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Paquette Family Name

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Robert Paquette (a French boy, born about 1817) was abandoned by his family and raised as a member of the tribe by the widow of Pierre Msadoquis. Robert married Marguerite Capino and 2nd Marie Jeanne Benedict. Robert had at least 10 children, at least 7 of them married Abenaki.

In the later part of the 1800s the Paquette family was involved in a bitter political battle over their right to benefit from tribal membership. Robert was a white man and the government had passed laws prohibiting white men and their families from being legal members of the wife's tribe. At one point the family was removed from tribal membership lists. They were later reinstated, with consent from the government, but lost the land at Odanak that they had previously farmed.

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