Although I do not know anything specifically about
your family, and in fact my interests lie in Eastern
European Jewish family history,I might be able to
confirm that your ancestor Ephrem may indeed have come
from Canada, particularly since they seem to have
lived in the Dakotas. During the 1870s and 1880s there
was a series of protests, almost an actual revolt, in
fact, on the part of the Métis in Canada. They were
the descendants of the original French Coureurs du
Bois, or Couriers of the Forest, who were explorers
who penetrated into what is now central Canada from
Québec during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. They
married Native American women, and their children
tended to marry each other. These children were known
as the Métis, and as I said they actually organized an
armed revolt in Manitoba and western Ontario. The
first task of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the
Mounties, was in fact to suppress this revolt, which
they did with great force and brutality. Many Métis
and their families were killed, and several hundred
survivors fled south into the contiguous parts of the
US, where they settled in the Dakotas. You can look up
the Métis on Wikipedia, and also do a Google! Search
on them as well. It sounds as if Ephrem and in fact
his wife's people himself were part of this Méti
Hope this helps.
Newcastle upon Tyne
> Please help me find the people who started this
> family. I am
> searching for a man named Ephrem Gregoire who
> married Mary Alphonsine
> Le Blanc on April 12,1883. She could be known by
> Alphonsine she might
> have dropped Mary from her name. Alphonsine was born
> May 16,1860. I
> do not know any information on their parents.
> To this union three children were born :
> Mary O. Gregoire DOB: August 17,1886.
> Victor Ephrem Gregoire DOB: March 2,1889, in Souix
> City, Iowa. Victor
> died November 14,1961, in Geddes, South Dakota.
> Mary Eugenia O. Gregoire DOB: October 24,1890, she
> might have been
> born in Iowa also. She went by Eugenia when she died
> December 27,
> 1959, in Minnesota.
> I have no dates of Ephrem's birth, where he was
> born, or who was
> his parents. I do not know where Ephrem and
> Alphonsine were married.
> I do not know where their daughter Mary O.
> Gregoire was burried.
> Mary died from polio or something like that at age
> 12 or 13 (so that
> would be about 1898 or 1899).
> Ephrem might have came from Canada and the
> children might have
> all been born in Souix City, Iowa. The information
> that I have said
> that Ephrem and Alphonsine farmed in Canada but it
> does not say
> nothing else. Many girls were born with the first
> name Mary because
> back in the 1800's in Canada Mary was the name to
> name all little
> girls but as the girls grew up most went with their
> middle names as
> their legal names.
> Please if someone can help I would very much
> appreciate the
> help. Thank you and Blessings to you all.
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