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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Henry Cordingley (1851-1920)


Born at Barony, Glasgow, Scotland on 3 March 1851, the son of Charles Augustus Cordingley (1823-1896) and Mary Nield (1826-1900), he arrived in Canada in 1871. On 14 October 1879, he married Margaret Elizabeth Rebecca Lulham (c1855-?) at Montreal and they had four children: Irene Cordingley (c1881-?, wife of George Bennett), George Montagne Lulham Cordingley (1884-?), Wellesley Lulham Cordingley (1886-1970), and Charles Stanley Cordingley (1889-?). He was in Winnipeg periodically before relocating here in 1886, working as a bookkeeper (1893-1900) and manager (c1900-1901) with George Velie & Company Limited. He became a well-known liquor merchant and retired in 1904. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Canadian Order of Foresters, Winnipeg Board of Trade, and a founding member of the Carleton Club. He died at the Winnipeg residence of his son Wellesley, 113 Ruby Street, on 4 October 1920 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


1901 & 1906 Canada censes, Library and Archives of Canada.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Notice,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 11 March 1901, page 2.

“Board of Trade welcomes G.T.R.,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 3 January 1903, page 6.

“Cordingly-Ingo,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 June 1907, page 8.

“Deaths and funerals,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 October 1920, page 3.

“Grim reaper busy among aged citizens,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 October 1920, page 7.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituary [Vera Myrtle Cordingley], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1965, page 21.

Obituary [Wellesley Lulham Cordingley], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1970, page 31.

Campbell family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 April 2014

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