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Desmarais | Metis, Chippewa, Mixed-heritage: Cree, French | Surname Anchor Posts

Index:  Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts

Each of these posts is dedicated to one surname that is carried by someone connected to indigenous, Metis or mixed-heritage people in Canada.  Please be aware that it’s a synthesis of the information I’ve collected in my personal research throughout the years and is by no means complete!






  • Surname lists:  Surname Anchor Posts.  
  • Regions:  Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario,Saskatchewan
  • Ethnicity:  Metis, Chippewa, Mixed-heritage: Cree, French
  • Associated surnames: Anderson, Asham, Bear, Beauchamp, Beriault, Blondeau, Boisclair / Bereau, Boucher, Bouchette, Brabant, Campbell, Cardinal, Clermont, Daniel, Delorme, Desjardins, Desjarlais, Desnomme, Ducharme, Erasmus, Fagnant / Fayant, Fisher, Fontaine, Foulds, Gervais, Gordon, Gosselin, Hamelin, Hennery, Hodges, Kakwetowen, Klyne, Ladouceur, Lamirande, Larocque, McKay, Moar, Muggaberg, Orrey, Ouellette, Page, Paquenode, Paquin, Patrice, Pelletier, Piche, Prisque, Richards, Rocheblanc, Rochon, Scheer, Schoonover, Shangness, Sinclair, Smith, St. Denis, St. Germain, Vallet / Vallee, Vivier, Whitford, Wilson, Wray.
  • Misc.:  1. Red River Ancestry lists these Desmarais Metis lineages. a) Charles King Desmarais was the son of French Canadian Francois Desmarais and Salteaux First Nations woman Marie Suzette. He married Harriet Catherine Favel and their offspring included: Catherine Ellen Desmarais (m. Pierre Cadotte), Eliza Desmarais (m. Joseph Larocque, Louis Bellegarde), Francois Desmarais (m. Catherine Pocha), Margaret Desmarais (m. John Norman Sinclair), Michael Desmarais (m. Isabella Sinclair). b) Another Desmarais Metis lineage is that of  Jean Baptiste Desmarais and his wives Sophia Erasmus and Margaret Gunn. Jean Baptiste’s earliest descendants include: Fanny Desmarais (m. James Finlay Wray), John Peter Desmarais (m. Caroline Anderson, Christina Anderson),Marguerite Catherine Desmarais (m. George W Hodges), Marie Jane Desmarais (m. Neil Wilson). Mary Ann Desmarais (m. Samuel Smith), Rebecca Desmarais (m. James Anderson), Victoria Harriet Desmarais (m. Alexander Moar), William Thomas Desmarais (m. Elizabeth Harriet Bear, Harriet Cochrane).  2.  Scroll down for External Links to biographical and other information.





Desmarais in Ochre River  |  Macdonald (1901)

Desmarais in Townships 4  |  Provencher  (1911)



Desmarais in Bresaylor  |  The Territories (1901)

Desmarais in Prince Albert  |  Saskatchewan  (1911)



Athabaska | Cree, Beaver, First Nations, Mixed: French, Scottish (1901)  April 2021





ANAH   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


ASAI   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK]


BLAN    [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


C …    [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


D  ….  [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


DELM    [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB-ON-SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


DOKIS    [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


F  ….   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


G  …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


GIRO  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK]


H  …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


HERY   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


KASA   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


L  …  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [AB-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


LAHO    [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


MCCU   [CDN Marriage Extracts]   [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


MICE   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


MOBE  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [MB-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


OKAN    [CDN Marriage Extracts] [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


P  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


PETE   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


R  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


ROBE  [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


SAUN     [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


SIMO   [CDN Marriage Extracts]  [Western Canada Metis Scrip]  April 2021


St … [CDN Marriage Extracts]    [SK-Western Canada Metis Scrip]


V  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts]    [Western Canada Metis Scrip]


WHE – Z    [CDN Marriage Extracts]    [Western Canada Metis Scrip]





Index: The Cree in Canadian Census Records

Index: The Ojibwe, Ojibway, Chippewa & Saulteaux in Canadian Census Records

Index:  Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts



French Canadian Pioneers: The Desmarais of Quebec



Desmarais, George [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Desmarais, John [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Desmarais, Joseph “Tcheer-kuhk” [Gabriel Dumont Institute]

Desmarais, Charles King [Red River Ancestry]

Desmarais, Jean Baptiste [Red River Ancestry]



March 1, 2021 - Posted by | .

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