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John Alexander Hunter

John Alexander Hunter

Male 1872 - 1946  (73 years)

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  • Name John Alexander Hunter 
    Born 22 Dec 1872  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1879  Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1901  RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1911  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Township 13 in range 12
    Residence 1921  Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Section Number:17
      Township Number:2
      Range Number:9
      Meridian Number:1W
      Municipality:Pembina
      Occupation:Farmer
    Died 18 Feb 1946  La Riviere, RM Pembina, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried La Riviere, RM Pembina, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1572  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2015 

    Father John Alexander Hunter,   b. 23 Jun 1847, Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1929, Mayfield, RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Ellen Mary Brydon,   b. 1 Jul 1851, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1925, Mayfield, RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1870  Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Histories
    the Stalwart Brydon family reunion
    the Stalwart Brydon family reunion
    Manitoba, 1994
    The Alexander - Brydon family
    The Alexander - Brydon family

    John Alexander Hunter married Ellen Brydon in Galt, Ontario in 1870.
    By 1900 they were a family of 13 children farming in Manitoba.
    Family ID F492  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Davidson,   b. Feb 1875, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1910  RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander Davidson Hunter,   b. 21 Dec 1910, RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1985  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Ellen McColl Hunter,   b. 1 Jul 1912, RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1990, Boissevain, RM Morton, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 1 May 2014 
    Family ID F1533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Dec 1872 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1879 - Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Mar 1910 - RM Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Feb 1946 - La Riviere, RM Pembina, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - La Riviere, RM Pembina, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Alexander Hunter Jr.
    John Alexander Hunter Jr.

  • Notes 
    • Turning Leaves, The History of LaRiviere and District
      La Riviere Historical Book Society, La Riviere Manitoba, 1979

      The Hunter History
      by Alex Hunter and Ellen Cavers

      Our father, John Alexander Hunter, was born in Ontario in 1873. He came to Manitoba with his father and mother and two sisters in 1879. They came down the Red River by boat to Winnipeg, then by ox cart from Winnipeg to the Neepawa district, to take up land and homestead three miles east of the town of Neepawa. But as the years went by the land was mortgaged, and then a frozen crop or two, and they lost the homestead. However, they moved to the Gladstone district and took up land ten miles south west of Gladstone, but with much poorer land-very sandy. Still, they were to build a nice farm home here, with spruce trees all around. This farm grew to a full section as the years went by. The family grew to include twelve children by 1898 - eight girls and four boys. The eldest had left home before the youngest was born. Due to this the family was only all together for two hours during their entire life when they had their picture taken. Our father worked out around the Neepawa district during his young life. He said he had walked home twenty miles ON a Sunday to visit.

      Helen (Nellie) Davidson, our mother, was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1875. She was also from a large family of ten, nine girls and one boy. She worked in a factory of some kind before coming to Canada in May, 1907. Unfortunately, that was the year of the deep snow. There were two feet of snow the first week in May. On her arrival in Winnipeg, on the train, she could have gone right back to Scotland after seeing the
      snow. She came out to the Gladstone district and worked at John McDiarmid's - about two miles from our father's home, and where she met him. They were married in 1910, by Rev. Andrew Strachan, who was the minister at Gladstone at that time. Our father started to farm on his own then, two miles east of his own home, in the Mayfield district. They had three children, Alex, Ellen, and William. William died in infancy. We
      lived there until 1918. By this time father was becoming more disgusted with the sand. When the wind blew and covered up the fence he had built, he decided to move out. He was again to deal with Rev. A. Strachan, who had a farm for sale, ten miles south of La Riviere. He sold his quarter section at Gladstone and bought three quarters in the McKenzie district south of La Riviere. He started out with his family in a 1917
      Dodge, and travelled across the country in November in 1918. There was a little snow on the ground, and no roads, but we arrived at the ferry north of Holland that afternoon, to find the river' full of slushy ice, and the ferry not operating. We had to remain there all night, and did not get on our way again until the afternoon of the next day. The ferry was pulled across by a team of horses. After a hectic day on the road, and crossing the Pembina Hills, we arrived in the McKenzie district about seven o'clock. We stopped at the Foster place,
      (later Charlie Cousins) to ask how far we were from Strachans. Angus Cousins
      answered the door, being the first one we met. He told us how to arrive at our destination, half an hour later. Mr. and Mrs. George Strachan, Muriel and Ronald were there. They had to make room for us that night, then they moved to their new place one-quarter of a mile west.

      We started to McKenzie school, Alex in grade two, Ellen in grade one. Later our father was secretary for this school for twenty-two years. Ellen went on to take her high school at Snowflake, and then to Normal school in Manitou. Alex remained at home to help on the family farm - which we farmed until 1945. We then sold the land to the government, as father and mother were in their seventies and no longer able to work. We moved to La Riviere where father passed away in 1946, and mother in 1948.
      They are buried in the little cemetery at La Riviere. Alex married Mary McCallum of
      Kaleida district south of Manitou. They have two children, Sharon and Warren, and now live in Manitou. Ellen taught school for ten years, and married Ross Cavers of Regent, Manitoba. They have two children, Verla and Helen, and now live in the Souris district.