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Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter V

Whether Lucy Clark Demumbrunn knew much of her illustrious 4th great grandfather, Pierre Boucher, or not is conjecture. Boucher's role in settling New France and dealing with the native Indians has a lasting place in history - of Metcalfe County, of Canada, of the United States, and of Toria, Adair County, KY.

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By Billy Joe Fudge

From the previous chapter we learned about the birth of Pierre Boucher (boo- shay) in the Perche of France in 1622. Pierre was Lucy Clark Demumbrunn's 4th Great Grandfather and was my 8th Great Grandfather.

It is not clear how much Lucy Clark knew about Pierre Boucher. Although I have no proof, I would suspect that she would have known about him and would have been proud to be his descendant.

Pierre's Father Gaspard Boucher brought his family to New France (Canada) in 1635 which would have made Pierre 13 at the time. They settled along the St. Lawrence River.

It seems that these efforts to colonize New France were being led by a joint venture of the French Government and the Catholic Church. They would bring over 400 colonist annually and most of them were of the Perche region where Pierre was born. And yes, the Percheron, the heavy black or gray "draft" horse known for its great strength originated in that region, also.

Pierre was educated by the Jesuits mostly during a four year missionary trip as an assistant. The trip was to indoctrinate the Huron Indians. During the four years he learned much about the Indians and their dialects.

He was wounded during an uprising by the Hurons and returned to Quebec where the Governor took him into the army making him an Indian agent. The Governor developed great faith in Pierre's talents and abilities and often promoted him in rank.

Later on he was assigned to an outpost at Trois-Rivieres where the St. Lawrence and St Maurice Rivers intersected. This was an important assignment since the area folks and the fort were an important defense for the town of Quebec. Should Quebec fall into the hands of the Iroquois Nation then the entire effort to settle New France and claim it as a French Colony would be in jeopardy. It was here that his leadership and tactical skills became evident and his genius at diplomacy launched him into the history books as a leading figure in the development of Canada.

Pierre was just a Sargent but began training the settlers who were utilized to supplement the limited standing army. He developed the protocols for their involvement, how they would defend the fort and how they would farm the surrounding countryside limiting their losses to the constant attacks by bands of Iroquois who were raiding their crops and inflicting casualties.

A new Governor in June of 1651 appointed Pierre, Captain of Trois-Rivieres but then, just over a year later, would make a grave and deadly mistake in judgement which would further elevate Pierre in the hearts and minds of those early settlers.

Reading the chapters going forward OR back to Chapter I to start from the beginning:
  1. Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter I
  2. Kentucky Color: Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter II
  3. Kentucky Color: Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter III
  4. Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter IV
  5. Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter V

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Iroquois Confederacy of Pierre Boucher's day

2017-01-08 - Great Lakes Area - Photo submitted by Billy Joe Fudge.
According to history, the Iroquois Nation consisted of most if not all these tribes. During the French Colonial times the tribes beginning with the Seneca's to the East were considered to be participants of the Iroquois League or Confederacy. However, all the Indian Tribes in the area spoke some dialect of the Iroquois language. During the pioneer days these tribes exercised considerable influence in Kentucky and Virginia.

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Percheron horses were to horse world what semi-truck is today

2017-01-08 - Photo from United States Agriculture Department submitted by Billy Joe Fudge.
The Percheron was to the horse world in the United States what the Semi-truck is to freight hauling today. They were the anchor power units to subsistence farming and the agricultural industry in general prior to the internal combustion engine which revolutionized mechanized farming, per se. They were used in the logging industry, pulled stagecoaches and other heavy commercial loads and in addition, they made and still make wonderful pleasure riding horses according to many. - USDA

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