Place: Reserve

  • Place ID: R0170000
    Title: Francois Lafontaine and Son Reserve
  • Parent Place ID: 1
    Source: Stat. L, VII, 189; Bureau of Land Management
    Acreage: 1369.1100
  • State: Indiana
    County: Allen
  • Royce Number: N/A
    Royce Map Title: N/A
  • Transcription:
    To François Lafontaine and his son, two sections of land, adjoining and above the two sections granted to Jean Bapt. Richardville, near Fort Wayne, and on the same side of the St. Mary's river. 

Legal Category:
  • Requires President Approval to Sell
    Start Date: 10-06-1818

  • Francois' son not named explicitly in the text or sales. I interpret the original owners as Francois LaFontaine and his son, Toohpia (Francis) Lafontaine. Reserve No. 47 Case Reserve no. 47 belonged to Francis Lafontaine and his son, the case file was not missing. In June 1832, it was discovered that Lafontaine was originally given land on the East Side, but had moved it to the West Side because he liked the location better. Elijah Hayward said that while this was illegal at the time, the reserve should be left the way it is since it had been on the West Side for ten years. By July 1834, the land on the East Side was authorized to be sold. Case Summaries researched and written by Alexa Lawhorn, Miami University, autumn 2021



1818 Treaty at St. Mary's

October 6, 1818

Articles of a treaty made and concluded, at St. Mary's, in the State of Ohio, between Jonathan Jennings, Lewis Cass, and Benjamin Parke, Commissioners of the United States, and the Miame nation of Indians. ARTICLE 1. The Miami nation of Indians cede to the United States the following tract of country: Beginning at the Wabash river, where the present Indian boundary line crosses the same, near the mouth of Raccoon creek; thence, up the Wabash river, to the reserve at its head, near Fort Wayne; ...

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