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Donoahue, Thomas

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  • 1863-[bef. 1944]

Thomas Donoahue was a photographer who was born in England and moved to Canada in 1877. He worked as a photographer in Tweed and Belleville.

Smith, D. C.

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Buchanan, John Albert

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  • 1896-1978

Captain John Albert (Jack) Buchanan was born on April 30, 1896 and died on November 5, 1978. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan and was married to Pauline Conder. He held a Captain's Certificate for both the Great Lakes and Ocean Boats. His career spanned forty-five years. He was a captain of the Great Lakes Passenger Boats, Niagara Navigation Co., and later Canada Steamship Lines running from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake. He was also captain of freighters running from Halifax to Duluth. His work entailed being captain of the City of Belleville (McCreary Boat) as well as the Glenora Ferry with the former department of highways.
Captain Buchanan attended Tabernacle United Church and sang in the old John Street Church Choir. He was a veteran of the First World War serving with the Canadian Bantam Light Infantry. After the war he entertained the troops as a vocal tenor.
Captain Jack Buchanan was a life member of the Prince Edward Masonic Lodge of Picton, receiving his 50 years Jewel.

Bradshaw, Capt. James

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  • 1723-1797

Born in Ireland immigrated to the United States, was commissioned in 1777. Incorporated as a Loyalist in 1780, settled Lot 14, 5th Concession Fredericksburgh, died February 1797, buried 20 Feb 1797. Langhorn's Anglican Registers 1787 - 1814

Brown, James

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  • 1828-1897

Politician and soldier of Belleville, Ontario. Wikipedia article:

Burrell, Ellis

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  • 1825-1882

Born South Lappum England, Burrell Axe Factory, E. Moira (listed Gazetteer & Directory Ontario 1869), died March 1882

Caldwell, Joseph

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  • 1853-1931

Dentist, living Thurlow 7 Con. married 25-Sep-1878, age 25 to Edna Mary Conant. Father Joseph Caldwell, Mother Mariah Caldwell.

Callaghan, Maurice

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  • 1890-1972

Ice dealer, son of John Callaghan, husband of Ellen Tighe, died March 1972.

Weese, Durwood Alexander

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  • 1864-1936

Durwood Alexander Weese was born in Shannonville, Ontario, on 6 August 1864. He worked as a photographer in Belleville in the 1890s. He died in Hamilton, Ontario, on 11 February 1936.

Van Blaricom, Earl Winfield

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  • 1890-1980

Earl Winfield Van Blaricom was born in Sidney Township, Hastings County, Ontario on 13th May 1890. He was a student at Albert College, Belleville, Ontario, until 1907, when he went on to Queen's University in Kingston, graduating in 1912. He studied law at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1916. Van Blaricom served as a gunner with the Canadian Field Artillery during the First World War (personnel record at

After the war, Van Blaricom opened a law office in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. He served on the town's Council and as its mayor. He retired in 1957 and moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, where he died in 1980.

Riggs, Leo Bates

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  • 1879-1956

Leo Bates Riggs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1879 to William Bates Riggs and Mary Riggs (nee Nelson). He studied piano and organ in Toronto under a variety of prominent masters. He was then appointed organist and director of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Ontario. In 1901, he accepted a position as organist and director of the First Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he taught piano and organ at the Central College of Music in Indianapolis, Indiana. That same year, on August 28th, he married Mabel Kathleen Deguerre, a graduate of the Toronto Conservatory of Music. She was director of the Vocal Department of Albert College in Belleville, Ontario, and after their marriage she joined her husband on the staff of the Central College of Music, in Indianapolis, Indiana, teaching voice. In 1903, their only child, Leona Riggs, was born.
In 1909, the family moved to New York City where Leo Bates Riggs became chief organist and director of music at the Astor Hotel. He performed in concerts throughout New York, and was among the first organ artists to be broadcast over the radio station WBC, New York.
In 1924, he and his wife returned to Belleville, Ontario so that he could assist his ailing father, William Bates Riggs, in his automobile business. For many years, Leo Bates Riggs successfully maintained the Riggs Garage until his retirement in 1954.
Continuing his musical career in Belleville, Leo Bates Riggs became the organist at John the Baptist Church until it burned down in 1936. Leo Bates Riggs also preformed for many Belleville clubs and organizations, as well as belonging to the Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club. He was also the president of the Chamber of Commerce, in Belleville, Ontario, for a brief period of time.
Leo Bates Riggs died at his summer residence in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 23rd, 1956, and was buried in the city of Belleville, Ontario.

Riggs, Mary Priscilla

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  • 1853-1934

Mary Priscilla Riggs (nee Nelson), was born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania in 1853. She was married to William Bates Riggs, and together they had four children: Leo Bates Riggs, Lester David Riggs, Wanda E. Riggs, and Vera Lewis (nee Riggs). She died in Florida in 1934.

Riggs, William Bates

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  • 1853-1937

William Bates Riggs was a bandleader, businessman, and in 1920, mayor of Belleville, Ontario. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 17th, 1853, he moved to Belleville in 1881 to become the Bandmaster of the Oddfellows Band, which later amalgamated with the 15th Battalion Band to become the Consolidated and Oddfellows Band. Under his direction for 20 years, it became one of the finest bands in eastern Canada.
He married Mary Priscilla Riggs (nee Nelson), and together they had four children: Leo Bates Riggs, Lester David Riggs, Wanda Elizabeth Riggs, and Vera Riggs (later Lewis).
In 1889, William Bates Riggs became a piano and organ retailer in Belleville, Ontario, also selling other musical instruments and sheet music. As the demand for automobiles rose, he realized their potential, and established Riggs Motor Sales in 1914. His garage and showrooms were successful from the start, and he held the first agency for Ford motor cars in Belleville.
William Bates Riggs was involved in the civic, social, and religious life of Belleville. He served as a member of the City Council for three years, and in 1920 was elected Mayor. He was a Life Deacon of Victoria Avenue Baptist Church, and was Sunday School superintendent for several years. He also served as a choir master for over 30 years. He took an active role in the organization YMCA, serving on its board and as president for 1 year.
William Bates Riggs was also a keen sportsman; he was an expert rifleman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and lawn bowling. He died on July 3rd, 1937 in Belleville.

Wanamaker, Castello Loral Roy

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  • 1896-1985

Loral Wanamaker was born in Sophiasburgh, Prince Edward County, Ontario, on 29th December 1896. He married Mildred Parliament in 1921 and died on 22 October 1985. He worked for the Post Office for 27 years and was a member of the Hastings County Historical Society and keen genealogist.

Prentice, William Robert

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  • 1870-1939

William Prentice was the proprietor of a grocery store called W. R. Prentice in Foxboro, Ontario.

Morrice, David

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  • 1839-1901

David Morrice was a photographer, active in the 1870s in Belleville, Ontario. He was born in Scotland in 1839 and died in Madoc on 15th May 1901.

Dupuis, Lamon Baker

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  • 1851-1928

L.B. Dupuis was bom in 1851, in Portland township, Frontenac county. He was the son of James Dupuis and his wife, Zabra Hegebone. He was distantly related to Nathan Fellows Dupuis, professor of science, for whom Dupuis Hall at Queen’s University is named.
Details of L.B. Dupuis’ early life are not known, but in 1876, he moved to Belleville to enroll in the Ontario Commercial College established by Messrs. Robinson and Johnson. He left the college in the summer of 1877 in order to become a school teacher. (It is possible that he had been teaching before he decided to attend the college.)
In 1878, he was teaching somewhere near Yarker, Ontario. On December 26, 1878, he married Alice E. Martin of Yarker. He continued to teach, but was much troubled by spiritual matters and may have been influenced by his wife’s family, who were prominent Methodists. In 1880 or 1881, the young couple decided to try their fortune in Manitoba, but the trip proved a failure. A baby daughter became ill, so the couple returned to Yarker, where the baby died. A second daughter, Edma Dupuis, was bom in Yarker in January 1884.
In 1887, Alice Martin Dupuis died of tuberculosis at the young age of 29. During her illness, L.B. Dupuis made up his mind to abandon teaching and enter the ministry. This he did, through the Montreal conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. By 1892, he was in Detroit, where he was ordained. He also married again. He continued to live and preach in Michigan, and died in Pontiac on Feb. 2, 1928.

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