Honouring former chief trader of Hudson Bay Company

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There was a gathering of the descendants of Roderick and Angelique McKenzie at Little Britain United Church on Sept. 15.

These decedents along with members of Little Britain United Church congratulation honoured the commemoration of the restoration of the McKenzie plot located on the grounds of the church.

According to Judy Rekrut, Roderick was at one time the chief trader of the Hudson Bay Company. He married Angelique Mallotte, who was an Indigenous woman from the Old Fort William area.

Rekrut noted that Roderick had a long and adventuresome career with the both the North West and Hudson Bay Companies. She noted that his sons also worked for the Hudson Bay Company and like their father traversed the vast area of what is now the Canadian West.

Roderick died in January of 1859 and Angelique died in November of that same year. Archival records show that in June of 1865 the Hudson Bay Company ordered and paid for iron railings from London England.

Rekrut told The Selkirk Journal that these railings still surround the grave site.

Rekrut said that over the years the stone base of the railings which enclosed the grave site slowly began to crumble and in order to maintain the integrity of the site, which promoted a major restoration of the base took place.

Funding for the project was covered by the McKenzie Family

According to Judy Rekrut, Roderick and Angelique had 12 children. Two of their children Catherine and James along with daughter-in-law, Catherine are also buried at the local church cemetery.

Little Britain cemetery is located at 5879 Highway 9 in Lockport, Man.