Henry, Alexander
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M: 11 Jun 1785, Julia Calcutt, at the Montreal Anglican Christ Church, after the birth and baptism of four of their children. b. 1735? d. 24 Apr 1834, age 78 and was buried two days later. The death and burial were recorded at Christ Church Anglican. Julia Calcutt previously was married to John Kittson.

M: Married again on February 5, 1823 at St-Gabriel's Presbyterian in Montreal. Alexander was a member of the latter congregation which may explain this re-marriage (or re-re-marriage) a few months before Alexander's death.

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The North West Company sent Alexander Henry the younger to establish trading posts along the Red River in 1800. Henry completed his Fort Pembina where Chaboillez had first built his Fort Pambian.

See: http://www.riverwatchonline.org/history/henry.html

There is no trace of any Kittson or Calcutt in North America, prior to the first baptism of Julia Henry, daughter of Julia Calcutt in 1780. Once in Montreal, Canada, she was living with her son George and Alexander Henry "the Elder", stepfather to George Kittson.

In Montréal on October 22 1780 Julia gave birth to the first of five children she had with Alexander Henry between 1780 and 1786. On all five baptism records at Montreal Anglican Christ Church, the parents are identified as Julia and Alexander Henry.

It is possible that they had been married before in Europe. It is also possible that they were not married prior to 1785 and for some personal or legal reason could not or did not want to get married until that date.

Children of Alexander Henry and Julia Calcutt:

Unknown Henry
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Alexander Henry, stepfather of George Kittson, had acquired fortune and fame in the fur trade of Canada, having associated first with French Canadian fur traders as early as 1760, living for the next 16 years in the Canadian West where he became one of the original founder of the powerful Northwest Company.

In 1776, at the age of 37, he retired from active trading in the hinterland and settled in Montreal as a merchant and trader. He became quite active and influential in Canadian life. In the fall of 1776 he travelled to England and France, with many letters of introduction, including to Abbé de Lacorne who in turn introduced him to the court at Versailles.

He returned to Montreal in the spring of 1777.

He returned to England in the fall of 1777.

His last visit to Great Britain was in 1780, likely returning to Montreal in the fall of the same year. It is generally thought that the main purpose of these visits to Europe was to try to interest officials or financial backers in funding exploration and development ventures to the north-west of North America and Siberia. He apparently went to England, Ireland and France where he was received by the Queen Marie Antoinette at Versailles.

The family lived in what is now old Montreal. On May 4th 1778, Alexander, before his marriage, signed or renewed a rent contract for a house on St-Paul St. A few weeks later on July 3rd, he buys a "dirt" house and lot also on St-Paul St. A "dirt" house was built with a double wall of vertical logs, filled with earth in between for insulation. There is at least one "dirt" house from that era that has been saved, in a Park in Gaspesia. They were soon declared illegal in Montreal as they were a fire risk. On October 9th 1780, Alexander sold a stone house on Saint Paul St.


Sources:

Ancestry.com for family genealogies

Kittson County Historical Society, Lake Bronson, MN, Cindy Adams

Roxanne Woodruff, Portland, OR