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Baxter, John Babington Macaulay

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  • 1868-1948

John Babington Macaulay Baxter (1868-1948) was born in Carleton (now West Saint John), New Brunswick, son of William S. and Margaret (Macaulay) Baxter. He married Grace W. Coster in 1924 and had four children: John B.M. Jr.; Frederick Coster Noel; Eleanor Crowden; and Mary Faith.

He was educated in the public schools and entered the law office of John Kerr. In 1890 he was admitted as an attorney and became a barrister in 1891. In 1896 he was a lecturer in King's college Law School and was awarded his B.C.L. degree in 1900. He was created a King's Counsel in 1909.

He was a member of the Common Council of Saint John almost continuously from 1892 to 1910 when he became Recorder. He had been deputy mayor and warden of the City and County of Saint John. In 1911 he entered politics as a representative from Saint John in the Provincial Legislature. In 1914 he was appointed Attorney-General for New Brunswick. Re-elected in 1917 and 1920, he became leader of the Conservative opposition in the New Brunswick legislature. He resigned in September 1921, when he was sworn in as federal Minister of Customs in the Meighen government until the defeat of the Meighen government in December 1921.

Returning to the provincial field in 1925, he was became Premier and Attorney-General of New Brunswick . Re-elected in 1930 he remained Premier until 1931, when he resigned to become judge of the Appeal Division of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick. On the retirement of Chief Justice Sir Douglas Hazen in 1935, he was appointed Chief Justice of New Brunswick. In 1945 when a Montreal newspaper published an article claiming maltreatment of patients at the provincial insane asylum, he was appointed head of the royal commission of inquiry.

Baxter served the Canadian militia from 1888 to 1912 in the 3rd Regiment, Canadian Artillery, rising to command the regiment as lieutenant-colonel from 1907 to 1912. In 1896 he published the "Historical Records of the New Brunswick Regiment, Canadian Artillery".

He was also a strong advocate of Maritime Legislative union and presented the case for New Brunswick before the Duncan Commission in 1926.

Source:
Prominent People of New Brunswick, 1937.

Beale, M. Helen Craise

  • Person
  • n.d., fl. [199-]

In the early 1990s, M. Helen Craise Beale did research on the Presbyterian church in the area of Sackville, New Brunswick.

Beardsley, Charles Alfred

  • Person
  • b. 1845

Charles Alfred Beardsley was born in Carleton County, New Brunswick, in 1845. He was the youngest son of eleven children born to Ralph and Ellen Beardsley. Ralph, born in 1802, was the grandson of a United Empire Loyalist. Ellen (nee Currie) was the daughter of the first settler in North Richmond, Carleton County. Charles Alfred Beardsley, with his parents and siblings, were raised near Richmond Corner in a house they named "Bleak House." Charles Alfred Beardsley later moved to Edendale, California, where he worked for a motion picture company as an actor .

Beatteay, George V.

  • Person
  • 1830-1912

George V. Beatteay (1830-1912) was a carpenter, builder and joiner in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was the clerk of works for the construction of the quarantine station on Partridge Island and worked on many ships. He also made coffin plates for his father William who was an undertaker (corner of Prince and Ludlow).

Beckett, John G.

  • Person
  • 1828-1889

John G. Beckett (1828-1889) was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland. He received a good education and learned the confectioner's trade from his father. He emigrated to the United States in 1848, spending the first two years in Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to Eastport, Maine, where he established a confectionery business. Beckett later moved the company to Calais, Maine, where it flourished.

In 1854, John Beckett married Mary S. Newton (1833-1885), of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. They had 5 children, 3 sons and two daughters. One of the children was named Helen. Mary Beckett died in 1885 at the age of 52.

John Beckett returned to Scotland in 1858, aboard the "Adept of Glasgow" from Saint John to Port Glasgow with Captain L. Campbell. He kept an extensive journal, ship log style, during the voyage.

Returning to New Brunswick in 1859, Beckett moved his confectionery business to Saint John. He stayed only about a year then returned to Calais, Maine, where he remained for most of the rest of his life.

John Beckett appeared to have grown tired of business during the 1860s and turned to the study of law. He graduated in 1870 from Harvard Law School with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He was admitted to the bar in both Maine and Massachusetts and his time was then devoted to the new career. His children took over the confectionery business.

Beckett made some investments in real estate in Calais involving brick blocks which proved to be unpopular and he lost heavily.

He was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Calais, Maine, and the Masonic fraternity.

Bedell, William J.

  • Person
  • d. 1866

William J. Bedell of Fredericton was probably an agent for Gilmour and Rankin, a shipbuilding firm located on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, during the early decades of the 19th century. He was married to Emma Bedell and he had at least one son, Alexander Rankin Bedell. William J. Bedell died at Fredericton about April 1866.

Source: York County Probate Records, 1866

Belding, Albert Martin

  • Person
  • 1859-1939

Journalist, writer, poet, Albert Martin Belding, the son of Margaret and John Belding, was born at Apohaqui, Kings County, New Brunswick 8 May 1859. He attended the Apohaqui Superior School and later, the provincial Normal School. He and his wife, Mary A. Belding, had 8 children, including Marion, Helen, Walter H., Stanley G., and Elmer (1894-1968). Elmer Belding served overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War and was at one time a member of the Dumb Bells acting troupe.

While a young teacher, Albert M. Belding became interested in journalism. He submitted articles to the Saint John "Daily Sun", and later joined its staff. In 1891 he became assistant editor of "Dominion Illustrated", a Montreal weekly. By 1892, he had returned to Saint John. He rose gradually through the newspaper ranks until he became editor-in-chief of the "Telegraph-Journal" and "Evening Times Globe". Albert Belding created no fewer than three pseudonyms for his daily columns -- "Hiram Hornbeam", "Mr. Paul the Sagamore" and "The New Reporter" -- through which he expressed opinions on civic, national, and international affairs. He contributed editorials and comments to the newspaper until the time of his death.

Albert Belding was also involved in other literary endeavours. With Harry Woodworth, he published a volume of prose and verse, "The Heart Broken Coroner". His poem recounting the unexpected death of Sir John Thompson at Windsor Castle in 1894 while a guest of Queen Victoria, came to the attention of Lady Aberdeen, who request that it be published in pamphlet form. Belding also published short stories in several publications, including "Chambers Journal" and the "Canadian Courier". In addition to his newspaper and literary careers, Albert Belding was well-known for his humanitarian and political activities. He helped found the Every Day Club, a social club for men and boys, and was active in the Children's Aid Society, the Playgrounds Association, the Social Services Council, the Boy Scouts, the Rotary Club, and the Canadian Club. He frequently lectured on the subject of improving the social life of communities.

Active on the Saint John Board of Trade, he promoted the port of Saint John and in 1925 travelled across Canada with Maritime businessmen and politicians speaking on the subject of "Maritime Rights" or the economic position of the Maritimes in Confederation. This cross-country tour resulted in the establishment of the Duncan Commission with a mandate to study the claims of the declining economic position of the Maritime provinces. He also travelled to the United States and the West Indies promoting trade interests. Belding's contributions to improving the social condition of New Brunswickers was recognized in 1935 when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. He died on 5 January 1939 and is buried in Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John, N.B.

Bell, Billy

  • Person
  • 1930

Billy Bell was one of the prime movers in the association of 8th Canadian Hussars. , a natural organization.
Billy was a sergeant with A squadron in the 8th Hussars - he had be shot out of a tank seven times . He was a valued and respected member of his community and a long time director of the 8th Hussars Association. He was awarded the Canadian 125th Commemorative Medal for his outstanding service and the town of Hampton had honored him by naming a street William Bell Drive.

Bell, Hazel Lawrence Deinstadt

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  • 1889-1966

Hazel Lawrence Deinstadt Bell, the daughter of the Rev. Thomas James Deinstadt (1840-1926) and Rebecca McCallum Beer (d. 1922), the daughter of John Beer, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was born on 7 October 1889 in the Exmouth Street Wesleyan Methodist parsonage, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Deinstadts had five other daughters -- Marguerite (Bell), Maud, Lillian J. (d. 1924), Janet Louise (McMann), and Irene. Hazel Deinstadt's father served as pastor of Exmouth Street Methodist Church on three separate occasions, 1870-1873, 1888-1891, and 1899-1908. He also served at churches in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Hazel Deinstadt received some of her early education in Saint John. Between 1908 and 1910, she attended the Mount Allison Ladies College in keeping with family tradition. During World War I, she volunteered for overseas work while training as a nurse in a Toronto hospital. She arrived in London, in January 1916, and gained some experience with the Canadian Red Cross before heading for France. She worked as a nurse at a hospital at Arc-En-Barrois, Haute-Marne, located near Verdun, caring for wounded soldiers. She stayed there at least three years before returning to Saint John in the fall of 1918. While visiting her family, she helped raise funds for the volunteer hospital at Arc-en-Barrois.

After the war, Hazel Deinstadt married Winthrop Pickard Bell, the son of Andrew Mackinlay Bell (1847-1918) and Mary Emerancy Pickard (1847-1918), on 7 October 1925, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her sister, Marguerite Deinstadt had married Winthrop Bell's brother, Ralph Bell. After her marriage, Hazel Bell moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Winthrop Bell resumed teaching at Harvard University. They returned to Nova Scotia, in 1927, and made their home at Lockeport, where Dr. Bell was involved with his brother's fishing company. They also lived at Chester Basin, Nova Scotia.

During World War II, Hazel Bell was actively involved with the work of the Canadian Red Cross. She cared for small children from England until health troubles and exhaustion restricted her work. Hazel Deinstadt Bell died in the Mahone Nursing Home, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, on 24 January 1966 and was buried in the Old Baptist Burying Grounds, in Chester. Her husband predeceased her, passing away on 4 April 1965.

Sources: Daniel F. Johnson's Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers on-line; MC6; RS141 Vital Statistics from Government Records; and finding aid for the Winthrop Pickard Bell fonds at Mount Allison University Archives, Sackville, N.B.

Bellamy, Richard

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  • Person
  • 1827-1892

Richard Bellamy was born in 1827 in London, England, the son of George and Nancy Bellamy. He immigrated to New Brunswick at the age of nine with the "Blue Coat Emigrants".
Bellamy settled in Stanley, York County, where he was involved in business and surveying. Later he moved to Nackawic where he owned and operated a large farm. He served one term on the Municipal Council Board. He was first elected to the New Brunswick Assembly as a Liberal member for York County in 1886. He was re-elected in 1890, but when the election was protested, he resigned and did not run again. In 1891, he took a seat on the Legislative Council of New Brunswick and sat until the dissolution of that body in April, 1892. Bellamy never married, and died at Nackawic in November, 1892.

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