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Item ID# R.D. Belcher fonds
Title Robert Digby Belcher fonds
Object Name Archival Fonds
Dates of Creation Originally created 1800 - 2003 ([photocopied 197-? - 2003, some originals])
Creator Belcher, Robert Digby
Other Creators Belcher, Alexander Emerson, 1844-1926
Description This fonds consists chiefly of records created and collected by Robert Digby Belcher, in paper and digital form, during the course of his Belcher family genealogy research, which included research concerning the Grafton, Danard, Barnes, and Downing families.

Records include notes, family trees/charts, reference resources, correspondence, newspaper clippings, reproduced maps, reproduced vital statistic and land records, A.E. Belcher poetry, Southampton postcards and records reflecting Southampton history.

Family photographs, in paper and digital form, including photographs of the families of Col. A.E. Belcher, Emerson Belcher, Brit Belcher, and Thomas Digby Belcher and the Danard family also form part of this fonds.

Included in the fonds are original personal records collected by Robert Digby Belcher as part of his genealogical research, including: correspondence by A.E. Belcher to P.J. Scott, (1900, 1902), tax notices to E.D. Belcher (1911-1916, 1918), Traders Fire Insurance certificates (1910, 1911), draft will of Eva Ann Belcher (1907), Adoption/custody Agreement (1911), Dr. T.D. Belcher stationary, T.D. Belcher and Doris Kritzer vital statistic certificates, sheet music, and a "The Empire" portfolio.

Series List:

Series 1 Numbered genealogy research files and records
Series 2 Belcher genealogy research records
Series 3 Belcher-related families genealogy research records
Series 4 Belcher family personal records
Series 5 Genealogy correspondence
Series 6Genealogy reference materials
Series 7Southampton research records
Series 8Photographs
Series 9Fine art
Series 10The John Belcher Family: A Canadian Family History book
Series 11Belcher family genealogy computer disks
Finding Aids Fonds/series description and item list are available.
Finding Aid and Transcription Links Robert Belcher fonds finding aid (fonds & series descriptions)

Robert Belcher fonds item inventory

Admin/Biographical History Robert Digby Belcher was born on March 22, 1951 in Virden, Manitoba and was raised in Brandon, Manitoba. Robert moved to London, Ontario in 1967, and later to Toronto, Ontario. By 2002, he was residing in Perkinsfield, Ontario. He worked as a professional musician, photographer and artist. He was active in the Baha'i Faith. Over the course of several decades, Robert conducted genealogy research related to his ancestors, being the descendants of John Belcher, born 1775, culminating the creation of a family history booklet.

Robert Belcher was the great-great-grandson of Elizabeth Furey (nee: Grafton) and John Belcher (1800-1882), who moved in 1854 from Toronto Township to Southampton in Bruce County, Ontario where he worked as a blacksmith, bell-maker and businessman.

Robert Belcher was the great-grandson of Augusta Lucinda Barnes (1843-1905) and Col. Alexander Emerson Belcher (1844-1926). A.E. Belcher was a soldier, businessman, politician and public servant. He served in the Fenian Raids and eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He engaged in banking and commercial activities, being a commercial traveler, one of the founders of the Commercial Travellers' Association, and a private banker through Belcher & Co. Bankers in Southampton, Ontario. He was elected as councilor for the Village of Southampton for two years in 1864. He served as Reeve of Southampton from 1894-1896 and 1898, and as Mayor from 1905-1908. He was also active in Conservative politics in Bruce County. He also wrote poetry and was active in fraternal organizations.

Robert Belcher was the grandson of Eva Ann Danard (1876-1910) and Emerson McKenzie Digby Belcher (1877-1931). Emerson was born in Brantford, Ontario and later worked in Southampton, Ontario at Knechtel Furniture Factory as a cabinet maker and furniture finisher.

Robert Belcher was the son of Doris Edna (Kritzer) Belcher (1907-1988) and Thomas Digby Belcher (1909-2001). Thomas Digby was raised in Kemble, Ontario by his uncle and aunt, Louis and Ada Danard, who adopted him after his mother's death in 1910. In 1934, Thomas Digby moved to Manitoba where he practiced as a chiropractor.

Collection Belcher, Robert Digby fonds
Physical Description 123 cm of textual records. - 1.8 GB of textual records
112 photographs. - 5.5 GB of photographs
11 post cards. - 0.5 GB of post cards
Subjects Banking
Family history
Genealogy
Politicians
People Barnes, Lucinda Augusta
Belcher family
Belcher, Alexander Emerson
Belcher, Doris Edna (Kritzer)
Belcher, Emerson McKenzie Digby
Belcher, John
Belcher, Robert Digby
Belcher, Thomas Digby
Danard family
Scott, P.J. (Patrick John), Dr.
Place Kemble
Southampton
Related Units of Description Belcher, Alexander Emerson collection
Reference # A2007.029
Level of Description Fonds
Child Records R.D. Belcher series 4
R.D. Belcher series 5
R.D. Belcher series 1
R.D. Belcher series 10
R.D. Belcher series 11
R.D. Belcher series 2
R.D. Belcher series 3
R.D. Belcher series 6
R.D. Belcher series 7
R.D. Belcher series 8
R.D. Belcher series 9