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Catherine Jane Glen Hamilton

Catherine Jane Glen Hamilton

Female 1844 - 1899  (55 years)

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  • Name Catherine Jane Glen Hamilton 
    Born 9 Nov 1844  Stromness, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Nov 1899  Dundas, Wentworth, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10554  My Relatives
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 

    Father John Macaulay Hamilton,   b. 28 Nov 1799, Lesmahago, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1872, Wentworth, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Marion Sibbald Rae,   b. 5 Apr 1808, Orphir c 19-4 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1890, Wentworth, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 2 Jun 1831  Orphir, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alexander Begg,   b. 19 Jul 1839, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1897, Jesse Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba or Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 20 May 1868  Hamilton, Onario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Minnie Begg,   b. 1868, Red River, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Male Begg,   b. Abt 1870,   d. Abt 1870  (Age ~ 0 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F4088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • at 1851 census at Main Street, Stromness
      moved West to Winnipeg
      1870 Manitoba census at St John MB
      and then to Victoria
      Dr John Rae Explorer specifically DID NOT leave her any £

      Name: Catherine Glenroy Begg
      Death Date: 21 Nov 1899
      Death Location: Wentworth
      Gender: Female
      Estimated birth year: abt 1849
      Birth Location: Kney Island

      Katherine was born in 1844, at Stromness, Orkney, into a seafaring family with historical connections to the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North-West. Notably, she was a niece of Dr. John Rae who discovered the fate of Sir John Franklin’s arctic expedition. Two of her sisters-in-law were daughters of Peter Skene Ogden Jr. of the HBC.

      In 1868 she married Alexander Begg, the business partner of Andrew G.B. Bannatyne, merchant at Red River.

      Among the Women at Red River and the Resistance, 1869-1870, Katherine’s family ties to the Hudson’s Bay Company officer class might go some way to explaining the opinions expressed by her husband in his journal, kept during 1869 – 1870, and modifications to those opinions in his later books (in some instances, almost to the point of reversal). As an independent merchant his writing seems, at times, to be surprisingly loyal to the Company — for example in voicing distaste for its critics, including J.C. Schultz, W.R. Bown, and James Ross. Over the winter of 1869 -1870, however, Begg seems to have aligned himself with the Canadian Party, to the extent that he had a fair degree of knowledge about their activities. Overall, his support for the plan to institute a provisional government was lukewarm, at best — even though his partner Bannatyne was appointed postmaster under the Provisional Government of Assiniboia, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia (Bannatyne in fact seems not to have confided in Begg — as the latter’s journal is often, and obviously, mistaken about points of Provisional Government business).

      Katherine resided in the Town of Winnipeg during the resistance over the winter of 1869 – 1870. Her brother did as well and apparently acted in support of the Canadian Party. In the spring however, the New Nation (6 May 1870), reported that she left the settlement with her brother, identified only as “Mr. Hamilton,” to go to Hamilton, Canada, where she would be visiting friends until the next spring.
      Katherine and ‘Minnie’ apparently returned to Winnipeg and to Alexander, living there to 1884. In that year the family move to London, England, where Alexander had secured employment as a migration promoter for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. A son had been added to the family at some point, but seems to have died while very young.
      In 1888 Katherine relocated with her husband and daughter to Seattle, Washington. The family subsequently resided at Victoria BC, beginning 1892. Katherine was widowed when Alexander died at their home on Jesse Street in 1897. She had her husband’s body transported to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to be interred at St. John’s cemetery. Katherine presumably attended the funeral, while Minnie was left in charge of the family home. Katherine then appears to have continued journeying eastward for an extended vacation to Ontario, “for the benefit of her health.” The plan did not succeed. She died of “pleuro-pneumonia” (pneumonia aggravated by pleurisy). on 21 November 1899 at Dundas, Wentworth County — possibly at the home of her sister, Helen ‘Nellie’ Begue.