Joseph “Tcheer-kuhk” Desmarais. (b.

1837)
Joseph Desmarais was born on August 21, 1837 at St. Francois Xavier, the son of Michel Desmarais and Josephte Rochon.1 His father (b. 1810) was the son of Jean Baptiste Desmarais and Louise (Saulteaux). His mother was the daughter of Joseph Rochon and Josephte Ducharme. Joseph married Adelaide Gesson dit Jannot, on September 21, 1857 at St. Francois Xavier. Adelaide was the daughter of Francis Vestro dit Jeannotte and Madeleine Diverssant dit Falcon. Joseph and Adelaide had an adopted daughter Marguerite and an adopted son Joseph (whose father was Fiddler), born 1857 on the plains between Oak Lake and Turtle Mountain. Joseph Jr. married Rosalie St. Denis on August 22, 1878 at Lebret. Joseph and Adelaide were enumerated on reserve at Turtle Mountain in the band census of 1889. Joseph was a counselor for Chiefs Little Shell II and III. 2, Counselor Alex Ahkee-winnini Jannott is his brother-in-law.

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

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Josephte was born in 1819, the daughter of Joseph Rochon and Josephte “Nahasthay” Ducharme. In 1881, a widow, she was enumerated in Fort Qu’Appelle. She was also known as Gariepy, the step-daughter of Louis Gariepy. 2 Counselors for Little Shell III in the 1890s [These men also served as counselors for Little Shell II: Aysesense]. Sas Swaine Poitras (67); Kug-kay-dway-wash-kung, William Davis (70), Paydway-walsh-kum, Louis Lenoir; Boin-ence Davis (73); Kar-yence Delorme (50), a son of Auguhk-quay; Sharlo Bottineau (68); Ossaotit, Francois Desmarais (55); Tchee-kee-tarn Parisien (68); Batees-shish Valley (58), son of Norbace Valley; Ahkee-win-nini, Alex Jannott (58); Tcheer-kuhk, Joseph Desmarais (56); Bayriss, Corbet Grant (55); Karn-nar-dah, Antoine Heneult (59); and Jean Batees Gorin (Champagne, 57).