First Generation

Helen Elizabeth Leslie (“Lizzie”) was born in Elzevir Township, in Hastings County, Ontario (then called “Canada West”) on February 6, 1882. Elzevir Township is near Belleville. Her parents were William Leslie (1822–1904) and Flora McDonnell Campbell (1829–1905). Both families were of Scottish ancestry.

She married Joseph Price (“Joe”) in Belleville on March 31, 1884, probably in Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

They had five children:

  1. Flora Pearl Price
  2. Joseph Leslie “Les” Price
  3. Earl Stanley Price
  4. Helen Fredrica Price (who insisted throughout her life that her middle name was “Elizabeth”)
  5. Frances Kathleen Buchanan Price

Lizzie was an accomplished concert cornetist who, in the 1890s, soloed to much acclaim at a number of prestigious venues in Toronto, including the then-new Massey Hall. She was billed as “Mrs. Price” or “Mrs. Helen Price.”

Read more about her musical career in the post, Fact-Checking Two Stories about Lizzie Price’s Musical Career.

Lizzie died in Toronto on September 8, 1917, at the age of 55, and is buried at St. John’s Norway Cemetery in Toronto. You can view her headstone here.

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Helen Elizabeth Leslie before her marriage. The photo was taken in the early 1880s when she was in her early twenties.
“Mrs. Helen Price” or “Mrs. Price,” as she was billed in advertisements proclaiming her upcoming concerts. She holds her cornet, so we can speculate that this was taken either to promote or to honour her musical career. The photo was taken in the mid-1890s when she was in her early thirties. It is a digitally enhanced version of the photo at the top of this page.
Advertisement for Massey Music Hall Concert Featuring Mrs Helen Price
“Mrs. Price, cornet soloist” at Massey Hall: advertisement in the Toronto Globe, December 25, 1896, p. 4
Prices and Friends on the Beach
Helen Elizabeth (Leslie) Price (sitting, third from left, looking down). Joseph Price (standing centre), Lizzie’s mother, Flora (Campbell) Leslie (standing, right), Others not identified. Kew Beach at the foot of Lee Avenue, summer of 1903 or 1904.
Photo of Price family in a 1911 Russell Motor Car
Left to right; Joe, Lizzie, Leslie, Earl and Hazel about 1914-1915, in Joe’s 1911 Russell motor car.
Lizzie in her early fifties (undated photo)
Left to right: Frances, Earl, Lizzie (wearing veil), and Helen, at Ontario Ladies’ College in Whitby (now Trafalgar Castle School) where Helen was a boarding student. The photo was in probably taken in 1917, judging by the apparent age of the toddler (believed to be Lizzie’s grandson Ted, Leslie’s son). Lizzie would die in September 1917.