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Jean Baptiste Raintonni Canadien (aka Big John), burial record

This is the burial record of Jean Baptiste Raintonni Canadien (aka Big John) , prominent Mohawk from the Iroquois settlement of Caughnawaga (Kahnawake).

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Information Extracted From Record

Burial took place on 18 February 1919.

A Jesuit missionary officiated.

The death had taken place 2 days before.

He was survived by his wife Malvina McComber.BurialRight

He was 77 years old at the time of his death.

Witnesses were Louis D’Aillboust and Angus Montour.

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  1. My parents purchased a cabin in Oquossoc, Maine in 1970 from Eddie and Germaine Beauvais. In the 1950s, Mrs. Germaine Beauvais inherited the cabin from Mrs. Aida King, formerly Aida Canadian, wife of “Big Tom” Canadian, who I believe was one of the five sons of Big John Canadian. Big Tom was murdered in Florida at the age of 51. He owned many hunting and fishing camps in Canada, and had been a seasonal resident of the Miami area in the 1920s and 1930s until his death. Many years later, his wife, Aida, married a Frank C. King and they lived in Oquossoc, Maine and added on to what I believe was a one-room cabin that Aida owned on land she was leasing from the Union Power and Water Company. I have many photos of family members. I can distinguish Frank King and his two daughters, and I have one picture of Aida. I am trying to see if any of the Beauvais, King or Canadian families have records or photos of Aida or the Oquossoc cabin she named Treasure Island in the 1930s or the 1940s. Thank you.


    Comment by Brian Hinkley | July 2, 2020 | Reply

    • Hello Brian,
      Happy to see that you’ve made some headway in your research!
      If you haven’t done so already, I recommend you write a letter to the local newspaper. Perhaps they’ll publish it or pass it to locals who can help you further.
      Good luck and let me know if you make more progress,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 2, 2020 | Reply

      • Thanks, Evelyn, for all that you are doing for so many. I hope to get to meet you in person someday. Hoping we can all stay well and healthy.
        Do you know if Big John had any brothers and sisters?
        The connection I have is Aida, Big Tom’s daughter, but I haven’t found anything on her birth or death.
        I believe Aida and Big Tom had three daughters: Celia (married into the Brooks family), Maude (married into Tarlton family) and Lucy (married into Smith family), but I have lost the thread on Aida and her children.
        I know Aida remarried Frank C. King and they spent time in Oquossoc, Maine and Florida until Frank King’s death in the 1950’s.
        Will keep digging and wIll touch base with the newspaper.
        Thanks again!


        Comment by Brian Hinkley | July 17, 2020 | Reply

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