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From: Eileen Horan <>
Subject: [METISGEN] Pierre "Henri" Coutu and Marie Catherine Lagimodiere
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:31:55 -0700
I have been working on the Coutu Line, within my database.... adding descendants and info to my Notes for Pierre "Henri" Coutu [I only have 429 descendants for Henri and Marie Catherine]. Thought I would share some of this info with all of you.... if there are any additions, or errors, please feel free to share.
Posting 2 generations.... please excuse any typos, which may be in the Family History, which I have typed out [I did not proof-read it]...
Descendants of Pierre-"Henri"-LaCOUTURE COUTU
Two Generations of Descendants, from the personal database of Eileen Horan, Thursday September 15th 2011
1 Pierre-"Henri"-LaCOUTURE COUTU b: November 27, 1835 in St Boniface Parish District, Red River District, (Manitoba) **Date of Birth November 27th 1846 in Family File at LDS Website; Submitter not identified**... d: September 28, 1910 in St Laurent, being buried September 30th 1910 in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in St Laurent, Manitoba **Posted Date of Death, from Death Registration**... Father: Daniel LaCOUTURE dit COUTU Mother: Adelaide-BROUILLET BERNARD
. +Marie-Catherine-LAGIMONIERE LAGIMODIERE b: June 20, 1846 in St Boniface Parish, Red River Settlement (Manitoba) **Date of Birth from her Scrip Affidavit**... m: July 22, 1862 in St Boniface, Red River District, (Manitoba) **6 children identified in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... **further identified in the St Laurent Book, pp.260-262, where 20 children are identified**.... d: February 15, 1893 in the Rural Municipality of St Laurent, Manitoba **Another Date of Death, June 22nd 1893 in St Laurent MB, is recorded**... Father: Romain-LAGIMONIERE LAGIMODIERE Mother: Marie VAUDRY
.. 2 Pierre-Daniel-LaCOUTURE-COUTURE COUTU b: May 20, 1863 in St Pierre-Jolys District, Red River Settlement [Manitoba] d: April 25, 1963 in St Laurent, Manitoba **Date of Death, April 02nd 1954, recorded in Family History**....
...... +Marie CHABOYER b: October 09, 1868 in St Laurent District, being baptized October 11th 1868 in St Laurent, Red River Settlement (Manitoba) **Date of Birth, June 30th 1865, in the St Laurent Book**.... m: July 05, 1887 in St Laurent, Manitoba **they had 12 children**.... **identified in the St Laurent Book, p.260**.... **further identified in Metis Families Compendium**... d: March 08, 1962 in St Laurent, Manitoba Father: Norbert-Francois-CHABOILLEZ CHABOYER Mother: Betsy-Marie PANGMAN
.. 2 Joseph Raphael COUTU b: August 01, 1864 in St Pierre-Jolys Parish District, Red River District, (Manitoba) d: August 01, 1864 in St Pierre-Jolys Parish District, Red River District, (Manitoba)
.. 2 George-Philias COUTU b: June 25, 1865 in St Pierre-Jolys Parish District, Red River District, (Manitoba) **Date of Birth June 26th 1866 in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: Unknown in St Laurent, Manitoba
...... +Rosalie CYR b: April 04, 1871 in St Boniface District, being baptized April 05th 1871 in St Boniface, Manitoba **Date of Birth April 03rd 1881 in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... **Another Date of Birth, November 23rd 1866, in Family Research**... m: November 10, 1896 in St Laurent, Manitoba d: Unknown in St Laurent, Manitoba Father: George CYR Mother: Isabelle DAUNAIS
.. 2 Alexandre-Norbert-"Alex" COUTU b: January 19, 1867 in St Boniface Parish District, being baptized January 20th 1867 in St Boniface, Red River Settlement [Manitoba] **Date of Birth January 09th 1864 in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: September 11, 1942 in St Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba **Date of Birth, January 09th 1864, in the 1901 Manitoba Census**....
...... +Rosalie-CHABOILLEZ CHABOYER b: April 03, 1871 in St Laurent, being baptized April 07th 1871 in St Laurent, Manitoba **Date of Birth from the 1901 Manitoba Census**... m: June 26, 1888 in St Laurent, Manitoba **Two Marriage Registrations found**.... **6 children identified in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: March 18, 1928 in St Laurent, Manitoba **Date of Death on "2nd" Death Registration: May 02nd 1929; with Date of Birth: April 05th 1870**.... Father: Pierre CHABOYER Mother: Philomene-MONTIZE-TESTARD DeMONTIGNY
.. 2 Victor-Aristide COUTU b: March 25, 1868 in St Laurent, Selkirk County, Manitoba d: March 02, 1942 in St Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba
...... +Marie LAVALLEE b: August 26, 1870 in St Laurent Parish District, being baptized August 27th 1870 in the Parish Church (see Metis Families), in Manitoba **Date of Birth July 1870 in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... m: April 25, 1893 in St Laurent, Manitoba **4 children identified in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: Unknown in St Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba Father: Joseph LAVALLEE Mother: Angelique CAMPBELL
.. 2 William-Romain COUTU b: March 26, 1869 in St Laurent, Selkirk County, Manitoba d: March 20, 1893 in Posen district, near St Laurent, Manitoba
...... +Marguerite LAVALLEE b: March 30, 1870 in Lorette, in the Rural Municipality of Tache, Manitoba m: September 11, 1888 in Posen, Manitoba d: Unknown in St Laurent, Manitoba
.. 2 Elzear-Joseph COUTU b: July 17, 1870 in Lorette, Manitoba d: Unknown
...... +Marie-Mathilde DUMAS b: October 17, 1868 in St Norbert Parish District, being baptized October 20th 1868 in the Parish Church (see Metis Families), Red River Settlement (Manitoba) m: July 15, 1892 in Bathgate, North Dakota d: Unknown Father: Cyrille DUMAS Mother: Charlotte VENNE
.. 2 Paul Henri COUTU b: September 30, 1872 in Lorette, Manitoba d: November 17, 1872 in St Boniface, Manitoba
.. 2 Paul-Albert COUTU b: October 26, 1873 in Lorette, Manitoba d: March 30, 1953 in St Paul, Alberta
...... +Emilia-Amelia THEROUX b: October 29, 1889 in St Edwidge, Compton County, Quebec m: July 09, 1906 in Saddle Lake, Alberta d: July 17, 1971 in St Paul, Alberta Father: Basile-LAFERTE THEROUX Mother: Elisabeth-BOHN-BONIN BONNIN
.. 2 Ovide Edouard COUTU b: June 21, 1876 in Lorette, Manitoba d: September 15, 1962
.. 2 Marie Agnes Amanda COUTU b: June 28, 1878 in Lorette, Manitoba d: Unknown
...... +Alexander DELARONDE b: April 22, 1866 in St Boniface Parish District, Red River District, (Manitoba) m: November 23, 1899 in St Laurent, Selkirk County, Manitoba d: Unknown Father: Louis-LARONDE DeLARONDE Mother: Judith MORIN
.. 2 Roderick Micheal COUTU b: November 18, 1879 in Lorette, Manitoba d: July 28, 1948 in Lorette, Manitoba
.. 2 Edouard Ovide COUTU b: December 05, 1880 in Lorette, Manitoba d: February 27, 1900 in Lorette, Manitoba
.. 2 Charles-"Rodrique" COUTU b: February 05, 1882 in Shoal Lake, Manitoba **Date of Birth December 09th 1882 in his Birth Registration and the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: February 09, 1965 in Lorette, Manitoba
...... +Alice-Josephine GAUDRY b: February 04, 1889 in Lorette district, being baptized February 05th 1889 in the Lorette Church, Manitoba **Another Date of Birth, March 22nd 1884, is documented**.... m: June 05, 1906 in St Boniface, Selkirk County, Manitoba d: Unknown in St Laurent, Manitoba Father: Andre-Junior GAUDRY Mother: Sarah BRUNEAU
.. 2 Rosalie COUTU b: March 22, 1883 in Lorette, Manitoba d: Unknown
.. 2 Laura Rosalie Ernestine "Rose" COUTU b: February 24, 1884 in Lorette, in the Rural Municipality of Tache, Manitoba **Date of Birth February 19th 1884 in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: December 12, 1962 in Lorette, Manitoba
.. 2 Louis Henri COUTU b: March 01, 1885 in Clarkleigh district, Manitoba **Date of Birth from his Scrip Affidavit and the 1901 Manitoba Census**... d: March 07, 1960 in Lorette, Manitoba
.. 2 Charles Edmond COUTU b: January 31, 1886 in the Rural Municipality of Posen, near St Laurent, Manitoba **Date of Birth, December 29th 1886, in the 1901 Manitoba Census**... **Date of Birth, January 31st 1886, from Birth Registration**... d: Aft. 1901
.. 2 Francois Xavier COUTU b: January 31, 1886 in the Rural Municipality of Posen, near St Laurent, Manitoba **Date of Birth, January 31st 1886, from his Twin Brother's Birth Registration**... d: January 31, 1886 in the Rural Municipality of Posen, near St Laurent, Manitoba **Date of Death, December 29th 1886, also recorded - prior to his Birth**...
.. 2 Ursule Clarine "Claire" COUTU b: March 19, 1888 in Lorette, Manitoba d: March 19, 1888 in Lorette, Manitoba
.. 2 Marie Anne Blanche COUTU b: May 14, 1891 in the Rural Municipality of St Laurent, Manitoba **Posted Date of Birth from Birth Registration**... **Another date of Birth May 12th 1891 is recorded**.... d: Unknown
...... +Alexandre DELARONDE b: August 22, 1890 in St Boniface, Manitoba m: Abt. 1911 in St Laurent, Selkirk County, Manitoba d: Unknown Parents: Unknown, to date
.. 2 Selina COUTU b: May 14, 1891 in the Rural Municipality of St Laurent, Manitoba d: February 22, 1892 in the Rural Municipalily of St Laurent, Selkirk County, Manitoba
Notes for Pierre "Henri" Coutu, from the Database of Eileen Horan:
Further identified by Sprague & Frye, in The Genealogy of The First Metis Nation [Table 1]:
#868 - Henrie Lacouture born 1844, father not identified; Spouse: Marie Lagemonier born 1846, Metis Ancestry & Roman Catholic, daughter of #2546 (Roman Lagemonier & Marie Vandry]
Further identified in the March 31st 1901 Manitoba Census:
38 24 Coutu Alexander M Head M Jan 9 1864 37
39 24 Coutu Rosalie F Wife M Apr 3 1871 30
40 24 Coutu Rosina E F Daughter S Jul 1 1889 11
41 24 Coutu Marie L. F Daughter S Dec 14 1891 9
42 24 Coutu Gaspard W. M Son S Jan 9 1893 8
43 24 Coutu Orace Philias M Son S Jan 1 1895 6
44 24 Coutu Jule A. M Son S Sep 10 1897 3
45 24 Coutu Baptist J. M Son S Sep 23 1899 1
**Also in the Same Household**...
46 24 Coutu Henry P. M Father W Nov 27 1835 65
47 24 Coutu Edmond Charles M Brother S Dec 29 1886 14
48 24 Coutu Charles R. M Brother S Dec 9 1882 18
49 24 Coutu Louis H. M Brother S Mar 1 1885 16
**Also in the Same Household**....
50 24 Lajemodiere Romain M Grand Father W Jan 8 1816 85
1 24 Lajemodiere Baptiste M Uncle S May 8 1884 16
2 24 Lajemodiere Marie Ann F Aunt S Mar 12 1887 13
1901 Census of Canada
Subdistrict: St. Laurent, SELKIRK, MANITOBA
District Number: 11
Subdistrict Number: o
Archives Microfilm: T-6435
Death Registration from Manitoba Vital Statistics, on-line:
LAST NAME: COUTU
GIVEN NAMES: PIERRE
DATE OF DEATH: 28/09/1910
UNITS OF AGE: YEARS
PLACE OF DEATH: ST LAURENT
REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1910,004785
Further identified in the community history book, "The Land Between the Lakes: History of R.M. of St Laurent and District", ISBN 978-1055383-271-3 - First Printing in 2010; pp.260-262:
**Extracted and Transcribed by Eileen Horan**....
Pierre "Henri" Coutu and Marie Catherine Lagmodiere:
Pierre Henri Coutu was born in Berthier, Quebec on November 27, 1835 and was baptized on November 28, 1835 in Berthier at the Sainte Genevieve Parish by Father E. Lecours. His parents were Daniel Coutu, a farmer and carpenter and Adelaide Brouillet-Bernard who were married in Berthier on July 9, 1833. His godfather was his Uncle Pierre Coutu and his godmother was Henriette Saint Germain.
In the "Collected Writing of Louis Riel", a five-volume collection published by the University of Alberta Press, it is written that Pierre Henri Coutu moved from Berthier Quebec to the Saint Boniface area in about 1861, when he was 26 years old. He married Marie Catherine Lagimodiere born 1845 at Red River, the daughter of Romain Lagimodiere and Marie Vaudry on July 22nd 1862. In the registers of the parish of Saint Boniface, Manitoba, the marriage was celebrated by Father Prosper Germain; the marriage banns or notices were granted by the priest and by Bishop Alexandre Tache. There was mutual consent given by the couple. The witnesses were Francois Bruneau, Pierre Ciery and Louis Galerneau.
Marie Catherine was the grand-daughter of Marie Anne Gaboury, the first white woman to settle in Western Canada and of the famous Voyageur Jean-Baptiste Lagimodiere, who walked from Saint Boniface to Montreal in the winter of 1815-1816 to take documents to Lord Selkirk. For this, they received a tract of land at the junction of the Red and the Seine Rivers near Saint Boniface. They were the grand parents of Louis Riel; and, raised a family of eight children. Marie Catherine's father, Romain was the sixth child and he farmed with his father Jean-Baptiste and his brothers.
In the report of the "The Riel and Lagimodiere Families in Metis Society 1840-1869" by Robert Gosman, the Lagimodiere family would have been one of the most affluent among the "Canadien" population. Later, Romain would be one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Louis Riel on December 12th 1885.
In the book, "The Birth of Western Canada" by George F.G. Stanley - a History of the Riel Rebellions - Thomas Scott, an Orangeman, had been made prisoner and excaped on January 9th 1870. Passing Winnipeg on the night of February 13-14, Scott entered the house of one Coutu [Pierre Henri Coutu and Marie Catherine Lagimodiere, a cousin of Louis Riel] where Riel was accustomed to stay, and demanded to know if the President of the Provisional Government [Riel] was there, "with the intention, according to some, of killing him; or according to others, of seizing him as a hostage".
In the book "Riel: A Life of Revolution" by Maggie Siggins, it is also written that "interestingly, Riel himself did not take advantage of the comfortable accomodations at the Fort. He moved in with Henri Coutu and Marie Catherine and their family. He was a friend and a relative by marriage, who owned a butcher shop on King Street in Winnipeg".
In "Alexander Beggs' Red River Journal", and other papers relative to the 'Red River Resistance of 1869-1870', there is a document signed by Henri Coutu and others at the Red River Settlement on January 24 1870. "We, the undersigned settlers in Red River, residents and property holders in the Town of Winnipeg, do hereby vote for appoint and send as our delegate Mr. A.G.B. Bannatyne to the convention called for on Tuesday the 25th, inst. and claim a majority in the election of our candidate for the town."
In "Alexander Beggs' Red River Journal", on Thursday February 24 1870 he writes that, "Riel was taken very ill this morning a Henri Coutu's house being threatened with an attack of brain fever. The priest and sisters visited him and towards the afternoon, he became somewhat and in the evening was conveyed to the Fort. Riel's mother was in attendance also."
In the book "Lagimodiere and Their Descendants" by my uncle Hector Coutu, he writes from the family history that, "Henri Coutu sent his eldest son Daniel to get the priest, while Marie Catherine went to notify the Riel family at St Vital, and his mother Julie Riel came to look after him".
In the booklet "Histoire de Notre Dame de Lorette" witten by J. Clovis St-Armand in 1951, "the parents of Marie Catherine, Romain and Marie Vaudry, were one of the first Metis families to sette in about 1860 at Notre Dame de Lorette, known as La Petite Pointe des Chenes."
Henri Coutu and his family moved to Lorette, south of Winnipeg, in 1872. On October 26th 1873 my grandfather Paul Albert Coutu, the 9th child child, was born and baptized in the chapel of Notre Dame de Lorette - de la Petite Pointe des Chenes. On the baptismal certificate of the Parish of Saint Boniface, Father Fillion writes that he is the son of Henri Coutu and Marie Catherine and that the godfather was Louis Lagimodiere and the godmother was Isabelle Cyr, who do not sign the register.
Later, in the same booklet "Historie de Notre Dame de Lorette" in 1874, is the incident of "L'affaire des terres". Henri Coutu is listed with the names of 52 land owners along with Marie Catherine's father, Romain Lagimodiere and her brother Romain Junior, who due to the promp interventions of Father J.D. Fillion obtain the retention and preservation of their farms.
On the same page, among the land owners who are already established at Lorette between 1876 and 1879, we find the name of Pierre Henri Coutu, Romain Lagimodiere and Romain Junior with the word "cultivateur" or farmer beside their names.
The name of Henri Coutu is on the list of the first Council of the Municipality of Tache, established in 1880. Pierre Henri Coutu was involved in his community and municipal issues, during his lifetime.
In the 1901 Census of Canada at St Laurent, Manitoba, the name of Henri Coutu is listed as being 65 years old and a Widower. He is living in the household of his son, Alexander Coutu [37 years old] and his wife Rosalie [30 years old] - two daughers, Rosina and Marie Lucie [who married Joseph Brousseau] and fours sons: Gaspard William, Horace, Jules A., and J.-Baptiste.
In the St Laurent Parish Register written by Father Herve Peran o.m.i., the parish pirest of St Laurent from 1901 to 1918, the death of Pierre Henri Coutu is recorded in French. "On September 30th 1910, the body of Pierre Henri Coutu who was about 75 years old was buried in the parish cemetery. Present were: Alexandre Coutu, Georges Coutu, Pierre Cyr" etc.
There is a note written by the priest that, "Henri Coutu had a civil burial and was buried in the place reserved for infants who died without being baptized, because during his life he refused several times the ministry of the priest; and, he died suddenly, without being able to withdraw his refusal."
In the oral family history, it is said that "Henri Coutu had a conflict with the priest and when the family recounts this incident today they are amused that the Cemetery at Saint Laurent has expanded; and, we now find his grave in the middle of the Saint Laurent Cemetery."
Having raised a family of twenty children with Marie Catherine, having worked hard all his life as a butcher and farmer, having suppored Riel with the demands for French language rights and land rights, having suffered through the trial and hanging of Riel - did he feel bitter that, the clergy had not support the Metis more in their claims? Was he sad that they had to flee to North Dakota during the troubles and that is where Marie Catherine dies in 1893 and was buried at the St Joseph Mission in North Dakota? Later the other members of the family returned to settle at St Laurent.
What is known is that, he was the first butcher in Winnipeg and supported Riel and the Metis. He also farmed and raised a family with Marie Catherine; and, that he was involved in his community and participated in a difficult political period of our country. As descendants, we are proud to continue to serve out country, be involved in our communties and be proud of our family whose history is intertwined with the history of Western Canada.
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank my grandfather Paul Albert Coutu, my father Laurent Coutu, and my uncle Hector Coutu and other family members for the preservation of our family history; and now it is our responsibility to continue to preserve our history and to share it with our families for future generations.
Proverb: "To forget your ancestors is to be a stream with a source and a tree without roots".
Their twenty children were born between 1863-1891:
Pierre Daniel md. Marie Chaboyer, Joseph Raphael, George Philias md. Rosalie Cyr, Alexandre Robert md. Rosalie Chaboyer, Victor Aristide md. Marie Lavallee, William Romain md. Marie Lavallee, William Romain md. Marguerite Lavallee, Elzear Joseph md. Marie Dumas, Paul Henri, Paul Albert md. Emelia Theroux, Ovide Edouard, Marie Agnes Amanda, Roderick Michael, Edouard Ovide, Charles Roderick md. Alice Gaudry, Laura Ernestine Rose, Louis Henri, Charles Edmond and Francois Xavier, Ursule Clarine, and Marie Anne Blanche md. Alex Delaronde.
This information was taken from Hector Contu's book, "Lagimodiere and Their Descendants, 1635-1885".
Submitted by Liliane Coutu, Maisonneuve Lavoie, St Isidore, Alberta T0H 3B0.
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