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  • Albert and Josephine Sloman [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A coloured photographic portrait of Albert and Josephine Sloman. The location and date of the photograph are unknown. The Sloman - Bell families were from the St. Catharines and London areas of Ontario. Their descendants include former Black American slaves who settled in Canada. This photo was in the possession ...
    Textmystery     A coloured photographic portrait of Albert and Josephine Sloman. The location and date of the photograph are unknown. The Sloman - Bell families were from the St. Catharines and London ...
  • Albert, Josie and Iris Sloman in the Vegetable Garden [ n.d.]
    Textmystery       This undated black and white family snapshot shows Albert and Josie Sloman (at left) with their daughter, Iris Sloman Bell (third from left) and an unidentified woman in the vegetable garden. The location of the garden is not clear, although it could be St. Catharines or London, Ontario. This photograph ...
    Textmystery     This undated black and white family snapshot shows Albert and Josie Sloman (at left) with their daughter, Iris Sloman Bell (third from left) and an unidentified woman in the vegetable ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bell Family Bible, Deaths, 1862-1916
    Text       A single page from the Deaths section of the Bell Family Bible listing the names and dates of death for various members of the family.
    Text     A single page from the Deaths section of the Bell Family Bible listing the names and dates of death for various members of the family.
  • Bell Family Bible, Deaths, Tyrrell, 1886-1908
    Textmystery       The Deaths page from the Bell Family Bible listing the deaths of Jane Tyrrell in 1886, William C. Tyrrell in 1898, and Lewis Tyrrell in 1908. This Bible was in the possession of the Rick Bell family of St. Catharines, Ontario. Relatives of the Bell family were former Black slaves ...
    Textmystery     The Deaths page from the Bell Family Bible listing the deaths of Jane Tyrrell in 1886, William C. Tyrrell in 1898, and Lewis Tyrrell in 1908. This Bible was in ...
  • 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, 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, 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, 1879
    Textmystery       A first quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by W. Grayson, Minister, and dated August 1, 1879. This ticket 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     A first quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by W. Grayson, Minister, and dated August 1, 1879. This ticket was in the possession of the Rick ...
  • British Methodist Episcopal Church Tithing Ticket, 1884
    Textmystery       A third quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by the Minister, and dated February 17, 1884. This ticket 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 settled ...
    Textmystery     A third quarterly tithing ticket from the British Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by the Minister, and dated February 17, 1884. This ticket was in the possession of the Rick 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 ...
  • Cabinet Card by C. Arthur, Photographer, St. Catharines [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified young woman is featured in this black and white cabinet card by photographer C. Arthur, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The address of Mr. Arthur's studio is printed along the bottom of the photograph. This photograph was among the family memorabilia owned by Iris Sloman Bell of St. Catharines. ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified young woman is featured in this black and white cabinet card by photographer C. Arthur, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The address of Mr. Arthur's studio is printed along ...
  • Cabinet Card by John B. Cook, Photographer, Toronto [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Two young African Canadian girls are the subject of this undated cabinet card photograph by John B. Cook, of Toronto. The address listed on the company stamp, which appears in gold lettering at the bottom of the card, is 191 & 193 Yonge [St.] Toronto. The original photo was over-exposed ...
    Textmystery     Two young African Canadian girls are the subject of this undated cabinet card photograph by John B. Cook, of Toronto. The address listed on the company stamp, which appears in ...
  • Cabinet Card of African American Canadian by Photographer W. J. Rea, of Windsor [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified African Canadian man is featured in this cabinet card by W. J. Rea, photographer, of Windsor, Ontario. The man appears to be in official dress, possibly of a religious or legal nature. This cabinet card bears the stamp of the photographer, W. J. Rea, in black ink along ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified African Canadian man is featured in this cabinet card by W. J. Rea, photographer, of Windsor, Ontario. The man appears to be in official dress, possibly of a ...
  • Cabinet Card of Young African Canadian  by The Dominion Photo Studio, Toronto [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This unidentified African Canadian man is photographed at the Dominion Photo Studio, located at 388 Queen St. West in Toronto. The photographer's name is not known. No date is provided, however, the Dominion Studio is listed as operating from 1893-1894. The reverse of the card displays the Dominion Photo Studio ...
    Textmystery     This unidentified African Canadian man is photographed at the Dominion Photo Studio, located at 388 Queen St. West in Toronto. The photographer's name is not known. No date is provided, ...
  • Cabinet Card of Young Woman Photographed by N. C. Shorey, of Toronto [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An unidentified African American Canadian young woman is the subject of this cabinet card portrait photograph by N. C. Shorey, of Toronto, Ontario. The photo is undated but believed to be taken in the late 1890s. The photographer's stamp, with his name and address, appears in the gold lettering at ...
    Textmystery     An unidentified African American Canadian young woman is the subject of this cabinet card portrait photograph by N. C. Shorey, of Toronto, Ontario. The photo is undated but believed to ...
  • Cabinet Card Portrait Photographed by I. H. Lewis, of Toronto [n.d.]
    Text       A cabinet card portrait of an unidentified woman by I. H. Lewis, a photographer
    Text     A cabinet card portrait of an unidentified woman by I. H. Lewis, a photographer
  • 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, ...
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Black / African Canadian History


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