|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1803|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 1877|
Allan Morrison, Sr.
Allan Morrison, a younger brother of William Morrison, was born at Teerebonne, near Montreal, Canada, June 3d, 1803, and received a common school education in his native village, which prepared him for a clerkship in a country store.
Being a lad of uncommon physical development and activity, he did not take kindly to indoor life, and his brother William having made his first return visit to Canada in 1820, he was easily induced to accompany him to what the French Canadians called "Les pays d'en Haut" or The Upper Countries.
The delays incidental to the settlement of their father's estate prevented them from starting with the returning boats and canoes, and they were compelled to start much later; so late in fact, that winter overtook them before the journey to the far north was half over.
After staying some days at one of the trading posts, to give time for the ice to thicken, they started on afoot and it was not long before they had to use snow shoes, traveling being made so much easier with them after the snow got to be six or eight inches deep.
Their route from Montreal, was up the Ottawa River to a portage into Lake Nipissing, and thence via Georgian Bay to Saulte Ste. Marie, via Manitou Island, and thence on the ice of Lake Superior to old Superior, Wisconsin, which they reached in February, 1821. There he signed articles of engagement with the American Fur Company, for a five years' apprenticeship and in due course of time was given a small outpost to manage, and later on was placed in charge of the trading post at Red Lake, Minnesota.
About 1825 he married Charlotte Louisa Chabrille [sic], a mixed blood Chippewa born at Old Fort William, on Lake Superior; by her he had several children, the only ones now surviving being Mrs. Mary A. Sloan of St. Cloud, Mrs. Caroline Grandelmyer and Miss Rachel Morrison of Brainerd, and John George and Allan Morrison of White Earth. All have allotments of land on the White Earth Indian Reservation, where John, George and Allan built substantial homes on their farms.
During the many years he was engaged in the fur trade, Allan Morrison was successively in charge of nearly all the American Fur Company's trading posts in Northern Minnesota, and finally he settled down at Crow Wing, on the Mississippi, an important post, where he represented the interests of the late Henry M. Rice, during the period that gentleman engaged in the fur trade in the upper Mississippi country.
He was a member of the Territorial Legislature of Minnesota, and Morrison County was named for him; was also postmaster at Crow Wing, Minnesota, for several years.
Leaving Crow Wing in the fall of 1874, he removed to White Earth, Becker County, where he resided to the time of his death, November 21, 1876 [sic], and where he was buried in the Catholic cemetery.
GEO. A. MORISON.
(History of the White Earth Reservation, Chapter XXVIII)
ALLAN MORRISON a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Minnesota and a resident of this portion of the state for over fifty years, died at White Earth on Wednesday morning last. (Brainerd Tribune, 24 November 1877, p. 1, c. 6)
Charlotte Louise Chaboullier Morrison (1815 - 1873)
John George Morrison (1841 - 1914)*
Caroline Morrison Grandelmyer (1846 - 1919)*
Rachel Morrison (1849 - 1936)*
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Oct 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99334380
Added: Oct. 21, 2012