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Re: [Misc] West Indies (esp. Trottier, Robinson) P

I will try to piece together what I know of the Trottiers and see if it lines up with any of your information.

I know the Trottier family was a wealthy white French merchant family active in Trois-Rivieres and all along the river down to Montreal and beyond. They were also active in Saint-Domingue (Haiti), Louisiana, and the Red River region including Illinois, Michigan, etc.

This particular line also commonly went by the dit names Desruisseaux, Desrivieres, Beaubien, among others, but those are the most prolific in the merchant side, and are related to Jules Trottier, owner of Marie-Angelique, a slave accused of the burning of Montreal, and Eustache Trottier dit Beaubien, whose wife, I believe, commissioned the painting "La Negresse", a depiction of a woman from Haiti, and had property in South Carolina as well as Oka, Quebec. He was connected to a plantation owner there named Abraham Isaacs, but I've not been able to turn up much there as I only recently found this documentation.

It would not surprise me in the least if these Trottiers are related to your Trottiers (and, perhaps, mine). They really got around.

There was also the figure of Mathurin Trottier and La Bonne Mere, a slave ship active around that time period, but I have not been able to establish a confirmed link between Mathurin and the family based in Montreal and Trois-Rivieres, nor have I been able to find names or places of origin for the slaves he transported.

There is evidence of a Trottier plantation on Saint-Domingue, as well - but I cannot off the top of my head remember which Trottiers they were. I believe it was linked to the Desruisseaux/Desrivieres/Beaubiens.

The DNA test was taken by a male relative of mine and was, unfortunately, only yDNA, and did not reveal anything of Marie's origin.

The surnames you have don't immediately ring bells in my research so far, but my focus has been very narrow on the Trottier name so it's extremely likely they are linked to this prolific set of merchants.

"Muiz" is interesting and I wonder if it's possibly linked to a Santo-Domingo connection, depending on the time period you found it?

If you would like, I can share a large Google Docs document with you that contains the research I've got so far on the Trottiers.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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