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Memorable Manitobans: John Martin (1867-1949)

Pioneer, farmer.

Born in Ontario on 17 March 1867, he was 16 years old when he came to Manitoba to work in his father’s lime quarry at East Selkirk. After helping with the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Rockies, he settled down to farm in the East Selkirk district where he stayed until his retirement. A school trustee in this area, he was also a member of St. Clements municipal council. He and his wife Effie McLeod (?-?), who he married on 1 January 1891 at Selkirk, shared six children: Mrs. H. Oliver, Mrs. J. Hume, William Martin, James Martin, John Martin, and Frank Martin. A funeral was held on 17 July 1949 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Selkirk. He was buried in Little Britain United Church Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“John Martin, Riel Rebellion veteran buried,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 117]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 23 September 2018

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