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Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Private Claim 236, Lot of George McDougal

 

— River Raisin National Battlefield Park —

 
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1. Private Claim 236, Lot of George McDougal Marker
Inscription.  George McDougal, a wealthy and prominent cousin of Col François Navarre, owned the property occupied by 25-year-old Pierre Jacob and his mother Magdelaine Godet-Jacob-Leblanc. Unaware of the imminent declaration of war, Magdelaine peacefully stood on their front porch feeding chickens while her son Pierre chopped wood in preparation for the long cold days of winter. The Leblanc's French pear trees, grafted from the famous Jesuit pear tree, were in full bloom. The twelve trees represented the twelve disciples of Christ. Eleven were planted together, and one, the Judas Tree, was separated to remind the settlers of the scriptures.

Tranquility in Flames

The peaceful homestead along the River Raisin became eerily quiet as the neighboring Wyandot warned the settlers of their growing tensions with the U.S. After the U.S. surrendered the Michigan Territory in August of 1812, the Leblanc's found themselves at the mercy of the Native warriors and British soldiers who soon occupied the French settlement.

On January 18, 1813, the Leblanc's found themselves in the middle of the first Battle of the River Raisin. Upon liberating

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Frenchtown in the long running battle to the north of Mason Run, the U.S. returned to the Frenchtown settlement. U.S. Commanders de- manded use of Leblanc home as barracks, their stable to board military horses, and their bakehouse to serve as an armory. Magdelaine insisted on charging the U.S. room and board, but was never paid.

On January 23, the morning after the second Battle of the River Raisin, the Leblanc house burnt to the ground and all contents were lost. The property owner George McDougal claimed his destroyed prop- erty was worth $2000 and awarded $800 for his loss, but the Leblanc's were never paid for their loss.
 
Erected by U.S. National Park Service, City of Monroe, Michigan.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1813.
 
Location. 41° 54.776′ N, 83° 22.733′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is on East Elm Avenue east of North Dixie Highway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monroe MI 48162, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River Raisin Legacy Project (a few steps from this marker); First District Court (a few steps from this marker); Private Claim 236 Lot of Hubert Lacroix

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(within shouting distance of this marker); Private Claim 236 Lot of Jean (John) Baptiste Jerome (within shouting distance of this marker); Private Claim 96 of Jean (John) Baptist Couture (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Private Claim 214 of G. Godfroy & J.B. Beaugrand (about 500 feet away); Site of Battles of Jan. 18 - 22 (about 500 feet away); Artillery January 22, 1813 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 8, 2021