I-5324.1 | Fanny, Jessie and Willie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1863

 
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Fanny, Jessie and Willie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1863
William Notman (1826-1891)
1863, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-5324.1
© McCord Museum
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This photograph portrays three of William Notman's children: Frances Elizabeth; Jessie Sloane; and William McFarlane.

William and Alice Notman had seven children: Frances Elizabeth (1855-1867); 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).

Frances Elizabeth Notman was the family's eldest daughter. 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.

William McFarlane, the eldest son of William Notman, was born November 1, 1857. He became a partner in the company in 1882 before inheriting it outright on the death of his father in 1891. He named his brother Charles (1870-1955) a partner in approximately 1894. William McFarlane died May 1, 1913.

Jessie Sloane Notman was the family's third child. In 1884, Jessie married Henry Martyn Belcher (1856-1923) at St. Martin's 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.