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Memorable Manitobans: William Flowers Sirett (1848-1923)

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William Flowers Sirett
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Farmer, MLA (1896-1899).

Born at Croughton, Northamptonshire, England on 29 April 1848, son of Ebenezer and Mary Sirett, he came to Canada where he farmed in Ontario for a time. On 12 August 1873, he married Margaret Symington (1854-1938) of Huron County, Ontario. They had eight children: Mary Maud Sirett (1875-1942, wife of George H. Blackwell), William Flowers Sirett, Ebenezer Tom Sirett (1881-1919), Frederick Alfred Sirett (1883-1940), Sarah Sirett (1884-?), John E. F. Sirett (1888-?), Margaret M. “Maggie” Sirett (1890-1902), and Amy E. Sirett (1896-?). The family moved to Manitoba in 1881 and settled on a farm near Glendale, where he served as local postmater and a member of the municipal council and school board. He was elected as a Patrons of Industry candidate to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1896 general election, serving a single term. He died at Neepawa on 5 December 1923 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Biographical profile, Manitoba Free Press, 16 March 1899, page 12.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“First farmer legislator in Manitoba dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1923, page 17.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2018

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