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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Cronyn Parker (1858-1919)

Farmer, real estate agent.

Born at Pakenham, Ontario on 14 February 1858, son of George and Abalinda Parker, he was educated at Ontario public schools before coming to Manitoba in 1877 and engaging in farming at Nelson. He also bred Aberdeen Angus cattle, and Clydesdale and standard bred horses. He moved to Morden in 1897 and to Winnipeg in 1909, where he speculated in farm land in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1911, he was a partner in the Parker Ashdown Realty Company at Winnipeg. He and wife Mary E. Stodders (1856-?) had six children: George Herbert Parker (1885-?), Benjamin C. Parker, Emily Abalinda Parker (1887-?), Mary Kathleen Parker (1891-?), Margaret Edna Parker (1893-?), and Hugh Daniel Parker. The family lived at 419 Charles Street. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Conservative party, and St. John’s Methodist Church. In poor health, he moved to San Diego, California in October 1918 where he died on 25 February 1919. He was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Dies in California,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 February 1919, page 12.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2019

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