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Memorable Manitobans: Henry McGill (1854-?)


Born at Tilsonburg, Ontario, 31 October 1854. Son of Joseph McGill and Catherine Hill. Scotch-Irish descent; family came to Canada 1829, settled at Huntington, Chateauguay County, Quebec; Mr. McGill’s grandfather fought in the uprising of 1837 against Papineau and Nelson in Quebec; afterwards moved to Woodstock, Ontario (1837); one of the earliest pioneers in that district; family again moved to Paisley in Bruce county. Mr. H. McGill came West in 1877; worked on Canadian Pacific Railway construction; homesteaded in 1880 in Florenta township; still lives on the old homestead. Served three terms on the council of rural municipality of Lansdowne. Mr. McGill’s great uncle founded McGill University in 1819. This family has given to Canada pioneers in three provinces. Mr. McGill owned a large tract of farm land and was one of the successful farmers of his district. Was an Orangeman for 43 years. Address, Plumas, Manitoba.


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

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