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Memorable Manitobans: Frederic Beal DuVal (1847-1928)

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Frederic Beal DuVal
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Born at Prince George, Maryland on 31 May 1847, son of Edward W. and Mary DuVal, he was educated at Highstown Classical Institute (New Jersey), Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Wilmington, Delaware (1875-1884) and the Presbyterian church at Toledo, Ohio (1884) before coming to Winnipeg in 1888, where he served as minister of Knox Presbyterian (United) Church until 1916.

He was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Canada in 1908. He represented the Canadian Presbyterian Church at the Tercentenary celebration in Quebec in 1908. He was commissioned to represent the Canadian Presbyterian Church at the World’s Presbyterian Council at New York in 1909 and was specially commissioned to represent the Canadian Presbyterian Church at the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin at Geneva, Switzerland. He was honored with a second degree of D.D. by Knox College at Toronto, Ontario.

In 1875 he married Corinne Kearfott (?-1909) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They had eight children: Genevive DuVal (1876-?), Lena Dunham DuVal (1877-?, wife of H. H. Saunderson), Lorraine DuVal (1879-?), Frederic DuVal (1882-?), Edward DuVal (1885-?), Anna Corinne DuVal (1886-1974, wife of R. D. Guy), Paul Guyot DuVal, and Merlin DuVal (1896-?).

He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 59 Donald Street, on 15 May 1928 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Reverend Frederic B. Du Val: Winnipeg’s Fearless Foe of Social Vices by Melanie Methot
Manitoba History, Number 44, Autumn/Winter 2002-2003


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. F. B. DuVal dies from sudden attack,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 May 1928, page 6.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 March 2019

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