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Monet Belhumeurs in the West | Metis Connections | Pt.2/2

Your ancestor Francois Monet dit Belhumeur (m. Marie-Charlotte Jarret dit Beauregard) had a brother called Michel Monet dit Belhumeur who went out West as a voyageur. That brother has Metis descendants, including Marguerite Monet dit Bellehumeur  who married the famous Louis Riel.

Michel Monet dit Belhumeur,  son of (Martin Monet dit Bellehumeur and Marie-Josephe Boisel) married M Josephte (Marie-Margaret) Grant). Michel was “a Voyageur and freeman. – He worked for the fur trading companies – Settled at Red River Settlement in 1789 – Operated a trading post between Pembina ND and Winnipeg. – Helped build Fort Gibralter in 1810”  (continue reading  at https://www.geni.com/people/Michel-Monet-dit-Bellehumeur/5650081534690084717).

Here is something about the American side of the Monet Belhumeur story (Excerpt – “We Know Who We Are: Métis Identity in a Montana Community By Martha Harroun Foster”)

“The Monet dit Bellehumeur family was known by both names, Monet (Monette) and Bellehumeur. Four Bellehumeur families, including a Michael Bellehumeur (the name of Marguerite’s great-grandfather) are found among the applicants for land under the half-breed provisions of the 1854 Chippewa Treaty. The 1850 U.S. census, Pembina District, Minnesota Territory, includes sixteen “Monisette” (a variant spelling of Monette) families. Joseph Kinsey Howard, Strange Empire, 346 (“The Romance”) and Howard Papers, box 16, folder 2 (“very dark”). Aex C. Botkin, political aly of Riel in Montana, also commented on Marguerite’s appearance and illiteracy, writing that she “looked like a full-blood Indian and was illiterate ((Botkin, “John Brown,” 18-22)”

Here is another interesting lead to follow through a Jarret-Beauregard wife.

Francois was married to Charlotte Jarret-Beauregard.  Charlotte was the daughter of Pierre Beauregard and Marguerite Burel.  A couple by those names appears in

Western Canadian People in the Past 1600-1900. So it would appear that his in-laws had gone out West. And the Beauregard name later appears in Metis lineages (e.g.  LAGIMONIÈRE/ LAGEMODIER – Mothers of the Resistance 1869–1870)



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March 20, 2018 - Posted by | .

1 Comment »

  1. Is there a way of finding out if my grandfather
    Albert Belhumeur ( son of Pierre Belhumeur)is related to Marguerite Monet Belhumeur (Riel)


    Comment by Jeannette ( Belhumeur) Symbaluk | July 1, 2021 | Reply

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