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Memorable Manitobans: John Wilton (1849-1932)


Born at North York, Ontario on 21 February 1849, son of Samuel Wilton and Eliza Manser, he was educated at White Rose during winter months while working on the family farm during the summer. He quit school at the age of 21 but remained on the home farm until 1879 when he came to Manitoba and took up a homestead and preemption claim in Township 17, Range 24, the first settler in the Kelloe district. He raised cattle and horses, and cultivated 640 acres of land. On 18 December 1889, he married Catherine Pearce (?-?) at Shoal Lake. They had seven children: William Henry Wilton (1892-?), Selina Elizabeth Wilton (1894-?), John Thomas Wilton (1898-?), Charles Earl Wilton (1899-?), Philip James Albert Wilton (1903-?), Emily C. J. Wilton (?-?), and Mary Ellen Wilton (1914-?, wife of ? Milne). He died at Shoal Lake on 13 January 1932.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

We thank Danalyn MacKinnon for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2019

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