Memorable Manitobans: Henry Wilton (1848-1931)
Born at Alma, Ontario on 13 September 1848, fourth son of Col. John Wilton, he served as a voyageur with the 1870 Wolseley Expedition, afterwards returning to Ontario. In 1871, he moved to Manitoba and settled at High Bluff where he was joined by his fiancée, Jean Barron (c1852-1920), of Guelph, Ontario. They were subsequently married and had nine children: Margaret M. Wilton (1875-1965, wife of William Judd), Walter Barron Wilton (1877-1917), John W. Wilton, Bessie Wilton (1881-1941, wife of Walter Haskell), Alexander McDonald Wilton (1883-1949), Gertrude J. Wilton (1889-1930, wife of Alfred John Hamilton Bowen), Henry George Wilton (1889-1958), Winnifred Maria Wilton, and Ann Leith Wilton (?-1941, wife of Marshal Vanalstine). After several years at High Bluff, he moved to Morden. In 1898 he moved to Winnipeg where he remained until his death on 8 October 1931. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Pioneer settler dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 April 1920, page 2.
“Mrs. Gertrude Bowen funeral conducted,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 September 1930, page 21.
“Henry Wilton, west pioneer, dies aged 83,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 October 1931. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]
Obituary [Ann Vanalstine], Winnipeg Tribune, 7 October 1941, page 17.
Obituary [Alexander McDonald Wilton], Toronto Star, 7 May 1949, page 36.
“Dilke farmer dies at 68,” The Leader-Post, 11 February 1958, page 3.
We thank Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 January 2023