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Allen, George Henry

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George Henry Allan of Yarmouth, N.S. served as secretary-treasurer of the Nova Scotia Guides' Association and was one of the founding members in 1907.

Allen, John, 1771-1849

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  • 1771-1849

John Allen was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 11 September 1771, the son of Ebenezer Allen (1738-1816) and Meribah Frazier (1743-1804), Loyalists and Sandemanian Church refugees. The family embarked for Halifax in 1776 when Boston was evacuated by the British Army. They apparently settled on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, where Ebenezer became a prominent businessman in the Woodlawn area. Ebenezer and his son Alexander Allen, along with John Stayner, purchased a tanyard property on the old Preston road in 1795. They formed the firm of “Stayner & Allens.” This partnership dissolved in 1798 and became “Stayner & Allen,” with John Stayner and John Allen as partners. The firm continued until 1816, when the property was divided and the partnership dissolved. John Allen continued the tannery on the Old Preston Road for many years. He married Sarah Stayner (1776-1861) in St. John’s Church, Preston in 1793. They had 16 children; all except two lived to adulthood. John Allen died on 12 January 1849 in Dartmouth.

Allen, Richard Orme

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Richard Orme Allen was the sixth and youngest child of the Rev. James Allen and Emma Jane Peters. He was raised primarily in Toronto and educated at Victoria College, University of Toronto. In May 1916 he enlisted in the Canadian Navy as a wireless operator and served until 1918. He was trained in Halifax and stationed at Point Riche in Newfoundland and then on Sable Island, Nova Scotia. After the war he returned to Toronto, where he worked as a civil servant and bookkeeper. He kept in touch with people he had known in the Navy, especially those who had been with him on Sable Island. After reading Thomas Raddall's The Nymph and the Lamp (1950), he established a correspondence with the novelist, wrote several brief accounts of his experiences in the Navy, and visited Raddall at his home in Nova Scotia on at least one occasion.

Allen, W. Graham, 1909-1986

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William Graham Allen (1909-1986) was a freelance writer and broadcaster, best known for his work with the CBC. He was born in Halifax on January 6, 1909 to William T. and Winnifred (Dodge) Allen. He attended Dalhousie University, class of 1929, and also went to Royal Roads Military College and HMCS Cornwallis. While attending Dalhousie in 1928, Allen began reporting for the Halifax Chronicle and worked various editor positions until 1941. In 1941, he began active duty in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, as a Sub-Lieutenant and was part of the show "Meet The Navy". Allen returned to an editor position with The Halifax Chronicle-Herald in 1946 and during 1947 to 1951 he also served as an executive officer for HMCS Scotian, Halifax Naval Reserve Division. In 1951, Allen became Director of University Liaisons at Dalhousie University and was also the editor for the Dalhousie Review from 1953 until resigning from his position at the university in 1957. That year Allen joined the Canadian Broadcast Corporation as the news staff supervisor for the Maritimes. He retired in 1975, but continued to do freelance broadcasting, and hosted the popular CBC program Neighborly News from 1977 till 1980. Allen was a self described "movie freak" and a large supporter of the Arts. He held positions as juror for the Governor General Awards (ca. 1950s); treasurer for ACTRA, Maritimes (1976); director of Neptune Theatre Foundation (1976); Dal Alumni executive (1976); governor of Dalhousie University (1976-1977); president of the Radio Television News Director's Association for two years; and spent several years with Halifax Welfare Council and the United Services Institute of Nova Scotia.

Almon (family)

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William James Almon (1754-1817), son of James and Ruth (Hollywood) Almon, was born at Providence, R.I. and apprenticed as a physician and surgeon in New York prior to arriving in Halifax as a Loyalist. In 1785 he was appointed surgeon to the Halifax Alms House. In the same year he married Rebecca Byles, daughter of Rev. Dr. Mather Byles. Almon was later appointed surgeon-general of the military forces at Halifax and established a private practice as a physician and apothecary. His son W.B. (William Bruce) (1787-1840) graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1809 and succeeded him as physican and surgeon of the poor house. He also had a private practice as a physician and apothecary, served as medical health officer for Halifax, and was a founding member of the province's first medical board. He married Laleah Johnston (1789-186-?). Their son William Johnston (W.J.) (1816-1901) also entered the medical profession and became a member of the House of Commons in 1872 and senator in 1879. He married Elizabeth Lichenstein Ritchie (d. 1886) of Annapolis in 1840. Their son Thomas Ritchie (1843-1901) was the fourth generation Almon to practice as a physician in Halifax. He and his wife Frances Egan (1845-1942) of Quebec had a daughter and two sons. Their son Cotton Mather (1846-1883), married Ellie Dodd (d. 1906) in 1873; they had three children, William Bruce ("Bruce") M.D. (1875-1940), Susanna (d. 1958), and Caroline. William Bruce, (1875-1961), second son of Thomas and Frances, was a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Canadian Artillery and private secretary to the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. He married Mary Hill Dickey in 1908 and had four children.

Almon, Albert

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  • 1872-1960

Albert Almon was born at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1872. He married and had five children: Patrick, Joseph, Cleophas, Mary and Annie. Almon was a self-taught plumber and owned his own business in Glace Bay. An amateur historian, he earned him an honorary Masters of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University and recognition from Pope Pius XII. He died in 1960.

Almon, M.B., 1796-1871

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  • 1796-1871

Mather Byles Almon, merchant, banker, politician, and philanthropist, was born in 1796 at Halifax, the son of William James and Rebecca (Byles) Almon. In 1825 he married Sophia Pryor; the couple had fourteen children. In 1832 Almon helped establish the Bank of Nova Scotia and became its president in 1837. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1843 to 1866, governor of Dalhousie University, 1842-1848 and Kings College, 1869-1871, and involved in many Protestant charitable societies in Halifax.

Almon, William Bruce, 1875-1961

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  • 1875-1961

William Bruce Almon was born in Halifax on 23 September 1875, the second son of Dr. Thomas Ritchie Almon(1843-1901) and his wife Frances (Egan) (1845-1942). He was a professional soldier and served in various locations in Canada with the Royal Canadian Artillery before the First World War. He married Mary Hill Dickey in Halifax on 30 November 1908 and they had two daughters. During the First World War he was in command of artillery formations in Halifax before going abroad with the Canadian expedition to Russia. After his retirement from the military he served for 23 years as the Aide-de-camp for Lieutenant Governors of Nova Scotia. He died on 31 August 1961 in Halifax and was buried in St. John's Cemetery in Fairview.

Almon, William, Bruce, Lt. Col.

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Little biographical information is available regarding Lt. Col. William Bruce Almon. He was the son of Thomas Ritchie Almon and Frances (née Egan). Almon was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in World War One and went to Russia. He is known to have been involved with early theatre in Nova Scotia, particularly the Theatre Arts Guild and the Anglican Young People’s Association drama festivals in Chester. Almon studied at McGill University. He also had a first cousin named William Bruce Almon who graduated from Dalhousie’s medical school in 1899. That William Bruce Almon joined the Medical College in 1894 after studying engineering at King’s College in Windsor. The grandson of Senator Almon, he was known among his fellow students as a poet and artist.

Amberman family

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Paul Amberman was born of Dutch origin in the colony of New York in 1745. In 1771 he married Mary Ditmires (born 3 February 1746), the daughter of Douwe Ditmires. The Amberman family came to Annapolis Royal in June 1783 as Loyalists. Their family included three children: Mary (born 1773, married George Vrome in 1803), Paul Amberman, Jr. (born 1775), and Douwe (born 1779, married Rebecca Gilliatt). Mary Amberman, wife of Paul Sr., died in 1805 and was buried in St. Edward's cemetery in Clementsport. Paul Amberman died in 1811. From all accounts he must have been a wealthy man when he came to Granville, as he purchased several lots of land from Robert and Jane Young, formerly of New York. One of his acquisitions was land originally granted to Benjamin Rumsey in 1764, which Amberman purchased from Peter Ryerson in 1784. This property stayed in the Amberman family until 1964, when it was purchased by Robert Pallen Patterson who renamed it “North Hills.” Upon his death in 1974 the property was bequeathed to the Province of Nova Scotia and is now part of the Nova Scotia Museum complex.

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