ALBAN FIDLER (1809-1879)
Alban FIDLER was born on June 17, 1809 at Holy Lake (now Oxford Lake, Manitoba) the 7th child of the famous Canadian Surveyor, Peter FIDLER (1769-1822) and his Cree wife, Mary MACKEGONNE.
ELIZABETH HALLETT (1814-1896)
(Last Updated: March 05, 2016)
** MORE ABOUT PETER FIDLER
A year after Alban was born, his dad was promoted to the position of Chief Surveyor of the HBC, and in 1812 he was the Postmaster at Brandon House. Soon Peter FIDLER was surveying river lots for settlement in Lord Selkirk's doomed Red River Colony. Alban was 7 years old (at Brandon House) when the Battle of Seven Oaks occurred just north of Winnipeg. His youngest sibling, Harriet, was born in 1821at Fort Dauphin when Alban was 12 years old, and his father died there the following year (1822). The FIDLER family moved to Red River where his mother, Mary, died in 1826.
Alban was baptised in 1826 by the Anglican Reverend David JONES. He was 17 years old then, his little sister, Harriet, was just 4, Peter Jr was 6, Collette 9, Clement was 12, and Mary (his sister) was 15. These orphaned kids must have been cared for by their older brothers and sisters.
Marriage to Elizabeth HALLETT
In 1828 Alban married Elizabeth HALLETT at St John’s Anglican Church(he was 19 and she was just 14 years old),. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry HALLETT and his 4th wife, Catherine DUNGES. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev William COCHRANE and was witnessed by James and Thomas SPENCE.
** MORE ABOUT HENRY HALLETT
On Oct 4, 1829 their first child (Elizabeth “Betsy”) was born (baptised Nov 15, 1829 at St John’s.
The young FIDLERs lived on Lot 59 in St James Parish, near the HALLETTs. Although just teenagers themselves, Alban and Elizabeth seem to have taken on the responsibility of raising some of Alban''s younger brothers and sisters, after their mother (Mrs Peter FIDLER SR), died. In the1830 Census of Red River, Clement (16), Peter (10) and either Collette (14) or Harriet (8) were living with them.
By 1848 Alban & Elizabeth had eight more children (Isabella, Mary, Matilda, Harriet, Victoria, William Albert, Jemima and Alexander).
Alban was also a Surveyor and he charted Lake Winnipeg for the HBC, having been taught surveying techniques by his father. Railton says - Alban of St James, who was the first white man to chart Lake Winnipeg for the HBC.
Between 1849 and 1851, they lost 3 teen-age daughters (Isabella, Mary and Mat8ilda), possibly to tuberculosis.
Alban was appointed Magistrate in 1850.
Sons James George was born in December of 1850 and John Cornelius in 1852.
Alban was one of the original petitioners to have an Anglican church established in the parish of St James (consecrated in 1853), now a part of greater Winnipeg.
Daughter Dorcas was born in 1854.
In 1855 daughter Elizabeth married John BOURKE JR
In 1871 son James George married Priscilla ANTILL
In 1859 daughter Harriet married Rev Benjamin McKENZIE
In 1865 son William Albert married Elizabeth FOULDS, daughter of Ann CALDER and Samuel FOULDS (1803-1870).
** MORE ABOUT SAMUEL FOULDS
In 1873 daughter Jemima married William MILLS
In 1875 son John Cornelius married Christiana Ellen TAIT
In 1875 both Alban and Elizabeth claimed their Metis Scrip.
In 1876 daughter Dorcas married James John LAND
Elizabeth and Alban donated land for the first school in St James in 1876 (48 acres). Alban was the patentee on Lot 59 in St James that year.
Alban died in 1879 (age 70); buried in St James.
Census 1881: Widow Elizabeth FIDLER, age 67, is living in Assiniboia (St James) with her son and daughter-in-law (Christiana & John Cornelius FIDLER b-1852).
Elizabeth died 1896 (age 82), buried with her husband in St James.
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1. Oct 4, 1829 ELIZABETH "BETSY" FIDLER (m. John BOURKE JR)
2. 1833 (Est) ISABELLA FIDLER (Died age 17 in 1850)
3. 1835 (Est) MARY\MARIA FIDLER (Died age 14 in 1849)
4. 1836 (Est) MATILDA FIDLER (Died age 15 in 1851)
5. Oct 20, 1837 HARRIET FIDLER (m. Rev Benjamin McKENZIE)
** MORE ABOUT REVEREND BENJAMIN McKENZIE
6. c1840 VICTORIA FIDLER (m. Alexander BREMNER JR)
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7. Oct 17, 1843 WILLIAM ALBERT FIDLER (m1. Mary Ann (nee KIRTON) GOOD, m2. Elizabeth Anne FOULDS)
8. Apr 22, 1846 JEMIMA FIDLER (m. William (Henry) MILLS)
9. 1848 (Est) ALEXANDER FIDLER
10. Dec, 1850 JAMES GEORGE FIDLER (m. Priscilla ANTILL)
11. Nov 27, 1852 JOHN CORNELIUS FIDLER (m. Christiana Ellen TAIT)
12. Oct 27, 1854 DORCAS FIDLER (m. James John LAND)