Therese Marcot LaSaliere Schindler

Therese was born around 1775 at Mackinac, the daughter of a Sieur Jean Baptiste Marcot and an Ottawa woman Marie Amighissen, daughter of Kewinaquot an Ottawa chief. Her parents were married at Mackinac on July 24, 1776. Therese was the second youngest of their children followed by Madeleine.

The family lived part of the year in St. Joseph where Jean Baptiste was a fur trader and summers were spent on Mackinac Island. During the summer of 1786, Therese and her younger sister Madeleine were baptized. When Therese was around 14 years old she married Pierre LaSaliere, a Canadian voyageur, in an Indian ceremony and of this union Marianne was born. She was baptized in 1799. LaSaliere disappeared from their lives never to return. On July 12, 1804, Therese married George Schindler, a Mackinac fur trader and a Protestant. They were married in the Catholic church and promised to bring up any children of their marriage in the Catholic faith.

The family lived part of the year in St. Joseph where Jean Baptiste was a fur trader and summers were spent on Mackinac Island. During the summer of 1786, Therese and her younger sister Madeleine were baptized. When Therese was around 14 years old she married Pierre LaSaliere, a Canadian voyageur, in an Indian ceremony and of this union Marianne was born. She was baptized in 1799. LaSaliere disappeared from their lives never to return. On July 12, 1804, Therese married George Schindler, a Mackinac fur trader and a Protestant. They were married in the Catholic church and promised to bring up any children of their marriage in the Catholic faith.

Following the example set by her sister, and in the business learned from their father, Therese took up the fur trade after her husband's death in 1825. Therese's business was successful mainly from the trade and support with her relatives at Arbre Croche. After the deaths of her sister Madeleine in 1846 and Marianne's in 1853, Therese left her home on the Island and went to live with her granddaughter, Elizabeth Therese Baird, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she died on October 1, 1855. Her body was returned to Mackinac Island and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery next to her daughter Marianne LaSaliere Fisher. She was 80 years old.