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Israel Tekarihoken Rice & Marie-Anne/Mary Ann Karonhiaroroks [Stuart], Marriage Record (1896)

Rice Tekarihoken Israel Karonhiaroroks Marie Anne Mohawk Iroquois marriage

This is the marriage record of Israel Rice Tekarihoken and Marie-Anne Karonhiaroroks who were married on April 13th, 1896 in St-Francois-Xavier Parish in Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake). His parents were Pierre Atawenrate and Scholastique Kaniserenta Picard.

Although not indicated on the marriage certificate, Judy Rice informs me that according to family information (also confirmed by Kahnawake researchers), Marie-Anne’s mother was Charlotte Agathe DeLaronde (b 1844) and an American Stuart Hans.


D’Amour, Camille & Mabel Rice (1932),  Israel Tekarihoken Rice & Marie-Anne/Mary Anne  Karonhiaroroks [Stuart] | Rice Family of Caughnawaga Visual Dictionary

April 4, 2014 Posted by | . | , , , | Leave a comment

Dominique Karenhiaktate & Marie Anne Konwanatense (also Diabo) | Part 2

This is the marriage record from two pages of the parish registers of St-Francois-Xavier Church. The couple’ names were registered as  Dominique Karenhiaktate and Marie Konwanatense

The date is October 22nd, 1900.

Marriage Record 1 Dominique Karonhiaktate Marie Anne Konwanatense

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March 29, 2014 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

Joseph Rice & Mary Deer Of Caughnawaga

Rebecca Rice says:

I have so many blanks. Grandfather is Joseph (K?) Rice, he married Mary Deer. They had 5 children( I believe) Frank, Ruth, Marie, Russell & ?William? ( possibly may have had more children…not sure. Looking for anything regarding my lineage. Russell is my father, my sister & I tried to do this years ago and came to a dead end. We did end up registering my father though. Continue reading

January 9, 2014 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Index: Families of Kahnawake – A Genealogy Series

The Canadiens

1. Jean Baptiste Raientonni CANADIEN (Big John) & Malvina MCCOMBER of Kahnawake

2. Jean Baptiste Raientonni CANADIEN (Big John) & Malvina MCCOMBER of Kahnawake

Historical Document: Jean Baptiste Raientonni Canadien & Malvina Mccomber

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August 9, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 23 Comments

Thomas Sarenhes Hall (Akwesasne) & Maryanne Kanerahtakwas McGregor (Kahnawake) | Series: Families of Caughnawaga | Links Restored

I was contacted this week by Louise for assistance in climbing her family tree. Louise’s mother was Margaret Hall, daughter of Thomas Hall of Akwesasne and Maryanne McGregor of Kahnawake. Besides daughter Margaret, Thomas and Maryanne had at least three sons: John Hall, Michael Hall and contoversial Mohawk activist and artist Louis Hall. If you’re interested, you can read a biography of Louis Hall which was written by a family member. For different perspectives on his life and actions just google “Louis Hall Caughnawaga” and you’ll find a variety of articles.

Louise wanted to know more about Thomas and Maryanne and offered the following information: ” … I do not know when they married or when they died. I’ve heard stories that they had a total of 10 kids, but only these four survived to adulthood. I do not know anything more about those other six children. Nor do I know anything about my grandparent’s parents. I believe my grandfather used to be a performer at Chief Poking Fire’s …..”

Information 1 – Genealogy Notes

I was unable to find much on these McGregors in the St-Francois-Xavier Church registers or the other usual sources, however I did run into a bit of luck when I found the marriage of Thomas and Maryanne’s son John Hall to Louise Montour, because their marriage record listed his parents’ full names – Thomas Sarenhes Hall and Marieanne Kanerahtakwas McGregor. Using a few primary documents plus the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census, I was able to make a preliminary reconstruction of this lineage. I say preliminary because census data is notoriously unreliable so this should be considered a “draft” until more primary documents are found. Note also that I’ve suppressed some post-1911 data for privacy reasons. Continue reading

November 22, 2009 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Francois-Xavier Kaneraktatie Delisle & Marie-Anne Kakwirahes Leborgne of Kahnawake | Series: Familes of Caughnawaga | Links Restored

Crystal Anifantis – a Delisle descendant – left this message in a comment box yesterday-

“I am trying to find information on my Great Grandparents.  The were born 100% Mohawk Indian on the Kahnawake reservation in Canada in the early 1900, my Grandmother’s name was Cecila Deer (died in the 1930’s) and my grandfather’s name was Angus Delisle, they had 6 children together: Ralph (deceased), Irene (deceased), Ester, Betty, Josephine (my grandmother DOB: 4/18/1933) and Loyd (all their last names was Delisle).  Any information on my grandparents sibling and grandparents’ parents would be a start or their dates of birth and date of death would help me.” 

This was one of the toughest searches I’ve done in awhile! As always there is the challenge of the combined Native and European surnames – and the fact that with the Iroquois naming pattern names  mutate through the generations. Added to this, the Ancestry.com records are frequently incomplete or mispelled. My breakthrough came with the birth certificate above, when I was able to find the marriage certificate of Mike Delisle and Mary Norton at the Centre Genealogique. From this I was able to extend this  family tree by one more generation. Other information is being shared privately with C. Anifantis.

Information 1


Francois-Xavier Kaneraktatie Delisle (son of Michel Tehowenkarakwen) was born on 1 Jan 1867 in Caughnawaga. Francois-Xavier married Marie-Anne (aka Mary Anne) Kakwirahes Leborgne on 13 Feb 1893 in Kahnawake Laprairie Quebec. Marie Anne’s parents were Moise Tesokwen Leborgne (son of Louis Skanenrati Leborgne and Marie-Anne Kakwirahes Kelly) and Odile Rufiange Champagne (daughter of Olivier Rugiange Champagne and Sophie Laberge). Marie was born on 1 Nov 1876 in Caughnawaga and died after 1911.

Children from this marriage according to 1901/1911 census

+ 2 M i. Ignace/Angus Delisle was born on 2 Feb 1893 in Kahnawake (Laprairie, Quebec).  3 F ii. Anna Delisle was born on 1 Nov 1896 in Kahnawake.   4 F iii. Marie Delisle was born on 1 Nov 1897 in Kahnawake. 5 F iv. Josephine Delisle was born on 4 Jul 1900 in Kahnawake.  6 M v. Michel Delisle was born in Feb 1903 in Kahnawake.  7 M vi. Joseph Delisle was born in Nov 1908 in Kahnawake. Continue reading

November 21, 2009 Posted by | . | | 5 Comments

2. Jean Baptiste Raientonni CANADIEN (Big John) & Malvina MCCOMBER of Kahnawake (Series: Families of Caughnawaga) | Links Restored

This is a follow-up to:

1. Jean Baptiste Raientonni CANADIEN (Big John) & Malvina MCCOMBER of Kahnawake

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Second Generation

2. John Ariwakenha Canadien (Jean Baptiste Raientonni) was born in 1866 in Caughnawaga and died on the 24th of November 1936. Two of his brothers (Joseph & Georges) were present at his burial in Caughnawaga.John married Marie Karakwiio French on 3 Feb 1890 in Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake Laprairie Quebec). Marie was the daughter of Pierre Kaneratiron and Elisabeth Kawennaneron Delisle.  Marie was born on 18 May 1866 in Caughnawaga and died after 1911.

At the time of the 1901 census, John and his wife Marie were living in Montreal with their three daughters: 9 year old Eva, 4 year old Malvina and 2 year old Amanda. He was working as a clerk for  C.P.R.  (Canadian Pacific Railroad). The family was described as Iroquois origin.  By 1911 John and his wife Marie were still living in Montreal with 6 children:  Eva, Malvina, Amanda, Celina and Louise and son Jean.

Children from this marriage included:

+ 10 F i. Marie Amanda Irene Canadien – born 1898, Quebec.Marie married Cyprien Filiatratrault on 18 Jul 1916 in Kahnawake   11 F ii. Eva Canadien in 1891, Quebec and died after 1911.  12 F iii. Malvina Canadien, born in 1896 in Quebec and died after 1911.  13 F iv. Jean Canadien – born 1910, Quebec  14 F v. Celina Canadien – born 1903, Quebec 15 F vi. Louise Canadien – born 1905, Quebec.

Note: Here’s  Eva Canadien in the 1913/14   Montreal Lovell’s Directory.


3. Joseph Atihentonko Canadien (Jean Baptiste Raientonni ) was born in 1869 in Kahnawake and died after 1911. He married Anne Katsitsioronkwas Diaume on the 12th of February 1889. Her parents were Joseph Aronhiotas and Catherine Kahnekenhawi Deer. Continue reading

August 27, 2009 Posted by | . | | 6 Comments

1. Jean Baptiste Raientonni Canadien (Big John) & Malvina McComber of Kahnawake | Series: Families of Caughnawaga

Big John of Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard CollectionA few weeks ago reader Shawlee Canadien came across my vintage postcard of Big John of Kahnawake negotiating the Lachine Rapidsand left the following comment:  I just stumbled across your site. Big John is my great, great, great…. grandfather. My name is Shawlee Canadien. I was hoping you might know about my family, and could tell us more. It was such an honour to hear from a descendant of  one of Caughnawaga’s most historically prominent peopleand since I noticed that you can read alot online about Big John’s achievements but there’s no extended discussion of his family’s genealogical roots, I’ve prepared a series of posts exploring some pre-1920 genealogical information about –

The Canadiens – a Mohawk Family of Caughnawaga/Kahnawake

The First Generation

1.According to hismarriage certificateJean Baptiste Raientonni (aka Big John) was the son of Ignace churchkahnawakeBriwakennhen Canadien and Louise Konwanonwehon. Jean Baptiste was born in 1843 in Quebec and died on February 16th, 1919.  He married Malvina McComber on 16 Feb 1863 in St-Francois-Xavier Church in Caughnawaga (Laprairie Quebec, Canada).  Malvina was a member of another well-known Kahnawake family – the McCombers. Her parents were  Gervais McComber and Agathe Pauline/Hyppoline Vincent DeJean. Malvina was born in 1845 in Kahnawake  and died after 1911.


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Children from this marriage included:

+ 2 M i. John Ariwakenha Canadien – born 1866, Quebec(m. Marie Karakwiio French)  + 3 M ii. Joseph Atihentonko Canadien – born 1869 Kahnawake (m. Anne Katsitsioronkas Diaume) + 4 M iii. Alexandre – Louis Tonaokate/Tanahokathe Canadien – born 1871, Kahnawake (m. Celine Guerin) + 5 M iv. George Kasennakeron Canadien, born 1875 , Kahnawake (m.Marie Karonhienhawe Laforce)  6 M v. Thomas Anenharison Canadien born 1880 Kahnawake + 7 F vi. Cecilia/Cecile Tierente Canadien – born 1874, Kahnawake (m. Ignace Skahetatii Jacobs)  + 8 M vii. Jean Baptiste Lindo Tiohatekwen Canadien – born 1884, Kahnawake (Anne Tekonwakennion McComber)  9 M viii. Frank/Francois/Xavier Canadien –  born 1887 Kahnawake. (Note: Birth dates extracted from various census documents are notoriously unreliable, but good indictors of birth order) Continue reading

August 23, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 15 Comments