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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth McClelland (1846-1931)

Pioneer.

Born in Ontario on 24 June 1846, she was the first white woman in the Emerson district. Her husband William had come to Manitoba with the Wolseley Expedition in 1870, over the Dawson trail, before returning to London, Ontario, then finally coming to Manitoba in 1872. Mrs. McClellend accompanied him coming via Duluth and Fisher’s Landing. They came on the maiden trip of the steamer Selkirk. She had ten children: Francis McClelland (b 1871), William McClelland (b 1873), Joseph McClelland (b 1874), George McClelland (b 1876), Susan McClelland (b 1877), Thomas McClelland (b 1879), Hugh McClelland (b 1881), Ruth McClelland (b 1885), Charles Victor McClelland (b 1886), and Helen McClelland (b 1889). Her sons all worked as farmers in Manitoba with the exception of Dr. McClellend of Dominion City. She died on 20 April 1931.

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration for E. McClelland, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 25 October 2008

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