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Notes for Lambert Pierre MCABEE


Notes from the Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Brown, Kewaunee and Door, Wisconsin, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Settled Families Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1895: Lambert McAbee was born about 1818 in Detroit, Michigan, of French and Scotch extraction, and was a member of one of the early families of this section of Michigan. [Note: this source appears to be mistaken about his birth year and also inserts Scotch ancestors where none existed]. In an early day he came to Green Bay, Wisconsin to trade with the Indians, with whose language he was quite familiar and this business, in which he was very successful, was his principal vocation. In about 1840 he married in Green Bay, Miss Sophia La Vigne, who was born in that city in 1820, daughter of John La Vigne, a native of Canada, of French extraction. John La Vigne came to Green Bay in early manhood, and there he married Elizabeth Huldrick, who was born in Fort Howard, daughter of Perter Huldrick [sic], a native of Germany, who came to the United States about the beginning of the present century [that is, around 1800], arriving at Fort Howard with the first English troops that ever landed there.
To Lambert and Sophia McAbee were born five children, namely: John L.; Catherine, Mrs. Augustus Gerarden, of Outagamie County, Wisconsin; Mary, unmarried, of Lawrence township; Angeline, deceased; and Josephine, unmarried, of Lawrence township. In the spring of 1850 the father of this family died, and was buried in Allouez cemetery, and the widow was thus left with five small children, our subject, the eldest, being not yet eight years of age.
The family at that time were living on a small piece of land along the Fox river, which Mr. McAbee had purchased of the Government; but they were defrauded of this and the only home left to them was an old sugar house on Section 22, Lawrence township, where Mr. McAbee had operated a sugar camp. Never having been intended for a dwelling house, it was but a rude construction, without even a floor; but with the assistance of willing and kind-hearted neighbors it was improved and made habitable, and here they lived until 1861, when a substantial log house was erected, which is yet standing. They squatted eighty acres of land, which they subsequently purchased from the Fox River Land Company at $1.25 per acre, selling the only horse they had to pay for it. But one path led to or from their location, and that was a "winter road" leading to the Fox River, at a point one mile from Little Kaukauna. The first space cleared on the land was planted to corn and potatoes, and each year, as the land improved, and the children grew old enough to help, the farm became more and more productive, till it yielded them a comfortable support.
Although an adult baptism record for a person believed to be Lambert Pierre McAbee gives his year of birth as 1810, the Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Brown, Kewaunee and Door, Wisconsin.... gives it as 1818. The Mortality Schedule of the US Census of 1850 lists his death in March of that year at the age of 37 years.

The baptism record translates from the original French approximately as follows: Birth. Lambert Maccabé, born about one thousand eight hundred ten to Catherine Sauvagesse [roughly, Native American] of the nation of the Menominees, at Green Bay and of an unknown Canadian father, was baptized today the 18th of May in the year one thousand eight hundred thirty-one by us, missionary priest who signed below. The godfather/sponsor was Nicolas Rivard who signed with us. Signed: Nicolas Rivard; Frederic Baraga, missionary.
This was an adult baptism; he was 21 years old at the time.
There is no record on Find A Grave.
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