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Memorable Manitobans: John T. Clarke (1848-?)

Farmer.

Born at Ballinasloe, Ireland on 22 March 1848, son of Thomas Clarke and Annie Turner, he quit school at the age of 12 to learn shoemaking. He worked in this trade until 1863 when he emigrated to Canada and worked for 17 years as a shoemaker at Toronto, Ontario. He came to Manitoba and squatted on some farmland, buying parcels of land until he eventually owned 1,280 acres. He later subdivided the land among his children, retaining for himself 320 acres on Section 35, Township 10, Range 19 near Brandon.

In September 1869, he married Margaret Gibson. They had eight children: Annie E. Clarke (wife of D. T. McGregor), William Clarke, John T. Clarke, Emma M. Clarke (wife of Oliver Chevens), George Clarke, Edith E. Clarke, Thomas K. Clarke, and Ethel Clarke.

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2010

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