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Memorable Manitobans: Sara Elizabeth Buchanan Kinley (1853-1949)


Born at Bath, Maine on 18 April 1853, she grew up and was educated near Truro, Nova Scotia and taught on permit before attending Normal School there. Following her move to Winnipeg in 1881, she taught in the city for a few years, including at Euclid Street School, before moving to rural Manitoba where she taught at Boissevain School, Minto School, Pleasant Point School (where she helped nursed children during the 1890 diphtheria epidemic), Stonewall School, and Flower School (during the First World War).

On 2 January 1895, she married pioneer Methodist Minister William Kinley (1841-1910) at Brandon and had six children: Frances M. Kinley (c1872-1958), Ethel Adams Kinley, Edna Kathleen Salome Kinley, Emma E. Kinley (1878-?, wife of J. E. Tisdale), Louise Kinley (wife of F. J. Johnson), and Walter Thorne Kinley (1884-1948, father of F. Ross Kinley). Following the death of her husband, she resided in Winnipeg where she died at her 380 Oak Street residence on 1 November 1949 with burial at Belmont Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Pioneer Manitoba teacher, Mrs. W. Kinley, marks 96th birthday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1949, page 3.

“Pioneer teachers recall early experiences when celebrating birthdays,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 April 1933, page 6.

“Pioneer Manitoba teacher, Mrs. W. Kinley, marks 96th birthday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1949, page 3.

“Mrs. W. Kinley, pioneer school teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 November 1949, page 24.

Obituary [Frances M. Kinley], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1958, page 28.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 May 2015

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