Durlen Demill Redner / Mary McPhail / Melissa Haskell / Elizabeth Morrison

Settler of township lots: Lot 32, Conc. 4, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within the north half of this 100 acre lot which runs south of Hwy 118 opposite Ablett Crt.

Land acquisition: Lot 32, Conc. 4 North half (50 acres) from James Sawyer by Quit Claim Deed in 1876. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 514).

Other land: Lot 30, Conc. 3, Stanhope - 1888 south half from Thomas Sisson. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 471).

Dates of residency:

  • 1871 Census of Canada, Stanhope
  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: Durland Redner, owner, Lot 32, Conc. 4
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Durling Rednor, owner, pt Lot 32, Conc. 4
  • 1891 Census of Canada, Stanhope
  • 1893 Stanhope Directory: Durlin Rednor, Carnarvon
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: Durlin Redner, farmer at N pt Lot 32, Conc. 4 and S pt Lot 30, Conc. 3
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhpoe: Durlin Dumill
  • 1903 Business Directory, Stanhope: Durlin Demill, Maple Lake, Lot 30, Conc. 3
  • 1903 Stanhope Voters List: Durlin Demill, farmer, s pt Lot 32, Conc. 4 & s pt Lot 30, Conc. 3
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Lot 32, Conc. 4 Stanhope
  • 1911 Stanhope Post Office List: Durlin Demill, Maple Lake at Lot 30, Conc. 3
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office List: Durlin Demill, Maple Lake at Lot 30, Conc. 3
  • 1921 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Durlen Redner 70, widowed
  • 1928 Stanhope Voters List: Durlin Render, farmer & Elisabeth Redner, housewife at  Lot 32, Conc. 4 and Lot 30 Conc. 3
  • 1933 Death: Maple Lake. Listed as Durlin DeMill

Interesting facts:

Redner was a trapper whose lines extended through the Cache Lake area of Algonquin Park.

Isaac Boice was stricken with a heart attack while working his trap line at Kennisis and would have died alone i the bush had not Durland Redner and a companion arrived to paddle him home. He died shortly after. By an odd coincidence, in later years Durland Redner was himself overcome while trapping the same region and had to be assisted home by two other bush travellers. In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 p. 79

Durlin Demill represented Maple Lake on the 1900 committee that merged the Maple Lake Church with the 21 member congregation at Pine Lake Church, both of which met in school houses, to build the frame Maple Lake Church at the burying ground at Clark’s Corners.  Source: Ibid. pg.  326

Maple Lake Post Office - 1897 to 1901:  Lot 32, Conc. 4, Stanhope. Current address: The Postmaster during this period was Durlen DeMill.

Preceding landowner: 1887 James Sawyer

Succeeding landowner:  1942 - Estate of Durlen Demill to John Roscoe Henderson.

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

Photo 1 Stanhope Heritage Museum Collection: Accession #
Photo 3: Durlin Demill Redner and his step-mother Elizabeth Morrison, whose first husband was William Henderson.