The attached PDF file which you can download contains many images of census forms and a table of birth and death dates of thirteen siblings. It was easier to add a pdf file instead of adding all the photos and formatting on this site. In an effort to find documentation on the family, I found William and Petronella ( my great grandparents in the U.S. Indian Census 1885-1940. In this document I've included all the images of the family enumerated in these special yearly census. At times it appears the enumerator is asking how old a child will be at their next birthday. Many of the ages seem one year older. The census is usually done in July and some in October, so it makes a difference how old the child will be.
Joseph Vernon Grant looks to be about 8 in this photo, but he was always a big husky kid, so guessing photo was taken in approximately 1935. Back of photo says: "Flood waters in July. Our house is built on other side of white shack (very far right). Vernon sat down while wading over to the house to take these pictures with Fred." From the pictures where Margo and Jim are shown with their father Fred. This is identified as Square Deal. Square Deal was a temporary boomtown that sprung up during the building of the Fort Peck Dam in Montana..
The boomtown shack they lived in appears to be about the size of a on room studio apartment in this day in age (2018). There was likely no indoor plumbing.
Because of the coats Ann Grant and her son Jim are wearing, Joyce suspects it is the fall of 1937. Baby Marjolaine/ Margo would then be about 9 months old. Jim would have Jim would have been 3 1/2.
I found a 1907 Indian census for Belcourt that listed a son named Lawrence. He was two at the time and listed immediately after Alfred. He must have died as a child. As I found him in an earlier census but not later. Lawrence was also found in the 1905 and 1906, but not in 1908. No death certificate was found on the North Dakota index of death from 1907. That site notes that most counties did not fully comply in registering deaths until 1924.
History of the TMC people scanned from the St. Ann's day centennial book published in 1985
History of the Turtle Mountain People as scanned from the 1985 St Ann's day Centennial .
You will have to download this file and read it on your own computer.
First photo is a scan of both pages and is fairly wide. The next two are just the westside and then the eastside of Belcourt. The source was the inside front cover of the 1985 St. Anne's Centennial book. St Anne's church is in quadrant 20 which is somewhat difficult to see. My great-grandfather, William Cuthbert Grant's property is in the quadrant 15 on the westside of Belcourt. The trail lines seem to be paths for walking, horses or carts. The only road that seems to coincide with current highway 281 is the one running from bottom left of quadrant 35 to quadrant 13 as it runs from SW to East.
Theresa sent me this photo and labeled all the groomsmen. I remember seeing the photo when I was small and thinking this was the most fancy wedding I had ever seen. My father Joseph Vernon Grant is in the photo as a groomsmen. Most of them are Theresa's brothers and brother-in-law. My dad is her first cousin and just slightly older.
Groomsmen from left to right: Joseph Vernon Grant, Leo Gauthier, Lowell Sellman (sister Dorothy's husband, Russell Olson (husbands brother) Ernie Gauthier, Francis Gauthier, Armand Gauthier, Gerald Gauthier, Marlin Gauthier. Seated Theresa Gauthier and new husband Don Olson.
Aunt Patty's daughter Therese Olson sent me this photo of her mother and father. Patty was born March 27, 1897 in Belcourt the second of William Cuthbert and Petronellie Monette's 11 children. She died February 24, 1985. Lucien Gauthier was born June 4 1900 in Belcourt and died January 15, 1964 in Hastings Nebraska,
My Great-Grandfather William C. and wife Petronellie Grant are listed with the first three of their 11 children. The latter were born after 1900. I'm curious to know about the other William Grant and family listed immediately above their household. My Grandfather's brothers were Charles and James, so the two Williams could be cousins.
Belcourt baseball team 1930
Diane Hubbard, daughter of William and Alice Grant posted this picture of Uncle Corbett and Romeo on the Belcourt Baseball team. Joyce is Diane's first cousin once removed. Romeo and Corbet are Joyce's Great/ Grand uncles.
Non-enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa through my great-grandfather William Grant and his wife Petronellie Monette