Re: Looking for descendants of Jacob de Marsac
By Cindy B May 31, 2002 at 06:33:35
I think we are all researching the same family. My husband's g.g.grandfather was Captain Joseph Francois Marsac (10/3/1794-6/18/1896) he first married Ann (Nancy) Grant (2/27/1804-3/30/1825) she was the daughter of John Grant and Judith Campeau.
Capt. Marsac is the person who was an interpreter for the government and signed on several treaties in MI. He also was an "Indian Agent" at Lower Saginaw which became Bay City. He had two children with Nancy Grant that I know of:
Francis Xavier (5/17/1821-)
Charles Alexander (8/25/1824-)
He then married Teresa Rivard(7/22/1808-8/9/1881) they had twelve children.the sixth child Cecelia (4/15/1836-) is the one who married Leon Trombley. The eleventh child, Luciann married George Henry Robinson and they were my husband's great grand parents.
The other Cecelia (7/20/1768-6/12/1846) who married Joseph Tremblay was Captain Joseph Marsac's aunt.
There is a book at the library in Saginaw (I think there is a copy in Detroit also) called the "French Families Of Detroit", that has the lineages of the original families that settled Detroit with Cadilac. A cousin of my husband's did our tree in the 60's using this book.
I also discovered a link to Antoine Campeau (or maybe it was his brother), the first settler in Saginaw. He was married to Sophia de Marsac, Catejan's daughter. As they were fourth cousins they needed a special dispensation(?) from the church to marry. This fact would also make him a relative of Capt. Marsac's.
There are a couple of articles on the Bay City site about Captain Marsac and Teresa that Tad Trombley sent me. There are also copies of the original treaties with Marsac signatures that can be found through the Detroit site. I believe the link was to French Canadian site then to a native American site.
I will post more at a later date. email@example.com