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Memorable Manitobans: William Francis Ramsay (1866-1933)

Builder, hardware merchant.

Born in Huron County, Ontario on 10 December 1866, one of ten children born to James Ramsay (1829-1881) and Elizabeth Jones (1840-?), he apprenticed as a carpenter starting at age 16. He moved to Washington state at the age of 21, where he worked for two years, returning to the family farm for a year, after which he worked in contracting and building. He moved to Killarney in 1892 where he continued in the building trade for six years, then operated a lumber business for nine years. He established the hardware firm of W. F. Ramsay and Sons in January 1908. On 22 January 1890, he married Mary Jane Tait (1868-1948). They had five sons: James Guy Ramsay (1891-?), George Earl Ramsay (1893-?), Frank Gladstone Ramsay (1900-?), John William Ramsay (1902-?), and Charles Clarence Ramsay (1910-?). He was a member of the IOOF, Independent Order of Foresters, and Presbyterian Church. He died at Killarney on 31 October 1933 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 May 2019

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