Louis Riel père

Louis Riel père (1817 - 1864)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Louis Riel père
Born in Île-à-la-Crosse, La Terre de Rupert / Rupert's Landmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface Cathedralmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Saint-Boniface, Colonie de la rivière Rouge / Red River Settlementmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Apr 2010
This page has been accessed 2,310 times.

Categories: Métis Province of Manitoba | Métis Northwestern Territories | Hudson's Bay Company.


Louis Riel Sr. Farmer, miller, Metis leader. The son of Jean-Baptiste Riel, a french-canadian voyageur, and Marguerite Boucher, a Métis of French-Canadian and Chipeweyan heritage. Sent by his father to Berthier-en-Haut, Québec for education, Louis was trained as a wool carder, then returned to the Red River Settlement where he married Julie Lagimodiere.[1]

He organized his community in defense of Pierre-Guillaume Sayer, charged with violating the Hudson's Bay Company's trade monopoly, leading to the first North West Métis rebellion of 1849.[1]

Vital statistics:

  • b - 7 Jun 1817. Île-à-la-Crosse, Rupert's Land (now part of Saskatchewan, Canada).[2]
  • d - 21 Jan 1864. Saint-Boniface, Colonie de la rivière Rouge / Red River Settlement (now part of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).
  • s - Cathédrale Saint-Boniface Cathedral Cemetery.[3]
Hudson Bay Company archives provide the following timeline for Louis Riel's years of service: [4]:

"1837-1839 - Middleman - Lac la Pluie
"1839-1840 - Labourer - Lac La Pluie
"1840 - to Canada
"1843 - settled in Red River Settlement
"1844 - married Julie Lagimodière
"1854 - "Obligation of Louis Riel for £100 lent him by the Hudson's Bay Company on the security of a grist mill at German Creek 25th April, 1854". - See File: "Riel Rebellions, 1st and 2nd"
"1862 - Reference to political meeting at Fort Garry and Louis Riel [Sr.] as "the quondam adversary of Mr. Thom but ever since his return from Canada there is no better friend of the Company in Red River".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Louis Riel Sr. (Wikipedia article)
  2. Campbell & Stanley (1985), p. 333.
  3. Find a Grave, Louis Riel, Sr.
  4. HBCA, Louis Riel St.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored by MyHeritage

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

No known carriers of Louis's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests and no close relatives have taken a 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" test.

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 5
Louis Riel Image 1
Louis Riel Image 1

Louis Riel Image 2
Louis Riel Image 2

Louis Riel Sr.
Louis Riel Sr.

Jean Louis' Headstone
Jean Louis' Headstone

HBCA, Louis Riel, aîné
HBCA, Louis Riel, aîné

  • Login to edit this profile.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Morgan Mulligan, Jamie Swindells, and Trish Ganshirt. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
  • Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)

On 31 Jul 2017 at 01:57 GMT Morgan Mulligan wrote:

Riel-191 and Riel-4 appear to represent the same person because: Please help to merge these 2 profiles. Death date confirmed as 21 Jan 1864 per 'Find a Grave' and Wikipedia. Thanks!!

On 13 Jan 2017 at 21:44 GMT Bob Ladouceur wrote:

Riel-168 and Riel-4 appear to represent the same person because: They represent the same person, same spouse.

On 14 Jul 2014 at 20:59 GMT Marie (Doughty) Svedahl wrote:

I have placed a Tanguay source under the parents, you might like to copy it to this profile.

Louis is 19 degrees from Elinor Glyn, 24 degrees from Frances Weidman and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

R  >  Riel  >  Louis Riel père