M. M. Quaife, "Louis Lorimier," Missouri Historical Review 21 (1926) 616-18

M. M. Quaife, "Louis Lorimier," Missouri Historical Review 21 (1926) 616-18

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Louis Lorimier, who was one of the Frenchmen with the Shawnees who captured Boone and the Saltmakers, was a French-Canadian born at Lachine in 1748. He accompanied his father to the Ohio country as early as 1769, where they engaged in trade. At Pickawillany, the young man acquired a controlling influence over the Shawnee tribe in particular. His commercial connections at Detroit and Montreal made him a staunch supporter of the British cause, and Lorimier's Station became a noted center of British-Indian activity. Clark's campaign of 1782 razed this settlement. Thereafter Lorimier established himself on a tributary of the Glaize. Had considerable dealings with John Askin, a leading merchant of Detroit. The end of the Revolution brought disaster for Lorimer's business. He removed to Spanish Missouri, where he continued to have a strong influence among the emigrant Shawnees. He was the founder of Cape Girardeau. He had married a half-breed Shawnee woman named Charlotte Pemanpieh Bougainville, perhaps the daughter of Louis de Bougainville, Montcalm's chief of staff. After her death in 1808 he married Marie Berthiaume, another half-breed Shawnee, whose father was a gunsmith to the Shawnees. She outlived him and married John Logan, an American settler who subsequently removed to Illinois and by another marriage became the father of Gen. John A. Logan of Civil War fame. M. M. Quaife, "Louis Lorimier," MHR 21 (1926-27):616-18.

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