The Swiss Settlers in the Red River Colony 1822

Captain Rodolphe de May, Swiss officer once at the British service under the Colonel Frédéric de Watteville, entered into an agreement with the Earl of Selkirk, owner of the Hudson's Bay Company and considerable land around Red River, to attract Swiss settlers in Red River.

Unfortunately, most of the promises made to the prospective settlers were not held and, by the end of 1826, not a single Swiss family remained in the red River country, most of them moving South in direction of the Mississippi.
Source : "The Canadian Historical Review - Notes and Documents", by George F.G. Stanley

List of emigrants
Document dated 31 July 1822, probably the work of Walter of Huser, one of the Swiss settlers. This document is to be found in the Bulger Papers, volume II, pages 172-178. All are of Reformed Religion, unless noted.


Surname, First name, Age

Origin or place of birth

Occupation, Spouse, Children, ages and character comments

ABERTI, Marianne, 13 years

county of Bern

Henriette 12 years; Lisette 10 years; daughters of widow ABERTI, from Saicourt, county of Bern

AEBERSOLD, Christian, 28 years

Schlosswil, county of Bern

Farmer, character no good, spouse Elisabeth, 31 years, character bad, daughter Anne 8 years

CHATELAIN, Jean Louis, 26 years

Tramelan, county of Bern

Winemaker, character fair, spouse Julie 22 years, character fair

DESCOMBES, David Louis, 41 years

Lignières, county of Neuchâtel

Farmer, character worthless, spouse Rose, 41 years, character worthless, son Charles 15 years, character bad, Frédéric Auguste 9 years, daughter Louise 10 years

DIACON Frédéric Henri, 22 years

Val de Ruz, county of Neuchâtel

Watchmaker, character bad

DROZ Alphonse, 55 years

Renan, county of Bern

Merchant wholeseller, character fair, spouse Louise 43 years, character fair, son Louis 24 years, character fair, daughter Adèle 14 years

DUBACH Aaron, 57 years

Niederstocken, county of Bern

Farmer, character bad, spouse Catherine 50 years, character no good, son Jean 28 years, character no good, belle-daughter Catherine 22 years, character fair, petit-son Jean 2 years

DUBOIS Théodore, 53 years

Le Locle, county of Neuchâtel

Watchmaker, character crazy

ENGER Louis, 58 years

Twann, county of Bern

Boatman, character fair

FLOTRON Sigismond, 41 years

St Imier, county of Bern

Watchmaker, character good, spouse Madeleine 36 years, character no good, sons Louis Ferdinand 14 years, François 7 years, Louis 2 years, daughters Sophie 16 years Character good, Eugénie 10 years, Olympie 8 years

FOURNIER Sophie Adèle, 15 years

Villeret county of Bern

Eugène 14 years, Dyionise 13 years, Françoise Emilie 8 years, children of the widow Fournier

GABUT Charles, 23 years

Les Brenets, county of Neuchâtel

Joiner, character simple-minded

GUILBERT Auguste, 25 years

La Chaux-de-Fonds, county of Neuchâtel

Watchmaker, character good

GUINAND Jean Louis, 20 years

La Chaux-de-Fonds, county of Neuchâtel

Locksmith, character fair

GUINAND Justin, 4 years

La Chaux-de-Fonds, county of Neuchâtel

Philippine 2 years, children of the widow Guinand

HOFMAN Nicolaus, 36 years

Gross Affoltern, county of Bern

Farmer, character bad, spouse Madeleine 29 years, character fair, sons Christian 7 years, Jean 3 years, daughter Catherine 10 years

HOERNER David, 53 years

Sindringen, Wurtemberg in Germany

Apothecary, character good, religion Lutherian, spouse Marianne 40 years, Character good, sons Louis 22 years baker, character good, Frédéric 6 years, daughters Louise 19 years, character good, Henriette 17 years, character good, Olympie 12 years, Caroline 8 years, religion Reformed

HOURIET David, 48 years

Tramelan, county of Bern

Farmer, Character good

JUNOD Charles Louis, 22 years

Lignières, county of Neuchâtel

Winemaker, character bad, spouse Marianne Sophie (born MONNIER) 21 years, character fair

KOCHER Jean, 29 years

Aegerten, county of Bern

Distiller, character fair

LANGET Jacques François, 26 years

Cressier, county of Neuchâtel

Farmer, character bad

LIENNE Louis Florian, 17 years

Cormoret, county of Bern

Nail-maker, character fair

MARCHAND Abraham, 48 years

Sonvillier, county of Bern

Character useless, spouse Emilie (born Brandt) 49 years, character useless, son Louis Constant 15 years, character fair, daughters Méline 14 years, Louise Elzire 8 years, deaf since birth

MEROZ Henri Louis , 46 years

Sonvillier, county of Bern

Merchant, character no good, son Louis Gustave 8 years

MONNIER David, 50 years

Valangin, county of Neuchâtel

Farmer et vine grower, character bad, spouse Elisabeth 43 and, character bad, sons David Louis 17 years, character no good, Charles 15 years, character no good, daughters Eugénie 13 years, Adèle 11 years, Henriette 9 years, Julie 5 years

MUNDWYLER Joseph, 31 years

county of Bern ?

Outlaw, wire-drawer and basket maker, character condemned in Bern to hard labor in irons, religion Catholic

OSTERTAG Louis, 30 years

Loewenstein, Wurtemberg in Germany

Physician, charcater honest, religion Lutheran

PERRET Abram, 43 years

La Sagne, county of Neuchâtel

Watchmaker, character no good, spouse Marianne 35 years, character bad, son Charles 5 years, daughters Sophie 4 years.... (missing bottom of page)

QUINCHE Alfred, 21 years

Dombresson, county of Neuchâtel

Saddler, character bad, spouse Marianne 19 years, character no good

RACINE Charles Edouard, 23 years

La Chaux-de-Fonds, county of Neuchâtel

Turner, character fair,

REBER Jean, 53 years

Kurzenberg, county d'Argovie

Farmer, character bad, spouse Anne 31 years, character fair, son Jean 2, illegitimate daughter Anne Stoerkl 4 years

RINDISBACHER Pierre, 41 years

Lauperswil, county of Bern

Veterinary-Surgeon, character good but not steady, spouse Barbe 37 years, character fair, sons Christian 18 years, character fair, Pierre 15 years*, draughts man, character good, Gauthier 2 years, adopted, daughters Anne Barbe 13 years, Christian 10 years, Madeleine 6 years, Verene 4 years

RICHNER Christian, 51 years

Signau, county of Bern

Tanner, character very honest, spouse Anne 52 years, character honest, sons Samuel 24 years, weaver, character honest, Jacques 10 years

ROTHENBUHLER Christian, 35 years

Lauperswil, county of Bern

Weaver, character no good, spouse Catherine 38 years, character fair

SCHAUB Benoît, 27 years

county of Bern ?

Outlaw, Basket-maker, character condemned in Bern to hard labor in irons, religion Catholic

SCHEIDEGGER Samuel, 40 years

Lutzelflüh, county of Bern

Weaver, character fair, spouse Anne 46 years, character worthless, sons Jean 18 years, Weaver, character bad, Christian 8 years, daughter Marie 10 years

SCHIRMER (?) Philippe, 24 years

Geneva, county of Geneva

Mechanic, character honest

STRAMM Frédéric Louis, 62 years

Sonvillier, county of Bern

Watchmaker, character fair, spouse Henriette 39 years, character no good, sons Frédéric Louis 12 years, Constant 10 years, Henri 5 years, daughters Lucie 7 years, Julie 2 years

SIMON Jean Jacques

Lignières, county of Neuchâtel

Schoolmaster, character no good, spouse Henriette 42 years, character worthless, daughter Zélie 10 years

SUNIER Julien, 22 years

Nods, county of Bern

Farmer, Character good, spouse Marguerite 26 years, character honest

TISSOT Jean Daniel, 22 years

Cornaux, county of Neuchâtel

Farmer, character no good, spouse Salomé 25 years, character fair, step-daughter Salome 5 years

TRUETTE (?) Pierre, 51 years

Kirnbach, Baden in Germany

character fair, spouse Catherine 43 years, character bad, sons Jonas 19 years, character fair, Pierre 13 years, daughters Marianne 17 years, character no good, Adèle 6 years

WEISS Jean, 28 years

Kittersberg, Baden in Germany

Master-Carpenter, character very honest, common-law wife Madeleine LUSTENBERGER, 37 years, born in Kaiseraugst, county of Aarau, character fair, step-daughter Thérèse 3 years, son Jean 1 an

WYSS Rodolphe, 33 years

Bern, county of Bern

Saddler, character good but dissolute

List of marriages
From the same source, here is the list of marriages celebrated in Red River during the autumn and winter of 1821 and the spring of 1822. The term MEURON refers to the mercenaries-soldiers of the DE MEURON Regiment.


Date

Male

Female

 

4 Nov 1821

Charles BOUCHE, Meuron of Villers Cotterets, Picardie, France, Catholic

Philippine DROZ, 39 years, widow of Tramelan, county of Bern, Reformed

 

 

Antoine BRUCHLER, Meuron of Strasbourg, France, Catholic

Elisabeth RINDLISBACHER, 21 years, of Lauperswil, county of Bern, Reformed

 

 

George Simon SCHREISSEN, Meuron of Baden, Germany, Lutheran

Catherine BUENTZLI, 33 years, widow of the town of Zurich, county of Zurich, Reformed

 

7 Nov 1821

Jacques BENDER, Meuron of Strasbourg, France, Reformed

Rosette MONNIER 20 years, of Valangin, county of Neuchâtel, Reformed

 

11 Nov 1821

Jean WASSILOPZKY, Poland, Catholic

Justine GUINAND, 32 years, widow of Les Brenets, county of Neuchâtel, Reformed

 

 

Jean WERING, Meuron of Alsace, France, Catholic

Lydie FOURNIER 31 years, widow of Villeret, county of Bern, Reformed

 

Martin NORD, Meuron of Strasbourg, France, Reformed

Catherine TRUETTE, 22 years, of St-Imier, county of Bern, Reformed

 

25 Nov 1821

Simon DAZIO, Meuron, Catholic

Marie Juliette PELLETIER, 37 years, of St-Imier, county of Bern, Reformed

 

5 Jan 1822

Antoine PACQUET, Carpenter Canadian, Catholic

Augustine MARCHAND, 19 years, of Sonvillier, county of Bern, Reformed

 

 

Antoine BAYNE, Meuron of Artois, Bas Calais, France, Catholic

Justine MARCHAND, 24 years, of Sonvillier, county of Bern, Reformed

 

18 Jan 1822

Jean MORELL, Meuron, Catholic

Sophie ABERTI, 15 years, of Saicourt, county of Bern, Reformed

 

 

Joseph BOLLENDER, Meuron, Catholic

Christian ABERTI, 16 years, of Saicourt, county of Bern, Reformed

 

2 May 1822

Jean MEYER, Meuron of Regensberg, county of Zurich, Reformed

Marguerite ABERTI, 17 years, of Saicourt, county of Bern, Reformed

 

 

Bernard SCHMID, Meuron of Strasbourg, France, Catholic

Susanne ABERTI, 49 years, widow of Saicourt, county of Bern, Reformed

 

10 Jun 1822

Mathias SCHMID, Meuron of Kestenholz, county of Solothurn, Catholic

Marianne SCHEIDEGGER, 15 years, of Lutzelflüh, county of Bern, Reformed

 

* Pierre Rindisbacher / Peter F. Rindisbacher (Rindesbacher), 1806-1834, artist. Born in the Emmental village of Eggiwil, Canton Bern. At the age of 15 migrated with his parents to the Red River Settlement in Canada. Moved to Wisconsin in 1826, and to St. Louis in 1829. He made his name as a painter of American Indians (source: swissroots.org)
 Source:  http://www.junod.ch/en/redriver_eng.shtml