People of Detroit:
Pierre Joseph Celoron, Sieur de Blainville
Pierre Joseph Celoron, Sieur de Blainville, was the son of Jean Baptiste Celoron and Helen Picote de Belestre. On December 30, 1724, he married Marie Madeleine Blondeau. The couple had two children before Marie's early death. After Marie's death, Celoron married Catherine Eury de la Parelle, together they had nine children.
In 1734, he was commandant of Fort Michilimackinac. On July 6, 1742, he became the ninth official commandant of Fort Ponchartrain. In June of 1744, when his term as at Fort Ponchartrain ended, Celoron was sent to Niagara. In 1749, he led a party down the Ohio River to claim the area for France. In 1750, he was appointed to a second term as commandant of Fort Ponchartrain. He held that post until 1754 (not certain). He died in Montreal on April 12, 1759. He was the major of Montreal at the time.
Celoron Island, in the Detroit River, is named for Celoron.