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Biographies of Area Pioneers, Settlers and other Important Figures.

Letter "M"

Entries in maroon font have been transcribed from Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia, published in 1876 by A.J. Johnson & Co., New York.

McLellan, Joseph
McClure, Christopher

Marquette, Jacques, born at Laon, France, in 1637; sailed in 1666 as a Jesuit missionary to Canada; founded the mission of Sault Ste. Marie in 1668; went in 1669 from La Pointe (now in Michigan) to Mackinaw, where in 1671 he built a chapel; accompanied Joliet in his expedition of 1673 down the Wisconsin and Mississippi, and returned via the Illinois River and Green Bay, Wisconsin; opened in 1675 the mission at Kaskaskia, but finding his strength failing, set out to return to Mackinaw; died on the journey, May 18, 1675, near the mouth of Marquette River, in what is now Michigan. In Shea's Discovery of the Mississippi Valley (1852) there are translations of his narrative and journal.

Messenger, Samuel

Miami (or Mineami) Indians, a tribe of Algonkins who once occupied a large part of the west and northwest of Ohio and a part of Indiana. In 1764 they had 350 warriors. They fought against the U.S. in the war of 1812. In 1818 they left Ohio, and in 1846 the greater part left Indiana, where a few still remain; 500 people of this tribe were removed in that year to what is now Linn and Miami counties in Kansas, where they have a reservation of 10,240 acres. They now number but 95, having been mostly destroyed by vice and intemperance. A few others have become citizens. Many have gone to the Indian Territory and joined themselves to the Peorias and Quapaws. The Indiana Miamis are good and peaceable citizens, numbering about 350. There are a very few in Michigan.

Miller, James R.
Miller, Madison

de la Motte (or Mothe) Cadillac, Sieur Antoine, founder of Detroit, a Gascon nobleman, born about 1660; served in the French army in Acadia, and in 1680 was sent to France by order of Louis XIV, with information regarding the colonies; was made in 1691 lord of Bonagnat and Mount Desert, including the shores of Frenchman's Bay, Maine; became in 1694 commandant of Michilimackinac; built in 1701 Fort Pontchartrain, now Detroit; had long struggles with the Canadian authorities, the Jesuits, the Miamis, and the Natchez; became in 1711 governor of Louisiana; was one of the originators of the Mississippi scheme; returned to France in 1717, and nothing farther is known of his career.

Morgan, John C.
Munger, Abner M.
Munger, Russell V.

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