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Roots, Reg

  • Person
  • fl. 1970s

Reg Roots was a photographer based at 22 Edgecombe Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

Marr, Ella Dora

  • Person
  • 1886-1974

Dora Mater was born on 6 November 1886, the child of Jacob Mater and Mary (Sider). She married George William Marr in Wainfleet, Ontario on 23 June 1920. She died on 26 April 1974.

Taylor, R. L.

  • Person
  • fl. 1942-1947

R. L. Taylor was the editor of The Deseronto Post newspaper between 1942 and 1947.

Detlor, Maurice Leroy

  • Person
  • 1907-1981

Maurice Leroy Detlor was born in Deseronto, Ontario, the child of Bismarck Detlor and Winnifred (formerly Moore). He married Ola Blanche Ostrander on June 30, 1932. He died on 8 September 1981.

Moore, Henry Meldrum 'Harry'

  • Person
  • 1882-1962

Henry Meldrum Moore was born on 19 October 1882, the child of Henry Lemesieur Moore and Margaret (formerly Drysdale). He worked as a printer's apprentice and in 1908 he married Mabel Christina Coleman in Cookstown, Ontario. From 1919 to 1929 he was the publisher of The Deseronto Post newspaper. He died in Pembroke, Ontario on 4 April 1962.

Newport, Ernest Stewart

  • Person
  • 1891-1918

Ernest Stewart Newport arrived in Canada in 1896 with a party of children on the SS Scotsman under the care of Rev. Robert Wallace of the Marchmont Home in Belleville. In the 1901 census he was living in South Fredericksburgh, Ontario as the adopted son of Lois Vanderwater. Lois died on 22 January 1915 and Newport moved to Deseronto, where he started The Deseronto Post newspaper. He married Nyeta Luella Windover in Napanee on 18 January 1917 and died of Spanish flu in Deseronto on 3 November 1918.

BCIVS 2000

  • Corporate body
  • fl. 1997

BCIVS 2000 was a community campaign group formed with the aim of keeping the former Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School building standing in Belleville, Ontario.

Morrison, Earl

  • Person
  • 1921-1978

Joseph Earl Morrison was an editor and publisher of newspapers in Eastern Ontario, including The Deseronto Post, The Napanee Beaver and The Picton Gazette, with his wife Jean (formerly Bier).

Morrison, Jean

  • Person
  • 1922-2019

Jean Morrison (formerly Jean Bier) was publisher and editor of The Napanee Beaver and The Picton Gazette.


  • Corporate body
  • 1925-

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) was established in 1925.

Jarrett, Thomas

  • Person
  • 1874-1935

Thomas Jarrett was born in Wilmington, Kent, England in 1874, the child of Edwin Jarrett and Jane (Parrick). The family were in Canada by 1881. Thomas married Ella May Strickland in Toronto in 1892 and the couple settled in Trenton, Ontario. Thomas Jarrett died there on 17 May 1935.

Pierce, Lindi

  • Person
  • fl. 2011-2020

Lindi Pierce is a photographer and writer who lives in Belleville, Ontario.

Rubidge, Frederick Preston, D.P.S.

  • Person
  • 1806-1897

Frederick Rubidge was born March 10, 1806 in London, England. He emigrated to Upper Canada in 1825 to study surveying. In 1831, Frederick officially qualified as a provincial surveyor, later working for the Board of Works for the Province of Canada (Public Works). He also dabbled in architecture, drafting several prominent buildings, including the conversion of Rideau Hall to the official residence of the governor general of Canada, the Montreal Court House and the Parliament buildings. In 1872, Frederick received his dismissal from the government, as he was a civil servant over age 65. He died in Montreal on August 16, 1897.

Evans, John Dunlop, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1843-1930

John D. Evans was born in Goderich, Ontario on 27 May 1843. He was educated at the Upper Canada College in Toronto. He trained as a land surveyor and moved to Belleville, Ontario, in 1867. He worked as a surveyor and architect, being responsible for a number of buildings in Belleville including what is now City Hall (built 1871-1873). He worked as the Chief Engineer of the Central Ontario Railway from 1881, retiring in 1925. Evans died in Toronto on 7 November 1930.

His son, John Walter Evans was a prominent engineer and surveyor in the City of Belleville.

Ransom, John Thomas, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1889-1962

John Thomas Ransom was born on August 25, 1889, to parents Giles Sanders Ransom and Margaret Wilson at York, Ontario. He married Lottie Ruth Long on March 19, 1912, at York, Ontario. He was a Provincial Land Surveyor active in Hastings County from the 1940s-1960s. His son, Thomas S. Ransom was also a surveyor in the local area. John Ransom died on October 13, 1962.

Peachey, James, D.L.S.

  • Person
  • d. 1797

Around 1773, James Peachey worked in the office of the surveyor general for Quebec. By May 1783, he was employed as a deputy surveyor under surveyor general Samuel Holland. He surveyed lots of land for troops and loyalists in Upper Canada. He died on November 24, 1797 likely due to an epidemic in Martinique where he was deployed.

Bartley, Onesiphorus, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1815-1879

Onesiphorus Bartley was born on April 4, 1815, at Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, to parents Onesiphorus Windle Sr. and Mary Ann Collett. He was baptized July 3, 1822 at Wiltshire, England. At some point he immigrated to Ontario, Canada. He then married his wife, Sarah Carroll, on September 1, 1844 at St. Pauls, Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario. In the 1878 Belleville Directory, his professions were listed as Provincial Land Surveyor and civil engineer. He died on September 28, 1879. His estate was left to his only next of kin - his son.

Simpson, George Albert, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1842-1905

George Simpson was born on October 11, 1842, to parents Hilda Platt and Benjamin Simpson, at Hallowell, Prince Edward, Ontario. He officially registered as a Provincial Land Surveyor on October 7, 1864, and relocated to Belleville, Ontario. In 1873, he married Emma Ross of Picton, Ontario. He died on January 8, 1905 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Drewry, William Stewart, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1859-1939

William Drewry was born on January 20, 1859, at Belleville, Ontario, to parents John Burnham Drewry and Glorianna Climie. He was apprenticed to Evans and Bolger in 1879 and qualified as an Ontario Land Surveyor (1882), and a Dominion Land Surveyor (1883). Throughout his career he surveyed with several government departments, railways and private firms. In 1884, he married Clare Lillian Hazard. He died on December 2, 1939 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Hermon, Royal Wilkerson, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1830-1907

Hermon was born on March 4, 1830, at a farm in Rednersville Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, to parents William Hermon and Sarah Roblin. He had 8 siblings. His paternal grandparents were "Pennsylvania Dutch," and immigrated to Canada in the 1770s, while his maternal side were United Empire Loyalist settlers. Hermon went to school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He went on to teach school and eventually train and qualify as a Provincial Land Surveyor. He set up practice in the Counties of Hastings and Prince Edward. From 1882 to 1884, he was employed as Inspector of Dominion Lands Survey.

His first wife was Anne Louise Bolton of York, Ontario (m. 11 May 1861), by whom he had two children, Ernest Bolton and Robert. After her death in 1867, he married Olive A. Jeffs the following year. They had three children: Edward William, Royal Ridley and Roblin Compton. After the passing of his second wife in 1875, he remarried once again. This time he was wed to Mary Doan and produced two more children: Mary Gertrude and Bartle Pierre. After a long and prosperous life, Hermon died of "surveyors stomach trouble" on February 9, 1907, at the farm where he was born 77 years earlier.

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