Minnedosa (Tanner’s Crossing) Metis Scrip Applications

Tanner’s Crossing is situated on the Carlton Trail between Fort Garry and Fort
Edmonton. Travelers enter the Little Saskatchewan Valley through a narrow eastern pass
where they descend one hundred and seventy-five feet to the valley floor. In 1869, John
Tanner Jr. built a ferry across the Little Saskatchewan River on the Carlton Trail. He also
operated a store and post office at this location. The Tanners were one of four original
Metis families to settle in this area. The heads of the four families were John Norquay,
George Sanderson, Peter Sinclair and John Tanner. The area was a centuries old trapping
and hunting area for the bison that wintered at Riding Mountain and moved down the
valley to the plains in the summer. In 1877, Tanner and J.S. Armitage accumulated land
and laid out a townsite in the river valley. Armitage changed the name to Minnedosa in
1883.

Anderson, Flora; on behalf of heirs of Flora Dobbs; claim no. 195; husband of Flora
Anderson: William Anderson; address: St. Catherines; born: 22 April, 1879 at
Minnedosa, Man; father: Frank Dobbs (English); mother: Flora Sinclair (Métis); died: 21
June, 1879; scrip cert.: form D, no. 177 for $240.00
Anderson, Frederick William; address: Dunsuth, North Dakota; claim no. 1005; born:
February, 1877 at Minnedosa; father: William Anderson (Métis); mother: Mary McKay
(Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 3163
Anderson, Jeremiah; address: Prince Albert; claim no. 1207; born: 25 December, 1877
at Minnedosa, Man; father: Robert Anderson (Métis); mother: Elizabeth Kipp (Métis);
scrip cert.: form E, no. 726
Anderson, Mary Jane; address: St. Catherines, Saskatchewan; claim no. 355; born: 25
December, at Minnedosa, Manitoba; father: Robert Anderson (Métis); mother: Elizabeth
Kipp (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 199
Brydges, Frank; heir of his deceased wife Jessie Brydges; claim no. 2077; address:
Portage la Prairie; born: 1879 at Minnedosa; father: Thomas Sinclair (Métis); mother:
Mary Donald (Métis); died: 1898 at Portage la Prairie
Corrigal, Florence May; address: Selkirk, Lower Fort Garry; claim no. 1855; born: 10
May 1882 at Minnedosa; father: Frank Maxfield (Whiteman); mother: Isabella Corrigal
(Métis); married: 27 Aug. 1901 at Selkirk to Harry Corrigal; scrip cert.: form E, no. 3577;
file ref. 706793
Davis, Pricilla Rose; address: Dunsuth, North Dakota; claim no. 921; born: 15 February,
1880 at Minnedosa; father: Thomas Francis Richards (Métis); mother: Eliza Desmarais
(Métis); married: 1898 to Leander Davis (Deceased); file ref. 943715

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Desmarais, Harriet; for her deceased niece, Elizabeth Isabella Bird; claim no. 1031;
born: 1885 at Minnedosa; died: 1886 at Minnedosa; address: Dunsuth, North Dakota;
father: Henry Bird (Métis); mother: Emilie Harriet Tanner (Métis)
Desmarais, Harriet; address: Dunsuth, North Dakota; claim no. 879; born: June, 1871 in
Minnedosa; father: Michel Desmarais (Métis); mother: Isabella Sinclair (Métis);
married: 1887 at Minnedosa to Charles Desmarais; scrip cert.: form E, no. 3094.
Desmarais, Nancy; address: Dunsuth; claim no. 923; born: 1872 at Minnedosa; father:
Charles Anderson (Métis); mother: Eliza Desmarais (Métis); married: 1893 at Dunsuth to
Alfred Desmarais; file ref. 999553
Desmarais, Robert Charles; address: Dunsuth, North Dakota; claim no. 1006; born:
1870 at Edmonton; father: Charles Desmarais (Métis); mother: Emile Boucher (Métis);
married: 1887 at Minnedosa to Harriet Desmarais; file ref. 994603
Hamilton, Alice; address: portage la Prairi; claim no. 2003; born: 27 May, 1871 at
Minnedosa; father: Thomas Sinclair (Métis); mother: Mary Donald (Métis); married:
1895 at Portage la Prairie to Joseph Hamilton.
Hamilton, Alice; for her deceased sister, Flora Sinclair; claim no. 2005; born: Summer,
1883 at Minnedosa; died: 5 Aug., 1896 at Portage la Prairie; address: Portage la Prairie;
father: Thomas Sinclair (Métis); mother: Mary Donald (Métis)
Hamilton, Alice; for her deceased sister, Edith Sinclair; claim no. 2006; born: Summer,
1885 at Minnedosa; died: 16 Jan., 1890 at Portage la Prairie; address: Portage la Prairie;
father: Thomas Sinclair (Métis deceased); mother: Mary Donald (deceased Métis)
Holliday, John; address: Lindsay, Sask; claim no. 366; born: 31 Dec., 1884 at
Minnedosa; father: James Holliday (Irish); mother: Flora Sinclair (Métis); scrip cert.:
form C, no. 563 for $240.00.
Muggaberg, Catherine; address: Dunseith, North Dakota; born: 4 July, 1874 at
Minnedosa; father: Michel Desmarais (Métis); mother: Isabelle Sinclair (Métis);
married: 1890 at Westbourne to John Muggaberg; scrip cert.: form E, no. 3096; file ref.
704824; claim no. 887.
Norquay, Caroline; address: Mountain Gap; born: 25 April, 1876 at Minnedosa; father:
John Lazarus Norquay (Métis); mother: Mary Sanderson (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no.
2866; claim no. 198.
Norquay, David; for his deceased wife, Jane Sinclair; address: Winnipeg; born: 1877 at
Minnedosa; died: 1899 at Glandebone; father: Thomas Sinclair (Métis); mother: Mary
Donald (Métis); married: December, 1893 at Portage la Prairie to David Norquay, the
deponent; claim no. 2076.

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Norquay, Ellen Emma Euphemia; address: Mountain Gap; born: 6 May, 1880 at
Minnedosa; father: John Lazarus Norquay (Métis); mother: Mary Sanderson (Métis);
scrip cert.: form E, no. 2865; claim no. 197.
Norquay, Henry George; address: Mountain Ga; born: 20 October, 1873 at Minnedosa;
father: John Lazarus Norquay (Métis); mother: Mary Sanderson (Métis); scrip cert.: form
E, no. 2864; claim no. 196.
Norquay, John Lazarus; for his deceased daughter, Margaret Catherine; Daniel nee
Norquay; address: Mountain Gap; born: 17 March, 1878 at Minnedosa; died: 27 March,
1899; father: John Lazarus Norquay (Métis and deponent); mother: Mary Sanderson
(Métis); married: 1897 to Hector Daniel; heir: her husband, Hector Daniel, scrip issued
for 240 acres; claim no. 194.
Norquay, John Lazarus; for his living son, Robert Alexander Norquay; address:
Mountain Gap; born: 17 March, 1882 at Minnedosa; father: John Lazarus Norquay
(Métis and deponent); mother: Mary Sanderson (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 2863; file
ref. 627197; claim no. 195.
Norquay, John Lazarus; heir to his deceased daughter, Isabelle Norquay; address:
Mountain Gap; born: 14 September, 1871 at Minnedosa; died: 1873 at Minnedosa;
father: John Lazarus Norquay (Métis and deponent); mother: Mary Sanderson (Métis);
scrip cert.: form F, no. 1628; claim no. 171.
Sanderson, Edward Duncan; address: Medicine Hat; born: 25 January, 1880 at
Minnedosa; father: George Sanderson (Métis); mother: Euphania Whitford (Métis); scrip
cert.: form E, no. 754; claim no. 1244.
Sanderson, Elizabeth; address: St. Catherines, Saskatchewan; born: 3 September, 1875
at Little Saskatchewan; Minnedosa; father: George Sanderson (Métis); mother: Euphania
Whitford (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 215 for 240 acres; claim no. 354.
Sanderson, James McArthur; address: St. Catherines; born: 19 February, 1878 at Little
Saskatchewan; Minnedosa; father: George Sanderson (Métis); mother: Euphania
Whitford (Métis); scrip cert.: form C, no. 263 for $240.00; claim no. 9.
Schoonover, Florence; address: Willow City; born: 13 March, 1880 at Minnedosa;
father: Michel Desmarais (Métis); mother: Isabella Sinclair (Métis); married: 1898 to
Ralph Schoonover; scrip cert.: form E, no. 3095; claim no. 878.
Sinclair, John; heir to his deceased son, Charles Sinclair; address: Kutawa; born: 18
October 1875 near Minnedosa; died: 9 September 1883 at Minnedosa; father: John
Sinclair (Métis and deponent); mother: Margaret Desmarais (Métis); scrip cert.: form F,
no. 1785: claim no. 1112 no. 1785; claim no. 1112.

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Sinclair, John; heir to his deceased daughter, Catherine Jane; Sinclair; address: Kutawa;
born: 9 April, 1880 near Minnedosa; died: 14 March, 1882 at Woodside; father: John
Sinclair (Métis and deponent); mother: Marguerite Desmarais (Métis); scrip cert.: form F,
no. 1784; claim no. 1113.
Sutherland, William; heir to his deceased son, Robert Sutherland; address: Manitoba
House, Kenisota; born: 1 August, 1868 at Minnedosa; father: William Sutherland (Métis
and deponent); mother: Marguerite Desjarlais (Métis); scrip for $240.00; claim no. 1574.
Walker, Caroline; address: Winnipeg; born: 20 May, 1874 at Minnedosa; father: James
Tait (Métis); mother: Marguerite Pocha or Paquin (Métis); married: 14 December, 1901
at Winnipeg to Archie Walker; claim no. 1918.

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

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