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.

 

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