David Wishart Inkster1

#569, (1895 - a 1975)
FatherMagnus Inkster2 (1847 - 1911)
MotherJanet McKechnie1 (1856 - 1907)
RelationshipGrandson of William Inkster
ChartsDescendants of John Inkster & Abigail Marion
Magnus Inkster & Janet McKechnie descendants

Life Events

BirthDavid Wishart Inkster was born on 26 Jan 1895 in Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario.
Information from the register: son of Magnus Inkster & Jennie McKechnie, Farmer, informant Magnus Inkster Farmer 9th Concession Bruce, registered 20 Feb 1895. [David Wishart was the name of the Presbyterian minister in Madoc, where the Inksters lived before moving to Bruce County]1 
(Subject) Photograph Appeared in a family group photo figured to be taken about 1900.3
Magnus & Janet Inkster with their children Mac, Dave & Agnes
(taken about 1900)
(with Parents) 1901 CensusDavid appeared on the 1901 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario with his parents. He was 6 years old and born 26 January 1895 in rural Ontario.4 
1911 CensusBrothers Wm and David Inkster appeared on the 1911 Census of Saskatchewan, at Range 2 Township 40 Range 23. William was 25, born in July 1885 in Ontario, of English origin, and was a farmer working on his own account. David was 14, born in September 1896 in Ontario, and had no occupation or school attendance noted.5 
CEFHe volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 10 Dec 1917 at Edmonton, Alberta. The attestation papers included the following information: of Bluesky, Alta, born January 26th 1895 in Bruce County Ontario, single, Presbyterian, Farmer, next-of-kin brother William M Inkster of Unity Sask, no previous military service, signature, height 5 ft 6 in, chest 37" expanded, clear complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, scar on right cheek.6 
David Wishart Inkster
CEF attestation papers
(front of form)
Passenger ListHe was listed on a manifest dated Jul 1919 for the Carmania, arriving in Halifax from Liverpool with troops traveling from Epsom to Dispersal Area "I". The entry was for Pte. David Wishaw [sic] Inkster, number 3213516, next of kin his brother, religion Presbyterian, residence Bluesky, Alta.7 
Land Record In Mar 1920, David Wishart Inkster homesteaded at NW 12-82-2-W6. This was near Bluesky, Alberta.8 
Photograph Here is Dave's log cabin on his homestead at Bluesky, Alberta.9
Dave Inkster's log cabin at Bluesky, Alberta
1921 CensusDavid Inkster appeared on the 1921 Census of Alberta, at Section NW12 Township 82 Range 2 W6. He owned his one room wood house. He was 26, single, born in Ontario, parents born in Ontario, of Scotch origin, Presbyterian, and farmed his own farm.10 
Photograph Here is Dave in uniform in the summer of 1941 at Niagara Falls.9
David Wishart Inkster
Niagara Falls, 1941
Photograph A photo of brothers Dave & Will Inkster with Dave McKechnie.9
Dave Inkster, Will Inkster, & Dave McKechnie, August 1950
(Mentioned) ObituaryThey was mentioned in William McKechnie Inkster's 1954 obituary as brother Dave of Bluesky.11,12 
(Mentioned) ObituaryThey was mentioned in Agnes Boyd Harvey's 1975 obituary as brother Dave Inkster of Blue Sky, Alta.13 
DeathDavid died after 19 Apr 1975.13
Last Edited25 Jun 2014


  1. Birth Registrations of Ontario, Canada. Image viewed at Ancestry.com. David Wishart Inkster, #002921-95.
  2. Marriage Registrations of Ontario, 1857-1928. Image viewed at Ancestry.com. Inkster/McKechnie, #001511-78.
  3. Copies of photographs in Marie Inkster's collection.
  4. 1901 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Bruce W (50), Bruce (a-3), page 1, line 46.
  5. 1911 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, Battleford, 22 Townships 39, page 5.
  6. Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers & Enlistment Forms. Library and Archives Canada, (http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020110_e.html), online images, David Wishart Inkster, Regimental Number 3213516.
  7. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada images, viewed at Ancestry. David Wishaw Inkster, 1919.
  8. Index to Dominion Land Grants, Western Canada, 1870-1930, compiled by Library and Archives Canada, <http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020111_e.html>.
  9. E-mails from Lorna McLennan to J Kolthammer.
  10. 1921 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Alberta, Edmonton West, SD 67, Page 3.
  11. Obituary of William McKechnie Inkster in Peace River Record Gazette, 9 December 1954. transcribed by Lorna McLennan.
  12. Index to Obituaries, in the Peace River Record Gazette, 1952-1971, compiled by Lois Stranaghan, Peace River & District Branch of Alberta Genealogical Society, compilation date unknown. read online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~abgpags/rg19521971.html
  13. Obituary of Agnes Boyd Harvey in Victoria Colonist, 19 April 1975.