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Name Belcher, Alexander Emerson
Born Jan. 30, 1844
Birthplace Near Toronto
Deceased Nov. 26, 1926
Deceased Toronto
Father John Belcher
Mother Elizabeth Grafton
Spouse Augusta Lucinda Barnes
Children Emerson
Relationships Grandchildren: Eva Ann, George, Digby, Britton
Education Alexander Emerson Belcher obtained a first class certificate for teaching at age 15. At age 20 he passed for a first class certificate at the Military School in Toronto.
Occupation A.E. Belcher was a soldier, businessman, politician and public servant.

He began his military activities early, training with a small company of boys and young soldiers in Southampton. At age 21 he was a Military School cadet for 30 days in La Prarie (below Montreal). He was bugler to General Welsely at Thorold camp and in 1866 headed a company from the Bruce Peninsula against the Fenians at Goderich.

He taught for a short time in Michigan, was grant Trunk Station Master in Rockwood, ON at age 19. He later worked at Empire Newspaper and also engaged in banking and commercial activities. He was 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 Southampton's first Mayor from 1905-1908. He was also active in Conservative politics in Bruce County. He also wrote poetry and was active in fraternal organizations.

Alexander Emerson was also Orange County Grandmaster of North Bruce; Grand Master of The Royal Black Knights for four years; Organiser and President of the Historical Society of Bruce; Vice President of the Defense League; Honourary President of the Army and Navy veterans and the Bruce Old Boys; vice president of the Peoples Life Insurance Co.; and superintendent of the Home Life.
Places of residence Alexander Emerson Belcher was born near Toronto but moved with his parents to Southampton in 1852 at age 8 on the steamer, Silver Bell, up Lake Huron. He taught briefly in Michigan after obtaining his teaching certificate (age 15) but then returned to Southampton. At age 19 he was in Rockwood, Ontario but then returned to Southampton. He spent some of his life in Toronto - first, at the Military School and then later in his life. At his death, his family residence was 25 Albany Ave., Toronto.
Titles & Honours Alexander Emerson Belcher was granted a medal and land for his services during the Fenian Raids (1866). In 1896 Sir Charles Tupper's government made him Lieutenant Colonel, which was confirmed by Sir Fredrick Borden (minister of militia) under Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
Sources Sources:
a) The Toronto Star Newspaper of Nov. 27, 1926 (from Robert Digby Belcher fonds)
b) Robert Digby Belcher fonds, BCM&CC A2007.029.

Associated Records

Image of A2007.029.S01.F45.001 - Belcher home at 268 Wellington St.

A2007.029.S01.F45.001 - Belcher home at 268 Wellington St.

This photograph is part of Series 1, File 45 of the Robert Digby Belcher fonds. It features a brick home in which the Belcher family lived at 268 Wellington St. [by 2013, known as 268 Spence Street], opposite Belcher Lane. On the reverse, "Lt. Col. A.E. Belcher, age 81, Toronto" has inscribed a poem about the home, along with "Picture taken 20 years ago." A man is standing with a girl to the side of the house and a woman is seated in a chair next to a child seated on the grass near the front of the house.

Image of A2012.033.029 - 40 years ago in Port Elgin and Kincardine

A2012.033.029 - 40 years ago in Port Elgin and Kincardine

A typewritten copy of what appears to be excerpts from articles from July 3 and 17, 1902. July 3, 1902: J. Wesley Reany of Burgoyne married Miss Maude Patterson. July 17, 1902: A history of Port Elgin and Kincardine starting in the 1850s. Includes info about Mr. McDougall, early industry, the trail to Lake Huron.

Image of A2014.003.0561 - Saugeen Township scrapbook

A2014.003.0561 - Saugeen Township scrapbook

This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, and notes, generally created primarily between 1949 and 1964, concerning the history and events of the former Township of Saugeen, which later formed part of the Town of Saugeen Shores. It also contains handwritten notes made by Bruce Krug about local history discussions following visits with local residents, including: Robert Lamont, October 1949 Milton Kuhl, March 1953 Milton Kuhl and Martha (Kuhl) Lustig, January 1955, March 1959, November 1963, November 1980 Kuhl, Lustig, March 1959 Kuhl, Lustig, November 1963 Kuhl, Lustig, November 1980 Christina McRae, May 1953 Bert MacDonald and Reddie MacDonald, October 1954

Image of AX2011.602.004 - Day book

AX2011.602.004 - Day book

This book consists of a daily record of financial transactions, from 1902 to 1928, likely recorded by a descendant of Captain John Spence, possibly Captain John Harold ("Jack") Spence. The transactions recorded in the book involve individuals including: Alexander Emerson Belcher, Southampton; George E. Smith, Southampton; John Hilditch; Robert Bartley, Peter Knechtel, St. Paul's Church; John H. Spence; H.A. Spence; Cappy Spence, Will Spence, Nellie Currie, John Craig and the Fawcett Farm, some of which appear to have involved the payment of mortgages and transactions with private bankers. The transactions include references to "father's account" in the mid-1902s. The recorded transa

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A968.015.002 - The Good Old Days

"The Good Old Days" poem by Col. Alexander Emerson Belcher, President Bruce Historical Society, "Dedicated to Col. W.K. McNaught after listening to his splendid address on Pioneer Life in Huron County."

Image of A961.005.003 - "A Merry Christmas" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

A961.005.003 - "A Merry Christmas" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

This "A Merry Christmas" card is addressed to Thomas Stewart from Col. Belcher, Mayor, 1908. The typeset is green; the front includes illustration of holly and berries.

Image of A958.015.001 - Minutes of annual meetings and returns to education office:  library stock catalogue

A958.015.001 - Minutes of annual meetings and returns to education office: library stock catalogue

"Minutes of annual meetings and returns to education office: library stock catalogue" of the Southampton Public Library Association. Library stock catalogue contains a list of books, including date purchased, cost and cataloguing information. Beginning at page 35, the Minutes of annual meetings commence on May 5, 1892 and continue until May 26, 1943. Included in the minutes are coies of annual reports reflecting receipts, expenditures, stocks and assets, liabilities, and statistics about the volumes in the library and operating hours.

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A959.046.032 - What I know about commercial travelling : who we are; what we do, and how we do it

Book "What I Know about Commercial Travelling: Who We Are; What We Do, and How We Do It" by Alexander Emerson Belcher, 1883. Inscribed on cover page: "Presented to James [Bone?] Esq. The "Sweet Singer" of Paisley with compliments & Best Wishes of the Author Alex E. Belcher, 1895".. LCCN: 16018381 Canadiana: 795010060

Image of A960.071.001 - Choral Society "Pinafore" programme

A960.071.001 - Choral Society "Pinafore" programme

Choral Society handbill advertising that "The Southampton Choral Society will give a Grand Concert on [December 7, 1895] when will be produced the Nautical Opera "Pinafore"" at the Town Hall. Cast of Characters includes: A.E. Belcher, D.A. Doty, Edgar Eby, Mrs. D.A. Doty, Miss Stewart, Miss M. Stirton, H.L. Harrison, D. Teahan and T.H. Burns. Soloists include S.M. Knechtel. "Proceeds devoted to local improvements."

Image of A961.005.001 - "A merry greeting to you" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

A961.005.001 - "A merry greeting to you" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

This "A Merry Greeting to You" card includes wishes for "Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas" with a verse inside. Handwritten inside "To Sweet Little [??] McAuley, Col & Mrs. Belcher, Toronto, Xmas 1911." The colour illustration on front includes holly, berries and robin.

Image of A961.005.002 - "We'll note you in our book of memory" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

A961.005.002 - "We'll note you in our book of memory" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

This "Xmas - We'll note you in our book of memory" card includes a Christmas verse inside. Handwritten inside "Brock McAuley, Fine young Son, From Lt. Col. A.E. Belcher." The front has an illustration of open books.

Image of A961.005.004 - "Ever with you in kindly thought" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

A961.005.004 - "Ever with you in kindly thought" card from Alexander Emerson Belcher

This Christmas card bears "Ever with you in kindly thought and wish" on front, along with an illustration of pink flowers in a metal can. It is addressed to "Captain McGregor Lambert and his good wife Mrs. Lambert, Southampton, 1917, from Lt. Col. A.E. Belcher, Toronto"

Image of A961.005.005 - "Sincere wishes" Christmas card

A961.005.005 - "Sincere wishes" Christmas card

This "Sincere Wishes" Christmas card bears a colour image of a lighthouse on the front, with a verse inside. Under "From" is handwritten "Col. & Mrs. Belcher, Captain & Mrs. Lambert, Xmas 1911." It is believed to have been sent from Belcher to Lambert.

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A968.015.001 - Poems and Patriotic Verse

A booklet entitled "Poems and Patriotic Verse" compiled by Lieut.-Col. A.E. Belcher. Includes: a) a biographical sketch of Belcher dated April 4, 1916, particularly focused on his writing and advocating for the universal military training of boys; b) "Extracts from letters commending the Verses and Universal Military Training of Boys," and c) ten poems written by A.E. Belcher between 1866 and 1915.

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A974.026.001 - Scrap book interesting to family : Many original pieces and some selections gathered at house and in Toronto

A scrap book that appears to have been created by Alexander Emerson Belcher containing numerous newspaper clippings written by A.E. Belcher or related to A.E. Belcher and his political and other interests between 1883 and 1908.

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AX2011.602.005 - Cash book

Cash book that appears to have been created by John Harold ("Jack") Spence 1893, 1894 and 1901-1908. In the journal, he recorded his financial expenditures and income. Enclosed in the journal was a receipt: to Mr. McMullen, in account with J. H. Spence.

Image of AX2015.018.001 - Christmas card from A.E. Belcher to James Chapman

AX2015.018.001 - Christmas card from A.E. Belcher to James Chapman

A partially hand-crafted Christmas card, folded in thirds, featuring a photograph of Lt. Col. Alexander Emerson Belcher in the middle, underneath of which is written "Presented to my old and highly appreciated friend James A. Chapment Esq, J.PY, Christmas 1920, Lt. Col. A.E. Belcher." On the left flap, an article entitled "Kind Worlds" by "Lt.-col. A.E. Belcher, A York Pioneer, Toronto, 1920" is pasted. ON the right flap, two decorative bible verse cards and a stamped Christmas poem by A.E. Belcher.

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R.D. Belcher series 2 - Belcher genealogy research records

Series 2 of the Robert Digby Belcher fonds consists of records created and collected by Robert Digby Belcher while researching Belcher genealogy, which he organized into labeled, but unnumbered files. Such records include copies of articles, directory sections, newspaper clippings, reproduction photographs, name indexes, family tree charts, vital statistic research print-outs, notes, and copies of maps. File List: (See fonds/series finding aid link for box/folder numbers. See also series inventory finding aid link for itemized folder inventory.) 1 Belchers in England 2 Belchers who served in WWI 3 Belcher 1871 Census 4 Belcher family tree graphs and lists 5 Belcher cemete

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R.D. Belcher fonds - Robert Digby Belcher fonds

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 fam

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R.D. Belcher series 1 - Numbered genealogy research files and records

Series 1 of the Robert Digby Belcher fonds consists of records created, collected and organized by Robert Digby Belcher into numbered and labeled files while researching Belcher genealogy. Such records include articles, copies of wills, maps and land records, family correspondence, genealogy reference guides, name indexes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, notes, pamphlets and reproduction photographs. File List: (See fonds/series finding aid link for box/folder numbers. See also series inventory finding aid link for itemized folder inventory.) File names and numbers are identical to those provided by Robert Digby Belcher. 1A Stephen Barnes, 1978 - 2003 1B Burwash family,20

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R.D. Belcher series 10 - The John Belcher Family: A Canadian Family History book

Series 10 of the Robert Digby Belcher fonds consists of various draft versions of the booklet created by Robert Belcher as a result of his genealogy research. The final title of the work appears to have been "John Belcher: A Canadian Family History 1799-2003: A History of John Belcher and his Descendants." File List: 1 Belcher family history drafts, 1989-2002 2 Belcher family history draft, 2003 3 Master disk, 2003 (MS Word, includes text with photographs and appendices.)

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R.D. Belcher series 4 - Belcher family personal records

Series 4 of the Robert Digby Belcher fonds consists of original records collected by Robert Belcher in the course of his genealogy research regarding the Belcher family. These records include 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. File / Item List: (See fonds/series finding aid link for box/folder numbers) File 1, Belcher family letters: - Copy of 1852 correspond

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R.D. Belcher series 8 - Photographs

Series 8 of the Robert Digby Belcher fonds consists of photographs of the families of Col. A.E. Belcher, Emerson Belcher, Brit Belcher, Thomas Digby Belcher and the Danard family. File List: (See fonds/series finding aid link for box/folder numbers. See also series inventory finding aid link for itemized folder inventory.) 1 Belcher 1800s photographs 2 Col. A.E. Belcher & family photographs 3 Col. A.E. Belcher & family photographs oversized 4 Brit Belcher's family photographs 5 Danard family photographs 6 [Thomas] Digby Belcher family photographs 7 Emerson Belcher & family photographs 8 Miscellaneous and unidentified photographs

Image of 2007.014.011 - Medal

2007.014.011 - Medal

An eight pointed star medal with ribbon bar. The front of the medal and ribbon bar are brass coloured. The centre of the star is an upraised circle with a horse and rider in the middle. The arms of the star are decorated with upraised squares that resemble a grid pattern. The top point is a hoop through which the ribbon bar is attached. The back of medal is silver. The text reads "Presented To Honorary Ojibway Chief Me ah wah Say Lt. Col. A.E. Belcher Mayor of Southampton By Saugeen Indians 1905"which is engraved into it in both cursive and print font and fills the entire back of the medal.

Image of 2007.014.012 - Medal

2007.014.012 - Medal

An eight pointed star medal with ribbon and three ribbon bars. The front is smaller than the back, which gives the appearance that the front is upraised, and is brass coloured. The centre of the star is an upraised circle with a man's head facing the proper right with foliage in the background. Around the centre is the text "Veterans Association 1866". The back is silver, with a hoop solder to the back that attaches to a ribbon bar. Engraved in the back in printing is "PRESENTED TO Lt. Col. A.E. Belcher BY ALEXANDER MUIR PRESIDENT AUTHOR OF The Maple Leaf TORONTO 1899" The ribbon the red, white and blue striped cotton and is frayed along the edges. The first ribbon bar is attached to the m