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Memorable Manitobans: John Wilton (1810-1900)

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John Wilton
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Farmer, municipal official.

Born in Ireland, he came to Canada with his wife Ann Leith (1812-1897) in 1830 and lived in Quebec for 16 years then Wellington County, Ontario for 24 years where they had ten children: Maxwell Wilton, William Wilton, Jemima Wilton (wife of Adam Hunt), George Wilton, Henrietta Wilton, Henry Wilton, a child who died in infancy, John Wilton, John Wilton, and Albert Wilton. In 1871, they moved to Manitoba and settled on a farm northeast of High Bluff. He served as a Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie from 1881 to 1882. He died at High Bluff on 19 December 1900 and was buried in St. Margaret’s Anglican Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 21 December 1900, page 7.

Tread of the Pioneers, written and edited by Joseph H. Metcalfe and published by the Portage la Prairie and District Old Timers’ Association, 1932.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 September 2020

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