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Isnardy Family Profile


 This family profile was put together using public records.  Family members have not been contacted.  Please feel free to forward any comments, corrections or other information regarding this family to Wanda Story.


1840 -Amadee Isnardy was born in Les Mujouls a small village near Nice, France to Joseph Isnardy and Constance Geoffroy.  He celebrated his birthday on March 1st. He had 4 brothers, Augustine, Louis, Augustin and Joseph Theophile and 1 sister, Hippolyte. For further information on the ancestry of this family contact Scott Nelson Crocker.

1848 - Julienne Willamatkwa was said to have been born  in the Lillooet district. She celebrated her birthday on January 1st

1854 - Amadee, now 14 years old, and his two brothers stowed away on a boat heading for Mexico.

- After arriving in Mexico, Amadee worked his way up through California and then into British Columbia, probably following the gold rush.

1859 - Around this time Amadee reached British Columbia and first settled in Lillooet and operated a store. 

- In Lillooet Amadee met Julienne Willamatkwa, believed to be the daughter of a Lillooet Indian chief of the Stl'atl'imx Nation.

1862 - Amadee moved to Chimney Creek and was the first man to settle in that valley.   At this time the area was on one of the main routes into the Cariboo-Chilcotin and on a direct route to the gold fields known as the Fraser River Trail.  Amadee became a Canadian citizen.  A son Joseph (Joe) was born to Amadee and Julienne Isnardy on May 1st..

1866 - Frank Isnardy was born on April 1st to Amadee and Julienne.

1870- A daughter Hortense Isnardy was born to Amadee and Julienne.

1872 -Charlie Isnardy was born to Amadee and Julienne.

1873 - Amadeus Isnardy married Julienne Wilmatkwa on December 16th at St. Joseph's Mission then in the Clinton District.  (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1873-09-175372 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B11387)  The marriage record at St. Joseph's mission lists Julienne's parents as  Zolihatkwa (mother) and Torospolor or Togholspologh (father).

-Amadee built a roadhouse that would become a popular stopping place for travelers.   He also acquired additional land and would eventually own all of the Chimney Valley from the Fraser River to Brunson Lake. To irrigate his farmlands he hired 50 Chinese at 50 cents a day who, with pick and shovel, built a system of ditches along the valley.   Amadee raised cattle, pigs, and sheep and had a large vegetable garden.

1874 - A son Augustine was born on April 11th to Amadee and Julienne Isnardy.

1877 -Mathilda Isnardy was born to Amadee and Julienne.

1879 - Jimmy Isnardy was born on May 7th in Chimney Valley to Amadee and Julienne.

1881 - In the census of the Williams Lake-Canoe Creek area, Amadee and Julienne are listed with their 7 children;  Joseph 19 years, Francis 15 years, Hortense 11 years, Charles 9 years, Augustin 6 years, Matilda 4 years, and James 2 years old.  Amadee is listed as French and the family is listed as Catholic.  Amadee and the oldest two boys are listed as farmers.

1883 - Andrew Isnardy was born on December 9th.

1886 - Hortense Isnardy married Pablo Tresierra, son of Joseph Tresierra, of Spanish descent born in Mexico in 1831, at St. Joseph's Mission.  The couple would have 8 children and eventually separated.

1887 -  The Williams Lake Directory lists, Amadee and Frank Isnardy as farmers in Chimney Creek, and Joseph Isnardy as a farmer at 150 Mile House.  Amadee, Frank and Joseph Isnardy all signed a petition for the appointment of a mounted constable for the Cariboo-Lillooett and are listed as farmers in Chimney Creek.

-Amadee started operating a boat shuttle service across the the Fraser River.

1891 - Joe Isnardy took over the boat shuttle service across the Fraser from his father.  It was now referred to as the Chimney Creek ferry and consisted of two boats, one for passengers, one for freight.   Andrew Isnardy died on October 1st at the age of 7 years, and was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery.   Augustine Isnardy died on October 8th, at the age of 17 years and is buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

-Frank Isnardy apparently took a Native Indian spouse.

-Joseph (Joe) Isnardy apparently took a Native Indian spouse.

1893 - Suzanne Isnardy was born to Frank Isnardy on September 22nd.

1894 - Willie Isnardy was born on December 15th, at the Toosey Indian Reserve.  (BC Birth Reg. Number: 1894-09-996544 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13802 )  The voters list at Williams Lake lists Amadee, Charles, Frank and Joseph Isnardy all in Chimney Creek.

1895 - Matilda Isnardy, 18 year old daughter of Amadee and Julienne Isnardy married 27 years old William (Billy) Felix Pinchbeck son of William and Chulminick Pinchbeck.  The marriage is registered as #1895-09-172932 in the Quesnel District. Alfred Isnardy was born to Frank Isnardy on   August 10th. Agatha Isnardy was born to Joseph (Joe) Isnardy.  The Directory of Williams Lake includes Amadee, Frank, Joseph, James and Charles Isnardy all listed as farmers and stock raisers.

1898 - Francis Isnardy was born to Frank Isnardy on December 19th.

1900 - Mary Isnardy was born to Frank Isnardy on September 24th.

1901 - Amadee and Julienne Isnardy are listed in the census as family 22 in the Williams Lake Census of 1901.  Only their son James is still living at home. Amadee is listed as 72 years old, Julienne is listed as 53 years and James is listed as 17.  The family is listed as Roman Catholic, Amadee is a farmer, and Julienne is listed as from the Shuswap Indian Tribe.  The next family, #23 listed, is Frank Isnardy and his four children, Suzanne 7 years, Alfred 5 years, Francis 3 years and Mary not yet 1 year.  The next family listed is #24, Joseph Isnardy and his 2 children, Agatha, 6 years and Charles 29 years.   All the Isnardys except for Amadee are listed as red.  No wives are listed for Frank or Joseph (Joe).

1904 - A bridge was built across the Fraser River and the ferry service the Isnardy family had started and operated was no longer needed.

-James Isnardy married Christine Bowe.  They would have at least five children, Irene, James Edward (Buster), Dorothy, Matilda and Andrew (Sonny). 

1907 - Amadee Isnardy died on May 8th, and was buried in the St. Joseph's Mission cemetery.   In his will he left his oldest son Joe money. Jimmy got the Home Ranch, Hortense got the Four Mile Creek Ranch, Charlie got the Chimney Creek Estates, Matilda got the Dog Creek road ranch and Frank got the Brunson Lake ranch.

1909 - James Edward (Buster) Isnardy was born to James and Christine Isnardy in Chimney Creek in November. 

1914 - Aggie S. Isnardy married James Wall on February 18th at 150 Mile House.  (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1914-09-156755 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B11385)  W. Isnardy went to overseas to fight in World War I.

1917 - Frank Isnardy, son of Amadee and Julienne Isnardy, died on January 31st, at the age of 49 years at Riske Creek.  (BC Death Reg. Number: 1917-09-241425 - B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13114 ) Frank is buried at  St. Joseph's Cemetery.  Private W. Isnardy, tag #116932, was killed on July 27th while serving with 29th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.

1918 - Julianne Isnardy died on March 17th, at Chimney Creek at the age of 79 years.   (BC Death Reg. Number: 1918-09-242546 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13114) He is buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery.    Susan Isnardy married Charles Manuel Castellan on May 7th at St. Joseph's Mission.  (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1918-09-192325 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B11389).   Francis Joseph Isnardy died on November 11th at Chimney Creek at the age of 20 years.  (BC Death Reg. Number: 1918-09-253809 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13116)

-Christine Isnardy nee Bowe, died.

1922 - James Isnardy married a second time to Evelyn Edith N. Stafford on October 5th. (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1922-09-251800 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13744 )  They would have 13 children, Mike, Ken, Amadee, Fred, Frank, Richard, Norman, Ronald, Alice, Geneva, Lyn, Olive and Rita.

1923 - Mathilda Mary (Tillie) Isnardy married Ralph Ray Inscho on April 28th in Williams Lake.   (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1923-09-266930 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13746).  John E. Moore filed a civil case against James Isnardy in Williams Lake.

1924 - Alfred Isnardy married Jessie Johnson on July 8th in Williams Lake. (BC Marriage Reg. Number: 1924-09-281904 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13748)   John E. Moore filed a second civil case against James Isnardy in Williams Lake.

1926 - Francis Isnardy died on June 21st at Williams Lake at the age of only 1 year.   (BC Death Reg. Number: 1926-09-377786 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13130)   Jimmy Isnardy sold the original Isnardy home and ranch to John Moore of Alkali Lake and he moved to Springhouse.

1932 - Mrs. Isnardy, the wife of Amadee, died on August 15th, at the age of 67 years and is buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery.  Emma Isnardy died on August 19th at Williams Lake at the age of 59 years.   (BC Death Reg. Number: 1932-09-016409 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13362) 

    -James Edward (Buster) Isnardy married Helen and they would have three children.  John, Gordon and Christine.

    -Matilda Isnardy would marry Mr. Felker, Irene Isnardy would marry Curly Frizzi, Dorothy Isnardy would marry Mr. Haines.

1937 - Garnet Isnardy died on November 15th at the Toosey Indian Reserve at the age of 22 years.  (BC Death Reg. Number: 1937-09-021626 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13363).  Harriet Isnardy also died on the same day at the age of 40 years. (BC Death Reg. Number: 1937-09-021627 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13363).  Eleven days later, on November 26th, 15 year old Maggie Isnardy also died there.  (BC Death Reg. Number: 1937-09-021628 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13363) .

1941 - Pablo Tresierra died in Williams Lake at the age of 90 years.

1944 - Charles Bernard Isnardy died on June 29th in Williams Lake at the age of 70 years.  (BC Death Reg. Number: 1944-09-644412 or B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13183).   Alfred Isnardy filed a civil case against the Government Liquor act in Williams Lake.

Alice Isnardy would marry Mr. Marchuk, Geneva Isnardy would marry Mr. Porterfield, Linda Isnardy would marry Mr. Abel, and Olive Isnardy would marry Mr. Bowser.

1956 -  Hortense Tresierra nee Isnardy died.  At the time of her death is was reported that she was survived by 55 grandchildren, 101 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.

-Christine Isnardy, daughter of Buster and Helen, married Frank English.

1978 - Jim Isnardy died at the age of 99 years.

1986 - James Edward (Buster) Isnardy died on September 17th as the age of 77 years.

1991 - Evelyn Isnardy nee Stafford, wife of Jim Isnardy, died on August 28th in Wyoming in the USA.  Jim and Evelyn had 13 children, Mike, Olive, Alice, Norman, Kenny, Fred, Frank, Richard, Geneva, Linda, Rita and Ronnie.  Vivian Isnardy nee Telford, wife of Fred Isnardy, died on November 11th at the age of 56 years.  Vivian and Fred had 6 daughters, Sherrald, Hedda, Karen, Charlotte, Sherry and Wanda.

1995 - Fred Isnardy is listed as missing in the local papers at the age of 58 years.  Matilda (Tillie) Mary Felker  nee Isnardy died on July 20th in Williams Lake.


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Last updated 25 April, 2005