Mather Byles Almon

1796 - 30th Jul 1871

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Mather Byles Almon, Canadian banker, politician and philanthropist, co-awardee with his brother William Byles Almon, brother-in-law James William Johnston and Lewis Johnston, probably as executors of John Johnston (all q.v.).

  1. Born 1796 in Nova Scotia, son of William James Almon and Rebecca Byles. Married Sophia Pryor, 31/01/1825. They had 14 children, 5 of whom died young. Became an insurance agent; business dealings included acting as agent for Colonial Life Assurance Company, the Pelican Life Insurance Company, and the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company. One of the original directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1832. Supporter of Protestant charities in Nova Scotia. Governor of Dalhousie University 1842-1848 and Kings College, Windsor, 1854-1868 and 1869-1871. Died at Halifax, 30/07/1871.

Sources

T71/865 St Andrew claim no. 494 (Mount Salus).

  1. K. G. Pryke, Entry for Mather Byles Almon in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online: http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=4791 [accessed 07/07/2012].

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Sophia Pryor
Children
14 children
Occupation
Banker
Religion
Protestant

Associated Claims (1)

£514 15S 7D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Cultural (2)

Governor
Dalhousie University...... 
Governor
Dalhousie University...... 

Imperial (3)

Director
Bank of Nova Scotia Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 
Other
Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 
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Supporter of Protestant charities in Nova...
Other
Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 
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Governor of Dalhousie University, 1842-1848; Governor of Kings College, Windsor, 1854-1868 and...

Relationships (2)

Brothers
Brother-in-laws

Addresses (1)

Nova Scotia, Canada