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Memorable Manitobans: James Charles Audy (1846-1926)

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James Charles Audy
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Born at Montreal on 26 January 1846, one of three sons of Jacques Roy Audy and Marie Elizabeth Gaudet, a descendant of French settlers in the Ottawa region of Ontario, he came to Manitoba in 1865 and entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Upper Fort Garry. As a fluent speaker of Sioux, Cree, Saulteaux, and French, he held positions at several HBC posts, including Edmonton House (1868), Fort Ellice (1870-1871, 1872-1874), Riding Mountain (1871, 1874-1879), Bird Tail Creek (1880-1881), and Shell River / Russell (1881-1884). Leaving the employ of the HBC in 1884, he homesteaded near Dauphin and later operated a trading post at Lake Audy.

On 13 June 1874, he married Emma Caroline Spencer (?-1916), a daughter of George Benjamin Spencer and Margaret Armstrong, at Winnipeg. Audy had been introduced to his future wife by Donald A. Smith, aboard a Red River steamboat. They had two sons and a daughter but were later estranged.

He died at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on 7 May 1926 and was buried in an unmarked grave there. He is commemorated by Lake Audy in Riding Mountain National Park.


“Old Hudson’s Bay man passes at Portage,” newspaper clipping dated 8 May 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

We thank Janet Penrose for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

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