The Drever Women

Jean Anne Drever Pinkham

• born 1849 to William Drever Sr. and Helen Rothney

•— married in 1868 to William Cyprian Pinkham (of Newfoundland) [see also his autobiography http://biofia.com/wcp3/]

• sister to Margaret Drever who married Archdeacon John Alexander McKay (son of Mary Nancy Bunn and William McKay) in 1864, which meant Jean Anne Drever was related by family marriages to Hon. Thomas Bunn, Hon. Dr. C.J. Bird, and Hon. Thomas Sinclair Jr. of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia.

See:

Scrip affidavit for McKay, John Alexander; mother: Elizabeth McKay; father: John McKay (Métis); children: John Alexander, born: August 27, 1869; Charles Edward, born: Jan. 26, 1870; following are children of Elizabeth McKay and Thomas Moore: Rachel Moore, born: March 12, 1858; Wm. T. Moore, born: June 8, 1881 =

http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&cp=59&gs_id=6&xhr=t&q=Margaret+Drever+who+married+Archdeacon+John+Alexander+McKay&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=Margaret+Drever+who+married+Archdeacon+John+Alexander+McKay&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=7dd5295f2d836305&biw=1077&bih=268

•sister to William Drever Jr., a Canadian Party sympathiser.

• her memoirs indicate that — at least in retrospect — she was sympathetic to the Canadian Party “Loyalists” at Red River; was suspicious of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia, and not well informed on its activities – but had a soft spot for Hugh F. Olone (because he proved a gentleman on an occasion when she was harassed by apparently intoxicated and belligerent men on the road through the Town of Winnipeg).

Existing Biographies:

Manitoba Historical Society, http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/pinkham_jad.shtml

Additional Sources:

Selections from the Unpublished Recollections of Mrs. W. C. Pinkham, an early Manitoban, Part 1
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 19, No. 2, Winter 1974

Selections from the Unpublished Recollections of Mrs. W. C. Pinkham, Part 2
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 19, No. 3, Spring 1974

Selections from the Unpublished Recollections of Mrs. W. C. Pinkham, Part 3
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 20, No. 1, Autumn 1974

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Mary Isabella Drever McLeod

•— daughter of William Drever Sr. and Helen Rothney

 •— was unmarried in 1869 – 1870: married James Farquharson McLeod in 1876. [see http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/pageant/20/pinkhamrecollections.shtml]

 •— sister to Jean Anne Drever Pinkham (above);

 •— sister to Margaret Drever who married Archdeacon John Alexander McKay (son of Mary Nancy Bunn and William McKay) in 1864, which meant Mary Isabella Drever was related by family marriages to Hon. Thomas Bunn, Hon. Dr. C.J. Bird, and Hon. Thomas Sinclair Jr. of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia.

See: http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&cp=59&gs_id=6&xhr=t&q=Margaret+Drever+who+married+Archdeacon+John+Alexander+McKay&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=Margaret+Drever+who+married+Archdeacon+John+Alexander+McKay&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=7dd5295f2d836305&biw=1077&bih=268

—• sister to William Drever Jr., a Canadian Party sympathiser.

—• According to a popular story, Mary was active as a Canadian Party sympathiser:

“Mary was only seventeen years old, but showing a steady nerve she volunteered to deliver it [a message to the Red River Expeditionary Force], her friends protested and explained that if she were caught carrying messages to those considered enemies by Riel she might be executed. Mary was fearless and hitched up her buggy to an old mare and awaited the package.

After receiving the important communication, Miss Mary tucked it into the bosom part of her dress looking unconcerned like she was transporting a dozen eggs to a customer.

When she was close to the ships mooring at the Upper Fort she was stopped by an armed man who searched her buggy, but he did not search her person and allowed her to carry on towards the boat.

After hitching her horse to a rail she went aboard and placed the package in the hands of an officer who promised to carry it to a reliable point of mailing.”

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Jane Elizabeth Still Drever

—• daughter of Major and Mrs. Still, apparently of Strathroy village, Ontario — though her maiden name is given as Hill in one census. [see http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/y/u/r/Laura-E-Yurkowski/GENE3-0003.html]

• married in 1868 at Red River to William Drever Jr.

W.L. Morton, ed., Alexander Begg’s Red River Journal, 192, describes Jane’s husband as “William Drever, Jr., 1844-?, son of William Drever Sr..; like his father, a Red River merchant.”

For photo of William Drever Jr. see Glenbow Archives, which notes that he was “Active in Riel Rebellion. Went to Prince Albert in 1892 and homesteaded there, a penetentiary was later built on his property.”

William reputedly helped prisoners escape from Upper Fort Garry, and allegedly accompanied Schultz on the latter’s escape to Canada after the killing of Sutherland. [see http://wsb.datapro.net/rebellions/chap7.html]

• —was either pregnant or with an infant (Frances Helen Drever), in 1870 and apparently intent on leaving the settlement to stay with relatives in Ontario at the earliest opportunity [see http://www.redriverancestry.ca/STILL-JAMES-1864.php]. Reportedly boarded the river steamer International on 15 May 1870, apparently with her sister-in-law Mary, bound for Pembina [see New Nation (20 May 1870)]

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