Josiah Jones Bell:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Hugh Anson-Cartwright
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2001)

Finding aid encoded by Rita Mogyorosi (July 2003)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - A.01-54, MSS 157, PC 163 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Creator:
Josiah Jones Bell

Title:
Josiah Jones Bell fonds

Dates:
[187-?]-[1931?]

Quantity:
1.49 m of textual records and other material

Identification:
A.01-54, MSS 157, PC 163

Language
English.

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Biography of Josiah Jones Bell

Josiah Jones Bell was born in the 1800s in Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario. He was one of three children (Isabella and Robert William) born to Robert and Emeline Sedate (née Jones) Bell.

Bell was an Ensign with the Ontario Battalion in Colonel Marshal Garnet Wolseley's Red River Expedition of 1870. The expedition was intended to exert Canadian sovereignty in the newly created Province of Manitoba.

Bell passed away on 23 October 1931 in Rockcliffe, Carleton County, Ontario.

Source : "Bond & Austin Families" at RootsWeb.com

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The fonds documents Bell's activities in Wolseley's Red River Expedition journey to Red River, its return to Thunder Bay, and its work in exploring and laying telegraph lines in the west from 1875 to 1876. The articles and lantern slides apparently relate to a presentation Bell gave in later years on the history of these events.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into eleven series.

  • Manuscript Collection (MSS 157)
  • Published Material, 1898-1899
  • Newspaper Clippings, [187-?]-[1931?]
  • Diaries, 1870-1878
  • Correspondence, 1895
  • Military Documents, 1870, 1874
  • Maps, 1869-1874
  • Photograph Collection (PC 163)
  • Photographs - Portraits & Groups, [187-?]-[1931?]
  • Photographs - Landscapes, [187-]
  • Photographs - of Illustrations, [187-?]-[1931?]
  • Photographs - Miscellaneous, [187-?]-[1931?]
  • Lantern Slides, [187-?]-[1931?]

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Related Material

The Archives of Ontario maintains one reel of microfilm (Accession Number 4310, MS 145) copied in 1966 from the textual records found in this fonds.

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Custodial History

The records appear to have been in the possession of R. (Robert) Murray Bell in 1966, as he was responsible for lending the records to the Department of Public Records and Archives in Toronto (now the Archives of Ontario) for microfilming purposes that same year. R. Murray Bell was the grandson of J.J. Bell’s brother, Robert William. The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections purchased the fonds in 2001 from Hugh Anson-Cartwright, an antiquarian bookseller located in Toronto, with funds from the Frank Allen Family Research Fund and the Archives' Alumni Association Fund.

Source : R. Murray Bell obituary, "Toronto Globe & Mail," 14 August 1998, p. A11

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Published Material (MSS 157): 1898-1899

BoxFolder
11 The Canadian Magazine , Vol. XII, No. 1, November 1898

This issue contains the first paper in Bell's series of articles entitled, "The Red River Expedition," on pages 26 through 34 inclusive.

1 The Canadian Magazine , Vol. XII, No. 2, December 1898

This issue contains the second paper in Bell's series of articles entitled "The Red River Expedition," on pages 98 through 104 inclusive.

1 The Canadian Magazine , Vol. XII, No. 3, January 1899

This issue contains the third and final paper in Bell's series of articles entitled "The Red River Expedition," on pages 245 through 256 inclusive.

1 Minutes of Proceedings of the Senate of Canada , No. 6, 24 March 1899

Inscribed to J.J. Bell and signed by Sir Mackenzie Bowell.

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Newspaper Clippings (MSS 157): [187-?]-[1931?]
BoxFolder
12 Image of "Old Fort Garry," [187-?]-[1931?]
BoxFolder
23 Toronto World , 8 September 1900,

complete issue of 10 sides

NOTE: In this case, Box 2 refers to Map Drawer 2.

3 Manitoba Free Press , 16 July 1904,

part of "second section" of issue

Annotation on front cover reads: "Red River Expedition List of those who rec'd medal." Article of note, called "Lord Wolseley's Red River Veterans," begins on page 16.

NOTE: In this case, Box 2 refers to Map Drawer 2.

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Diaries (MSS 157): 1870-1878
BoxFolder
13 The Canadian Pocket Diary for 1875 , 1875-1876,

Covers Fort Garry - trips from Winnipeg, &c.

3 Pocket diary, 1870,

Contains printed Standing Orders for the Red River Expeditionary Force (May 1870), as well as the notebook and diary of Bell embarking at Shebandowan Lake, 21 July 1870 to 28 September, Fort Garry.

4 The Canadian Pocket Diary for 1876 , 1876-1878

Covers Bell's activities in and around Fort Garry.

4 Diary, 1871

Covers Bell's activities from Fort Garry to Thunder Bay, 10 June to 17(21) July 1871. Ensign Bell commanding No. 4 Boat Red Brigade.

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Correspondence (MSS 157): 1895
BoxFolder
15 A.M. Fleury d'Eachambault to J.J. Bell, 6 September 1895

Regarding reunion and Canada General War Medal.

5 James Thomas to J.J. Bell, 11 September 1895

Thomas' experiences as member of Red River Expedition.

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Military Documents (MSS 157): 1870, 1874
BoxFolder
16 "Proposed appropriation of Buildings in Fort Garry as Barracks for 1st Ont. Rifles ... (signed) 9/9/70 ... Wolseley"

Text and plans.

6 "Proposed appropriation of Buildings in Lower Fort as Barracks for the Quebec Rifles ... [signed] ... Wolseley ... Fort Garry 9/9/70"

Text and plans.

6 Schedule of "Red River Expeditionary Force - Lake Shebandowan to Fort Francis" for "Genl. Departmental & Regtl. Staff," [187-]
7 Dominion Lands. Military Bounty Grant to Josiah Jones Bell, 20 January 1874

Province of Manitoba Township 14, Range 10W, Section 12, Part N.E. 1/4, 160 acres.

7 Dominion Lands. Military Bounty Grant to Josiah Jones Bell, 26 January 1874

Province of Manitoba Township 14, Range 10W, Section 12, Part S.E. 1/4, 160 acres. Originally issued to Private Robert John Stewart who "duly assigned and transferred the said warrant to Josiah Jones Bell ... "

7 Dominion Lands. Military Bounty Grant to James Patterson, 26 January 1874

Province of Manitoba Township 14, Range 10W, Section 12, Part N.W. 1/4, 160 acres. Originally issued to Silas Alexander Ramsay who "duly assigned and transferred the said warrant to James Patterson ... "

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Maps (MSS 157): 1869-1874
BoxFolder
23 "Plan of Magnus Brown's Homestead Addition to Winnipeg," [1874?]
3 "Map Showing the Line of Route between Lake Superior and Red River Settlement. Compiled from S.J. Dawson's Exploratory Surveys ... by A.L. Russell," 1869
3 "Plan Shewing the Proposed Route from Lake Superior to the Red River Settlement. Compiled from ... Dawson & Napier's Maps 1870 ... Profile of Canoe Route as handed in by Professor Hind."

In pencil on recto: "No. 1 (7?) Company, 1st Batt."

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Photographs - Portraits & Groups (PC 163): [187-?]-[1931?]
BoxFolder
21 "Mackazis or Fox Cree chief," [187-?]-[1931?]
1 "Kabedakwesis or Big Ears Chippewa Chief," [187-?]-[1931?]
1 "Hon. Wm. McDougall," [187-?]-[1931?]
1 "Red River Expedition - Riel's Council," [187-]
1 "Copyright G Moodie. The Sun Dance - Reserve near Battleford," 1896

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Photographs - Landscapes (PC 163): [187-]
BoxFolder
22 "Red River Expedition - Dog trains," [187-]
2 "Red River Expedition - View from South bank of the Assiniboine River opposite Fort Garry ... ," [187-]
2 "Red River Expedition. Town of Winnipeg," [187-]

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Photographs - of Illustrations (PC 163): [187-?]-[1931?]
BoxFolder
23 "Prairie Camp - Red River," [187-?]-[1931?]
3 "Red River Expedition - Fort Garry ... from a sketch by Mr. Hind," [187-]
3 "Red River Expedition - An incident in garrison life. No. 1," [187-]

recto: "The Chase"

3 "Red River Expedition - An incident in garrison life. No. 2," [187-]

recto: "The Capture"

3 "Red River Expedition - View below the last rapid on the Winnipeg - From a sketch by Meade," [187-]
3 "Red River Expedition - Running Les Dalles rapids ... from a sketch by Supt.[?] Douglas," [187-]
3 "Red River Expedition - Looking up the Assiniboine River, Fort Garry on the right ... from a sketch by Hind," [187-]
3 "Red River Expedition - Fort Alexander ... From a sketch by Meade," [187-]
3 "Red River Expedition - Fort Garry - From a ... sketch by Supt.[?] Douglas," [187-]
3 "Red River Expedition. Lower Fort Garry," [187-]
3 Unidentified campsite with boat "Passport" in left foreground, [187-?]-[1931?]

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Photographs - Miscellaneous (PC 163): [187-?]-[1931?]
BoxFolder
24 "Old H.B.Co's. House. Officers quarters at Soo. Ste. Marie," [187-?],

2 (one sepia tone, one black & white)

Title taken from the sepia tone image. The second print is a larger, black & white copy made by the Ontario Archives as part of their Accession No. 4307[4310?].

4 "Teamsters at Dinner. Dawson Road," [187-?],

2 (one sepia tone, one black & white)

Title taken from the sepia tone image. The second print is a larger, black & white copy made by the Ontario Archives as part of their Accession No. 4307[4310?].

4 "1st Ont Rifles. Camped at Sault Ste Marie Ont," [187-?]

2 (one sepia tone, one black & white)

Title taken from the sepia tone image. The second print is a larger, black & white copy made by the Ontario Archives as part of their Accession No. 4307[4310?].

4 "The Bell monument in Perth Cemetery," [187-?]-[1931?]

2

Title taken from the sepia tone image. The second print is a larger, black & white copy made by the Ontario Archives as part of their Accession No. 4307[4310?].

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Lantern Slides (PC 163): [187-?]-[1931?]
BoxFolder
3I "Fort Garry,"

10 slides

II "Winnipeg etc.,"

9 slides

III "Riel etc,"

9 slides

IV "Expedition on Dawson Trail,"

9 slides

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