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Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Jacques Campau Family Papers,

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Jacques Campau Family Papers,
Creator: Campau, Jacques, 1735-1789.
Inclusive dates: 1761-1890, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
The family papers include mostly business and financial records of this early French Detroit, Michigan, and an account of St. Anne's Catholic Church with Campau.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in French and English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 774, 853, 879

Access Restrictions:

Jacques Campau Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke?

Preferred Citation:

Jacques Campau Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Jacques Campau was the first of four children of Jean Louis Campau (1702-1774) and Marie Louise Robert. Jacques, born March 30, 1735 in Detroit, Michigan, married Catherine Menard (died 1781 or 1782) on August 17, 1761. Together they had twelve children: Louis (1762-1763), infant (born/died October 1763), Marie Cecile (1764-1805), Jacques (James) (1766-1838), Louis (1767-1834), Joseph (1769-1863), Nicolas (born 1779, died an infant), Toussaint (1771-1810), Nicolas Amable (1773-1811), Barnabas (1775-1845), Catherine (1779-1834 or 1854), and Denys (1781-1814). On January 5, 1784 Jacques married Francoise Navarre, the daughter of Robert Navarre and widow of Lieutenant George McDougall, then the owner of Hog Island (now Belle Isle). Jacques and Francoise had no children.

Jacques was a pioneer settler of Detroit, Michigan. He bought a farm extending westward from Chene Street toward St. Aubin Avenue. During the disastrous Battle of Bloody Run in 1763, Major Rogers and his fellow soldiers sought refuge in Campau’s home on this property. Jacques served as Captain of the (Michigan) Militia of the Northeast Coast of Detroit. In 1770 he served as treasurer of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Jacques died on February 16, 1789. (This information is from copy of family genealogy, Burton Historical Records, and City of Detroit.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers include mostly business correspondence and financial records, including accounts with St. Anne’s Catholic Church (Detroit, Michigan) in 1770, taxes, and accounts relating to the administration of the estates Joseph Campau, administered by Theodore J. and Denys (Denis) J. Campau, and Nic(h)olas Campau, administered by Louis, Joseph, and Barnabas Campau. Other materials include wills, inventories, baptismal certificates, deeds, and a copy of the Campau genealogy. Some of the business correspondence is related to his sons’, Jacques, Nicolas, and Louis, business or financial interests. There is also a document concerning the capitulation of Detroit, 1812. Materials are written mostly in French up to 1849, and, afterwards, in English.

Subject Terms

    • Campau, Jacques, 1735-1789.
    • Rogers, Robert, 1731-1795.
    • Ste. Anne's Church (Detroit, Mich.)
    • Detroit (Mich.)--History--Surrender to the British, 1812.
    • Detroit (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Jacques Campau Family Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials (photocopies), undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Accounts, Jacques and Joseph Campau, 1773-1796
    Box   1 F   3
    Business Correspondence, 1767, 1769, 1771, 1774
    Box   1 F   4
    Business Correspondence, and Accounts, 1776-1789
    Box   1 F   5
    Business Correspondence, 1790-1799
    Box   1 F   6
    Business Correspondence, 1800-1801
    Box   1 F   7
    Business Correspondence, 1802
    Box   1 F   8
    Business Correspondence, 1803
    Box   1 F   9
    Business Correspondence, 1805-1808
    Box   1 F   10
    Business Correspondence, 1810-1829
    Box   1 F   11
    Business Correspondence, 1830-1839
    Box   1 F   12
    Business Correspondence, 1840-1843
    Box   1 F   13
    Business Correspondence, 1844-1845, 1849
    Box   2 F   1
    Business Correspondence, 1853-1857, 1860-1868
    Box   2 F   2
    Business Correspondence, 1870-1879
    Box   2 F   3
    Business Correspondence, 1880-1890 (Scattered), undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Capitulation of Detroit, Michigan, 1812
    Box   2 F   5
    Certificate of Baptism, Bills, Receipts, Accounts, 1780-1789
    Box   2 F   6
    Correspondence, Personal, 1810-1811, 1813, 1818-1819
    Box   2 F   7
    Deeds for Lenawee County, Michigan, 1852; for Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 1833, 1845, 1833, 1845; 1852
    Box   2 F   8
    Military Letter, Lists of Ammunition, Orders, 1814, 1821, 1823-1825
    Box   2 F   9
    Miscellaneous, Poem, 1839
    Box   2 F   10
    St. Anne's Church (Detroit, Michigan), Account with Campau, 1770
    Box   2 F   11
    Campau, Barnabas, Letter Claiming Property, August 28, 1821
    Box   2 F   12
    Campau, Denys J., Letter (Photostat), March 18, 1839
    Box   2 F   13
    Campau, Joseph, Land Grants, Petition, 1813, 1826, 1832