Medard Cardinal

about 1847–23 June 1891 (Age 44)
Pinconning, Bay, Michigan, United States

The Life of Medard

When Medard Cardinal was born about 1847, his father, Benoni Boutin dit Cardinal, was 29 and his mother, Rosalie Bonneau, was 24. He married Mathilda Riche on 10 April 1870, in Pain Court, Kent, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Dover, Kent, Ontario, Canada in 1881. He died on 23 June 1891, in Pinconning, Bay, Michigan, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Pinconning, Bay, Michigan, United States.

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Medard Cardinal
Mathilda Riche
Marriage: 10 April 1870
Ermine Mathilda Cardinal
Agnes Louise Cardinal
Melenisse Cardinal
Medard Cardinal
Albert Cardinal
Narcisse Nelson Cardinal
Selina Cardinal
Marie Rose Ann Cardinal
Elizabeth Cardinel

Spouse and Children


    Mathilda Riche


10 April 1870
Pain Court, Kent, Ontario, Canada


    Ermine Mathilda Cardinal



    Agnes Louise Cardinal



    Albert Cardinal


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Benoni Boutin dit Cardinal


    Rosalie Bonneau




+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1847 · Moving the State Capital

Age 0

The capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing on March 17, 1847. The capital was moved to be further away from Canada, to encourage settlement and boost economy toward the inner regions of the state, and to make to capital more accessible to everyone statewide.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 7

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Age 16

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English, French, Spanish, and Dutch: from Middle English, Old French cardinal ‘cardinal’, the church dignitary (Latin cardinalis, originally an adjective meaning ‘crucial’). The surname may have denoted a servant who worked in a cardinal's household, but was probably more often bestowed as a nickname on someone who habitually dressed in red or who had played the part of a cardinal in a pageant, or on one who acted in a lordly and patronizing manner, like a prince of the Church.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Medore Cardinal, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Medar in entry for Nelson Cardinal and Agnes Ganyaw, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Medo... in entry for Frank Lafave and Elizabeth Cardinel, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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