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spaceholder Descendants of Hudson Bay Company employees pioneer settlers, lighthouse keepers and their 'country wives', on Vancouver & Gulf Islands of British Columbia dominant surnames connected to this line of research are:
Brûlé, Poirier, McFadden, Stephens, Michelsen, French, Brooks, Brown, Goudie, Greig, Vautrin which make for a fairly good representation of various nations throughout the world.

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One of the problems of searching the native families is that they didn't always use the same name and the clergy didn't always record the name the same way each time. Hence Barra is sometimes Barry, Berra, Burra etc.

Fur trade society developed its own marriage rite, marriage à la façon du pays (after the custom of the country), which combined both First Nations and European marriage customs.

During the 1800s and into well into the 1900s, there was social stigma attached to anyone with Native ancestry.  A prime example of the sentiment of the time is contained in a letter found at the BC Archives (MS 0182 - Yale or Reel # A01658). It's referenced as 'no 11,' a letter to James Murray Yale from a friend, Mary Julia Mechtler.  On page 2, she writes:

"Continue to keep your good resolutions of not taking an Indian wife, on account of yourself as well as of the dreadful fate that generally awaits the Bois Brule offspring of such a connection.  Reflect what every man owes himself.  What apology can a white man make to his children for mixing and polluting his pure blood with that of a savage.  How dare such a person pretend to principle and feeling!  Fie upon him for a selfish monster!  I hope, my dear James, you will never have such a reproach to make to your conscience."

Reviewing the history of The Black Church in Canada, Denise Gillard, a recent McMaster graduate and Baptist pastor, provides a valuable summary of the Black Church experience both in New France and under the subsequent British regime (particularly in Nova Scotia and what would later become Ontario). By way of conclusion, she identifies key metaphors for interpreting the difficulties, as well as the achievements of that experience from an Afro-centric perspective.


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Family Group Record for Marie Ann Maranda dit le Frise 

Grandmother of the West  
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Surnames Index

RevisedAugust 23, 2010 
Recollections and Anecdotes

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  • Compilation of Genealogical charts as researched via Grants to Sooke Region Museum (available only to persons who can prove that they are descended from or included in said printouts)

    • Brown Genealogical charts

    • Brule Genealogical chart

    • Goudie Genealogical chart

    • Poirier Genealogical chart

    • Vautrin Genealogical chart

  • Bibliography

  • Victoria's City Archives

  • Victoria Times-Colonist Obituaries (personalized as to individuals)

  • BC Archives copies of microfilmed Birth Marriage and Death registrations (personalized as to individuals)

  • Vol. 7 Tree 0669 available for download to those who can provide verifiable connection.

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