Year 1828. CLAIMS IN MICHIGAN. Page 226
NOTICE-Magdaline Gauthier enters her claim with the register of the land office at Detroit to a certain lot of land situated in the village of Michilimackinac, on the island of Mackinac, bounded in front by a public street, in rear by the bluffs, on the west by a lot occupied by Marianne Fisher, and on the east by a lot occupied by Daniel Bourrassa; the said lot being two hundred and ninety-five feet in front by three hundred and forty-five feet in the rear.
Be it remembered that on the 24th day of July, 1823, came before the undersigned judge Louis Chevallier, who, being duly sworn, saith that Magdaline Gauthier (the daughter of Charles Gauthier) occupired and cultivated the lot mentioned in the annexed notice at the time the British troops took possession of the island of Mackinac and built the fort here; that she had a dwelling-house erected on said lot, in which she resided, and she continued to cultivate and possess said lot, either by herself or by some one for her until the year 1810; that this deponent himself occupied it during the summers of the years from 1804 to 1810, he being then, and now, engaged in the Indian trade; that she was in possession of said lot, and cultivating it during the whole of the year 1796; that during the war the Indians and somebody else pulled down and entirely destroyed said house.
On the same day of July came also before me Daniel Bourrassa, who, being duly sworn, saith that the lot mentioned in the annexed notice was given by Governor Patrick St. Sinclair to Magdaline Gauthier when the British troops took possession of this island; that said Magdaline occupied and cultivated said lot during the whole of the year 1796; that she had erected thereon a considerable dwelling-house, which was occupied, together with the lot, every year until the year 1808, he distinctly recollects, by said Magdaline, or some one for her; and that said house was standing on said lot until (sometime during the war) it was destroyed.
DANIEL BOURRASSA, pere.
Taken and subscribe before me.
J. D. DOTY, Judge.
On the same day of July, 1823, came before me Joseph Vaillancourt, who, being duly sworn, saith that Magdaline Gauthier, or some person for her, occupied and cultivated the lot mentioned in the annexed notice during the whole of the time the British troops were in possession of the island of Mackinac, and during the whole of the year 1796, and until about the year 1808; that the house which was built on said lot continued standing until sometime during the last war, when it was destroyed.
Taken and subscribed before me at Mackinac.
J.D. DOTY, Judge.
OCTOBER 29, 1823.
Transcribed by Patricia Hamp © March 2006
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