Her father was born in French Canada and spoke French as his native language, so he gave his daughter the French name "Genevieve" (apparently also spelled "Jenevieve"). The front formation shortening is Gen, which sounds similar to the English name "Jane," and is probably the reason that this was settled upon as her American name.
The name "Manaigre" has a bewildering array of variants: "Monagre, Managre, Manage, Menagre."
Jane was born in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin, United States in 1825. (1880 Census, p. 152)
In the year of her birth, 1825, she lived with her parents in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then part of Michigan Territory.
In 1832, the Manaigres were living at Fort Winnebago, and Jane was being schooled briefly by Juliette Kinzie, wife of the Indian sub-agent, and famous author of Wau Bun. However, this experiment in schooling the local kids fell through, and she and her sister were sent back to Green Bay for their education. (Kinzie, 274-275)
In 1839, when depositions were taken with respect to the settlement of the 1837 treaty with the Winnebago, the Manaigre family was living in Green Bay again. (Waggoner, 44-45)
Since 1865, she had resided in Alton, Waseca, Minnesota, United States. (Waseca County Herald; 1880 Census, p. 152)
In 1896, she moved to Mankato, Minnesota. (Waseca County Herald)
Her early life was spent on the frontier, first in Green Bay, then for a time at Ft. Winnebago at the Portage in Wisconsin. It appears that she spoke only French, but an attempt was made by Mrs. Juliette Kinzie to set up an informal school at the fort which she attended, as it says in her book:
As to her experiences in Mr. Cadle's school or how long she continued on there, it's clear from Rueben Gold Thwaites' observations, that it may not have been pleasant:
Since her mother was Winnebago, they followed the tribe for a time, including their exile to Minnesota, but when that nation was forced to move to Nebraska, the Manaigres stayed behind in Minnesota, living in Alton from 1865.
She had three daughters and six sons. (Waseca County Herald)
"Mrs. Jane Wag[g]oner, mother of Mrs. Nettleton, of this city, and of Mr. John Wagoner, of Alton, died last Friday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. Lawrence, in Mankato. Her death was due to neuralgia of the heart from which she had been more or less a sufferer. She had been visiting in Waseca, but returned to Mankato, Wednesday, on account of illness. Mrs. Wagoner was 75 years of age, and leaves three daughters and six sons. She had resided in Alton since 1865, up to four years ago, when she went to Mankato. She was respected and esteemed by all who knew her. She was also one of the very earliest settlers of the state." (Waseca County Herald)
She is buried at Alma City Cemetery, Janesville, Waseca County, Minnesota, USA, Block 3, Row 6, Lot 20. (Find a Grave)
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