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  • Bell Family Bible, Marriages, Tyrell - Gains, 1849
    Text       The Marriages page from the Bell Family Bible listing the marriage of Lewis Tyrell to Jane Gains on Aug. 31, 1849 at Culpepper Court House, Virginia. This Bible was in the possession of the Richard Bell Family of St. Catharines, Ontario. Ancestors of the Bell family include former American slaves ...
    Text     The Marriages page from the Bell Family Bible listing the marriage of Lewis Tyrell to Jane Gains on Aug. 31, 1849 at Culpepper Court House, Virginia. This Bible was in ...
  • William Still's Boarding House advertisement [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Original advertisement for William Still's Boarding House, No. 832 South Street, below 9th, south side Philad'a [sic]. Not dated. The advertisement includes handwritten marginalia, possibly by William Still, on the left-hand side referring to St. Catharines. There is a small embossed stamp on the upper left-hand corner of the advertisement. ...
    Textmystery     Original advertisement for William Still's Boarding House, No. 832 South Street, below 9th, south side Philad'a [sic]. Not dated. The advertisement includes handwritten marginalia, possibly by William Still, on the ...
  • Certificate of Marriage, John William Taylor - Susan Jones, 1851
    Text       A certificate of marriage, dated August 10, 1851, for John William Taylor, of St. Catharines, to Susan Jones, also of St. Catharines. The certificate is signed by a William Wilkinson, Baptist Minister. This marriage certificate was in the possession of Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. Rick Bell's mother, Iris ...
    Text     A certificate of marriage, dated August 10, 1851, for John William Taylor, of St. Catharines, to Susan Jones, also of St. Catharines. The certificate is signed by a William Wilkinson, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Signed Tintype of African American Men in Derby Hats [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This undated small black and white tintype, slightly scratched, discolored and bent with age, shows a group of Black men posing for an unknown photographer. There is handwritten signature scratched into the reverse which appears to read "B.J." and "Owen" (see digital image of reverse). The original also has a ...
    Textmystery     This undated small black and white tintype, slightly scratched, discolored and bent with age, shows a group of Black men posing for an unknown photographer. There is handwritten signature scratched ...
  • Tintype of Man with Derby Hat leaning against Chair [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified young Black gentleman poses beside a chair in this small tintype photograph. Both the name of the photographer and the date the photo was taken are unknown. The upper and lower left-hand corners have been cut and the tintype is slightly discolored and bent. This tintype was among ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified young Black gentleman poses beside a chair in this small tintype photograph. Both the name of the photographer and the date the photo was taken are unknown. The ...
  • Tintype of African American Woman with Fan [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This small tintype features a young Black woman standing in front of a painted backdrop with a large stone in the foreground at the studio of an unknown photographer. The unidentified woman is wearing a hat and holding a round fan. This black and white tintype was in the possession ...
    Textmystery     This small tintype features a young Black woman standing in front of a painted backdrop with a large stone in the foreground at the studio of an unknown photographer. The ...
  • Tintype of Young African American Woman Standing with Purse [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified young African American woman stands beside a chair in this small black and white tintype, undated. The name of the photographer is unknown. This tintype was in the possession of the Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines. The Sloman - Bell families have relatives who are descended from ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified young African American woman stands beside a chair in this small black and white tintype, undated. The name of the photographer is unknown. This tintype was in the ...
  • Tintype of Seated African American Gentleman [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified young African American gentleman sits cross-legged on a decorative wooden stool in this small black and white tintype photograph. The date and name of the photographer are unknown. Hand-colored red detailing is visible on the curtain cord and the tablecloth. This tintype was in the possession of Iris ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified young African American gentleman sits cross-legged on a decorative wooden stool in this small black and white tintype photograph. The date and name of the photographer are unknown. ...
  • Tintype of Three African American Women [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Three unidentified Black women, two seated and one standing, pose against a painted backdrop in the studio of an unknown photographer. This small black and white tintype has been cut on the upper and lower left-hand corners. The back of the tintype is a copper color. This photograph was among ...
    Textmystery     Three unidentified Black women, two seated and one standing, pose against a painted backdrop in the studio of an unknown photographer. This small black and white tintype has been cut ...
  • Tintype of African American Woman Standing with Book [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A woman standing with a book beside a table covered with a decorative cloth is featured in this small black and white tintype photograph. The tintype has been mounted in a paper slip frame with gold edging. There is a small area of red, hand-colored highlighting on the tablecloth. The ...
    Textmystery     A woman standing with a book beside a table covered with a decorative cloth is featured in this small black and white tintype photograph. The tintype has been mounted in ...
  • Tintype of African American Man Standing at Wooden Fence [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified African American man poses beside a wooden fence in the studio of an unknown photographer in this small black and white tintype photograph. A painted landscape serves as the backdrop. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The Sloman - Bell ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified African American man poses beside a wooden fence in the studio of an unknown photographer in this small black and white tintype photograph. A painted landscape serves as ...
  • Tintype of Girl Peering through Lattice [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A young African American girl peers through a lattice window in an unknown photographer's studio in this small black and white tintype. The girl in the photo is unidentified. There are slight scratches on the surface of the tintype, which is cut in a hexagonal shape. This tintype was in ...
    Textmystery     A young African American girl peers through a lattice window in an unknown photographer's studio in this small black and white tintype. The girl in the photo is unidentified. There ...
  • Small Tintype of Young Black Woman, Seated [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A young woman seated with arm resting on a side table is pictured in this small black and white tintype photograph. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was among the family memorabilia in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The ...
    Textmystery     A young woman seated with arm resting on a side table is pictured in this small black and white tintype photograph. The date, location and name of the photographer are ...
  • Tintype Portrait of African American Couple [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified couple is pictured in this early black and white tintype photograph. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The Bell - Sloman families have relatives who are descended from Black American ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified couple is pictured in this early black and white tintype photograph. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was in the possession of ...
  • Tintype of Young African American Woman Seated at Table [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Black and white tintype of an unidentified woman seated with hand-colored red detail on her scarf and the tablecloth. The date, location and photographer are unknown. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. Relatives of the Bell - Sloman families include former slaves ...
    Textmystery     Black and white tintype of an unidentified woman seated with hand-colored red detail on her scarf and the tablecloth. The date, location and photographer are unknown. This tintype was in ...
  • Tintype of Man Smoking a Cigar [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This small black and white tintype photograph shows a young Black gentleman smoking a cigar. No date or location is provided. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. Relatives of the Sloman - Bell families are descended from former slaves from the United ...
    Textmystery     This small black and white tintype photograph shows a young Black gentleman smoking a cigar. No date or location is provided. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman ...
  • Tintype of African American Gentleman Seated on Stool [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified man poses for his portrait seated on a stool in this undated black and white tintype photograph. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. Relatives of the Bell - Sloman family include former Black slaves from the United States who settled ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified man poses for his portrait seated on a stool in this undated black and white tintype photograph. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of ...
  • Tintype of Two Young Women, Seated, with Man [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A small tintype of three unidentified individuals, two women, seated, and a young Black gentleman, standing. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The Sloman - Bell families have relatives who were former ...
    Textmystery     A small tintype of three unidentified individuals, two women, seated, and a young Black gentleman, standing. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was in ...
  • Tintype of Unidentified African American Woman Leaning on Chair [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A small tintype of a young Black woman dressed in white. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was among the family memorabilia belonging to Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. Relatives of the Sloman - Bell family are descended from former American slaves.
    Textmystery     A small tintype of a young Black woman dressed in white. The date, location and name of the photographer are unknown. This tintype was among the family memorabilia belonging to ...
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Black / African Canadian History


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