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James Devolson Bamford
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1867
Wolfe Island
Frontenac County
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jul. 6, 1960
Wolfe Island
Frontenac County
Ontario, Canada


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James Devalson (Valtie) Bamford b:Nov.20,1867 d:July 6,1960

The Island Mourns the Passing of one of it's Oldest Residence. J.D.Bamford

Death occured to one of the Island's (Wolfe Island) oldest residents on July the 6th in the Kingston Hospital where he had been since May 22 at the age of ninty two.

He was the second son of the late William Wells Bamford and Irene (Dixon)Bamford and brother of the late Wells;John;also two sisters the late Mrs.Charles(Isabell) Halliday and Mrs.Robert B.(Grace)Gaskin all of Watertown and vicinity. He is the last of the family. He was born on Wolfe Island and lived there all his life on the farm where he was born. The Island has lost one of their most useful residents as he was the handy man for the commuity. Blacksmith and carpenter he could build boats and many have them for his memory.(Also made wooden duck decoys for hunting.)

A great reader of books and everything in general and his mind so clear until the end.

He never married but had helped to bring up four orphan children(with his mother) who passed away at the age of 82 in 1922.

His funeral was held from his late residence where he had made his home for the past 12 years with Bert and Betty Woodman,and interned in the Cemetary which was on the farm and had been donated by his father also the church which burned a few years ago.

He had lived to see so many changes the Ocean's boats passing by up the St Lawrence and had hoped to live to see a bridge in his time. If the world could have more of such useful and kind people in it there would be better understanding in it.

(This article was written by his niece Irene (Halliday)King. He was also noted for his wooden decoy's and he could play a mean fiddle and played for a lot of the local dances. He was known as a ladies man. He was a very good carpenter and to this day a lot of the kitchens on Wolfe Island can show his handy work. The dates are different as to the month he died.It's not on the tombstone and some places it say's June and others it's July. I know it was summer of 1960.He was not the last of the Bamford line there are many decendants of that family today.)


Repley to query from Gus Rogers

HI Gus

You are right.There is a J. D. Bamford buried at Sand Bay Cem. There were 2 of them .The most of the Bamfords are eithier in Sand Bay or The St. Lawrence United Church Cem Wolfe Island .The one in Sand Bay was Rachel Dixon's Husband. He drowned in Oct.17,1867 his body was never recovered so the stone was only a memorial stone. Rachel is buried on Wolfe Island.They had a son Albert C.b:1865 & d:1886 after being hit in the head with a baseball. They also had a baby girl Rachel who died young. That J.D. Bamford married to Aunt Rachel (as she was known on the Island)was a son of Albert and Cordelia (Gotham) Bamford. The James Devolsom Bamford I did the obit on today was born a month after the other one,his uncle,died he was son of William Wells & Irene (Dixon) Bamford he is buried on Wolfe Island. He lived down on the South point of The Island Known as Bamford point. I believe if they liked a name they seem to use it often. All the Bamfords in that area are related. That William Wells was my gr,gr,grandfather He had an uncle named William Wells and a son William Wells Who they called Wells, Welly or Wells William (who married Eveline Joslyn,first named spelled different at times) and was also a son of Albert & Cordelia (Gotham) Bamford.I see on the Grindstone Island web site they have them mixed up. Do you wonder why. And that's how I'm related to Nan Dixon. No one can say genealogy is dull.

Family links: 
  William Wells Bamford (1834 - 1913)
  Irene Dixon Bamford (1833 - 1922)
  Isabelle May Bamford Halliday (1861 - 1945)*
  William Wells Bamford (1865 - 1944)*
  James Devolson Bamford (1867 - 1960)
  John Dixon Bamford (1871 - 1927)*
  Grace Darling Bamford Gaskin (1875 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Lawrence United Church Cemetery
Wolfe Island
Frontenac County
Ontario, Canada
Created by: Thelma Dickinson Moye
Record added: Sep 16, 2008
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James Devolson Bamford
Added by: Thelma Dickinson Moye
James Devolson Bamford
Added by: Thelma Dickinson Moye
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 Added: Sep. 16, 2008

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