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Diamond, James Allen
B: 11 Jan 1855, PEI ( or Feb 1854?)
D: 01 Jul 1919, 65 yrs, 5 mos, 90 days, Hillcrest Hospital, Minneapolis (cancer)
Buried: Joe River Cemetery.
M: 31 Mar 1876, Amelia Matthew, at Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, Canada before they went west d. 1938

FN: Robert Diamond
MN: Ann Cudmore

James Diamond came to Humboldt, MN in Nov 1878 which was as far as the track was completed then. It came down from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Children of James Allen Diamond and Amelia Matthew:

1. Zula Emeline Diamond
B: 12 Apr 1877, PEI
D: 13 May 1928, Humboldt, MN
Buried: Joe River Cemetery, St. Vincent, MN
M: 02 Nov 1891, Richard Warrick Gatheridge (b. 1866 England d. 1946)

2. Eliza Ann (Lydia) Diamond
B: 27 Apr 1879, Winsloe Road, PEI
Bapt: 04 Sep 1880, by E. A. Tonkin at Winsloe United Church
D: 25 Dec 1947, Minneapolis, MN
M: 12 Aug 1896, Samuel Maxwell
Lydia was 3 years old when the family came to Minnesota (indicates emigrating in 1882)

3. Leotte (Lottie) Bethesda Diamond
B: 09 Jul 1881
D: 02 Dec 1957, Hallock, MN
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN
M: 16 Apr 1899, George David (Ben) Matthews b.10 Aug 1873 Cornwall

Lottie was married on a Sunday at the farm home. Lottie's Mother, Amelia was in bed as she had just given birth to a son, Levi, on Saturday. When Leotte came to Humboldt with her parents from Prince Edward Island, they got off of the train 2 miles south of Humboldt because the railroad was not finished yet.

4. Bertha Diamond
B: 08 Feb 1884, Humboldt, MN
D: 29 Jan 1952, Grafton, ND
M: Jul 1902, John Reuben Croaker
Lived her married life at Joliette, ND. When John died, she remarried to Frank Kitt.

5. Charles Leonard (Ikey) Diamond
B: 02 Jul 1885, Humboldt, MN
D: 26 Apr 1963, Hallock, MN
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN
M: 27 Feb 1905, Lilla Turner, Winsloe, PEI

Leonard took his Mother and Father to PEI in the fall of 1904. This was Amelia and James' first trip back to PEI. The channel froze over very early and since there were no ice breakers in those days, they couldn't return until spring when Leonard returned with a wife.

6. Benjamin Glenvilla Diamond
B: 18 Oct 1887, Humboldt, MN
D: 08 Mar 1908, Humboldt, MN

Marva Diamond Hanson said her Father, Herbert, told of the great times Benjamin and he had while growing up. They played a lot of baseball.

7. Herbert Lomas (Paddy) Diamond
D: 25 Dec 1967, Hallock, MN
M: 06 Jan 1913, Annie Mae Turner b. 14 Jun 1894 PEI

Annie Mae Turner, a sister of Leonard Diamond's wife, came to Humboldt from PEI at the age of 17 with her father to visit her sister Lilla, then remained to help her on the farm - which turned out to be 2 years and then married Herbert Diamond.

8. Ernest James Diamond
B: 19 Nov 1892
D: 09 Dec 1892, Humboldt, MN

9. Laurence James (Joe) Diamond
B: 12 May 1894, Humboldt, MN
D: 05 Aug 1946, Humboldt, MN
M: 19 Jul 1916, Alma Rickenberg

Three Diamond boys: Leonard, Herbert, and Laurence, lived their entire life on the main street in Humboldt. Their homes formed a triangle in the middle of the village.

10. Aneata Diamond
B: 05 May 1897, Humboldt, MN
D: 04 Aug 1976, Hallock, MN
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN
M: 19 Nov 1913, Roy Stewart

They were married at St. Vincent, Minnesota by Jim Turner, Justice of the peace. Her sister, Lottie, and husband George David Matthews (Ben), were the attendants.

11. Levi (Speed or Spud) Diamond
B: 15 Apr 1899, Humboldt, MN
D: 05 Dec 1971, Hallock, MN
M: 28 Aug 1927, Margaret Balderston

He also enjoyed baseball and received his nickname from it. The four boys all had nicknames that they carried throughout life: Leonard - Ikey; Herbert- Paddy; Laurence - Joe; and Levi - Speed

12. Amelia Diamond
B: 05 Jan 1901, Humboldt, MN
D: 07 Jul 1972, Hallock, MN or 06 Jul 1972, Hallock, MN
M: 29 Aug 1920, George Hugill, St. Vincent, MN by Jim Turner b. 15 Mar 1894 d. 06 Jul 1972

An internet search showed a John Diamond b. 1844, Canada and a James Diamond b. 1860, Canada. James was shown as a boarder at O'Reiley household on the 1880 census.


James Diamond died at Hillcrest Hospital in Minneapolis, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon July 1st, 1919, age 65 years, 5 months and 90 days. Death was caused by a cancer. Deceased had been ill for several months and was taken to a hospital in Warren several weeks ago and from there to Minneapolis in the belief that a surgical operation would save his life. The physicians were, however, unable to help him and death came as above chronicled.

James Diamond was born in Prince Edward Island. He immigrated to this section 41 years ago (ca. 1878) and until a few years ago, engaged in farming near Humboldt village. For the past several years he has resided in Humboldt. Deceased is survived by a widow, 4 sons and 5 daughters. The sons are: Charles Leonard, Herbert Lomas, Laurence J. and Levi, all of Humboldt; the daughters are Mrs. Richard Gatheridge, Mrs. Samuel Maxwell, Mrs. Ben Matthews, Mrs. Roy Stewart and Miss Amelia Diamond of Humboldt and Mrs. John Croaker of Joliette, ND.

Mrs. Diamond, the widow, and Leonard, Laurence and Herbert went to Minneapolis to bring the remains home arriving on Wednesday. The funeral was held at the North Star Church at 2:30 yesterday, the Rev. Robertson conducting the services. The remains were interred in the Joe River cemetery. The New Era joins the many friends in expressing sorrow at the death of a life long respected resident of the neighborhood. James Diamond's death certificate shows his father as Robert, b. England, and his mother as Cudmore b. England

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