Memorable Manitobans: Christopher Tatchell Winter (1822-1908)
Photographer, author, farmer.
Born aboard a ship sailing from Sumatra to England on 7 December 1822, son of Rev. Christopher Winter (1788-1822) and Ann Presgrave (1790-1854), he lived at Somerset, England until late 1856 or early 1857 when he travelled east, stopping at South Africa, Indian, Burma, and possibly Australia and New Zealand before returning to England where, in 1858, he published “Six Months in British Burmah.” He worked as a photographer until around 1870 when he contributed several sections to Chamber’s Encyclopedia, and wrote a play entitled “Becket” and three books: “The Child’s Acts of the Apostles,” “The Child’s Gospel History” and “Pictorial Bible Reading Book.”
On 20 January 1863, he married Caroline Letitia Taylor (1839-1912) and they had fifteen children: Maud Winter (1863-1902), Gertrude Winter (1864-1958), Janet Winter (1866-1902), Malcolm Winter (1867-1946), Kenneth Winter (1869-1869), Presgrave Winter (1870-1934), Lilian Winter (1871-1963), Ethel May Cannington Winter (1873-1933, mother of Ralph D. Bird), Isabel Winter (1875-1963), Cyril Winter (1876-1877), Christopher Winter (1878-1945), Ralph Winter (1878-1944), Beatrice Winter (1880-1927), Percy Winter (1883-1934), and Gordon Winter (1885-1976). In February 1882, the family emigrated to Canada, arriving at Winnipeg in late March and at Brandon in early April. They homesteaded at SE36-15-27W south of Birtle. He was Rector’s Warden of the local Anglican congregation, with services held in their home or in Blenheim School. Later, he supervised the construction of St. Alban’s Anglican Church.
He died at home on 7 May 1908 and was buried in the St. Alban’s Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Charles Bird and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 November 2019