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MONTIGNY, Francis Joliet de, clergyman, born in Paris, France, in 1661; died there in 1725. After finishing his course in theology he went to Quebec, where he was ordained on S March, 1698, and appointed pastor of St. Ange Gardien, and director of the Ursuline nuns. In 1698 he was made vicar-general, and he was sent by the Seminary of Quebec in the following, year to found new missions along Mississippi river. He reached Mackinaw in September and entered the Mississippi in December. After preaching to the Tamarois Indians. he sailed down the river to the villages of the Arkansas, Tonicas, and Taensas. He baptized eighty-five children of the latter tribe and built a chapel among them in 1700. He then proceeded to the Tonicas on Yazoo river, where he built a mission-house and placed a missionary. After visiting the French settlement at Biloxi he extended his labors to the Natchez Indians, but the Jesuits complained of his presence as an intrusion into a district in which they had already begun to labor, and Montigny found his position so embarrassing that, with a view of arranging matters, he sailed for France in May, 1700. He returned to Canada, and is said to have been superior of the Seminary of Quebec in 1716-'19.
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