Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.
Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.
Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928. Nettie and Florence are prominent features in most of his photographs.
In 1920 Anson moved to Fultonville, NY. He owned and operated a car repair garage with Nettie’s sister’s husband in the next village, Fonda, NY. After his wife (1944) and daughter (1928) died Anson sold his interest in the garage and moved back to Brockville.