Born at Kildonan on 8 May 1848, son of Robert McBeth and grandson of Alexander McBeth, brother of John McBeth and Roderick G. McBeth, he was educated in Kildonan public schools. He operated the store founded by his father, and later engaged in farming. McBeth was interested in the welfare of the City of Winnipeg, and served as a member of council for twelve years, a member of the Winnipeg School Board for 21 years and as its Secretary-Treasurer for eighteen years.
On 1 January 1879, he married Helen Anderson (1858-1941, daughter of Thomas Anderson) and they had five children: Robert John McBeth (1880-?), Margaret Elliott McBeth, Roderick James McBeth (1885-?), Mary Janette McBeth (1889-?), and Catherine Helen Isabel McBeth (1895-?). His home in north Winnipeg occupied a site held by the McBeth family from the early 1800s. He was a member of Kildonan Presbyterian Church and served as the clerk of session for 38 years. He was President of the Kildonan and St. Paul’s Agricultural Society, a member of the Order of Foresters, and a supporter of the Conservative party.
He died at Kildonan on 30 January 1914 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 July 2022
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