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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Burnell (1856-1926)

Farmer, magistrate.

Born at East Hoathly, England on 4 June 1856, son of George Burnell and Elizabeth Rawlinson, he was educated at East Hoathly, Brighton College, and Blackheath, quitting at the age of 15 to emigrate to Canada, joining his brother at Westbourne, Manitoba. He spent four years working with his brother until he bought land from his brothers Martin and Harry who had come to Manitoba in 1868. In 1880 he took up a homestead in Township 17, Range 22 near Strathclair where he grew grain and raised cattle, horses, and hogs.

On 28 November 1878, he married Elizabeth Hodgins (1857-1931). They had ten children: Albert Edward Burnell (b 1879), Jessie Louise Burnell (1881-1903), Mary Elizabeth Burnell (1883-1904), Thomas Percival Burnell (b 1885), Frederick Arthur Burnell (b 1887), Frances Emma Burnell (1889-1906), John James Munroe Burnell (b 1891), Eunice Lillian Burnell (b 1893), Ethel Edna Burnell (1896-1901), and Richard Hamlin Burnell (b 1900). He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Canadian Order of Foresters. He served for over 24 years as a police magistrate, being appointed around 1889.

He died on 21 May 1926.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Strathclair pioneer dies”, Manitoba Free Press, 28 May 1926, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2010

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