NORTHWEST (1690 to 1905)
Some interesting Grants from this era (listed by date of birth):
William Grant of Trois-Rivieres (1743-1810) was a prominent figure in the history of
the fur trade in North America. Born in Scotland, he came to Canada
with his father at the age of 16. He lived in Montreal and pursued a career as a fur trader and merchant
in the region southwest of Fort Michilimackinac (Mackinaw City, Michigan) and in the vicinity of
Lakes Superior and Nipigon. In 1787, he married Marguerite Fafard, dit Laframboise, in Trois-Rivières,
Quebec. They had five children. Although he lived in Trois Rivieres for only ten years,
he is known as "William Grant of Trois-Rivieres" to distinguish him from at least two other William Grants
who were in the fur trade during the same period. William Grant of Trois Rivieres spent the last ten
years of his life in the town of William Henry (now Sorel-Tracy)on the south bank of the St. Lawrence
River. In 2012, his descendants were recognized by Sir James Grant of Grant as a
cadet group named the "MacRobbie Grants of Trois-Rivieres. A short biography appears
William Grant of Trois-Rivieres Genealogy.ca. Also see
the Dictionary of Canadian
Cuthbert Grant (c1792-1854), known as "Warden of the Plains," was an important Metis
leader in the Canadian prairies during the Northwest period. He lived before the time of Louis Riel
(1844 – 1885). He is remembered for his leadership in the
Seven Oaks (also known to the Métis people as la Victoire de la Grenouillière or
the Seven Oaks Massacre) - June 19, 1816. This battle was the culmination of a dispute between the
North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company - rival fur trading companies in what is now Canada.
In 2012, descendants of Cuthbert Grant were recognized by Sir James Grant of Grant as the Siol Cudbright
sept of the Clan Grant. For more information on Cuthbert Grant, go to
cuthbertgrant.ca or the
Dictionary of Canadian Biography. To see the presentation prepared by Michael Morin for the July, 2012
Banquet celebrating the Siol Cudbright, click "Wapeston".
Richard Grant (1794-1862) was a significant figure in the fur trade in North America.
He was the son of fur trader
William Grant of Trois-Rivieres (1743-1810) . Richard Grant is most
famous for being Chief Trader at the Hudson's Bay Company's
Fort Hall (in present-day Idaho.) He was also Clerk and Trader in other Hudson's Bay
fur trading posts including York Factory, Oxford House, Fort Edmonton, Fort Assiniboine, and
Lesser Slave Lake. As a young man, he served as a
lieutenant in the War of 1812 . His first wife was Marie Anne Breland, the daughter of
Louise Umphreville (ca. 1783-1849), an important Metis woman in Fort Edmonton. A short biography appears
William Grant of Trois-Rivieres Genealogy.ca.
Richard Stanislas Grant (1822-1852) was the son of Chief Trader Richard Grant
(1794-1862) and Marie Ann Breland (ca. 1803-1836) and the older brother of John Francis (Johnny) Grant.
He was a freighter who moved goods along the Oregon and California trails between Salt Lake City,
Utah, and Walla Walla, Washington. He was killed, at age 30, by an unidentified American Indian.
Richard Stanislas Grant is mentioned in Johnny Grant's memoirs and a short biography is available at
www.chucklingchimes.ca Steward Anita Grant Steele is a descendant of Richard Stanislas Grant's
oldest son, Joseph Richard Grant. Website Editor Michael Louis Grant
is a descendant of Richard Stanislas Grant's second son, Louis Joseph Grant.
John Francis (Johnny) Grant (1833-1907) was the more famous son of
Chief Trader Richard Grant (1794-1862) and Marie Ann Breland (ca. 1803-1836.) He was
a rancher in Montana and metis leader in Manitoba. He wrote
a very detailed memoir of his life as owner of a the
Grant Kohrs Ranch
in Deer Lodge, Montana, and as a farmer and Metis leader in Carman, Manitoba.
His memoirs have been published by:
- Ens, G. (2008) The son of the fur trade:
The memoirs of Johnny Grant University of Alberta Press and
- Meikle, Lyndel (ed.) (1996) Very close to trouble: The Johnny
Grant memoir . Washington State University Press.
Above is a photo by Lyndel Meikle of Johnny Grant's artifacts in the Audrey
McLeod Collection. A short biography of Johnny Grant appears in
William Grant of Trois-Rivieres Genealogy.ca.
- John Grant (1841–1919) was mayor of Victoria, British Columbia 1891-97. For more information
see Klondike Grants.
- John Grant (1866-1919) was a Yukon gold miner. He was a blacksmith and was one of several people
who died of ptomaine poisoning at the Yukon Gold messhouse at 54 Hunker creek near Dawson City in 1919.
For more information see Klondike Grants.
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