Margaret Taylor’s son George

When I wrote about Margaret Taylor here, I mentioned the two sons she had with Governor George Simpson of HBC. These sons were half-brothers to my great-grandfather Thomas Hogue, Sr.

This morning I happened upon a post on Nancy Marguerite Anderson’s wonderful blog, which is all about one of those sons, George Stewart Simpson. You can read it at http://nancymargueriteanderson.com/simpson.

What an interesting life!

Constable Hogue

Manitoba Morning Free Press banner
108 years ago today, on January 13, 1908, on page 9 of the Manitoba Free Press, was this announcement:

The following recent appointments are announced in the current issue of the Manitoba Official Gazette:…Provincial constables…Thomas Hogue, jr. of La Salle.

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Manitoba Morning Free Press 13 Jan 1908

According to the La Salle local history book Then to Now, Pépère held this office until 1930. His gun and his handcuffs were handed down to two of his sons, Joe and Ray.

I’ve also found one other newspaper article, from the Manitoba Free Press, Wednesday, December 21, 1910, page 16:

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Manitoba Free Press, 21 Dec 1910

There, just a short little story.  As mentioned in my previous post, I am concentrating on re-organizing my genealogy research.  When I realized the January 13th date of the announcement of the appointment…well, I just had to share!

A New Year and a resolution

Office

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I LOVE to research. Searching databases online, visiting archives, ordering certificates from government libraries, borrowing books through inter-library loan…these are all tasks that I enjoy. Analyzing the information to solve the puzzles of our ancestors’ lives is my idea of a good time! My husband good naturedly calls it an addiction.

However, I tend to love the research so much, that I neglect to keep my records as organized as I should. Between this blog, my public ancestry tree (Hogue Corrigan), the three tubs of file folders in my “office”, the digital files on my computer, the bookcase (which is one my Dad made) full of history texts and local histories, the bulletin board full of notes and “to do” lists, and what is supposed to be my “master” tree in my RootsMagic genealogy program…well, you can perhaps see the problem!

Therefore, as it is the time of year for resolutions, I’ve decided I REALLY need to become more organized, and make sure I have all my documentation properly labelled and attached to my RootsMagic tree. This is going to take some time, so I won’t be blogging quite as often. There are still hundreds of stories to share and I will continue to do so.

Happy New Year!

John Francis Grant, part 2

I’m continuing the story of the relationship between John Francis Grant and the Hogue, Bernardin, and Girardin families.

On page 285 of A Son of The Fur Trade, Johnny says:

“In the spring of 1881 my son Richard got married to a Miss Hogue and took his wife to the Ranch.”

This refers to Rosalie Hogue, daughter of Joseph Hogue and Pelagie Turcotte.

Hogue Rosalie

Picture posted with permission of Anita Steele from her website at http://william-grant-of-trois-rivieres-genealogy.ca/photos-grant.html

Rosalie was Pépère’s first cousin as shown below.

Rosalie to Pepere

Richard Grant was the son of Johnny and Louise Serpante, a Shoshone woman. He was born in Montana in 1857, and was the brother of Mary Agnes Grant whom I profiled in a previous post.

Richard Grant and Rosalie Hogue were married in 1881, and had 10 children. They lived first in Manitoba, where three of their young daughters died. By the 1901 Census they were in Edmonton. In the 1916 Census, Richard’s occupation was listed as foreman with HBC. I can track Richard until 1944 in Henderson’s Edmonton Directories, and Rosalie until 1940 in the federal Voters Lists. I have not been able to determine when they died, or where they are buried.

One of their sons “Buck” Grant, was a professional hockey player. You can read about him here.

The fourth, and last connection, is with Angelique Welsh, who gave birth to a daughter, Cecile, with John Francis Grant. From Anita Steele’s website we learn:

“Cecile’s mother was Angelique  Welsh, the daughter of half-breed parents, Francois Xavier Welsh and Charlotte Suvin or Sauve. Angelique was born May 27, 1841, at St. Boniface. Angelique met John F. Grant when he visited Manitoba looking for a better place to move his large family to from Montana. … In 1881 … John F. Grant, made a sworn statement before the Metis Infant Lands Commissioner in Manitoba confirming he was Cecile’s father.”

Here’s the connection. Marguerite Hogue (sister to Rosalie mentioned above, and first cousin of Pépère) was the second wife of Angelique’s brother, Norbert Welsh. Norbert’s story is told in The Last Buffalo Hunter.

It’s not a strong connection to our family, but nonetheless an interesting one, and it illustrates once again how interconnected the families of the Red River Settlement were.

 

John Francis Grant, part 1

A few years ago I picked up the book A Son of the fur trade: The Memoirs of Johnny Grant, edited by Gerhard J. Ens, with genealogical charts by Anita Steele.

I read the book simply because I am interested in fur trade history, but was delighted to find four family connections! The book is an oral history, dictated to his wife before he died in Edmonton, Alberta in 1907. You can read a review of the book here.

John Francis Grant was a very colourful character. He was born at Fort Edmonton to HBC clerk Richard Grant (later to become a Chief Trader) and Marie Anne Breland, but raised in Trois-Rivières by his paternal grandmother after the death of his mother. As Anita Steele explains on her excellent website William Grant of Trois Rivieres:

Johnny Grant -as he was known in the U.S.- remained in the U.S. for twenty years. During that time, he was one of Montana’s earliest settlers, a trader, a cattle and horse rancher, owner of a store, a saloon, a dance hall, a grist mill and a blacksmith shop. His enterprises took him west and south as far as Fort Vancouver, WA,, and Sacrament, CA; and as far east, south and north as St. Louis, MO, Trois Rivieres, PQ, and the Red River Settlement of MB, and to many locations between.

Johnny’s Montana ranch is now a National Historic Site. You can read more about the ranch here.

John F. Grant had several wives and many children. After selling his Montana ranch in 1866 he brought his family to Red River. He established a ranch near present day Carman, Manitoba, as well as a home on the banks of Sturgeon Creek. There is a historical mural in Carman that includes Johnny Grant and his wife Clotilde Bruneau. You can see it here.

So what is our connection to John Francis Grant? It’s that three of John’s children married into the Hogue, Dease and Bernardin families.

In A Son of the fur trade there are references to these marriages. On page 234, Johnny reminisces about having a party in 1870:

As usual, we sent invitations to all the elites of Winnipeg and nearly every one of the two parishes that were fit to invite and some outsiders. We had sixty-two couples besides the family and that was twelve counting my son-in-law, William Dease. That was quite a few for a country dance, but they were all welcome and everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. We had a jolly good time. We dance[d] in three rooms, three and more violins going at the same time, all the liquor they wanted of different kinds. But I am proud to say not one was worst of liquor and the table, well you can imagine. I had plenty of money those days and we were not stingy.”

The William Dease referred to is William Dease Jr., son of William Dease, Sr. whom I wrote about here. William Dease Jr. married John’s daughter, Mary Agnes Grant, whose mother was Louise Serpante, a Shoshone woman. Mary Agnes was born in 1851 and she married William in 1869.

Here’s a chart showing the relationship to Pépère.

Dease chart
William and Mary Agnes did not have any children, but they appear to have led an adventurous life! They lived in Red River, Dakota, Montana, Oregon, and California. From the Montana Historical Society I obtained a biographical sketch, and copies of two letters William wrote to his father.

 

Biographical sketch by A.E. Dease, William Dease papers, 1876-1886, SC 612, Folder 1, Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives

Biographical sketch by A.E. Dease, William Dease papers, 1876-1886, SC 612, Folder 1, Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives

 

Transcript of letter, December 4, 1876, William Dease papers, 1876-1886, SC 612, Folder 1, Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives

Transcript of letter, December 4, 1876, William Dease papers, 1876-1886, SC 612, Folder 1, Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives

 

Transcript of letter, June 19, 1886, William Dease papers, 1876-1886, SC 612, Folder 1, Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives

Transcript of letter, June 19, 1886, William Dease papers, 1876-1886, SC 612, Folder 1, Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives

I have been unable to find out exactly when or where William and Mary Agnes died.

As I mentioned, John Francis Grant had a ranch near present day Carman, Manitoba, the same time the Girardin and Bernardin families were homesteading there. This leads to our second family connection. On page 274 of the book we learn:

Among the French families that had come from the states, there was one who had rather a grown up family: 3 sons, big enough to work, and three daughters. My son Billy was often at the Ranch that winter. There was attraction out there [between him and] the oldest of the girls. The consequence was that in June of 1878 their Wedding was coming on.
She was a good girl. If he had searched the country over he could not have found a better person better suited to him. She was so patient.’

The family he is talking about is that of Joseph Bernardin and his wife Marie Peloquin. The daughter is Oxilia. And Billy is William Grant, born in 1856 to John Francis Grant and Quarra, another Shoshone woman. Here’s a chart showing the relationship between Oxilia and Mémère:

Bernardin chart

On Anita Steele’s website there is this photograph.

Grant pic

Labels on the back of this tintype were not totally clear, but have been analyzed as:
(R) Billy Grant, son of John F. Grant
(C) First name: Louis. Surname looks like Bernasdene. Perhaps Bernardin(e)
(L) First name: Napolian. Surname looks like Geradine. Perhaps Germain(e)

It seems quite likely that the Louis in the picture is Oxilia’s brother Louis Bernardin, making him brother-in-law to William Grant.

And it also seems likely that the Napoleon is Oxilia’s cousin Napoleon Girardin, Mémère’s father.

Here’s a side by side comparison of Napoleon’s wedding picture from 1873 with the picture above.

Napoleon 1

Napoleon 2

 

 

 

And here’s a comparison of a picture of a picture of Louis Bernardin taken from the book Treasures of Time: The Rural Municipality of Cartier 1914-1984, with the picture above.

Louis 1

Louis 2

 

 

 

 

Tragically, William and Oxilia’s marriage was a short one, as William died in 1886. They had at least two daughters, and perhaps one son. The only child I’ve been able to track is Anna Grant, who married Edouard Roy. Co-incidentally, Edouard was the widower of Eva Rheault, whose mother was Marie Rouleau whose second marriage was to Napoleon Girardin.  Are we confused yet?

I don’t know where William Grant is buried, but Oxilia is buried in Holy Sacrament Cemetery in Elie, Manitoba, near her father Joseph.

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Oxiliagrave

 

I’ll continue writing about the Grant connections in my next post.

The Girardins of La Salle, part 5

This is the last in a series of posts about Mémère’s (Emma Girardin) siblings.

Florent Girardin was born August 25, 1892. He was 4 years old when his mother, Onesime Allard, died. He married Marie Louise Marcoux on November 9, 1921. They had 8 children, one of whom died at birth.

Florent was a member of the First Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, during World War Two, but did not serve overseas.

Florent Girardin military service act 1917 particulars of recruit

Library and Archives Canada RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3566 – 80 Item Number:413891

He farmed in La Salle and later in St. Norbert, Manitoba.

There are a couple of pictures of him in the La Salle history book, Then to Now.  I won’t post pictures that I don’t own, or haven’t received permission to share.  However, comparing those pictures to one I have, I THINK this is Florent.

Florent.

Possibly Florent Girardin

Florent died December 13, 1953 and his wife, Marie Louise on January 23, 1972 (while on holiday in California).

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Obituary of Florent Girardin Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, December 14, 1953

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Obituary of Marie Louise Marcoux Winnipeg Free Press January 26, 1972

 

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Gravestone of Florent Girardin and Marie-Louise Marcoux La Salle Cemetery

Mémère’s youngest sibling, Caroline, is very much a mystery to me. She was born July 22, 1894. She was only 2 years old when her mother died. In the 1901 and 1906 census records, she is at home with her father in La Salle. In 1911 she is living with Mémère and Pépère, and works as a house servant in a boarding house.

And then she disappears! I can find no marriage or death records for her. At one point I thought she had married, but that record turned out to be her aunt, also called Caroline. There are public trees on ancestry that give her death as 1936, but none of these trees have documentation for that date.  She remains, for the time being, my “brick wall”.

And what of Mémère’s father, Napoleon? So many changes in his life! To recap, Napoleon was born in 1851 in Kingsey, Quebec. He moved with his extended family to Worcester, Massachusetts where he worked as a shoemaker, and married Onesime Allard.

Their first three children all died young. In 1880 with their daughter Emma (Mémère), they moved to Manitoba where Napoleon’s mother (Louise Bernardin) and brothers had already settled. They lived first in St. Daniel, then Bruxelles/St. Alphonse and had another nine children before Onesime died in 1896.

Napoleon moved his family to La Salle. He farmed, and most of the children married. In 1922, at the age of 71, Napoleon married again, to Marie Rouleau, who was the widow of Ferdinand Rheault. And here’s one of those strange connections we sometimes find. Marie was actually the mother-in-law of Napoleon’s younger brother Simeon, who had married Marie’s daughter Helene!

Napoleon died May 16, 1929 and is buried in La Salle, although apparently his grave is unmarked.

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Death registration for Napoleon Girardin

As is so often the case, even this “official” document has errors.  Napoleon was definitely born in 1852 in Quebec, not 1851 in Massachusetts, as evidenced by the baptismal record in St-Félix-de-Valois parish in Quebec.

Girardin Napoleon b1851 baptism

Actes d’état civil et registres d’église du Québec (Collection Drouin), 1621 à 1967, Kingsey (St-Félix-de-Valois), Québec, 1851. Baptism of Napoleon Girardin, accessed on ancestry.ca

I’ve never seen a record where Napoleon’s father, Paul, is called “Adelard”.  The maiden name of his mother was Louise Bernardin.  Charbonneau was her name after her second marriage.  But these are the sometimes inaccurate details that you find when you research.

I THINK Marie Rouleau died in 1941, and is buried in Elie, Manitoba.

Now if I could just track down the elusive Caroline!