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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Box 1



  1. Ken and Ruth Bellamy wedding scrapbook (married 30 June 1947): includes wedding invitation; bridal shower and wedding cards; correspondence; newspaper announcements; honeymoon mementos; also 25th anniversary cards (Note: many items have become loose in the scrapbook)
  2. Ken and Ruth Bellamy marriage certificate (2); also “Marriage Book;” “The Bride’s Book,”, a copy of “Harmony in Marriage” received from Reverend J.E. and Mrs. Anderson; and a “Miniature Canadian Calendar” dated 1947
  3. Scrapbook of family life events, 1969-1984, collected primarily by Ken Bellamy
    (Note: includes information helpful in establishing genealogical connections; also information pertaining to people and events of Salem, Ontario)
  4. Letters received by Ken and Ruth Bellamy, 1965, 1978


  1. Letters received by Ken Bellamy from Ruth Bellamy and their children, n.d.

  2. Letters written by Ken Bellamy while overseas during World War II (1940-1945) and sent to his parents, Charles and Olive Bellamy, and his sister, Violet Jones (nee Bellamy); also, Canadian Army discharge certificate, 1945
    Postcards sent by Ken Bellamy to his mother, Olive Bellamy, 1940-1943
    Greeting cards, generally sent by Ken to his parents (some are dated 1939-1941)
    Ontario Department of Education “Collegiate Institutes, High Schools and Continuation Schools of Ontario” certificate issued to Ken Bellamy, 30 June 1932

  3. Records pertaining to working career: includes accounting notebooks (3), newspaper clippings, negatives (1949-1976), correspondence

  4. “My War Memories, 1938-1945”, written by Kenneth C. Bellamy, May 1977 (47 typed pages pertaining to Ken’s service during World War II)

  5. Miscellaneous items pertaining primarily to Ken Bellamy:
    School and church records:

    • school (1934);
    • church (1950-1955): includes a notebook containing Salem United Church minutes (1955) and records of sales of gladiola bulbs (1956-1960)
      Personal telephone directories with contact information of friends and acquaintances
      Greeting cards
      Single issue of The Normarac, July 1973, Cobourg, Ontario (includes picture of Ken Bellamy)
      Photograph of Grafton Patrol Garage, July 1965
      Photographic reproduction of Elgin Chamberlain, a “friend of Ken Bellamy in his elder years”
      Lists pertaining to the funeral of Ken Bellamy (d. January 13, 2007)
      “Ken’s story book” (pages from children’s book); also The House That Jack Built, published on linen, n.d. (poor condition), and Dere Mable: Love Letters of a Rookie by E. Streeter (note: these materials were received in a bundle associated with Ken Bellamy)


  1. School certificates, 1929, 1931, 1940
  2. Queen’s University: documents pertaining to courses taken at Queen’s University in 1930s
  3. Materials relating to teaching career plus other miscellaneous documents, 1930s-1950s (i.e. pertaining to teaching in Morganston, Frankford, and Napanee, Ontario); newspaper clippings; contracts and certificates; photographs (4); correspondence; greeting cards; Teachers’ College Peterborough 50th anniversary invitation (1903-1958); two pins inscribed “Federation of Women Teachers” and “Peterborough Normal School” (1938-1939); pamphlet titled “What They Eat to be Fit is Good for the Health of all Canadians”, n.d.
  4. Materials relating to teaching career while at South Cramahe Public School. Includes class and staff photographs (4): Grade 8 class photo 1967; Grade 7-8 class 1969; Grade 8 1969-1970; images of teaching staff included; South Cramahe Public School yearbooks, 1968, 1971. Also letters and notes to the teacher, and newspaper clippings.
  5. Letters received from Phyllis Pegg (nee Paul), 1946-1979 (Note: Phyllis and Ruth met in the late 1940s while teaching together in Napanee, Ontario and became life-long friends); also obituary for Phyllis’s husband Scott Pegg, 1985; wedding invitation to Phyllis’s son’s wedding, 1987
  6. Letters received from Phyllis Pegg (nee Paul), 1947-1977; also includes 1961 note from the Bellamy daughters to their parents, written perhaps while staying with Phyllis
  7. Letters received from teaching friends in Napanee, Ontario, 1947-1949
  8. Letters received from various people, 1939-1955
  9. Letters received from Ken Bellamy, 1958-1959
  10. Greeting cards received from daughters Kathryn and Mary, 1970-1979
  11. Greeting cards received from family and friends, n.d., i.e. Valentines, birthday cards, and get well cards (Note: most indicate that they were sent to Ruth)
  12. Travel postcards and letters collected by Ruth Bellamy; received from family and friends of Ken and Ruth Bellamy during the 1970s

Box 2


  1. Autograph books (2); “Good Wishes Birthday Book” with record of birthdays; “Telephone numbers” booklet which includes records of gladioli sales from Ruth’s property in Salem, Ontario
  2. Scrapbook belonging to Ruth of newspaper clippings and memorabilia: pertains to the service of friends and family in World War II, 1940s
  3. Miscellaneous: membership cards, 1958-1979; knitting/smocking instructions; newspaper clippings; handwritten prayers and “food for thought” items
    4 & 5: Re: Ruth’s death in 1979: scrapbook of sympathy cards sent to Ken Bellamy; also funeral book, flower cards, and loose sympathy cards (Note: Ruth died in a car accident 29 June 1979)

KATHRYN ANN BELLAMY (daughter of Ken and Ruth Bellamy)

Loose bundle on shelf:
5 scrapbooks of materials collected by Kathryn Bellamy: re interests and family, 1966-1967, 1967-1974, 1974-1975, 1975-1976, 1980-; items include newspaper clippings, greeting cards, tickets and programs for events, invitations
Also, diplomas and certificates of Kathryn Bellamy, 1963-1974

Box 3

Loose scrapbook: one blue scrapbook filled with greeting cards of congratulations sent to Ken and Ruth Bellamy on the birth of their daughter, Kathryn, born 11 June 1951; also, Christmas, birthday, and Valentine cards received by Kathryn until approximately 6 years old; also “Cradle Roll Certificate of the Salem Sunday School”, 1952 (Note: scrapbook is fragile and many items have become loose)


  1. Kathryn Bellamy: “Babyhood Record” book of information pertaining to Kathryn’s birth; includes childhood immunization records and baptismal record; also, birth announcements of several other children
  2. Kathryn Bellamy: scrapbook pertaining to participation in Colborne, Ontario Brownies and Girl Guides: includes glued or taped-in badges, bands, pins, test cards, handbooks, songs, etc., ca. 1960-1966; also copies of “Policy Organization and Rules 1962, Girl Guides of Canada,” and a 1975 “Girl Guides of Canada” date calendar
  3. Kathryn Bellamy re Camp Merrywood, Perth, Ont.:
    speech given by Kathryn to Rotary Club, Colborne, Ontario re Camp Merrywood, ca. 1971; Camp Merrywood postcards (2); correspondence to Kathryn from Sue Willson, Camp Merrywood, 1971; Ontario Society for Crippled Children Camp Counsellors’ Manual, 1971; two Camp Merrywood Senior Boys [newsletters], 1970, 1971; album of photographs (ca. 90) pertaining to Camp Merrywood (1968-1969), Queen’s University Circle K Conference (1970s); Jack Miner’s Sanctuary, (1970s), etc.
  4. Kathryn Bellamy: letters received from parents, family, and friends, 1960s & n.d.
  5. Kathryn Bellamy: letters received from Susan Roper and others, 1970-1980
  6. Kathryn Bellamy: letters received from Ruth Bellamy (mother), 1973-1975
  7. Kathryn Bellamy: letters received from Ruth Bellamy (mother), 1976-1979
  8. Kathryn Bellamy: school report cards, Salem, County of Northumberland, 1957-1960
    Mary Bellamy: school report cards, Salem, County of Northumberland, 1957-1960
    East Northumberland Secondary School Commencement Exercises, October 10 and 15, 1969
    Mary and Kathryn Bellamy: programs for piano recitals, Brighton, Ontario, 1956-1967; Northumberland County Music Festival programs, 1960, 1962, 1963
    Kathryn Bellamy: Sunday School cards, 1956-1958; Canadian Red Cross Society Water Safety card
    Kathryn Bellamy: school badges, programs, ca. 1980

  9. Autograph book, 1959; diaries, 1962, 1963; two handwritten school essays “This is my life” and Untitled, n.d.

DURWARD and BEATRICE (nee Hennessey) ALLEN
(parents of Ruth Bellamy)
[Note: Durward is sometimes referred to as Durwood]

  1. Durward Allen and Beatrice Hennessey marriage certificate, 5 September 1911; also, two cards of congratulations received on 25th wedding anniversary
  2. Beatrice Allen: Greeting cards and letters addressed primarily to Mrs. Durward Allen, Castleton, Ontario, 1950s (includes two Peterborough Normal School Christmas cards, 1927 & n.d.); also Methodist Church membership cards, 1901-1903; United Church of Canada membership certificates, 1948-1953; letter from Castleton Women’s Missionary Society re lifetime membership, 1953; Hilton Methodist Church Sock Social card & sock, 1903
  3. Beatrice Allen: scrapbook of sympathy cards and loose newspaper clippings relating to Beatrice’s death, October 1954; also photocopy of will, 1948
  4. Beatrice Allen: miscellaneous newspaper clippings and handwritten poems, lyrics, etc. (thought to have belonged to Beatrice)
  5. Beatrice Allen: 4 photographs of antiques which had belonged to Beatrice; also photograph showing a large group of women and girls plus two men (a formal pose in front of a building), ca. 1900. The people are identified and include such names as “Mrs. D. Allen”, Carr, Morgan, Hennessey, Rightman, Davidson, and others
  6. Durward Allen: workbook indicating jobs he performed for people in the Colborne area, 1954-1957; finance accounts booklet, 1921-1924;
  7. Durward Allen: sympathy cards and newspaper clippings relating to the death of Durward Allen, January 1968
  8. Auction sale poster for sale of the Allen family farm machinery and household furnishings, Colbourne, Ontario, n.d. (sale by Claude Allen, son of Durward and Beatrice Allen)

CATHERINE HENNESSEY (nee Mutton); wife of William Hennessey, Hilton, Ontario
(mother of Beatrice Allen and grandmother of Ruth Bellamy)

  1. Catherine Hennessey:
    autograph book, 1881-1882;
    small book titled “Daily Food for Christians”, n.d. with inscriptions “To Our Dear Friends Mr. & Mrs. Mutton, Xmas 1883” and “Kate Mutton, Shiloh, Ont. 1900”;
    probate of will, 1923;
    Wedding invitation, memorial cards, death notices of several Mutton and Hennessey family members, 1917-1936 (Note: accompanying notes in the folder explain relationships)

Outsized drawing, located in Large Materials Cabinet – Drawer 54:
“Catherine Hennessey (nee Mutton), b. 1849, d. 1932 in Northumberland County. Mother of Beatrice B. Allen (nee Hennessey), grandmother of Ruth C. Bellamy (nee Allen)”
(note: this outsized piece is exquisitely drawn and the facial area has been coloured slightly; the piece appears to have been purposely beveled outwards from the centre, i.e. only the outer edge meets a flat surface)

(grandparents of Ken Bellamy)

  1. Dougald Bellamy and Phoebe Schriver marriage certificate, 8 April 1882


Box 4


  1. Allen family genealogy: includes family trees and family genealogical information; memorial cards, death notices, newspaper clippings

  2. Bellamy family genealogy: includes family trees and lists of names and dates; memorial cards, death notices, newspaper clippings, correspondence (Note: some information pertaining to the local area is found throughout)

  3. Northumberland County scrapbook of births, marriages, and deaths of friends and family of Kathryn Bellamy: newspaper clippings and cards, 1931-2006

  4. Northumberland County newspaper clippings re local history, ca. 1970s; local date calendars

  5. Cramahe Township, Northumberland County, Ontario: historical research, newspaper clippings, notes, 1943-2006

  6. Salem, Ontario local history, written by Ruth Bellamy, April 1975, about life in Salem, Ontario, Cramahe Township, Northumberland County

  7. Duotang of typed stories about Northumberland County and surrounding areas, ca. 1940s, assumed to have been collected by Ruth Bellamy: scattered local names appear throughout; several stories are taken from newspapers; possibly part of reading material provided for local history class; some titles include “The Serpent Mounds,” “Indians of Ontario,” “Sainte-Marie/Excursion into Living History,” etc. (Note: in most cases, the original sources are not provided)

Box 5

  1. Local history materials collected by Ruth Bellamy, who took several courses in the 1970s. The history mainly encompasses Northumberland County; materials include newspaper clippings, notes from classes, etc. (Note: these items were received in a fragile black binder which has been discarded)

  2. Castleton, Ontario, local history: includes notes on Bush School, newspaper clippings, two Castleton United Church centennial (1865-1965) pamphlets (Note: materials compiled/collected by Ruth Bellamy)

  3. Handwritten menu book of Presqu’ile Hotel, Brighton, Ontario, 1958-1959 (Note: accompanying note states that Ruth Bellamy bought the “menu book” at a Presqu’ile Hotel auction sale in the late 1960s or early 1970s)

  4. Pamphlets pertaining to Churches attended by the family:
    Colborne United Church: annual reports, 1968-1975; Sunday service programs, 1971-1981; Colborne Pastoral Charge, ca. 1983; correspondence, 1978
    Salem United Church, 1955-1963; Rules and Regulations of Salem Cemetery, ca. 1949
    “Our Treasured Recipes: Anglican Church Women: St. James’ Roseneath; St. George’s Hastings”, n.d.
    “United Church Women: Constitution Interim Issue of By-Laws and Handbook”, n.d.
    “The Dominion Council of The Woman’s Association of the United Church of Canada”, 1959

  5. Miscellaneous items:

    • postcards: West gate entrance to Algonquin Park; Oshawa hospital; King Street East, looking West, Oshawa, Ontario
    • newspaper clippings
    • maps:
      Dominion of Canada and Adjacent Regions; prepared by Natural Resources Intelligence Service, Dept. of the Interior, Ottawa, n.d.
      Township of Murray in the County of Northumberland; Province of Ontario Office of Public Roads and Highways, n.d. [1915?]
      Township of Brighton in the County of Northumberland; Province of Ontario Office of Public Roads and Highways, 1915
      Also, rolled maps (located in Map Cabinet – Drawer 13):
      Road Map of the United Counties of Northumberland & Durham, 1924
      Road Map of the County of Victoria, 1950
      Road Map of the County of Lennox & Addington, 1950

NOTE: Some photographs in Box 6 contain inactive mould. Please wear a mask while handling this box.

Box 6

Note: Photographs pertain to the Allen and Bellamy families; other names include Bland, Cutt, Down, Dunnett, Fennel, Fiddick, Hennessey, Honey, Hubbs, Huycke, Jones, McLaughlin, Mutton, Pegg, Powell, Waite, and others
Photograph albums:
Brown-coloured album with string: vacation photographs taken in various Ontario locations during the 1950s and 1960; several postcards also
Album with boat and mountain scene on cover: personal photographs of Ruth Allen during her early life; includes school years and Peterborough Teachers College days; includes teaching friends from her schools; also several family members, 1930s and 1940s
White album with dog and bird on cover: “Hennessey album”, ca. 1880s and 1890s (includes several Hennessey family photographs)
Loose pages from an album: photographs of Mary and Kathryn Bellamy, 1960s and 1970s; also children of Claude and Marjory Allen, 1960s, plus other various family photographs
Black album: Ken, Ruth, Mary and Kathryn Bellamy, 1947-1961, Salem, Ontario
Black album: Ken and Ruth Bellamy and family, 1961-1979, Salem, Ontario
Also, 5 small albums of family photographs

Loose photographs:
Various family portraits; also Durward Allen farm, Cramahe Township, 1960s (aerial photograph)
White envelope: ca. 24 photographs pertaining to Ken Bellamy and various other family members including John and Mary Gray, Joy Bellamy, Kathryn Bellamy, Ruth Youngblut, Gordon Blakley, ca. 1980s
White envelope: photographs of Allen and Bellamy family members
White envelope: photographs of family and friends of the Allen and Bellamy families
White envelope: unidentified photographs

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