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George Gullion and Marguerite Brazeau

George Gullion was the son of James Gullion and Janet Scott, baptised on Eday on 17th October 1831. He left Stromness, Orkney about 22 June 1850 aboard "The Prince of Wales" and arrived at the Hudson Bay Company York Factory about six weeks later. HBC records indicate he worked for them from 1850 to 1877. He generally worked near Edmonton in what at the time was part of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and later the province of Alberta, although initially he was at Ft. Garry at Winnipeg, Manitoba and built York boats. (Some have speculated that the HBC York boat design was based on the Orkney yole boat, modified by removing the keel because the York boats were used for river use, not the sea.)

George married in 1867, at Mountain Fort, NWT, Marguerite Brazeau. Marguerite was born about 1844, the daughter of Joseph Edward Brazeau and Marguerite Brabant. George and Marguerite had at least eleven children:

  • John George Gullion, b. 17th Jan 1868, Mountain Fort, NWT, who married Margaret Ann Jane Bahan
  • James Edward Gullion, b. 1st June 1870, St. Albert, NWT, who married Mary (Marie Louisa) Berard. They had at least two children, one named George Frederick Gullion and one who died young.
  • William Gullion, b. 6th Mar 1872, Mountain Flat, NWT, who married Louise (Louisa) Lamontaigne. They had at least five children: George, William, Charles, Amelia who died young and William who died young.
  • Joseph Gullion, b. 7th Mar 1874, Long Lake, NWT, who died 1877
  • Marguerite (Margaret Jane) Gullion, b. 1876, Edmonton, who married Collin Johnston
  • Charles Gullion, b. 1878, Edmonton
  • Flora Marie Gullion, b. 24th May 1880, Edmonton who married John William McLeod
  • Betsy Gullion, b. 4th Sep 1881, Edmonton, married Billy Smith and died in Nov 1930, age 49
  • Franklin Gullion, b. 10th Apr 1885, Edmonton who married Adele Nipshank
  • Olive Elizabeth Gullion, b. 1888 and died 9th Aug 1894 age 6 years, 5 months
  • Collins Gullion, b. 24th July 1892

One source also indicates an additional child: Frank Gullion, b. 10 Apr 1865. This reference to Frank appears to refer to Franklin but with a possible error in the birth year. Further, a Metis scrip application filed by Marguerite in 1885, before the birth of Franklin indicates she then had eight children of whom seven were living.

In the 1881 Canadian census, George is shown as a farmer in the Edmonton area, living on River Lot #34, next door to his brother James who was on River Lot #32. The area where they lived was referred to as "the lower settlement".

George died in 1905 at Athabasca Landing and he is buried in the Athabasca Landing Cemetery

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