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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Wilton (1848-1931)


Born at Alma, Ontario on 13 September 1848, fourth son of Col. John Wilton, he served as a voyageur with the 1870 Wolseley Expedition, afterwards returning to Ontario. In 1871, Wilton moved to Manitoba and settled at High Bluff where he was joined by his fiancée, Jean Barron, of Guelph, Ontario. They were subsequently married and had nine children: Margaret M. Wilton (b 1875), Walter B. Wilton (b 1877), John W. Wilton, Bessie Wilton (b 1881, wife of Walter Haskell), Alex McDonald Wilton (b 1883), Gertrude J. Wilton (b 1887), Henry George Wilton (b 1889), Winnifred M. Wilton (b 1891, said to have been the first female lawyer graduated in Manitoba), and Anna Wilton (b ?, wife of A. L. Van Alstine). After several years at High Bluff, Wilton moved to Morden. In 1898 he moved to Winnipeg where he remained until his death on 8 October 1931. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Henry Wilton, west pioneer, dies aged 83”, Winnipeg Tribune, 9 October 1931. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

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