Isaac Cockburn

Taylorton, Coalfields, Saskatchewan, Canada

Isaac Cockburn owned a mine in the area, ca 1892,

He hired William Lemond (Billy) Hamilton, who became pit boss, manager, shareholder, then owner

The community of Coalfields grew up around the Hamilton mine, located in the side of the valley, Hamilton built a substantial house called Eagle's nest
above the mine, where his daughter Jessie was born. In 1905 this mine was sold, and Hamilton moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta
See “New Crescent Mine” for his story

The only Isaac Cockburn I can find is this fellow below.

The hamlet of Berwick Ontario, was first settled by four brothers from Scotland, Adam, Peter, James and Isaac Cockburn, in the early 1800s.
They established Cockburn Corners, which was later renamed Berwick, after their home village in Scotland.

The Isaac Cockburn who possibly mined here, was born in 1841 in Berwick ON.  Retired from business interests in Coal, Lumber, and mining,
  It's known he moved to Winnipeg around 1901.   Named after his Uncle Isaac Cockburn. Served on Winnipeg City Council, Ward 1 Alderman, from 1918-1919
He died at Winnipeg May 8, 1927, buried at Gravenhurst ON 
Father Peter Clayton, Mother Mary Cockburn, nee ?
His wife was Alicia (Ida) Secord, b- ca 1839 in Canada
married Apr 13, 1876, in Toronto ON
she was a widow, first married name Clayton.
She was a granddaughter of Laura Secord, nee Ingersoll, 
Laura Secord (1775-1863), died age 93, the heroine of the 1812 war.
Alicia's father was Charles Badeau Secord,(1809-1873) a barrister, who died in 1872, his wife was Margaret Robbins.
He was the only son of James and Laura Secord.   He lived in Newark at one time.
Alicia's grandfather was a James Secord. 
Isaac was a lumber merchant in Toronto in 1876
There was an Isaac Cockburn who was postmaster at Coalfields (Taylorton), Dec 1, 1897-Mar 28, 1901
1907 he was in a court trial shown as former Secretary Western Retail Lumber Dealer's Association
1906 census he and his wife were in the La Claire Hotel, 187 Garry St in Winnipeg, he age 66, her age 62, name Ida
2010 this is called the Windsor Hotel, and is ready to be possibly demolished

no known document to verify this is the correct Isaac Cockburn. Only thing that works out is he resigned postmaster at Coalfields, Mar 1901, and this fellow was in Winnipeg after that 
But I can't find him or his wife in 1901 census, anywhere in Canada? Did he sell the coal mine, and take off travelling?  
Probably wrong spelling of the name in the census?
do I have the correct guy?

Oct 4, 1898- Big storm reported. Manager Cockburn and his wife returned from Winnipeg.
Mar 8, 1900- A Mr. J. Cockburn is away on business, in this newspaper article.
So is it J. or I. Cockburn?
I am pretty sure this is a misprint, and Isaac is correct

His mine was locate near Community of Coalfields, Section 4?, Township 2, Range 6, W2


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