Who is this Thomas Proux?

Who is this Thomas Proux?

1 November 2016 0 By Jean-Pierre Proulx

Fort du Quesne (Pittsburgh)

« L’an mille sept cent cinquante six, le cinquième de décembre, est décédé a fort Duquesne, sous le titre de l’assomption de Sté Vierge, à la belle rivière le nommé Thomas proux, agé de 21 ans ou environ, après avoir reçu les sts sacrements de pénitence et d’extrê.nonction. Son corps a ét inhumé dans le cimetière des picotés et cela avec les cérémonies ordinaires, par nous ptre Récolet, sousigné aumonier du Roy au fort Duquesne. En foy de quoi=y nous avons signé. f. Gabrier an Genser P.R »

Excerpt from the register of baptisms, marriages and burials of Fort Duquesne, at The Belle River, opened by Contrecoeur, commander in chief of the forts Duquesne, the Peninsula and the Rivière au Boeufs in 1755 and delivered to the Father Denys Baron, Récolet.

Fort Duquesne became Pittsburgh after the Conquest. The Belle River is the French name for Ohio, a tributary of the Mississippi. It is in this region that the Seven Years’ War began, whose fatal outcome is known.

As for Thomas Proux, he does not seem to have been a soldier, as the register usually indicates when he is. And there is no Thomas Proux born in the St. Lawrence Valley in the 1730s. There are three Thomas Proux born before 1730, but all three died in Quebec.

In short, who is this Thomas Proux of Fort Duquesne? Who will find the answer?