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Peter BARRETTE, Sr., 1800 - From Accounts of 1884
Peter BARRETTE, Sr., was born in Montreal, Canada, January, 1800. In
1816, he came to Prairie by way of the Great Lakes, Green Bay, Fox and
Wisconsin rivers and for five years he worked for fur traders and others.
In 1821, he married Theresa LaPOINTE, daughter of Charles LaPOINTE and
Susan ANTAYA. (For further notice see recollections of Mrs. (Theresa LaPOINTE)
BARRETTE which is in thisbook.) He farmed for many years after his marriage
and in 1835, he took a Government job contract for carrying mail from Prairie
du Chien to Platteville and return three times a week. At this time he
moved out from the village, and locating established a pole ferry on the
Wisconsin river about two miles below the town of Bridgeport. Here were
no highways in those days and the mail was carried on horseback. In 1839,
he bought 300 acres from H. L. DOUSMAN, the Village of Bridgeport stands
on part of this purchase. In 1854, he went out of the mail service. In
1857, the Bridgeport bridge was built. His residence since 1839 was on
the DOUSMAN purchase where he had a fine farm and when he lived until his
death, August 5, 1863. His widow still lives on the old homestead with
her grandson, Samuel, son of Lewis BARRETTE.
Their residence is a substantial
heavy walled stone house, the walls wer made by John BURNETTE and the building
was completed by Mr. BARRETTE, after his purchase of the H. L. DOUSMAN
property. The house is on an elevation, giving a lovely view of the opening
of the Wisconsin-Mississippi valleeys, as well as the Iowa bluffs beyond.
In the living room stands an old stove in good condition, it was bought
of Joseph ROLETTE's family in 1839. Peter BARRETTE, SR., left a long line
of descendents, eight sons and four daughters as follows: Susan born January
18, 1822, died in infancy; Louis born Febraury 29, 1824, of Minneapolis;
Charles born February 26, 1826, at Bridgeport; Peter, Jr., born May 7,
1829 at Prairie du Chien; Antoine born May 20, 1831, at Bridgeport, Julia
born June 25, 1833, died in infancy; Moses born August 10, 1835, of Watertown,
S.D.; Paul born September 22, 1836, of Prairie du Chien; Samuel born January
30, 1838, died in infancy; Henry born July 20, 1841, Bridgeport; Margaret,
born March 5, 1844, died April 17, 1864; Philomena born August 12, 1846,
died December 20, 1857.
Charles BARRETTE, son of Pierre BARRETTE, Sr., was born February 26,
1826, at Prairie du Chien, Wis. He owned and resided on the Samuel GILBERT
claim, made about 1826. He has one of the best improved farms in the town
with all good buildings. In 1849, he married Emily J., daughter of H. L.
DOUSMAN, and lived with his father the first two years after his marriage.
In 1852, he moved into what is known as the mill farm of H. L. DOUSMAN
and lived there 18 years. His wife died April 8, 1874. They had eight children:
Virginia born September 20,1850, wife of Thomas WARD; Theresa born September,
1852, wife of Exis BROTHERS, died August 15, 1877; Jane born December 7,
1858, wife of Chas. BRANDES; Minnie born December, 1860; Susan born in
1862, died in 1864; Mattie born February 9, 1864; May born December 15,
1865; Charles L. born in 1867, died in 1875.
Henry BARRETTE, son of Peter BARRETTE, Sr., and brother of Charles
BARRETTE, was born July 20, 1841. He married Anna M. KANE, January 3, 1864.
She was a daughter of Bernard KANE of Pittsburg, Pa. She was born September
24, 1841. They had 18 children: Lizzie O. born November 14, 1864, Jennie
May, born May 1, 1866; George W. born February 22, 1868; Walter H., born
July 28, 1870; Louis B. born September 6, 1872; Willie E. born and died
September 27, 1874; Anna V. born October 9, 1876; Mary Josephine, born
May 16, 1878. That's all I can account for.
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