Catherine Jane Glen Hamilton1844 - 1899 (55 years)
Name Catherine Jane Glen Hamilton Born 9 Nov 1844 Stromness, Orkney Gender Female Died 21 Nov 1899 Dundas, Wentworth, Ontario Person ID I10554 My Relatives Last Modified 10 Oct 2018
Father John Macaulay Hamilton, b. 28 Nov 1799, Lesmahago, , d. 5 Nov 1872, Wentworth, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Age 72 years) Relationship natural Mother Marion Sibbald Rae, b. 5 Apr 1808, Orphir c 19-4 , d. 16 Feb 1890, Wentworth, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Age 81 years) Relationship natural Married 2 Jun 1831 Orphir, Orkney Family ID F3147 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Alexander Begg, b. 19 Jul 1839, Quebec, Canada , d. 6 Sep 1897, Jesse Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba or Victoria, British Columbia (Age 58 years) Married 20 May 1868 Hamilton, Onario Children 1. Margaret Minnie Begg, b. 1868, Red River, Manitoba , d. Victoria, British Columbia [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
- 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
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 Hudsons Bay Company and the North-West. Notably, she was a niece of Dr. John Rae who discovered the fate of Sir John Franklins 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, Katherines family ties to the Hudsons 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 latters 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 husbands body transported to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to be interred at St. Johns 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.
- at 1851 census at Main Street, Stromness