The Warren connection

I’m going to go back in time now, and show the fascinating ancestors of Pépère’s mother, Philomene McMillan. In many ways, her ancestry has some of the most interesting stories.

Occasionally the genealogy gods smile down on a researcher,  and that was certainly the case when I started investigating Philomene’s roots. It turns out that her maternal great-great-great grandmother was a woman named Ann Warren. Ann never left Ireland, and I never would have discovered more about her, except for the fact that her brother was Vice Admiral Sir Peter Warren.

Admiral Sir Peter Warren, painted c. 1748-1752, by Thomas Hudson. National Maritime Museum, London, England, from Wikimedia Commons

Admiral Sir Peter Warren, painted c. 1748-1752, by Thomas Hudson. National Maritime Museum, London, England, from Wikimedia Commons

Sir Peter’s life has been well documented and researched; thus I was able to follow that line far, far back in time. It will take several more blog posts to share all the fascinating stories I’ve found.

Sir Peter and Anne were born in Ireland the son and daughter of Michael Warren of Warrenstown, Co. Meath, and Lady Catherine Aylmer. The Aylmer and Warren families were old Anglo-Irish families with important military and political connections. Peter joined the navy in 1716 under the guidance of his uncle Admiral Matthew Aylmer (1st Lord Aylmer, Baron of Balrath, Co. Meath.)

Sir Peter’s naval career sent him to North America and the West Indies. At this time it was common practice for captured ships to be considered a “prize” and the value of the ship and its cargo was distributed amongst those who seized it. Such “prize money” added to Sir Peter’s wealth, and he invested in land, money lending and stocks. In 1731 he married Susannah DeLancey, daughter of a wealthy and influential New York family whose brother James was Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New York.

From 1744 to 1748, England and France were fighting what is known as King George’s War for supremacy on the eastern coast of North America. In 1745 the British, with a fighting force made up of New England soldiers, and a British naval fleet under the command of Sir Peter successfully captured the French fort of Louisbourg on Île Royale, now Cape Breton Island. (If you are interested, you can watch the NFB film Louisbourg under siege online.)

For his efforts at Louisbourg, Peter was made an Admiral. He also served as a British Member of Parliament. He built a mansion on an estate of 300 acres in what is now Greenwich Village, which you can read about here.  His philanthropy included the support of churches and hospitals. He died suddenly in Dublin in 1752. He is buried in Ireland, and his widow commissioned a monument that is in Westminster Abbey.

Here’s the descent from Ann Warren to Pépère:

1-Anne WARREN (-)
+Christopher JOHNSON (-)
2-Ann JOHNSON (-)
+Richard DEASE (-)
3-Dr. John DEASE (1745-1801)
+Jane FRENCH (ca 1754-1802)
4-John Warren DEASE Sr. (1783- 1830)
+Genevieve BEIGNET (1796-1860)
5-Margaret DEASE (1818-1905)
+William MCMILLAN (1806-1903)
6-Philomene MCMILLAN (1848- 1923)
+Thomas HOGUE (1840-20 May 1924)
7-Thomas Joseph HOGUE (1879- 1955)

The Gaudry families

One of the best things about “doing” genealogy is that you get to make contact with far distant relatives, who often have precious photographs and information you are missing. This recently happened to me when I happened upon a photograph, posted on ancestry.ca, of Pépère’s sister Elizabeth Hogue (not to be confused with his aunt, the “elusive Elizabeth”!) and her husband Modeste Gaudry and their family. It was a picture I had seen before, but only a very faded copy in the La Salle history book Then to Now. The owner of the photograph turned out to be researching the Gaudry line and gave me permission to post it here. We have exchanged a great deal of information and have added to each other’s knowledge of the Hogue and Gaudry families.

Description from Then to Now: the history of La Salle, Manitoba. Back row: Melina, Ulrick, Modeste Jr., Louis, Odile. Middle row: Elizabeth with Jeanne on her knee, Laura, Marie, Elizabeth, Modeste Sr. Front row: Armand, Joseph, Adelard

Description from Then to Now: the history of La Salle, Manitoba. Back row: Melina, Ulrick, Modeste Jr., Louis, Odile. Middle row: Elizabeth with Jeanne on her knee, Laura, Marie, Elizabeth, Modeste Sr. Front row: Armand, Joseph, Adelard

Isn’t this a wonderful picture? Elizabeth looks beautiful, despite having 12 children! The baby on her lap, Jeanne, was born April 17, 1911 so the picture was probably taken in late 1911 or early 1912.

Tragically, the second youngest, Adelard, the boy in front of his father, would die on July 31, 1912 in La Salle, Manitoba. The family moved to Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan and in the month of October 1918, Elizabeth would bury not only her husband Modeste, but also two daughters, Elizabeth and Laura. 1918-1919 were the years of the influenza pandemic, sometimes called the “Spanish flu”,  that killed about 50 million people worldwide.

By the 1921 census, the youngest child, Jeanne, was living with her married sister Melina, and Armand was with his married brother Modeste.  Elizabeth herself was listed as a boarder with one of the Lalonde families.  In 1922 Elizabeth married a widower, Joseph Lanoie. Elizabeth died September 18, 1952 in Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan.

Pepere’s sister Adelaide had married Modeste Gaudry’s brother Octave. Some time before this, I had made contact with a descendant of Adelaide and Octave who had also shared a marvellous photograph with me. It was simply captioned as the families of Modeste and Octave Gaudry, with no particular people identified.

It just so happened that, as I was doing some research at the Centre du patrimoine at the St. Boniface Historical Society this week, I came upon the book Poplar Poles and Wagon Trails, a history of Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan. Sure enough, there was the same picture, but this time with a caption that listed, but did not identify, some of the people in the picture. After spending more time researching the families of both Adelaide/Octave and Elizabeth/Modeste I have been able to “correct” the information in the caption, but alas, still not identify who is who!

Gaudry families
The man in the centre is definitely Octave. On the right is his wife Adelaide Hogue and the one on the left is Modeste’s wife Elizabeth Hogue.

Picture taken in 1916 by Ernest Srigley on Octave Gaudry farm. In random order: Octave Gaudry and wife Adelaide Hogue, and their children: Auxillia Srigley with Abel and Dorothy Leger (Auxillia’s children from her first marriage), Hector Gaudry and wife Inga Hanson,Octave Gaudry Jr. and wife Eva Balaux, Philippe Gaudry and wife Emiliana Dionne, Mary Guillelmine, Willie, Horace (aka Buster) and Raymond. Also in random order: Elizabeth Hogue (wife of Modeste Gaudry), and their children Odile Lagasse (and her boys, Emmanuel and Paul), Melina Gaudry and Eugene Lalonde, Laura Gaudry, Elizabeth Gaudry, Armand Gaudry and Jeanne Gaudry.

Now the Gaudry family is not a direct blood relation to my line, but all of Elizabeth and Adelaide’s children, 21 in total, were cousins of my Dad’s. So, of course the temptation to research more about them is irresistible! Turns out Modeste and Octave came from a large family. Among their siblings was an older brother Andre who worked as a scout and interpreter for the North West Mounted Police in Saskatchewan. This Andre knew Sitting Bull when the Sioux leader came to the region to escape the situation in the United States.

The father of Andre, Modeste and Octave was Amable Gaudry and his father was Andre Gaudry, a mason from Montreal, who worked on the construction of Lower Fort Garry, as did my ancestor Amable Hogue! In fact, another little tidbit of information I discovered this week, was that when Amable Hogue and Marguerite Taylor’s first child, Marie was baptized in St. Boniface in 1832, her godfather was Andre Gaudry!

Connections, connections, connections!

The Hogues of La Salle, Manitoba

October 9th marks my first year “blogiversary”. It’s been an exciting year of research, writing and “meeting” new relatives. Today’s post is about my paternal grandparents, Joseph Thomas Hogue and Marie Emma Girardin.

Thomas had been born on the 26th of February in 1879 in St. Charles, Manitoba. (Coincidentally, 26th of February is also my birthday!) His family moved to La Salle to farm around 1893. Emma was born on the 23rd of June, 1878 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  (I’ll be telling her story later.)  Her family moved to La Salle in 1895.

The 1901 Census of Canada for La Salle shows the Hogues and the Girardins next to each other.

1901; Census Place: Macdonald, Selkirk, Manitoba. Page 9, Family No: 77 Hogue, Family No: 76 Girardin

1901; Census Place: Macdonald, Selkirk, Manitoba. Page 9, Family No: 77 Hogue, Family No: 76 Girardin

Thomas and Emma were married on the 6th of April in 1907. In 1908 Thomas was appointed as a provincial constable for La Salle. They farmed, but they also built a very distinctive-looking house on rue Principale.

Photo courtesy of Louisa Hogue Dawyduk

Photo courtesy of Louisa Hogue Dawyduk

Here’s a picture of Mémère on her 95th birthday with a cake made in the shape of the La Salle house!  How cool is that.

Emma Girardin Hogue on her 95th birthday

Emma Girardin Hogue on her 95th birthday

Here’s a picture of Pépère and his sons.

Left to right: Albert, John, Aime, Tom, Raymond, Joe, Pépère

Left to right: Albert, John, Aime, Tom, Raymond, Joe, Pépère.

The Hogues and Girardins, both having large families, meant there were always lots of cousins around.  Pépère’s brother Louis had nine boys and three girls. Pépère’s sister Elizabeth and her husband Modeste Gaudry raised a family of twelve, before moving to Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan.

Thomas and Emma raised a family of eight.

Joseph (born 24th of November, 1907) married Madge Smith on the 15th of July, 1933. I don’t have a wedding picture of them, but I have this one taken in 1942.

Joe Hogue and Madge Smith

Joe Hogue and Madge Smith

Thomas, my Dad,  (born 22 Aug 1909) married Madeleine Vaillancourt on the 1st of July, 1933.  They eloped!  So no wedding photo, but here’s one of my handsome Dad

Joseph Thomas Modeste Hogue

Joseph Thomas Modeste Hogue

and my beautiful Mom!

Madeleine Vaillancourt Hogue

Madeleine Vaillancourt Hogue

Raymond (born the 2nd of September, 1910) married Jeanne Mailhot on the 1st of July, 1940.

Raymond Hogue and Jeanne Mailhot

Raymond Hogue and Jeanne Mailhot

Aime (born the 30th of January, 1912) married Louise Johns on the 28th of August, 1937. I have no wedding picture for them but I do have a picture of them taken in 1941.

Left to right: Aime (holding his daughter), Louise, Johnny, Jeanne, Raymond

Left to right: Aime (holding his daughter), Louise, Johnny, Jeanne, Raymond

Irene (born the 6th of January 1914) married Maurice Pariseau on the 15th of August, 1938.

Irene Hogue and Maurice Pariseau

Irene Hogue and Maurice Pariseau

John (born the 26th of April, 1917) married Emma Rochon on the 28th of September, 1942.

John Hogue and Emma Rochon

John Hogue and Emma Rochon

Louisa (born the 7th of August 1920) married Bill Dawyduk on the 25th of November, 1949.

Here’s a picture of Louisa and Bill’s wedding. The happy couple are flanked by my Dad and Uncle Joe.

From left to right: Tom, Bill, Louisa, Joe

From left to right: Tom, Bill, Louisa, Joe

Albert (born the 20th of October 1921) married Margaret Harding. Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures of them.

Albert Hogue with sister Louisa

Albert Hogue with sister Louisa

In 1946 Thomas and Emma moved to Vancouver, at the urging of some Gaudry relatives, but returned to Winnipeg in 1948. Mémère was very ill that year, just before I was born, and she used to tell me she had to stay around to meet me!

At one point, Thomas and Emma lived in a rooming house on Hargrave Street in downtown Winnipeg.  The Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade used to go right by the house.  I remember many occasions of joining other cousins to watch it there.

Thomas died on the 5th of February 1955 and is buried in Assumption Cemetery, Chapel Lawn Memorial Garden, Winnipeg.

from the Winnipeg Free Press, February 11, 1955

from the Winnipeg Free Press, February 11, 1955

Funeral card for Thomas Hogue

Funeral card for Thomas Hogue

Gravestone, Assumption Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gravestone, Assumption Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mémère lived to be 101 and died August 28, 1979. I’ll share more of her story in later posts.

An update for “the elusive Elizabeth”

Recently I blogged about my search to find out more about Elizabeth Hogue, daughter of Amable Hogue and Marguerite Taylor (see here).  I have now received her death certificate from North Dakota.

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Interestingly, it lists her father as having been born in France, and her mother in England!  The informant for this information was her daughter-in-law, Emma Campagna nee Boucher.

Given that Emma herself was a great granddaughter of Amable and Marguerite as shown here,

Amable to Emma Boucher

I have to wonder was Emma herself unaware of her roots, or was this just another case of hiding Metis identity? Unfortunately that was not an uncommon situation.

In 1941 Emma returned to St. Louis, Saskatchewan for a family reunion, according to this newspaper article.

The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, North Dakota) · Fri, Aug 29, 1941 · Page 8

The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, North Dakota) · Fri, Aug 29, 1941 · Page 8

It seems unlikely that she didn’t know her family history.

Pépère’s Siblings

I love old pictures, especially pictures of ancestors.  It is always a treat to make contact with a distant family member who can share pictures.  My genealogy “office” has a wall of framed photos that is constantly added to as I find more discoveries.

I decided to see if I had picture of all of Thomas Hogue, Sr. and Philomene McMillan’s children. These are the results.

Marguerite Clara Hogue (1866-1942)

She was the eldest of their children and this is the only pictured I’ve seen in which she is identified.  Obviously taken later in life.

Clara Hogue and Patrice Dumas Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

Clara Hogue and Patrice Dumas
Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

 

Adelaide Hogue (1867-1955)

Such a beautiful picture of Adelaide and her husband!

Adelaide Hogue and Octave Gaudry Photo courtesy of Marie Claire Martin

Adelaide Hogue and Octave Gaudry
Photo courtesy of Marie Claire Martin

Elizabeth Hogue (1870-1952) and Sara Hogue (1873-1960)

A picture of three of the sisters.  It strikes me that life was harder on the women than the men!

Sara, Elizabeth and Adelaide Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

Sara, Elizabeth and Adelaide
Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

 

Marie Hogue (1876-1908)

Marie was married to Joseph Laroque and died at the young age of 32.  I have no pictures of her, only her gravestone.

Grave of Marie Hogue La Salle Cemetery

Grave of Marie Hogue
La Salle Cemetery

 

Thomas Joseph Hogue, Pépère (1879-1955)

My grandfather, probably taken around the same time as the wedding picture which is featured in my blog banner.

Thomas Joseph Hogue

Thomas Joseph Hogue

 

Louis Hogue (1881-1960)

Pépère’s only brother. This picture was obviously taken at a celebration of a wedding anniversary. I think I can make out a “50” on top of the cake.  That would make it 1958.

Louis Hogue and Adelina Bourgeois Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

Louis Hogue and Adelina Bourgeois
Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

 

Joseph Jean Baptiste Amable Hogue (1884-1887)

I have no pictures for this child who died at the age of three.

Virginie Hogue (1886-1982)

Virginie was married to Wilfred Napoleon Girardin, one of Mémère’s brothers.

Virginie Hogue Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

Virginie Hogue
Photo courtesy of Diane Belisle

 

I do wish I had more pictures of these relatives at younger ages!

Tracing the elusive Elizabeth

Looking over my research for the children of Amable Hogue and Marguerite Taylor, I realized that I did not have a date of death for their daughter Elizabeth. I had her listed as being born 20 Oct 1848 in St. James, and married to a Frank Aymond, but no other details. That prompted a search to find out more about her, and what an interesting search it turned out to be!

I started with the 1870 Census of Manitoba. This is a very valuable census, as it names every member of a household, not just the head, and gives the name of each person’s father. In 1870 Elizabeth is in the Manitoba census, age 22, identified as Betsy, d/o Amable Hogue, married to John Marcellais age 27, s/o Baptiste Marcellais, and living in St. Boniface.

1870 Census of Manitoba, Library and Archives Canada http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1870/jpg/e010985318.jpg

1870 Census of Manitoba, Library and Archives Canada
http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1870/jpg/e010985318.jpg

Hmm, I didn’t remember coming across the name Marcellais before. I checked Metis families: a genealogical compendium by Gail Morin, and Elizabeth is listed there as having married Jean Baptiste Marcellais 5 Mar 1867 in St. Boniface. I next checked The Genealogy of the First Metis Nation compiled by D.N. Sprague and R.P. Frye and found John Marcellais and Elisabeth Hogue listed there. So far, so good, I’m confident this is the right Elisabeth/Elizabeth/Betsy Hogue. John Marcellais is presumably her first husband.

John Marcellais was still alive in 1876 when he received Metis scrip. But…. by 1879 in her scrip affidavit, Elizabeth says she is the wife of Frank Aymond and living in Pembina. Her brothers Antoine and Louis were witnesses.

Metis National Council Historical Online Database http://metisnationdatabase.ualberta.ca/MNC/search.jsp

Metis National Council Historical Online Database
http://metisnationdatabase.ualberta.ca/MNC/search.jsp

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What happened to John? I have to assume he died, but I’ll have to try and find a record of that.

And who is Frank Aymond? Further research on ancestry and google shows a well-known Francois “Frank” Aymond who is a riverboat captain on the Mississippi. He was born in France, married in St. Louis, Missouri, to Matilda Gamache. He spent time in Missouri and Minnesota, as well as in Red River, employed by Hudson Bay Company. So Elizabeth certainly could have met him. There was quite an age difference. Matilda died 4 Dec 1871 in St. Louis, Missouri.

So, I went looking for records of Elizabeth and Frank in Pembina (in what is now North Dakota).  In the 1880 U.S. Census, I found Elisabeth Aymond, age 31, born in Canada, with husband Francois Aymond, age 53, born in France, son Joseph, age 11, born in Canada, daughter Mary, age 8, born in Canada, and Benjamin Aymond, age 2, nephew.

1880 U.S. Census from Familysearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCVW-2XT

1880 U.S. Census from Familysearch
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCVW-2XT

I don’t believe Joseph and Mary are Elizabeth’s children. Joseph must have been born about 1869/70, at which time Elizabeth was married to John Marcellais and living in St. Boniface. Trees on ancestry have their mother listed as a Matilda Gamache. There is a Joseph Nelson Aymond who died in Missouri on 26 Feb 1946 . He lists his parents as Frank Aymond and Matilda Gamache. Confusingly his wife’s name is also recorded as Matilda Gamache. Sigh, even “official” records have mistakes.

As for Mary Aymond, I was able to obtain a scan of her biography and obituary from the Pembina County Pioneer Daughters Collection at the Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota. She is identified as the daughter of Frank Aymond and his wife Matilda, and having been born 18 Oct 1871 in St. Boniface. (This would have been shortly before her mother’s death.)

From a  link on ancestry, I discovered the Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index

Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index from North Dakota State University Archives at http://library.ndsu.edu/db/census/results

Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index from North Dakota State University Archives at http://library.ndsu.edu/db/census/

 

There is Frank Aymond, age 56, born in France, but no Elizabeth. Now he is with another woman, Alice, and besides Joseph and Mary there are two more children Isabella and George. More research via ancestry led me to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Leroy, North Dakota: baptisms, marriages and burials, 1870-1932 extracted by Gail Morin, and revealed that Isabella and George were the children of Francois Aymond and Anne Huggins.

Continuing the search for Frank/Francois, I found him in the 1900 Census for Pembina, incorrectly indexed as Frank “Amond” age 73, born in France,  widowed in the household of his daughter Mary and son-in-law David Thompson. Captain Aymond died 9 Oct 1903 near Neche, North Dakota.

Okay, now what?  Trees on ancestry assume Elizabeth has died after Matilda and before Anne/Alice,  but have no date of death. BUT ELIZABETH IS NOT DEAD.

How do I know? Because she is listed as Mrs. Frank Campagna, living in Bismarck, North Dakota and surviving her brothers Joseph and Antoine in their obits in 1924 and 1935.

So, back to searching for Elizabeth. In 1910 she is listed as age 54 with husband Frank F. Campagna, age 58, born in Canada, living  in Missouri, Burleigh, N.D. with son James F., age 26, and daughter Elizabeth E., age 16, both born in North Dakota.

 

In the 1920 Census she is in the same place with husband Frank Campagna

But where or where is Elizabeth between the 1880 Census with her supposed husband Frank Aymond, and 1910 when she is with Frank Campagna and has two children?  That’s a 30 year gap in records. Son James must have been born around 1884, so she couldn’t have been married to Captain Aymond for very long.

You can’t rely on census records indexes to have names spelled correctly, or for the original documents themselves to be accurate.  Depending on who gave the information and who recorded it, you have to always be prepared for conflicting information. So I decided to look at the 1885 Dakota Territory Census Index again, searching for anyone who could be indexed as a name close to Campagna.  I found Frank Capanan age 40 born in Canada, May Capanan age 40 born in Canada with son John age 1 born in Dakota. That certainly seems a likely match as they are in the same county as 1910.

 

Capanan in 1885 Dakota Territory Index

Back to the 1900 Census at Familysearch.  They must be there somewhere!  I started browsing the records page by page and voila! They are identified as Elija Campgora, wife, age 43, born in Canada with Frank Campgora, age 49, born in English Canada, James F. Campgora, son, age 14, born in North Dakota, and Elizabeth Campgora daughter age 5 born in North Dakota.

I don’t know the real story about Elizabeth and Frank Aymond.  She certainly claimed to be his wife in her scrip affidavit of 1879, and she is identified in the 1880 census as his wife, but 4 years later she’s with Frank Campagna and birthing her son James,  while Frank Aymond is baptizing his daughter Isabella whose mother is Anne Huggins!

Hmmm, looking back at the 1880 Census where we found Frank Aymond and Elizabeth, there is also a servant or farm worker who is listed as Fred Champagne, age 29 born in Canada. Could this be Frank Campagna?

I decided to take advantage of a free trial to Newspapers.com and luckily found obituaries for both Frank Campagna and Elizabeth Campagna.

Here is Frank Campagna’s obituary from the Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota), published Wed. Jan 26, 1921, page 3.

HOLD FUNERAL OF BURLEIGH CO. PIONEER

Service Held at St. Mary’s Church for Frank Campagna

The funeral of Frank Campagna, one of Burleigh county’s best known pioneers, was held this morning at St. Mary’s Catholic church.

Mr. Campagna lived on a farm in Missouri township, ten miles south of Bismarck. He has been sick for several years, but his death was sudden and was due to heart failure. He died at his home.

He was born 76 years ago in Quebec, Canada. Mr. Campagna is survived by his widow and two children. James F. Campagna is connected with the state penitentiary staff and Miss Elizabeth Campagna lives at home.

The pallbearers were: J.D. McDonald, William Breen, Irvin Small, Charles Swanson and August Boyer.

Mr. Campagna has been a member of the A.O.U.W. for eighteen years.

 

I have Elizabeth’s obit from the Bismarck Tribune 10 February 1940, Page 3:

MRS. E. CAMPAGNA TAKEN BY DEATH

Pioneer Settler Was 87, Had Been in Hospital Three Years; Funeral Monday

Mrs. Elizabeth Campagna, 87, pioneer Burleigh county settler and widow of an operator of a big farm here in the early days, died at 5:20 a.m. Saturday in a local hospital, where she had been a patient more than three years.

Funeral services, a requiem high mass, has been tentatively set for 9 a.m. Monday in St. Mary’s pro-cathedral, with Rev. Robert Feehan in charge. Burial will be beside the body of her husband in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Mrs. Campagna was born Elizabeth Hogue, Oct. 24, 1852 in Winnipeg. She came to the Bismarck area in 1881, and for many years the Campagnas operated a big farm 10 miles south of Bismarck.

Mr. Frank Campagna, her husband, died in 1922.

Mrs. Campagna leaves one daughter, Mrs. Walter Jones, Moffit, and 12 grandchildren. A son, Frank, of Bismarck, died in 1938.

The body is at the Calnan Funeral home.

Further research revealed that Elizabeth’s son, James Ferdinand, married Emma Boucher who was the granddaughter of Elizabeth’s sister Marie Hogue who married William Bremner.

Elizabeth’s daughter, Elizabeth Edith, married Walter Jones.

The final touch? One more delightful, if somewhat inaccurate newspaper article published in the Manitoba Free Press on Thursday, February 10, 1910:

CHILD OF PIONEER RETURNS

Mrs. F. Campagna Was Born on Site of Happyland Fifty Years Ago

A woman born in Winnipeg more than half a century ago and the daughter of one of the original party of six white men who were the first to come west from what was then known as Canada, is now visiting her brothers in this vicinity after an absence of twenty-eight years.

The woman is Mrs. Frank Campagna and she lives at Bismarck, N. D. where her husband is a prosperous farmer.

Her maiden name was Hogque (sic) and her father, the intrepid pioneer, hailed from Quebec. She was born and raised on the site of what is now Happyland, which in the old days was her father’s farm. She says that her father’s descendants now number over one thousand souls.

Mrs. Camapagna is here to pay a visit to her three brothers (Hogque)(sic) one of whom lives at St. Charles village, one on a farm in the municipality and another at Sturgeon Creek.

Oh my!  “Original party of six white men”, uh, no, not exactly…  this is how family legends start LOL.  But the coolest part of this article is knowing that since this visit occurred in 1910 and my Dad was born in 1909, she would have met him, and Mémère, for the first time.  Now if only someone had taken a picture.

So is the puzzle solved?  Not completely.  Elizabeth appears to have shaved a few years off her age somewhere along the way.  I still don’t know what happened to John Marcellais or why Elizabeth and Frank Aymond didn’t stay together.  The first item is something I should eventually discover, but the second is one I’ll likely never know.

Metis beadwork

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Hidden away in my Father’s trunk was this beautiful piece of Metis beadwork. I remember seeing it once or twice as a child, but to my regret I have no memory of the story behind it. My one Hogue aunt still living remembers seeing it, but doesn’t remember where it came from. Since it is sewn on men’s gaiters, I suspect that it belonged to Thomas Hogue, Sr. who was supposedly a great horseman.

I have had it appraised by Sherry Farrell Racette, Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, and it is likely from about 1870. This is based on the design, type of beads, colour, thread, etc. The original beadwork is worked on black velvet, and was obviously sewn on the gaiters at a later date.

So, given the date, who could have been the creator? I have three Metis “grandmothers” who were alive at that time. Was it made by Thomas’s wife, Philomene McMillan, or his mother, Marguerite Taylor, or his Mother-in-law Margaret Dease? We will never know.

There is always the chance that it was bought or traded, and thus made by someone outside the family, but it seems unlikely it would have been kept this long if it had no family connection.

I would love to have it mounted in a proper archival display case someday. For now it sits, wrapped in archival paper, and kept in a dark closet to prevent deterioration.

Beautiful, is it not?