Memorable Manitobans: Joseph “Joe” Monkman (1810-1899)
Born in 1810, he was a Protestant mixed-blood who was given a commission by John Stoughton Dennis in 1869 to recruit Indigenous tribes to join in the war against the French Métis in Red River. He travelled south on snowshoes with John Christian Schultz in February 1870 and testified before the Special Senate Committee in May 1870. He met Garnet Joseph Wolseley at Fort St. Frances with messages and intelligence, having obviously acted as a Canadian agent. On the 1872 compensation list, he was described as a St. Peters farmer. He died in the RM of St. Andrews on 6 June 1899 and was buried in the St. Peter Dynevor Anglican Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Joseph Monkman dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 June 1899, page 6.
“A doctor under a load of hay,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 May 1921, page 21.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Anne Lindsay, Ruth Christie, and Jodi Wig for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 September 2022