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Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Angus (1844-1912)

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J. H. Angus
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Farmer, butcher, magistrate, municipal official.

Born at Kirby Wiske, Yorkshire, England on 27 August 1844, son of Thomas Angus and Hannah Kirby, he immigrated to Whitby, Ontario in 1868 where he worked as a policeman. He married widow Catherine Lynn Lynam on 27 November 1870 at Brussels, Ontario where they farmed. They raised ten children together including five step-children: Thomas Lynam, Mary Ann Lynam, James Lynam, Michael Lynam, Bartholomew Lynam, Hannah Angus, William Angus, Thomas Angus, William Angus, and Catherine Angus.

In 1876, he came west searching for homestead lands, meeting Duncan McGregor along the way and travelling together with him. He arrived in Manitoba in 1882, building the first butcher shop at Elkhorn and establishing a farm eight miles west of town in the Mossgiel district. He served as the first magistrate of the Rural Municipality of Wallace, and as a councillor on the first municipal council.

He died at Roblin, Manitoba on 7 December 1912 and was buried in the Roblin District Cemetery.


Angus Family Bible Entries.

1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Angus History by Ada Catherine Angus, 1975.

Our Collins Legacy by Phyllis McNeil Collins, 1994.

This profile was prepared by Mary Angus-Yanke and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2012

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