3966. Michel ÉTIENNE dit PHILIPPE was born about 1669 in Trois-Rivières (Québec Province), Canada. He appeared in the census in 1711 at Fort Louis in Mobile (Mobile County), Alabama, USA. He appeared in the census in 1726 in Illinois, USA. The widower, Michel, appeared in the census in 1732 in Illinois, USA. He died after 1 January 1732 at the age of 63. Marie ROUENSA (OUACANTEOUA) and Michel ÉTIENNE dit PHILIPPE251 were married in 1703 in Kaskaskia (Randolph County), Illinois, USA.
3967. Marie ROUENSA (OUACANTEOUA) was born about 1677 - likely at the Kaskaskian village across the river from the the original Fort St. Louis (across the Illinois River from Starved Rock). She was a Kaskaskian Indian (Algonquin tribe) and her father was the Chief of the tribe. Her Indian name was Aramepinchone according to a 1944 article entitled "Fort St. Louis at Peoria" written by Floyd Mulkey for the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. However, author Carl J. Ekberg states in an article (for the same journal) entitled "Marie Rouensa-8cate8a and the Foundations of French Illinois" that he was unable to find any reference in manuscripts to this Indian name.251 In early 1694, Chief Rouensa and his wife wanted their 17-year-old Indian maiden daughter, Marie, to marry a Frenchman by the name of Michel Aco. Marie absolutely did not want to marry this man who was known for his 'debaucheries'. (Aco, a fur trader, was well known in the Illinois country and he had been with LaSalle and de Tonti when they built the short-lived Fort Crevecoeur in 1680.) Following is some of the comments that were written by Father Jacques Gravier in his journal on 15 February 1694 regarding Marie's struggle with her parents insistence that she marry Aco: "... Many struggles were needed before she could be induced to consent to the marriage, for she had resolved never to marry, in order that she might belong wholly to Jesus Christ. She answered her father and mother, when they brought her to me in company with the Frenchman whom they wished to have for a son-in-law, that she did not wish to marry; that she had already given all her heart to God, and did not wish to share it. Such were her words, which had never yet been heard in this barbarism". According to Gravier, Chief Rouensa stormed at her defiance. Marie was driven naked from the cabin & threatened with greater punishment. Finally, she went to the priest and said "...I have an idea..I know not whether it is a good one. I think that, if I consent to the marriage, he (Rouensa) will listen to you in earnest, and will induce all to do so. I wish to please God, and for that reason I intend to be always as I am in order to please Jesus Christ alone. But I thought of consenting against my inclination to the marriage, through love for him. Is that right?". The couple were married shortly thereafter. After their marriage, Aco appears to have given up his wild life. The couple had two sons before Michel's death in about 1703. Her 2nd marriage was to Michel ÉTIENNE dit PHILIPPE. She died on 25 June 1725 at the age of 48 in Kaskaskia (Randolph County), Illinois, USA.251 She was buried on 25 June 1725 at (Buried under the floor of the Immaculate Conception Church at Kaskaskia) in Kaskaskia (Randolph County), Illinois, USA. It was a great honor to be buried under the floor of the church and this was done because she had devoted so much of her life to the Jesuits.2561
[Note: Marie's 1st marriage was to Michel Aco about 1694 and the marriage took place at Lake Pimiteoui (Peoria).]