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Memorable Manitobans: John McDonald (c1822-1912)


He was born at Fort Edmonton about 1822, the son of “Big Donald” and Jeanne Beaudry. He married Nancy, a daughter of “Little Donald” McDonald, and they had at least five children. His family moved to Red River in 1834. After several trips to York Factory he became an experienced voyageur and was chosen by Dr. John Rae to join the crew of the Franklin search in 1853 and 1854. As a member of this crew he was awarded the octagonal silver medal of Queen Victoria for Arctic exploration. Later he farmed at St. Andrew’s, Red River, where he died on 29 April 1912.


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

Page revised: 25 October 2008

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