Bio: Arquette, Joseph (History - 1836)

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----Source: 1891 Bio. Hist. Of Clark Jackson Co., Wisconsin, pg. 378 - 379.

JOSEPH ARQUETTE, hotel keeper at Lynn, Clark County, was born at Beardstown, Illinois, February 22, 1836, the second son of a family of seven children, four of whom grew up, three sons and one daughter. Mitchell Arquette, the father, was born in LaPrairie, Canada, one of a family of four sons and three daughters, all with one exception remaining in Canada. His grandfather was one of the early pioneers near Montreal, and was a farmer. Mitchell Arquette's children were: John, who is living int the town of Richfield, Wood County, this State, and Mary, now the wife of George Dawes, in Necedah, Juneau County, this State. John Arquette has been twice married, and has three sons and two daughters.

Mitchell Arquette was employed by the Hudson Bay Company for ten years, and was a man who endured great hardships in the early years of his life, between eighteen and thirty. He was past middle life when he married Margaret Robbie, the daughter of a Frenchman of great mechanical and engineering skill. He became a citizen of the United States when about thirty years of age, or soon after he quit the Hudson Bay Company. Thereafter he was employed about twenty years by the American Fur Company, in their trapping and hunting dealing with the Indians. Here is a demonstration that a life in the woods and in camp, with its hardships, does not always mean a short duration of life, as he lived to ninety-six years of age, retaining his mental faculties almost unimpaired to the last. But he was preceded by a still more remarkable instance of longevity, has father having reached the extreme old age of 104 years Joseph Arquette's brothers and sisters were born in the United States.


Joseph married Mary Ann Bradby, of Kilbourn City, Wisconsin, October 16, 1857, when twenty-one years of age, and they have five children living, namely: Carrie M., born May 4, 1860 Emma, born December 1, 1863 James F., born April 15, 1865 Celia J., September 28, 1867, and Mary E., October 20, 1872. Carrie married Joseph Nowatney, since deceased, and has four children, viz. Earl C., born June 13, 1881 Grace H., born July 22, 1883 Joseph G., born January 4, 1885, and Mary Maud, July 12, 1887. Emma married George Kenister and has the following named children: George E., born April 18, 1883 Joseph H., June 24, 1884, Bert A., November 27, 1886 Stella, born July 17, 1890. The remaining members of the family are single. Mrs. Arquette's mother, whose age is seventy-four years, is living with the family, enjoying good health her husband died at the age of seventy-two years.
Mr. Arquette, whose name heads this sketch, during the late war enlisted in Company C, Fifty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the end of that great struggle, being discharged in the autumn of 1865, at Columbus, Ohio.



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