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Henry William McKenney, M. P. P.

Henry William McKenney, M. P. P.

Male 1848 - 1918  (69 years)

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  • Name Henry William McKenney 
    Suffix M. P. P. 
    Born 24 Feb 1848  Amherstburg, Essex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    1881 Canada Census 1881  Saint Albert, ____, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 192, p. 34  (page is very faint)
      McKenny, Henry    M  33  b. O (Ontario)  Ch of E   Irish  Farmer
    1891 Canada Census 18 Jul 1891  Saint Albert, ____, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 197, Subdistrict 19, p. 8
      McKenny, Henry Wm.       M  43  Md  Head  Ontario   fb. U.States  mb. Ontario   R.C.   Gen. Merchant
      ---, Mary                            F  28  Md   Wife   England       England          England     "
      ---, Maud                           F     6          Dau    N W T         Ontario               "            "
      ---, John                            M    4           Son       "                    "                   "            "
      ---, Aloysia                         F    3           Dau       "                    "                   "            "
      ---, Frederick                      M    2          Son       "                    "                   "            "
      Delorme, Marie                    F   20         Dom       "              N W T             N W T       "      Gen. Servant
    1901 Canada Census 1901  Saint Albert, ____, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • North West Territories, District 202, Subdistrict 4, ED 111, p. 3
      H. W. McKenny       M  W  Head         Md  25 Feb   1848  53     Ontario             Irish       Canada  Cath  Merchant
      Mary       "                F  W  Wife          Md  22 July   1863  37     England  1865  English     --            "
      Maud       "               F  W   Dau           S    12 Oct    1885  15     Alberta             Irish      Canada     "
      John C.    "               M  W  Son           S    21 June  1887  13     Alberta               "              "            "
      Aloysia     "              F  W  Dau            S    22 Sept  1888  12     Alberta               "              "            "
      Frederick   "             M  W  Son           S    24 Jan    1890  11     Alberta               "              "            "
      Alice           "             F  W  Dau           S    11 Nov   1892    8      Alberta               "              "            "
      Frances      "             F  W  Dau           S    1 Feb     1894    7      Alberta               "              "            "
      Arthur         "             M  W  Son           S    5 May    1900  11 M  Alberta               "              "            "
      Jos. Maloni                M  W  Employee  S  10 Feb     1880  21      Manitoba            "              "            "     Commis.
    1911 Canada Census 1911 
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    Book Article 1912  Edmonton, ____, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    "History of the Province of Alberta" by Archibald Oswald MacRae ( Western Canada History Co.), pp. 1007-1009. 
    • HENRY WILLIAM McKENNEY, M. P. P.

      The name of Henry William McKenney has been inscribed high on the roll of the honored pioneers of the great Northwest and as one of the most eminent citizens of Edmonton, in the development of which he has taken such a prominent part, he is well entitled to particular mention in this volume. In a rapidly growing country like the Northwest provinces, the term pioneer is subject to changed conditions, and can only be correctly used in a comparative way. In long settled communities the pioneer is necessarily a thing of the past. There are none living, and those who first settled figure only in tradition or history for, as advance is made into old countries, either the first settler has passed away or he is apt to be an old man, but in new cities of young countries like Edmonton of Alberta, the pioneer may see himself honored at the "old settler's meetings" though still a young man. So although Mr. McKenney is still in middle life, he is entitled to rank as an old settler.

      Henry WIlliam McKenney was born in Amherstburg, Essex county, Ontario, on February 24, 1848, the son of Augustus and Matilda (Grandin) McKenney. The father was a native of Detroit, Mich. of Irish parentage, his ancestor having lived for many generations in County Cork in the Emerald Isle. He came to Canada in early days, about 1830, and was a United Empire Loyalist. He was a master mariner and later a merchant in Amherstburg, Ontario, and died in that place in 1873 at the age of fifty-three. The mother was born in Amherstburg, her ancestors having come from Normandy during the settlement of Lower Canada. Her death occurred in 1909, in Chicago at the age of seventy-sex years. Mr. McKenney, our subject, was educated in public schools of Amherstburg, Ontario, and when fourteen years old cam to the Red River settlement, which is now in the Province of Manitoba, and continued his studies with Dr. Schultz. He started to to study medicine with him but preferring a more active life discontinued the study and went into the fur business as an employee of Henry McKenney & Co., remaining with them a short time until his parents came out to the settlements, when he went into business with his father in the fur business. Two years later, the family returned to their former home and then young McKenney entered the employ of Hackett Bros. of Detroit, cousins of his and large vessel owners of Detroit, and passed the next four years on the great lakes, steadily rising in rank as a navigator, until in the early spring of 1869, before a marine board in Detroit, he successfully passed his examination and became a certified officer, and then returned back west.

      On account of ill health, Mr. McKenney went to Minnesota, where he became a sutler in charge of a post in that state. It was during this time the Riel Rebellion broke out and Mr. McKenney had agreed to take his sister back to Perth, Ontario, but she would not come as she expected the troops in every day. They did not arrive until some months later in August, so Mr. McKenney resigned his position and went to Fort Garry and in 1870 came west to Portage-la-Prairie and afterward to Westburn, Manitoba, where he went into the fur business until 1873, then returned to Winnipeg and was in the hardware business until 1875 in the employmnet of L. R. Bentley, a relative of his. In 1875 Mr. Ells, the geologist, went to the Rocky MOuntain Fort, for the purpose of securing a section of coal from this district for the Centennial Exposition and Mr. McKenney accompanied him as a guide and interpreter. They secured this and floated down the river to Carlton, where Mr. McKenney went into the service of the Hudson's Bay Company as a clerk on the steamer Northcote. He soon left this employ and came to St. ALbert and started in the general mercantile business on his own account, going there in 1883 and staying there until 1903.

      Mr. McKenney sod out his business in 1903 and took a trip on account of his health through California, Oregon, Washington and Bristish Columbia. He expected to settle in California, but having stayed for a time in Edmonton when passing through, was better pleased with the latter place and returned there to make it his home. While at St. Albert Mr. McKenney was postmaster and police magistrate for many years. The cause of education has ever found in him in a warm friend, and he was chairman of the school board for most of his time of his residence there. He was also license commisioner and secretary-treasurer of the First Agricultural Society. In 1907 Mr. McKenney took a trip to Great Britain and Ireland, which greatly imporoved his health.

      Mr. McKenney married in January, 1885, Miss Mary Risdale, a daughter of the later Thomas W. Risdale, of Manchester, England, where she was born, coming to this country in her childhood with her family. Mr. and Mrs. McKenney are the parents of seven living chidlren, Maud, John Christian, Aloysia Agnes, Frederick, Alice, Frances and Albert Edward. Mr. McKenney has now retired from active business life, having accumulated a handsome property, which engages his entire attntion. On November 9, 1905, he was elected a member of the First Provincial Parliament for the old Pioneer Riding of St. Albert and re-elected by acclamation in 1908 for the Pembina Riding. He is a Roman Catholic in religion and the only one in the Parliament. He is prominent in fraternal and social circles, being a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association of Edmonton of which he was President in 1905. Mr. McKenney was a nephew of the late lieutenant-governor of Manitoba, Sir John Schultz, and has demonstrated himself to be an honor to a most honorable family, and as such he is esteemed in the city of his home as well as throughout the Province.
    1916 Canada Census 1916  Edmonton, ____, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 37, Subdistrict 2, ED 2, p. 3
      9918 108 St, Edmonton
      McKenney, Henry W.      Head   M  Md  68  Ont         R. Catholic   Canadian  Irish      English  Retired Merchant
      ---, Mary                          Wife     F  Md  51  England          "               "           English      "       
      ---, Maud                          Dau     F  S     28  Alba               "               "           Irish           "       Reporter - Newspaper
      ---, Aloysia                       Dau     F  S     26  Alba               "               "             "               "       
      ---, Fred                            Son     M  S    25  Alba               "               "             "               "       Accountant - Govt Office
      ---, Alice                           Dau      F  S    22  Alba               "               "             "               "       
      ---, Frances                      Dau      F  S    19  Alba               "               "             "               "       
      ---, Albert E                       Son     M  S    11  Alba               "               "             "               "
    Died 1918 
    Person ID I3419  Ridsdale Families
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2015 

    Father Augustus McKenney,   b. Abt 1821, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1874, Amherstburg, Essex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Matilda Grandin,   b. Abt 1833, Amherstburg, Essex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married Bef 1848 
    Family ID F957  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ridsdale,   b. 22 Jul 1861, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951  (Age 89 years) 
    Married Jan 1885 
    Children 
     1. Maud McKenney,   b. 12 Oct 1885, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     2. John Christian McKenney,   b. 21 Jun 1887, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     3. Aloysia Agnes McKenney,   b. 22 Sep 1888, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     4. Frederick McKenney,   b. 24 Jan 1890, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     5. Alice McKenney,   b. 11 Nov 1891, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     6. Frances McKenney,   b. 1 Feb 1894, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     7. Arthur McKenney,   b. 5 May 1900, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1912  (Age 11 years)
     8. Albert Edward McKenney,   b. 1905, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F956  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Feb 1848 - Amherstburg, Essex County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1881 Canada Census - 1881 - Saint Albert, ____, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1891 Canada Census - 18 Jul 1891 - Saint Albert, ____, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1901 Canada Census - 1901 - Saint Albert, ____, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBook Article - "History of the Province of Alberta" by Archibald Oswald MacRae ( Western Canada History Co.), pp. 1007-1009. - 1912 - Edmonton, ____, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1916 Canada Census - 1916 - Edmonton, ____, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    Henry William McKenney (b. 1848)
    Henry William McKenney (b. 1848)