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Memorable Manitobans: John Cain (1847-1899)

Businessman, civil servant.

Born in Quebec in 1847, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and engaged in business at Brandon for several years before moving to Virden. He was county court clerk there for ten years. He and wife Amanda Melvina Cain (1853-1932) had four children: John B. Cain (1874-?), Sarah Cain (1878-1968, wife of Henry B. Devine), Ellen Cain (c1878-?), and Amanda Cain (c1883-?). He died following an operation at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 29 November 1899 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cain Block / Mid-Town Block (405 Seventh Avenue South, Virden)


1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

Marriage registration [Sarah Cain], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mr. John Cain dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 November 1899, page 1.

“Obituary,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 November 1899, page 5.

Death registration [Amanda Melvina Cain], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 November 2017

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