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St. François Xavier, Manitoba

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Date: 1824
Location: St. François Xavier, Manitoba, Canadamap
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St. François Xavier is a rural municipality in southern Manitoba, just west of Winnipeg. It is part of the Winnipeg Capital Region. The RM largely consists of the community of St. François Xavier, which was established as a parish in 1824.


One place study

Lianne Lavoie is doing a one place study of St. François Xavier. It is currently in the very early stages (it will take a very long time to transcribe all the parish records!). As pieces are completed, they will be put online here. For more information about one place studies, see here.

While it will be years before all the parish records will be transcribed and online, Lianne can look up specific records for you if you know the exact date (at least within a few days) of the baptism, marriage, or burial. The records are sorted by date, so name look ups will not be possible on records that have not yet been transcribed. Contact Lianne for a record look up.

If you have ancestors who lived in St. François Xavier, let Lianne know! She would be interested in collaborating with you!



In 1823, Cuthbert Grant settled on the White Horse Plains on what would become Parish lot 183 in St. François Xavier Municipality. This was the beginning of Grantown. Cuthbert's daughter, Maria, married Pascal Breland, and they settled on that same lot. This property would eventually become the home of Albert Richard and his wife Arthemise. Governor Simpson gave Cuthbert over 23,000 acres of land, which became a French-Canadian settlement. People from Pembina who had discovered that they were not living in Canada but in the United States came and settled here.[1]

Related Pages


  • Our First Hundred Years: History of St. François-Xavier Municipality. Published by St. François-Xavier Municipality. Printed by Derksen Printers, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, July 1980. Lianne Lavoie has a copy of this book.
  1. Our First Hundred Years, p.2

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