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Métis Killed During the 1885 Resistance

A complete list of Métis and First Nations killed during the 1885 Resistance has never been compiled. This list is based on the names taken from the actual monument at the Batoche National Historical Park. Lawrence J. Barkwell of the Manitoba Métis Federation contributed further information for this list.

Duck Lake, March 26, 1885:

Dumont, Isidore Jr.

Born in 1833 in the Red River Settlement (now Manitoba) to Isidore Dumont Sr. and Louise Laframboise. His wife was Judith Parenteau. They had fifteen children. He was Gabriel Dumont’s older brother. During the Battle of Duck Lake, Joe McKay, a North-West Mounted Police interpreter, killed him. Moments earlier, McKay shot and killed the Cree headman Assiyiwin, these were the opening shots of the 1885 Resistance.

Laframboise, Auguste

Born in 1844 in the Red River Settlement (now Manitoba) to Jean-Baptiste Laframboise and Suzanne Beaudry (Gaudry). He married Louise Ledoux. They had ten children.

Montour, Jean-Baptiste

Born in 1857 in Assumption, Pembina (in what is now northern North Dakota) to Pascal Montour Sr. and Madeleine Richard. He married Caroline Dumont, the daughter of Isidore Dumont and Judith Parenteau. They had two children.

Montour, Pascal Jr.

Born in 1852 to Pascal Montour Sr. and Madeleine Richard. He was married to Judith Dumont.

Montour, Joseph

Born in 1865 to Pascal Montour Sr. and Madeleine Richard.

Fish Creek, April 24, 1885:

Boyer, François

Born in 1852 at St. François-Xavier, Red River Settlement (now southern Manitoba) to Louison Boyer and Madeleine Trottier. He was married to Marie Allary in 1875. He was mortally wounded at Fish Creek April 24, 1885, and died three days later.

Desjarlais, Michel

Born in 1853 to Michel Desjarlais Sr. and Julie Bonneau. He married Louise Hamelin. They had five children. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Fish Creek April 24, 1885, and died three days later.

Parenteau, Pierre Jr.

Born in 1841 at Red River. He was the son of Pierre Parenteau and Josephte Delorme. He was married to Hélène Normand. He was Gabriel Dumont’s nephew.

Vermette, Joseph (Jos)

Born in 1832 in the Parish of St. Norbert, in the Red River Settlement (now Manitoba) to Joseph Vermette Jr. and Angèlique Laliberté. His wife was Marguerite Sayer. They had eleven children.

Batoche, May 9 – 12, 1885:

Boyer, Isidore

Born in 1829 at St. François-Xavier, Red River Settlement (later southern Manitoba) to Pierre Boyer and Marguerite Bonneau. He married Marguerite Allary dit Henry. They had eight children.

Carrière, Damase

Born in 1851 to Elie Carrière and Elmire Landry. He married Marie Pélagie Parenteau. They had five children.

Ducharme, Charles

No biographical information is available.

Dumont, Ambroise

Born around 1856 to Jean-Baptiste Dumont and Domitille Gravel. He married Justine Short. They had two children: Rosalie and Ambroise Jr.

Jobin, Ambroise Jr.

Born in 1849 at Slave Lake to Ambroise Jobin Sr. and Marguerite Mandeville. He died on May 23, 1885 in a Saskatoon hospital as a result of wounds received during the Battle of Batoche.

Letendre, André

Born in 1837 in St. Boniface parish (now Winnipeg, Manitoba) to Louison Letendre dit Batoche and Marie Julie Hallett. He was also known as André Batoche. He married Catherine Godon. They had fourteen children.

Ouelette (Ouellet), Joseph (Jos)

Born around 1792 to Joseph Ouellete and Angélique, a Nakota (Assiniboine) woman. He married Thérèse Elizabeth Houle and then Josephte Lauzon. He died on the last day of the Battle of Batoche at 93 years of age.

Ross, Donald

Born in 1822 at St. François-Xavier, Red River Settlement (now southern Manitoba) to Hugh Ross and Sara Short. He married Catherine Delorme. He shot and killed Captain French during the Battle of Batoche and was then killed by a member of French’s Scouts on May 12, 1885. After being fatally wounded by a bullet, he was killed with a bayonet.

Swain (Swan), John

Born at Lake Manitoba in 1829 to James Swain Sr. and Josephte Descoteaux. He was married to Louise Laverdure.

Tourond, Calixte

Born on April 23, 1853 in Baie St. Paul (now in Manitoba) to Joseph Tourond Jr. and Josephte Paul. His first wife was Marguerite Ross. He later married Josèphte Gervais. They had three children.

Tourond, Elzéar

Born around 1858 to Joseph Tourond Jr. and Josephte Paul. His wife was Ernestine (or Marguerite) Bréland. They had two children.

Trottier, Joseph

Born in 1828 at St. François-Xavier, Red River Settlement (now southern Manitoba) to Joseph Trottier Sr. and Thérèse Vallée. He was married to Julie La Grosse (Grossiterre).

Trottier, Michel

Born in 1832 at St. Boniface, Red River Settlement (now Winnipeg, Manitoba) to André Trottier Jr. and Marguerite Paquette dit St. Denis. He first married Angélique Desjarlais. They had seven children. He later married Cécile “Trottier” around 1881.

Vandal, Joseph (Jos) or “La Pioche”

Born in 1810 to Antoine Vandal Jr. and Angélique Saulteaux (Chippewa). He married Louise Dupuis. They had five children. On the last day of the Battle of Batoche, he was shot and had both arms broken, and was finally killed with a bayonet.

 

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