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Memorable Manitobans: Ulrich Kauffman (1785-1869)

Soldier, pioneer Swiss settler.

Born in the canton of Berne, Switzerland on 25 December 1785, he was seized by soldiers and conscripted at the age of 15. He was in Canada with the Des Meurons regiment when it disbanded after the war of 1812. In 1816 he joined the forces recruited by Lord Selkirk to protect the Red River colony. Nearly all the Swiss soldiers recruited for the Settlement left for the United States after the 1826 flood. Kauffman remained, married Elizabeth McKay of the Selkirk colony, and settled on lot 64 in Kildonan. There were several children. He died at his home on 27 February 1869.

Sources:

Obituary, Daily Nor’Wester, 6 March 1869, page 2. [manitobia.ca]

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

We thank Kathy McPhail for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2012

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