Name: Alexis Germain
Death: 19 MAY 1712 in Fort Detroit
FORT PONTCHARTRAIN du DETROIT 1700 - 1710
NEW FRANCE (MICHIGAN)
EMPIRE de CADILLAC
The following are, basically, Fort Detroit inhabitants who paid rent between 1707-1710, and includes those who paid no rent but are in the vicinity in 1701 or earlier, to 1710.
It would appear that rent was a form of taxation to cover the cost of government (protection) and the services of the Church. Those who didn't pay rent, such as visiting traders, were forced to pay a Church tax anyway. The renters, however, were required to obtain permission (permit) to leave the colony, whereas the non residents were freemen. Some renters were, in fact, farming a fair distance from Fort Detroit, New France (Michigan), but both farmers and town dwellers disappeared during the hunting or fur trading seasons. Fort Detroit, New France (Michigan) was virtually empty except for the army. It would appear that those who paid no rent are soldiers, indentured people, merchants, Coureurs des Bois, free traders, voyagers or those living among the Indians.
It is noteworthy that the Native tribes were encouraged to settle around the Fort, and the Wendat, Oppenagos, Ottawas, Miamis, and Iroquois established settlements, immediately planting gardens. Farming means living away from the Fort on a farm size property and may or may not include agriculture.
Alexis Germain son Robert Germain of Pointe aux Tremble, Quebec, brother Robert, soldier, arrived May 9, 1708, no rent, killed by gunshot, by Ytaganish Indians, May 19, 1712, in defense Fort Detroit, New France (Michigan).
Robert Germain brother Alexis, born September 8, 1680, Quebec, arrived May 18, 1708, town rent, obtained Pierre Taverau's lot.
Father: Robert Germain b: 1639
Mother: Marie Coignard b: 1643