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Memorable Manitobans: William Flowers Sirett (1848-1923)

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William Flowers Sirett
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Farmer, MLA (1896-1899).

Born at Croughton, Northamptonshire, England on 29 April 1848, son of Ebenezer and Mary Sirett, he came to Canada where he farmed in Ontario for a time. On 12 August 1873, he married Margaret Symington (1854-1938) of Huron County, Ontario. They had eight children: Mary Maud Sirett (1875-1942, wife of George H. Blackwell), William Flowers Sirett, Ebenezer Tom Sirett (1881-1919), Frederick Alfred Sirett (1883-1940), Sarah Sirett (1884-?), John E. F. Sirett (1888-?), Margaret M. “Maggie” Sirett (1890-1902), and Amy E. Sirett (1896-?). The family moved to Manitoba in 1881 and settled on a farm near Glendale, where he served as local postmater and a member of the municipal council and school board. He was elected as a Patrons of Industry candidate to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1896 general election, serving a single term. He died at Neepawa on 5 December 1923 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Biographical profile, Manitoba Free Press, 16 March 1899, page 12.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“First farmer legislator in Manitoba dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1923, page 17.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2018

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