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White Farmers in Caughnawaga (1880) | Surnames: Beauvais, Delisle, DeLorimer, Jocks, Murray, Williams

Interview with Chief Jocks and others – the question of white labour – the case fairly and fully stated

Yesterday we had an opportunity of meeting three of the prominent Indians from Caughnawaga, namely, Chief Jocks and Messrs. DeLorimier and Francois Delisle from whom we learned something of the difficulties which are prevailing in Caughnawaga, to which frequent references has been made in the newspapers. The following interview with the Chef will give our readers, perhaps, a better understanding of the whole question than they could get in any other way.

Rep.– I understand that the difficulties in connection with white residents n the reservation of Caughnawaga have not been settled?

Chief– They have not.

Rep.- What has given rise to this difficulty? Continue reading

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Past And Future Meet in Caughnawa (1949) | Surnames: Beauvais, Bechard, Bernier, Jacobs, Karhaienton, Lalonde, Piche, Tekakwitha

Past And future Meet in Caughnawaga


Caughnawaga, Que. –

Nation-wide attention will be focussed on this little village on the banks of the St. Lawrence River later this month, when one of the most modern schools in Canada is officially opened here n the presence, it is hoped, of Prime Minter St. Laurent.

For the Indian boys and girls who fill its bright, attractive classrooms, however, school days began at Tekakwitha School in September, not later, or earlier, than in other schools throughout the Dominion. Continue reading

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Caughnawaga Census 1921 | Households 181 – 191| Caughnawaga genealogy

Caughnawaga Census 1921 | Households 161 – 180

HOUSEHOLD 181  Iroquois

Twoaxe, Martin, 64   Twoaxe, Marie, 60

HOUSEHOLD 182  Iroquois

Twoaxe Dominique, 35   Twoaxe Juliette, 37

Twoaxe Marie, 9 Continue reading

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Chief Red Eagle Dies in 48th Year (1941) | Surnames: Beauvais, Kan-at-ak-ien-iate, Stacey


Blood-Poisoning Fatal – To Brave Whose English Name Was Mike Stacey

Chief Red Eagle, known to thousands of United States tourists for his famous  Red Eagle village at Caughnawaga, and to thousands of Canadians for his rope tricks and archery skill died Saturday at  the Lachine General Hospital of blood poisoning. Continue reading

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Identification Is Held Insufficent (1932) | Surnames: Beauvais, Boudrias, de Lorimier, Poirier

Surnames: Beauvais, Boudrias,de Lorimie,  Poirier

Suit for Assault Accordingly Dismissed in Superior Court


Mr. Justice de Lorimier Comments on Ability of Plaintiff to Travel Despite Alleged Injuries

Beaten near the Caughnawaga highway, Magloire Poirier identified Joseph Boudrias as his assailant and sued him for $530, but Mr. Justice de Lorimier, of the Superior Court, dismissed his action for lack of positive identification of Boudrias as the aggressor and commented on the fact that despite his allege injuries, Poirier was able to come to Montreal on the same afternoon to consult a lawyer.

Poirier alleged that on September 22, 1930, at Caughnawaga, near the main highway Boudrias attacked him maliciously without cause, striking him on the head and shoulders with a metal bar while he was stooping to remove a small gate. Later, he claimed, Boudrias boasted of having kicked hm on the head. Continue reading

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New Council Elected At Caughnawaga (1958) | Surnames: Albany, Beauvais, Deer, Lazare, Marquis, Woodlands

Surnames:  Albany, Beauvais, Deer, Lazare, Marquis, Woodlands


Caughnawaga, P.Q. – On July 4 Mike Lefebvre was elected Mayor of Caughnawaga, getting 73 votes.

Other councillors elected were: John Lazare, L.L. Deer, Angus Marquis, T. Montour, Mattie Deer, Constant Albany, James Lazare, Bernard Beauvais, John Woodlands, and John Lazare. Continue reading

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Mayor Beauvais Dead (1927) | Surnames: Beauvais, Maloney, Stacey

Surnames: Beauvais, Maloney, Stacey


First Citizen of Caughnawaga Was in 65th Year

Louis K. Beauvais, mayor of Caughnawaga, die yesterday afternoon after a lingering illness. He was in his 65th year.

The distinction of being the first citizen of the village of Caughnawaga was less to Mr. Beauvais than his knowledge of the craft of the woods and his learning concerning the ways of fish. He was known to sportsmen all over America who look to the wilds of Quebec for their diversion during the summer. Continue reading

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Sose Akwiranoron | Joseph Beauvais | Pt. 3/3

American Indian Medicine Shows | Chief i full regalia including full lenghth feathered headressThis is another image of Sose Akwiranoron from the private collection of American collector Douglas Buchholz. Douglas likes to research the history behind the people, places and events depicted in the images he’s found.  His collection includes antique postcards as well as lantern slides and  paper ephemera and one of his interests is with First Peoples and in particular with their involvement in the entertainment industry in the early 20th century.

What you see here is an image from a pamphlet (probably from a lantern slide) titled: Hiawatha, in the drama of 1904, which shows Joseph Beauvais dressed in the regalia of the famous Onondaga chief.  If you are unfamiliar with First Peoples cultures, please note that although Haie’wa’tha was the founder of the Iroquois Confederacy, what you see in this image is not the traditional garb of the people of Kahnawak:ke.

Douglas is already in contact with one descendant of Sose  Akwiranoron (Lynn Beauvais) and has done research through the Kahnawak:ke Cultural Centre and other sources, however he is always interested in communicating with others who have an interest in this fascinating person.

If you’d like to talk to Douglas, drop me a line in the comment box below and  I’ll forward your email address to him.

Related Posts

Sose Akwiranoron (Pt.1/3)

Follow-up with image – Joseph Beauvais (Pt.2/3)

Index: First Peoples

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Headstone: Beauvais, Agnes | Kahnawake Protestant Cemetery

Agnes Beauvais


Born April 28, 1875

Died March 3,1923

Beloved Wife of

Joseph Norton


Native American surnames | Genealogy | Iroquois | Mohawk


Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) Protestant Cemetery

Kahnawak:ke  Kateri  Catholic Cemetery

Index: Kahnawa:ke & the Iroquois | QC/ON

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Early French Canadian Pioneers: The Beauvais of Quebec

Beauvais St-Gemme, Jacques | Soldé, Jeanne

January 7th, 1654

Beauvais Bouvet St-Joseph, Joseph-Xavier, Jacques | Desnoyers, Marie-Josephe

February 21st, 1757


Beauvais Variations or associated surnames

Atientonko – Bauvais – Berlinguette – Bigones(s)e – Bigunese

Coderre – Crenet – de Beauvais – Delisle – Emery Continue reading

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One Man’s Genealogical Hunt: Sose Akwiranoron of Caughnawaga

Caughnawaga Performer, Native American, Hiawatha showsDouglas left a message recently requesting information about the parentage of  Sose Akwiranoron Beauvais, and I was curious as to the source of his “genealogical itch” . I’m sharing his story with you as I think it’s a great example of what I like to call “artefact-driven family research”. Perhaps his search will inspire you – who knows what stories might be lying around in your attic?


This is the photograph my ancestors’ descendants had in their possession down in CT and NJ. Woodbine Township to be exact. The Woodward’s from Newark, Vermont –  they moved down to the Putnam/ Daysville, CT area sometime around the 1930’s I think (probably because of a lack of work here and the job market down there).

Anyway, I got a duplicate print and negative from the relative down that way, who stated that this was her ancestor Parker Preston Woodward who died around Continue reading

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Reader Query: Sose Akwiranoron Beauvais

This request for information was left by Douglas and I’m looking forward to working with him however I thought  I would also share his request with readers in case someone can help. If you prefer to contact him directly, please send me your contact information and I’ll forward it to him!

Kindly I am seeking the parentage of Sose Akwiranoron Beauvais (1870/1872-1913) to “push the lineage back  but no, I am not related to anyone (that I know of) within the Kahnawa:ke Community. This is mostly to satisfy my own genealogical itch.

I see his death record, and his marriage record, but MY eyes are either failing me miserably or else the ancestry.com viewer of documents is not-as-great as they say it is. Or else they scanned the records poorly. He was allegedly born April 20, 1870 or 1872 and married Nov 04 1890 per the  Ste. Francois Xavier du Sault St. Louis, Caughnawaga (Kahnawa:ke) Mohawk Community, Quebec, Canada Church to Marie Ioriwiioston Kelly. He was a “Hiawatha” Indian actor. Sose died on March 4-5-6 (?), 1913. Continue reading

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