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John McNab
Male 1853 - 1921


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  • Birth  17 Nov 1853  St. Clements, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1861  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Catholic 
    Misfortune  1921  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    died of injuries during jail break 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-79203 
    Died  17 Nov 1921  Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Uraemia & badily injury and shock 
    Buried  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I79203  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2017 

    Father  Michael McNab,   b. 1826, Ballycarra, Mayo, Connacht, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1898, Walkerton, Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Magdalena "Lena" Brohman,   b. 23 Apr 1834, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1909, Walkerton, Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Feb 1853  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F35063  Group Sheet

    Family  Julia Daniels,   b. Abt 1855,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1883  [3
    Family ID  F50438  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • In 1876, john purchased a 200 acre farm on the 4th Conc. of West Luther Twp. and in 1883 married JULIA DANIELS of Peel Twp. Elected member of the West Luther Twp. Council, he held this position until 1890 when he was elected Reeve. In 1897, Mr. McNab was elected Warden of Wellington County, resigning this post to accept the Governorship of the Wellington County Jail located in Guelph.

      He was still Governor when, on the 68th Anniversary of his birth, he died as a result of injuries received on Thanksgiving Day during an attempted escape by three "dangerous" prisoners who were awaiting transfer to Kingston Penitentiary.

      Mr. McNab and turnkey EVERSON were jumped by the three prisoners while serving them supper. After refusing to relinquish the keys, both were beaten with a "slug". The three made their getaway; two were captured within minutes by the local constable who had been alerted by the turnkey's wife. In the midst of a county-wide search the third "stole a motor car and this machine was located the next day at Niagara Falls where it had been abandoned. It was suspected that [he] crossed over to the United States where, it is said, he has many friends". Mr. McNab rallied temporarily from his injuries but having suffered a previous accident near Arthur, he was in a weakened condition and his constitution did not withstand this added burden. A fine tribute was paid the deceased by Warden W. G. MCCLELLANDZ "The County has not only lost a valuable official, but also a citizen who did much during his long municipal career to advance the welfare of the county. We in the County Council were well acquainted with Mr. McNab's sterling qualities, both as a public official and a man, and I hope that these cowardly assailants will be justly dealt with." The John McNabs are buried in the R.C. Cemetery, Guelph.1a

      1aA History and Genealogy of the Brohman Family and now we are many pg 44-45

  • Sources 
    1. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 35170 (1921), John McNab..
      John McNab, b. 17 Nov 1858 St. Clement, Ontario, s/o Michael McNab (b. Ireland) & Magadlene Brohman (b. Germany), cause: Uraemia & badily injury and shock, d. 17 Nov 1921 Guelph Twp.

    2. [S855] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1861, Div. 11 Page 67.

    3. [S2337] A History and Genealogy of the Brohman Family and now we are many, Pg 44.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 17 Nov 1853 - St. Clements, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Catholic - 1861 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - died of injuries during jail break - 1921 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Uraemia & badily injury and shock - 17 Nov 1921 - Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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