Faces and Family

Featured Image: Jean-Louis and Angélique Riel, children of Marguerite Monet dit Belhumeur (daughter of Marie Eulalie Malaterre and Jean Baptiste Monet dit Belhumeur/ Bellehumeur/ Bellumeur) and Louis Riel Jr. (son of Julie Lagemonère/ Lagimodiere and Louis Riel Sr.). Source: “Les enfants de Louis Riel, Jean-Louis et Angélique Riel,” Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-139072.



Letitia Bird with buffalo robe and beaded saddle, born c.1836 to Elizabeth Thomas (daughter of Sarah and Thomas Thomas) and Joseph Bird (son of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird). Photographed 1858 by Humphrey Lloyd Hime, image printed in Henry Youle Hind’s folio, Photographs taken at Lord Selkirk’s Settlement of the Red River of the North,  to illustrate a narrative of the Canadian Exploring Expeditions in Ruperts Land (London: J. Hogarth, 1860), image no. 25.

Letitia Bird, photographed 1858


Letitia Bird, daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird; aunt to Letitia Bird photographed 1858 by Humphrey Lloyd Hime; married Charles Richard McKay (son of Mary Favel and John Richard McKay); sister to Elizabeth Maria Bird who married James Sinclair, with whose party Letitia migrated as a colonist to Oregon in 1841. Carte de visite, printed in Christoph Miller and Jane Germann. “The McKays who came to the Pacific Northwest,” Clark County Genealogical Society Trail Breakers 38 (July 2011–June 2012), 20.

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[Rev.] George Flett, son of Margaret ‘Peggy’ Whitford (sister to James Whitford, whose daughter Mary Whitford married George Sanderson, the son of Lisette Lagèmoniere who was aunt to Louis Riel Jr.) and George Flett Sr.; brother to John Flett who married Charlotte Bird (daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird); brother to James Flett who married Chloe Bird (daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird); brother-in-law to Letitia Bird (daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird) who married Charles Richard McKay (son of Mary Favel and John Richard McKay); brother-in-law to Elizabeth Maria Bird (daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird) who married James Sinclair (son of Nahoway/ Margaret and William Sinclair I); married Mary Ross (daughter of Sarah ‘Sally’ and Alexander Ross). Detail of photo reprinted in Frits Pannekoek, A Snug Little Flock: The Social Origins of the Riel Resistance 1869–1870 (Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer, 1991), 214.

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Madeleine Wilkie, daughter of Jean Baptiste Wilkie and Isabella Azure; married to Gabriel Dumont (son of Isadore Dumont and Louise Laframboise). See “Studio portraits of Gabriel Dumont and his Métis wife Madeleine Wilkie,” Edmond J. Mallet Collection (formerly curated by the Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique), Emmanuel d’Alzon Library Manuscript and Photograph Collection, http://assumption.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p17041coll1/id/80/rec/3 (accessed 29 June 2017). Frits Pannekoek, A Snug Little Flock: The Social Origins of the Riel Resistance 1869–1870 (Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer, 1991), 191, misidentifies the subject as Julie Lagemonière/ Lagemodiere, daughter of Jean Baptiste Lagemonière and Marie Ann Gaboury; second wife of Louis Riel Sr. (son of Jean Baptiste Riel dit L’Irlande and Marguerite Boucher), the source for the photograph being attributed as “Union St. Jean Baptiste, Woonsochet, Rhode Island.” [See also Lyle Brennen, comments 29 and 30 June 2017, title page, Casualty of Colonialism, https://casualtyofcolonialism.wordpress.com/.]

NB. Compare the polka-dot curtain, tassels, and the round side-table in the image below with those in the photo of Thomas Sinclair lower down this page.

Madeleine Wilkie


Ambroise Dydime Lépine, son of Julie Henry dit Honoré/ Allery (daughter of Madeleine and Alexander Henry ‘the younger’) and Jean-Baptiste Lépine; married Cécile Josephte Marion (daughter of Angélique Moreau and François Marion); uncle of Rosalie Lépine (daughter of Isabelle Parenteau and Jean Baptiste Lépine Jr.) who married Godfroi Lagemonière (son of Marie Vaudrie and Romain Lagemonière—who was brother to Julie Lagemonier and uncle to Louis Riel Jr.). Photographed by C.A. Zimmerman, St. Paul MN, c. 1870.

A.D. Lepine

NB. The props indicate the photo was taken in the same studio as was that of Louis Riel, probably at the same time.


Charles Richard McKay, son of Mary Favel and John Richard McKay; married Letitia Bird (daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird); brother-in-law to Rev. George Flett; migrated to Oregon as a member of brother-in-law James Sinclair’s party of colonists, 1841. Photograph printed in Christoph Miller and Jane Germann. “The McKays who came to the Pacific Northwest,” Clark County Genealogical Society Trail Breakers 38 (July 2011–June 2012), 20.

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Cécile Josephte Marion, daughter of Angélique Deschamps dit Moreau and François Marion; married Ambroise Dydime Lépine (son of Julie Henry dit Honoré/ Allery and Jean-Baptiste Lépine). Photographed with son Louis (born 1864).

Cecile Marion


Roger Marion, son of Marie Rosalie Grandbois dit Bouchard and Narcisse Marion (brother  of François Marion); cousin of Cécile Josephte Marion.

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Joseph Monkman, son of Mary and James Monkman; uncle of Henry Monkman who married Nancy Whitford, whose cousin Mary Whitford married George Sanderson, the son of Lisette Lagèmoniere who was aunt to Louis Riel Jr.

Joseph Monkman


Louis Riel Jr. son of Julie Lagemonière (daughter of Jean Baptiste Lagemonière and second wife Marie Ann Gaboury) and Louis Riel Sr. (son of Jean-Baptiste Riel dit L’Irlande and Marguerite Boucher); married Marguerite Monet dit Belhumeur. Photographed by C.A. Zimmerman, St. Paul, Minnesota (c. 1870).

Louis Riel

NB. The props indicate the photo was taken in the same studio as was that of A.D. Lépine above, probably at the same time.


Louis Riel Sr., son of Marguerite Boucher and Jean-Baptiste Riel dit L’Irlande; married Marguerite Frappier/ Roy; and married Julie Lagemonière, daughter of Marie Ann Gaboury and Jean Baptiste Lagemonière. Source: Detail of “Portrait du père de Louis Riel (à droite) en compagnie d’un ami du nom de Léveillé,” Bibliothèque et Archives Canada/PA-.

Louis Riel Sr


Henrietta Ross, daughter of Sarah ‘Sally’ and Alexander Ross; married Rev. John Black. Detail of photo reprinted in Sylvia Van Kirk, Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670–1870 (Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer, 1980), 36.

Henrietta Ross


James Ross, Chief Justice, Provisional Government of Assiniboia, son of Sarah ‘Sally’ and Alexander Ross; married Margaret Smith. Detail of photo reprinted in Frits Pannekoek, A Snug Little Flock: The Social Origins of the Riel Resistance 1869–1870 (Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer, 1991), 161.

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Mary Ross, daughter of Sarah ‘Sally’ and Alexander Ross; married Rev. George Flett; born c. 1824, photographed c. 1890. Detail of photo reprinted in Frits Pannekoek, A Snug Little Flock: The Social Origins of the Riel Resistance 1869–1870 (Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer, 1991),214.

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Sarah ‘Sally’ Ross, daughter of an unidentified woman and Timentwa; married Alexander Ross. Detail of photo reprinted in Sylvia Van Kirk, Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670–1870 (Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer, 1980), 34.

Sarah Sally Ross


[Captain] Colin Robertson Sinclair, son of Nahoway/ Margaret and William Sinclair I; married an unidentified woman. Photo reprinted in Harry Shave, “The Armchair at Seven Oaks,” Winnipeg Free Press (5 October 1963).

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James Sinclair, son of Nahoway/ Margaret and William Sinclair I; married Elizabeth Maria Bird (daughter of Elizabeth Montour and James Curtis Bird). Photo reprinted in I. M. Spry, “Routes through the Rockies” and “West of the mountains – James Sinclair and the Hudson’s Bay Company,” Beaver (autumn 1963): 26–39 and 56–57.

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Thomas Sinclair, son of Nahoway/ Margaret and William Sinclair I; married Hannah Cummings and Caroline Pruden. Photo, Archives of Manitoba, photograph collection.

Thomas Sinclair

NB. Compare the polka-dot curtain, tassles, and round side-table with those in the photo of Julie Lagemonière above.


William Sinclair II, son of Nahoway/ Margaret and William Sinclair I; married Mary McKay. Detail of photo reprinted in Neil Ray ed., Sinclair Family newsletter, Children of the Country.

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Nancy Whitford, daughter of Christiana Spence and Peter Whitford (son of Catherine Joke and George Whitford—who was brother to Margaret ‘Peggy’ Whitford and brother to James Whitford, whose daughter Mary Whitford married George Sanderson, the son of Lisette Lagèmoniere who was aunt to Louis Riel Jr.) married James Spence; and married Henry Monkman.

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