I would like to connect with any descendants or other parties who are interested in Michael Kilcool, a Selkirk recruit originally from Ireland.
The Canadian Immigrant Records, Part Two database at Ancestry.com shows:
Kilcool, M.; Year of Record:1812; Source/Event:List of settlers and servants engaged for the Hudson's Bay Company and Lord Selkirk, 1812; Reference:Transcribed from (film of) original documents held in the collection of the National Archives of Canada [Ottowa]:NAC, Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, MG 19 E1, vol. 2, page 561 reel C-1.
From The Silver Chief by Lucile H. Campey, p. 86 - 87:
Seventy-one people sailed from Sligo in the summer of 1812 on the Robert Taylor, "a very good ship" which Selkirk had chartered "on account of the settlement to carry out the people."She was a much better prospect than the Edward and Ann and was properly manned.A second ship, the King George, sailed with her to carry the large consignment of goods, which included Spanish merino sheep purchased by Selkirk.Those sho sailed on the Robert Taylor included ten families from Mull and Islay as well as company workers who originated from Ireland and the Orkney Islands.The families had been recruited by Charles McLean and were thought by Selkirk to have "been well selected having scarcely any children below 8 years old and a number of lads and lassies fully or nearly grown and without the parents not super annuated."Alexander McLean's family had attracted special attention.McLean, a former tacksman with "the rank of a gentleman," was just the sort of settler whom Selkirk wished to attract.He gave him a township of 10,000 acres along with twelve merino sheep and a subsistence allowance for his family and servants during their first year at Red River.And to ensure that all went smoothly Selkirk went to Sligo "to be ready to act according to circumstances."Dining with the captain and his officers on board the ship, on June 24, he remained on the Robert Taylor until she cleared Sligo Bay and then watched the ships put to sea.
Leading the 1812 expedition of settlers, was Owen Keveny, a brutal Irishman who dealt with disputes by puttingmen in irons and having them run the gauntlet between lines of the fellow settlers armed with clubs.The crew nearly mutinied but quick action by the captain brought matters under control.As the Robert Taylor entered Hudson Bay on August 24, she was buffeted by a tremendous storm lasting three days.In the midst of the terror and confusion Mrs. McLean, from Mull gave birth to a daughter.The ship survived the storm and a day later was met by a schooner from York Factory.The second group had arrived safely and in good time.They would get to Red River that year, arriving in October.But a shortage of food supplies meant that they too had to spend their first winter at the newly built encampment of Fort Daer at Pembina.
p. 174 - 175 (Appendix E):
OWEN KEVENY'S LIST OF THE SETTLERS AND HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY WOKERS WHO SAILED ON THE ROBERT TAYLOR FROM SLIGO IN JUNE 1812....Hudson's Bay Company Workers....M. Kilcool 22
Gail Morin's Ancient Register of St. Boniface and Censuses of the Red River Settlement: An Index to the Censuses for the Years 1827, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1835, 1838, 1840, and 1843 (Kilkool, page 107) provide a few clues regarding Michael Kilcool and Cecelia Turpin. From the church and census records, it is apparent that Michael Kilcool and Cecilia Turpin were married in or about the year 1828 and had daughters in or about the years 1829, 1831, 1833, and 1835.
The census records list names for male heads of household only unless the head is a widow. With the heads of household is given a count of women, sons, and daughters along with counts of acres, bulls, cows, pigs, etc. The 1827 census shows Michael Kilcool is a 40-year-old, unmarried, Roman Catholic man with one house, one stable, six cows, one ox, three calves, one plough, one harrow, and five acres. His birth place is Ireland.
The 1828 census shows Michael, again age 40, married, with one woman.
The St. Boniface records show a daughter, Marie, born and died in 1829.
B-564, Marie Kilcool, baptised 20 July 1829, born yesterday, of the legitimate marriage of Denis Kilcool and Cecile Turpin, Godfather: Andre Gaudry, Godmother: Isabelle Normand, Jn Harper priest. (page 28)
S-48, Marie Kilcool, buried 22 July 1829, died yesterday age _ days, daughter of Denis Kilcool and Cecile Turpin, Godfather: Antoine Caron and Alexandre Macdonell, Jn Harper priest. (page 28)
Children do not appear in the census information until 1831 when Michael is 43 years old with one woman and one daughter under the age of 15.
The 1832 census shows Michael (age 44) with one woman and one daughter under the age of 15.
The 1833 census shows Michael (age 45) with one woman and two daughters under the age of 15.
The St. Boniface records show a daughter, Marguerite, born in 1834.
B-884, Marguerite Kilkool, baptised 22 October 1834, born 16 October 1834, of the legitimate marriage of Michel Kilcool and Cecile Turpin, Godfather: Pierre Goulet, Godmother: Marguerite Dease, J.B. Thibault priest. (page 152)
The 1835 census shows Michael (age 47) with one woman and three daughters under the age of 15.
There is no census information for 1834, 1836, and 1837, and Michael Kilcool does not appear in the census information for 1838, 1840, and 1843. It is not known what happened to Michael Kilcool after 1835. His wife, Cecilia, appears with their daughter, Jane, on the 1850 US Census in Mendota, Dakota, Minnesota. Cecilia is married to Joseph Robinette at the time.
Notes: St. Boniface was once a city before becoming part of Greater Winnipeg in Manitoba. St. Boniface was founded in 1818 with the arrival of the first francophone catholic missionaries from Quebec. It is the site of the first Catholic Diocese in western Canada established in 1847.