Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Hartwell Doupe (1861-1914)
Born near Kirkton, Ontario on 31 May 1861, son of Samuel Doupe and Mary Roadhouse, he attended the public school at Kirkton until the age of 12 then he gained experience in agriculture by working for farmers in Perth County. After saving enough money to establish his own farm, he came to Manitoba in April 1882 where he took up a homestead in the Carlingville district in what later became the Rural Municipality of Miniota. He gradually increased his farm acreage until, by 1913, he had 1,280 acres in cultivation. He also raised cattle, horses, swine, and fowl.
In 1886, he married Jane Webb (1866-1925), daughter of Thomas and Mary Webb, at Portage la Prairie. They had ten children: Mary Elizabeth Doupe (1886-1912, wife of Leonard Johnston), Joseph Gordon Doupe (1888-1971), Anna Albina Doupe (1889-1906), Benjamin Hartwell Doupe (1890-1966), Euretta Doupe (1892-1935, wife of Alfred Lints), Frances E. Doupe (1893-1905), Thomas W. Doupe (1895-1975), Samuel Arthur Doupe (1900-1931), David Earl Doupe (1903-1990), and Mabel Doupe (1906-1997, wife of George Pearson). He was a member of the Crandall Methodist Church and he served in several positions on the local school board.
He died at Crandall on 27 April 1914 and was buried in the Crandall Cemetery.
The Doupe farm at NE2-14-25W north of Crandall has been owned, occupied, and farmed by the family continuously since 1882. Four successive generations have included Benjamin Hartwell and Jane (Webb) Doupe, then son B. Hartwell and Gladys (Hume) Doupe beginning in 1914, then grandson Stanley and Velma (Sherritt) Doupe in 1966, and then great-grandson Neil and Jody (Allan) Doupe in 1997. The family received a Century Farm designation in 1982.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Pioneer of Crandall,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 April 1914, page 14.
We thank Grant Doupe for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 December 2013