- Occupation: Managed (W/ Paul) Fur Trading Post @ Lac-Du-Flambeau, WI
Basile H. Beauleu (son of Nicolas Basile Hudon Beauleu and Josette
Miville) came from Montreal, P. Q. Canada with his brother Paul to
Lac-du-Flambeau, Wisconsin about 1804. Voyageur with the North West
Fur Company, 1804-1805, Flambeau, Minnesota. Basile and his brother
Paul managed the Fur Trading Post at Lac-du-Flambeau, WI. In 1818
Basile is listed among the "Roster of Employees" of the American Fur
Company. Basile (Bazile) was listed by the North West Fur Company in
1805 in the Lac du Flambeau department with one year to serve on his
contract and a crdit of 16 livre on his account. He was hired by the
Michilimackinac Company on 9 July 1810 to winter at Lac du Flambeau
for 700 livre.(p. 33)19 The town of Beauleu, Mahnomen County,
Minnesota was named after the descendants of Basile and his Ojiway
wife. Basile H. Beauleu married in 1810 in Wisconsin an Indian Maiden
named O-Ge-mau-gee-shi-go-qua, which means Queen of the Skies, but
was called Marguerite Beauleu. (She was the daughter of the Indian
Chief, White Raven.) It is believed that Basile H. Beauleu died in
1838 and is buried in the Beauleu burial grounds at La Pointe,
Madeleine Island, Wisconsin.
Resided at Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin Territory with the Northwest
Fur Co. in 1804. Emigrated from canada at that time.
His family came to America from France in 1764, being royalists in
the old country, and for meritourious services rendered to their
sovereign, "De Beaulieu" was added to their family name of "Hudon".
Bazil H. Beaulieu
Posted by Dick Campbell on Fri, 18 Jun 1999
The following is a quote from Alvin H. Wilcox's 1907 book "A Pioneer
History of Becker County Minnesota" Chapter XVIII, pages 260-261:
Among Mrs. West's papers I came across the following clipping from
the Detroit Record of January 27th, 1893:
Mr. Basil H. Beaulieu, an old and respected pioneer of Wisconsin and
Minnesota, has been commissioned by the Commissioner of Indian
Affairs a judge of the court of Indian offenses at this agency. Mr.
Beaulieu was tendered his commission and officially notified of his
appointment by Agent C. A. Ruffee on Monday. He is the proud
possessor of a document sear and yellow with age, it being one of the
three justice of peace commissions issued by the first territorial
governor of Wisconsin, Mr. Beaulieu being one of the three persons
appointed to execute the duties of that then honorable position, his
field being Brown County, in 1836.
As the name, Bazil H. Beaulieu, was identical with that of the Bazil
H. Beaulieu who came from Montreal in 1804, and believing that in
1836 he would be too young a man for the Bazil H. Beaulieu of 1804, I
wrote to Theodore H. Beaulieu of White Earth for information, and
received the following reply:
White Earth, Minn., Oct. 23, 1905.
HON. A. H. WILCOX
My Dear Sir:
Replying to yours of the 16th inst., concerning the identity of Bazil
H. Beaulieu, who came from Montreal, Canada, and settled at Lac du
Flambeau, Wis., the then territory of Michigan, in 1804, etc., you
are respectfully informed that this person was my father's uncle and
a granduncle of mine. There were two brothers, Paul and Bazil Hudon
de Beaulieu. Paul was my father's father and my grandfather; Bazil
Hudon de Beaulieu was the father of the late Col. Clement H., Paul
H., Henry H. Beaulieu, and was also the father of Mrs. Catherine
Beaulieu Fairbanks (Mrs. Robert Fairbanks), Mrs. Margaret Beaulieu
Bisson (Mrs. Martin Bisson), Mrs. Gustave Borup, deceased, and Mrs.
Julia Beaulieu Oakes; the latter being the only surviving child of
the said Bazil Hudon de Beaulieu. She is at present at this agency
and is now 94 years of age, and still hale and hearty. My father, the
late Bazil H. Beaulieu, the second, was the only son of Paul Hudon de
Beaulieu, and is the person referred to in the clipping. My grand
uncle Bazil was stationed at Lac du Flambeau as an Indian trader, and
my grandfather Paul was at Vermillion Lake and also Red Cedar (now
Cass Lake), some time between 1830 or 1840 (I am not clear as to
date.) My grandfather removed to Navareno (now Green Bay, Wis.), and
settled there. Later on he purchased large tracts of land, as also
the old Stockbridge agency sawmill and grist-mill from the Government
on the south side of the Fox River and where is now built the
flourishing city of Kaukauna, Wis. Sometime about 1848 my father also
removed to Green Bay, and on the death of my grandfather he fell heir
to all of the property, he being the only child. Our family removed
from Kaukauna, Wis., about 26 years ago and settled at White Earth,
Minn. Both my grandfather and grandmother are buried at the old
French or mission cemetery at Green Bay, Wis. My mother and father
sleep in St. Benedict's mission cemetery, White Earth, Minn.
Appreciating the interest you manifest in the history of the sturdy
pioneers, who braved the wild and woolly days of your, and helped to
carve the crude paths of this grand commonwealth, I have the honor,
dear sir, to remain,
Theo H. Beaulieu
The name "Beaulieu" was a nickname give to Pierre which would be Bazile's Grandfather. When in France - Pierre lived by a forest and the nickname had something to do with reference to that. I found some paperwork in French and had it translated by a man in Canada who was fluent in French.
The cemetery that Bazile is buried in - is in Madeline Island and it isn't the "Beaulieu Burial Ground" there are other catholics buried there. Bazile died 9/9/1938.
When Bazile, Paul and Roman came to the US - they went to Madeline Island. There are miles between Lac du Flambeau and Madeline Island. After Bazile and O Gii Maa Gee Zhi Go Ikwe were married - they went to Sault St Marie and Lac du Flambeau. I even had the chance to hold and open his "Money Box" - it is in good condition and I was trilled to hold it. I don't know where the name Racine name came from. When I went to Wisconsin - others out there didn't know where it came from either. She did have an Aunt who changed her name to "Marguerite"
The Bazile Beaulieu that was in Brown County, Wis - was Bazile's nephew. His dad is Bazile's brother Paul Orde Hudon Beaulieu.
The cemetery St Benedicts is also called Calvary - it is a Catholic cemetery in White Earth. Paul H Beaulieu - son of Bazile and O Gii Maa Gee Zhi Go Ikwe is buried there. There is a black fense are it and nephew and nieces are buried in that fenced area. Maria - Paul's wife is said to be buried in there without a head stone but I haven't spoken to a Sector yet to see what the records state.
O Gii Maa Gee Zhi Go Ikwe is buried in a hillside with no marker and the area is not taken care of. There is a well kept cemetery by where she is suppose to be buried by. It is believed that Hole in the Day is also buried in that hill side. Hole in the Day shot and killed O Gii Maa Gee Zhi Go Ikwe's daughter in law's Maria Margaret Fairbanks Beaulieu's brother. It is also rumored that O Gii Maa Gee Zhi Go Ikwe's grandson Colonel Clement Hudon Beaulieu killed Hole in the Day as retaliation but stories are that Hole in the Day's band members killed him. It will never be known who really killed Hole in the Day.
Growing up on the Rez - we never knew about how relocation happened. We heard about the Cherokees and Sioux. In Red Lake we had a relocation program and we thought it was Indians in the 1950s going to cities to find jobs through the Aid of the BIA. I never thought that the Beaulieu's were on 3 removal orders almost 4.
1st with Madeline Island - because of the copper find.
2 from Sandy Lake/Lake Vermillion because of the massacre.
3 from Crow Wing because James Hill wanted the land for the railroad - since you are so close - it may be a nice ride to Crow Wing State Park - that was the Rez until James Hill took it. There are signs that will tell you where certain buildings were and Colonel Clement Beaulieu's house was re-eracted there. I knew about where O Gii Maa Gee Zhi Go Ikew was buried and when I seen it - it broke my heart. To think that this woman was responsible for populating northern Minnesota with Beaulieu's and their descendants and she's resting in overgrowth of weeds while the cemetery she is by - is well cared for.
4 when some of the Beaulieu's started to revolt against the Govt and the way they treated Natives and now they were educated to fight the fight - they received removal orders from White Earth until they proved through documentation where they had to choose what Rez they wanted to be recognized by - since Madeline Island was no more - they had no choice but to pick White Earth since everyone they ever knew was there. The Warrens, Caddotes and Beaulieu's were all shoved to White Earth even thought they were close by Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, Fond du Lac, etc.