Charles Barnum

Settler of township lots: Lot 8, Conc. 5, Guilford (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot at the east end of Ella Court north of Pine Lake.

Land acquisition: 1893 from The C .L. & C. Co. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Guilford (Image 108).

Dates of residency:

  • 1903 Business Directory, Guilford: Charles Barnum, Maple Lake, Lot 8, Conc. 5
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Guilford: Charles & Jane Barnum

Interesting facts:

Charles Barnum was the Baptists' benefactor. He owned land on the north side of Pine Lake and donated some of it for the church site (now West Guilford Baptist Church) in 1905. The lot was large enough to accommodate a cemetery. Source: Explore Haliburton by Susan Wilson, Stoddard Books, 1997. pg 83

West Guilford's first church was erected in 1906 by the Baptist denomination on property donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barnum, who also owned the settlements first organ. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 158

Some of Guilford's pioneers, like Joseph Griffin and the sons of Andrew Barnum, had owned land in Stanhope before moving east to Guilford. The Barnums (Almond, William, Charles and Nelson), chose lots on the shores of Pine Lake, the first assessment for William is 1878 but he was probably there earlier. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 154

Preceding landowner: 1865 The C .L. & C. Co from The Crown

Succeeding landowner: 

  • North side of Pine Lake: 1916 Alfred Jones for $800; next entries are illegible
  • South side of Pine Lake: 1908 Ernest Sims for $400; 1912 Nelson Stevens 26 acres for $400; 1914 Garald Clancy for $420; 1921 Hattie Sisson (widow); 1927 Wilbert Barry.

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Charles Barnum, b. 20 Apr 1839, Trenton, d. 08 May 1930, Clinton, Ontario, (Age 91 years)
    • Andrew Barnum, b. Abt 1813, Quebec
    • Sarah Ann Gainsforth, b. Abt 1815, Ireland d. 05 Jan 1881, Minden, (Age ~ 66 years)
  • Jane Sowerby
  • Family:
    1. John Andrew Barnum, b. 23 Feb 1872, Minden, d. 1954, Guilford, (Age 81 years)
    2. Thermuthus Rebecca Barnum, b. 03 Jul 1884, Guilford
    3. Mabel Irene Barnum, b. Aug 1886, Guilford, d. 14 Feb 1917, Niagara Falls,  (Age ~ 30 years)
    4. Bertha Isabel Barnum, b. 1874,   d. 1958  (Age 84 years)