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Memorable Manitobans: William Turner Sabel (1851-1882)

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W. T. Sabel
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Draftsman, artist.

Born in England around 1851, he emigrated to Canada in 1875 and farmed for a time on the shore of Lake Winnipeg, eventually finding work as a draftsman with the Winnipeg surveying firm of Vaughan, Dennis & Company. He sent a collection of sketches of his adventures in Canada to his family back in England, which were later turned over to the Archives of Manitoba. In 1881 he married Sophia Margret Bird, daughter of James Bird of Peguis, Manitoba. They had two children: Henry Sabel (b 1882) and Mary Sabel (b 1883, Mrs. George Flett). He died of typhoid fever at his Winnipeg home on 19 September 1882.


1881 Canada census, FamilySearch.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 20 September 1882.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. S. Anderson celebrates her 93rd birthday”, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1949.

“An immigrant’s sketch book 1875”, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1955.

We thank Leslie Drewniak for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2012

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