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Memorable Manitobans: William Ryan (1842-1933)

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William Ryan
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Farm leader.

Born in Ontario on 3 August 1842, he came to Manitoba with his family in April 1882 and farmed at NE26-2-19W in the vicinity of Ninga. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain (1884-1886), he organized the Maplegrove School District (1883) and Bethel School District (1887), and he was the second President of the United Farmers of Manitoba (1904-1905), succeeding J. W. Scallion. By the time of the 1911 Canadian census, he was retired and living in Killarney. He and wife Ann Carter (1845-?) had five children: Nathaniel James “Tan” Ryan (1871-1970), Elizabeth Ryan (1876-?), George Ryan (1882-?), Arthur Edmund Ryan (1884-?), and Ada Evelyne Ryan (1889-1928). He died on 6 November 1933 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

United Farmers of Manitoba, 25th Anniversary Year Book and Annual Convention Program, Portage la Prairie, 10-13 January 1928.

Beckoning Hills Revisited, pages 319, 712.

Reflections: Turtle Mountain Municipality and Killarney, 1882-1982, pages 107, 111.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2017

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