Biographies: Metis of the Qu’Appelle Settlement Qu’Appelle Settlement Petition of September 2, 1880

On September 2, 1880 the Metis of the Qu’Appelle Settlement petitioned Governor Alexander Morris for land, hunting rights and trading rights. The leaders of this group were Pierre Bonneau Sr. (b. 1803), Peter Lapierre (b. 1827) and Simon Blondeau [Blondin] (b. 1827) and Augustin Brabant Sr. (b. 1828). Simon Blondeau (Blondin) Sr. (b. 1827) Simon Blondeau was born on the Pembina River, the son of Louis Blondeau and Marie Louise Laframboise dit Franche. Louis Blondeau worked as an interpreter for the North West Company at Fort des Prairies in 1804 and at Cumberland House in 1815-16. He was present during the aftermath of the Battle of Seven Oaks. Simon Blondeau married Francoise Desjarlais, the daughter of Antoine Desjarlais and Marie Catherine Allery, in 1850 at St. Boniface. Their son John was married to the Augustin Brabant’s daughter Caroline. Simon worked for his father-in-law Antoine Desjarlais at Fort Desjarlais in the Souris River Valley in the 1850s. His nephew Louis Blondeau Jr. was one of the men who manned the barricades on the La Salle River to prevent the entry of Canadian government officials in October of 1869. Blondeau, Simon - Concerning his claim as a head of family - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, Pembina River, spring of 1827 - Father, Blondeau, (Métis) Mother, Laframboise, (Métis) - Married, spring of 1850 to Francoise Desjarlais at St. Boniface, Manitoba - Children living, ten (names on declaration) - Children deceased, one - Scrip for $160 - Claims 2 and 148 Blondeau, Francoise (b. 1864) - Concerning her claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, North West Territories, 1864 - Father, Simon Blondeau, (Métis) - Mother, Françoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Married, January 5, 1885 at Fort Qu'Appelle to Chrysostome Robillard - Scrip for $240 - Claim 15 Simon Blondeau (Blondin) Jr. (b. 1853) Simon Jr. was born on the Assiniboine River near the Beaver River, the son of Simon Blondeau and Francoise Desjarlais. He married Julienne Hamelin, the daughter of Gaspard Hamelin and Louise Landry on February 9, 1874 at Duck Lake, he then married Clemence Gosselin, the daughter of Joseph Gosselin and Marie Vallee in September 1884 at Lebret. Blondeau Jr., Simon - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle P.O. [Post Office] - Born, on Assiniboine River near Beaver River in 1853 - Father, Simon Blondeau Sr., (Métis) - Mother, Francoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Married, 1873 to Julie Hamelin, 1884 to Clémence Gosselin - Children living, two - Children deceased, two - Scrip for $240 - Claim 1499 Louison Blondeau (Blondin). (b. 1855)

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Louis was born on May 18, 1853 at Fort Ellice, the son of Simon Blondeau and Francoise Desjarlais. He married Marie Antoinette Robillard, the daughter of Jean Baptiste Robillard and Isabelle Comtois. Blondeau, Louison - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, Fort Ellice, spring of 1855 - Father, Simon Blondeau, (Métis) - Mother, Françoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Married, August, 1878 at Fort Qu'Appelle to Marie Robillard - Children living, two, Philomene born December, 1881, Alfred born September, 1883 - Children deceased, one, Adeline born 1879, died 1881 - Scrip for $240 - Claim 171 Zacharie Blondeau (Blondin). (b. 1858) Zacharie was born at Fort Qu’Appelle on December 19, 1856, the son of Simon Blondeau and Francoise Desjarlais. He married Florence Desmarais, the daughter of Michel Desmarais and Josephte Rochon in 1877 at Lebret. Blondeau, Zacharie - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, Fort Qu'Appelle, January 25, 1858 - Father, Simon Blondeau, (Métis) Mother, Francoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Married, Florence Desmarais - Scrip for $240 - Claim 3 Napoleon, Blondeau (Blondin). (b. 1862 Blondeau, Napoleon - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, Moose Mountain, February 25, 1862 - Father, Simon Blondeau, (Métis) Mother, Francoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Scrip for $240 - Claim 1500 St. Pierre Blondeau (Blondin). (b. 1867) Blondeau, St. Pierre - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, Fort Qu'Appelle, February 23, 1867 - Father, Simon Blondeau, (Métis) Mother, Francoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Scrip for $240 - Claim 4 Ambroise Blondeau (Blondin). (b. 1867) Blondeau, Ambroise - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, Fort Qu'Appelle, February 25, 1867 - Father, Simon Blondeau, (Métis) Mother, Francoise Desjarlais, (Métis) - Scrip for $240 - Claim 5 Pierre Bonneau Sr. (b. 1803) Pierre Bonneau was the son of Jean Baptiste Bonneau; born 27 May 1752 and Louise Paccan (Chippewa)1, they were married according to the custom of the country circa 1790; Jean Baptiste died 26 May 1842 at age 90 and was buried 27 May 1842 at St. Francois Xavier. Pierre married Louise Gariepy (b. 1815), the daughter of Louis Gariepy (b. 1782) and Josephte (Chippewa). His sons Pierre Jr., Charles and Julien also signed this petition. Scrip claims:
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Daughter of a Miami chief. Born 1760 in Michigan, died before 1820 at St. Francois Xavier.

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Bonneau, Pierre - Concerning his claim as a head of family - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, March 22, 1803 near Oak Lake - Father, Jean Baptiste Bonneau, (French Canadian) - Mother, Lizette, (Indian) - Married, 1828 at St. Francois Xavier to Lalouise Gariepy - Children living, six (names on declaration) - Children deceased, five - Scrip for $160 - Claim 141. Bonneau, Elmire (b. 1850) - Concerning her claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, St. Francois Xavier, 1850 - Father, Pierre Bonneau, (Métis) Mother, Louise Gariepy, (Métis) - Married, February, 1872 at Wood Mountain to Modeste Poitras - Children living, four, Marie Justine born 1873, Zacharie born 1875, Jean Bapiste born 1877, Gregoire born 1880 - Scrip for $240 - Claim 56 Manitoba Scrip Application: (son) Bonneau, Basile; HB Child; Filed: Pierre Bonneau, Sr.; Baie St. Paul; Marquette; b. 20 Feb 1851, St. Francois Xavier; d. 6 Nov 1878, NWT; bu. Lake Qu'Appelle; Pierre Bonneau, heir and father; Pierre Bonneau (x); 16 June 1875. C-14925 Manitoba Scrip Application: (daughter) Bonneau, Genevieve; HB Child; Baie St. Paul; Marquette; spinster; b. Aug 1855, St. Francois Xavier; age 24; Pierre Bonneau (HB) is father; Louise Gariepy (HB) is mother. Manitoba Scrip Application: (daughter) Bonneau, Elizabeth; HB Head; myself, husband and children; Baie St. Paul; Marquette East; wife of Xavier Perreault; farmer; b. 6 Sept 1832, Baie St. Paul; Pierre Bonneau (x) is father; his wife, Louise Gariepy (HB) is mother; French: Elizabeth Perreault (x); 29 Sept 1875; Francois Perreault (x) farmer; Felix Chenier, M.P.P.. C-14932. Pierre Bonneau Jr. (b. 1855) Manitoba Scrip Application: Bonneau, Pierre, Jr.; HB Child; Baie St. Paul; Marquette; b. Aug 1855; St. Francois Xavier; age 24; Pierre Bonneau, Sr. (HB) is father; Louise Gariepy (HB) is mother; French: Pierre Bonneau (x); 16 June 1879; Pierre Bonneau, Jr. (x); Antoine Larocque (x). C-14925. Charles Bonneau. (b. 1844) Bonneau, Charles - Concerning his claim as a head of family - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, Oak Lake, August 20, 1844 - Father, Pierre Bonneau, (Métis) Mother, LaLouise Gariepy, (Métis) - Married, January 20, 1870 at Dung Hills to Rosalie Poitras - Children living, five (names on declaration) - Children deceased, two - Scrip for $160 - Claim 98. Julien Bonneau. (b. 1857) Julien was born on February 22, 1857, the son of Pierre Bonneau and Louise Gariepy.

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Manitoba Scrip Application: Bonneau, Julien; HB Child; Baie St. Paul; Marquette; voyageur; b. 22 Feb 1857, St. Francois Xavier; age 22; Pierre Bonneau (HB) is father; Louise Gariepy (HB) is mother; French C-14925. Augustin Brabant. (b. 1828) Augustin was born at St. Boniface, the son of Augustin Brabant Sr. and Marguerite Genevieve L’Hirondelle. He married Julie Philippe the daughter of Jacques Philippe and Marguerite Jolicoeur before 1851. He died on June 29, 1907 at Lestock, Saskatchewan. Their daughter, Elizabeth was married to John Fisher. In June of 1868 Isaac Cowie met free-traders Augustin Brabant and St. Pierre Poitras along the Grande Coteau de Missouri going to trade with the Qu’Appelle Valley Saulteaux and Cree hunting parties. The two Metis had ten or twelve carts each. Alexandre Brabant. (b. 1870) Alexandre was born on February 1, 1870 at Fort Qu’Appelle, the son of Augustin Brabant and Julie Philippe. Edouard Brabant. (b. 1865) Edouard was also the son of Augustin Brabant and Julie Philippe. He married Ernestine Charette, the daughter of Joseph Charette and Rosalie Collin. Baptiste “Boinence” Davis. (b. 1822) Baptiste was the son of Jean Baptiste Davis and Julinanne Desnomme. His parents were both members of Turtle Mountain Band. Joseph Daniel. Joseph was the son of William Daniel and Isabelle Mitchel. He married Marie Martin. Daniel, Joseph; heir to his deceased daughter, Adelina Daniel; claim no. 493; born: August, 1885 at Qu'Appelle; died: 17 March, 1886; address: File Hills; father: Joseph Daniel (Métis and deponent); mother: Maria Martin (Métis); scrip cert.: form D, no. 96 Modeste Daniel. William Daniel. (b. 1821) William was born in 1812 at Moose Factory, the son of Griffith Daniel and his first wife, an Indian. On January 24, 1838, William married Margaret Calder, later (before 1865) he married Charlotte Fournier, the daughter of Francois Fournier and Angelique Methote. They lived at Lebret and had four children. Daniel was a District Guide and Interpreter at Fort Pelly, his brother John Daniel also worked at Fort Pelly.

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Daniel, known as “Big William”, was renowned for his strength and courage. He was guide for the brigade to York Factory in the spring of 1868. As interpreter, he was in charge of the Qu’Appelle Post after Cyr. Daniel also worked with Cyr under Archibald McDonald, Apprentice Clerk. He then became a free trader in 1869. Charles Desjarlais. (b. 1851) Charles was the son of Antoine Desjarlais and Louise Richard. Isadore Desjarlais. (b. 1865) Desjarlais, Isidore - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, October 6, 1865 at Roche Percee - Father, Baptiste Desjarlais, (Métis) Mother, Julie Grant, (Métis) - Claim 119 Baptiste Desjarlais. (b. 1844) Jean Baptiste Desjarlais was born in 1844, he married Julie Rose Marie Grant. Mathias Desjarlais. (b. 1847) Mathias was the son of Jean Baptiste Desjarlais and Marie Martin. He married Melanie Pelletier, the daughter of Joseph Pelletier and Louise St. Denis in 1882 at Lebret. Pierre Desjarlais. (b. 1862) Pierre Calixte Desjarlais was born on 8 August 1862 at St. Francois Xavier, the son of Jean Baptiste Desjarlais and Julie Rose Marie Grant. Michel Desjarlais. (b. 1819) Michel Desjarlais was born in 1819 in St. François-Xavier. Michel died in Lebret, Saskatchewan, on 25 April 1906; he was 87. He was a voyageur and buffalo hunter. On 27 May 1851 when Michel was 32, he married Julie Bonneau the daughter of François Bonneau, in St. F.-X. Julie was born ca 1818. She died in Lebret, Saskatchewan, on 18 July 1898; she was 80. Thomas Desjarlais. (b. 1850) Thomas Desjarlais was born on 12 December 1850 at St. Francois Xavier. Thomas married Madeleine Klyne, the daughter of Michel Klyne and Madeleine Beauchemin. Elbert Desjarlais. Stanislaus Desjarlais. (b. 1849) Stanislaus was the son of Antoine Desjarlais and Louise Richard. He married virginie McKay. Joseph “Tcheer Kuhk” Desmarais. (b. 1837) Joseph “Tcheer Kuhk” was the son of Michel Desmarais and Josephte Rochon. He married Adelaide Gesson dit Jannot.

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Joseph Desmarais. (b. 1859) Joseph was born on the plains, the son of Joseph “Tcheer Kuhk” Desmarais and Adelaide Gesson dit Jannot. He married Rosalie St. Denis. Desmarais, Joseph; heir to his deceased daughters; claim no. 1258; Josephine, born: 22 October, 1880 near Cypress Hills; died: 1893; Vitaline, born: Winter, 1885 at Qu'Appelle; died: March, 1900; address: Medicine Hat; father: Joseph Desmarais (Métis and deponent); mother: Rosalie St. Denis (Métis); scrip cert.: form F, no. 368 and 370. Francois Desmarais. Scrip affidavit for Desmarais, Catherine (nee Paquin); widow of Francois Desmarais; born: October 1859; father: Francis Desmarais; mother: not given Xavier Desnomme. (b. 1830) Xavier was the son of Pierre Desnomme and Madeleine Deschamps dit Amyotte. He married Marguerite Gouin (b. 1835) at St. Boniface on May 31, 1859. They had eight children. Desnomme, Marguerite; for her deceased children; claim no. 474; Norbert, born: 1872 at Touchwood; died: March, 1874; Louise, born: 1874 at Swift Current; died: 10 June, 1881; Isidore, born: 1876 near Moose Jaw; died: July, 1880; address: Touchwood; father: Xavier Desnomme (Métis); mother: Marguerite Gouin (Métis and deponent); heir: their father: Xavier Desnomme; scrip cert.: form F, no. 88 for Norbert; scrip cert.: form F, no. 90 for Louis; scrip cert.: form F. no. 92 for Isodore Antoine Fayant. (b. 1825) Antoine was the son of Antoine Fagnant Sr. And Josephte Pelletier. He was first married to Brigitte Desjarlais, daughter of Jean Baptiste Desjarlais and Charlotte Cardinal, then to Marie Ledoux, daughter of Eusebe Ledoux and Suzanne Bonneau, then to Julie St. Denis, the daughter of Francois St. Denis and Therese Martin, in 1883 at Lebret. William “Kee-tar-kiss” Fayant. (b. 1852) William Fagnant was born on November 8, 1852 the son of Francois Fagnant Sr. and Madeleine Lemire. He married Betsy Parisien, daughter of Joseph Parisien and Marguerite Lavallee at Lebret in 1872. Alexandre Fisher. (b. 1819) Alexander was born at St. Francoise Xavier the son of Henry Munro Fisher (b. 1800) and Marguerite Laframboise (b. 1805). He married Suzanne Desjarlais (b. 1819) in 1839 at Red River, the daughter of Antoine Desjarlais and Pelagin Martin. Fisher, Alexander - Concerning his claim as a head of family - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, 1819 - Father, Henry Fisher, (Scot) - Mother, Margaret La Framboise, (Métis) - Married, 1839 to Susan Desjarlais at Winnipeg - Children

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living, seven (names on declaration) - Children deceased, one - Scrip for $160 Claim 3636 Alfred Fisher. (b. 1860) Alfred was born on February 11, 1860 at Pembina, the son of Alexandre Fisher and Suzanne Desjarlais. Fisher, Alfred - Concerning his claim as a Métis child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle P.O. [Post Office] - Born, February 11, 1860 at Pembina River - Father, Alexander Fisher, (Métis) - Mother, Susanne Desjarlais, (Métis) - Scrip for $40 - Claim 81 George Fisher Sr. (b. 1830) George was born on July 25, 1830 at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of George Fisher and Genevieve Courville. Married Emilie Boyer (b. 1838). Scrip affidavit for Fisher, George; born: July 25, 1830 at Prairie du Chien; father: George Fisher (Scot); mother: Genevieve Courville (Métis); claim no: 1196; date of issue: August 20, 1876. Scrip affidavit for Fisher, Emilie (nee Boyer), wife of George Fisher; concerning the claims of her children: Virginie, born: 22 April 1859; George, born: 8 November 1861; Michel, born: 20 April 1863; Charles, born: 5 December 1865; Henri, born: 8 June 1868; Joseph, born: 16 September 1870 George Fisher. (b. 1859) George was born on January 19, 1859 near Moose Jaw, the son of John Fisher (b. 1827) and Betsy Brabant (b. 1829). Fisher, George - Concerning his claim as a Métis child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, January 19, 1859 near Moose Jaw - Father, John Fischer, (Métis) - Mother, Betsy Braband, (Métis) - Claim 79 John Fisher. (b. 1827) John Fisher was born on February 12, 1827 in St. Francois Xavier Parish. He was the son of Henry Munro Fisher (b. 1800) and Marguerite Laframboise (b. 1805). He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Brabant (b: 1829) in 1843 at Red River District. She was the daughter of Augustin Brabant and Marguerite Genevieve L'Hirondelle. Their three sons, George, Pierre, and William also signed this petition. Pierre Fisher (b. 1860) Pierre was born on October 22, 1860 near Moose Jaw, the son of John Fisher (b. 1827) and Betsy Brabant (b. 1829). Fisher, Pierre - Concerning his claim as a Métis child - Address, Indian Head, P.O. [Post Office] - Born, October 22, 1860 at Moose Jaw, North West Territories -

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Father, John Fisher, (Métis) - Mother, Bethsey Brabant, (Métis) - Scrip for $240 Claim 78 William Fisher. (b. 1864) William was born on April 12, 1864 at Pembina, the son of John Fisher and Betsy Brabant. Fisher, William - Concerning his claim as a Métis child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle - Born, April 12, 1864 at Fort Qu'Appelle - Father, John Fisher, (Métis) - Mother, Betsy Brabant, (Métis) - Claim 77 Andre Flammand. (b. 1857) Andre Flammand was born on February 12, 1857 at Baie St. Paul, the son of Louis Flammand and Josephte Bellehumeur. Scrip affidavit for Flammand, Andre; born: 15 July 1856; father: Louison Flammand; mother: Josephte Monette Louis Flammand. (b. 1829) Louis Flammand was born in 1829, the son of Joseph Flammand and Marguerite Moreau. Louis married Josephte Bellehumeur, the daughter of Andre Bellehumeur and Marguerite Maron in 1853 at St. Francois Xavier. Scrip affidavit for Flammand, Louison; born: 12 August 1828; father: Joseph Flammand (Métis); mother: Marguerite Moreau (Métis); claim no.: 3033; date of issue: Aug. 16, 1880 Flammand, Louis; address: Crooked Lake; claim no. 411; born: 1875 at Crooked Lake; father: Louis Flammand (Métis); mother: Josephte Belhumeur (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 322 Scrip affidavit for Flammand, Louis; born: 1840; father: Joseph Flammand (Métis); mother: Nanette Bousquet (Métis); claim no.: 673; scrip no.: 5225; date of issue: June 22, 1876; amount:$160. Maxime Flammand. (b. 1862) Maxime was born on May 30, 1862 at St. Francois Xavier, the son of Louis Flammand and Josephte Bellehumeur. Pierre Flammand. (b. 1841) Pierre Flammand was born on October 19, 1841, the son of Joseph Flammand and Marguerite Moreau. He married Marguerite Ducharme dit Decoteau the daughter of Joseph Decoteau and Marie anne Lafournaise in 1863 at St. Francois Xavier. He then married LaRose Bourassa the daughter of Jean Baptiste Bourassa and Madeleine Pelletier in 1874 at Lebret.

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Flammand, Pierre; heir to his deceased children: Alexander, born: 1877; Marie Therese, born: 25 Aug., 1874; died: 19 Jan., 1875; Marie Exilda, born: 1877, died: Dec., 1878; Isidore, born: 1880; Anne Emilie, born: 9 Oct., 1886, died: 12 March, 1898 address: Le Bret; father: Pierre Flammand (Métis & deponent); mother: LaRose Bourassa (Métis); Alexander, scrip cert.: form F, no. 202; Marie Therese, scrip cert.: form F, no. 142; Marie Exilda, scrip cert.: form F, no. 144; Isidore, scrip cert.: form F, no. 144; file ref. 51642A; claim no. 589 Flammand, Pierre; heir to his deceased daughter, Emeris Flammand; claim no. 1018; born: 10 March, 1885 at Lac Louise; died: 1893 at Belcourt; address: Dunsuth, North Dakota; father: Pierre Flammand (Métis & deponent); mother: Rose Mary (Métis) James Grant. (b. 1837) James Grant was born on March 22, 1837 at St. Francois Xavier, the son of Cuthbert Grant and Marie McGillis. He married Josephte Helene Gariepy, born January 10, 1844, the daughter of François Gariepy and Helene Poitras on June 16, 1862 at Pembina. Like many Metis hunting and trading families they had children born at several locations across the plains. Josette and James Grant had the following children: •Mary, born 1867, died 1877 at Lebret. •Marie Virginie, born 1871 at St. Joseph, Dakota Territory. •Marie Florestine, born 1872 at St. François Xavier, died 1874 at St. Francois Xavier. •Joseph Cuthbert, born 1874 at Wood Mountain, died 1874, age 23 at Qu’Appelle. •Marie Josephine, born 1876 at Wood Mountain, died 1888 at age 11. •Allyre, born 1878 at Wood Mountain. •Marie Ernestine, born 1821 at Katepwe, died 1892 at age 11. •Joseph Alfred, born 1883 at Katepwe, died 1897 at age 14. •Clement Joseph, born 1886 at Lebret. James Grant came west with his father Cuthbert Grant on the annual buffalo hunt. James Grant eventually settled at the east end of Lake Katepwe in the Qu’Appelle Valley. They came with horse drawn Red River carts, bringing about 50 horses, a few head of cattle, saws, axes, scythes, a wooden-beam walking plow and all their household items. In the summer James operated a caravan of Red River carts bringing supplies from Winnipeg to Troy and Fort Qu’Appelle. In the winter, after the railroad came through, he hauled freight by sleigh into Prince Albert for Archie McDonald, the HBC Factor at Fort Qu’Appelle. The route he used was over the Touchwood Trail, a trip which took six weeks. In 1878 James Grant signed the petition of the Metis hunting band at Cypress Hills which requested a re-opening of the bison hunt between November 14 th and February 15 th each year and the granting of a Metis “reserve.” They requested a 150-mile strip of land along the American border beginning where the Pembina River crosses the border in Manitoba and thence west. This strip was to be fifty miles wide from north to south. Subsequently James Grant signed the September 2, 1880 petition from Peter LaPierre and

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other Metis of Qu'Appelle Settlement concerning Metis land claims that subsequently went unanswered by the government. This petition was addressed to the Marquis of Lorne, "This humble petition of Peter LaPierre, Simon Blondin, John Fisher, Alexander Fisher, John Simpson, Xavier Desnommé, and others, Halfbreeds of Qu'Appelle Settlement etc. Antoine Hamelin. (b. 1842) Antoine Hamelin was born on August 7, 1842, the son of Solomon Hamelin and Isabelle Vandal. He married Philomene Perrault, the daughter of Jean Baptiste Perrault and Marie Charon dit Ducharme in 1862 at St. Boniface. His sister Isabelle was married to Leon Nault. Napoleon Hamelin. (b. 1856) Napoleon was born on May 15, 1856, the son of Joseph Hamelin and Josephte Sayer. He married Marie Hamelin, the daughter of Antoine Hamelin and Philomene Perreault, He then married Virginie Fisher, the daughter of George Fisher and Emelie Boyer in 1895 at Lebret. Klyne, Michel (b. 1839) Michael Klyne was born at St. Francois Xavier, the son of Michael Klyne Sr. and Madeleine Millet dit Beauchemin. He married Helene Davis the daughter of Jean Baptiste Davis and Julie Desnommie. They had six children at Devil’s Lake, St. Joseph’s, Wood Mountain andLebret. He then married Marie Vallee at Lebret in 1876. Michael’s sister Elise was married to Thomas Kavanagh who also signed the petition. Many of the families who signed this petition, “such as the families of Norbert Welsh, Roderick Ross, Cuthbert St. Denis and Michel Klyne established permanent homes near the Catholic Mission at Lebret.” Peter Lapierre. (b. 1827) Peter Lapierre was born in 1827, the son of Louis Lapierre. Peter Lapierre was a HBC employee who worked his way from apprentice labourer in 1846 to Trader and Interpreter in 1864-1869 at the Touchwood Hills Post, Swan River district. He was the son of Louis Lapierre a voyageur and HBC Postmaster. Isaac Cowie describes Louis as a French-Canadien postmaster after whom Lapierre House on the Porcupine Branch of the Yukon River was named. Peter Lapierre was a witness to the signing of Treaty Four in Fort Qu’Appelle. Peter Lapierre was also a interpreter for the Indian Chief "Loud Voice" of whom Issac Cowie wrote an entire chapter about in his book, "The Company of Adventurers." As noted above Peter was a HBC employee from 1846 to 1869 in the Swan River district. He worked his way up as a middleman, wheelwright, trader, and finished his service as interpreter at High Pond in 1869. Peter married Adelaide Boyer (b. 1826), the daughter of Baptiste Boyer and Lizette Mainville, in 1849 at Fort Francis. Peter died on November 4, 1883. Cowie describes him as a “brave, well set up, medium-sized man who loved the glorious sport of charging after buffalo.”

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His sons; Thomas, Joseph and Theophile also signed this petition. Thomas Lapierre, born 1851 at Shoal River. Lapierre, Thomas - Concerning his claim as a child - Address, Fort Qu'Appelle Born, 1851 at Shoal River - Father, Peter Lapierre, (Métis) - Mother, Adelaide Lapierre, (Métis) - Scrip for 240 acres of land - Claim 10. Theophile Lapierre, born 1871 at Macdonald Hills (north of Qu’Appelle Valley). Lapierre, Théophile; address: Macdonald Hills; claim no. 746; born: 7 Feb., 1871 at Macdonald Hills; father: Pierre Lapierre (Métis); mother: Adélaide Boyer (Métis); scrip cert.: form E, no. 560. Joseph Lapierre. (b. 1832) Joseph Lapierre was the son of Antoine Moses Lapierre (b. 1813) and Lizette (Cree). His father died in Teton county, Montana in 1893. Roderick Ross. (b. 1829) Roderick Ross and his sons, Roderick Jr. and Pierre Ross all signed this petition. Roderick was a St. Francois Xavier trader, the son of Hugh Ross and Sarah Short. He married Marie Delorme the daughter of Urbain Delorme and Madeleine Vivier. In 1878, Roderick and other Metis buffalo hunters at Cypress Hills wrote a petition asking for a special Metis reserve of land. Their daughter Rose was married to Gregoire Wills(Welsh). Wills (Welsh) also signed the petition for a reserve. Roderick later became a resident at Lebret near the Catholic Mission. The couple had the following children: •Marie Andronique, b. 1850, married Louis Marion. •Isabelle, b. 1852, died 1856. •Madeleine, b. 1854, married Antoine Faillant dit Lafontaine. •Sarah, b. 1856. •Rose, b. 1857, married Gregoire A. Wills (Welsh) then married AlexandrePeletier. •Pierre, b. 1859, married Betsy Welsh. •Philomene, b. 1860, married Pierre Pelletier. •Roderick, b. 1862. •Urbain, b. 1865. •Florestine, b. 1867, married Michel Thibault. •Elzear, b. 1869, married Elizabeth Pelletier. Pierre Ross. (b. 1859). See above. Roderick Ross Jr. (b. 1862) See above. Alexandre Swain. (b. 1849)

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Alexandre Swain was the son of John Swain and Marguerite Allary. This was a buffalo hunting family enumerated at Pembina in 1850. Alexandre married Felicite Pelletier the daughter of Joseph Pelletier and Louise St. Denis in 1870 at Lebret.

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