Blogiversary: 10/2/2013

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Simon Drouillard dit Argentcourt

Simon Drouillard being assassinated by the Iroquois while he was defending Détroit.

Drawing of Simon Drouillard, courtesy of defunct website
My 9th great-grandfather, Simon Drouillard, was born November 10, 1668 and baptized Catholic at St. Pierre church on November 11, 1668, in the diocese of Saintes, Saintonge, France. His godparents were Simon Chaudart and Marie Dumas. 

While a teenager in France he was a day laborer and a ship carpenter.  In 1684, at the age of 16, Simon Drouillard dit Argentcourt came to Nouvelle France as a soldier with Lestringant de Saint-Marin.  In 1698, Simon married Marguerite Ferré.  A year after his wife's death on September 12, 1711, Simon married Anne Cadoret.  It was at this time, Simon was recruited by the French pioneer Antoine Laumet de Lamothe, Sieur de Cadillac (also known as Antoine Cadillac) in the campaign against the Iroquois.

Simon was killed by the Iroquois while defending the Détroit settlement, approximately 3 miles east of the fort.  His body was brought back to the settlement to buried on October 21, 1733.

No comments:

Post a Comment