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Memorable Manitobans: Edmund James Goodridge (1825-1908)


Born in England on 12 October 1825, grandfather of A. F. Goodridge, he served in India as a captain in the British artillery unit. Following retirement from the military, he settled in Manitoba in June 1880 and established a farm near Headingley. He is thought to have written several pamphlets about his emigration experience, including A Year in Manitoba, 1880-1881: Being the Experiences of a Retired Officer in Settling his Sons (1882) and The Colonist At Home Again; or, Emigration Not Expatriation (1889).

In early 1852, he married Louisa Eugenia Timbrell from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. They had five children: Louisa Matilda Maria Goodridge (b 1854, India), Stanley T. Goodridge (b 1860, England), Arthur Edmund Goodridge (b 1862, England), William Henry Goodridge (b 1864, England), and Howard Alfred Goodridge (b 1866, England). His wife died of a fall in December 1896 and was buried at St. James Cemetery.

He died on the Channel Islands on 19 January 1908 and was buried in Almorah Cemetery.


Obituary [Mrs. Goodridge], Manitoba Free Press, 29 December 1896.

“Sons pallbearers at funeral for St. Charles pioneer”, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

We thank Gerry Goodridge, Monica Ball, and the Channel Island Family History Society for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2014

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