I am what I like to think of as a truly Canadian girl, that is one of mixed Scots, Irish and Metis ancestry. I have spent the last 10 years researching my maternal line, Phillips/McDowell and Fraser in Tipperary and Dublin, Ireland on my grandfather’s side.. On my maternal grandmother’s side, Smith and Gartshore, people who worked the iron foundries of Coatbridge, Scotland and Gartshore, a family whose name goes back to the time of Alexander I. These grandparents were pioneers in the Rorketon area of Manitoba. I have met so many wonderful people from Ireland who were helpful and generous with their knowledge.
Currently, I am working on my father’s family, Beauchamp who came from La Rochelle, France to Montreal in 1659. They eventually moved up to Pointe-aux-Trembles to settle. Some of the children married into Metis families. My paternal grandmother’s family were part of the Red River settlement in Manitoba. Through her mother Marie Virginie Cyr we are cousins to Louis Riel, famed Metis martyr.
I believe that names and dates do not constitute a complete or interesting picture of our ancestors. The times they live in determined so much of what they did. The story of their courage and endurance fascinates me and I spend hours reading before I even type a word. I hope you enjoy the little I have been able to find out.