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John Witherspoon Bald (1868 - 1961)

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John Witherspoon Bald
Born in Parsonstown, County Offaly, Irelandmap
Husband of — married in Simcoe County, Ontariomap
Died in Midland, Ontario, Canadamap
Bald-204 created 24 May 2014 | Last modified | Last edit: 12 Jan 2018
11:10: Laurie Cruthers edited the Biography for John Bald. (Added Ontario sticker) [Thank Laurie for this]
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Categories: Ontario Photographers | Midland, Ontario | Notable Ontarians.


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Genealogically Defined

J.W. Bald was a Canadian photographer who recorded life in his community from 1890 until his retirement in 1953.[1]

John Witherspoon Bald, born April 7, 1868, was the son of Scottish-born James Bald and Agnes Brown of Parsonstown, Kings (now Offaly), Ireland.[2] Two years after his birth, the Balds emigrated to Nottawasaga, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, where James Bald worked as a farmer.[3]

On January 3, 1900, J.W. married Isabella Culbert in Barrie, Ontario.[4] In 1901, they lived in Penetanguishene, Simcoe East, Ontario, with their young son. [5] J.W. worked as a photographer. By 1911, the couple had had three more children and had moved to Midland, Ontario, where John had bought a photo studio on King Street.[6] In 1921 they lived at 193 Ellen Street in Midland with their five children.[7]

J.W. died on July 14, 1961. [8]

For a description of J.W.'s career as a photographer, see Wikipedia entry.

For a photo of J.W. and more information about his career, see Huronia Museum.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "John W. Bald," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed July 9, 2017).
  2. "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), John Bald, 07 Apr 1868; citing Kings, Ireland, reference v 8 p 709; FHL microfilm 101,167.
  3. Wikipedia entry
  4. Simcoe County Marriages, 014741-00
  5. Census of Canada 1901
  6. Census of Canada 1911
  7. Census of Canada, 1921 Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 86; Census Place: Midland (Town), Simcoe East, Ontario; Page Number: 5.Source 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2013.Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.
  8. Midland Free Press obituary, July 26, 1961

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Photograph by J.W. Bald of King Street, Midland, Ontario
Photograph by J.W. Bald of King Street, Midland, Ontario


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