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John Firth

Birthplace: Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Fort McPherson, Inuvik Region, NT, Canada
Place of Burial: Fort McPherson, Inuvik Region, Northwest Territories, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of John Firth and Euphemia Firth
Husband of Margaret Firth
Father of Catherine Cardinal; James Firth; Joanne MacDonald; Marguerite McLeod; John Firth and 6 others
Brother of N. N. Firth and James Firth
Half brother of Sarah Robertson Firth; Annie Knight Firth and Christina Young Firth

Occupation: HBC "Bay Man"
Managed by: Scott M. J. Reece
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About John Firth


Fur Trader

John Firth is the son of John Firth and his wife Euphemia Sinclair. He was born on 31 October 1853. [Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, database, FamilySearch]

Fort McKenzie 1881

[Canada Census, 1881, database, FamilySearch]

Fort McKenzie 1911

[Library and Archives Canada: 1911 Census of Canada]


From Fort McPherson Metis Scrip Claims

Fort McPherson (Teet'lit Zheh “At the head of the waters”) was originally the site of a Hudson’s Bay Company that was named for “Murdoch McPherson”. It is a town located in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories on the east bank of the Peel River and is 121 km (75 mi) south of Inuvik on the Dempster Highway.

The Hudson Bay Company established a post at the current location in 1840 and eight years later the area was named after Murdoch McPherson, the chief trader for the company. Four years later a Loucheux Indian village moved to the area and Father Grollier set up an Anglican Mission in 1860. In 1903 the RCMP built a detachment post and regularly handled the patrols through the MacKenzie Mountains via the Peel River from Dawson City to Fort McPherson.

Firth, John - Concerning his family's Métis claim - Address, McPherson -

  • Born, Scotland, British Isles in 1852 -
  • Father, Firth, John, (White man) -
  • Mother, Ruphemis Sinclair, (White woman) -
  • Married, 1882 to Margaret Stewart at Fort McPherson -
  • Children, eight living, two dead -
  • Claim no. 15
  1. Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Biographical Sheets

Stromness 1861

Main Street, North End, Stromness: (1) Euphemia Firth Head, Mar, F, 38, Mariners Wife, Orphir (2) John Firth, Son, ,M, 7, Scholar, Stromness (3) James Firth Son, M, 1, Stromness [Orkney Family History Society: 1861 Census Return for Stromness]

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John Firth's Timeline

October 31, 1853
Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 27
Age 28
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, Canada
Age 30
Age 32
Fort Macpherson, Mackenzie District, Northwest Territories, Canada
Age 34
Age 35
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, Canada
Age 36
Age 36
Age 37
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, Canada