Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Neil (1862-1927)
Building contractor, boat builder.
Born at Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland on 9 July 1862, he came to Canada in 1882 and settled at Winnipeg. He worked as a contractor until about 1922, being responsible for constructing many well-known buildings. He also built motor launches and other pleasure boats.
He was married twice, first on 16 June 1885 to Margaret Jane “Maggie” Henderson (1865-1895) with whom he had four children: Thomas John Neil (1886-1928), Eliza Jane “Lyla” Neil (1888-1976), Mary Adelaide Neil (1891-1982, wife of William A. Rowland), and Margaret Emmeline “Emily” Neil (1893-?, wife of T. H. Williams). On 23 October 1896, he married Elizabeth Barbara “Lizzie” Coulter (1869-1945) and they had two children: George Albert Neil (1897-1981) and Henry Wilford “Harry” Neil (1901-?). He was a member of the Orange Order, Canadian Order of Foresters, and McDougall Memorial Methodist Church.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“James H. Neil, noted builder here, is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 December 1927, page 15.
Obituary [Elizabeth Barbara Neil], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1945, page 14.
Obituary [Eliza Jane Neil], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1976, page 56.
Obituary [George Albert Neil], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1981, page 73.
Death registration [Mary Adelaide Rowland], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 April 2022