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  • Name BISSON Martin 
    Born 1799  LaPrairie, Quebec Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 May 1890  White Earth, Becker Co., MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Martin Bisson


      Section 4 Affiliated Families

      Since Martin Bisson, Bazil Beaulieu, and 0-ge-mau-ge-shi-go-guay
      played such important roles in shaping the destiny of the
      Bellefeuille family, it is of interest to look at their lives and the
      family traditions from which they came.

      A. Bisson family (This name can be translated to mean 'twins" or
      Theodore Bellefeuille's wife Sophia was of the family Bisson. Her
      father, Martin Bisson was born to Antoine and Rosalie (Caille) Bisson
      in 1797 at La Prairie, Quebec, Canada. According to William Joseph
      Bisson, Martin, at a very early age, became active with the fur trade
      in what is now northern Minnesota. While working as an agent near
      Thief River Falls he became acquainted with the Beaulieus (probably
      through Paul, brother of Bazil). He later married Margaret Beaulieu
      and they resided in Wisconsin at the time of the birth of their first
      child Antoine in 1828. Sometime before 1834, however, they moved
      back to Canada where Martin took up farming. The other two children
      were born there, Archange in 1834 and Sophie in 1836 (who later
      married Theodore Bellefeuille). In 1853 after almost twenty years in
      Canada Martin and Margaret returned to Minnesota to settle at Belle
      Prairie, Margaret's brothers Paul and Clement and her mother
      Marguerite Beaulieu had followed the westward flow of migration from
      Wisconsin and had settled a few miles north at Crow Wing.

      From Clara Fuller's History of Morrison & Todd Counties we get a
      brief biography of Martin Bisson:
      Martin Bisson is looked upon as the pioneer of the French race in
      Morrison County. He was a man universally respected for his honesty
      and much sought after for his generous hospitality. I am told that
      his modest home was crowded by travelers or prospective settlers whom
      he induced to settle in his neighborhood. Mr. Bisson was born in
      Maskinonge, Quebec about 1790. As a young man he had engaged in the
      fur trade in the Northwest, had married a sister of the Beaulieu, a
      people closely associated with the early history of Minnesota, had
      returned to his native home, where he purchased a fine farm. But the
      fascination of the West was too great to permit him to enjoy the
      peaceful life of a farmer in a quiet rural community. He sold out
      and came to Belle Prairie, bringing with him two of his neighbors,
      John Branchaud and Theodore Bellefeuille, who eventually became his
      sons-in-law. He must have lived about thirty years in Belle Prairie,
      to which he was really a benefactor, giving forty acres of his farm
      for the church. In his old days he followed his children to White
      Earth, where he died.

      Martin Bisson had a brother Francois, who although he did not leave
      Canada, has many descendants in Minnesota. One of those is Ginnor
      Bisson, Jr., who was born at La Prairie July 19, 1857. He was a
      grandson of Francois. Ginnor married Emma Bellefeuille and after her
      death he married her sister, Julia. Their descendants then have two
      strains of Bisson blood.

      Morrison County land records show a transaction dated November 23,
      1860 in which Charles Beaulieu sold land to Martin and Margaret
      Bisson (SE 1/4 of Sec 14, T 41, R 32 plus lots 3,4, and 5 in same
      section). This may have transpired earlier but With the Military
      Bounty Land Act of March 3, 1855, the organization of Morrison County
      in 1856 to get legal title to their land.

      According to church records Martin's home provided the shelter for
      the first Mass said in Morrison County, when in the fall of 1853 the
      famous missionary Father Francis Xavier Pierz came to the small
      French-Canadian community of Belle Prairie to open a mission. From
      this first service evolved the Holy Family parish which was the first
      parish in what is now the Diocese of St. Cloud. In July, 1861 Martin
      finally received a patent for his land from the U.S. Government. Ms
      farnhy gave a portion of the acreage to the church, which became the
      site of the Holy Family Church and Cemetery. At the time the little
      congregation included sixteen families. Father Pierz remained pastor
      there until 1865.

      Martin was well established at Belle Prairie at the time of the 1860
      Federal Agricultural Census as he was one of the wealthiest men of
      the area. He owned 157 acres of land of which 74 were suitable for
      cultivation, the cash value of his farm was $2,000, the value of his
      implements and equipment was $250, he owned 6 horses, 4 milk cows, I
      I other cattle, 16 swine, I I sheep, the total value of his stock was
      $735. His crops had done well. He had 100 bushels of wheat, 5
      bushels of rye, 40 bushels of Indian corn, and 1000 bushels of oats.

      Because of Margaret's affiliation with the Lake Superior Chippewa
      (her mother was a full blood) she was able to receive scrip. This
      took the form of both cash annuities and land issuances. The parcel
      of land that she received pursuant to the treaty of 1854 was located
      in Douglas Co., where she had grown up at Lac du Flambeau. The
      patent was issued January 18, 1869 and included the N 1/2 of SW 1/4
      of Sec 20, Twp 47, R 15 W. This land was sold May 26, 1881 to William

      On July 25, 1877 Martin Bisson ad wife Margaret, gave a Quit claim
      Deed to the Western Railroad Company of Minnesota for a tract of land
      50 feet on each side of the railroad bed. He was paid $1,877. today
      the Burlington Northern Railroad owns this strip of land.

      Martin and Margaret moved to Callaway in the late 1880's and lived
      the rest of their lives in that area, Martin died on May 11, 1890 and
      Margaret on April 27, 1896. Both are buried at Calvary Cemetery, St.
      Benedict's Mission, White Earth, Minnesota.
    Person ID I1089  Freeman-Smith
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 

    Father BISSON Antoine,   b. 14 Apr 1776, St. Constant, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Caille-Biscornet Rosalie,   b. Abt 1778, St Constant, Lapraire, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1824  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 29 Oct 1798  St. Constant, Laprairie Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1044  Group Sheet

    Family BEAULIEU Margaret Elizabeth,   b. 1808, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1896, White Earth, Becker Co., MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1826  WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. BISSON Frank
     2. BISSON Antoine,   b. 1828, WI Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. BISSON Archange,   b. 1834,   d. 22 May 1905  (Age 71 years)
     4. BISSON Sophia,   b. 07 Jul 1836, Maskinoge, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1926, Callaway, Becker Co., MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F1089  Group Sheet

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