John McIntyre, aged 23, a taylor [tailor] from Ft. William, Inverness, Scotland, sailed on the Prince of Wales in 1813. (1) Due to an outbreak of typhoid on the ship, the Captain put the passengers ashore at Churchill Fort rather than their destination of York Factory. They wintered at Colony Creek camp, about 15 miles up the Churchill River. In the spring, John was with the group that made its way to YF on snowshoes. They arrived at Red River in June.
While still in Scotland he had agreed with Archibald McDonald to work for the HBC. However, upon John’s arrival at Churchill Fort, McDonald declined his services. At Red River, John apprised Macdonell of his situation and was taken on with the HBC. In June 1815, he married Catherine (Kitty) Sutherland, sister of Alexander Sutherland (4847), who had also come on the 1813 ship. The McIntyres remained at the settlement in 1815 when the majority of colonists left for Upper Canada. Those who had remained were then forced to flee north on Lake Winnipeg where they established a camp called Winipic Settlement near Jack River House. Led by Colin Robertson, the settlers returned to the colony later in the year. They wintered at Fort Daer (Pembina) and returned to Red River in the spring.
After the debacle at Seven Oaks in June, the settlers again fled north. They first arrived at the site of Winipic Settlement, also known as Norwegian Point. Most of the settlers spent the winter at Jack River House, about 18 miles north of Norwegian Point. However, a decision had been made that the post at Jack River would be eventually closed and a new post erected at Norwegian Point. Some of the men, including John McIntyre, were hired to remain at Norwegian Point and begin construction. A McIntyre child was christened by Alexander McDonell in Feb. 1817 at Norwegian Point. The McIntyre family returned to Red River with the other settlers in the summer of 1817.
In 1820, Rev. John West arrived at Red River, and a baptismal register was begun. Seven baptisms were recorded for the McIntyre family between 1821 and 1835. Census records indicate there were two more male children. One of these would be the child baptised in 1817 at Norwegian Point. The other was possibly baptised by James Sutherland, the parson, and no record was kept.
In 1837 the McIntyre family left Red River for the United States. They did not settle in Iowa as many of the Red River people did, but crossed the Mississippi and took up land in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Kitty died in 1866 and John in 1871.
(1) HBCA C.1/778, passenger list of the Prince of Wales, outward bound, 1813, #90