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Memorable Manitobans: Sarah Foulds Camsell (1849-1939)


Born at the Red River Settlement in 1849, daughter of Samuel Foulds. In 1868, she was invited by the wife of fur trader William Lucas Hardisty to accompany her on her return to Fort Simpson, North West Territories. There, she met and married J. S. Camsell on 28 January 1869 and lived much of her life in the North West Territories. They eventually had eleven children, nine of whom lived to adulthood: William Edward Camsell (b 1869), Arthur Frederick Camsell (b 1870), George Camsell (b 1870), Louisa Camsell (b 1872), Charles Camsell, Cecelia Camsell (b 1880), Frank Ernest Camsell (b 1882), Philip Scott Camsell (b 1883), and Ethel A. Camsell (b 1885). She returned to Winnipeg in 1900. In 1923, her reminiscences about her life were included in the book Women of Red River, published by the Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg. She moved to Penticton, British Columbia in 1931, where she died on 9 January 1939. She was buried there.


Women of Red River by W. J. Healy, 1923.

“Mrs. S. Camsell dies, aged 90”, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1939, page 5.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Biographical Sheet, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2010

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