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Memorable Manitobans: Mathew G. Williamson (1855-?)

Farmer.

Born at Sandringham, England on 15 December 1855, son of William and Elizabeth Williamson, he quit school at the age of 10 to work in stables belonging to Captain Campbell. He later worked in the royal stables and was coachman to Princess Mary, who he taught to ride. He later worked as a coachman at several large stables before emigrating to Canada in 1888. He settled in the vicinity of Minnedosa, Manitoba where he took up a homestead claim in Townships 16 and 14 of Range 17. He raised cattle, hogs, horses, and fowl in addition to crops. On 11 December 1889, he married Annie Lavina Ellis (1866-?). They had five children: Margaret F. Williamson (b 1892), Jessie Elizabeth Williamson (b 1895), Ellis Bowden Williamson (b 1896), John Robert Williamson (b 1900), and William Frederick Williamson (b 1903). He was a member of the Anglican church, and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Rookhurst School Board.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2010

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