Reverend Major James Franklin Beatty Belford


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Hugh Donald Latimer October 12, 1910 to May 10, 1986, Photographer
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Born: 22 October 1867
Died: 23 November 1950
Parents: William James Belford and Joanna Orser
Marriage: 02 December 1891 Mary Eleanor McCracken
Occupation: Minister, Immigration Secretary 1905, Chaplain & Recruiter during First World War
Notes:
Genealogical information used with permission courtesy Dan Buchanan, www.treesbydan.com

Father*: William James Belford b. 20 Oct 1833, d. 18 Jan 1916
Mother*: Joanna Orser b. 22 Oct 1838, d. 10 Jun 1927
Birth*: 22 October 1867; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; Date Oct 22 1867 & location Ont. rural per 1901 Census. Per IGI Record
Note: "My grandfather was born October 22, 1867, across from the old Quaker Church (Friend's Church) half way between Wooler and Codrington." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.2,3,4
Marriage*: 2 December 1891; Springhill, Manitoba; "Groom; Belford, James F. B.; Age: 24; Status: bachelor; Residence: Manitoba; Birthplace: Ontario; Occupation: farmer; Religion: Methodist; Parents: W. J. & Johanna Belford; Bride: McCracken, Mary E..; Age: 20; Status: spinster; Residence: Manitoba; Birthplace: Ontario; Religion: Methodist; Parents: Robert & Annie McCracken; Witnesses: W. H. Belford & Eda McCracken; Date: Nov. 1891; Place: Rosedale; by License; Clergyman: T. A. (Thomas Argue); Charge: Neepawa; Years: 1890-1903; Municipality: Neepawa; Church: Methodist" from page 4 of Marriages - United Church Archives, seen at The Manitoba Genealogical Society, Winnipge, Manitoba, Dec 17, 2000
Per IGI Record.
"On December 2, 1891, Marjor Belford and Mary Eleanor McCracken (born August 1st, 1871, Minden, Ontario) were married in Springhill, Manitoba by the Reverend Thomas Argue of Neepawa." Per IGI Record.; Principal=Mary Eleanor McCracken
Death*: 23 November 1950; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; " ... and on November 23rd, 1950, ... passes away." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008. Date 1950 per Memorial. Per IGI Record5,2
Burial*: 26 November 1950; Mount Olivet Cemetery, Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; Memorial: (See Exhibit) Father; Major; Rev. J. F. B. Belford; 1867-1950; 83 years; ordained priest, Church of England; Mother; Mary Eleanor; McCracken; 1869-1946 (Mount Olivet Cemetery, Brighton Twp.)
Memorial: Belford; James Henry; 1893 - 1966; Dorothy Elizabeth; Fisher; 1905 - 1979; Katharine Elizabeth; 1944 - ; James Franklin Beatty; 1867 - 1950; Mary Eleanor; McCracken; 1871 - 1938; Robert Wm. Franklin; 1895 - 1938; George Edward; 1930 ; (Mount Olivet Cemetery, Brighton Twp.) Per IGI Record5
Census*: April 1871; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; Age 4 at 1871 Census: see William Belford6
Census: April 1881; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; Age 13 at 1881 Census: see William Belford7
Note: before 1889; Cramahe Twp., Morgantston, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "He graduated from Campbellford High School and then taught school in Morganston in Cramahe Township for $300.00 per year, as specialized teacher training was not then available." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: 1889; 6-19-14 SW 1/4, Glensmith, Manitoba; "In 1889, the Belford family, mother, father and six grown children made the momentous move to Manitoba. They went by Colonist train which was a number of Colonist cars and freight cars loaded from roof to floor with settlers' effects. They left the Colonist train at Winnipeg, moved to Gladstone, finally settling for two years in the Glendate district, then moving onto Glensmith at the base of the Riding Mountains. Their homestead was two miles south of Glensmith, SW 1/4 section 6-19-14. At Glensmith there was a store, blacksmith, Methodist Church and a schoolhouse, Post." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Census: April 1891; Rosedale Sub-district, Marquette District, Manitoba; Age 23 at 1891 Census: see William James Belford8
Note: 1 October 1891; Manitoba; "On October ,1 1891, he secured the contract for carrying the mail from Daughin to Neepawa, a distance of 85 miles." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note: circa September 1893; Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; "With a family now, my grandfather neede a better job, so he went to Normal School in Portage la Prairie in the fall of 1893." Per IGI Record.
Note: 1894; Franklin School, Franklin, Manitoba; "In 1894 he graduated and taught at Franklinb School." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Occupation*: 1897; St. John's College, Winnipeg, Manitoba; "The Methodists and Presbyterians wouldn't accept him as he was married, but the Anglican Church did, and he began his studies at St. John's College in Winnipeg. In the summer of 1897 he preached as a summer student in Clearwater, Baldur, Pilot Mound and Belmont." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Occupation: 1898; Clearwater, Manitoba; "In the spring of 1898, my grandfather was ordained, winning an eighty dollar sholarship and now signed his name Reverend James F. B. Belford, B. A. His first parish was at Clearwater, Manitoba, so he and his wife and three boys moved there in the summer of 1898 from Glensmith. His parish churches at the Clearwater Mission were St. Paul's Clearwater, St. John's at Pilot Mound, St. George's at Mani Hurst and St. Lawrence at Belmont." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Census: 24 April 1901; Louise Twp., Clearwater, Lisgar Dist, Manitoba; Age 33 at 1901 Census: Belford, James J. B., 33, b. Ont. r. Oct 22 1867, Irish, Pres., Clergyman, married; Mary E., 28, b. Ont. r. Aug 1 1872, Irish, CE, married; James H., 8, b. Manitoba r. Jan 3 1893, son; Robert W. F., 6, b. Manitoba r. Aug 27 1894, son; George P. St., 4, b. Manitoba r. Sep 12 1896, son; Marjorie A., 2, b. Manitoba r. Jan 13 1899, daughter; Mary E., - , b. Manitoba r. Sep 29 1900, daughter; McCraskin, Mable L., 19, b. Manitoba r. Jan 27 1882, lodger (1901 Census Online: Louise Twp., Lisgar Dist., Manitoba, dist 7, sub-dist. d-2, pg. 10, line 36, T-6432 - Clearwater)3
Residence: 1902; Gladstone, Manitoba; "In 1902, grandfather was transferred to the Parish of Gladstone, Manitoba and there on April 13th, 1903, his sixth child Eleanor Kathleen was born." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: November 1905; Streatham, England; "In the spring of 1905, he had to go to England on business and while there was offered the job of Immigration Secretary for the Church Army in London, England. He was offered $3,000.00 a year, $12.00 per Sunday and all expenses paid. They were to spend the winter in England and come home to Manitoba for three months in the summer. He was to arrange with the different Clergyman throughout the west, the number and kinds of immigrants they required and send them to the various locations. In November 1905, Grandfather, his wife and six children moved to England. The boys went to school in Streatham where they lived and the girls to Valleyfield Girl's School. While there, Grandfather preached in Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Chapel. Each summer they came back to Manitoba ... " per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: September 1908; Windsor Mills, Quebec; " ... and in the fall of 1908, his work in England was finished, he was assigned to the Parish of Windsor Mills, Quebec, which comprised the churches at Windsor Mills, Brompton and Bromptonville." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note: after 1909; Windsor Mills, Quebec; "My father, Harry, was working in the Eastern Township Bank and worked in Windsor Mills, Bishop's Crossing and Marbleton branches over the next few years. Grandfather helped build St. George's Anglican Church there, and was also Principal of Windsor Mills Model School for Girls for two years which his three girls attended. George and Frank were attending Bishop's College at Lennoxville, Quebec. My Aunt Mary speaks of the lovely drive by horse and buggy from Windsor Mills to Brompton and Bromptonville and wrote a poem about it which is included at the end of this story." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: circa June 1913; Richmond, Quebec; "On May 15th, 1913, the last child, Grant Jackson Fitzgerald was born and that summer, grandfather moved to the Parish of Richmond Quebec, where he was Recotr of St. Anne's Anglican Church and also Chairman of the School Board. At the same time he found time to get his M. A. degree at Bishop's College which is affiliated with McGill University, Montreal. There the girlst when to Richmond High School , St. Francis, and later Eleanor and Mary went to St. Helen's Church of England Private School at Dunham, Quebec. Mary, after graduation went into training as a nurse at Sherbrooke Hospital at the age of 17." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note: 1914; Quebec; "In 1914, World War One began, and Harry, Frank and George, enlisted with the 87th Grenadier Guards of Montreal, later transferring to the 1st Battalion in France of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. My Grandfather soon followed and became the Chaplin of the 1711st Artillery Battalion of the Quebec Rifles." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Milit-Beg*: 1915; Overseas, France; "Major J. F. B. Belford (picture taken in 1923): An Anglican Clergyman who was Chaplain of the ?? Artillery Battalion of the ?? Rifles. In 1915 he was overseas - Officer-in-Command of a Forestry and Railway Construction Regiment where he attained the rank of Major. In 1917 he came back to Canada to recruit soldiers. He died in November 1950." from Tweedsmuir Histories of Codrington
Note: 1915; England; "In 1915 grandfather and his sons went overseas where he was appointed Office-in-Command of a Forestry and Railway Construction Regiment from by Sir Walter Price. It was at this time he attained the rank of Major, the name he was most familiarly known to the people of Northumberland County." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Milit-End*: 1917; Canada; See Military Beginning
Note: 1917; Canada; "In 1917, the Major returned from overseas and began recruiting tours in Quebec and the United States. Grandmother was not well a good deal of the time during these years, so the youngest son Jack went with this father on the Recruiting Tours, as the girls were in Boarding School. Jack became Regimental Mascot and learned the Manual of Arms backwards at the age of four. It was at this time Major Belford became distinguished as an orator, ..." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note: 1 October 1917; Richmond, Quebec; WWI Officers Declaration Paper; Canadian OverSeas Expeditionary Force; Name: James Franklin Beatty Belford; Born: Brighton, Ont., 27 Oct. 1872; Kin: Mrs .Mary Belford, Richmond, P.Q., wife; Occ.: Clergyman, CE (ancestry.com)
Note: 14 June 1918; Brighton Twp., Codrington, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "The funeral of Mr. H. Belford, who died after a few days illness of pneumonia was held on Tuesday. His nephew Mr. Jas. Belford of Manitoba arrived on Saturday." from The Brighton Ensign, June 14, 1918, seen at The Ontario Archives, Feb. 7, 20019
Residence: circa July 1918; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; "In the summer of 1918, he returned to the family farm as Henry Belford, Sr., had died, leaving the farm to Aunt Sarah Belford. Aunt Sarah was alone except for a hired man and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Stan Harwood." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note: 6 September 1918; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; "On September 6, 1918, bad news arrived in a telegram from the War Department saying that his son George, had been killed in action August 30, 1918 at Boudon Wood. He is buried in Upton Cemetery in France." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: 19 October 1918; Conc 8 Lot 35, Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; "At this time, grandfather decided he must settle down in a home of his own and on October 19, 1918, Great Aunt Sarah sold the Belford Family farm to the Majro for $4,500.00 with the money going to his brothers and sisters. In 1919, Harry and Frank returned from overseas - Frank to Richmond, Quebec and my father to the family farm. Dad and my grandfather busied themselves getting the farm into shape and this was the year the pig-pen was built, the only farm building standing today." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: 1920; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; "In 1920 grandfather moved his family, which consisted of my grandmother and two sons Harry and Jack to the farm. ... Grandfather became a farmer and preached at Mission Churches in Wooler, Warkworth and Roseneath and many other places as quest speaker and guest minister." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note: 1923; Northumberland East Riding, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "In 1923, the Major was asked to run as the Conservative candidate for the Northumberland East Riding of the Provincial Legislature and defeated the U.F.O. candidate Wes Montgomery and became a member of the Ontario Legislature. During the next three years, the Major made many speeches for his party and was particularly adept at uttering stinging phrases which raised the ire of the Liberals. It was reported "Major Belford has already proven that he is a valuable acquistion to the Conservative Party at Queen's Park. His speech in moving the reply to the address from the throne was of a high standard of excellence and on a plane seldom reached by the elected representatives of the people on such occassions."" from "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Note*: 23 May 1924; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; "Local and Personal: Major J. F. Belford had the uncomfortable experience of being pinned under his car from 2:30 until 4:30 on Saturday morning last. He was returning from a political meeting when a front wheel collapsed, the car turned completely over. He was discovered by a man going to market. He was fortunate to escape with some bruises." from The Brighton Ensign, May 23, 1924, see at The Ontario Archives, Jan 3, 20019
Note: 1926; Northumberland Co., Ontario; "In 1926, an election year, Grandfather was defeated in his bid for re-election to the Legislature and so became a full time farmer and minister again. A quote from the Campbellford Herald states: "One of the best lectures heard in Campbellford in many years was given by Majro J. F. B. Belford before a very large audience. One of the most inspiring addresses ever heard here." He was also President of the Brighton Canadian Legion and spoke at many Remberance Day Services." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: 30 April 1927; Brighton Twp., Codrington, Northumberland Co., Ontario; Informant for Death Reg'n. of his aunt Sarah Elizabeth Belford.10
Residence: 10 June 1927; Brighton Twp., Codrington, Northumberland Co., Ontario; " ... survived by five sons ... Major James F. Belford of Codrington, Ontario ... " from death notice of his mother, Joanna (Orser) Belford in Manitoba in 1927
Residence: circa 1930; Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; Major Belford appears in The Latimer Photos which were taken by Hugh Latimer in the late 1920s and early 1930s at his father's General Store in Orland. (The Latimer Photos, Codrington Public Library)11
Residence: 22 June 1933; Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "On June 22, 1933, the Major was appointed Sheriff of the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham, and moved his wife and son to Cobourg." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: 1937; Belford Farm, Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; "In 1937 my Grandfather and Grandmother moved back to the farm to stay there for their remaining years." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008.
Residence: 1945; Codrington, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "22 Belford, James, farmer, Codrington" & "23 Belfors, Mrs. James - Codrington" Canada Voters List, Northumberland Co., 1945, Div. 28, Codrington (ancestry.com)12
Residence*: 23 October 1946; Brighton Twp., Codrington, Northumberland Co., Ontario; " ... Jim of Codrington ... " from death notice of sister Margaret Jane (Belford) McKone in 1946 in Manitoba
Family: Mary Eleanor McCracken b. 1 Aug 1871, d. 30 Jun 1946
Marriage*: 2 December 1891; Springhill, Manitoba; "Groom; Belford, James F. B.; Age: 24; Status: bachelor; Residence: Manitoba; Birthplace: Ontario; Occupation: farmer; Religion: Methodist; Parents: W. J. & Johanna Belford; Bride: McCracken, Mary E..; Age: 20; Status: spinster; Residence: Manitoba; Birthplace: Ontario; Religion: Methodist; Parents: Robert & Annie McCracken; Witnesses: W. H. Belford & Eda McCracken; Date: Nov. 1891; Place: Rosedale; by License; Clergyman: T. A. (Thomas Argue); Charge: Neepawa; Years: 1890-1903; Municipality: Neepawa; Church: Methodist" from page 4 of Marriages - United Church Archives, seen at The Manitoba Genealogical Society, Winnipge, Manitoba, Dec 17, 2000
Per IGI Record.
"On December 2, 1891, Marjor Belford and Mary Eleanor McCracken (born August 1st, 1871, Minden, Ontario) were married in Springhill, Manitoba by the Reverend Thomas Argue of Neepawa." Per IGI Record.; Principal=Mary Eleanor McCracken
Lt. James Henry "Harry" Belford+ b. 3 Jan 1893, d. 8 Apr 1966
Franklin Robert William "Frank" Belford+ b. 27 Aug 1895, d. 15 Mar 1938
George Percival St. John Belford b. 12 Sep 1897, d. 30 Aug 1918
Marjory Adelaide Belford+ b. 13 Jan 1899
Mary Elizabeth Belford+ b. 29 Sep 1900
Eleanor Kathleen Belford+ b. 15 Apr 1903, d. 21 Mar 1951
Grant Jackson Fitzgerald "Jack" Belford+ b. 15 May 1913, d. 9 Apr 1971
Citations
" ... James Franklin Beatty (my grandfather) and named after his mother's brother Franklin Orser of Detroit." per "William James Belford", sent to me by Jimmy Belford of Trenton, March 28, 2008. Middle names, Rev. per IGI Record.
[S19] IGI Record, online unknown url.
[S13] Unknown author, 1901 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
[S33] Unknown author, "Email Message," e-mail to unknown recipient.
[S15] Unknown author, Tombstone Inscription.
[S14] Unknown author, 1871 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm, Age 4.
[S16] Unknown author, 1881 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm, Age 13.
[S6] Unknown author, 1891 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm, Age 23.
[S42] Brighton Ensign.
[S12] Unknown author, Ontario Death Registrations, Record Type: microfilm, Name Of Person: Ontario Archives.
[S87] Unknown subject unknown record type; unknown repository.
[S83] Ancestry.com, online unknown url.
Publisher:
Hugh Donald Latimer
Place of Publication:
Orland, Ontario
Date of Publication:
1930
Dimensions:
Width: 2.375 in
Height: 3.375 in
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 2in
Image Height: 3.125in
Personal Name(s):
Latimer, Hugh Donald ; Latimer, William James ; Belford, James Franklin Beatty
Corporate Name(s):
Latimer General Store
Local identifier:
abdap_libc-033
Collection:
The Latimer Collection
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.03342 Longitude: -77.73279
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.16682 Longitude: -77.7995
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.13342 Longitude: -77.7828
Donor:
Hugh Latimer
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Location of Original:
Codrington Public Library
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Reverend Major James Franklin Beatty Belford
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Reverend Major James Franklin Beatty Belford


Born: 22 October 1867
Died: 23 November 1950
Parents: William James Belford and Joanna Orser
Marriage: 02 December 1891 Mary Eleanor McCracken
Occupation: Minister, Immigration Secretary 1905, Chaplain & Recruiter during First World War