William Lemond Hamilton

Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada

William Lemond (Billy) (Will) Hamilton
b- May 11, 1868, on a farm near Russell, Russell, Ontario
d- Oct 1, 1933, in a car accident, near Wapella SK., age 65
His open car overturned when the front wheel hit a culvert, and pinned him underneath, across his chest.
He had left Wapella where his wife was, to visit his brother, and was almost at the end of his journey.
He married Ellen (Ella) A. McNeil, June 13, 1900, Grey, Huron Co., ON
b- Apr 1872 in Brussels, Huron Co., ON
d- ?
daughter of Lauchlin McNeil and Sarah Lamont
Ellen was a school teacher in Estevan.
Her sister Jessie McNeil, married Peter Cuthbert Duncan, July 28, 1886 at Grey, Huron, ON
When he got married he was Chief of Police in Brandon, MB, age 25, b- Perth Co., ON
son of James Duncan and Joanna Maria Robertson, Peter was the former Mayor, Land Owner, and Business Man, in Estevan in the early years.

when William died he left his widow, and family,
7 children I know of:

1. Jessie Morrow Hamilton,
b- Mar 1901 in SK
d-
living in Winnipeg in 1933

2. Evelyn Hamilton
b- Sept 1905, in SK
d-
married a Mr. Crooks
living in Toronto in 1933
Her story and picture here.

3. Helen Hamilton
b- Apr 1907 in AB
d-
married a Mr. Sinclair
living in Winnipeg in 1933

4. Catherine Hamilton
b- ?
d-?
married a Mr. McGregor
living in Winnipeg in 1933

5. Marion Hamilton
b-
d-
married a Mr. McMurray
living in Bienfait in 1933

6. Douglas Hamilton
b-
d-
living in Winnipeg in 1933

7. Mabel Hamilton,
b- Nov 1909 in AB
d-
living with the family in 1911 in Passburg AB

Father- John Hamilton
b- 1840 in ON
d-
Irish, Methodist, Farmer in 1881 in Russell ON

Mother- Jane Hamilton, nee Lemond
b- 1843 in Ireland

they had 8 children I know of:
1. Mary Hamilton
b- 1866 in ON
d- ?
married Thomas Richard Morrow, Oct 22, 1890 at Russell, ON
b- ca 1860, Russell ON
d- ?
farmer, son of Robert Morrow, and Mary Jane Walsh
2. William Lemond Hamilton (see above)
3. John A. Hamilton
b- 1870 in ON
d-
4. Elizabeth J. Hamilton
b- 1874 in ON
d-
5. Thomas E. Hamilton
b- 1876 in ON
d-
6. George A. Hamilton
b- 1879, in ON
d-
7. Alfred Ernest Hamilton
b- Mar 13, 1882, Russell, Russell Co., ON
d-
farmer when he married
married Alice E. Armour-York, Sept 8, 1909 in Russell, ON
b- ca 1890
daughter of Robert Armour and Mary Jane Moon
8. Henry Hamilton
b- June 26, 1884, Russell, Russell Co., ON

William Lemond Hamilton Bio

William came to Bienfait Coalfields in 1889 from Winnipeg. In 1916 he went into partnership with R. J. Hassard, in the purchase of Bienfait Mines Ltd.
He sold his interest in that mine in 1924, to J. R. Brodie and Thomas Taylor, and went to Taber AB to mine there.
1911 census shows him in Passburg, Mcleod, AB. area, with his family
He opened the Leitch Collieries Ltd. mine at Passburg AB, in 1907.
Due to a crippling General Strike, Heavy Corporate borrowing, and a disappearing European Coal Market, all contributed to this mine closing in 1915.
All the assets were liquidated Aug-Sept 1919. Site declared an Albertan Historical site in 1976

This is a group photo of the Hamilton families at a SE Saskatchewan mine.
Photo above sent to me by Mr. Ron Carpenter, Grand Nephew of Will Hamilton. Thanks Ron!

The life story of William Lemond Hamilton, and his picture etc, are on “ourroots.ca”,
Picture of him and his wife The info here I hope is an addition to those books.

William Hamilton returned to the Bienfait area, ca 1926 to work the Crescent Collieries Ltd.

After William L. Hamilton died, his daughter Jessie Morrow Hamilton, became the Mine Manager at the new Crescent Collieries Ltd.
At that time, it was the Only Mine in Canada Managed by a Woman.

Jessie was born in the family home called “Eagle's Nest”, near their family owned mine, at Coalfields, Assiniboia, NWT, Mar 21, 1901.
Jessie married Hiram Ennis Symons, who was also a Mine Manager at another mine.
Jessie was given a Coronation medal by Queen Elizabeth, shortly after the Queen's Coronation.
Hiram passed away in Calgary AB. June 27, 1974.
Hiram Symons descendants, are well known today in Estevan. Hiram was the father of George Alan Symons.

4 Land Grants I found In William L. Hamilton's name

Part LS 10 of Sec 34, Tsp 1, Rge 6, W2 with Mineral Rights

LS 9 of Sec 34, Tsp 1, Rge 6, W2 with Mineral rights, Prime River Coal Bed Ground.
Riverside Mine is shown on this section in my list of Lignite Mines.


SW Sec 22, Tsp 2, Rge 6, W2, this one with J B Harris


Part SE Sec 32, Tsp 2, Rge 8, W2




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