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Memorable Manitobans: William Drever (1821-1887)

Click to enlargePioneer, merchant.

Born in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. He arrived at York Factory in August 1821, and remained there 18 years in the employment of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He moved to the Red River settlement in July 1839. In March 1843 he married Helen Rothney of Aberdeen, Scotland, who had come to Red River in 1839 as a governess for the Thom children. The Drevers had six children. Drever was one of the earliest inhabitants of Winnipeg, settling in 1851 (some accounts say 1849). He owned a general goods store near the site of Portage and Main. He was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, in 1873. His wife died in 1866 and he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Pinkham (the wife of the Bishop of Saskatchewan), from 1872 until his death in 1887.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 February 2012

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