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Beausoleil | Metis | Surname Anchor Post

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!


  • Regions:  
    • Ontario
  • Ethnicity:  
    • Metis
  • Associated surnames:  
    • Boucher, Cadot, Cascagnette, Dusome / Dussiaume, Duquette, Giroux / Geroux, Lafreniere, Langlade / Longlade, Laramie / Laramee, McTague, Michaud, Moreau, Precourt, Recollet, Secord.
  • Misc.: – 
    • 1. Alexis Beausoleil and Olive Giroux are recognized as an Root Ancestor Couple by the Metis Nation of Ontario. They have descendants through their offspring: Adele Beausoleil (m. Francis Boucher), Antoine Beausoleil (m. Josephine Precourt), Cecilia Beausoleil (m. Benjamin Trudeau & Joseph Geroux), Charles Beausoleil (m. Catherine Brissette), Olive Beausoleil (m. Isidore Dusome), Sophie Beausoleil (m. Benjamin Secord), and William Beausoleil (m. Mary Unknown Surname & Louise Michaud).
    • 2. (excerpt) Louis Beausoleil “settled on Beausoleil Island (marked “Prince William Henry Island” on maps) in 1819, and from him the island received its name. He afterwards moved to Beausoleil Point, on Penetanguishene Bay, where he died at an advanced age. His wife was a full-blooded Chippewa. He is remembered by early settlers as the owner of a monster black ox, which he drove or worked on all occasions. He had two sons and one daughter. [Source: Drummond Island Voyageurs, Ontario Historical Society]
    • 3. Alexis Beausoleil  was a signatory to the Penetanguishene Metis Petition of 1840, a historic moment in which the Metis declared themselves to be a distinct group of people and claimed rights based on that as well as the fact that they had proven their loyalty as part of the Militia. [Source: Louis Riel Institute, Lawrence Barkwell]



Note: The Metis Beausoleils and their descendants were frequently identified as French (though also Mixed-French) in census returns. I’ve not yet transcribed these.




BAST [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

DOKIS [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

GIRO [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

L  …   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

LAHO [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

MCCU [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

R  … [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]

SAUN [CDN Marriage Extracts] [ON]



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