William Bramwell WADDELL (1857-1942)

Born in Harrow, Essex County, Ontario on 04 January 1857, he was the son of James Waddell (1818-1905) and Sarah Lockhart (1831-1915). He was educated at Harrow.

On 12 March 1885, he married Agnes Elle Sanderson (1864-1942) and they had eight children: Irene Letitia Waddell (1886-1961, wife of Roderick Murray), Hugh George Waddell (1888-1932), William Edward Waddell (1890-1890), Ida Jemima Waddell (1892-1980), Clarence James Waddell (1894-1973), Wilfred S. Waddell (189601897), Beryl Waddell (1899-1998, wife of Harry Jones), and Edith Mary Waddell (1902-1981).

Farmer, MLA

He came to Manitoba and took up farming. In 1901, he served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam and, two years later, as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Minto. He moved to Winnipeg in 1918 and to Middlechurch in 1927.

He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Minnedosa constituency in 1903, re-elected in 1907, but defeated in1910 and 1914.

He died at his Middlechurch home on 13 January 1942 and was buried in the Boyd Cemetery, located east of Bethany.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Birth and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary [Irene Letitia Murray], Stonewall Argus, 29 December 1961, page 2.
  • Obituary [Hugh G. Waddell], Winnipeg Tribune, 06 July 1932, page 9.
  • Obituary [Clarence J. Waddell], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1973, page 36.
  • Obituary [Ida J. Waddell], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1980, page 48.
  • Obituary [Edith M. Waddell], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1981, page 60.
  • Obituary [Beryl Jones], Winnipeg Free Press, 01 May 1998, page C7.


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