Fonds MSS 157 - Josiah Jones Bell fonds

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Josiah Jones Bell fonds

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  • [18-]-[1931?] (Creation)

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1.49 m of textual records and other material.
27 photographs.
37 lantern slides.
3 maps.

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Josiah Jones Bell was born to Robert and Emeline Sedate (ne Jones) Bell in the 1800s in Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario. He had a sister, Isabella, and a brother, Robert William. Bell was an Ensign with the Ontario Battalion in Colonel Garnet Wolseley's Red River Expedition of 1870. The expedition was intended to exert Canadian sovereignty in the newly created Province of Manitoba. Bell passed away on 23 October 1931 in Rockcliffe, Carleton County, Ontario.

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The records appear to have been in the possession of Robert Murray Bell in 1966, as he was responsible for lending the records to the Department of Public Records and Archives in Toronto (now the Archives of Ontario) for microfilming purposes that same year. R. Bell was the grandson of J.J. Bell's brother, Robert William. The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections purchased the fonds in 2001 from Hugh Anson-Cartwright, an antiquarian bookseller located in Toronto, with funds from the Frank Allen Family Research Fund and the Archives' Alumni Association Fund.

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The fonds consists of material pertaining to Bell's activities in the Wolseley Expedition. It documents the Expedition's journey to the Red River Settlement, its return to Thunder Bay, and its work in exploring and laying telegraph lines in the west from 1875 to 1876. In addition to the 1.49 m of textual records the fonds includes 27 photographs, 37 lantern slides and 3 maps (including one plan). The articles and lantern slides relate to a presentation Bell gave in later years on the history of these events.

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  • English

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A complete finding aid is available at: Josiah Jones Bell fonds

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