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Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Bolton (1864-1943)

Farmer, grain buyer.

Born at Bayfield, Ontario on 4 December 1864, son of J. O. Bolton and Jane Sherritt, he was educated at Petrolia then left school at the age of 16 to move to Iowa where he worked for two years. He came to Manitoba around 1882 and farmed for several years. He later rented his farm to operate a general store and lumberyard at Shoal Lake, selling them to work as a grain buyer for Alfred S. Arnold. On 10 March 1888, he married Annabella “Belle” McDonald (1869-1961), daughter of Allan McDonald and Belle McKenzie. They had four children: Frederick “Fred” Bolton (1889-1978), Jean “Jennie” Bolton (1892-1971), Murdoch Allan Bolton (1893-1914), and Elizabeth Ann Bolton (1895-1985, wife of Victor Phillips). He was a member of the local Conservative Association and the Masons. He died at Shoal Lake on 26 April 1943 and was buried in the Argyle Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituary [Jennie Bolton], Shoal Lake Star, 3 June 1971, page 3.

Obituary [Elizabeth Phillips], Shoal Lake Star, 30 October 1985, page 14.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2019

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