Death: Aug. 21, 1826
About 1770 Jean left Quebec and purchased a trading post at Micipicoten (Ontario). He remained there for three years. The American revolution interrupted his trading operations. By 1781 he had given up the post and moved to Michilimackinac (Mackinac Island, MI). For several years he travelled between there and Sault Ste. Marie (MI). He finally settled in Sault Ste. Marie by the late 1870s.
For the next 30 years Nolin would dominate the economic and social of te Sault, gateway to the Upper Country. He was working as an agent for the North West Company. In 1806 the Michilmackinac Company took over NWC's role and Nolin went to work as agent for them.
During the War of 1812, the population at the Sault followed the example of the traders and Indians by siding with the British. Jean was appointed a militia captain. Because of illness, Nolin did not take part in the attack on Fort Mackinac in July 1812.
Lord Selkirk Douglas met Nolin at the Sault in 1816. For some years afterwards, Selkirk would urge Nolin to move to the Red River settlement (Manitoba). He and others promised Nolin land grants, including a home as near the church as possible. In 1819, Nolin sold his Sault interests and moved his family to the post at Pembina (ND). In 1820 Nolin had moved to the Red River settlement and had received his land grants and new home north of St. Boniface.
In August 1826, Nolin's health was failing and he was living in the home of Bishop Joseph-Norbert Provencher. In August of that year he died on the 21st and was buried on the 23rd.
Saint Boniface Cathedral Cemetery