NORTHWEST (1690 to 1905)

Some interesting Grants from this era (listed by date of birth):

  • William Grant of Trois-Rivieres (1743-1810) was a prominent figure in the history of the fur trade in North America. Born in Scotland, he came to Canada with his father at the age of 16. He lived in Montreal and pursued a career as a fur trader and merchant in the region southwest of Fort Michilimackinac (Mackinaw City, Michigan) and in the vicinity of Lakes Superior and Nipigon. In 1787, he married Marguerite Fafard, dit Laframboise, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. They had five children. Although he lived in Trois Rivieres for only ten years, he is known as "William Grant of Trois-Rivieres" to distinguish him from at least two other William Grants who were in the fur trade during the same period. William Grant of Trois Rivieres spent the last ten years of his life in the town of William Henry (now Sorel-Tracy)on the south bank of the St. Lawrence River. In 2012, his descendants were recognized by Sir James Grant of Grant as a cadet group named the "MacRobbie Grants of Trois-Rivieres. A short biography appears in William Grant of Trois-Rivieres Also see the Dictionary of Canadian Biography

  • Cuthbert Grant (c1792-1854), known as "Warden of the Plains," was an important Metis leader in the Canadian prairies during the Northwest period. He lived before the time of Louis Riel (1844 – 1885). He is remembered for his leadership in the Battle of Seven Oaks (also known to the Métis people as la Victoire de la Grenouillière or the Seven Oaks Massacre) - June 19, 1816. This battle was the culmination of a dispute between the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company - rival fur trading companies in what is now Canada. In 2012, descendants of Cuthbert Grant were recognized by Sir James Grant of Grant as the Siol Cudbright sept of the Clan Grant. For more information on Cuthbert Grant, go to or the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. To see the presentation prepared by Michael Morin for the July, 2012 Banquet celebrating the Siol Cudbright, click "Wapeston".

  • Richard Grant (1794-1862) was a significant figure in the fur trade in North America. He was the son of fur trader William Grant of Trois-Rivieres (1743-1810) . Richard Grant is most famous for being Chief Trader at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Hall (in present-day Idaho.) He was also Clerk and Trader in other Hudson's Bay fur trading posts including York Factory, Oxford House, Fort Edmonton, Fort Assiniboine, and Lesser Slave Lake. As a young man, he served as a lieutenant in the War of 1812 . His first wife was Marie Anne Breland, the daughter of Louise Umphreville (ca. 1783-1849), an important Metis woman in Fort Edmonton. A short biography appears in William Grant of Trois-Rivieres

  • Richard Stanislas Grant (1822-1852) was the son of Chief Trader Richard Grant (1794-1862) and Marie Ann Breland (ca. 1803-1836) and the older brother of John Francis (Johnny) Grant. He was a freighter who moved goods along the Oregon and California trails between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Walla Walla, Washington. He was killed, at age 30, by an unidentified American Indian. Richard Stanislas Grant is mentioned in Johnny Grant's memoirs and a short biography is available at Steward Anita Grant Steele is a descendant of Richard Stanislas Grant's oldest son, Joseph Richard Grant. Website Editor Michael Louis Grant is a descendant of Richard Stanislas Grant's second son, Louis Joseph Grant.

  • John Francis (Johnny) Grant (1833-1907) was the more famous son of Chief Trader Richard Grant (1794-1862) and Marie Ann Breland (ca. 1803-1836.) He was a rancher in Montana and metis leader in Manitoba. He wrote a very detailed memoir of his life as owner of a the Grant Kohrs Ranch in Deer Lodge, Montana, and as a farmer and Metis leader in Carman, Manitoba. His memoirs have been published by:

    • Ens, G. (2008) The son of the fur trade: The memoirs of Johnny Grant University of Alberta Press and
    • Meikle, Lyndel (ed.) (1996) Very close to trouble: The Johnny Grant memoir . Washington State University Press.

    Above is a photo by Lyndel Meikle of Johnny Grant's artifacts in the Audrey McLeod Collection. A short biography of Johnny Grant appears in William Grant of Trois-Rivieres

  • John Grant (1841–1919) was mayor of Victoria, British Columbia 1891-97. For more information see Klondike Grants.

  • John Grant (1866-1919) was a Yukon gold miner. He was a blacksmith and was one of several people who died of ptomaine poisoning at the Yukon Gold messhouse at 54 Hunker creek near Dawson City in 1919. For more information see Klondike Grants.

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