Bowes Cecil Wright Sr./ Margaret Lee

Settler of township lots: Lot 1, Conc. 4, Stanhope

Location:  Map point is the approximate location within this irregular, waterfront property on the west shore of Kushog Lake on Kushog Lake Road.

Land acquisition:

  • 1861 Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register - 107 acres to? C Wright.
  • 1861 patent to Margaret Wright, wife of Bowes Cecil Wright Sr. (1816-1867). Ontario Land Parcel Register-Stanhope (Image 2).

Other locations:

  • Lot 9, Conc. A, Stanhope: 1869 100 acres from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 30).
  • Lot 8, Conc. A, Hindon: 1861 from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Hindon (Image 21).
  • Lot 1, Conc. 4, Hindon: 1871 from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Hindon (Image 253).

Dates of residency:

  • 1870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope: B. C. Wright, Lot 9, Conc. A
  • 1891 Stanhope Voters List: Son Walter Wright was listed at this location, and Lot 3, Conc. A
  • 1899 Stanhope Directory: B C Wright, Peterson's Cors
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: Son Bowes Cecil Wright Jr. was listed at Lots 1 & 2, Conc. 4 and Lot 14, Conc. 3
  • 1906 Death of Son Francis Ernest Wright(1863–1906) Haliburton

Interesting facts:

One of the first white babies born in Stanhope was Walter Wright (b. 1862), son of Bowes Cecil Wright, who patented land on the Bobcaygeon Road beyond Peterson's Corners where his neighbours were the Crawfords, Coulters, Stevens, Dawsons, etc. Source: Echoes of the Past, compiled and written by Ed H. Devitt & Nila Reynolds p, 27

Bowes Cecil Wright first located in a cedar swamp near Minden but relinquished this after a year for 100 acres in Concession A, Stanhope. Two of the Wright sons, William and Ernest, later took up land in Concession A which is bisected by the Bobcaygeon Road, on lots 8, 9, & 10.

The Wrights were 3 miles from school. With a family of 10 living children, shoes were a luxury pioneer youngsters often couldn't afford so when the weather became cold, Mrs. Wright sewed a pair of buckskin mocassins to heavy woolen stockings. With 3 extra pairs of home knit socks as insulation, the Wright children were able to brave the winter winds in comfort. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 309.

1867: Sale of white pine on lots 8, 9, 10, Conc. A, Lot 7, Conc. A, Hindon and Lot 1, Conc. 4, Stanhope to J. J. Link for a total of $200 to be removed by 1 May 1869. Wright is allowed to cut timber for a barn on any of the lots. Source:

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1888 willed by Margaret Wright to Walter Edward Wright (son).
  • 1922 Samuel Crawford by Quit Claim Deed.

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree