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Memorable Manitobans: Pahtahsega, aka Peter Jacobs (c1807-1890)


Born in Upper Canada, he converted to Methodism at a young age and began preaching to Indians in 1836. He subsequently accompanied James Evans westward, helping to found the Rossville Mission near Norway House before establishing his own base at Fort Alexander. In 1842 he left there to journey to England for ordination. He later was established at Fort Frances on Rainy Lake, leaving in 1850. He journeyed west again in 1852 before returning to Ontario to hold intermittent postings. His later years were troubled by excessive drinking. He wrote Journal of the Reverend Peter Jacobs, Indian Wesleyan Missionary, from Rice Lake to the Hudson’s Bay Territory, and Returning: Commencing May 1852; With a Brief Account of His Life, and a Short History of the Wesleyan Mission to That Country (1853).

More information:

Pahtahsega, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XI, 660-61.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 13 April 2008

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