Sometimes GenTraveling takes us to sad but significant historical sites. When my husband and I traveled to Canada a couple of months ago, we visited an area where, 329 years ago, was the site of the worst massacre in Canadian history. The Lachine massacre happened on August 4-5, 1689. Reports vary widely regarding the number of deaths that occurred. The Lachine Massacre monument website states 200 settlers were killed by 1500 Iroquois (link HERE). Wikipedia states there were 72 deaths. Whatever the number of casualties, this terrible event is obviously included in many family histories. My husband’s ancestors were involved – some were killed and some were captured. Fortunately his 6th great-grandmother, after being held captive for about 12 years was released after The Great Peace Treaty of 1701 and returned to her husband and subsequently began their family – in which my husband descends from.
The plaque pictured above on St. Joseph Street, Lachine, Quebec says:
During the night of the 4-5 August 1689, fifteen hundred Iroquois landed at Lachine and placed themselves in small groups near all the houses along the shore. At a given signal the massacre began; two hundred persons perished and one hundred and twenty were taken into captivity. The year 1689 was long known as “The year of the massacre”.
GenTraveling, and genealogy in general, uncovers both the happy and the sad, the precious and the terrible. History doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have a filter.
What sad but significant sites have you GenTraveled to? Or plan to travel to?