I-18482.1 | Fanny and Jessie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1865

Fanny and Jessie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1865
William Notman (1826-1891)
1865, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8.5 x 5.6 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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This photograph portrays two of the daughters of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal.

Frances Elizabeth Notman (1855-1867) was the eldest child of William Notman and Alice Merry Woodwark (1832-1906). She was born in Glasgow, Scotland on July 23, 1855.

In November 1856, 16-month-old Fanny and her mother Alice crossed the Atlantic Ocean on board the ship S.S. Canadian, en route to Canada. There, they reunited with William Notman who had been living in Montreal since August of that year. In 1867, Fanny succumbed to meningitis at age 11.

Frances Elizabeth was the eldest of seven children. Her siblings were: William McFarlane (1857-1913); Jessie Sloane (1859-1942); Alice Richenda (1863-1881); Emily Mary (1865-1946); George Richard Woodwark (1868-1921); and Charles Frederick (1870-1955).

Jessie Sloane Notman was the third child of William and Alice. In 1884, she married Henry Martyn Belcher (1856-1923) at St. Martins Anglican Church in Montreal. Reverend Samuel Belcher, the father of the groom, celebrated the marriage.

Jessie and Henry had seven children: Frederick Gordon (1885-1970); Alice Dorothy (1887-1946); Henry Lawrence (1889-1946); Charles Stuart (1891-1917); Edith Constance (1893-1971); Leslie Kenneth (1895-1918); and William Vincent (1901-1957). Jessie Sloane was widowed in 1923 and died in 1942 at age 83.