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Memorable Manitobans: James Findlay (1840-1924)


Born at Elora, Ontario on 4 February 1840, son of James Findlay and Margaret Ruxton, he attended school in Nicol Township until the age of 15, then worked on the family farm before apprenticing as a blacksmith. He then worked for three years as a journeyman blacksmith at Lucknow, Ontario. He farmed for a year on a rented property near Port Elgin then worked as a plasterer at Port Elgin for nine years. In 1879 he came to Manitoba and took up a homestead on Section 18, Township 17, Range 23 where he farmed until 1907, leaving the property to his son, Fred M. Findlay, and retiring to Shoal Lake.

On 25 December 1867, he married Emma Marshall at Elora, Ontario. They had five children: W. A. Findlay, C. J. Findlay, Fred M. Findlay, Elizabeth M. Findlay, and Margaret R. Findlay. He was a member of the IOOF and the Presbyterian Church. He died at Shoal Lake on 26 April 1924.


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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2010

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