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Jacques Charles Sabrevois, Sieur de Bleury

Born: 1667
Died: 06-19-1727

Was commandant at Fort Ponchartrain from some time after 1712 to 1717.

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Jean (Boucher) Sabrevois

Wife of Jacques Charles Sabrevois, the third official commandant of Fort Ponchartrain.

Jonas Schindler

A silversmith who was tried and acquitted of an unknown offense in British Detroit in 1776 or 1777.

Abraham Schuyler

Colonel

Grandfather of Arent Schuyler de Peyster.

Peter Schuyler

Colonel

Uncle of Arent Schuyler de Peyster, as well as, his commanding officer in the 8th Regiment.

William M. Scott

One of thirty leading Detroit citizens deported by General Proctor for criticizing the General's actions during the War of 1812.

Conrad Seek

One of thirty leading Detroit citizens deported by General Proctor for criticizing the General's actions during the War of 1812.

Jean Serond

Held lot #61 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

Alexander Hamilton Sibley

Son of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat.

Augusta Sibley

Daughter of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat. Wife of James A. Armstrong.

Ebenezer Sproat Sibley

Colonel

Son of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat.

Frederic Baker Sibley

Son of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat.

Henry Hastings Sibley

Son of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat. Governor of Minnesota.

Mary Sibley

Daughter of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat. Wife of Charles S. Adams.

Sarah Alexandrine Sibley

Daughter of Solomon Sibley and Sarah Whipple Sproat.

Solomon Sibley

Mayor

Born: 10-07-1769
Died: 04-04-1846

1st Mayor of the Town of Detroit (1806)

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Leonard Simons

Director of the Detroit Historical Commission in 1973

Sirier

Held lot #38 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

David Smart

1st husband of Mary C.A. Williams.

Robert Smart

One of thirty leading Detroit citizens deported by General Proctor for criticizing the General's actions during the War of 1812.

David William Smith

Son of Major John Smith, commandant of Detroit. Secretary of the land board of the District of Hesse in 1790. Served in parliament in Canada - was elected in Detroit. Was later surveyor-general of Canada.

John Smith

Major

Died: 1794

Sixteenth official commandant of British Fort Detroit (1790-1792).

John Smith

Mayor

55th Mayor of the City of Detroit (1924-1928).

Joseph Spencer

One of thirty leading Detroit citizens deported by General Proctor for criticizing the General's actions during the War of 1812.

Sarah Whipple Sproat

Wife of Solomon Sibley.

Pierre St. Cosme

Father of Theotiste St. Cosme. Signed petition supporting Philip Dejean's election to judge and justice of Detroit.

Theotiste St. Cosme

2nd wife of Philip Dejean (July 25, 1778?). Daughter of Pierre St. Cosme and Catherine Barrois.

St. Martin

Citizen of British Detroit.

Alexander Stanton

Son of General Henry Stanton

Henry Stanton

General

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John Steadman

Voted in Detroit's first election in 1768. Owned a lot 80 by 100 ft in the citadel that he sold to William and Alexander Macomb in 1773 for 550 pounds.

James Stephenson

Captain

Seventh official commandant of British Fort Detroit (1770-1772).

James Sterling

Hired to survey and report on the land in and around Detroit on April 21, 1774. May have informed Gladwin of Pontiac's plan to attack Detroit in 1763 (having heard the plan from Angelique de Beaubien, whom he was courting or engaged to).

Mark Chancellor Stevens

Member of the Detroit Historical Commission in 1973(?)

Frederick Stubbs

Assistant Curator of Education, Detroit Historical Museums (1994).

Blaise Surgere

Held lot #24 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

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Algonquin

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes (and others): Delaware, Fox, Huron, Miami, Ojibwa (Chippewa), Ottawa, Potawatomi, Sac, Shawnee and Winnebago.
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arquebus

A 39 pound (approximate) musket that two men would prop on a tri-pod and fire with a small torch. The arquebus was used by Champlain's men against the Iroquois to defend the Hurons. This may be the cause of decades of Iroquois abuse of the Hurons.
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clay and wattle

Building technique used in the construction of chimneys in the early days of Fort Ponchartrain. The technique involved piling sticks and packing them - inside and out - with clay and mud.
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Colbertism

Name for early French mercantilism in America, which Jean-Baptiste Colbert was influential in developing.
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conges

Trade permits issued by the Canadian government/court of France in the late 1600s to early 1700s.
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coureurs de bois

Very early French inhabitants of the current US and Canada who gave up their farmsteads for lives in the fur trade. They often lived with Native Americans.
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District of Hesse

Land district provisioned by the Canadian Council on July 24, 1788. The area was on the east side of the Detroit River.
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Fox

"Properly ""Mesh-kwa-ki-hug"". Native American tribe living in the area between Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay at the time Detroit was founded. The French called the tribe Renyard. An allied tribe of the Sacs and Mascoutin."
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Huron

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Iroquoian

General term sometimes used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca.
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Iroquois

"A Native American tribe known for antagonizing and brutalizing the Hurons (see also arquebus)"
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Mascouten

Native American tribe living in the Grand Traverse Bay area at the time Detroit was founded. An allied tribe of the Foxes and Sacs. Also spelled Mascoutin.
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Miami

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Muskhogean

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek.
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New York Currency

First standard currency used in Detroit (first used in 1765).
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Ottawa

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Outagamies

Native American tribe living in the Grand Traverse Bay area at the time Detroit was founded. An allied tribe of the Foxes (and Sacs?).
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Plains Indians

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and Pawnee (Pani).
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Potawatomi

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Quebec Act

Act of June 22, 1774, in which British Parliament decides to exercise English law in criminal cases and old French provincial law in civil cases in western settlements. The idea was to discourage people from settling in the west.
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Renyard

See Fox
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ribbon farms

Original land grants given by Cadillac. The lots were typically around 200 feet wide at the river front, with lengths up to 3 miles.
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Sac

See Sauk
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Sakis

See Sauk
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Sauk

Native American tribe living in the area between Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay at the time Detroit was founded. The French called the tribe Sakis; English and Americans generally call them Sacs. An allied tribe of the Foxes/Renyards and Mascouten.
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Shoshonean

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Bannock and Shoshone.
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Treaty of Montreal

Treaty ending the war between the Iroquois and France and England. Negotiations began in July of 1698 and the treaty was signed in August of 1701.
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Treaty of Ryswick

September 20, 1697 treaty ending war between France and England.
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voyageurs

Early French explorers who traveled mainly by water.