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John Leclair's Really Big Family

Updated November 24, 2011

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The following is a collection of family histories from both my mother's and father's side.

Here’s a little about my family. My father Raymond Leclair was from Quebec. I’ve been able to trace his roots back to France as far back as 1590 (Urbain Gervaise), and 1609 (Jehan Nau), the 1600's in Normandy for my 8th great grandparents, Jacques Leclerc and Cecile Legrand, and the Arcand family back to Antoine Arcan in France in the early 1600's.

I have Native blood on both sides of my family. My paternal great great great great grandmother’s name was Marie Binisi Okipikokive Ikwessenss. She was Algonquin/Anishnabe from near Manawaki, Ouebec. Marie was married to Andrew McPherson whose son George married Sophia Morisseau. The McPherson and Morisseau names were well known in the Fur Trade in Canada. We have ties to the 1870 Metis rebellion in Manitoba and at Batoche through Amable Nault, the Arcand family and and Marie Josette Lagimodiere, the aunt of Louis Riel.

On my mother’s side (Mary Dunbar), I can trace back to when my Cree ancestors were baptized and given the English names, Cook, Buck and Brittain in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. For example, Poonahman is Cree for "Makes a Fire". My Mom’s side of the family comes from places such as Fort a la Corne, Coxby, Portage la Prairie, Cranberry Portage, The Pas, Moose Lake (Chemawewin) and Cumberland House. My cousins the Fosseneuve family of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan are also closely related to the famous explorer and trader Peter Fidler. I can trace the Dunbar clan back to Scotland in the early 19th century.

Most of the information I’ve enclosed came from band records, the Dept. of Indian Affairs, the Dept. of the Interior (scrip records), Hudson’s Bay records, church records, and from the research of Bill Leclair, the late Marlene Fehr, Alexander Dietz, Charlotte Hazle, Dolores Cobban, Brian Ranville, Sharon Bunney, Rod Ballendine, Gary Dempsey, Gail Morin, Larry Quinto, Karen Arcand, Peter Arcand and Michel Neault.

So enjoy, and if you think we’re related or if there is anything you can add, please don’t hesitate to send an email to the address below.

Ce qui suit est une collection d'histoires de famille à la fois du côté de ma mère et père.

Voici un peu de ma famille. Mon père Raymond Leclair a été de Québec. J'ai été en mesure de retracer ses racines en France aussi loin que 1590 (Urbain Gervaise), et 1609 (Jehan Nau), les années 1600 en Normandie pour mon huitième grands-parents, Jacques Leclerc et Cécile Legrand, et la famille Arcand de retour à Antoine Arcan en France au début des années 1600.

J'ai du sang indigène sur les deux côtés de ma famille. Mon grand-père grand arrière grand-mère s'appelait Marie Binisi Ikwessenss Okipikokive. Elle a été Algonquin / Anishnabe de proximité Manawaki, au Québec. Marie a été mariée à Andrew McPherson, dont le fils a épousé Sophie George Morrisseau. Les noms McPherson et Morrisseau étaient bien connus dans le commerce des fourrures au Canada. Nous avons des liens avec la rébellion des Métis 1870 au Manitoba et à Batoche en Amable Nault, de la famille Arcand et Josette et Marie Lagimodière, la tante de Louis Riel.

Du côté de ma mère (Mary Dunbar), je peux remonter au moment où mes ancêtres ont été baptisés et crie donné les noms anglais, Cook, Buck et Brittain au Manitoba et en Saskatchewan. Par exemple, Poonahman est le cri de "il fait du feu». Je peux aussi suivre le clan Dunbar retour à l'Ecosse en début du 19ème siècle.

La plupart des informations que j'ai joint les dossiers venus de la bande, le ministère des Affaires indiennes, le ministère de l'Intérieur (dossiers scrip), les dossiers Baie d'Hudson, les registres d'église, et de la recherche de ceux mentionnés ci-dessus.

Alors profitez, et si vous pensez que nous sommes liés ou s'il ya quelque chose que vous pouvez ajouter, s'il vous plaît n'hésitez pas à envoyer un courriel à l'adresse ci-dessous.

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • John Leclair's Family Tree (1423 KB)
    This is an incomplete tree (they always are). There are many relatives listed but some families and birthdates are missing. So please email any new info if you have it. C'est un arbre incomplet (ils sont toujours). Il ya beaucoup de parents énumérés, mais certaines familles et dates de naissance sont manquantes. SVP email toute nouvelle information si vous l'avez.
Family Photos
  • Ben Dunbar (45 KB)
    This is a newer picture of my late uncle Ben.
  • Jean Louis (Jackie) Leclair and Jean David Leclair (29 KB)
    This picture of my uncle Jackie and my grandfather was taken in 1987.
  • Dunbar children late 1920's (38 KB)
    Jack, Frank, Jean, Belle, and Ann Dunbar on the farm at Makinak, Manitoba.
  • Ben, Grandmother Harriet Cook, and Mom, 1939. (38 KB)
    This is a picture of my kohkum (Grandmother), with my mother Mary and my uncle Ben. This picture was taken in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba around 1939.
  • Lydia Brittain 1876-1961 with Benjamin Dunbar (19 KB)
    This is my chapan (great grandmother) and my uncle Ben. The picture was taken in 1960. She was about 90 years old at the time.
  • Laura Jean.....the musician. (48 KB)
    This is my youngest daughter, Laura I'm so proud of all of my kids.
  • Four generations (54 KB)
    My great grandparents John Butchart Robertson Dunbar, Isabella Sampson Dunbar, Frank Dunbar, Mary Dunbar Leclair, John Leclair. This picture was taken in Portage la Prairie in 1957.
  • Isabella Samson 1876-1967 (62 KB)
    This picture of my great grandmother was taken in Scotland in 1903 before she came to Canada.
  • Mary Hutchinson (nee Dunbar) (33 KB)
    This is a picture of my mom taken at Batoche in 1997.
  • Frank Dunbar, ten years old. (86 KB)
    This picture was taken in Makinak, Manitoba in 1917.
  • Anaisse Berthe (Alice) Nault 1909-1973 (25 KB)
    This is a picture of my grandmother taken in 1957. She was a beautiful woman in all ways.
  • My son, Jonathan (496 KB)
    This is my oldest child, Jonathan, born 1976. He's a self-made man, and a chef in Old Montreal. I'm very proud of him.
  • Mary Dunbar 1933 (87 KB)
    This picture of my mom was taken in front of her father's cabin on Lake Athapapuskow in Cranberry Portage, MB.
  • Dunbar family 1955 (32 KB)
    This is the Dunbar family taken on October 20, 1955. From left to right they are: Mabel Ann Dunbar, her husband Willard Fetterly, Isabella Samson Dunbar, Sidney Engen, John Butchart Robertson Dunbar, Francis "Frank" Dunbar, Edith Jean Dunbar Engen, John "Jack" Dunbar, Ethel Isabella "Belle" Dunbar Cartney, Marlene Dunbar, Janette Oltrop Dunbar, and James Cartney.
  • Jean Louis (Jackie) Leclair (32 KB)
    Here's a picture of my uncle Jackie Leclair when he played hockey with the 1955-56 Montreal Canadiens. My dad's brother was part of the greatest hockey team ever.
  • My great grandfather, Jacob Cook 1874-1928 (28 KB)
    I just recently found this photo. Jacob was the guide and interpreter for J.P. Gordon, of Sherritt-Gordon Mines. He travelled the north almost exclusively with J.P. He was responsible for several gold and copper finds in northern Manitoba's early mining days. Jacob died in 1928 accidentally while moose hunting near Cranberry Portage.
  • Raymond Armand Richard Leclair 1928-1983 (21 KB)
    This picture of my Dad was taken in 1979 in Cambridge Bay, NWT. Dad worked in the arctic on the DEW line for many years.
  • My grandfather, Frank Dunbar 1907-1989 (40 KB)
    This is my grandfather Frank Dunbar. He spent most of his life in the bush as a trapper, fisherman, and logger.
  • John Butchart Robertson Dunbar 1881-1967 (31 KB)
    This picture of my great grandfather was taken in Scotland in 1903 before he came to Canada. My great grandparents raised me in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in the 1960's. They were fine hard working people.
  • John Leclair 2006 (123 KB)
    This is me at Copper Lake fall 2006. This is one of my great grandfather's gold claims from the 1919. A short flight from Cranberry Portage. My pilot friend Ingi Bjornson and I landed and had tea on the rocky shore with the ghost of an old Cree prospector.
  • Joseph Henri Leclair and Marie Bertrand circa 1900 (8 KB)
    This is a photo of my great grandparents with their children. Sorry, the quality isn't great.
  • Homesteaders (71 KB)
    My great grandparents with their children taken in mid 1920's, Makinak, Manitoba. When this picture was taken, my grandfather Frank had already ran away from home to make his living in the north.
  • Sarah Maria (25 KB)
    This is my daughter Sarah. She's a successful graphic arts designer, painter and photographer, and she makes me so proud!
  • Karen Andree Leclair, BA (33 KB)
    This is a picture of my sister taken when she convocated from the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Grandpa and Sarah (55 KB)
    Frank Dunbar and Sarah taken in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba in 1978
  • Francois Nault and Elizabeth McPherson ca. 1850 (11 KB)
    These are my great-great-great-grandparents Francois Nault b.1792, and Elizabeth McPherson b.1817, daughter of Marie Binisi Okipikokive Ikwesens. The original portrait hangs in the Algonquin Center of Maniwaki, Quebec.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Butchart Robertson Dunbar 1941 (42 KB)
    This portrait of my great grandparents was taken in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
  • John Leclair circa 1999 (15 KB)
    This is me.
  • George Samson 1841-1913, Jean Thornton 1848-1916 (67 KB)
    My great great grandparents. This photo was taken in Arbirlot, Scotland circa 1900.
  • Alexander Black Dunbar, Susan Massie circa 1903 (52 KB)
    This is a picture of my great great grandparents and their family. This picture was taken in Arbroath Scotland. My great grandfather John Butchart Robertson Dunbar is on the far right in the photo.
  • Jean David Leclair and family 1990 (112 KB)
    This photo of my grandfather and with his family was taken in Sillery, PQ on his 90th birthday. Back row: Ronald Leclair, Aunt Helen's daughter Cecile, Michael Leclair, Chuck Stevens, Pierre (partner of Louise), Patrick & son, John, Cindy, unknown, Bill Leclair, unknown, William (Bilou) Second row: Michael's wife, Aunt Elsie, Kathy Stevens & son, Louise, John's wife, Karen Leclair, Aunt Lilie, Patrick's partner, Marie Lyne, William's partner & son Front row: Grandpa's sister Eileen (Tootsie) is on the left and his sister-in-law Helene Lafreniere (nee Nault) is on the right. Missing: Jean Louis (Jack) Leclair & family
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