“Je suis Chicot” said a halfbreed Voyageur with “some” Indigenous blood in his veins. His grandfather was Voyageur, as was his father.
I previously examined the place-name origins of the term “Chicot” in The Many Names of the Métis: here’s more about Chicot.
Here, I’m sharing evidence in empirical form, of Métis whose grandfathers and fathers came from were the Chicot flows:
Chicot Grandmothers and Grandfathers:
Jean-Baptiste LAGIMODIÈRE et Marie-Anne GABOURY
Jean-Baptiste RIEL dit l’IRLANDE et Marguerite BOUCHER
Joseph FAFARD dit DELORME et Charlotte BRISSET
Jean-Baptiste BEAUGRAND dit CHAMPAGNE et Marie Amable MARION
François DUBOIS et Angélique LARIVIÈRE
Chicot Mothers and Fathers:
Louis RIEL, sr.
Son and daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite Boucher, christened in Berthierville at the age of 5, along with his sister Sophie, 14 months and his 4 year-old aunt, Angèle Boucher. Noteworthy: the priest indicated both Boucher and Riel “de cette paroisse” – of this parish. He also indicated Angèle’s mother as a “savage mother” – even though Josephe dite Leblanc and Louis Boucher had married at the same church in 1811.
Joseph FAFARD dit DELORME et Josephte (Josette) BELISLE
Emmanuel BEAUGRAND dit CHAMPAGNE, sr. and Marguerite LAROQUE
François DUBOIS et Madeleine LABERGE
From the Chicot river to the Red river children:
Louis RIEL and the ministers of his provisional government. Pierre DELORME, top row second from left.
Emmanuel BEAUGRAND-CHAMPAGNE and Maxime DUBOIS
“Taken beside the Regina Court House at the time of their trial. 1. Johnny Sansregret 2. P. Paranteau 3. Pierre Gardiepui 4. Philip Garnot (Riel’s secretary) 5. Albert Monkman 6. Pierre Vandall 7. Babtiste Vandall 8. Touissaint Lucier (reputed to be the strongest man in North West) 9. Maxime Dubois 10. Timmus Short 11. Jean-Baptiste Tourond 12. Emmanuel Champagne.”
Ties between Métis communities run deep. We are vowen like the sash that represents our culture.
Tissés serré comme la Fléchée
Grateful to my own Great-grandmother, Marie-Anne Dubois for retelling this family story. Riel, Delorme, Beaugrand-Champagne were all her cousins.