Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Davidson (1862-1911)
Born at Thamesford, Ontario on 2 January 1862, son of Isaac Davidson and Christie Anne Cameron, brother of John Andrew Davidson, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1871, settling on a homestead near Gladstone.
After leaving school he went into partnership with his brother in a mercantile business. They sold it in 1896 and entered the grain and milling business, taking over the Beautiful Plains Milling Company plant and forming the Manitoba Milling Company with him as President and General Manager. They operated thirteen grain elevators in the Neepawa district on the Canadian Northern Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
In 1889, he married medical doctor Mary Eleanor Allen (1862-1914) of Fordwich, Ontario. They had three children: Edith Marguerite Muriel Davidson (1902-?), James Allen Cameron Davidson (1904-?), and Mary Emma Jean Davidson (1905-?). He was a member of the Masons (Neepawa Lodge No. 24, 1883-1911, serving as Worshipful Master in 1888) and Canadian Order of Foresters.
He died at Long Beach, California on 12 January 1911 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
“James Davidson dies in south,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 January 1911, page 1.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Gerrond Davidson and Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and S. Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 July 2021