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Birthplace: probably in the York Factory District
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Wife of Chief Okanase
Mother of Chief Keeseekoowenin; Chief Baptiste Bone and William Cardinal

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About Sarah


According to Red River Ancestry, Sally Whitford, the daughter of James Whitford and his wife Nancy Spence, was born in about 1806. She is said to have married an Indian named Michael [Red Rivery Ancestry] but this appears to be contradicted elsewhere on the same website, where Sarah or Sally Whitford is said to have married William Norn [Red River Ancestry]

George Flett senior and George Flett junior

According to oral tradition passed on by J. A. Donaghy, a missionary at Okanase from 1909-1917, George Flett’s mother was a sister to Michael Cardinal, a “strong warrior, hunter or chief.” He had three wives—of Dakota, Orkney and French origins. With these women, he had such notable children as Keeseekoowenin and George Bone who later became chiefs at Okanase Reserve, and who played a major role in securing treaty protection for their people from the Canadian government. Mekis signed Treaty Number Two in 1871, and Keeseekoowenin and Baptiste signed the revisions to treaties one and two in 1875.If oral tradition is correct, these Okanase chiefs were George Flett’s first cousins. [Manitoba History: George Flett, Presbyterian Missionary to the Ojibwa at Okanase]

Some traditions say that Chief Okanase's sister was the wife of the Hudson's Bay Company trader George Flett. Their son George Flett later became a Presbyterian missionary attached to Keeseekoowenin's band. Certainly Keeseekoowenin and Flett's mother were related. [Wikipedia: Keeseekoowenin]

Chief Okanase’s sister Margaret married Hudson’s Bay Company trader George Flett. Soon after Flett’s transfer to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) in 1822, Chief Okanase and his band moved from the Bow River to the southwestern slopes of Riding Mountain in Manitoba. Under his progressive leadership, the band lived well by hunting, trapping, and trading with the HBC posts of Fort Ellice and Riding Mountain House. [Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Keeseekoowenin]

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Sarah's Timeline

probably in the York Factory District
Age 11
Bow River Region, Manitoba, Canada
Age 29
Manitoba, Canada