Peter Bottineau
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Pierre Bottineau (1817 - 1895)

Pierre (Peter) "The Walking Peace Pipe" Bottineau
Born in Dakota Territory, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1 Dec 1836 in Red River Settlementmap
Husband of — married 6 Jan 1852 in Ramsey, Minnesota Territory, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Red Lake Falls, Polk, Minnesota, United Statesmap
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Peter Bottineau is Notable.
  • Born in a hunting camp near what would later become Grand Forks, North Dakota, Pierre was a Méti of mixed white & Indian blood.
  • Minnesota frontiersman
  • As a surveyor, his parties laid out towns and cities throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.
  • He was known for his diplomatic skills, and served as a translator in interactions between settlers & Indians
  • Married Genevieve 'Jennie' LaRence on Dec 1, 1836 at Red River Settlement [1]
  • Additional son, Daniel. Born before Charles (b. 1853). Daniel's birth date has yet to be located, nor his mother identified.
  • Buried: St. Joseph's Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, Red Lake County, Minnesota[2]


Year: 1850; Census Place: St Anthony, Ramsey, Minnesota Territory[3]

  • Pierre Botineau 34/m, farmer, $3000, MN Terr
  • Geneva L Botineau 32/f, MN Terr
  • John Botineau 12/m, MN Terr
  • Peter Botineau 9/m, MN Terr
  • Geneva L Botineau 7/f, MN Terr
  • Daniel Botineau 5/m, MN Terr
  • Rosalie Botineau 2/f, MN Terr
  • Francis Botineau 59/m, WI

Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950[4]

  • Name: Peter Bottino [Pierre Bottineau]
  • Gender: Male
  • Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1852
  • Marriage Place: Ramsey, Minnesota
  • Spouse's name: Martha Gerrais
  • Spouse Gender: Female
  • Spouse Age: 17
  • Spouse Birth Date: 1835
  • Father's name: Joseph Bottino
  • Mother's name: Marguerete Bottino
  • Spouse Father's Name: Louis Gerrais
  • Spouse Mother's Name: Mary Framblay
  • FHL Film Number: 1314545

Year: 1860; Census Place: Maple Grove, Hennepin, Minnesota[5]

  • Peter Bottineau 43/m, farmer, $4000 $2000, Dakota
  • Martha Bottineau 22/f, NY
  • Peter Bottineau jr 22/m, MN
  • Daniel Bottineau 14/m, MN
  • Rozell Bottineau 12/f, MN
  • Chas Bottineau 9/m, MN
  • Martha Bottineau 8/f, MN
  • Selina Bottineau 7/f, MN
  • Henry Bottineau 4/m, MN
  • Wm Bottineau 6/12/m, MN

Year: 1870; Census Place: Maple Grove, Hennepin, Minnesota[6]

  • Peter Botmean [Botineau] 53/m, Indian, farmer, $6000 $1067, Dakota
  • Martha Botmean 32/f, keeping house, NY, ffb mfb
  • Charles Botmean 17/m, farm laborer, MN
  • Martha Botmean 15/f, MN, school
  • Sydney Botmean 13/m, MN, school
  • Henry Botmean 12/m, MN, school
  • Willie Botmean 10/m, MN, school
  • Josephine Botmean 8/f, MN, school
  • George Botmean 4/m, MN
  • Norman Botmean 2/m, MN
  • Larissie Botmean 2/12/f, MN


  • Bottineau County, North Dakota and its county seat, Bottineau, are both named in his honor.


  2. Find A Grave: Memorial #30892734 Pierre Bottineau
  3. Year: 1850; Census Place: St Anthony, Ramsey, Minnesota Territory; Roll: M432_367; Page: 56A; Image: 114; Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. [1]
  4. Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950; "Minnesota Marriages, 1849–1950." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
  5. Year: 1860; Census Place: Maple Grove, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: M653_570; Page: 819; Family History Library Film: 803570; Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. [2]
  6. Year: 1870; Census Place: Maple Grove, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T132_5; Page: 200; Family History Library Film: 830425; 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.[3]


  • This person was created on 14 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.

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