Jane Renville (Heckenberger) (1831 - 1926)

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Nicknames: "Janette Heckland", "Jane Wakinburg Bruce"
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Birthplace: Red River
Death: Died in Pembina, ND, USA
Occupation: Domestic servant
Managed by: Karen Irving
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Red River Pioneer Passes Away at Her Home Near Pembina at 105 Years of Age

From Pembina Express: -- Mrs. John Baptiste Renville, mother of J. R. Renville of Pembinatownship, died at the home of her son last week at the age of 105 years. She was one of the oldest pioneers of the Red River Valley, having lived here all her life. While Mrs. Renville had no definite recollection of the exact place of her birth nor the day she was born, her early recollections of childhood was at Killdonan, below Winnipeg, on the Red River. Her maiden name was Janette Heckland and her father was a soldier of the German army. Her mother was a native of the Red River settlement. She was a domestic in the Donald Murray family, parents of the late Mrs. Charles Cavileer and adecedent of the Lord Selkirk colony that settled there in the 17th century. When Mrs. Cavileer was married to Charles Cavileer in 1854 her mother sent Janette to Pembina with her daughter to help her start housekeeping and she remained here in the Cavileer family for fifteen years. She was twice married. First to one Mr. Bruce and from that union one son was born. Mr. Bruce died and several years later she married Baptiste Renville who took up a homestead at what is known as Renville Island, a few miles southeast of Neche. Here they lived until they sold out and moved down to the Red River in 1896. Mr. Renville died many years ago, and the widow lived in a log house, where she remained until she took up her residence with her son. Up to the last she had her full faculties and remembered incidents that had happened nearly a hundred years ago. She would tell stories of experiences on the plains when the settlers would go on their annual buffalo hunts, and how they traveled in Red River Carts fifty or more in number and would stay away for weeks at a time. The men folks would do the hunting and the women would cure the meats and attend to the hides.When they got started hunting buffalos, according to Mrs. Renville, they used bows and arrows, but later they used muzzle loading guns. She was raised in the Church of England faith to which the Selkirk colony belonged and attended church in the old log church which is still standing at Killdonan. When she married Mr. Renville she became a member of the Catholic church in which she brought up her family. Mrs. Napoleon Jerome who lives at the mouth of the Two rivers on the bank of the Red river, in Minnesota, is her daughter and her son in Carlisle are the only children left of the family. Her son with Mr.Ackerman lived in Canada for a while but he has not been heard from for thirty or more years.

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Jane Renville's Timeline

1831
1831
Red River
1850
1850
Age 19
1869
May 2, 1869
Age 38
Pembina, Dakota Territory
1871
November 2, 1871
Age 40
Pembina, ND, USA
1872
August 19, 1872
Age 41
St Vincent, MN, USA
1875
November 28, 1875
Age 44
Pembina, ND, USA
1926
December, 1926
Age 95
Pembina, ND, USA