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First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

St. Regis | Iroquois, Mohawk (1901)

Index: Native Surname Census Extracts

 

This is part of a larger project to locate surnames carried by Natives, First Peoples and Metis in Eastern Canada. In this series of posts, I list surnames carried by Aboriginal (or part Aboriginal) individuals in the 1901 and 1911 census for the eastern provinces of Canada. Note: There are regular updates including external links (e.g. maps, encyclopedia) and added information (e.g. specific tribal affiliations). The companion series – Native/First Peoples/Metis Surnames of Eastern Canada – Marriage Records  – contains many of the same surnames as well as others.

 

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Iroquois Indians To Observe Centenary (1945) Surnames: Bernier, Tonsahoten

Index: Newspaper Clippings & Other Extracts Related To Kahnawà:ke

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Seven Hundred Iroquois Indians in full tribal costume will parade the streets of Caughnawaga on Sunday, June 17, in celebration of centenary of the laying of the corner-stone for the present Church in their almost three-hundred-year-old mission of St. Francis Xavier.

Following the parade, which will begin at two o’clock, the Indians will stage a pageant in the Chruch grounds. The pageant will portray dramatically the history of the Continue reading

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Caughnawaga Census 1921 | Households 181 – 200

HOUSEHOLD 181  Iroquois

Twoaxe, Martin, 64   Twoaxe, Marie, 60

HOUSEHOLD 182  Iroquois

Twoaxe Dominique, 35   Twoaxe Juliette, 37

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Atonwa Onharakete (aka Thomas Rice) and Marguerite Konwaheri Kaniiontonkwas (aka Marguerite Montour)

An American by the name of Phil Anthony contacted me recently for information about his ancestors Thomas Rice and Marguerite Montour to whom he is related through his grandmother Louise Janice Rice. He is looking for genealogical information about his ancestors as well as their siblings and their descendants and would also welcome contacts with any Rice or Montour descendants.

For readers who may not know, the Rice name was first carried by two little American boys (Silas and Timothy Rice) who had been  taken captive by Iroquois warriors in the early 1700s and brought back to Caughnawaga where they were assimilated into the Mohawk community. You can read one account of this fascinating story online in the journal of the Historical Records and Studies of the United States Catholic Historical Societies.     Continue reading

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Sault St. Louis | Iroquois, Mohawk (1911)

Index: The Iroquois Confederacy in Canadian Census Records

 

This is part of a larger project to locate surnames carried by Natives, First Peoples and Metis in Canada. In this series of posts, I list surnames carried by Aboriginal (or part Aboriginal) individuals in the 1881, 1901, 1911 and 1921 and other census documents for Canada. The companion series – Native/First Peoples/Metis Surnames of Canada – Marriage Records  – contains many of the same surnames as well as others.

Note: There are regular updates including external links (e.g. maps, encyclopedia) and added information (e.g. specific tribal affiliations). Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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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 Rapids and 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 his marriage 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

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