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Memorable Manitobans: Nellie Helen Agar Haight (1875-?)


Born in Ontario in August 1875, daughter of John T. Agar (c1842-?) and Sarah Anne Heywood (1847-?), she grew up in North Norwich. On 29 December 1897, she married George Granville Haight (1872-1911) at North Norwich, Ontario and they had one daughter, Marjorie Maude Irene Haight (1900-1976, wife of Horace Henry Small). Between her husband’s death and 1914, she moved to Manitoba and settled in Rural Municipality of East St. Paul where her brother Harry Townsend Agar (1879-1942) had already taken up residence. She was a teacher (1914-1920, 1927-1933) and Principal (1914-1920) of Birds Hill School, and also taught elsewhere in rural Manitoba, including at Elm Creek School (1920-1922). She retired to her native Norwich, Ontario by the late 1930s and was last known to reside there in the 1940s, after which her whereabouts are unknown.


Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.

Marriage [Horace Henry Small & Marjorie Maude Irene Haight] and death registrations [Harry Townsend Agar], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration [George Granville Haight], Michigan State Vital Statistics.

1891, 1911, 1916, 1921 Canada censuses, Ancestry.

“Small - Haight,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1930, page 9.

“Society [Mrs. Nellie A. Haight],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 29 May 1937, page 17.

“Man dies carrying injured wife to aid after car turns over,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 November 1942, page 11.

Obituary [Horace Henry Small], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1970, page 34.

Winnipeg estate #445/76, Marjorie M. I. Small, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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