Fonds 2007.12 - Abram Olmstead fonds

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Abram Olmstead fonds

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CA CPA 2007.12

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  • 1881 (Creation)

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Abram Olmstead came to the Kerfoot District of the RM of North Cypress from his birthplace near Ottawa, ON.with two of his relatives, one his nephew and the other the son of George A Olmstead. The group travelled by foot, canoe, riverboat and any other way they could. George Olmstead's son returned to Ontario and reported that there were great opportunities on the Carberry Plains, and brought back with him many relatives who settled in the Carberry area and in the Birtle/Dauphin area of Manitoba. Abram homesteaded land (SW 1/4 4-12-4) at that time, and married Mary Emma McRea (1860-1952), who came from Cumberland in the County of Russel in Ontario, in what is now the Petrel District. The couple farmed this land until 1921, when they retired to Carberry, turning the farm over to their sons, Howard, Vernon, and Percy. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in 1950.

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Records have been presented to the Carberry Plains Archives in 2007 by Ivan Olmstead of Carberry, MB, grandson of Abram Olmstead, with the agreement of the Abram Olmstead family. The document had been kept in a family bible and passed to Ivan Olmstead by his father. Abram Olmstead walked to Brandon and back (a distance of approx. 60 miles) to obtain the licence; it was the first marriage licence issued in Brandon County (apparently from the Reesor's Jewellery Store in Brandon), and the date of the marriage was October 19, 1881,

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Fonds consists of an original marriage licence issued to Abram Olmstead and Mary Emma McRea by the County of Brandon in Manitoba; the number on the licence is "1".

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