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Jean-Baptiste Trudeau (b. April 11, 1680, d. July 16, 1764)Jean-Baptiste Trudeau (son of Etienne Trudeau and Adrienne Barbier) was born April 11, 1680 in Montreal, Quebec, and died July 16, 1764 in Terrebonne, Quebec.He married Marie-Madeleine Parent on September 01, 1715 in Montreal, Canada, daughter of Joseph Parent and Marie-Madeleine Maret.
Notes for Jean-Baptiste Trudeau:
Jean-Baptiste Trudeau was of the first generation of the Trudeau family born in North America. He was the sixth son and seventh child of Etienne Trudeau and Adrienne Barbier, baptised on the 11th of April 1680, at Notre Dame de Montreal with his Uncle Charles Barbier godfather. "barbe barbier", an aunt, signed the baptismal entry. Jean Baptiste was one in a family of twelve brothers and one sister, Marie, who lived to adulthood. There may have been another sister, Louise, who died young.
Profits from the fur trade drew most Montrealers' interest to the west. In 1696 there was an alliance between Trudeau, Demers and Benoit, who hired Pierre LeRoy to trade with the Illinois.
On November 23, 1699, Jean-Baptiste, along with his father, were present at the marriage of the older brother Etienne Trudeau to Marie Bleau (or Blot). Her father Francois Bleau was a butcher with land adjacent to the Trudeau family.
On the 25 of May, 1701, at the age of twenty-one years, Jean Baptiste signed a contract to canoe out to the Outaouais. Later that same year on the 10th of September he paddled down to Detroit by way of Lake Erie. He may well have been in company with his future father-in-law, Joseph Parent, and the latter's family. It seems that Joseph Parent made several trips back and forth. On March 9, 1706, Parent contracted as brew master at Detroit and brought his fourteen year old daughter there to reside with the family. Jean-Baptiste Trudeau would remain single until this girl matured to take her for his wife.
That year of 1701 was when Sieur Antoine de Ia Mothe Cadillac and party established Fort Pontchartrain, at Detroit, in his effort to capitalize on the fur trade. Some claim that Cadillac started the settlement of Detroit, but there was a settlement of Metis there long before 1701, and probably a settlement of Indians before that. Jean Baptiste came later to Cadillac's village with his brother Joseph, who was a carpenter, and there bought the fonner property of LaMontague dit Pierre Mouet, which Pierre had purchase from Cadillac for four livres, ten sols for rent, plus ten livres for other rights.
On that first trip Jean-Baptiste, apparently, did very well trading with the Indians. His brothers, Pierre and Toussant, also were making trips fur trading to the west. His brother Francois moved to Louisiana in 1704 and there became one of the prominent settlers of Old Mobile, establishing the French on the Gulf of Mexeco.
April 2, 1707, twenty-seven year old Jean Baptiste Trudeau, with his two younger brothers, Joseph and Laurent, arrived at Detroit at the same time as Francois Benoit dit Livemois and Robert Janot dit Lachapelle.
Jean-Baptiste finally returned to Montreal to carry on his trade of master blacksmith, and to raise a family, the latter of which did not prove too well. He was thirty-five years old when he married twenty-three year old Marie-Madeleine Parent. It was three years before the birth of their first child and of their ten children, six died at birth or as infants. The seventh child, Joseph, was one that did survive to become our ancestor. Jean-Baptiste lived into his eighty-fifth year, outliving his wife over twenty-eight years. He died June 16, 1764, at Terrebonne, just north of Montreal. He had lived through the glorious days of adventure, the expansion of his country over most of North America, the struggle of New France with Indians and the English, to see it fall, fmally, into the hands of the British. By this time his name-sake grandson was sixteen years old, educated and ready to take his place in the fur trade and history of the west, but this time it was in the Spanish Missouri Country.
More About Jean-Baptiste Trudeau:
Baptism: June 11, 1680
More About Jean-Baptiste Trudeau and Marie-Madeleine Parent:
Marriage: September 01, 1715, Montreal, Canada.
Children of Jean-Baptiste Trudeau and Marie-Madeleine Parent are:
- +Joseph Trudeau, b. March 20, 1725/26, Montreal, Canada, d. 1827.
- Marie Francoise Trudeau, b. October 11, 1718, Montreal, Canada, d. date unknown.
- Pierre Jean Baptiste Trudeau, b. April 01, 1720, Montreal, Canada, d. June 24, 1720, Montreal, Canada.
- Marie Madeleine Trudeau, b. April 27, 1721, Montreal, Canada, d. date unknown.
- Anonyme Trudeau, b. May 03, 1722, Montreal, Canada, d. May 03, 1722, Montreal, Canada.
- Francois Trudeau, b. December 11, 1724, Montreal, Canada, d. March 23, 1724/25, Montreal, Canada.
- Marguerite Trudeau, b. June 20, 1723, Montreal, Canada, d. March 23, 1723/24, Montreal, Canada.
- Jean Baptiste Trudeau, b. August 06, 1727, Montreal, Canada, d. August 16, 1727, Riviere-des-Praires, Canada.
- Augustin Trudeau, b. August 28, 1728, Montreal, Canada, d. December 15, 1728, Montreal, Canada.
- Marie Angelique Trudeau, b. October 26, 1730, Montreal, Canada, d. date unknown.