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CHARLES OIG (c1860-1927)
?MARTHA (nee?) MOORE (1846-)?

(Last Updated: September 10, 2014) 


Charles OIG was born around 1855-60 at Norway House (MB). His father was John “Johnny” OIG (c1817-1889), a Chipewyan Indian from the region of Lake Athabasca. His mother is said to have been Fanny HACROW, his father’s third wife. ** MORE ABOUT JOHNNY OIG


Around 1870 Charles’ wife was Fanny SANDISON.


In the fall of 1875 Lieutenant Governor Alexander MORRIS concluded Treaty Number Five with the Norway House peoples. The Federal government gave their preferred site at the White Mud River (now Icelandic River) to the Icelandic settlers and gave Chief David RUNDLE’s people (of Norway House) the present reserve at Fisher River.
The community of Fisher River lies at the southwest point of Fisher Bay on Lake Winnipeg. As such, Fisher Bay forms a physical boundary on the east side. On the west side, the reserve is flanked by the Peguis reserve.


Scrip is a term used to describe “a certificate, voucher, etc. establishing the bearer’s right to something.” Section 125 of the Dominion Lands Act, 1879, made provision to: Satisfy any claims existing in connection with the extinguishment of the Indian title, preferred by half-breeds resident in the North-West Territories outside of the limits of Manitoba, on July 15, 1870, by granting land to such persons, to such extent and on such terms and conditions as may be deemed expedient.
The first Half-breed Scrip Commission occurred in 1885 and dealt with the claims of Métis people who, on or before 15 July 1870, were living in territory that had since been ceded to the government by treaties with First Nations.


On Jun 8, 1886, Charles received Metis Scrip ($240) on Jun 8, 1886. He withdrew from Fisher Indian Reserve. HB 5086 (Declaration re claim to share in Half-Breed Grant, as a child.


Between 1887 - 1890 Charles was an “apprentice servant” with the HBC (re Tolboon).


Boozing & Brawling


Manitoba Free Press, Aug 19, 1887: Selkirk: Charles OIG, an Indian, was arrested this week for supplying whiskey to the parties interested in the recent half-breed squabble in which James YORK was injured. He pleaded guilty and was released upon paying the usual fine, $50.
Manitoba Daily Free Press, Nov 5, 1887: Qreen V. MOWAT. Against the prisoner it was charged that “on the 28th day of July, 1887, at St Peters Indian reserve in the County of Lisgar, he did unlawfully and maliciously in and upon one James Albert SETTEE (usually known as James YORK) make an assault and did thereby then wound and cause actual bodily harm to the said James A SETTEE. The case as presented by Mr. MILLS, for the Crown, was that the prisoner MOWAT was an Indian from the St Peters reserve and the charge in question rose out of a drunken row between Indians. SETTEE, known as James YORK, was struck on the head and seriously injured by someone. The question would be was it the prisoner? SETTEE, the complainant, was employed on the steamer Colville. Word was sent to him that he was wanted on the steamer, the messenger being a man named OIG or Henry YORK. On their way to the steamer they obtained two bottles of liquor and stopped at the prisoner MOWAT’s when a dispute arose between SETTEE and MOWAT about the price of some leather; after a while SETTEE and Henry YORK went down to the river when they found the steamer had sailed; they returned to MOWAT’s. Henry YORK went on his way home but SETTEE and the prisoner renewed the quarrel, during which it is supposed the prisoner seized a frying pan and struck SETTEE on the head with it. - - more - - The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. His Lordship desired Mr COCHRANE, the interpreter, to warn the prisoner to keep from whiskey and bad company in the future.
The Charles OIG in the above 1887 newspaper items almost certainly would have been our Charles, particularly bearing in mind his age, and the uniqueness of the surname. It describes Charles as “an Indian from the St Peters Indian Reserve”. At that time Charles would have been about 34 years old. Charles was obviously acquainted with men who worked on the steamship Colville.


In 1889 Charles’ father (Johnny OIG) died in the Fisher River Indian Reserve. He was in his 80’s.


When Treaty was paid to Charles in Fisher River IR (in the late 90’s re Tolboon), five people (for $25) were included: one man (Charles); one woman (Fanny); one boy (Joseph); one girl (Marie Marthe)


Charles marries Louise Anne PARISIEN



Charles was a widower when he moved to St Norbert (in the RM of Ritchot) where he met Louise Anne PARISIEN who’s family lived in that area. Ritchot is a picturesque rural municipality of Manitoba, located along the Red River between Winnipeg and the US border. (St Agathe, St Adolphe, Ile-des-Chenes, Grande Pointe and Howden are also wards of Ritchot) 

Oct 25, 1895, Charles married in Ritchot RM (St Norbert), to 19 yr old Marie (Louise Anne) PARISIEN.  Charles was a 35 year old widower at the time of this marriage. Marie was the daughter of Charlotte LECLAIR and Isaic PARISIEN (1840-1898). ** MORE ABOUT ISAIC PARISIEN


Census 1901:  Provencher (#10), SD-H-1 (Ritchot), pg 4 (St Norbert), HH-35: Charles WOIDE (OIGE), age 35 (born May 7, 1866); wife Louisanne, age 25 (born Oct 5, 1875). Children: Joseph A, age 6 (born Oct 4, 1894); Noel, a baby (born Nov 6, 1900). ** I believe this is Charles OIGE (the enumerator most likely erred, misinterpreting the sound of the name as WOIDE **His wife & children match those of our Charles. Also, next-door in HH-34 is his mother-in-law, Widow Charlotte PARISIEN). The age/ birth date for Charles is however problematic.


On Jun 17, 1905 a 27 month old daughter (Mathilda) died in St Norbert, while her mother was in labour with her last child born the next day (Jun 18) and died at birth (4 hours).


A wife named Martha?


Census 1906: Selkirk (#8; Norway House Agency), SD-10 (Fisher River IR), pg 12, HH-53: Charles OIG b-c1841 (age 65); wife Martha b-c1846 (age 60); step-son Wm MOORE b-c1890 (age 16). In HH-55 lives Thos STEVENSON b-c1844, age 62, with sons Robert 20 & Donald 18.


In Census 1906 we have Sarah HENDERSON (a 20 year old Cree woman, born in Ontario) recorded as a patient in the Dynevor Hospital in St Peters (north of Selkirk). She’s still there in 1911. ** This will be Charles' next and last wife.


Census 1911: Selkirk (#22), SD-57 (Fisher River IR), pg 11, HH-130: Charles OIG b-c1828 (age 83); wife Martha b-c1838 (age 73).


Charles marries Sarah HENDERSON



Charles OIG married Nov 29, 1911 RM of St Clements to Sarah HENDERSON.


In 1915, Charles was in St Peters, north of Selkirk, when son Albert enlisted for World War I.


On May 17, 1927 Charles OIG died; buried in St Peters.

Sarah died Jul 14, 1927 at age 45; buried St Peters (listed as widow of Charles OIG) (Vital Stats indicate May 15 as death date for both Charles & Sarah)


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?Children by SANDISON/ Martha?:

?1. HENRY OIG (m. Barbara SINCLAIR)

?2. 1872 ARTHUR ALBERT OIG (m. Mary Jane COCHRANE)

Children by PARISIEN:

1. Aug 15, 1896 JOSEPH ALBERT OIG (m. Clara STEVENSON)


2. Sep 28, 1899 MARIE MARTHE OIG

3. Oct 14, 1900 JOSEPH NOEL TOUSSAINTE OIG (Died in infancy, 8 mos)

?4. 1903 MATHILDA OIG (Died in infancy, age 2)

?5. Jun 17, 1905 UN-NAMED GIRL OIG (Died at birth)