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ALEXIS BERCIER (1772-1840)
JOSEPHTE SAULTEUSE (1783-1853)

(Last Updated: August 25, 2016)

 

Alexis BERCIER was born Nov 14, 1772 in La Perade, Lower Canada (between Trois Rivieres and Quebec City).

 

Marriage to a Saulteaux woman named Josephte
1800

 

Around 1800 Alexis was married to a Saulteaux woman named Josephte. Their first child, Suzanne, is said to have been born around 1802.

 

North West Company, Lake Winnipeg District
1804

 

In 1804, and from 1811 to 1819, the HBC Archives indicate that Alexis was a Voyageur with the North West Company in the Lake Winnipeg District. Around 1809 son Jean Baptiste was born in St Boniface.

 

The First Selkirk Settlers arrive at Red River
1812

 

In 1811 Lord SELKIRK (1771-1820) recruited the first group of Red River Settlers in Stornoway, Scotland. The first group arrived at Red River in 1812.

 

Seven Oaks Massacre
1816

 

On June 19, 1816 Cuthbert GRANT (1796-1954) arrived at Red River, and the Battle of Seven Oaks occurred.
** MORE ABOUT CUTHBERT GRANT and the SEVEN OAKS MASSACRE

 

October, 1818, Testimony of Alexis BERCIER at the NWC Proceedings at York, Upper Canada. Examined by SHERWOOD, by Interpreter.
Testimony of Alexis BERCIER: I was below Frog Plains on the day of the battle; when I heard the firing, I came to the Frog Plains, and on coming there I saw Paul BROWN. He was not in the battle; he was engaged with his horse when I came. DUCHARME was with me; we continued there till the firing had ceased. When I heard the rest were coming, I got on my horse and went away. Next day I was at the fort with fish, and I gave BROWN some.

 

In 1820 eldest daughter Suzanne married Charles PELLETIER in St Boniface, son of Marguerite (Indian) and Antoine PELLETIER (1796-1853).

 

Union of the North West Company with the Hudson’s Bay Company
1821

 

In 1821 the union of the North West Company (NWC) and the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) occurred, ending the years of bitter rivalry for dominance of the fur trade in Western Canada. After the merger, almost 1,300 employees lost their jobs since the single HBC organization that emerged had no need for most of the voyageurs and fur traders.

 

Portage la Prairie - Winnipeg

 

In 1826 daughter Angelique married William BIRSTON, son of Nancy (Indian) and Magnus BIRSTON (1768-1837).
** MORE ABOUT MAGNUS BIRSTON

 

Around 1831 son Baptiste was married to Marie ST PIERRE, daughter of Marguerite HOULE and Francois ST PIERRE (1793-1910).

 

In 1834 daughter Josephte married Ignace McKAY in St Francois Xavier, son of Marguerite (Indian) and Alexis McKAY (1785-1839).

 

Around 1836 daughter Marguerite married Duncan McGILLIS, son of Marguerite (Indian) and Angus McGILLIS (1774-1842).

 

On Feb 3, 1840 Alexis BERCIER died in St Francois Xavier, Red River.

 

In 1846 daughter Angelique, widowed, re-married to Peter KIPLING in St Andrews, son of Nancy (Inian) and JOHN KIPLING (1774-1850). ** MORE ABOUT JOHN KIPLING

 

On Feb 11, 1853 Josephte BERCIER died in St Francois Xavier.

 

Comments and queries at this link: FORUM DISCUSSING THE FAMILY OF ALEXIS BERCIER

 

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Children:
1. 1801 SUZANNE BERCIER (m. Charles PELLETIER)
2. 1808 JEAN BAPTISTE BERCIER (m. Marie ST PIERRE)
3. 1810 ALEXIS BERCIER
4. c1811 ANGÉLIQUE BERCIER (m1. William BIRSTON; m2. Peter KIPLING)
5. c1813 MARGUERITE BERCIER (m1. Duncan McGILLIS, m2. Pierre LAVALLEE)
6. Jan 6, 1818 JOSEPHTE BERCIER (m. Ignace McKAY)

 

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