Mary Peebles. (b.

1842)
Mary Peebles was born in 1842 on the Albany River, the daughter of James Peebles
(Metis) and Elizabeth Morrison (Metis).
Mary married James Flett, born July 28, 1828 from Birsay, Orkney an HBC Storesman,
in 1857 at Norway House. James Flett signed up with the Hudson’s Bay Co. on
December 7, 1846 as a labourer and went onto become a Postmaster and Clerk with that
company.
Service record of James Flett;













1848-1852 Labourer Mackenzie River
1852-1854 Bowsman (forward position in a canoe) Mackenzie River
1854-1857 Labourer Norway House
1857-1861 Storesman Norway House
1861-1862 Postmaster Nelson River, Norway House
1862-1869 Clerk Nelson River, Norway House
1869-1870 Clerk Norway House, Norway House
1870-1871 Clerk Rossville, Norway House
1873-1885 Clerk, Berens River, Norway House
1885-1890 Clerk, Red River
1890-1897 Clerk & Postmaster Lake Winnipeg
1897-1898 Freeman, West Selkirk
1906, 31 December. Died at West Selkirk

Children of Mary Peebles and James Flett:

 John, born December 31, 1859, at Norway House Manitoba and died October 15,



1883 at Berens River.
William, born 1861 at Norway House. He married in 1883 at Duck Bay to
Philomene Chartrand, the daughter of Baptiste “Koway” Chartrand and Mary
Stevens.
Margaret, born July 9, 1867 on Nelson River.
Frances, born December 31, 1868 on Nelson River. She married Duncan McIvor.
Alexander, born August 21, 1870 at Norway House. He was also an HBC
employee. He retired on May 31st 1931 and lived at Pine Falls.
Alexander’s service Record:
1888-1893 Apprentice Clerk, Fort Alexander, Lake Winnipeg
1893-1902 Clerk, Fort Alexander.

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1902-1917 Post Manager, Split Lake.
1917-1919 Post Manager, Trout Lake.
1919-1925 Post Manager, York Factory.
1925-1929 Post Manager, Trout Lake.
1929-1931 Post Manager, Fort Hope.

 Elizabeth, born February 15, 1872 at Berens River.
 Donald, born January 28, 1874 at Berens River.
 George Richard, born, September 24, 1875 at Berens River. He married Mary



Sabel, in 1883. She was the daughter of William Turner Sable and Sophia Bird.
George died in 1940.
Alice Louisa, born May 25, 1877 at Berens River. She married Alfred James
Monkman (born 1876 at Moose Lake) in August 1912 at Selkirk.
James Jr., born October 5, 1878 at Berens River.
Catherine, born January 25, 1880 at Berens River.
Caroline, born September 4, 1881 at Berens River.

Family Scrip Records:
Flett, Alexander; address: Norway House; claim no. 782; born: 21 August, 1870 at Norway House; father:
James Flett (Whiteman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 3069.
Flett, Alice Louisa; address: St. Peter's; claim no. 1513; born: 25 May, 1877 at Berens River; father:
James Flett (Whiteman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 3421.
Flett, James; heir to his deceased daughter, Caroline Flett; claim no. 775; born: 4 September, 1881 at
Berens River; died: 28 February, 1882 at Berans River; address: St. Peters; father: James Flett (Whiteman
and deponent); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.: form F, no. 1716.
Flett, James; heir to his deceased son, John Flett; claim no. 2148; address: Fort Alexander; born: 31
December, 1859 at Norway House; father: James Flett (deponent and Orkneyman); mother: Mary Peebles
(Métis); died: 15 October, 1883 at Berens River; scrip for $240.00.
Flett, Catherine; address: St. Peters; claim no. 1512; born: 25 January, 1880 at Berens River; father:
James Flett (Whiteman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 3420.
Flett, James; for his absent son, Donald Flett; claim no. 783; address: St. Peters; born: 24 January, 1874 at
Berens River; father: James Flett (Whiteman and deponent); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.:
form E, no. 3543
Flett, Elizabeth; address: St. Peters; claim no. 1515; born: 15 February, 1872 at Berens River; father:
James Flett (Whiteman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 3423.
Flett, Frances; address: Fort Alexander; claim no. 2146; born: 31 December, 1868 at Nelson River; father:
James Flett (Orkneyman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip for $240.00.
Flett, George Richard; address: St. Peter; claim no. 1514; born: 24 September, 1875 at Berens River;
father: James Flett (Whiteman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 3422.

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Flett, Margaret; address: Fort Alexander; claim no. 2145; born: 9 July, 1867 at Nelson River; father:
James Flett (Orkneyman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); scrip for $240.00
Flett, Mary; address: Fort Alexander; claim no. 2143; born: 1842 at Albany River; father: James Peebles
(Métis); mother: Elizabeth Morison (Métis); married: 1857 at Norway House, to James Flett; children
living: William, Mary, Jane, Margaret, Frances, Alexander, Elizabeth, Donald, George, Alice & Catherine;
children deceased: Caroline, Edith, Christiana, Ellen Elizabeth & James; scrip for $160.00
Flett, William; address: Cross Lake; claim no. 2113; born: 1861 at Norway House; father: James Flett
(Orkneyman); mother: Mary Peebles (Métis); married: 1883 at Duck Bay to Philomene Chartrand; children
living: Catherine & James Walter; scrip for $240.00.

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

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