Canadian Deaths 1878-1886
Abstracted from The Dominion Annual Register and Review












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ADAMS, James R., of Dorchester, New Brunswick - Carpenter – Died February 8, 1884 at Calgary, N.W.T. - Murdured by Jesse Williams, a negro cook, who is hanged on March 29, 1884. – (JRO 84).

ANDERSON, David (The Right Rev.), D.D. - Bishop of Rupert's Land (1849-64) – Born February 10, 1814 in London, England – Died November 5, 1885 at Clifton Parsonage, Bristol, England – He returned to England upon his resignation of his bishopric. – (Obit. 85).

BARNSTON, John George, B.C.L., M.P.P for Cariboo in British Columbia Assembly (1872-75) – Born April 17, 1835 at Martin's Falls, H.B.T. – Died December 22, 1883 in Victoria, British Columbia – He was a son of the late Geo. Barnston, Esq. (see preceding). – (Obit. 83).

BÉLANGER, Edouard – Died April 30, 1885 in the river Saskatchewan aged 20 – Drown by the upsetting of his canoe – Son of Factor Bélanger, of the H's. B. Co., Cumberland House. – (JRO 85).

BLACK, John – Late Recorder of Rupert's Land – Born in 1817 – Died February 3, 1879, St. Andrew's, Scotland – (Obit. 79).

BRAZEAU, G. W., interpreter and guide to the North-West Mounted Police – Died May 25, 1880, Fort Saskatchewan, N.W.T – Accidentally shot while cleaning a Winchester rifle – (JRO 80-81).

CASEY, Robt. - A cripple – Died July 13, 1885 near Medicine Hat, N.W.T. - Killed by a cowboy named Hall as the upshot of a dispute over the result of a horse race. Hall escapes. – (JRO 85).

CAUCHON, Joseph Edouard (Hon.) – Lieut.-Governor of Manitoba (1877-82) – Born December 16, 1816 at St. Roch, Quebec City – Died February 23, 1885 at Whitewood, near Qu'Appelle, N.W.T. – Died at his son's residence – (Obit. 85).

CHAPELLIERE, Father; and 4 Indians – Died August 12, 1882, Lake Muskegs (N.W.T., today in Saskatchewan) – Drowned – (ADS 82).

CLINE, K. – Died June 9, 1886 at Moosejaw, N.W.T. – Killed by lightning – (ADS 86).

COCHRAN, Fitzgerald – Barrister (1856) – Died April 16, 1886 at Calgary, N.W.T., where he had resided since 1884, aged about 50 – He wa a son to the late Rev. Dr. Cochran of Halifax, Nova Scotia. – (Obit. 86).

CONNOR (or KOEHNER), John, a German Jew – Workman on the C.P.R. - Died July 17, 1885 at Regina, N.W.T. - Executed for the murder of Hy. Mulasky, a Pole, fellow-workman on the C.P.R. - He had come to Canada in 1882 – (JRO 85, see May 2, 1885).

COWAN, Alexander – Died July 10, 1886 at Battleford, N.W.T. – Drowned – (ADS 86).

DESLAURIERS, a man from Ottawa – Died September 9, 1882, Turtle Mountain, N.W.T. – Murdered during an altercation by a man named Levesque, formerly of Ottawa, who is sentenced to be hung but is respited on technical grounds – (JRO 82).

DICKENS, Francis Jeffrey – Late Sub-Inspector in the N. W. Mounted Police (1874-86) – Born January 15, 1845 – Died June 11, 1886 at Moline, Illinois, U.S.A. - He was the 2nd son of the distinguished English novelist. – (Obit. 86).

FRASER, George Simpson (Capt.) – Late H.M.'s 62nd Regt. of Foot. – Born January 23, 1839 at Abitibi, H.B.T. (today in Quebec) – Died November 21, 1883 in Montreal, Quebec – He married in 1881 the daughter of the late Edward Vennor, Esq., of Montreal. His father was a chief factor in the H. B. Co.'s service. – (Obit. 83).

FRECHETTE, Edmond (Capt.) – Formerly of the N. W. Mounted Police – Died October 1, 1885 in Ottawa, Ontario, aged 44 – (Obit. 85).

FRENCH, John (Capt.) – Commanding a company of scouts, which he had organized – Died May 13, 1885 Batoche, N.W.T. – Killed at the capture of Batoche – He was a son of the late John French, Esq., of Mornington Park, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and a brother of Col. G. A. French, C.M.G., formerly Commr. of the N.W. Mounted Police, Canada, and now commandant of Queensland forces (Australia). – (Obit. 85).

FULLERTON – Died July 29, 1882, Qu'Appelle, N.W.T. – Drowned – (ADS 82).

GRAYBURN, Marmaduke – Member of the North-West Mounted Police Force – Died November 17, 1879, near Fort Walsh, N.W.T. – Shot by Indians while out alone on duty – He was a son of Capt. Grayburn, Department of Marine and Fisheries, Ottawa – (JRO 79).

HOLT, J. R., and John McMillan – Died February 1, 1883, Fort Walsh, N. W. T. – Frozen while on their way from Maple Creek to a dance at F. Walsh – (ADS 83).

ISBISTER, Alex. Kennedy, M. A., LL.B. – Formerly a factor in the Hudson's Bay Co. – Died May 28, 1883 in England aged 61. – (Obit. 83).

KOEHNER (of CONNOR), John, a German Jew – Workman on the C.P.R. – Died July 17, 1885 at Regina, N.W.T. – Executed for the murder of Hy. Mulasky, a Pole, fellow-workman on the C.P.R. – He had come to Canada in 1882 – (JRO 85, see May 2, 1885).

LAIRD, Janet (Mrs.) – Died January 27, 1879, New Glasgow, P.E.I. Aged 77 – Relict of the late Hon. Alexander Laird, of P.E.I. and mother of Hon. David Laird, Privy Councillor and Lieutenant Governor of the North-West Territories – (Obit. 79).

MACDONALD, Rolland, Q.C. – Judge of the County Court of Welland, Ontario – Born March 17, 1810 near Fort William, N.W.T. – Died December 9, 1881, Welland, Ontario – (Obit. 80-81).

McCARTHY, John – an old man – Died June, 1883 about a mile from Troy, N.W.T. – Murdered. John and George Stevenson, half-breeds, borthers, are charged with the murder and placed on trial October 1, 1883. They are found guilty and sentenced to be hanged on 28th November, but are respited for further enquiry. – (JRO 83).

McCARTHY, John – Died June 14, 1883 – Murdered by John and George Stephenson who are hanged on April 3, 1884. – (JRO 84).

McINTYRE, Maggie – Died July 29, 1882, Qu'Appelle, N.W.T. – Drowned – (ADS 82).

McKAY, James (Hon.) – ex-M.L.C. of Manitoba – Born at Edmonton House, Saskatchewan, N. W. T. – Died December 3, 1879, Deer Lodge, near Winnipeg, Manitoba – He was the eldest son of Mr. James McKay, of Sutherlandshire, Scotland – (Obit. 79).

McLEAN, John (Rt. Rev.) – First Anglican Bishop of Saskatchewan (1874-86), M.A. (1851); D.D. (1871); D.C.L. (1871) – Born November 17, 1828 at Portsay (Portsoy), Scotland – Died November 7, 1886 at Bishop's Court, Prince Albert, N.W.T. – Died the result of an accident. – (Obit. 86).

McMILLAN, John, and J. R. Holt – Died February 1, 1883, Fort Walsh, N. W. T. – Frozen while on their way from Maple Creek to a dance at F. Walsh – (ADS 83).

MOWAT, R. B. – Died July 23, 1883, N.W.T. – Struck by lightning – (ADS 83).

MULASKY, Hy., a Pole – Workman onf the C.P.R. – Died April 6, 1885 at Moosejaw, N.W.T. – Murdered by John Connor (or Koehner), a German Jew, who is executed on July 17, 1885. – He had come to Canada in 1882 – (JRO 85, see May 2, 1885).

POUNDMAKER – A celebrated Indian (Cree) Chief – Died July 4, 1886 at Crowfoot camp, N.W.T. – He had recently been released from the Penitentiary for participation in the N. W. rebellion. – (Obit. 86).

RICHARDSON, Charlotte Isabel (Mrs.) – Died February 2, 1879, Battleford, N.W.T. Aged 56 – Wive of Lt. Col. Richardson, M.E.C. and Stipendiary Magistrate, N. W. Territories – (Obit. 79).

RICHARDSON, Elizabeth Sarah (Mrs.) – Died February 2, 1879, St. Thomas, Ontario, aged 83 – Relict of the late Richard Richardson, Esq., first manager of the Bank of Upper Canada at London, Ontario, and mother of Lt. Col. Richardson, M.E.C. and Stipendiary Magistrate of the North West Territories. – (Obit. 79).

RIEL, Louis – Leader of the Insurrection in the N.-W. Territories – Born October 23, 1844 at St. Boniface, Manitoba – Executed November 16, 1885 at Regina, N.W.T. – He was the son of the late Louis Riel, in his lifetime a popular leader among the ''Half-breeds'' of Red River, of which country he was a native, by Marguerite Boucher, a ''Half-breed'' woman; and grand son of Jean Baptiste Riel, a native of Berthier, Quebec. – (Obit. 85).

SEXSMITH, J. – Died February 8, 1883, Regina, N.W.T. – Smothered by gas in well – (ADS 83).

SKINNER, Enoch Wood (Rev.) – Methodist missionary – Born in 1855 – Died October 24, 1878, near Carlton, N. W. T. – Accidentally killed. It is believed he was killed by the accidental explosion of his gun, which caused instantaneous death – (Obit. 78).

SMITH, Bella – Died July 29, 1882, Qu'Appelle, N.W.T. – Drowned – (ADS 82).

STEINHAUER, Henry Bird (Rev.) – Methodist missionary – Born in 1804 in the Ramah Indian settlement, Lake Simcoe, Ontario – Died December 29 at Whitefish Lake, N.W.T. – He was a pure blooded Indian of the Chippewa tribe, and was adopted in early life by a Pennsylvanian German family named Steinhauer, from whom he took his name and to whom he was indebted for a liberal education. – (Obit. 85).

STEPHENSON, George – Died April 3, 1884 at Regina, N.W.T. – Hanged for the murder of John McCarthy on June 14, 1883. – (JRO 84).

STEPHENSON, John – Died April 3, 1884 at Regina, N.W.T. – Hanged for the murder of John McCarthy on June 14, 1883. – (JRO 84).

STEWART, (Lt.-Col.) – Northern traveller and explorer – Died in 1881, Edmonton, N. W. T. – (Obit. 80-81).

SWIFT RUNNER, a Cree Indian – Died December 20, 1879, Fort Saskatchewan, N.W.T. – Hanged, having admitted murdering his entire family, consisting of his mother, his wife and seven children, this being the first legal execution which has taken place in the North West Territories – (JRO 79).

THIBAULT, Jean Baptiste (Very Rev.) – Ordained 1833, Red River Territory; missionary in Saskatchewan 1842 to 1872 – Born December 14, 1880 – Died April 4, 1879, St. Denis en bas, Quebec – (Obit. 79).

WALSH – Inspector Dominion Lands, N.W.T. – Deceased, successor appointed on March 11, 1885 – (PAPS Dominion 85).

WALSH, Aquila – Commr. of Dominion Lands for Manitoba and the N.W.T. (1882-85) – Born May 15, 1823 at Charlotteville, Ontario – Died March 6, 1885 at Winnipeg, Manitoba – Died by accident – He was descended from U. E. Loyalists. – (Obit. 85).

WILLIAMS, A. T. H. (Lt.-Col.) – M.P, commanding the Midland Battalion during the North-West troubles – Funeral on July 21, 1885 in St. John's Church (Ch. of England) at Port Hope, Ontario – (JRO 85).

WILLIAMS, Arthur Trefusis Heneage (Lieut.-Col.) – M.P., commanding the Midland Regt. on active service in the N.W.T. – Born in 1837 at Penryn Park, Port Hope, Ontario – Died July 4, 1885 on board the steamer North-West, on the Saskatchewan river, N.W.T. – He was the son of the late Commander J. T. Williams, R.N., who represented Durham in the Can. Assembly, 1840-48. – (Obit. 85).

WILLIAMS, Jesse – A negro cook – Died March 29, 1883 at Calgary, N.W.T. – Hanged for the murder on February 8, 1884 at Calgary of James R. Adams. – (JRO 84).



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