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OCONTO COUNTY
Wisconsin
FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES


 .BRUETTE.
Families
(also Brouillette )

of Peshtigo
early Oconto County, Wisconsin

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Antoine Bruette immigrated, with his family, in 1845 from French Canada. With him was his wife, Harriet Emily La Blanc (White in English ) and the first 6 of his sons. Charles Bruette arrived about the same time from French Canada with his wife Amelia, one son and two daughters.  They worked in the rapidly growing lumbering industry. Records of family births in the U.S. place the Charles Bruette family in Michigan in 1851, Canada in 1855 and in Wisconsin, where they settled, in 1858.  Antoine Bruette and family were in Wisconsin for the birth of a son in 1852, and in Michigan for the birth of the next son in 1855.

By 1860, both families had settled next to each other in what was then Peshtigo, Oconto County, Wisconsin.   In 1851, Peshtigo, Brown County, had became part of the newly formed Oconto County, and in 1879 it became part of the then newly formed Marinette County, where it is now found. Antoine was a farmer on a homestead and Charles was a laborer.

1860 Federal Census, town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, July 3rd, Page 27
(note: Census records are government surveys and not legal documents. Although accurate spelling of names and correct information was stressed, many factors, such as the knowledge of the person who answered the questions, language barriers, spoken accents, and literacy levels make for spelling and numerical  variations in compared censuses. Ages, birth places and spouse/childrens/siblings' names are among the factors used to make matches)

Charles Brugette  age 41    born in Canada  Male
Amelia Brugette  age 36    born in Canada  Female
Charles Brugette  age 18   born in Canada  Male
Cordelia Brugette  age 13   born in Canada  Female
Louisa Brugette  age 12     born in Canada  Female
Elizabeth Brugette  age 9     born in Michigan  Female
Amelia Brugette  age 5     born in Canada  Female
Christine Brugette age 2     born in Wisconsin  Female

Antoine Brugette  age 50    born in Canada E  Male
Harriet Brugette  age 45     born in Canada E  Female
Antoine (Thomas) Brugette  age 23     born in Canada E  Male
Louis (Lewis) Brugette  age 21    born in Canada E  Male
George Brugette  age 20     born in Canada E  Male
Philip Brugette  age 18     born in Canada E  Male
Aldof Brugette  age 15     born in Canada E  Male
Napoleon Brugette  age 12     born in Canada E  Male
Battise Brugette  age 8    born in Wisconsin  Male
Charles Brugette age 5     born in Michigan  Male

The United States Civil War began the following year and lasted from 1861 to 1865. Four Bruette men from Peshtigo served the Grand Armies of the Republic. They were members of the well known, hard fighting OCONTO COUNTY RIVER SACKERS of the TWELFTH INFANTRY REGIMENT - Company "F".  Army recruiters took special interest in the men who were working in the logging and lumbering industry of northeastern Wisconsin. These men had the reputation of being tough and skillful in the hard living conditions of the winter logging forests and rugged pioneering fronteer life. They were also skilled at hunting and shooting, since much of the food for families was wild game. At the beginning of the war, recruiters insisted that the men of the South were no match for the hardy Northerners and that the war would be over in a matter of months. With the promise of a short, easy war, regular  pay and veterans benefits, most of the men who volunteered expected to be home in time for Spring planting in 1862. The induction dates of the Bruette men place them among the first to enlist. The very long, bloody and brutal war saw them struggle through most, if not all, of it. One of the four brothers, George, lost his life during battle in Georgia after nearly three years of serving. He was 24 years old and had spent all his adult years in the War.

Bruette, Phillip Induction at Peshtigo Apr 14, 1861 Mustered Out. July 16, 1865
+ Bruette, George  Induction at Peshtigo Oct 15, 1861 Veteran; Killed in action, July 21, 1864, near Atlanta, Ga
Bruette, Louis  Induction at Peshtigo Oct 15, 1861 Mustered Out. Nov 5, 1864 term expired
Bruette, Antoine  Induction at Peshtigo Oct 14, 1861 Vet; Mustered Out. July 16, 1865
Bruette, Adolph served in the 17th Wisconsin Infantry - Government pension payment made to father Antoine Bruette on March 19, 1881

By 1870 much of the Bruette families remained in Peshtigo. The Civil War was over and daily life had returned. Charles Bruette Sr. was no longer with the family. His wife Amelia was raising  5 daughters and had taken in two boarders. Next door was her son, Charles Bruette (Jr.) with his wife Margrete and daughter Carrie.

Antoine Bruette Sr. was now a hotel keeper and lived with his wife Harriet Emily and two youngest sons Baptiste and Charles. Three other sons lived next to each other in Peshtigo working in the mills as laborers. Son Lewis had married Mathilda La Plant and they had sons Frank and George. Philip Bruette had married Matilda  who had a son named Thomas, born in New York. Since Thomas was age 14 and was born when Philip Bruette was age 12, it is probable that he is not Philip's son and adopted the Bruette name when his mother married. The couple also lived with sons Louis and David Bruette, both born in Wisconsin and are probably adopted sons of Philip as well since the youngest was born while Philip was serving in the Civil War.  Antoine Bruette (Jr.)  had married Maryanne and the were raising a son Adolph. Antoine and Harriet's son Adolph was working at farm labor in Little Suamico and was single.

1870 Federal Census, town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, June 16th
(note: Census records are government surveys and not legal documents. Although accurate spelling of names and correct information was stressed, many factors, such as the knowledge of the person who answered the questions, language barriers, spoken accents, and literacy levels make for spelling and numerical  variations in compared censuses. Ages, birth places and  spouse/childrens/siblings' names are among the factors used to make matches)

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Charles Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1844   born in Canada  Male
Margrete Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1847 born in  New York  Female
Carrie Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1866   born in  Wisconsin Female

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Amelia Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1821   born in  Canada Female
Laura Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1849   born in  Canada Male
Elizabeth Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1852   born in  Wisconsin Female
Margret Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1856   born in  Canada Female
Hellen Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1865   born in  Wisconsin Female
Jennie Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1859   born in  Wisconsin Female

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Philip Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  26   born in  Canada   Male
Matilda Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age 32   born in  Canada    Female
Thomas Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age 14   born in  New York   Male
Louis Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI  age 11   born in  Wisconsin   Male
David Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age 7   born in  Wisconsin    Male

Anton Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  33   born in  Canada    Male
Maryann Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  20   born in  Wisconsin   Female
Adolph Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  2   born in  Wisconsin    Male

Louis Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  30   born in  Canada    Male
Matilda Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age 28    born in  Wisconsin    Female
Frank Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  4   born in  Wisconsin    Male
George Bonett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  1   born in  Wisconsin    Male

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James (Napoleon) Bernett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age 25 born in  Wisconsin  Male

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Antoine Brunette Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  50 born in  Canada   Male
Aratt (Harriet) Brunette Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  46 born in Canada    Female
Baptise (John) Brunette Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  17  born in Wisconsin    Male
Charles Brunette Pesthigo, Oconto, WI age  16   born in Wisconsin    Male

On the Sunday night of October 8, 1871 the most deadly natural disaster struck several states in the upper Great Lakes. Because of the total distruction of the town, it was named The Great Peshtigo Fire (for the Fire story, please visit the  Peshtigo Fire Home Page ).  Antoine Brunette Sr. was working at the hotel when the firestorm suddenly overtook the township. He was able to reach the mud flats along the Peshtigo river despite the searing temperatures that killed nearly 900 people living there. Harriet Emily, his wife, had visited with their son and his family for Sunday dinner and was on her way home when she was overcome and died. Like countless others who had faced the 2000 degree fire, her body was later found as only a bundle of ashes. She was identified by the "Emily" engraved plate found beneath her ashes. She was carrying it back from the family dinner.

Charles Bruette, son of Charles and Amelia, and his daughter Carrie managed to survive the flames, but his wife Margrete and their infant child did not.

Although history tells us that some people fled the area before that terrible night, due to constant smoke, drought and heat from smaller smoldering fires, without a doubt, many others in the Bruette families of Peshtigo faced the terror of that night. We know that Harriet Emily had dinner at son Anthony Thomas Bruette's home and that family must have survived. They are found still in Peshtigo in 1880.
 

1880 Federal Census, town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, June 7th & 8th - in 1879 Peshtigo became part of the newly organized Marinette County.
(note: Census records are government surveys and not legal documents. Although accurate spelling of names and correct information was stressed, many factors, such as the knowledge of the person who answered the questions, language barriers, spoken accents, and literacy levels make for spelling and numerical  variations in compared censuses. Ages, birth places and  spouse/childrens/siblings' names are among the factors used to make matches)

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Antone Browitt  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 70 born in Canada, boarder, working as lumber laborer.

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Amelia Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age born in Canada  boarder

Louis C. Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 30 Canada  Self (Head)
Mary Anne Browett Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 29 born in New Jersey
Willie Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 8  born in WI son
Helen Browett Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 6 born in WI daughter
Margaret Browett Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age one month  born in WI daughter

Charles Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 37 born in Canada  Self (Head)
Priscilla Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 22 born in WI  note:  wife #2
Carrie Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 14 born in WI  note:daughter of wife #1
Cordelia Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 1 born in WI  note: daughter of wife #2

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Louis W. Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 42  born in Canada  Self (Head)
Matilda  Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 35  born in WI
Frank  Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 15  born in WI  son
George  Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 12  born in WI  son
Addie  Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 7  born in WI  daughter
Edward Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 5  born in WI  son
Ida  Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 3  born in WI  daughter
John  Bruett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 1  born in WI  son

(Antoine) Thomas Brouiett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 43 Canada  Self (Head)
Mary Ann  Brouiett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 27  born in WI
Adolph Brouiett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 12  born in WI
Harriet Brouiett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 10  born in WI
Ida Brouiett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 8  born in WI
Elizabeth Brouiett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI age 4  born in WI
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Partial Family Tree:
Sources used:
U.S.Federal Census Reports 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900
Wisconsin State Census Reports 1895, 1905
Wisconsin Pre-1907 Birth, Death, Marriage Indexes
Civil War Veterans and Widow's Pension Applications
Family Oral History
Government post Peshigo fire investigation reports
Newspaper reports.
Antoine Bruette - immigrated to USA in 1845
Born:  26 May 1813 Montreal, Canada
Died:  1884 Peshtigo,  Wisconsin, USA
Wife
    Harriet White (LeBlanc)
        Born: 16 Apr 1817 in Montreal,  Canada
        Died: 8 Oct 1871 in Peshtigo,  Wisconsin, USA  -  died in Peshtigo Fire, 8 Oct. 1871, Peshtigo, WI
        Marriage: 16 Jun 1835 in Canada
Children:
1. Antoine Thomas Bruette
         Birth:  12 Aug 1837 - Montreal, (Quebec), Canada
         Death:  17 Oct 1919 - Menominee, Menominee, MI (Michigan), USA
        +Mary Ann Landrie (also Laundrie)
        Born: 8 Oct 1851 in Mishicot, Brown, Michigan, USA
        Died: 25 Sep 1889 in Peshtigo,  Wisconsin, USA
        Marriage: 3 Mar 1867 in Peshtigo,  Wisconsin, USA   View Info
Children:
        Charles Bruette  M
        Adolph Bruette  M 8 Apr 1868
            Death: 1946
            Marriage: 1902 Mary Gauthier
        Harriet Teatiece Bruette  F 15 Jun 1870 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, USA
        Ida Bruette  F 12 May 1872
        Eliazbeth Bruette  F 20 Jul 1876 in Peshtigo,  Wisconsin, USA
        Edith Bruette  F 17 Mar 1878 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, USA
        Rose Anne Bruette  F
            born 25 Feb 1882  or  22 Mar 1882  Marinette, Peshtigo, WI
            Death 26 Jan 1924  Paulding, Ontonagon, MI
            + Edward Norris
        Clement Bruette  M 12 Aug 1884
        Martha Bruette  F 18 Sep 1886  Death: 1977
        Leander G Bruette  M 10 Oct 1888

2. Lewis (Louis W.) Bruette  age 21 in July 1860 - Oct. 1838 in Montreal,  Canada 
OCONTO COUNTY RIVER SACKERS

of the TWELFTH INFANTRY REGIMENT - Company "F" Oct 15,'61 M.O. Nov 5,'64 term expired
Born:  abt 1839
Montreal, Canada
Died:  5 May 1905 Milwaukee,  Wisconsin
+ Mathilda Jeanne LaPlante
Born: 28 Oct 1846 in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin
Died: 5 Feb 1909 in Peshtigo, Marinette, Wisconsin buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Peshtigo, WI
Marriage: 27 Dec 1864
Children;
    1. George Bruette  Birth: 5 Dec 1887 - Menominee, Menominee, Michigan, USA Death: 1904 son
    + Elizabeth Derosier was enrolled on the Menominee Reservation
        Arthur Bruette was enrolled on the Menominee Reservation
    2. Frank  Bruette
    3. George  Bruette
    4. Addie  Bruette  r
    5. Cordilia Bruette May 23 1872 - 1884
    6. Lilly Bruette 1881 - 1884
    7. Edward Bruette ,  1875 - 1974    buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Peshtigo, WI
    8. Ina  Bruette 1878 - 1937    buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Peshtigo, WI
    9. John  Bruette   son

3. George Bruette  age 20 in July 1860  abt 1842 in Montreal, Canada
OCONTO COUNTY RIVER SACKERS of the TWELFTH INFANTRY REGIMENT - Company "F"induction Oct 15,'61 Vet; Killed in action, July 21,'64, near Atlanta, Ga

4. Philip Bruette age 18 in July 1860   abt 1841 in Montreal, CanadaOCONTO COUNTY RIVER SACKERS
of the TWELFTH INFANTRY REGIMENT - Company "F" induction Apr 14,'61 mustered out. July 16,'65

5. Adolph Bruette age 15 in July 1860  abt 1844 in Montreal, Canada  Served in the  Wisconsin 14th infantry, Federal Pension Application made to be paid to his father Antoine Bruette, March 19, 1881

6. Napoleon (James) Bruette age 12 in July 1860  1845 in  Wisconsin

7. John Baptiste (also Baptiste) Bruette, age 8 in July 1860  abt 1853 in, Wisconsin, USA

8. Charles Bruette  age 5 in July 1860  1854 in Michigan -  wife #1 and  infant child died in Peshtigo Fire, 8 Oct. 1871, Peshtigo, WI Bruette, Mrs. Charles, and one child. Names were wife Margrette, age 24, and infant,  Daughter Carrie, age 5, survived
    wife #1Margrete Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI  born abt 1847 in  New York, died 8 October 1871 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin
Carrie Bronett Pesthigo, Oconto, WI abt 1866   born in  Wisconsin Female
    wife #2 Priscilla Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI born in WI about 1858
Cordelia Browett  Peshtigo, Marinette, WI  born 1879 in WI
 



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