Sylvie and Bruno - Alice H. Barnes

Alice H. Barnes


Alice H. Barnes (1886-1979)

Alice Holte Barnes was born in Newport, Shropshire, England, on 2 Feb 1886, making her 8 years old when she received the book, Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll.

Alice was the daughter of Thomas George Lee Barnes and Mary Louisa Fox. In 1891, they were living in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, and still living there, when the book was signed in September 1894. By 1901, they moved to Toronto.

Alice had five siblings: Harold, Florence, Edward, Cyril and Frances. All had the middle name Holte. Little Frances, the youngest, was born on 25 July 1893. She died on 24 August 1893, as a result of a premature birth. Alice received this book a year after that loss.

On 11 May 1916, Alice married Charles Forbes Rogers (1887-1977) in Toronto. They had one child together on 30 September 1917. His name was William Barnes Rogers; he lived for only a few hours and was buried the following day, on 1 October 1917, in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. There has been no other indication found of children.

Alice died in 1979, in Toronto.

The book, now housed in the UPEI's Provenance collection, was given to Alice by A.H. Campbell, the principle owner of the Muskoka Mills from 1884-1895.


1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Baxter and Gibson and Freeman, Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario; Roll: T-6354; Family No: 116

1901 Census of Canada. Census Place: Toronto (West/Ouest) (City/Cité) Ward/Quartier No 5, Toronto (west/ouest) (city/cité), Ontario; Page: 5; Family No: 42

Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938.Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 68 [Death Registration of Frances Holte Barnes].

Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938. Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS940; Reel: 9 [Death Registration of William Barnes Rogers].

Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928, 1933-1934. Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Series: MS932; Reel: 372

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