gnstill wrote:To confuse matters, the 1906 census in the St Peters Reserve enumerated two different children named Agnes in the household of Mary (nee STEVENS) & William THOMAS (1846-1931); one was his 18 year old daughter Agnes (b-c1888) and the other was his 10 year old (adopted) granddaughter (b-c1896). It was most likely Agnes the adopted granddaughter (child of Juliet & JG KENNEDY) who married in 1917 to Wallace MAYO b-1893.
The fact that granddaughter Agnes was adopted probably indicates that her mother (Juliet) had died before 1906.
1911 Census of Canada recently released to the public is transcribed as follows:
Home / 1911 / Manitoba / Selkirk / 56 Indian Reserve Clandeboye Agency / page 15 unsplit view
Transcribed by: Krystal Tait
43 173 Thomas William M Head M 1851 60 1901
44 173 Thomas Mary Ann F Wife M 1859 52 1901
45 173 Thomas Agnes Matilda F Daughter S 1896 15 1901
I was wondering where the date of birth/life span for William Thomas as 1846-1931 came from; namely the source so I could look it up. In addition I was also wondering where his wife Mary is documented as Mary Stevens. Does any proof of any of the adoptions that William and Mary were involved in exist?
It appears as though William, his wife and kids never got a treaty payment(commutation/annuity) in the St. Peters Settlement-1876 Treaty Census. In recent court cases put into action by Peguis Nation it has been noted that not all Indians who should have been on the lists and/or court documents since the time that the illegal surrender of St. Peters was challenged have been left out of the process. Juliet Thomas's husband John George Kennedy's letter around 1900 regarding his claim to lot 4 and Alexander Kennedy to his claim of lot 19 in around 1910 were both ignored for the most part. They are both deceased now so any recent decisions definitely won't include them on the lists per se.
St. Peters Census-1876 Treaty shows that a William Thomas, wife and kids got nothing for being treaty Indians. This means that they not only got removed from land they probably owned after Chief Peguis assigned it to the family but that they also remained treaty Indians on or off the records.