Ladouceur, François.

François was born on January 4, 1864 at St. Norbert, the son of Isaie Ladouceur (1842-1865) and Helene Gosselin (married January 13, 1863 at St. Norbert. Francois’ paternal grandparents were Augustin Ladouceur (b. 1817) and Marie Madeleine Lambert. His maternal grandparents were Francois Gosselin and Suzanne Lafournaise. After the death of her husband in 1865 Helene remarried to John Desnmarais, the son of Joseph Desmarais and Adelaide Clermont. François married Philomene Dumont. Ladouceur was a neighbour and step-son of Jean Desmarais. They both participated in the Resistance and left the district shortly after. He is not listed among the dizaines but does appear on Philippe Garnot’s list. Gabriel Dumont notes that at the Battle of Tourond’s Coulee young Ladouceur had no gun but was carrying instead a flag of the Virgin Mary.

Edited and Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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