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Memorable Manitobans: John David Baskerville (1857-1926)

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John David Baskerville
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Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1916-1920).

Born at Ottawa, Upper Canada [now Ontario] on 10 April 1857, son of Joseph Baskerville (1827-1901) and Katherine Johnston (1830-1903), he was educated at Ramseys Corners before coming to Manitoba where he farmed and served for 27 years as a municipal councillor and school trustee. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1915 general election but was defeated at the 1920 general election. He retired from farming around 1920 and moved to Dominion City.

On 26 December 1888, he married Sarah Jean “Jennie” Oatway (1863-1939, daughter of Richard Oatway of Perth, Ontario) and they had seven children: Clifford Waterworth Baskerville (1890-1917), Milton Groves Baskerville (1893-1973), Lloyd Oatway Baskerville (1895-1973), Wallace Roy Baskerville (1896-1981), Wilmer Wylie Baskerville (1896-1898), Warren Wylie Baskerville (1899-1976), and Cyntha Lyle Baskerville (1904-1996, wife of Ronald Symon Robertson).

He died at his home on 31 January 1926 and was buried in the Dominion City Cemetery.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Death removes former M.L.A.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 February 1926. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Obituary [Wallace R. Baskerville], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1981, page 48.

Obituary [Cyntha Lyle Robertson], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1996, page 31.

John David Baskerville, FindAGrave.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2021

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