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Memorable Manitobans: John Wilton (1852-1920)

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John Wilton
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Municipal official.

Born in Wellington County, Ontario on 13 October 1852, son of John Wilton and Ann Leith (1812-1897), he learned the carriage-making trade at the age of 16 then moved to Winnipeg where he worked for seven years. He moved to the area south of Winnipeg, farming for a period of time, until 1895 when he moved to Morris. He served as a councillor for the RM of Morris, Mayor of Morris (1910-1914), and postmaster. He was married twice, having seven children with his first wife: Charles Wilton, Arthur Wilton, Ella Wilton (wife of Dave MacIntyre), two who died in infancy, John Wilton, and George Wilton. His second marriage on 25 February 1895 was to Fannie Bumstead (?-?) and they had three children: Sterling Wilton, Alice Wilton, and Grace Wilton. He was a member of the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died at Morris on 9 August 1920 and was buried in the Morris Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 September 2020

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