Alfred Moore, Sr.

Settler of township lots: Lots 9 & 10, Conc. 1, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location with this irregular waterfront 114  acre Lot 9, Conc. 1 on the shore of Boshkung Lake at Hwy 118, known as Moorefield Acres.

Land acquisition: 1891 from George A. Masson for $1,000 each. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 82 & 102).

Other land: Lot 12, Conc. 1, Stanhope: 1873 This lot was registered as a Free Grant through the Free Grant and Homestead Act of 1868 under the locatee name Alfred Moore BUT William Harrison received the patent for this land in 1912. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 117).

Dates of residency: 

  • 1863 Married Phoebe Ann Clark in Stanhope
  • 1866 Birth of Daughter Clarinda Moore (1866–1883) Stanhope
  • 1870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope: Alfred Moore, Lot 9, Conc. 1
  • 1881 Census of Canada: Charles and Phobia (Phoebe) Damyon (Damion) were enumerated here in the 1881 census.
  • 1874 Died at Maple Lake
  • 1901 Census of Canada: Alfred W. Moore (son) was enumerated at these lots
  • 1911 Census of Canada: Robert I. Moore (son of William, no relation) was enumerated at Lot 9, Conc. 1
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: Robert I. Moore (son of William, no relation) was listed at both these properties

Interesting facts:

In 1871 George A. Masson sold this property to Alfred and Phoebe Ann Moore. Alfred died only three years later of tuberculosis and Phoebe married Charles Damion. This property is known as Moorefield Acres.

Phoebe Damion was a driving force in the area: she became the postmaster, started a cheese factory, and ran a boarding house. In 1897 she sold the property to her son, Alfred Walter Moore. Source: Explore Haliburton by Susan Wilson (Stoddard Books, 1997).

Phoebe died at Hospital for Incurables in Toronto 1928. Informant was her son, Alfred W who also lived in Toronto. Buried at Scarboro Lawn Cemetery per death record. Cause of death: Cardiac Thrombosis, fracture femur, bed sores. Age: 92 y 11 m. Source: James Austen

Carnarvon Post Office - 1867 to 1877: Post offices at this time were located in the homes of the Postmasters. Alfred Moore was listed as the postmaster from 1869 to 1877. It has been written that Phoebe Ann Moore (later Phoebe Ann Damion), Alfred's wife, was the first Postmaster at Carnarvon  Although this is not true, she probably did most of the work, since in local folklore she is remembered in the role, not Alfred.  It is also interesting to note that the post office records indicate that Alfred ceased to be Postmaster on his death in 1877 when he in fact died in 1874.  Did Carnarvon have a posthumous Postmaster?  If this is true, then it is no wonder that locally it was clear that Phoebe was the Postmaster in actions, if not in name. Nila Reynolds says that "When Mrs. Phoebe Damyon was no longer able to make the 104 trips a year to Minden by horseback, sleigh or buggy, to collect the mail, the job was taken over by Edward "Neddie" Sisson and his wife, Anne Wyatt. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 316

Preceding landowner: George A. Mason

Succeeding landowner: 

  • 1897 Alfred Walter Moore (b. 1871) son of Phoebe
  • 190? Robert Irvine Moore
  • 1930 Clayton Robers

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Alfred Moore, b. 20 Nov 1840, Reach, Ontario, d. 13 Apr 1874, Maple Lake, (Age 33 years). COD: Consumption. Buried: Maple Lake Cemetery
  • Phoebe Ann Clark, b. 21 Oct 1836,  Lennox & Addington, Ontario, d. 02 Oct 1928, Toronto, (Age 91 years)
    • Benjamin Clark, b. 06 Oct 1810, Ernestown, Ontario, d. 29 May 1900, Stanhope, (Age 89 years)
    • Clarinda Henderson, b. 18 Feb 1811, Elizabethtown, Ontario, d. 26 Jan 1866, Stanhope, (Age 54 years)
    Husband 2: Charles Damion, b. 10 Nov 1841, England d. 30 May 1927, Stanhope, Age 85 years). Married: 1881
  • Children:
    1. Clarinda Melinda Moore,b. 1866, Stanhope d. 26 Mar 1883, Stanhope, (Age 17 years) 
    2. Margaret Ann Moore  b. 14 Dec 1869, Stanhope, d. 19 Sep 1898, Ontario, (Age 28 years) Married: George Pearson Hart
    3. Alfred Walter Moore, b. 30 Dec 1871, Stanhope, d. 19 Oct 1958, Victoria, Ontario, (Age 86 years)