Notable Chicot Métis

Je suis Chicot” said a halfbreed Voyageur with “some” Indigenous blood in his veins. His grandfather was Voyageur, as was his father.

I previously examined the place-name origins of the term “Chicot” in The Many Names of the Métis: here’s more about Chicot.

Here, I’m sharing evidence in empirical form, of Métis whose grandfathers and fathers came from were the Chicot flows:

Chicot Grandmothers and Grandfathers:

Jean-Baptiste LAGIMODIÈRE et Marie-Anne GABOURY


Jean-Baptiste RIEL dit l’IRLANDE et Marguerite BOUCHER



Joseph FAFARD dit DELORME et Charlotte BRISSET

fafard delorme brisset mariage


Jean-Baptiste BEAUGRAND dit CHAMPAGNE et Marie Amable MARION

Beaugrand Marion mariage
Source: church records – Berthierville Quebec parish

François DUBOIS et Angélique LARIVIÈRE

Dubois francois

Francois Dubois Angelique Lariviere

Chicot Mothers and Fathers:

Louis RIEL, sr.

Son and daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite Boucher, christened in Berthierville at the age of 5, along with his sister Sophie, 14 months and his 4 year-old aunt, Angèle Boucher. Noteworthy:  the priest indicated both Boucher and Riel “de cette paroisse”of this parish. He also indicated Angèle’s mother as a “savage mother” – even though Josephe dite Leblanc and Louis Boucher had married at the same church in 1811.

1822 RIEL Louis Sophie bapteme
Source: church records – Berthierville Quebec Parish, 1822



Joseph FAFARD dit DELORME et Josephte (Josette) BELISLE

FAFARD jr naissance
Source: church records – Berthierville Quebec parish, 1772

Emmanuel BEAUGRAND dit CHAMPAGNE, sr. and Marguerite LAROQUE



François DUBOIS et Madeleine LABERGE

Manitoba Census 1870 - Page 066 - St Norbert - e010985380-page-001

From the Chicot river to the Red river children:

Louis RIEL and the ministers of his provisional government. Pierre DELORME, top row second from left.

Manitoba Provisional Government




“Taken beside the Regina Court House at the time of their trial. 1. Johnny Sansregret 2. P. Paranteau 3. Pierre Gardiepui 4. Philip Garnot (Riel’s secretary) 5. Albert Monkman 6. Pierre Vandall 7. Babtiste Vandall 8. Touissaint Lucier (reputed to be the strongest man in North West) 9. Maxime Dubois 10. Timmus Short 11. Jean-Baptiste Tourond 12. Emmanuel Champagne.”

Ties between Métis communities run deep. We are vowen like the sash that represents our culture.

Tissés serré comme la Fléchée

Grateful to my own Great-grandmother, Marie-Anne Dubois for retelling this family story. Riel, Delorme, Beaugrand-Champagne were all her cousins.


Further reading:

Girouard, Richard A.J. (2001). Les familles Beaugrand dit Champagne (1665-2001) Volume 1 s.e.: s.e.


One thought on “Notable Chicot Métis

  1. Emmanuel Champagne is, my 4th G Grandfather. His 1st born Daughter Marie Gosselin (Champagne), is my mums 2nd G Grandmother

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