Portage la Loche (Methye Portage) Metis Scrip Claims

The La Loche boat brigades had one of the most demanding jobs in the fur trade. The Methye Portage was the longest portage (20 km) in the fur trade traversing the height of land between the Hudson Bay watershed and the Arctic watershed. It lies between the top of the Churchill River system on the southeast and the Clearwater River, which flows into the Athabasca River on the northwest. Methye is Cree name for a burbot or fresh water codfish thus the voyageurs gradually supplanted the Cree name with the French term for the same fish, loche (or lotte). The portage was abandoned in 1883 when steamboats began running on the Athabasca River with links to the railroad.

Chartier, Joseph; heir to his deceased son, Joseph Chartier; claim no. 597; address: Grand Rapids, Saskatchewan; born: 15 June, 1872 at Portage la Loche; father: Joseph Chartier (Métis and deponent); mother: Christine Robertson (Métis); died: June, 1873 at Green Lake; scrip cert.: form D, no. 1717 for $240.00. Chartier, Joseph; heir to his deceased son, Joseph Chartier; claim no. 597; address: Grand Rapids, Saskatchewan; born: 15 June, 1872 at Portage la Loche; father: Joseph Chartier (Métis and deponent); mother: Christine Robertson (Métis); died: June, 1873 at Green Lake; scrip cert.: form D, no. 1717 for $240.00 Daldomille, Rosalie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 38; born: 1856 at Portage la Loche; father: Samuel Herman (deceased Métis); mother: Julie Montgrand (Métis); married: 1886 to Antoine Daldoville; children living: Ursule, wife of Alphonse Piché Deltess, Alexandre; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 34; born: 1884 near Portage la Loche; father: Félix Deltess (Métis); mother: Margaret Janvier (Métis)

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Deltess, Jean Marie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 33; born: 1882 at Portage la Loche; father: Félix Deltess (Métis); mother: Margaret Janvier (Métis); married: 1903 to Lucie Sayer Deltess, Lucia; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 36; born: 1887 at Portage la Loche; father: George Sayer (Métis); mother: Marie Herman (Métis); married: 1903 to Jean Marie Deltess. Deltess, Mary Ann; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 40; born: 1887 at Whitefish Lake; father: Félix Deltess (Métis deceased); mother: Margaret Janvier (Métis); children living: Francoise Fontaine, Baptiste; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 138 and 139; born: 1876 at Portage la Loche; father: Paul Fontaine (Métis); mother: Julie Sylvestre (Métis); married: 1897 at Portage la Loche to Rosalie Janvier; children living: Robert, born: 26 July, 1899 Fontaine, Rosalie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 140; born: 1878 at Portage la Loche; father: Pascal Janvier (Métis); mother: Françoise (Métis); married: 1897 at Portage la Loche to Baptiste Fontaine; children living: Robert; file ref. 941959 Herman, Andre; address: Portage la Loch; claim no. 19; born: 1846 near Portage la Loche; father: Herman (Métis); mother: Indian; married: to Charlotte & to Margaret; children living: Marie, wife of George Sayer; file ref. 1339158. Herman, Baptiste; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 26; born: 1872 at Portage la Loche; father: Abel Herman (Métis); mother: Margaret Janvier (Métis); married: 1893 to Lucia La Braise; children living: Therese, John & Julie. Herman, Catholique; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 17; born: 1876 at Portage la Loche; father: Samuel Herman (Métis); mother: Julie Montgrand (Métis); married: 1900 to Caroline; Previously to Angelique Michel; children living: Jean Baptiste, Pierre & Marie. Herman, Felix; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 39; born: 1886 at Portage la Loche; father: Samuel Herman (Métis); mother: Julie Montgrand (Métis) Herman, Julie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 31; born: 1826 at Portage la Loche; father: Montgrand (Métis); mother: Therese; married: 1856 to Samuel Herman; children living: Catholique, Noel, Lazare, Felix, Rosalie, Philomene & Angele. Herman, Lazare; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 32; born: 1876 at Portage la Loche; father: Samuel Herman (deceased Métis); mother: Julie Montgrand (Métis); married: 1899 to Angele Deltess.

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Herman, Margaret; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 27; born: 1846; father: Andre Jelewazay; mother: Suzan Toba; married: 1866 to Andre Herman. Herman, Noel; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 23; born: 1870 at Portage la Loche; father: Samuel Herman (Métis); mother: Julie Montgrand (Métis); married: 1893 to Sara Jaunvier; children living: Pascal, Leon & Philomene. Herman, Sara; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 24; born: 1873 at Portage la Loche; father: Pascal Janvier (Métis); mother: Francoise (Métis); married: 1893 to Noel Herman; children living: Pascal, Leon & Philomene. Janvier, Alexandre; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 10; born: 1861 at Portage la Loche; father: Pascal Janvier (Métis); mother: Francoise (Métis); married: 1886 to Marie Catarre; children living: Raphael, Joseph, Jean Marie, William, Emile, Pierre Marie & Monique. Janvier, Angele; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 2; born: 1880 at Portage la Loche; father: Samuel Herman (Métis); mother: Julie Mongrand (Métis); married: 1898 to Josehim Janvier; children living: Leon, Isaac, Alexandre & Goodwin. Janvier, Francois; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 6; born: 1852 at Portage la Loche; father: Pascal Janvier (Métis); mother: Francoise (Métis); married: 1879 to Marie Mongrand; children living: Adeline, Joseph, Martial, Philomene, Ambroise, Francois, Elenore & Zepherese. Janvier, Isabelle; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 16; born: 1879 at Portage la Loche; father: Baptiste Vadenais (Métis); mother: Madeline Montgrand (Métis); married: 1902 to Joseph Janvier; children living: Marie Isabelle. Janvier, Isabelle; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 8; born: 1888 at Portage la Loche; father: Joseph Janvier (Métis); mother: Adeline Maurice (Métis) Janvier, Joachim; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 3; born: 1856 at Portage la Loche; father: Pascal Janvier (Métis); mother: Francoise (Métis); maried: 1870 to Adelaide Malboeuf, & 1898 to Angele Herman; children living: Lucia, wife of Samuel; Louison; Leon; Isaac; Alexandre & Goodwin. Janvier, Joseph; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 13; born: 1884 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Janvier (Métis); mother: Marie Montgrand (Métis) Janvier, Marie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 15; born: 1861 at Portage la Loche; father: Hanislaus Montgrand (Métis); mother: Isabelle (Indian); married: to Francois Janvier; children living: 8.

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Janvier, Marie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 12; born: 1861 at Clear Lake; father: Francois Catare (Métis); married: 1886 to Alexandre Janvier; children living: Raphael, Joseph, John Marie, William, Emile, Pierre Marie & Monique. Janvier, Martial; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 14; born: 1888 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Janvier (Métis); mother: Marie Montgrand (Métis) Janvier, Pascal; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 1; born: 1821 at Portage 1a Loche; father: Janvier (Métis); mother: Margaret Francoise (Métis); married: 1848 to Francoise (Métis); children living: Joseph, Francois, Joachim, Alexandre, Sophie, Sara, Ursule & Rosalie. Janvier, Raphael; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 11; born: 1888 at Portage la Loche; father: Alexandre Janvier (Métis); mother: Marie Cotarae (Métis) LaBrise, John; for his living wife, Marie Rose LaBrise; claim no. 237; address: Portage la Loche; born: 1881 at Portage la Loche; father: Joseph Janvier (Métis); mother: Adeline Maurice (Métis); married: 1898 to John LaBrise (deponent); children living: Laurent, Ellen & Marguerite; scrip for 240 acres. Lafontaine, Baptiste; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 4; born: 1877 at Portage la Loche; father: Paul Lafontaine (Métis); mother: Julie Sylvester (Métis); married: 1898 to Rosalie Janvier; children living: Robbie and Flora. Lafontaine, Rosalie Janvier; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 5; born: 1877 at Portage la Loche; father: Pascal Janvier (Métis); mother: Francoise (Métis); married: 1897 to Baptiste Lafontaine; children living: Robbie and Flora. Laliberté, Raphael; address: La Loche Rive; claim no. 99; born: 1851 at Portage la Loche; father: Pierre Laliberté (Métis); mother: Sarezine Morin (Métis); married: 1885 to Eliza Percuteler; children living: Helen, John, Emile, Marie Jeanne, Alfred, Robert and Theophile. Lamaigre, Harry; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 18; born: 1875 at Portage la Loche; father: Baptiste Lemaigre (Métis); mother: Suzanne Janvier (Métis); married: 1896 to Therèse Herman and then June, 1906 to Marie Rose Sylvestre; children living: Suzanne, Eleanore, Emily. Lemaigre, Marie Rose; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 20; born: 1897 at Portage la Loche; father: Alexandre Sylvestre (Métis); mother: Therèse (deceased); married: June, 1906 to Harry Lemaigre. Lemaigre, Rosalie; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 22; born: 1884 at Portage la Loche; father: Joseph Montgrand (Métis); mother: Joséphine; married: 1894 to Zéphirin Lemaigre; file ref. 1439897.

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Lemaigre, Zephirin; address: Portage la Loche; claim no. 21; born: 1872 at Portage la Loche; father: Baptiste Lemaigre (Métis); mother: Suzanne Janvier (Métis); married: 1894 to Rosalie Montgrand. Malboeuf, Éliza; address: Ile a la Crosse; born: 1885 at Portage la Loche; father: Joseph Janvier (Métis); mother: Adeline Maurice (Métis); married: 1900 to Cyprien Malboeuf; children living: Léon; Grégoire and Marguerite Marie; claim no. 153. Malette, Emmanuel - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Calgary - Born, 1867 at Portage la Loche - Father, Anselme Malette, (Métis) - Mother, Madeleine Ducharme, (Métis) - Scrip for $240 - Claim 327 Maurice, Célestine; address: Isle a la Crosse; born: 1881 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Maurice (Canadian); mother: Angéle Laliberte (Métis); married: 1898 to Catherine LaRiviére; children living: Elmire, Maxime, Harry and Rose; claim no. 103. Maurice, Charles; address: Isle a la Crosse; born: 1864 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Maurice (Canadian); mother: Angéle Laliberté (Métis); married: 1887 to Julie Bouvier; children living: Marie Rose, William Rose, Harry, Jérémie Clementine and Caroline; file ref. 1396556; claim no. 100. Maurice, Magloire; address: Isle a la Crosse; born: 1860 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Maurice (Canadian); mother: Angéle Laliberté (Métis); married: 1883 to Philomene LaRiviere; children living: Francois, Marie Josephine, Héléne, Béatrice, Abraham, Annie, Joseph, Monique and Marie Cécile Victoria; file ref. 1377273; claim no. 109. Maurice, Pierre; address: Isle a la Crosse; born: 1871 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Maurice (Canadian); mother: Angéle Laliberté (Métis); married: 1894 to Thérése; children living: Léone, Annie, Marguerite, Marie Agnes and Angéléle; claim no. 102. Meraste, Baptiste; for his living wife, Lucia Meraste; address: Lac des Traines; born: 7 February, 1871 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Maurice (Canadian); mother: Angele Laliberte (Métis); scrip cert.: form C, no. 1283 for $240.00; claim no. 811. Mercredi, Joseph; address: Fort Chipewyan; born: 1860 at Portage la Loche; father: Abraham Mercredi (Métis); mother: Charlotte Peapicous (Cree Indian); married: 17 April, 1892 at Fort Chipewyan to Julienne Laviolette; children living: Charlotte, Marie Victoire and Marie Madelaine; children deceased: Marie Josephine; Joseph Mercredi, scrip cert. no. 1019A; Charlotte Mercredi, scrip cert. no. 1020A; Marie Madelaine Mercredi, scrip cert no. 1022A; claim no. 478. Mercredi, Vital; address: Fort Chipewyan; born: 1860 at Portage la Loche; father: Abraham Mercredi (Métis); mother: Charlotte Peapicous or Tyenisis (Cree Indian); married: 14 April, 1885 at Fort Chipewyan to Sara McDonald; children living: Marie

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Rose, Adeline, Victor, Marianne, Celestine and Marie; children deceased: Napoleon and Marie Albertine; Vital Mercredi; scrip cert. no. 1032A; Marie Rose Mercredi, ip cert. no. 1033A; Adeline Mercredi, scrip cert.: no. 1034A; Marie Anne MErcredi, scrip cert.: no 1035A; Victor Mercredi, scrip cert.: no. 1036A; Celistine Mercredi, scrip cert.: no. 1037 A; Marie Mercredi, scrip cert. no. 1038A; claim no. 477. Moberly, Antoine; address: Clear Lake; born: 1875 at Portage la Loche; father: E.J. Moberly (Whiteman); mother: Philoméne Rat (Native); married: 1901 to Virginie Etienne; claim no. 130. Montgrand, Caroline; address: Portage la Loche; born: 1866 at Athabasca River; father: Joseph Easthay (Chipewyan); mother: Isabelle (Chipewyan); married: 1892 to William Montgrand; children living: Joseph, Ellen, Pelagie, Noel, Pierre and Harry; claim no. 43. Montgrand, William; address: Portage la Loche; born: 1869 at Portage la Loche; mother: Nahoolayazenka (Native); father: Joseph Montgrand (Métis); married: 1892 to Caroline Easthay; children living: Joseph, Ellen, Pelagie, Noel, Pierre and Harry; claim no. 35. Morin, Pierre; address: Green Lake; born: 1874 at Portage la Loche; father: Zephirin Morin (Métis); mother: Madeleine Gerard (Métis); scrip cert.: form C, no. 1295 for $240.00; claim no. 837. Park, Adeline; address: Portage la Loche; born: 1880 at Portage la Loche; father: Francois Janvier (Métis); mother: Marie Montgrand (Métis); married: Fall, 1906 to Archie Park; children living: Jonas; (not by Archie Park); claim no. 30. Primeau, Rosalie; heir to her deceased son, Jeremie Primeau; address: Carlton, Saskatchewan; born: Fall, 1871 at Portage la Loche; died: October, 1882 at Carlton; father: Baptiste Primeau (Métis deceased); mother: Rosalie Smith (Métis and deponent); scrip cert.: form D, no. 627 for $240.00; claim no. 291. Rat, Harry; address: Portage la Loche; born: 1836 at Portage la Loche; father: Dry Rat (Indian); mother: Sister of Andre Herman (Métis); married: to Catherine Herman; claim no. 25. Richard, William; address: Sandy Bay, Westbourne born: 1836 at Manitoba House; father: Joseph Richard (Métis); mother: Isabelle (Métis); married: 1856 at Portage la Loche to Madeleine West; children living: William, Madeleine, Antoine, Joseph, LaLouise, Marguerite, Sara, Josephte and Marie; children deceased: Jean Baptiste, Angele and no name; scrip for $160.00; claim no. 1465. Roy, Carmine; address: Île-à-la-Crosse; born: 1860 at Portage la Loche; father: François Maurice (Métis); mother: Angèle Laliberté (Métis); married: 1876 to Louison

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Roy; children living: Philippe, Isidore, Clement and Georgina; file ref. 1377273; claim no. 134 Souris, Raphael; for his ill wife, Angele Laliberte; born: 1824 at Portage la Loche; father: Pierre Laliberte (Métis); mother: Sarazine Morin (Métis); scrip issued for 240 acres; claim no. 244. Sylvestre, Baptiste; address: Bull's House and Buffalo River; born: 1855 at Portage la Loche; father: Baptiste Sylvestre (deceased Métis); mother: LaLouise Herman (Métis); married: in 1885 to Philomene Janvier and in 1890 to Veronique Rat and in 1900 to Sophie Villette; children living: Suzanne, Alex, Pierre and Ernestine; claim no. 42.

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

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