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JOSEPH CYR (1832-1882)

(Last Updated: July 27, 2014)


Joseph CYR was born July 23, 1832 in St Boniface, Red River, son of Catherine MARTINEAU and Louis CYR(1777-1871) from Quebec. ** MORE ABOUT LOUIS CYR


Marriage to Catherine BERARD


In 1852 Joseph married Catherine BERARD in Ste-Anne (MB), daughter of Catherine HUGHES and Louis BERIAULT dit BERARD (1794-1874), a French Canadian.


Canadian Confederation
Red River Rebellion
Manitoba becomes a Province


On July 1, 1867 the British colonies in North America were united under the British North American Act to become the Dominion of CanadaSir John A MACDONALD (1815-1891) was appointed as Canada’s first Prime Minister. William McDOUGALL (1822-1905) became the Minister of Public Works, and he began negotiations to acquire Rupert’s Land from the HBC, sending out surveyors to prepare the way for an expected influx of settlers.

On Oct 11, 1869, Louis RIEL (1844-1885) placed his foot on the surveyors’ chain to tell them their work was finished. This marked the beginning of a Red River Metis Rebellion. In early November that year he took possession of Upper Fort Garry with armed forces, taking prisoners in the process. ** MORE ABOUT THE RED RIVER REBELLION in WIKIPEDIA

On July 1, 1867 the British colonies in North America were united under the British North American Act to become the Dominion of Canada. Sir John A MACDONALD (1815-1891) became Canada’s first Prime Minister.


On July 15,1870 Manitoba became the fifth province of Canada, the Canadian Government having acquired the territory previously governed by the HBC. The Rebellion was essentially over. A few months later the Government began to take applications for Scrip from Metis people were resident in Manitoba as of that date. For that purpose a Census was conducted that year.
Further Reading about Scrip:

From the Census of 1870 in St Boniface: Joseph CYR (age 36); wife Catherine (age 19). Children: Josephte (age 19), Virginie (17), Marie (15), Joseph (12), Marguerite (10), Euphrosine (9) and Pierre (age 7).


Around 1873 daughter Virginie married Damais PERREAULT, son of Catherine GROUETTE and Jean Baptiste PERREAULT (1824-1902).


Around 1874 daughter Marie married Cyrille PARISIEN, son of Angelique McPHERSON and Augustin PARISIEN (b-1810).


In 1875 Catherine applied for Scrip for their youngest sons, Joseph Jr. and Pierre.

Around 1875 eldest daughter Josephte was the wife of Pierre DAUPHINAIS, son of Francoise PAUL and Francois XAVIER dir DAUPHINAIS (1816-1883).


In the summer of 1877 Joseph CYR, a Laborer and Voyageur of St Boniface, applied for his Half-breed Scrip, indicating his parents as Half-breed Catherine MARTINEAU and Louis CYR, French Canadian.


In 1880 son Joseph Jr. married his sister-in-law Marie PERREAULT in Ste-Anne (MB), daughter of Catherine GROUETTE and Jean Baptiste PERREAULT (1824-1902).


On Feb 13, 1882 Joseph CYR died in St Boniface.


Census of 1891 in Rat Portage (Kenora): Widow Katherine CYR (age 66) and her nine year old grandson Pierre (son of Joseph Jr.).


In 1887 youngest daughter Alphonsine married Louis VEILLEAUX in the Rainy River District. Louis, of uncertain parentage, was born in Thunder Bay (ON) around 1860.


 In 1909 youngest son Pierre married Marie Helene PARISIEN in St Boniface, daughter of Marie CYR and Cyrille PARISIEN (1849-1927). ** Looks like Pierre married his own niece; Marie CYR being his sister and Cyrille being his brother-in-law..


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1. Oct 25, 1854 JOSEPHTE CYR (m. Pierre DAUPHINAIS)
2. Jul 2, 1855 VIRGINIE CYR (m. Damase PERREAULT)
3. 1856 MARIE CYR (m. Cyrille PARISIEN)
4. Sep 16, 1858 JOSEPH CYR (m. Mare PERREAULT)
5. Jun 25, 1859 MARGUERITE CYR
7. 1865 PIERRE CYR (m. Marie Helene PARISIEN)