Fonds 14-016 - Allen-Bellamy family fonds

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Allen-Bellamy family fonds

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  • ca. 1880-2007 (Creation)
    Allen-Bellamy family

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1.4 m of textual records
ca. 1000 photographs
1 drawing

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Kenneth Charles Bellamy was born in 1919 in Cramahe Township, Northumberland County, the youngest son of Charles and Olive Bellamy (nee Bland). The Charles Bellamy family lived in the Smithfield/Brighton, Ontario area. Charles owned a farm in Salem, Ontario in his later years and in his younger years, worked for the Grand Trunk Railway as a brakeman. In 1938, Ken joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served overseas in World War II with the Midland Regiment, Hastings Prince Edward Regiment and the Essex Scottish regiment. Upon returning home, he married Ruth Catherine Allen. Over his career, he worked on the family farm, for the Department of Highways, and with Marbon Chemical Corporation in Cobourg, Ontario.

Ruth Catherine Allen was born in 1918 in Cramahe Township, the daughter of Durwood and Beatrice Allen (nee Hennessey). The Durwood Allen family lived on a farm in the Castleton, Ontario area. Ruth attended Peterborough Normal School in 1938 attaining her Teachers Certificate. During the course of her teaching career she taught in Morganston, Frankford, Napanee and South Cramahe Public Schools.

Ruth and Kenneth married 30 June 1947 in Brighton, Ontario. They had two daughters, Mary Margaret and Kathryn Ann, and lived in the community of Salem. After Ruth’s death in 1979, Ken married Joyce Blakley. Joyce died in 1985 and Ken in 2007. (Taken from information supplied by the donor).

Custodial history

Fonds was in the custody of Kathryn Tanswell before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014. This material was collected over four generations by women of the families. Prior to 1979, many of the records were in the possession of Ruth Bellamy, Kathryn Tanswell’s mother. Upon Ruth’s death, the materials were passed to Kathryn and she added to them in turn from that time forward. Note: a more detailed custodial history is located in the donor file.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, greeting cards, diplomas, certificates, maps, pamphlets, reminiscences, genealogical materials, and memorabilia pertaining to the Allen and Bellamy families.

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Some photographs in Box 6 contain inactive mould. For added protection, please wear a mask while handling this box.

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Fonds was in the custory of Kathryn Tanswell before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.


Many of the documents in this fonds were received in tied bundles with handwritten notes attached describing the items inside; the bundles and the accompanying notes were created by the donor, Kathryn Tanswell (nee Bellamy), a family member with knowledge of the names represented in the documents. The notes are helpful in explaining associations and relationships between family and friends and have facilitated creation of the finding aid. The items in bundles and the accompanying notes have been transferred to folders; letters have been unfolded and arranged chronologically.

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Outsized items located in Large Materials Cabinet – Drawer 54.
Rolled maps (3) located in Map Cabinet – Drawer 13.

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