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Marie Rosalie Marion (b. 1811)

Marie Rosalie Marion (b. 1811)

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Marie Rosalie Marion was one of the elite First Ladies of the Red River Settlement.
Marie Rosalie Marion was one of the elite First Ladies of the Red River Settlement.

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Marie Rosalie Grandbois dit Bouchard or Richard Marion.
(1811-1874)
Marie Rosalie Bouchard dit Richard was one of the Metis “First Ladies” of theRed River Settlement as were several of her daughters who were married to powerful RedRiver merchants..Marie Rosalie Bouchard dit Richard was born on May 11, 1811, at Lac Lapinenear York Factory, the Metis daughter of Francois Bouchard dit Richard and an unknownCree woman. She married Narcisse Maurice (Xavier) Marion in 1830. Narcisse was aHBC blacksmith (b. 1805). He was the son of Francois Marion (b.c. 1781) and LisetteMartel. A number of their children married into the turtle Mountain Band at Belcourt, North Dakota.Children of Marie Rosalie Richard (Bouchard) and Narcisse Marion:
Elise Marion
was born on December 18, 1831 at York Factory. Elise married Norman Wolfred William Kittson (b: 1814) in 1847 in St Boniface Parish Church. Elisewas 14 and Kittson was 33. He was the son of William Kittson and Helene McDonald.Commodore Norman W. Kittson, was the millionaire head of the Red River  Navigation Company’s fleet of stern wheel steamers which served Winnipeg in the earlydays. Kittson, a fur trader, helped end the Hudson Bay Company’s fur trading monopoly.In1849; he became a member of the Minnesota Territorial Councils 7th District, from1852to 1855 he was mayor of St. Paul Minnesota. From 1858 to 1859; he operatedsteamboats on the Red River from Minnesota north into Winnipeg in the 1870. He thenworked with James J. Hill to build the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway in1879-81.Commodore Kittson was 33 when he came seeking a bride at the house of  Narcisse Marion. Elise Marion was just fourteen. Bridegrooms of pioneer days wereoften older; but Kittson, who had made a fortune in the fur trade and another fortune inthe steamboat business, had since he was a young man carried a weight of responsibilitywhich, had brought early wrinkles and the aspect of age.
Edouard
was born of February 24, 1834 in St. Boniface. Edouard married ElizaMcDougall (b. 1833) circa 1833 at Red River. She was the daughter of John “George”McDougall and Genevieve “Jennie Jasper (Gaspard). Theuir son, Jules Marion (b. 1867)appeared in the 1889 Exposition Universelle (Paris World’s Fair) with Buffalo Bill Cody.The other Metis from Manitoba in this show were, Maxiome Goulet, Maxime Lepine andMichel Dumas. These men were presented as French-Canadian trappers with teams of Eskimo sled dogs.
Josephte (Josette)
was born on May 10 1836 in St. Boniface. She first marriedJoseph Genthon (b. 1830) and then married Francois Gingras, the son of Metis trader Antoine Blanc Gingras and Scholastique Trottier.
Maxime
was born on April 25, 1838 in St Boniface. He died on May15, 1910 on the Turtle Mountain Reserve, near Belcourt, North Dakota.Maxime married Elise Elizabeth St. Matte dit Jerome (b: June 15, 1843)
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on September 1, 1862 in the Assumption Mission, near Pembina, NorthDakota. She was the daughter of Martin St. Mathe dit S. Matte Sr. ditJerome and Elizabeth Isabelle “Bethsy” Wilkie.
Maxime Marion was a guidefor the Boundary Commission in 1872-73, for portion of the survey from Lake of theWoods to the Red River.
Louis
was born on March 17, 1840, at St. Boniface. He married AndroniqueRoss, the daughter of Roderick Ross and Marie Delorme. This was a plains buffalohunting family that ranged as far west as Blackfoot Crossing and Buffalo Lake (BossHill). On the family’s scrip applications of 1876, Louis is listed as a voyageur, trader andfarmer. The Marion family from St. Francois Xavier followed the buffalo and hadestablished hivernant camps in the Souris River basin. Louis brothers Amable, Narcisse,Roger, Norman and Adophe settled around Oak Lake in the late 1870s. Louis spokeFrench and Cree. He accompanied Gabriel Dumont on buffalo hunts in the 1870s. Louis joined the community around Petit Ville, Batoche and Duck Lake. Louis and his brothersMaxime (and wife Elise Jerome) and Joseph (wife Annie McDermott) joined the TurtleMountain Chippewa Band sometime after 1885.At the time of the 1885 Resistance Louis and Marie were living at Duck Lake andhe was working as the farming instructor on One Arrow’s Reserve. Later, theidaughter Elise would marry Francois Moreau the son of Resistance Captain Louis was amember of Captain Baptiste Vandal’s company, one of the 19 dizaines led by GabrielDumont during the 1885 Metis Resistance. Louis did not want to join the fighting andwas locked up by Louis Riel, who threatened to shoot him if he did not join. Under duress he agreed to participate, then under the pretence of going home for a gun managedto escape before the fighting began. He gives the following statement :On the 17
th
March I was at Walter’s store at Batoche and a young man came andtold me there was going to be trouble. Next morning we were removed to thechurch and they had a meeting and Riel told me that I had ten minutes to consider if I would join them or else he would have to do something. I promised to join butfirst chance I escaped… I saw a son of George Fisher and a son of SalomonVenne and young Gareault who had been brought this way. I saw a number of Indians there, some of One Arrow’s band, some of Beardy’s band and some SiouxIndians. I heard that many were forced to join.
Amable Marion
was born on July 16, 1842. He never married his partner FrancoiseMcGillvray. He did marry Josephte Berard the daughter of Louis Berard and CatherineHughes in 1875. They had one adopted son and two children of their own.
Rosalie Marion
was born on September 14, 1845 at St. Boniface, she marriedHorace Belanger, the son of Edouard Belanger and Sophie Casgrain. She died in St.Boniface in 1837 at age 41. Rosalie married Horace Belanger on August 27, 1861 andhad 11 children.Horace Belanger was born at Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 11 June 1836, the son of Édouard langer and Marie-Sophie Casgrain. After service at Michipicoten(Michipicoten River) from 1855 to 1857, Bélanger was promoted clerk in 1858 and2
 
stationed at Fort Albany. In 1860 he transferred to the Lac La Pluie district, an area of competition with free traders. There he displayed the necessary initiative and enduranceto counter any opponents, despite his massive bulk, for he was a “great burly man with jet black curly hair, full beard and must have weighed over 300 pounds.”In 1867 Bélanger moved to Cumberland House (Sask.), where again the companyfaced the threat of free traders. As clerk in charge at Fort-à-la-Corne in 1868–69, hesupervised the summer boat brigades, the vital transportation link between CumberlandHouse and its northern posts. In 1870, still a clerk, he took charge of the entireCumberland district. Two years later he was promoted chief trader and in 1873 he wasmade factor. In 1885 he was appointed Chief Factor of the Cumberland andSaskatchewan Districts and, four years later, Chief Factor at Norway House. He was acorresponding member of the Manitoba Historical Society during this time, donatingseveral items to its collections.In 1889 Bélanger, two years after Rosalie’s death, was transferred to Norway House(Man.). While there, he was appointed justice of the peace for the Keewatin District andserved until 1892. A widower since 1887, he planned to resign from the HBC in 1893 tomake a home for his children. Before he could do so, however, he drowned at Sea River Falls during his 40th year of service.Children
Auguste born February 5, 1863
Horace Luc, born January 20, 1869. Horace Luc married Marie Adele Morin andhad a child.
Alexander, born in Cumberland House on 1 Dec 1872.
Roger, born in Cumberland House on February 25, 1875. He passed away on1894 in St Boniface, Manitoba.
William, born in Cumberland House on October 16, 1876 He passed away in thewinter 1893.
Rosalie Louise, born in Cumberland House on 20 Oct 1879.
Charles Eugene, born in Cumberland House on September 18, 1880Children Deceased (at time of Rosalie’s scrip application):
Joseph Edouard, born on the Saskatchewan River August 25, 1864, died April 30,1885.
Marie Eugenie born on December 31, 1866. She passed away on 1 Apr 1872.
George, born March 10, 1871, died January 28, 1875.
 Narcisse born September 10, 1873, died at 7 months in 1874.
Roger Marion, M.P
. (b. 1846). Roger married Julienne Carriere, on July 31,1873. She was the daughter of Francois Carriere. They had six daughters, three of whom became nuns, and two sons. A politician, Marion was the Conservative M.P. for Carillonin 1886 and 1888, he was defeated in 1892 and re-elected in 1896. He was the mayor of St. Boniface from 1887 to 1889. In 1891, he was elected president of the Union Métisse3

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