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John Humprey Favel, junior

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England
Death: November 2, 1784 (44)
Ruperts House (Henley House), Northwest Territories
Immediate Family:

Son of John Favel, senior and Jane Favell
Husband of Titameg (aka Whitefish)
Father of Jane Favel; Humphrey Martin Favel; Mary Favel and Thomas Favel, Sr.
Brother of Samuel Favell

Occupation: Hudson's Bay Company trader, Hudson Bay Factor
Managed by: Dannielle Port
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About John Humprey Favel, junior


Hudson's Bay Company Servant, 1754-84

Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Biographical Sheets

Biographical and Genealogical Accounts

  1. Red River Ancestry: John Favel
  2. Hudson's Bay Company Biographical Sheets: John Favel
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Biographical Account Published by Red Riiver Ancestry

In 1754 John FAVEL (age 14) came to Fort Albany on James Bay as a young clerk for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). During his career, his positions included Writer, Second Accountant, Second in Command, Master and finally Deputy).

It is difficult to be sure just when John began his lifelong relationship with TITAMEG, a mere teenager in 1769; John was about 25-26 years old. It seems likely that it was before he departed to England in 1769. TITAMEG or "Whitefish", a Cree woman, was born about 1755 in the Swampy Cree Indian Settlement at York Factory.

In 1770 John returned to the Bay to resume as Second Factor at Fort Albany, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Daughter Jane was born that year, followed by son Humphrey Martin in 1771.

In 1774 Thomas HUTCHINS (1742-1790), a surgeon and naturalist, became the Chief Factor at Albany (for the next eight years). 

HBCA: *1774-79: Second Albany; Master at Henley House. *1775 - “Greatly chagrined to find that after 20 years of service, he was superseded in command - - “

In June of 1776 KIPLING was appointed in command of Henley House by HUTCHINS, on FAVEL's departure (to Albany). Two months later (August of 1776) KIPLING relinquished command of Henley, upon the arrival of Edward JARVIS. He was again temporarily in command of Henley from September until October, when John FAVEL returned.

In June of 1777, John KIPLING (1724-1794) founded Gloucester House [on Washi Lake some 300 miles up the Albany River; north of Lake Nipigon] He arrived at "the place the Indians appointed for us to build a settlement".


A couple of times FAVEL was sent inland on the Albany River, about a 100 mi, where he built Fort Henley. This was an attempt to compete with the NWC who were moving inland over the Great Lakes system and through the Winnipeg River system to the prairies. Up until that time, the HBC had sat in their forts on the Bay and let the Indians come to them with furs.

HBCA: 1779-84: Deputy, Albany Post; Albany District.

Around 1783 some sources indicate that eldest daughter Jane had a relationship with John RICHARDS, son of an Indian woman and William RICHARDS from England, an HBC Surgeon in the Albany District. This seems rather doubtful; Jane was only about 13 years old at that time. We would like to hear from anyone who might be able to substantiate this.

John FAVEL dies at Henley House 1784

John served as 2nd Factor at Fort Albany until his death on Nov 2, 1784 at Henley House (he was in his 20th year of HBC service). Shortly before he died, he drew up a Will whch provided an annuity for his Indian wife TITAMEG and their four children who at that time were Jane (age 14), Humphrey (13), Mary (10) and Thomas (age 5).

Albany House

Hudson’s Bay House at Fort Albany (Perhaps around 1790)

Around 1789 eldest daughter Jane married John BALLENDINE (1758-1817) from the Orkneys, the HBC Post Master at Fort Severn.

In 1791 daughter Mary married John McKAY (1758-1810) from Scotland, an HBC Post Master in the Albany District.

Around 1793 son Humphrey married an Indian woman named Jenny (Jane) “PAWPITCH", probably at Brandon House.

Around 1797 youngest son Thomas married a Cree woman named Sarah TROUT, probably at Brandon House.

In 1810 Son Humphrey, and both daughter Mary FAVEL and her husband (JR McKAY) all died at Brandon House. TITAMEG died there after 1825.

Biographical Account Published by Hudson's Bay Company Archives

NAME: FAVELL, John [Jr.] PARISH: ENTERED SERVICE: 1754 DATES: d. 1784, 2 Nov. Appointments & Service Outfit Year* Position Post District HBCA Reference *An Outfit year ran from 1 June to 31 May 1754-1760 Writer [Albany] Albany A.16/3 fo.96; B.3/d/63-68 1760-1761 Writer [Albany] Moose B.135/d/30 1761-1769 Second, Accountant [Albany] Moose A.6/10,11; B.135/a/34-46; B.135/c/1 1769-1770 on leave [Albany] A.6/11 1770-1774 Second [in command] Albany Albany A.16/4 fo.83, 126; A.30/l fo.2; A.6/11 *1774-l779 Second Albany Albany A.16/4 fo.126; A.30/1 fo.14, 26, 39, 52, 69; Master Henley House Albany B.86/a/21-34 1779-1784 Deputy Albany Albany A.16/4 fo.126; A.16/5 fo.25; A.30/2 fo.2, 20, 39, 62; A.6/3; A.5/2 1784, 2 Nov. Died at Albany A.16/5 fo.81; B.3/a/84; 135/b/16; A.44/1p. 86; HBRS XVII p. 253

  • 1775 -- "Greatly chagrined to find that after 20 years of service, he was superceded in command ..." A.30/l fo.14



REFERENCES E.E.Rich, Moose Fort Journals, 1783-85, London, HBRS Vol. XVII, 1954, p. 253; J.B.Tyrell, Journals of Hearne and Turnor, Champlain Society, 1934, p. 265 Authored Post Journals: B.086/a/021, 24, 27, 30-34, Henley House, 1773-1781 (1M61); B.135/a/35-47, Moose Factory, 1762-1769 (1M86). Father: John Favell, Sr., Slopseller of Tosley St., Southwark (A.16/4 fo.8; Somerset House, Will, PROB. 11/1135, Ducarel, 551) Wife: Tittmeg or Titameg (A.l6/4 fo.8; Somerset House, Will, PROB. 11/1135, Ducarel, 551) Children: Jane; Humphrey Martin; Mary (d. 1810 at Brandon House, m. John McKay); Thomas (see Pedigree Chart, Matthew Cocking Search File) Aunts: Hannah Bun[n]; Elizabeth Bun[n] Brother: Samuel Favell Filename: Favell, John Jr. (d. 1784) (fl. 1754-1784) (JHB/nt, Jan./1990; revised KE, Feb./1998) ; June/99/mhd

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London, England
- 1761
Age 14
Fort Albany, Canada
- 1769
Age 21
Fort Albany, Canada
Age 30
Manitoba, Canada
- 1779
Age 30
Fort Albany, Canada
Age 31
Manitoba, Canada
Age 35
Manitoba, Canada
- 1784
Age 39
Fort Albany, Canada
Age 40
Manitoba, Canada