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Kittson, John
D: 01 Jul 1779, Islandanoon, Cork, Ireland
M: (1) Alice St. John
M: (2) Julia Calcutt, later remarried explorer, 11 Jun 1785, Alexander Henry, the elder.

FN: Unknown Kittson
MN: Unknown

Children of John Kittson and Julia Calcutt:

George Kittson
B: 1759 (or 1779), Cork, Ireland while Julia was enroute back to Canada.
M: 23 Feb 1801, Anne Tucker

Mary Kittson
M: John Cates
Lt. Samuel Cates in the 2nd Bat. of the 60th Regiment married a Mary Tucker on 8th of January 1794 in Christ Church at William Henry as Sorel was known at that time. New information shows that Julia made several trips back and forth across the Atlantic trying to catch up with her husband's troops.

Children of Alexander Henry and Julia Calcutt Kittson:

1.Julia Henry
B: 10/22/1780
Bapt: 10/28/1780, Montreal, Que.
M: Never married

2.William Henry
B: 03/04/1784
Bapt: 03/17/1784, Montreal, Que.
D: 1864, Newmarket, Ont.
M: (1) Agathe Letendre
M: (2) 31 Jul 1826, Charlotte Felton, In Belvidere at Ascot, near Sherbrooke, Quebec. Charlotte's father, Sir John Felton who was a Governor of the Balearic Islands near Spain, was a descendant of "...John Felton circa 1620, who assassinated the Duke of Buckingham because of religious differences.

Child of William Henry and Agathe Letendre:

Alexis Henry
M: Marie Lyonnais dit Dunais

Child of Alexis Henry and Marie Lynonnais
1. Jerome Henry
M: Marie Rose Vermette

Chilld of Jerome Henry and Marie Rose Vermette:
1. Catherine Henry
M: William Grant

Children of William Henry and Charlotte Felton:

Charles Henry
D: Barrie, Ont.


William Henry was later married to a sister of John Felton a signal midshipman on the Flagship, Victory, at the battle of Trafalgar. William's wife's name was Charlotte Felton. They had several children. A son, Charles, died in Barrie, Ont. One family descended from William and Charlotte's daughter, Julia. Their daughter, Julia, no doubt named for her grandmother, passed on some of her treasured momentos. The other couple descended from Charlotte's brother, Charles Bowman Felton. Charlotte was born before 17th Nov. 1791 in Hackney, England to John & Elizabeth Butt Felton.

3. Alexander Henry
B: Aft 1785, Montreal, Que
D: 1812, Fort Nelson, B.C.
Note: This Alexander should not be confused with Alexander The Younger who would have been his cousin. He was a clerk in the North West Co. & was murdered by the Indians at Fort Nelson.

4. Robert Henry
B: 20 Apr 1785
Research shows a Robert Henry living near Cobourg in 1835 who may have been married to Christy Bethune, a daughter of Rev. John & Veronique Waddin (Nadeau) Bethune. They were divorced, but it is not known if there were children or if Robert remarried.

5.John Henry
B: 11 Sep 1786
Bapt: 17 Sep 1786. Sponsors were Mrs. Isaac Todd and Mrs. Gregery.
D: 25 Feb 1787. Buried the 26 Feb 1787.

Dr. John G. Kittson (1852 - 1908)

Early on, Macdonald thought a Force doctor would not be necessary. However, the men would be so spread out, after all, that a single doctor could not possibly cover the territory. Macdonald thought the police could make use of physicians in the vicinity of their posts.

In fact there were virtually no doctors in the sparsely populated prairie, and as it turned out, the physical challenges of the March West took a huge toll on the health of the men. It was a very good thing that in the end, Dr. John G. Kittson and his assistant Dr. Nevitt were assigned to the Force.

The medical team had their hands full. Dr Kittson had screened the recruits in Toronto during the spring of 1874, rejecting many for very serious problems (tuberculosis, heart disease and syphilis, to name a few) that would probably have killed them on the March. Before they even got to Fort Dufferin, the company was hit with an outbreak of "prairie cholera" (diarrhea), the result of eating fresh meat.

The March was a far greater ordeal than anyone could have anticipated, and Kittson found himself coping with the results of exposure, bad water, fatigue, and poor diet as well as the usual array of infections. By mid-August some of the men became too ill with typhoid to continue, and were left at a "Cripple Camp" at Old Wives' Lake to recover. When word got around that the Mounties had doctors with them, many Native people came looking for them. Over the next few years, Kittson worked among the Indian population so much that half of his salary was paid by the Department of Indian Affairs.

As if this weren't enough, Kittson and his staff had to cope with the ravages of preventable ailments of the sexually transmitted variety. After a cold, uneventful winter the doctor discovered that some of the men had been struck with a kind of Spring Fever - suddenly there several cases of syphilis and gonorrhea in the ranks. In the days before antibiotics, these were very difficult to treat, and in Dr. Kittson's opinion, "they caused us more trouble, vexation and loss of time than any other one disease."

19th century medicine had few answers and fewer cures for many diseases that are virtually unknown now.

Typhoid fever was a constant threat. Kittson himself fell seriously ill with it at Fort Ellice in October 1874.

Surgery was serious business, carried out under very primitive conditions by today's standards. Despite Kittson's best efforts Inspector Dalrymple Clark died in 1880 after an operation for an abdominal condition. Whether it happened due to postoperative infection or the condition itself in unknown.

Dr. Kittson was attached to headquarters at Swan River Barracks, and moved to Fort Walsh in 1876 when it was relocated. He continued in the NWMP for six more years, gaining a reputation for compassion and good sense. He retired in January 1882.

Sources: for family genealogies

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

Roxanne Woodruff, Portland, OR