revis, i have found nothing additional on the patels, putelles, etc...
here is something to think about though.
the name in the detroit french records is given as
Patel dit Lebey
'dit' is french for 'called'
this means their name was patel but they were called lebey.
this is a very common thing among french familes of this period and even into the late 1800s.
some families used three 'dit'names, like
lefebvre dit belisle dit lemerise, which is
another french family from detroit i also descend from
it is possible some descendants of these people became known as lebey, lebay, etc...
approximatly when was kathleen patel killed?
my patel's came to detroit in 1748. figure they started having kids immediatly...and within 20 years their kids were having kids, etc....this system gives you an idea of how many generations you are possibly going to have to trace IF they connect to these detroit patels.
also, detroit in those days was the jumping off place for every expedition that went through the great lakes and then down the mississippi, and hence up the missouri or ohio rivers etc....french settlements dotted the region.
old ones too, like cape girardeau, missouri, st. Louis, louisville, new orleans, baton rouge, mobile alabama....many of these founding expeditions "jumped off" from detroit.
still the french population was very small.
major robert rogers, british military governor of detroit in the 1760s estimated that entire white population of the great lakes at about 2,500 people...some consider his estimate optimistic.
let me know where and when she was killed and if you have a family tradition that she was of french descent.
right now i have no additional information, but am looking about for more.
mike gorman of pownal,vermont
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