James Campbell HOPE
England to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, c. 1860
Also, the McCREA surname in Springtown, Renfrew County


July 6, 2010:
Drawing of James Hope's Book Store, 22 Sparks Street at Elgin Street in 1879 Drawing Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project James Hope Bookstore, Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
We are researching my wife's family, which is rooted in Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley. Her maternal Grandfather was James Campbell Hope who operated James Hope & Sons booksellers and stationers located on Sparks Street. James C. Hope Sr. came from England around 1860. They lived in Rockliffe in what is now an embassy. Her father's family are McCreas, centered in Springtown on the Madawaska River where her great-grandfather arrived from Ireland and is listed as an Innkeeper at that location. We have some information on the more recent descendents we will be happy to share and would appreciate any info prior to the mid 1800's Cheers Dunc Morgan.
July 7, 2010: Thanks to Sue for the following research! James Hope was born 13 May 1833 in Alnwick, Northumberland, and was christened 26 May 1833 there at the Clayport or Green Bay Meetinghouse-church (Presbyterian), a son of John Hope and Jane Roberts, who were married in Hexham, Northumberland on 12 Feb 1833. According to the 1901 census, he emigrated to Canada in 1860 and can be found in the Ottawa 1861 census. He married Frances Ann Bryson of Montreal on Aug 29, 1867 at the Methodist Dominion Square Church in Montreal. Witnesses were Campbell Bryson and A.B. West. Frances Ann was born Feb 14 1843 in Montreal, a daughter of Campbell Bryson and Fanny (Horn?). From this it would seem that James Hope did NOT have the middle name of Campbell but the name came from his wife's side and their son was named James Campbell Hope. Hope this helps, Sue
July 30, 2010: Thanks for the info and suggestions. I have spent more time on it and found that the Campbell name did indeed originate with the Bryson family. Frances' father was Campbell Bryson, married to Fanny Horne. They both died fairly young (she in 1867, he in 1861).. Since Campbell Sr. had passed, the Campbell Bryson witness at the wedding in 1867 must have been the son, Campbell Leslie. The A.B West witness was the brother-in-law of Frances-married to her older sister Catherine. These families were both in Montreal at the time, and had common ties in the printing, bookbinding and publishing trades. Perhaps James Hope had early employment with them after his arrival in Canada and met Frances that way. Interestingly, in 1871 two siblings, Campbell and Alicia lived with the James Hope family and their sister in Ottawa, while the 1991 census shows The A.B West family as "lodgers" with the James Hope family in Ottawa as well. Perhaps they had come to work in the Hope business. Thanks again for your help. ... Dunc _______________________________________ Regarding the McCrea family at Springtown, Sue sent in some transcriptions of Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Ottawa Citizen between 1853 and 1859. The following death was found by Sue: Springtown, Madawaska, Dec 3, John, youngest son of Mr. Edward MCCREA of Springtown. It's on the new web page at www.bytown.net/citizenbmds1850s.htm . ... Al
August 24, 2010:
Pioneer Church at Springtown, Renfrew County, overlooking the Madawaska River Pioneer Church at Springtown, Ontario, Canada Tombstone of Joseph McCrea Caroline Teresa Armand
Note: The McNulty surname is dominant in this cemetery. ... Al
New October 9, 2010:
Source: John H. Taylor, Ottawa - An Illustrated History, page 121
James Hope Bookstore, Interior, Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, c. 1900

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