The Thelen and Margraf Family Tree - Individuals born before 1920

Benjamin Kendrick PIERCE & Josephine "Josette" LA FRAMBOISE

Husband: Benjamin Kendrick PIERCE (1 2 3 4 5)
   Born: after 1790 (6)
Married: between JUN AND AUG 1817 in Mackinac Island, Mackinac Co., Michigan (31 32 33)
Died: 01 AUG 1850 in New York, New York (7)
Father: Benjamin PIERCE
Mother: Anna KENDRICK
Spouses:
   Wife: Josephine "Josette" LA FRAMBOISE (9 10 11 12)
   Born: 24 SEP 1795               in Mackinac Island, Michigan (13 14)
Died: 24 NOV 1820 in Mackinac, Michigan? (15)
Father: Louis Joseph LA FRAMBOISE
Mother: Marguerite Magdelaine MARCOT
Spouses:
Children
01  (F): Josette Harriet PIERCE (21 22 23)
Born: between 1817 AND 1820
Died:
Spouses: >>>
02  (M): Daniel PIERCE (24)
Born: 1819
Died:
Spouses: >>>
03  (M): Benjamin Langdon PIERCE (25 26)
Born: 1820 (27)
Died: about 1820 (28)
Spouses:

Additional Information

Benjamin Kendrick PIERCE:
Census: 1820, Michilimackinac Co., MI 8

Josephine "Josette" LA FRAMBOISE:
Cause of Death: Childbirth
Died: 1821 16
Buried: St. Anne's, Mackinac Island, Michigan 17
Baptised: 07 JUL 1799, St. Anne de Michilimackinac, Makinac Island, Michigan 18 19 20

Notes:
From an article about her mother Madeline Marcotte in the Michigan History Magazine, Winter 1931, Volume 15, Issue 1, pg. 75-77.

"Into the midst of this winter carnival (at Mackinac) came Josette LaFramboise from Montreal in 1816, to be a guest at the Mitchell home. She was small in stature and graceful, with black, wavy hair, laughing black eyes, and had inhereited her mother's beauty. A natural belle, she soon was the centre of the merrymaking and her innate charm won the heart of the commandant of the fort, Capt. Benjamin Pierce. Capt. Pierce was a prominant man, a brother of young Franklin Pierce who was to become President of the United States, and his engagement to the so-called "half-breed girl," cultured woman though she was, caused quite a stir. The marriage was postponed until the return of Josette's mother in June and then, rather than wait for the LaFramboise mansion to be opened, the accepted Mrs. Mitchell's urgent proposal to have the ceremony at her home. None were present at the wedding but the two families and the garrison personnel. Madame LaFramboise and her sister, Madame Schindler, were conspicuous figures in their full Indian attire. Capt. Pierce took his bride to the fort to live, where she presided with dignity and poise. Madame LaFramboise resumed her trading, happy in her daughter's happiness and content to leave her with such a husband. But it was not for long for on Nov. 24, 1820, Mrs. Pierce died, leaving a daughter, Harriet, and a son who soon followed his mother. "

Midwest Pioneers: Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume 14
REMINISCENCES OF EARLY DAYS ON MACKINAC
page 36:
"In the winter of 1816-17 Miss Josette Laframboise visited them (friends of author Elizabeth Therese Fisher's Mom on Mackinac Island, Michigan), and it was on this visit that she made the acquaintance of Capt. Benjamin K. Pierce, commander of Fort Mackinac, whom she afterwards married."

page 40-41:
"Now to return to Josette Laframboise's marriage to Capt. Benjamin K. Pierce, commandant of Fort Mackinac (and brother of the President). This marriage took place the home of a great friend of the young lady's. An officer's widow, in writing her husband's military life, speaks of his being ordered to the command of Captain Pierce, at Fort Mackinac, in 1816, and says that the captain there met a half-breed girl whom he addressed and married. This "half-breed girl" was a highly educated and cultivated woman. Her graceful demeanor was a charm. She was small in person, a clear brunette with black eyes and very black, wavy hair. She was both handsome and agreeable. What wonder was it, that a young man should be won by so winsome a maiden? In May, 1817, Madame Laframboise arrived in Mackinac by bateau with her furs. She then hired a birch-bark canoe and Indian crew to take her to Montreal, where she went to place her boy in school. Her daughter was to be married that summer, but had to await her mother's return. As soon as the mother did return, the wedding took place. As Madame could not have time to open her house and make preparations at that late date, the home of Mrs. Mitchell, previously mentioned, was insisted upon, by her whole family, as being the place for the wedding. The friendship between the families was sincere, and in this home, famed for its handsome weddings, another was added to the list. To this wedding, none but the officers and families of the garrison, and only two families of the town, were invited. The mother and aunt (Madame Schindler) were present in full Indian costume."

Source: 1st paragragh from "Madame La Framboise" by John E. McDowell, Michigan History Magazine, Vol. 56 (Winter 1972), pp. 271-286, Biography of Madeline La Framboise. 2nd paragraph from Genter, Don Palo Alto, CA; Genealogy file of Judith's Ancestry, http://www.mediacity.com/~judith/tree, e-mail gentner@medicity.com.

St. Anne's Church, Mackinac Island renovation to add a basement area for senior citizens activity, museum, offices, etc., unearthed Madame, Josette, and infant baby remains which were reinterred in the church front side yard. A statue and monument were placed at the grave site.

I informed the church librarian and the Fort Mackinac curator, Phil Porter, that the child was most likely Alexander, son of Josette since he didn't not know she lived and married an army officer at the Fort and an infant son had died.

(03) Benjamin Langdon PIERCE:
Born: about 1818
Died: Died after a few days. 29
Died: 1821 30
Buried: St. Anne's, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Footnotes

  1. Michigan History Magazine, Winter 1931, Vol. 15, Issue 1 [442].
  2. Early Marriages of Mackinac County, http://www.rootsweb.com/~mimackin/marriage.html [237].
  3. Michigan History Magazine, Vol 56, Winter 1972, pp 271-286, "Madame La Framboise" by John E. McDowell [441].
  4. Web Page of Huppe Family by Rolland Hupe (Nov 2000), http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/~nfrenette/Geneal/WC01/WC01_284.HTM [1006].
  5. The Monthly South Dakotan, March 1901, No. 11, Third Year, pg. 353-358, "Joseph LaFramboise, First Settler (in Watertown, SD Library collection) [966].
    "brother of President Franklin Pierce."
  6. Web Page of Huppe Family by Rolland Hupe (Nov 2000), http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/~nfrenette/Geneal/WC01/WC01_284.HTM [1006].
  7. Ibid.
  8. Michigan Early Census Index [438], MIS2a985471.
  9. Early Marriages of Mackinac County, http://www.rootsweb.com/~mimackin/marriage.html [237].
  10. www.FamilySearch.org LDS [1042].
    David A. Armour, biographical sketch, FHL SLC US/CAN 971.D3 dv.3 "Josette Fafard."
  11. The Monthly South Dakotan, March 1901, No. 11, Third Year, pg. 353-358, "Joseph LaFramboise, First Settler (in Watertown, SD Library collection) [966].
    "Josette LaFramboise."
  12. Mackinac Register 1695-1888, CD of church records from St. Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan (scanned copy of original record) [400].
    Baptism record of Josette Laframboise, born Sept 24, 1795, baptised July 7, 1799, daughter of Joseph Lafromboise and Madelaine of the nation of the coutres oreilles.
  13. French Canadian Fur Traders - LaFromboise, Half Breed/Metis Records, Manitoba Parish Records, No. Dakota-Minn Records, FHL SLC Film #159571 [267].
  14. Mackinac Register 1695-1888, CD of church records from St. Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan (scanned copy of original record) [400].
    Baptism record of Josette Laframboise, born Sept 24, 1795, baptised July 7, 1799, daughter of Joseph Lafromboise and Madelaine of the nation of the coutres oreilles.
  15. Michigan History Magazine, Winter 1931, Vol. 15, Issue 1 [442].
  16. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX, Mackinac Reg. of Bapt. and Interments [165].
    [Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX,.]
  17. Michigan History Magazine, Winter 1931, Vol. 15, Issue 1 [442].
  18. Ibid.
  19. Registre de La Mission, St. Ignace (englise St. Anne), Michilimackinac, 1695-1799; FHL SLC film #1026608 [615].
  20. Mackinac Register 1695-1888, CD of church records from St. Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan (scanned copy of original record) [400].
    Baptism record of Josette Laframboise, born Sept 24, 1795, baptised July 7, 1799, daughter of Joseph Lafromboise and Madelaine of the nation of the coutres oreilles.
  21. 1208635.GED from Ancestry.com World Family Tree, Information taken from the http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/M/Michael.L.Marcotte-/ta urey.htm [15].
    Date of Import: Mar 21, 2001.
  22. Midwest Pioneers: Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume 14, Reminiscences of Mrs. Elizabeth Therese Baird [460], pg. 42-43.
  23. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX, Mackinac Reg. of Bapt. and Interments [165].
    [Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX.]
  24. 1208635.GED from Ancestry.com World Family Tree, Information taken from the http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/M/Michael.L.Marcotte-/ta urey.htm [15].
    Date of Import: Mar 21, 2001.
  25. Ibid.
    Date of Import: Mar 21, 2001.
  26. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX, Mackinac Reg. of Bapt. and Interments [165].
    [Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX.]
  27. Michigan History Magazine, Winter 1931, Vol. 15, Issue 1 [442].
  28. Ibid.
  29. 1208635.GED from Ancestry.com World Family Tree, Information taken from the http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/M/Michael.L.Marcotte-/ta urey.htm [15].
    Date of Import: Mar 21, 2001.
  30. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX, Mackinac Reg. of Bapt. and Interments [165].
    "The son did not long survive his mother."
    [Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Collections), 1910, Vol. XIX, "The son did not long survive his mother."]
  31. Early Marriages of Mackinac County, http://www.rootsweb.com/~mimackin/marriage.html [237].
  32. Michigan History Magazine, Vol 56, Winter 1972, pp 271-286, "Madame La Framboise" by John E. McDowell [441].
    "Married in the summer of 1817."
  33. The Monthly South Dakotan, March 1901, No. 11, Third Year, pg. 353-358, "Joseph LaFramboise, First Settler (in Watertown, SD Library collection) [966].

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