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Michigan Chapter Six

Cadillac as Feudal Lord

In 1750 he was in Montreal, but nothing is known of him at a later date. Pierre Jacques de Payan, Sieur de Charvis, was appointed to succeed as commandant in 1739. He was a grandson on the side of his mother of the celebrated Le Moyne family, one of the most distinguished in the history of New France, and remarkable for the numbers of its members who rose to distinction in the province. He was born at Montreal in 1695 and entered the army at an early age. His military training was under his uncle, Sieur de Bienville, while the latter was governor of Louisiana. He was afflicted with a cancer of the breast and when appointed to Detroit had already submitted to three operations. These appear to have been successful, for he was able to assume the duties of his post and served through his term, retiring in 1742 to Montreal, where he is mentioned as governor in 1749.
Pierre Celoron, Sieur de Blainville, chevalier of the military order of St. Louis, was born at Montreal in 1693. At an early age he entered the military department, following the example of his father, who had been a captain. Promotion in the army was slow, and it was not until 1734 that we find mention of him as a lieutenant setting out to serve as commandant at Michilimackinac. In this position his services proved so acceptable that he was continued through a second term. During a portion of this time his brother, Jean Baptiste Celoron, was at Michilimackinac as second in command. Before the close of his term there his services were called for by the governor of Louisiana, and he was dispatched to New Orleans with French troops and friendly Indians to defend the whites against the Chickasaws. The expedition was entirely successful and soon after his return Celoron was sent to command at Detroit. This is believed to have been in 1742. A year later he was sent to command at Fort Niagara. He remained there two years and was then sent to Crown Point. The contest between the French and English for supremacy in America was beginning to grow warm and the services of an active, resolute and resourceful leader were in demand. He was dispatched with succor for Detroit; he undertook to save the Ohio country to the French. In this matter Detroit was considered the base of operations and the real point of importance.

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