Charpentier, Joseph

Charpentier was born in Montreal around 1820 and entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1838. He served as a middleman at Fort Durham in 1842 before transferring to Fort Victoria in 1843 where he participated in the construction of the new trading post. His duties frequently involved guiding oxen as they hauled logs from the forest to the building site and his death in 1847 was the consequence of a fractured skull suffered in an accident involving an upset ox cart.


  • Abstract of Servants' Accounts (Fort Vancouver – Columbia District). B./223/g/7. Hudson's Bay Company Archives.
  • Evans, Mike. "Joseph Charpentier." BC Metis Mapping Project.
Graham Brazier