June 5 and 6 1841
To this agreement twenty-three heads of families appended their names as follows: Henry BUXTON, H. O. CALDRON, English; A. SPENCE, John SPENCE, John TATE, James BERSTON, William FLETT, James FLETT, John FLETT, David FLETT, Alexander BERSTON, Orkney; John CONINGHAM, Irish; Joseph CLINE, German; Baptiste La ROQUE, half-breed; Charles McKAY, Scotch; Pierre La ROQUE, Pierre St. GERMAIN, M. BERNEY, Francis JAQUES, Joseph GENEAU, Joseph YELL, Antoine La BLANC, Canadians. William BOLDRO, John JOHNSON, John HUDSON, all English, joined the first party soon after on the same terms. White Horse plain, about fifteen miles west of Fort Garry, at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers was appointed as the rendezvous, and on the fourth of June, 1841, twenty-three families, containing eighty persons all told, were assembled, with about fifty carts, seven oxen, two cows and sixty horses. On the morning of the fifth of June we broke camp, and turning our backs to the rising sun, plunged into the wilderness.
Flett, John. "Interesting Local History: A Sketch of the Emigration from Selkirk's Settlement to Puget Sound in 1841." Tacoma Daily Ledger, February 1885.
James Sinclair, Courtesy of the BC Archives