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Memorable Manitobans: John Robinson Dutton (1855-1933)

Farmer, magistrate, municipal official.

Born at Lancashire, England on 25 May 1855, he immigrated to Canada in 1882 came to Manitoba a year later. He resided at Winnipeg where he was appointed Freight Agent for Northern Pacific Railway in October 1888. On 16 March 1891, he married Anna Elizabeth Nicol at Brandon and had eight children: Thomas Harnott “Tom” Dutton (1892-1960), Agnes Nicol Dutton (1893-1919, wife of William Thomas Girom Wiener), Edward Millican Dutton, Andrew Chester Dutton (1896-1897), Richard Wilson Dutton (1898-1971), Mary Robinson Dutton (1899-1978), Esther Routledge Dutton (1902-1969, wife of Mr. Carlson), and Dorothy Harnott Dutton (1909-1996). In 1906, he moved to the RM of Gilbert Plains where he took up farming and became a long-time trustee of the Brickburn School District, Magistrate at Gilbert Plains, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Valley River School District. He was a Member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church and a strong proponent of school district consolidation. He died at the RM of Gilbert Plains residence of his son Thomas on 9 September 1933 and was buried in the Eldon Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“Wanted - teacher holding first [...],” Manitoba Free Press, 6 August 1906, page 12.

“Twenty-five years ago to-day,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 October 1913, page 19.

“Consolidation a benefit to elementary education,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 April 1917, page 11.

“Is appointed magistrate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 February 1924, page 3.

Deaths and Funerals [Anna Dutton], Manitoba Free Press, 20 April 1927, page 3.

“Gilbert Plains farmer dies friday, aged 78,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1933, page 2.

Obituary [Esther Carlson], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1969, page 50.

Death registration [Richard Wilson Dutton], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Mary Robinson Dutton], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1978, page 55.

Obituary [Dorothy Harnott Dutton], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1996, page C5.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Linda Dutton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 March 2018

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