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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Armstrong (1820-1907)

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Edward Armstrong
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Sheriff.

Born in Ireland in February 1820, he emigrated to Canada with his wife Margaret in 1842. They initially lived at Bytown [now Ottawa], Ontario, where he was Crier of the Court (1864), Quartermaster for Ottawa Brigade of Garrison Artillery (1868), and Chief Constable of the County of Carleton (1869). He came to Manitoba in 1870 as Quartermaster with the First Ontario Rifles of the Wolseley Expedition. He was appointed Sheriff of Manitoba the next year, holding the position until 1876 when he resigned and was replaced by Colin Inkster. He had four children: Henrietta Armstrong (wife of Charles Constantine), Francis Jean Armstrong (wife of John Angus), Katherine Margaret Armstrong (1860-1891; wife of William Hill Nash), and E. W. H. Armstrong. He died at Emerson on 29 April 1907.

Sources:

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Looking backward,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 1953, page 30.

We thank Elizabeth Ginn-Fyon for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2015

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