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:
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: Ancestry.ca 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