Daniel Buck Sr.

Settler of township lots: Lot 5, Conc. 2, Stanhope

Location: This map point is at the approximate location in the irregular 223 acre waterfront lot that includes Jones Road, Wooden Bridge Lane and Kerr Drive on Kushog Lake

Land acquisition:

  • 1875 Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register. 30 acres to Mary Buck.
  • 1873  Mary Buck, Daniel's wife, received the patent for 23 acres Lot 4, Conc. 2 which does not exist in the GIS. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 46) BUT there

Other locations:

  • Lot 1, Conc. 2, Stanhope: 1867 Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register. 102 acres to Daniel Buck, BUT John Dawson received the patent for this land in 1870. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 11).
  • Lot 5, Conc. 2, Stanhope: 1981 Illegible Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 51)
  • Lot 4, Conc. 3, Stanhope: 1870 This 88 acre lot was registered as a Free Grant through the Free Grant and Homestead Act of 1868 under the locatee name Daniel Buck BUT Joseph Pritchard received the patent for this land in 1874. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 16).
  • Lots 6 & 7, Conc. 3, Stanhope: Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register - 49 & 80 acres to Daniel Buck BUT James Buck, his son, received the patent for these lands in 1884. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 45 & 77).

Dates of residency: 

  • 1861 Census of Canada, Anson: Daniel and Mary Buck and family. Occupation: stone mason
  • 1870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope: Daniel Buck, pt Lot 6, Conc. 3; Mary Buck,  Lot 4, Conc. 2
  • 1971 Census of Canada, Stanhope
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Danial Buck, ownr, Lot 1, Conc. A & E pt Lot 4, Conc. 2
  • 1891 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Farmer, living with Henry and Mary Pearl, Americans who were also farmers.
  • 1893 Stanhope Directory: Daniel Buck, Petersons Corners at Lot 1, Conc. A which was owned by his son, William, at the time.
  • 1898 Death: South Water Street, Minden. Cause of death: Senile decay. Informant: Stewart Gainer who would be his grandson (daughter, Sarah Eleanor's son). Buried Minden Cemetery

Interesting facts: 

Dan Buck Sr built the Stanhope sawmill at the mouth of Buck Slides on Kushog Lake around 1862.

Mr & Mrs. Dan Buck were the proprietors of Minden's famous hotel. Early writers say that the Bucks were a handsome couple and that the food they served won the praise of the whole frontier. In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 63

Daniel Buck, the genial proprietor of Buck's Hotel in Minden became acting Postmaster for the Gull River (Minden) Post Office in 1860 by default when Francis Kent declined the position. Source: Ibid pg 38 & 226

Dan Buck was a noted wit. On the way to his mill at Buck Slide he once stopped at the home of Mr. William Cooper at Boshkung who, as was the custom, invited the visitor to step into the house to be introduced to his wife. The lady was mixing a batch of bread so apologized, "I c n't shake hands with you sire - as you can see, I'm all dough." ""Oh that's all right,"quipped the gallant gentleman, a fast man with a pun, "I'm all Buck". Source: Ibid pg 63

For many years genial Dan Buck was one of the best known figures in the whole north country. He is buried in the Minden cemetery and tradition has it that the spring he died it was so wet that, as soon as his last resting place was excavated, it filled with water. When the burial too place, the coffin had to be heaped with heavy stones to hold it down, bringing the career of Minden's first hotel keeper to a liquid conclusion! Ibid pg 226

Dan Buck, the proprietor [of Buck Hotel in Minden] was quite a noted character, and about as fine a fellow as i ever met. He was about the best looking man in the county; his wife was also one of the most beautiful of women, and they were both just as good as they looked. The Buck Hotel as far-famed for its good table, but Dan made no profit on the dinners I used to eat there, as the appetite acquired after that twenty mile trip was not easily satisfied. Dan used to wait on me and try to fill me up. I never bother taking the hides off the potatoes until I had eaten five or six, as I did not have time, I was so hungry. Source: Life of a Lumberman, by George Thompson

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1881 William Gainer for $200
  • 1887 William Henry Stevens
  • 1934 Oliver Stevens
  • 1945 Morgan Harrison
  • 1946 Alfred and Ella Mary Jones
  • 1946 Demchuk, Armstrong, Connell

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Daniel Buck, b. Jan 1809, England d. 29 Oct 1898, Minden, (Age ~ 89 years) COD: Senile decay. Buried: Minden Cemetery
  • Mary Jennette Jackson, b. 1813, England d. 29 May 1876, Stanhope, (Age ~ 57 years)
  • Family:
    1. John Buck, b. 1834, England  d. 02 May 1865, Minden, (Age 31 years). Never married. Died of drowning per information passed down from his nephew Walter Fee - somewhere in the area of Minden ON. Buried: Minden Cemetery
    2. James Buck, b. 1835, England d. 13 Apr 1888, Minden, (Age 53 years) See wife's obituary below.
    3. Daniel Buck, b. May 1838, England d. 11 Jul 1896, North Dakota, (Age ~ 58 years)
    • Eliza Priscilla Holland, b. Abt 1848, Canada. Married: 1866 Peterborough
    • Children:
      1. Frances Ellen Buck, b. 1869, d. 24 Oct 1870  (Age 1 years)
      2. John Buck,   b. 25 Jun 1871, Minden
      3. Emelenia May Buck, b. 25 Nov 1872, Minden
      4. Robert James Buck, b. 08 Jul 1876, Minden
      5. William Lawrence Buck, b. 14 Mar 1878, Minden
    4. Mary Buck  b. Abt 1840, England 
    5. William Buck, b. 1844, England d. 1931, Saskatchewan, (Age 87 years)  
    6. Sarah Elinor Buck, b. 1846, England  d. 11 Sep 1908, Washington, USA (Age 62 years)
    7. Frances Jennet Buck, b. Abt 1850, Atlantic Ocean

Image: Daniel Buck Obituary. Source: Watchman (1888 ), 10 Nov 1898

2. Photo: Mrs. James Buck Obituary. Source: Lydia Coulter Scrapbook