Jean Baptiste Cadotte (Cadeau), Jr.

(1761-1818)
Jean Baptiste II was the eldest son of Jean Baptiste Cadot I and Anastasia, his Nipissing wife. Jean II was educated in Lower Canada and reputedly spoke Ojibway, Latin, French and English. His wife (name unknown) was also a Half-Breed, they had four children. He was employed by the North West Company signing his first contract on September 2, 1795 with William McGillivray at Saulte Ste. Marie. By 1798-99 he was senior clerk for the Fond du Lac department. He became a partner in the company in 1801 but by 1803 was expelled because of his intemperate drinking. He then received a pension of £100 per year from 1803 to 1813. This ended upon his appointment as Interpreter in the Indian Department of Upper Canada.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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