Lavimodiere / Riel Connection

This is not a story about the Robineau Family.  While not directly in the Robineau tree it is close.   I like telling the story because my uncle Maurice had mentioned this link to Riel.  In fact Maurice is probably a cousin several times removed of Louis Riel.

Taking a different branch of the tree we will take a few minutes to discuss my uncle’s tree.  My mother was a Sauve and one of her sisters was Hughette (my aunt). Hughette Sauve married Maurice Lavimodiere in Cornwall Ontario.

Maurice Lavimodiere was born in 1933 and was the son of Edmour Lavimodiere and Irma Lavimodiere (Brossoit).  They were married on the 25th of September 1928 in Valleyfield, Quebec (Ste. Cecile parish).  Edmour was a merchant (furrier) from Cornwall, Ontario.

Going back in time (courtesy of the Drouin Records on GenealogieQuebec,com):
Edmour’s Parents were Napoleon Ephrem Lavimodiere and Alexina Lavimodiere (Belair) who were married in 1900.
Napoleon Ephrem Lavimodiere’s parents were: Christophe Lavimodiere and Philomene Mignault who were married in 1868.
Christophe Lavimodiere was born in 1842 and his parents were Joseph Lagimodiere and Celeste Jarry.  Note the slight variation in the name.  This is not uncommon.  In fact in the church birth record for Christophe Lavimodiere, his name is shown as Chrystophe Lagimodiere.
Joseph and Celeste were married in 1835 and Joseph’s parents were: Joseph Lagimodiere and Marie Sasseville.
Joseph Lagimodiere and Marie Sasseville were married in 1801 and their parents were Pierre Lecompte Lavimodiere and Marie Chefdevergne who were married in 1764.
Pierre Lecompte Lavimodiere’s parents were Joseph Lavimodiere and Marie Madeleine Jaques who were married in 1730.
Joseph Lavimodiere’s parents were: Samuel Lecompte Lavimodiere and Marie Jeanne Jeremie LaMontagne.  Samuel Lecompte dit La Vimaudiere was born around 1660 in Normandy, France and moved to Nouvelle France and the Ile d”Orleans around 1700.

Like “Robineau dit Desmoulins” the names changed over time and sometimes children in the same family took different names or variations.

Enough going back in time, now we go forward again:
So, going forward to 1730, Joseph Lavimodiere and Marie Madeleine Jacques were married and had 10 children , one of which was Pierre who eventually led to Maurice.  One of Joseph’s other 10 children was named Jean-Baptiste.   Jean Baptiste got married and had seven children. One of those, born in 1778 was Jean-Baptiste Lagimodiere. Like i have said previously names seem to change for unknown reasons.

The following is an extract from the Manitoba Historical Society about Jean-Baptiste.

Jean Baptiste Lagimodière (1778-1855)

Fur trader, pioneer settler.

He was born at St. Antoine de Chambly, Quebec, the son of Jean-Pierre Lagimonière and Marie-Joseph Jarret dit Beauregard. In the employ of the North West Company he made his first trip to Red River in 1800. He returned to Lower Canada during the winter of 1805-1806. On 21 April 1806, he married Marie-Anne Gaboury at Maskinonge and they moved to the Hudson’s Bay Company post at Pembina. They were the first white family to settle and raise a family on the prairies. They had eight children.

In the spring of 1807 they journeyed to Fort Cumberland and Fort des Prairies where the winter was spent, before returning to Red River. During the winter of 1812-1813 he was retained by Miles Macdonell as a buffalo hunter for the Selkirk colonists. In the winter of 1815-16 he travelled for almost five months over 1800 miles, mainly on snowshoes, from Red River to Montreal carrying despatches to Lord Selkirk. On the return journey he was captured by the Nor’Westers but later released. As a reward for this mission he received a grant of land from Lord Selkirk, on the east side of the Red River, thus becoming a pioneer of St. Boniface.
Lagimodière continued as a voyageur for the Hudson’s Bay Company for many years, and later became a successful farmer.
He is commemorated by Lagimodiere Boulevard in Winnipeg.


Jean Baptiste and Marie-Anne Gaboury had 16 children.   One of their children was Julie Lagimodiere born in 1820 and in January 1840 she married Louis Riel.  Their first child born in October 1840 was named Louis David Riel.
The following is an extract from the Manitoba Historical Society about Louis Riel.

Louis “David” Riel was born at St. Boniface in the Red River Settlement on 22 October 1844, the eldest of eleven children of Louis Riel, Sr. and Julie Lagimodière. At the age of seven he was sent to the school conducted by the Grey Nuns in St. Boniface, and in 1854 to the school operated by the Christian Brothers. In 1858 he was selected by Bishop Taché to be educated in Eastern Canada. He attended the College of Montreal until 1865 when he withdrew, possibly because of romantic problems. He left Montreal and worked in several American cities before returning to the Red River Settlement in 1868.

He soon became embroiled in the prospective Canadian annexation of the settlement, gradually coming to lead Métis hostility to the transfer. At the beginning he sheltered behind the titular leadership of John Bruce, listening carefully to the advice of Joseph-Noel Ritchot, but gradually he asserted his own voice. He became first the secretary and later the president of the National Committee of the Métis. Under his leadership a “provisional government” was formed. A convention was held which drew up a “List of Rights” as the basis on which the Settlement would enter Confederation. Most of these “rights” were incorporated in the Manitoba Bill which received Royal Assent on 12 May 1870. For his efforts toward this achievement Riel has sometimes been called “the founder of the Province of Manitoba.”

His direction of the Red River Rebellion was for the most part brilliant, marred only by the execution of the Orangeman Thomas Scott, which enabled the Canadian government to turn him into an outlaw. Riel fled the Settlement in August 1870, with the arrival of the Wolseley expedition. Although elected to represent Provencher constituency in the Canadian House of Commons in 1873 and again in 1874, he was not permitted to take his seat. In 1875 the Governor-General granted a general amnesty to Riel on the condition that he remain in exile for five years. Unhappy and frustrated in the United States, Riel was committed to the St. Jean de Dieu Asylum at Longue Pointe in 1876, and several months later to the asylum at Beauport, where he remained until 1878. He eventually returned to the American West, settled in the Territory of Montana, and applied for American citizenship in 1883.

In June 1884 he was asked by a group of settlers in the Saskatchewan Valley to lead them in protest against the Canadian government. The outcome of his return and agitation was the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Following the defeat at Batoche, on 15 May, Riel surrendered to General Middleton. He was tried for treason, rejecting a plea of insanity advanced by his lawyers, and was hung at Regina on 16 November 1885.

On 12 December 1885 Riel was buried in the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery. He is commemorated by Riel Avenue in Winnipeg, and by Louis Riel Day, a statutory holiday in Manitoba celebrated on the third Monday of every February.

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2 Responses to Lavimodiere / Riel Connection

  1. Ron Adam says:

    Roger; If you examine the actual 1730 Drouin Marriage Register showing Joseph Le Comte de la Vimaudiere do you not think its possible that the correct name should have been in English as Joseph the Count of Vimaudiere. I have a notation for Julie Lagimodiere in my Tree who was Riel’s Mother. Julie stated that her Paternal family was descended from French Nobility. As such Count of Vimaudiere would fit. Instead it seems a few New France priests started registering Birth, Marriage and Death events with the I believe bogus Surname of Lecompte. Joseph’s father Samuel was a Dentist by trade. Samuel was married to Anne Jodoin prior to Marie Jeanne Jeremie.

    • Roger says:

      Hi Ron

      That is quite possible. I am primarily doing research on the Robineau/Sauve lines which are my primary lines as well as Powell/White which are my wife’s. I don’t know that i am going to go much farther on the Riel connection. One of my uncles had indicated his Lavimodiere line was connected to Riel and i just wanted to show that was the case. The New France priests is a whole other area of research. I think they had a lot of power over people at the time and quite possibly had their own agenda’s. Good luck in your research

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