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Moliere's Tartuffe
Moliere's Tartuffe

The head of a prosperous family, has taken in and been taken in by Tartuffe, a man who purports to be holy, but is really a fraud. Campau and his mother are the only ones to have fallen under the trickster's spell – the rest of the relatives, including his wife and nephew, see right through Tartuffe.

Tartuffe
Tartuffe

As a result of Molière's play, contemporary French and English both use the word "tartuffe" to designate a hypocrite who ostensibly and exaggeratedly feigns virtue, especially religious virtue.

Adelaide Dequindre Campau
Adelaide Dequindre Campau

Adelaide Dequindre was the daughter of Antoine Ponchartrain Dequindre and Catherine (Desriviere) Lemoinodiere. Adelaide was a woman of refinement, dignity, fashion, and faith, in whose hands a bible is prominently displayed.

Catherine Menard
Catherine Menard

Catherine Menard is Joseph Campau's mother and also a sucker for Tartuffe.

Joseph Campau
Joseph Campau

Joseph Campau (February 2, 1769–July 23, 1863) was among Detroit, Michigan's leading citizens and wealthiest landowners. Campau was a Roman Catholic until he was excommunicated for selling whiskey to Native Americans and having joined the Masons

Marie (Campau) Williams
Marie (Campau) Williams

Like her brother Joseph, Marie Cecilia (Campau) Williams had a falling out with the Catholic church. She married Thomas Williams in Albany New York. Williams was not Catholic and they were not married in a Catholic church. Their children included John R.

Palms Postscript
Palms Postscript

Catherine and Francis Palms separated in 1862 and she moved to Montreal with their daughter.

Moliere's Tartuffe
Moliere's Tartuffe

Moliere's Tartuffe was first performed in France in 1664. It was almost immediately censored by King Louis XIV.

Moliere's Tartuffe
Moliere's Tartuffe

Campau tells his daughter Catherine that she will be marrying Tartuffe instead of Palms, her longtime fiancé.

John R.
John R.

John R. Williams was the first Mayor of Detroit and also imprisoned in Montreal for 6 months after shooting a man in a duel.

Moliere's Tartuffe
Moliere's Tartuffe

Tartuffe attempts to seduce Campau's wife, Adelaide Dequindre. She shuts him down, then makes a deal with him.

Moliere's Tartuffe
Moliere's Tartuffe

John R. decides to tell Campau what's happened, Campau refuses to believe him – and disinherits him instead. Tartuffe is made the sole heir to Campau's fortune.

Moliere's Tartuffe
Moliere's Tartuffe

After being discovered and thrown out of the house, Tartuffe vows to get back at Campau. He leaves quickly. Campau realizes he's in quite a pickle. He's already signed over all his possessions to Tartuffe, and, to top it all off, the swindler has run off with some incriminating documents.

Francis Palms
Francis Palms

Francis Frederick Palms was born in born in Antwerp, Belgium December 13, 1809. Federick and his parents and his siblings relocated to Detroit in 1833, He spent the majority of his early years working for Campau, Francis Married his second wife Catherine Campau, daughter of Joseph. He ultimately surpassed his father-in-law by becoming the largest landowner in all of Michigan and built a beautiful Italianate residence at 357/651 E Jefferson Ave.

Simon Girty
Simon Girty

Simon Girty was a notorious frontiersman, reviled as a British supporter

Union of DeQuindre & Campau
Union of DeQuindre & Campau

Campau was married to Adelaide Dequindre on May 18, 1808. They had eight children.

Campau
Campau

Joseph Campau and his nephew John R. went into business together, started newspapers, one of which became the Detroit Free Press

Louis Groesbeck
Louis Groesbeck

Sent by Governor Cass, officer Louis Groesbeck arrives to arrest...spoiler alert!

Mandy's Inspiration
Mandy's Inspiration

It all started for me with the WDET story on CuriosiD about John R the road. Everything just fell into place. It wasn't forced, it was honestly just luck, or in my belief system divine spark/creation. Higher Power stuff, gift from God...Girty was my favorite find though. Mostly because I love a good character and when I read that little blurb the stuff that popped into my head just made me laugh.

 

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