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  • British Methodist Episcopal Church Tithing Ticket, 1875
    Textmystery       This is a quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by R. Miller, Minister, and dated November 28, 1875. It was in the possession of the Rick Bell Family of St. Catharines, Ontario. Relatives of the Bell family include former Black slaves from the United States who ...
    Textmystery     This is a quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by R. Miller, Minister, and dated November 28, 1875. It was in the possession of the Rick ...
  • British Methodist Episcopal Church Tithing Ticket, 1874
    Textmystery       A quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by Walter Hawkins, Minister, issued on August 16, 1874. This ticket was in the possession of the Richard Bell Family of St. Catharines.
    Textmystery     A quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by Walter Hawkins, Minister, issued on August 16, 1874. This ticket was in the possession of the Richard Bell ...
  • British Methodist Episcopal Church Tithing Ticket, 1889
    Textmystery       A second quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by Rev. P. Brooks, Minister, issued on November 24, 1889. This ticket was in the possession of the Richard Bell family of St. Catharines, Ontario. The Bell family ancestry includes former Black American slaves who settled in Canada.
    Textmystery     A second quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by Rev. P. Brooks, Minister, issued on November 24, 1889. This ticket was in the possession of the ...
  • St. Catharines Public Schools Honor Pupils certificate to Bessie Bell, December 1910.
    Textmystery       A St. Catharines Public Schools Honor Pupils certificate presented to Bessie Bell, dated December 8, 1910 and signed by G. E. Lounsbury, Teacher. This certificate was in the possession of the Richard Bell Family of St. Catharines, Ontario.
    Textmystery     A St. Catharines Public Schools Honor Pupils certificate presented to Bessie Bell, dated December 8, 1910 and signed by G. E. Lounsbury, Teacher. This certificate was in the possession of ...
  • Bell Family Bible, Family Record, 1853-1897
    Text       The Family Record page from the Bell Family Bible providing information on the births of Bell ancestors. Relatives of the Bell family include former American slaves who later settled in Canada. This Bible was in the possession of the Rick Bell Family of St. Catharines, Ontario.
    Text     The Family Record page from the Bell Family Bible providing information on the births of Bell ancestors. Relatives of the Bell family include former American slaves who later settled in ...
  • Bell Family Bible, Miscellaneous, 1895 - 1918
    Text       A page from the Bell Family Bible entitled "Miscellaneous" recording the dates and places of birth of the children of Charles and Mary Bell. The birth dates for the eight children listed range from 1895 to 1918. There is also a single entry under the heading "Age of Children of ...
    Text     A page from the Bell Family Bible entitled "Miscellaneous" recording the dates and places of birth of the children of Charles and Mary Bell. The birth dates for the eight ...
  • Photograph of Girl by Edwin Poole, Photographer, St. Catharines [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This unidentified girl is featured in a photograph taken by St. Catharines photographer Edwin Poole. This cabinet card was among the memorabilia in the possession of the Rick Bell family of St. Catharines, Ontario. The Bell family is descended from Black slaves from the United States who settled in southern ...
    Textmystery     This unidentified girl is featured in a photograph taken by St. Catharines photographer Edwin Poole. This cabinet card was among the memorabilia in the possession of the Rick Bell family ...
  • Photograph of Bell Family Relative [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Small black and white photograph mounted on black card of an unidentified Bell family relative, possibly a sibling of Irene Bell, whose photo is similarly featured. This undated photograph was in the possession of the Rick Bell family, whose relatives include former Black slaves from the United States.
    Textmystery     Small black and white photograph mounted on black card of an unidentified Bell family relative, possibly a sibling of Irene Bell, whose photo is similarly featured. This undated photograph was ...
  • Photograph of Irene Bell age 16 years, 1909
    Textmysterycomment       An unidentified girl, believed to be Irene Bell, is featured in this small black and white portrait photograph. Handwritten inscription on the reverse indicates the photo was presented in August 1909. The name of the recipient is illegible. This photo was in the possession of the Rick Bell family of ...
    Textmysterycomment     An unidentified girl, believed to be Irene Bell, is featured in this small black and white portrait photograph. Handwritten inscription on the reverse indicates the photo was presented in August ...
  • Photograph of Mildred Sloman [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Mildred Sloman is pictured with three unidentified gentlemen in this undated photograph, believed to be taken in London, Ontario. This black and white snapshot was in the possession of the Rick Bell family, whose ancestors include Black slaves from the United States.
    Textmystery     Mildred Sloman is pictured with three unidentified gentlemen in this undated photograph, believed to be taken in London, Ontario. This black and white snapshot was in the possession of the ...
  • Photograph of Josephine Sloman [n.d.]
    Text       Josephine Sloman pictured in this undated photograph taken in Niagara Falls. Josephine (Ellen Butler) Sloman was born in 1891 in London, Ontario. This small photo was among the family memorabilia in the possession of Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, whose ancestors include former Black slaves from the United States.
    Text     Josephine Sloman pictured in this undated photograph taken in Niagara Falls. Josephine (Ellen Butler) Sloman was born in 1891 in London, Ontario. This small photo was among the family memorabilia ...
  • Bell - Sloman Wedding Day Photo, 1939
    Textmystery       This photograph was taken on the wedding day of Richard Nelson Bell and Iris Sloman in 1939. Pictured in the photograph, from left, are: Charles Bell, father of Richard Nelson Bell; Josephine Sloman, mother of Iris; Richard Nelson Bell; Iris Sloman Bell; Mary Bell, mother of Richard Nelson Bell; and ...
    Textmystery     This photograph was taken on the wedding day of Richard Nelson Bell and Iris Sloman in 1939. Pictured in the photograph, from left, are: Charles Bell, father of Richard Nelson ...
  • Richard Nelson Bell - Iris Sloman Wedding Day Photo, 1939
    Textmysterycomment       A black and white photograph taken in 1939 on the occasion of the marriage of Richard Nelson Bell to Iris Sloman. Pictured in the photograph, from left to right, are: Bert Sloman; Richard Nelson Bell; Iris Sloman Bell; and Helen Beatty Sloman. This photograph was in the possession of Rick ...
    Textmysterycomment     A black and white photograph taken in 1939 on the occasion of the marriage of Richard Nelson Bell to Iris Sloman. Pictured in the photograph, from left to right, are: ...
  • Photograph of Robert Bell, Airborne Regiment, World War II [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A photograph of Robert Bell (kneeling, front row, third left) with his airborne regiment in the Second World War. The date and location of the photo is unknown. This photograph was among those recovered from the attic of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, in the 1980s and kept in ...
    Textmystery     A photograph of Robert Bell (kneeling, front row, third left) with his airborne regiment in the Second World War. The date and location of the photo is unknown. This photograph ...
  • Lizzie Sloman with Ab and son in London, Ontario [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A black and white photograph of Lizzie Sloman, with two men identified on the reverse as Ab (left) and son (right). The photograph is not dated but is recorded as being taken in London, Ontario. It appears the photo marks some occasion, as one gentleman is in full uniform, while ...
    Textmystery     A black and white photograph of Lizzie Sloman, with two men identified on the reverse as Ab (left) and son (right). The photograph is not dated but is recorded as ...
  • Lizzie and Sid Sloman, London, Ontario [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An undated black and white photograph of Lizzie and Sid Sloman, taken outside a home in London, Ontario. This photo was in the possession of the Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, whose mother was Iris Sloman Bell. The Sloman - Bell family ancestry includes escaped slaves from the United States ...
    Textmystery     An undated black and white photograph of Lizzie and Sid Sloman, taken outside a home in London, Ontario. This photo was in the possession of the Rick Bell, of St. ...
  • Mildred Sloman [ n.d.]
    Textmystery       Mildred Sloman, dressed in uniform, is pictured here in this undated black and white snapshot, likely taken in the early 1940s. The Sloman family is descended from former American slaves who settled in Canada. This photograph was among the family memorabilia in the possession of Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, ...
    Textmystery     Mildred Sloman, dressed in uniform, is pictured here in this undated black and white snapshot, likely taken in the early 1940s. The Sloman family is descended from former American slaves ...
  • Unidentified Sloman relative [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This undated photograph features an unidentified Sloman family relative pictured outside of a house in an unknown location. The photograph was among the family memorabilia retrieved from the attic of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, in the 1980s. The Sloman - Bell family has descendants who are former Black ...
    Textmystery     This undated photograph features an unidentified Sloman family relative pictured outside of a house in an unknown location. The photograph was among the family memorabilia retrieved from the attic of ...
  • Mary Bell with Rick Bell, early 1950s
    Textmystery       A black and white photograph of a very young Rick Bell with his grandmother, Mary Bell. The location is not recorded on the photo, however, it is likely to be Niagara Falls or St. Catharines, Ontario. This photograph was in the possession of Rick Bell, who retrieved family memorabilia from ...
    Textmystery     A black and white photograph of a very young Rick Bell with his grandmother, Mary Bell. The location is not recorded on the photo, however, it is likely to be ...
  • Josephine Sloman at Cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario
    Text       Josephine Sloman is pictured holding a wooden oar at a holiday cabin in Parry Sound, Ontario in this undated black and white photograph. Her husband, Albert, is likely the person standing to her left, visible through the trees. This photograph was in the possession of the Rick Bell family, of ...
    Text     Josephine Sloman is pictured holding a wooden oar at a holiday cabin in Parry Sound, Ontario in this undated black and white photograph. Her husband, Albert, is likely the person ...
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Black / African Canadian History


Collection of records from the Richard Bell Family Fonds at Brock University c.1850 to 1950.