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Memorable Manitobans: Aquilla Barber Handscomb (1835-1908)

Contractor and builder.

Born at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England, on 7 March 1835, he was married to Harriet Wesley (1834-1893) in Ampthill. They had four children, including Charles W. Handscomb and Sidney Till Handscomb. He emigrated with his family to Canada and settled in Ontario between 1870 and 1876 when he moved to Winnipeg. He was connected with the firm of Brown & Rutherford and later held an important position in the Canadian Pacific Railway shops department until his retirement in 1893. He died at Winnipeg on 30 September 1908 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 September 2019

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