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Memorable Manitobans: Amos Hawley Vaughan (1809-1897)


One of the contractors for the Victoria Bridge at Montreal, he came to Manitoba as one of the province’s first surveyors, where he surveyed the Hudson’s Bay Company Reserve. Later, anticipating that the Canadian Pacific Railway would cross the Red River north of the Red River Settlement, he acquired land in the vicinity of present-day Selkirk. He and wife Nancy Smith (1821-1894) had at least six children: Josephus Wyatt Vaughan, Lynds Smith Vaughan, Martha Elizabeth Vaughan (1851-?, wife of Frederick Herbert Lyon and mother of Silas H. R. Lyon), Sarah Vaughan (1852-?), Amos Charles Vaughan, and Mary Ellen Vaughan (1856-?, wife of E. A. Struthers). He died at Selkirk on 17 February 1897 and was buried in the Mapleton Cemetery.


“The death of a pioneer,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 February 1897, page 1.

Obituary [Herbert Redmond Lyon], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1969, page 31.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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