Rene’ left his home and traveled across the ocean in 1659 looking for adventure. He was prepared for the hard work that would be needed to help build up the untamed lands, what he was not prepared for was the constant threat of attack by the Iroquois Nation. Two years after arriving, while out with a group of men to cut stone for a new chapel, they are ambushed by the Mohawk and Oneida. Rene’ is one of the lucky ones, after being beaten and tortured, he is adopted into the tribe. It would take him two years to return to Montreal, but the experience would forever leave him distrustful of the any member of the Iroquois Nation. Later in life, while running his fur trading post, the safety measures he put into place would not only save his life, but those of his large family.
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In 2001 I had the most amazing college class. We were given an assignment to work on the entire semester, it was to trace our family out of North America and find out why they had most likely left and migrated to a new country. When I started out I assumed it would be simple. As I researched, I just kept going back further and further, generation after generation, and was still in Michigan. I learned that my family has a rich history, they were instrumental in the founding of Detroit, and even more amazing, they were also some of the first families in Montreal and Quebec. It took a long time to cover over four hundred years of records.
After finding names, births, deaths and marriages, I become interested in learning the history of some of these incredible people. I research old court records, read stories on the internet, and combed through church records finding any information I could. That is where the idea for the book Rene’ came from. Because of the records I had found and a little research into some of the history of the areas he lived in I could piece together a picture of what his life would have been like.
I was a teacher for preschool and elementary children for the last 17 years, until a current injury has left me unable to work anymore. I have raised two daughters who are now grown up and off to college. I never wanted to become a writer, but have always been an avid reader. What I had always wanted to do was somehow organize the information I had gathered into an easier to read form to preserve our family history for my daughters, and hopefully one day grandchildren. The book just kind of happened as I put together the story of Rene’s life. I then realized that I would love for others to be able to read about some of my ancestors incredible lives. The teacher in me wanted the books to be appropriate for even young readers.