II-82023 | No. 4 Company (Mrs. Belcher's group), Victoria Rifles Bazaar, Montreal, QC, 1886

 
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No. 4 Company (Mrs. Belcher's group), Victoria Rifles Bazaar, Montreal, QC, 1886
Wm. Notman & Son
1886, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
II-82023
© McCord Museum
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This group of women was photographed during a fund-raising bazaar. In all likelihood, they were the wives and daughters of members of the Victoria Rifles Regiment. Mrs. Henry Martyn Belcher, née Jessie Sloane Notman, is pictured among them (fourth from the right).

Jessie Sloane Notman (1859-1942) was the third child of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal, and Alice Merry Woodwark (1832-1906). 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.