Sunday, October 9, 2011

Notes on the Fort Colvile men and their descendants

I received this information from one of my regular readers, who knows everything that goes on in the part of the world that surrounds Fort Colvile.
Godfroi Lagrave was Godefroy Cornoyer (Cornailler) dit LaGrave and he married Genevieve Finlay, daughter of Patrick Finlay and Margaret Cardinal.
Donald Angus McLeod married Rosalie Morigeau, the daughter of Francois Morigeau and Plains Cree Isabelle McTavish. He died in 1901 on the Flathead Reservation.
Joseph Morell married Marie Anne Delard, daugher of Joseph (Delore) Delard and Elizabeth "Shuswap" Souchanabe.
Augustin Neron married Cecile Finlay, the daughter of Miquam Finlay at Frenchtown, MT, in the winter of 1862-3. He was later a farmer and was listed in 1860 Washington census as in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. His surname variations are Neron; Neyrand; Naro, and he is also known as Crooked Hand Shaw, or Broken Hand Shaw.
Thomas Stensgar Sr., was a native of Scotland and former employee of the HBC. "He owned the lands now known as the Parker farm. Stensgar married a native woman. They were the parents of a large family, several of whom are still living on the Colville Indian Reservation. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stensgar and their children were splendid citizens and industrious farmers." This information comes from Stevens County Fifty years Ago, Graham's Recollections, Thomas Graham, 1928, p. 8.
Another source tells me that Thomas Stensgar married first: Julia Plant, daughter of Antoine Plant, and secondly, Maria Yuma.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating information! We live in Thomas Stensgar's home, and he's buried on our property near the rocky outcrop of dolomite that is now named after him (Stensgar dolomite was mined for years in the area for the steel industry). Stensgar Mountain and Stensgar creek are also in the area, and since locals couldn't always understand the Scots accent, you can also find "Stanger" and "Stranger" placenames, with many locals still pronouncing "Stensgar" as "Stranger." My husband grew up in the Stensgar house, although it's now been added on to - the original cabin is the east side of our home. Thomas' tribal descendants try to come out annually to remember and honor him, and to maintain his gravesite. The Stensgar home and farm are still producing hay, just like Thomas did!