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Hypolite Bessette

Male Abt 1851 - 1901  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Hypolite Bessette 
    Born Abt 1851  Mont Saint-Gregoire, Iberville, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 26 Oct 1851  Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 50324A798633B9458786D2A3D7B468DB4C5F 
    Died 23 Dec 1901  Fort Benton, Chouteau County, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1880 Federal Census of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana (1 Jun 1880)
      Daniel Jewett 65 M NH NH NY Teamster
      Nazarre Bissette 39 M CN CN CN Teamster
      Hiypolete Bissette 29 M CN CN CN Teamster
      Oliver Goyette 41 M CN CN CN Teamster
      Etienne Bissette 40 M CN CN CN Teamster
      Moses Bissette 25 M CN CN CN Teamster

      1881 Canadian Census of Ste-Gregoire, Iberville, Quebec
      Hypolite Bessette 32 M Quebec Cult. French Catholique

      Montana, Its Story and Biography, Vol. 3
      Hypolite Bessette, Written by Eglantine Bessette Roper

      Hypolite Bessette. Old-time residents of Northern Montana came to know a great deal of the personalities and the activities of the noted Bessette Brothers, who at one time conducted the largest and most extensive freighting business through the northern counties.
      An active member of this firm and later a prominent rancher and stockman was the late Hypolite Bessette, who was born at Louvre, France, in 1851. In 1878 he crossed the ocean to Eastern Canada, and during the same years with his six brothers set out for Montana, traveling by stage. The trip from Montreal to Helena took eighteen days. They then traveled on to Fort Benton, where they purchased ox teams and entered the freighting and transportation business. Their wagons ran to all parts of the Northwest and carried goods used in many important enterprises. It is a matter of history that practically all of the material used for the original Fort Assinibine was hauled by the Bessette Brothers.
      During the winter months when transportation was at a standstill the brothers lived in a log cabin on the banks of the Maris River. This cabin and its surrounding lands afterward became the ranch of Hypolite Bessette. These headquarters, though in an exposed outpost, were seldom molested by the Indians. The Bessette brothers continued in the freighting business for five or six years. Hypolite Bessette then withdrew from the firm and returned to his native land, where he married and where he lived until drawn again by the spell of Montana to this country.
      In 1897 he brought his family to Montana and from that time forward lived on the ranch which had been his winter quarters during his freighting experience. He became extensively engaged in the stock business, and lived there until his death on December 23, 1901.
      Hypolite Bessette married Miss Marie Lea Carreau. They were the parents of Adelia, Corona, Eglantine, Valmord and Ademord. The daughter, Adelia, married a Mr. Green and died December 3, 1910, leaving one daughter, Corinne. The daughter Corona, died as Mrs. Sprinkle on May 1, 1917, leaving three sons, Roger, David and Robert Sprinkle. The other three children and their widowed mother are still living. Eglantine Bessette, now Mrs. Eglantine L. Roper, is one of the best educated women in Montana, and is a practicing member of the bar. She was educated in the Sacred Heart Academy at Missoula and in the University of California, and was admitted to the Montana bar in 1919. She is now engaged in practice as a land attorney at Havre. Her husband, C.C. Roper, is a farmer. They have two children, Idale and Ronald. On July 19, 1919, Mrs. Roper bought the Northern Auto Company, general garage agents for the Studebaker cars, to which she gives her personal attention.
    Person ID I3052  14B Jean Besset of Quebec
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2020 

    Father Magloire Bessette,   b. 3 Sep 1817, Marieville, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1890  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Adelaide Letarte 
    Married 16 Oct 1838  Marieville, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F428  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Odena Choquette 
    Married 22 Oct 1872 
    Family ID F1160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mathilde Carreau,   b. May 1852,   d. 1935, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 8 Oct 1883 
    Children 
    +1. Adelia Alberta Bessette,   b. Sep 1884,   d. 3 Dec 1910  (Age ~ 26 years)
    +2. Corona Eva Bessette,   b. Mar 1886,   d. 1 May 1917  (Age ~ 31 years)
    +3. Eglantine Lord Bessette,   b. 1 Sep 1888,   d. Dec 1974  (Age 86 years)
    +4. Valmord Pacificus Bessette,   b. Apr 1890, St. Gregoire, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Napoleon Ademorde Bessette,   b. 30 Apr 1892, St. Gregoire, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1967, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F1161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart