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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Nathaniel Lea (1845-1917)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Staffordshire, England in 1845, he came to Manitoba in 1879, arriving at Emerson by steamboat and traveling west by wagon to the area that later became the Rural Municipality of Pembina, where he purchased two sections of land in the Pembina Valley, built a home and farmed. He served on the municipal council and was a government appointee on the council of the University of Manitoba. On 18 March 1869, he married Mary Lea and they eventually had four sons and four daughters. He died at home on 31 October 1917 and was buried in the Pembina Crossing Cemetery.

Father-in-law of G. F. Gale.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lea House (RM of Pembina)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Luke’s Pembina Crossing Anglican Church & Cemetery (RM of Pembina)


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral of R. N. Lea,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 November 1917, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2015

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