1881 census information for Mann family

1881 census entries for Mann family in Belleville
NameGenderAgePlace of birthReligionOriginOccupation
Mann, Nicholas M 40 USA C. Methodist African Barber
Mann, Mary F 34 Ireland C. Methodist German -

Nicholas Mann and his wife Mary were both employed in the hairdressing business. Mary was variously described as of Irish or German origin and was born in Kingston, Ontario. Nicholas was from the United States and of African ancestry. At the time of the 1871 census, the couple had another African American living with them: Sylvester Milden, also a barber.

1871 census listing for Mann family

Nicholas Mann advertised his Front Street business in The Daily Intelligencer of 7 September 1866:

1866 ad for Nicholas Mann's barbershop business.




The subscriber begs respectfully to acquaint his former friends and patrons in Belleville and the public generally, that he has opened a SUIT OF APARTMENTS immediately over the store of Messrs. Graham & Grainger, on Front Street, where he is prepared to attend to all orders with which he may be favored in

Hair Cutting, Shaving, Shampooing, Hair Dyeing, &c., &c.

A separate apartment has been fitted up with great taste,


to the dressing and artistic finish of whose hair ESPECIAL ATTENTION will be devoted

* Hair Cutting in the Latest New York Style.

Hair Restoratives, Oils, Perfumery, &c.,  &c., kept constantly on hand.

* Razors, Surgical Instruments, &c., &c., sharpened equal to new.


Belleville, September 5th, 1866

At one time, the Manns' business was on the southwest corner of Bridge and Front Streets in Belleville. When Nicholas Mann died on 3 November 1900, The Daily Intelligencer marked his passing with an article on the November 5th front page:

Obituary for Nicholas Mann, 1900.


Has Shuffled off This Mortal Coil

Was for Many Years a Well

Known Figure in Belleville.

The news of the demise of Mr. Nicholas Mann, which occurred on Saturday night at his late home, Front St., was heard with regret by everybody. The deceased was well known in Belleville, where for many years he conducted a barber and hair dressing establishment. He was born at Utica, N. Y., in the year 1831, being thus 69 years of age. For upwards of 40 years Mr. Mann was a resident of Belleville and by his courteous manner and generosity made a host of friends. He is survived by his aged widow, but no family. He was a member of the Methodist church.

The funeral this afternoon was largely attended, services being conducted by Rev. D. Crothers, of Bridge St. Church. The bearers were: Messers. D. B. Robertson, C. Green, J. Cummins, W. Hopkins, J. H. Mills and Ald. McFee.

 Mary Mann survived her husband by 23 years, dying on 28 April 1923 at the House of Refuge building on Dundas Street East. Both Mary and Nicholas were buried in the Belleville Cemetery.

House of Refuge building.