The Hudson's Bay Company Archives has put biographical sheets for some of their employees online. One for Narcisse Fallardeau can be found at:
|"Fallerdeau was the steward for Mr. Yale. He and his family would have lived in the kitchen behind the Big House and served the gentlemen living there." -- Gerry Borden.|
| On 11 September 1853,
Narcisse, son of Narcisse Falardeau and a Quantlen woman, was baptized.
His godfather was Augustin Willing.
|From Tannis Pond, descendant of Narcisse Falardeau|
| Narcisse Falardeau was
born according to his gravestone on the 5th of September
1818, is a native of Quebec, and died 26th November 1888 at
Fort Langley and is buried in the Fort Langley Municipal
Narcisse worked for the HBC as an employee starting in 1837 as the HBC records of 1838 for Servants states "Narcisse Falerdeau is from Lachine, works as a middleman at Fort Langley and has one year of service and his contract expires in 1841".
In his 1841 record he is age 24, from the Parish of Berthier, works as a middleman in For Langley and has 4 years service. He has a credit of 10/13/5 and his wages were 17 pounds. He continues with the HBC until 1863.
In 1862 his record states that he is from Berthier, is a Labourer at Fort Langley, has a credit of 18/6/2 and his wage was 25 pounds. He has a credit throughout his whole employment with HBC so it is easy to say that he was most likely a frugal man.
According to Bruce Watson, Narcisse spent most of his time with his family in the kitchen of the Big House of the fort, as cook or servant to James Murray Yale.
In 1846, in response to the establishment of the international border, Fallardeau, along with 17 others, unsuccessfully laid claim to 640 acres (1 square mile) of land around Fort Nisqually, land to which the Hudson's Bay Company/Puget Sound Agricultural Company held possessory rights. Like many, he could not write as his February 15, 1850 contract (HBCA A. 32/28) was signed with an "x". He appeared to work until 1863 and appeared on the 1863-64 sundries account without wages but with a credit of £ 311.2.2 carried over from the previous outfit.
The family of Fallardeau seems to have many spellings depending on where the name is mentioned.
In Nooksak Tales and Trails by P.R. Jeffcott, published 1949 it was spelled "Feledow".
In his will, written a few months before his death it was he has signed with an X, but written beside is "Fallardeau".
On his grand daughter, Catheine Taylors baptismal entry it is "Falardo".
In a publication called Fort Langley 1827 - 1927, a century of settlement in the Valley of the lower Fraser River, by Denys Nelson it is spelled "Fallerdo".
In the 1881 BC census it is "Fillidoe".
In the late 1930's a "Mr. Flowerdew" according to a diary is a guest of my great grandfather, Otway Wilkie - a descendant perhaps?
According to Donald E. Waite, Narcis was on hand when Fort Langley was rebuilt a few miles up river starting October 1838 by James Murray Yale. Sometime during this era Narcis took a wife from the Kwantlen band that originally lived in the area where the BC penitentiary was situated in New Westminster. The tribe summered on McMillan island and eventually stayed there for the protection of the Fort.
Narcisse wife was Tlhepartenate, or Helen/Elen depending on the documents and presumably sister to Staquoisit (better known James Gabriel). The Helen/Elen confusion probably arises from a language problem of Indian and French giving information to an Englishman or Scotsman. Most documents she is Ellen and there are girl grandchildren called Ellen. Ellen was alive and living in New Westminster with her daughter Mary Worley in 1901. She died 28th December 1905 at the age of 85. It is unknown where she is buried, but since the coroner was in New Westminster it is likely she is buried near there.
Narcisse and Helen/Elen produced eight children, six daughters and two sons:
After leaving the HBC Narcisse's occupations are cobbler and farmer. Narcisse owned a minimum of 50 acres along the Fraser River which he left to two daughters, Rosalie Ibbotson and Mary Worley; and a grandson named Frank Fallardeau. At the time of the writing of the will Narcisse was residing at the Langley Sawmill which belonged to his son-in-law Henry West.
| I descend from a Louis
Falardeau who we think was a brother to Narcisse Falardeau.
He was also employed by the HBC, contracts place him at Fort Vancouver, Taku/Durham, Stikine, Rupert, Victoria and general
New Caledonia locations from 1838 to 1863. I am sure he
probably was at Fort Langley at different times during these
years of service with the company. Tannis Pond is the main
researcher for that line and we have joined forces to try and
solve our Falardeau mysteries.
You are welcome to add my name and address to your site, but I prefer to be listed as a Falardeau researcher because I research all three BC Falardeau lines:
Yours on the Hudson Bay Company Employees Trail!
More info soon.
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