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Peter Erasmus, junior

Birthdate: (97)
Birthplace: Red River Colony, Manitoba, Canada
Death: May 28, 1931 (97)
Whitefish Lake, Alberta, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Erasmus, veteran of Waterloo and Catherine Budd
Husband of Caroline Erasmus; Charlotte Erasmus and Marguerite Erasmus
Father of William Erasmus; Marie Ann Erasmus; Eliza Erasmus; James G.B. Erasmus; John Peter Erasmus and 5 others
Brother of Sophia Desmarais; Catherine Erasmus; Henry Erasmus; William Erasmus, elder; Mary Anne Petersen and 1 other

Occupation: translator
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About Peter Erasmus, junior


Of Danish-Cree parentage, he studied to become an Anglican clergyman, but was drawn to the free life farther west. In 1855 he agreed to serve as interpreter for a Methodist missionary in the Fort Edmonton region and in 1858-59 he was interpreter and guide for the Palliser Expedition, working mainly with James Hector. Returning to the Methodists, he helped build a mission at Smoky Lake and then worked for three years with G.M. and J.C. McDougall. In 1865 he became a free trader, trapper and hunter around Whitefish Lake. Having acted as an interpreter for Treaty 6 at Forts Carlton and Pitt in 1876, he was employed by the Indian Department off and on for the rest of his life. A man of great influence, he encouraged the Saddle Lake native people to remain loyal during the North-West Rebellion of 1885

Peter Erasmus, junior, is the son of Peter Erasmus, senior, and his wife Catherine Budd. He was born on 27 June 1833, at the Red River Colony in Manitoba, Canada, and died on 28 May 1931, at Whitefish Lake in Alberta, Canada.

Metis Scipt Application

Erasmus, Peter - Concerning his claim as a head of family - Address, Edmonton P.O. [Post Office] - Born, June 27, 1833 at Winnipeg - Father, Peter Erasmus, (deceased Dane) - Mother, Catherine Budd, (Métis) - Married, 1860 at Edmonton to Caroline Bruno and 1865 at White Fish Lake to Charlotte Jackson, 1882 at White Fish Lake to Peggy Stanley - Children living, seven (names on declaration) - Children deceased, two - Scrip for $160 - Claim 1130 = Erasmus, Peter - concernant sa réclamation à titre de chef de famille - résidence, Edmonton - né, le 27 juin, 1833 à Winnipeg - père, Peter Erasmus, (décédé Dane) - mère, Catherine Budd, (Métisse) - marié, en 1860 à Edmonton à Caroline Bruno et en 1865 à White Fish Lake à Charlotte Jackson, en 1882 à White Fish Lake à Peggy Stanley - enfants vivants, sept (noms inscrits sur la demande) - enfants décédés, deux - certificat au montant de 160$ - no de réclamation 1130.


Biographical Accounts

  1. Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Peter Erasmus
  2. HFC Alberta Online Encyclopedia: Peter Erasmus
  3. Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan: Peter Erasmus
  4. Naming Edmonton: Peter Erasmus
  5. The Canadian Encyclopedia: Peter Erasmus
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Peter Erasmus, junior's Timeline

June 27, 1833
Red River Colony, Manitoba, Canada
Age 29
Whitefish Lake
Age 32
April 1867
Age 33
Whitefish Lake
August 7, 1868
Age 35
Whitefish Lake
Age 35
Whitefish Lake
August 13, 1872
Age 39
July 26, 1874
Age 41
Whitefish Lake