John Connolly, plaintiff vs. Julia Woolrich, defendant and Thomas R. Johnson, et al., executors and defendants par reprise d'instance

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Document Record
Creator Connolly, John
Woolrich, Julia
Johnson, Thomas R.
Title John Connolly, plaintiff vs. Julia Woolrich, defendant and Thomas R. Johnson, et al., executors and defendants par reprise d'instance
Identifier P000476
Subject Pro Pelle Cutem--North West Company
Fur traders
Coureurs de bois
Quebec (Province)--Politics and government
Trials
Procès
Wills
Testaments
1867
Notes print 86, [2] p.; 22 cm.
Language English
French
Media Text
Contributor University of Alberta
Description At head of title: "Superior court. Montreal. No.902." John Connolly was the son of chief trader William Connolly ( <i>c. </i>1786-1849) and Suzanne, daughter of a Cree chief. They were married in 1803, according to the "custom of the country." In 1832, after six children together, William sent Suzanne to a convent in the Red River Settlement so he could marry his second cousin, Julia Woolrich. When William died he left all his property to Julia and his two children with her. After Suzanne's death in 1862, John, the eldest of the six children, sued Julia Woolrich for a "sixth portion of one half of the estate in defendant's possession." The Quebec Superior Court ruling in 1867 that the Cree marriage was valid was the first time Canadian courts recognized "custom" marriages as legal and the children of those marriages as "legitimate." <i>See also </i>Peel <xref>478</xref>.
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