Fort St. Joseph
Fort St. Joseph was located near present-day Niles, Michigan, in the southwest part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
Profiles of Fort St. Joseph Families - In addition to the métis families, the profiles on this page will include all of the families who lived at Fort St. Joseph through the end of the fort registers in 1773. The recent emphasis by authors on Native Women means that the French-Canadian women and their families are often ignored, thereby creating a false impression of the families who lived at Fort St. Joseph, as well as the forts themselves. As you read these profiles, you will see how extensively these women travelled throughout the Great Lakes and to and from the St. Lawrence settlements. These women are just as worthy of our admiration as the voyageurs and traders.
Some Families lived at Fort St. Joseph and at Michilimackinac. The remaining profiles will be completed as time permits.
Articles about the Deshêtres Family: The Deshêtres family lived at Michilimackinac, Fort St. Joseph, and the Detroit River Region. The profile of the family appears above. FCHSM Members, log in to access the following issues of MHH for the articles appearing in January 2007, July 2007, July 2008, January 2009
The following articles appeared in MHH in 2006:
Additional Articles in MHH: FCHSM members, please log in and access the list of articles published in MHH.
Loraine DiCerbo’s photo of the excavation site at Fort St. Joseph