry it took so long to reply. I know some duffina's here in town St.Ignace, i work for a Ron Duffina. I also remember seeing the Duffina name at the library in the Margret Smith collection (she put the surnames and relations of many families here in St. Ignace/Mackinac Island on 3x5 index cards) I also seem to remember that they are mostly located in Mackinac City. As for Lapine, this is a prominent surname here. I worked with a Patricia Lapine several years ago. I believe the Alpine is a form of McAlpine/Mcgulpin though. At least that is what i am reading. But did not know Lapine was also a form of that Name.
I tried to look up the Martineaus at "Charles" but could not find any stories written about Charles. very little info. This makes me want to get with some of the elders in this town and get the information that may be left in their heads, oral history,i am still looking. As far as i know there was a settlement there that was quite large at the time.There is a frenchman here that i have beentalking to about it. An indian village was nearby and it was a logging camp and mill, had a post office and everything. Many families lived there i need to find a platt map for that time and area.
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St. Ignace is a small place and if you are related to any of the pioneers who came here you can bet that they met each other! Especially back then when people relied on each other so much more. Alot of people here are somehow related back to those times but have no idea of it. Pioneers had no one else to marry but other pioneers, right? Or Native Americans(1st Pioneers). And thus any of us who carry the names down, come from those first people It is no surprising thing that we are attracted to each other- Seeing that we are of the same cultural heritage, and thus think and feel the same. Whether we are aware of it or not, our heritage is passed down through us and we tend to see it in others and it is mirrored back to us. There is great cultural heritage here. I can look up your folks at the library and let you know about them if you like... i believe lapine and duffina are both there. There are alot of them within the native american culture and duffina seems to be engaged in a good many business here. I think also in the petoskey area. let me know your surnames, all from this area, and when i get time i will look them up for you. sincerely, Judi A. Engle