The Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana.
Coordinator of Métis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute
- Marie Agnes b. 1851 Marie married William Dease
- Jane b. August 1854
- Aloysius or Louise b. c. 1855
- Mary b. 11/28/1855, d. 1/25/1933
- Richard b. c. 1858: Richard married Rosalie Hogue in 1881 at St. Charles
Children with Quarra (b.c. 1840, d. 2/24/1867). Quarra was a Shoshone, the sister of the noted chief Tenday. She died of tuberculosis at age 27.
- William b. 10/1/ 1856
- David b. 10/17/1858
- Julienne b. 1/7/1860
- John b.c. 1862
- Ellen b. c. 1863, d. 1/19/1868
- Charles Henri b.c. 1866
Child with an unknown woman who worked at the settlement of Cottonwood, located in the Deer Lodge valley in Montana. Quarra objected to Johnny bringing this baby home and he asked John and Mary Dempsey to adopt her.
- Emma b. 1862, married Isaac Cooper.
- James or Joseph b. 3/6/1869 James married Marie Sarah “Jane” Delorme at Red River.
- Isabella married Philip Carr.
- Children with Clothild Bruneau (b. 1850 at St. Boniface) married May 7, 1868.
- Charles Alexander b. 5/30/1869. He married Annie Sparks in 1907 at Edmonton.
- Marguerite Marie Anne b. 12/15/1870, died as an infant
- James b. c. 1871, died as an infant.
- Sarah b.c. 1874, married Colin Fraser Lennie.
- Maria, b. 1874, married Frank Nutt, in 1894 at Edmonton.
- Alice b. c. 1878, d. Feb. 1951
- Marie Corinne d. 3/23/1883
- Francis baptized and interred 5/9/1881
Child with Cecile Boyer.
- Sara b. c. 1870
- Clara b. c. 1872
Adopted children: While in Montana Johnny adopted an orphaned Bannock Indian boy and brought him to Manitoba, he ensured that the boy got Métis scrip. Johnny also adopted three Afro-American Métis children, a boy and two girls, the orphans of Phil Barnes and his Shoshone wife. He left the oldest girl in Montana when he moved to Manitoba. It was John/Jack and Annie Barnes who came with him. In Montana the La Vatta family (Thomas and Angélique) had worked with Johnny Grant. They were one of the many families who accompanied him on his move to Manitoba. Thomas LaVatta was known as the “Red Headed Spaniard,” he was a freighter and trader. His wife Angélique was called Poor-Oh-Ge in Shoshone. Ultimately, they did not like Manitoba and returned first to Idaho and later moved to the Fort Hall Reservation. Their children Laura Delores LaVatta and Edward LaVatta remained in Canada with Johnny Grant and were educated at St. Boniface. Laura married Johnny’s nephew, Joseph Richard Grant, however she died in 1885. She applied for Métis scrip (attested to by her adoptive father Johnny Grant) and the application was approved. Edwards' scrip application was not approved, he likely returned to join his family in Idaho before this could happen.
Coordinator of Métis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute
GRANT, James Cuthbert (Son of Richard Grant & Sarah aka Indian Woman At Oxford House)
Following the death of his first wife, Richard Grant was assigned from 1837-1840 as Chief Trader to Island Lake, York Factory and Oxford House, respectively. During that period Richard and a woman known until recently only as Indian Woman At Oxford House were married 'according to the custom of the country'. By the time their son, James Cuthbert Grant, was born, c1836, the tradition of marrying according to the custom of the country had fallen out of favour with the Hudson's Bay Company and considerable pressure was put on Grant to end his relationship with the Indian Woman from Oxford House. In 1842 Grant was promoted to Chief Trader of Fort Hall, necessitating his move to what is now Idaho. He left behind his second spouse and the very young James. So far, no records have been found indicating Richard and his spouse had other children.
1. Julia Grant: b.c.1865: m(1) Alec Red Head (Howling). Children: Joseph Magee, Mary Magee
2. Mary Grant: b. c1869; m. Rides At The Door
3. James Grant Jr.: b. c1871; m. 1887; Josephine Chocquette; no children.
4. Richard Grant: b. 1876; m. Rose Teasdale, Jan. 1, 1899, at Holy Trinity Mission. Certificate fr. Blackfeet Indian Agency.
5. John Grant: b. c1878; d. 11 years old.
6. Emma Grant
7. Maggie: d. 8 years old [duplication?]
Following Jimmy Grant's death, Marie Cadotte married:
1) Black Face Man; no children
2) Little Skunk. Children: Maggie Cold Body, Cecile Cold Body
3) Cold Body; No children [were these Little Skunk's children adopted by Cold Body???]
James C. Grant Killed
Shot Through the Heart by His Wife's Paramour
Special to Independent, Depuyer, Choteau Co., Montana, August 8, 1883
A party of six citizens of Depuyer started this morning at daybreak, separating into three squads, and scouted the adjacent country. They returned at about nine o'clock and did not renew the search.
By a squaw just from Birch Creek, the report comes that the Indian Residents in that valley have all left for the agency for protection; also that the murderer was found completely riddled with bullets.
"Jimmy Grant" was a half breed about forty five years old, a son of Capt. Grant, an old Hudson Bay trader, and a resident of Montana before its settlement by whites. James Grant's brother, "Johnny" was for a long time a resident of Cottonwood, now Deer Lodge City, and was quite wealthy, but left with a number of Indians for the Red River of the North in '67, when white settlers began to locate in Deer Lodge. Jimmy Grant lived for a long time in Deer Lodge where he was highly regarded as an honest, industrious and sober citizen. At the time of his death, he had charge of W.J. McCormick and Capt. C. P. Higgins cattle. His many friends will be sorry to learn of his tragic death.
Jimmy Grant buried along with two children
by Dorothy Floerchinger Just east of the Sheep Creek bridge north of Dupuyer are graves of Jimmy Grant and two little children that died of measles.
For years these graves were unmarked until an old timer pointed them out to Paul Bruner and he placed a stone marker on them.
Few people are aware of this Grant family's plot in early Montana history.
In 1843, Jimmy's grandfather, Richard Grant, was a factor in charge of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Hall in Idaho on the Oregon-California Trail. Grant was married to a convent educated Red River metis; that is a part Indian woman. Also his two sons James and John were married to Indian women.
When the wagon trains on their way west stopped at Fort Hall with their worn-out oxen teams they would trade several for one fat one from Grant's herd. Soon he and his two sons had large herds being taken north into the Beaverhead and Ruby Valleys.
They established a ranch near Deer Lodge, one of the oldest in Montana in the 1850s. The Grant sons' sister Julia was married to C. P. Higgins, one of the first men to be involved in a settlement to become Missoula.
Higgins and McClain had large cattle herds that grazed west of Dupuyer and Higgins' nephew Jimmy Grant was placed in charge of them. He lived in a cabin not far from where he is buried.
It is reported that he was gone for a few days and on his return had reason to suspect that his squaw had been too intimate with another Indian buck. Jimmy shot him in the arm. The Indian went off and returned with his gun and shot poor Jimmy in the heart.
His wife moved to the Blackfoot reservation with her other children. Mrs. Rose Grant, age 84, wife of Jimmy's son Richard, died in the 1984 flood with eight members of her family.
The home of James and John near Deer Lodge dating back to the 1850s was sold to Conrad Kohrs, a German immigrant in 1866.
In 1872, it was acquired by the federal government for the purpose of interpreting the western livestock industry and designated as a National Historic Site.
Many places carry the name Grant in memory of this family.