|"French River Rapids," 1845 by Paul Kane|
From: Michilimackinac Families - Compiled by Diane Wolford Sheppard © 2016 - http://www.habitantheritage.org/french-canadian_resources/fort_st_joseph_michilimackinac_and_river_raisinfrenchtown
Daniel Joseph Amiot took part in Henri de Tonti’s search for La Salle and descended the Mississippi River
13 February 1686, Henri de Tonti and the following men left Fort Saint Louis (present day Illinois) and descended the Mississippi to search for La Salle: Daniel Joseph Amiot, André Babeu, Laurent (Couture) Baret, Louis Baron, Vallier Beaufils, François Bisaillon, Pierre Bisaillon, Michel Boyer, Jacques Caillas, Joseph Charbonneau, Jean Couture, René Cuillerier, Charles Delaunay, Joseph Dubos, Martin Faller, Jacques Filiatrault, Jean Filiatrault, Pierre Lafontaine, Jean Lorrain/Laurin, Robert Marchand, Jean Michel, Jean Baptiste Nolan, Vital Oriot, Louis Paquet/Pasquier, Mathieu Perrin, Jean Rouleau, Mathurin Rousseau, Jean Roy, four Shawnee and five Illinois.
De Tonti took possession of the true mouth of the Mississippi/Colbert on 13 April 1686, but found no sign of La Salle even after he had dispatched canoes to the east and west about 30 leagues.
After the canoes returned because they had no fresh water, de Tonti proposed that they go back to Montréal via canoe by following the coast to Manhattan, but his men did not agree with this option.
As de Tonti and his men travelled north on the Mississippi on their return voyage, Tonti moved the King’s arms that La Salle had planted on his 1682 voyage five leagues farther north. He made peace with the Quinipissa (a tribe that joined with the Mougoulascha tribe) and left a letter for La Salle with the chief.
What happened to La Salle?
René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, born Nov. 22, 1643, in Rouen, France was an explorer, who led an expedition down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and claimed all the watershed from the Mississippi and its tributaries for Louis XIV of France. He named the region “Louisiana.”
Years later, on March 19, 1687, near Brazos River (now in Texas), in a unsuccessful expedition searching the mouth of the Mississippi, he was murdered by his men.
Daniel Joseph Amiot's Additional Voyageur Trips
5 May, 7 May and 8 May 1690, François Garconnes de Boisrondel/t, acting for François Daupin sieur de LaForest, hired Daniel Joseph Amiot, Joseph Bénard, Joseph Fafard, Louis Fafard frères, and Jean Lat for a voyage to the Illinois [Antoine Adhémar, RAPQ1930, 1 p. 198 – four contracts].
Additional information regarding the 1690 contract: Amiot would depart as soon as possible in a canoe supplied by Boisrondel/t and return the following spring; he would help bring back a canoe of beaver. Amiot’s salary was 500 livres.
He was permitted to bring with him two packets of beaver and provisions for his subsistence. He would be permitted to trade the merchandise at any place other than Fort St. Louis or the country of the Illinois.
In the event that it was not convenient for him to depart in 1691, Boisrondel/t would pay him an additional 500 livres to remain another year. He would hunt for Laforest during this time [ILHC, 2 Vol. 23, pp. 207 - 210].
23 April 1694, Louis Rouer de Villeray, acting for the ancient company of Jean Oudiette and Pierre Bénac in the name of Charles Catignon, hired Charles Bissot, Jean Baptiste Monmellian, and Jean Pascal Prévost/Provost, voyageurs, to go to Michilimackinac to hunt for the furs that Nicolas Perrot had sent sieur Amiot (probably Daniel Joseph) to bring to the Jesuit warehouse in the name of Jacques Charles Patu/Pattu, manager of the ancient company of Oudiette [Chambalon and Roy, 3 Vol. 18, pp. 69 - 70].
21 May 1694, Louis Rouer de Villeray, acting for the ancient company of Jean Oudiette and Pierre Benac, in the name of Charles Catignon, reached an agreement with Antoine Martin dit Montpellier, of St-Bernard, Charles Cadieux, of Beauport; Charles Neveu/Nepveu and François Dumesny, of Québec; to go to Michilimackinac to hunt for the furs that Nicolas Perrot had sent sieur Amiot (probably Daniel Joseph) to bring to the Jesuit warehouse in the name of Jacques Charles Patu/Pattu, manager of the ancient company of Oudiette [Chambalon and Roy, Vol. 18, p. 72].
11 April 1710, Jean Soumande, a Montréal merchant, consented to an obligation from Daniel Amiot de Villeneuve, a voyageur, for 837 livres and two sols for good merchandise for his voyage to Michilimackinac. Daniel Amiot Villeneuve signed the consent [Michel LePallieur, FHL microfilm #1556892, image #02638].
15 October 1710, Jean Soumande, a Montréal merchant, represented by his wife Damoiselle Anne Chaspoux consented to an obligation from Daniel Amiot dit Villeneuve, a voyageur who was ready to depart for Fort Pontchartrain, for 1484 livres, four sols, and six deniers for good merchandise and equipment for his voyage. Villeneuve signed the obligation [Michel LePallieur, FHL microfilm #1556892, image #02860].
Daniel Joseph Amiot married Domitilde Oukabé (aka Marie Kapiouapnokoué), an Ottawa, 2 September 1709 in Montréal. The following people witnessed their marriage: Pierre Biron, Joseph Leduc, Jean Quenville [Quenneville], and Jean Jacquery Lagenois [Zacharie ditL’Agenois][ancestry.com, Drouin Collection, M, Montréal, Basilique Notre-Dame, 1705 - 1712, Image 223]. Domitilde was the sister of the Ottawa chief Nissowaquet [DCB].
Much of the above information came the The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan. I am grateful to them for their marvelous website and historical research.
Our Lineage from Daniel Joseph Amiot:
Daniel Joseph Amiot (Amyot) Dit Villeneuve (1665 - 1725) - my 8th great-uncle
Mathieu Amiot (Amyot) Sieur de Villeneuve (1628 - 1688) - father of Daniel Joseph Amiot (Amyot) Dit Villeneuve (my 8th great-grandfather)
Catherine-Ursule Amiot (1664 - 1715) - daughter of Mathieu Amiot (Amyot) Sieur de Villeneuve
Etienne Duquet dit Desrochers (1694 - 1754) - son of Catherine-Ursule Amiot
Marie Madeleine Duquet (1734 - 1791) - daughter of Etienne Duquet dit Desrochers
Gabriel Pinsonneau (Pinsono) (1770 - 1813) - son of Marie Madeleine Duquet
Gabriel (Gilbert) Passino (Passinault) (Pinsonneau) (1803 - 1877) - son of Gabriel Pinsonneau (Pinsono)
Lucy Passino (1836 - 1917) - daughter of Gabriel (Gilbert) Passino (Passinault) (Pinsonneau)
Abraham Lincoln Brown (1864 - 1948) - son of Lucy Passino
Lydia Corinna Brown (1891 - 1971) - daughter of Abraham Lincoln Brown - my grandmother