1689 5 Aug LACHINE MASSACRE Site, Montreal, Lachine, Nouvelle France, today's Quebec, Nouvelle France

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1689   5 Aug LACHINE MASSACRE Site

Notes: 5 Aug 1689, the town of Lachine (on the banks of Lac St Louis at its juncture with the St Lawrence River) is the massacre site of the French Boursier Family by Mohawk Iroquois Indians of New York.
At 4 AM that stormy night many of the 375 French colonists barricade their doors from the attacking Indians. Fifty six of the 73 cabins are set afire.
Twenty Four (24) Colonists are pulled thru windows and doors and killed. Many die screaming in the fires of their cabins. Seventy are taken prisoner, 50 of them burned alive and cannabalized. Five Frenchmen were seen burned on the cross and six (6) children roasted to death. Forty Two (42) are released in prisoner exchanges. A few children are spared and adopted into Iroquois society. Four (4) Boursiers are in their cabin that night.
A French garrison 3 miles away, in Fort Remy, with 200 soldiers and 100 volunteers try to move against the 1500 Indians as word of the attack spreads but they can't reach the site because of the roaming Indians who stay for several days.
The report of the killings is sent to King Louis, XIV with a request for additional military funding.

Father: Jean Boursier dit LaVigne, age 45;
Mother: Marie-Marthe Thibodeau, age 28;
Marie Elizabeth, age 9, stayed during attack to help Mother
Baby Marie Madeleine, age 11 months, is drowned by an Iroquis Warrior......her little body, in its long white baby dress, is recovered on the banks of Lac St Louis.

Brother: Jean, age 3

only baby Marie-Madeline's body is recovered......Jean, Marthe, and Marie Elizabeth's bodies are never found although the soldiers search the ashes and grounds intensely.

Alexandre, Marguerite and Barbe escape into woods
Anne and Jeanne Catherine are away from home with relatives in Verdun.

The Boursier aka Bourcier family name continues from Alexandre.

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