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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Sutherland (1830-1907)

Red River freighter.

Born in the Parish of Kildonan in 1830, the son of John and Catherine Sutherland, and baptised at St. John’s on 9 March 1830. On 6 May 1850, he married Jane Henderson, who died in 1898. He was one of the earliest Red River freighters to make regular trips between the Settlement and St. Paul. He later moved to Headingley and from there to Burnside. In 1882 he homesteaded south of Griswold. He served as a Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Sifton, and for many years was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Sutherland died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. J. McComb, at Brandon, on 17 April 1907. He was survived by three daughters and seven sons.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 20 October 2009

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