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The 1787 Contract between the
French Inhabitants and Tardiveau

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The 1787 Contract between
the Americans and Tardiveau

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Source: "Kaskaskia Records" 1778 - 1790
Transcribed by a Friend of Free Genealogy

The Contract between the French Inhabitants and Tardiveau

August 27, 1787

Know all men by these presents that the French inhabitants of the villages of Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher, and their dependencies, have appointed Barthelemi Tardiveau, Esq., their agent at Congress for the purpose of claiming and obtaining for them the confirmation of their ancient rights and also other granst of land in this country of the Illinois; and that we the aforesaid inhabitants of the villages of Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher, and their dependencies, promise and bind ourselves, jointly and severally, as well in our names as in behalf of our male children and other persons whom we may represent, to cede, leave, and abandon in full propriety, to the said Barthelemi Tardiveau, his heirs or assigns, the tenth part of all lands which he shall cause to be confirmed or be conceded in our favor, as a compensation for his trouble and pain, traveling expenses and other expenses; on condition that, if he does not obtain anything, he shall have no right to demand anything from us for his said expenses, troubles, and cares. It is understood that the said Barthelemi Tardiveau shall not be able to take the tenth part of the lands, which is granted him for his pay, from the tracts within the general concession which he shall obtain; provided, nevertheless, that the said or the two said tracts be about equal in area, and in situation similar to the rest of the land thus obtained. In witness whereof we the magistrates and other inhabitants of the villages of Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher, and their dependencies, have signed the present agreement and placed thereon the seal of the Court. Done unanimously at Kaskaskia, August 27, 1787:

JANIS, J. ST. G. BAUVAIS, VITALE BAUVAIS, BLAISE BARUTEL, JOSEPH TIBAUT, MICHEL DANIS, CLAUDE LEMIEUX, LOUIS GERVAIS CHAMBERLAN, ANTOINE LACHANSE, ANTOINE PELTHIER SR., P. CHEVALLIER, FRANCOIS TIBAULT, JAQUES PERRIER, LOUIS PILLESTE, BAPTISTE JANIS, TORTON, JACQUES CHENIER, LACHANSE, L. BRAZEAUX, JOSEPH DOSA, NICOLAS CANADA, JEAN BAPT. THAUMUR, BAPT. FELISSE, JOSEPH DEVOUX, ANTOINE PELLETIER, JACQUES GAUSSIAUX, GABRIELLE LACHANSE, BARBAU, BARBAU, JR., LOUIS DORRE, JOSEPH TERRIER, ANTOINE DOMINGO, JSOEPH MENDOSA, ANTOINE ATINO, ANT. BUYAT, TIMOTHE DE MONBREUN, FRANCOIS LANGDAU, ANTOINE CHENIER, CHARLEVILLE, CHARLES DELISLE, BAPT. LACHANSE, PHILIPE DEVOUX, BAPT. DELISLE, FR. CORSET, LOUIS DELISLE, AT. LOUVIERE, G. DE COCHY, AYME COMTE, GERARD LANGLOIS, LASA BLANIER, J. L. ATINO

We, the magistrates of Kaskaskias, have signed the present agreement and attached our seal thereunto, so that it may be made binding.

Kaskaskia, August 27, 1787

ANTOINE BAUVAIS (SEAL), VITALE BAUVAIS (SEAL), J. ST. G. BAUVAIS (SEAL), NICOLAS CAILLOT LACHANSE (SEAL), FR. CORSET (SEAL), L. BRAZAUX (SEAL)


The Contract between the Americans and Tardiveau

August 27, 1787

Know all men that we, whose names are hereunto subscribed, having appointed you Bartholomew Tardiveau, Esq., our agent at Congress to the effect of petitioning and obtaining for us grants of lands in the Illinois country, do promise and bind ourselves, as well in our name as in behalf of our male children or other persons whom we may represent, jointly and severally to pay you, your heirs, executors, or assigns, the tenth part of all the lands that you shall or may so obtain for us; as a compensation for your pains, travelling expenses, and costs of attendance upon condition that, if you do not succeed in obtaining such gratuitous grants of lands, We shall not pay you antyhing for your said trouble. The tenth part of the lands obtained, which shall be your reward, is not to be divided from every particular tract, but laid off in tracts of the same extent with the rest, and you are to have an equal chance in drawing your share by the fate of a lottery. Done at KasKasKia this 27th day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven. We except from the lands given you in payment all & every improvement made by any one of us the day and year as above.

JOHN ANDERSON, JOHN BARTEN, EBENEZER SEVERNS, JOHN VALLIS, LEARKEN REATHERFORD, SALVENES CASSELMAN, BENJAMIN BYRUN, GEORGE WAIRE, DAVID GUISE, SAMUEL STEPHENSON, WM. SMITH, JOSIAH RYAN, HENRY SMITH, ELIJAH SMITH, JOSEPH STEVENSON, JIMMY ORR, JOHN PORTER, THOS. GREEN, HENRY GREEN, CHRISTOPHER SMITH, JOHN COOK, MOSES BIGGER, THOMAS HERMON, HUGH MC D CHISHOLM, WILLIAM DURY, CLEMMENT DURY, BEFF DURY, JAMES SCOTT, ROBERT WATTS, JAMES WATTS, NICHOLAS SMITH, JAMES MOORE, JOHN LEEPER, BENJ. DAVIS, JOHN MOORE, GEORGE ATCHISON, MICHAEL HUFF, JOHN SLOUGHTER, THOMAS CLARK, LAURANCE HURD, JAMES HENDERSON, ISAAC CHALFIN, PETER CASTERLAND, ISAAC WADDLE, JOSEPH WORLEY, SAMUEL WORLEY, HENRY LEVENS, JAMES BRYENT, ABLE BARKER, NATHANIEL HULL, EPHRAIM STORY, HENRY GOLDEN, JOHN FERRELL, DANIEL SHULTZE, PETTER ZIP, LAURENCE KENEN, THOMAS MARRS, CHARLES OHARA, SAMUEL KINKED, WILLIAM CHENEY, WILLIAM OGLESBERRY, ELISHA VANNATSON, ALEXANDER DINNIS, THOMAS MORGAN, JOHN CLARK, W. COOK, JOSIAH RUNDELL, SETH RUNDELL, JOSEPH CUBIDGE, JAMES CURRY, THOMAS HARMON, JACOB MORES, ISEUEL HARMON, JOHN DOYLE, ROBERT COCHRAN, JOHN PORTER, ARCHIBALD MACNABB, JAMES MACNABB, JOHN DODGE, GEORGE BIGGS, JOHN TAILOR, JOS. OGLE, WM. BROWN, DAVID WADDELL, JESSEY WADDELL, SHADRACH BOND, BENJAMIN TURNER, JOHN MARSHEL, HENRY MCLAUGHLIN, WILLIAM HOWE, JAMES MCROBERTS, JOHN DEMSY, WILLIAM DOVE, SAMUEL PHYLE GARETSON, ROBERT SEYBOLD, JACOB GROOTS, GEORGE WILKINSON, CHARLES HOOD, ROBERT CREIGHTON, DANIEL FINANE, BARNABY MCION, ISAAC C WEST, GARLAND KERR, CHARLES GILL, WILLIAM BALKY, ROBERT OWEN, LAYTON WHITE, GEORGE HENDRICK, JOHNSON AMERSON, JAMES PIGGOTT, JSOEPH MASON, JOHN SULEVAN, PHILLIPS DAVID ROGERS, THOS. BIGGS, JAMES LEMEN, HENRY FOSTER, BENJAMIN OGLE, SAMUEL BORKS, THO HUGHES, WM. BIGGS, JOHN PEMPLIN, TOBIAS BRASHERS, WILLIAM ROBINS, JAMES CINCAID, DAVID HAGAN, LIVIG THAL, JAMES WILLEY, EUSEBIUS BUSHNELL, EZRA BUSHNELL, BENJ. ROGERS, THOMAS WIN, JOHN WATTS, ROBERT REDRICK, JOHN PETERS, MASON LUNEFORD, SAMUEL MORRISON, JOHN COCHRAN





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