Joseph Bremner was born about 1798-1800 in Caithness, Scotland. In 1816 he signed on with the HBC and sailed to York Factory on the Prince of Wales. (1) He was first employed as a cooper in York District, and by autumn 1821, he was a “servant” at the Red River Settlement. In November 1827 he married Dorothy McKay, daughter of William McKay and Barbara Sutherland, who had come to the colony in 1815. (2) They had three children at Red River: Janet, Barbara (died in infancy) and William. Dorothy died in February 1834 and Joseph and his two children left the settlement for Iowa in 1837. Joseph farmed in Scotch Grove, Jones County, and William became a shoemaker. William did not marry, but his sister Janet married and had two children. Joseph died in Cox Creek Township, Clayton Co., Iowa, in 1881.
(1) HBCA C.1/785, Passenger list of the Prince of Wales, outward bound, 1816
(2) HBCA C.1/345, Passenger list of the Hadlow, outward bound, 1815