Name: Adolphe Jeannot 1 2 3
Birth: 1829 in St Henri de Mascoutche, L'Assomption, Quebec
Death: 4 JUL 1902 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
Burial: JUL 1902 St Mary's Cemetery, Muskegon, MI
Occupation: 1860 Foreman at Ferry Bros sawmill
Burial Record Lot 108-2
ADR1: 27 Morris St
- Moved to Muskegon, MI in 1864 and was among the pioneer settlers of the area of Lake Harbor.
There they had 14 children (9 boys and 5 girls) 5 children did not survive early childhood.
According to a book titled "History of Muskegon County, Michigan with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers" (published in 1882):
"Peter Jeannot was born near Montreal, Canada, in the year 1829. His parents were in very limited circumstances, with a large family of children, and at the age of 16 years, with scanty clothing and only sixteen cents in his pocket, without the knowledge of his parents, but with resolute and determined mind Peter and some other boys about the same age, left their parental roof for the city of Chicago, at which place he arrived in the fall of 1845. For three days of the time after leaving home he did not taste of food. He had an acquaintance in Chicago with whom he stayed for two weeks. From there he went in the lumber region of Northern Green Bay remaining there engaged in saw mills until the fall of 1855. From Green Bay he went to Manistee, Michigan."
Beginning in 1864 he was the superintendent and general manager for Ferry's Mill at Lake Harbor, and was for several years the postmaster. He and his wife moved to Muskegon, MI in 1864 and were some of the pioneer settlers of the area of Lake Harbor. Joseph and family also moved to Muskegon around the same time, possibly together although he is not listed in the 1870 census for the area. Once in Muskegon Co. they (Peter and Mary) had 14 children (9 boys and 5 girls) although 5 children did not survive early childhood. According to the 1951 Muskegon Chronicle obituary of his daughter, Clara (Jeannot) Groleau, Peter "owned a sawmill, store and hotel near the bend of the channel where it is now spanned by the bridge." Peter died on July 04, 1902 and was buried in St Mary's cemetery in Muskegon, MI.
Peter, along with a fellow lumberman, H. Bradley, saw that with Muskegon's growing population, the community should have some artistic venue for entertainment. The two men purchased a strip of land on the north side of Western next to First, and in 1866-67 built a theater that opened to the public Jan. 30 and 31, 1868.
The building was named the Academy of Music, and the opening event was a concert under the direction of George D. Herrick of Grand Rapids, with 40 Muskegon men and women dressed in elaborate costumes.
There still was no connecting railroad with Muskegon and the other parts of the state, and all programs had to be presented by local groups. These consisted of concerts, lectures and plays. An operetta, "The Nile Queen," was one of these attractions and was presented July 29, 30, and 31, 1869, and prices in different sections were 35, 50, and 75 cents. The building did not prove to be profitable to the original owners and it closed in June of 1870.
Peter continued to work for the growing city and helped provide for the French-Canadian community. He was instrumental in organizing a church to serve his community's needs and wrote of his work in the following:
-Reminiscence of Peter Jeannot who came to Muskegon in 1864.
From the Muskegon Daily Chronicle, 27JAN1900
"I am a charter member of the French Catholic church and was one of the building committee. You see, when Father Rivers was here, we tried to get him to alternate and deliver his sermon in French one Sunday and in English the next. In the year 1874 we made an effort to build a French church. We called a mass meeting and there was appointed a committee composed of Edward Bertrand, Dr. LaMontagne and myself to confer. We saw Father Rivers and he gave us a letter of recommendation to the Bishop of the Diocese, who lived in Detroit. We went there and called on the Bishop, but Father Rivers had written ahead and the Bishop said the time hadn't come yet to build. Our reception was very short and the question wasn't settled then.
In '83 the same question came with Father VanPammel. He said he would deliver a sermon in the language of the country and no other language would he use. So Joseph Marcoux sent and got a priest from St Anne, IL - Father Letellier. He came here and organized the French church. We went to work and bought two lots from L. G. Mason and built a church which has been in debt ever since till a week ago last Sunday when they cleared all debts.
Everybody gave something towards building the French church - both Protestants and Catholics.. Father Magnan has been our pastor 15 years since last September. When he started there were 250 to 300 French families in the church, but when the mills commenced to close up they had to seek work in other towns, so there are only 150 families today. We lived through the hard times and that's all. When Father Magnan came here he had to shoulder a debt of $6,000 and he has stayed right through and stood by us like a man."
In 1883 he went into the lumber business for himself on White River at Montague.
- Based on death records of sons Albert and Eugene, family moved from Norton (also called Norton Shores) to Muskegon between Aug 1878 and Mar 1882.
St Mary's Cemetery Lot 108-2
Father: Elidore Jeannot b: AFT 1792 in Quebec
Mother: Euphrosine "Frizel" Content b: ABT 1799 in Quebec
Marie Lambert b: 4 AUG 1836 in Riviere du Loup, Quebec
20 JUN 1859
in Bourbonnais, Kankakee Co., IL
- Note: Lic: 260 Vol:B - from Illinois State Marriage Index - names them as "Peter Jennott and Mary Lombard.
- Mary Jane Jeannot b: MAY 1860 in Bourbonnais, Kankakee Co., IL
- Julia Jeannot b: 1862 in Bourbonnais, Kankakee Co., IL
- Elidore Jeannot b: 1863 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
- Mary Jeannot b: 1865 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
- William E. Jeannot b: 21 APR 1866 in Lake Harbor, Muskegon Co., MI
- Noah Jeannot b: 1867 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
- Clara Jeannot b: 27 MAY 1869 in Lake Harbor, Muskegon Co., MI
- Noah Joseph Jeannot b: 1870 in Muskegon Co., MI
- Edward Jeannot b: 28 SEP 1872 in Lake Harbor, Muskegon Co., MI
- Arthur Francis Jeannot b: 11 MAY 1874 in Lake Harbor, Muskegon Co., MI
- Albert Jeannot b: ABT 2 APR 1876 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
- Eugene Jeannot b: 9 NOV 1877 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
- Eugenia Helen Jeannot b: 9 NOV 1877 in Lake Harbor, Muskegon Co., MI
- James Jeannot b: 1879 in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
- Title: 1860 census
Page: White River, Muskegon Co., MI
Text: age 30
- Title: 1870 census
Page: Norton Twp., Muskegon Co., MI, pg 335
- Title: 1880 census
Page: Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI, ED 193, pg 38