Edward "Neddie" Sisson

Settler of township lots: Lots 18 & 19, Conc. 2, Stanhope

Location: The map point is the approximate location within the 99 acre Lot 18, Conc. 2 running south from Hwy 118 opposite Breezy Lane.

Land acquisition: 

  • 1869 Lot 2, Conc. 18, Stanhope was registered as a Free Grant through the Free Grant and Homestead Act of 1868 under the locatee name John Fitzsimmons, son of Henry Fitzsimmons.
  • 1885 Patent from The Crown - 99 + 98 acres. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 132 & 141).

Dates of residency:

  • 1855 Marriage: Sarah Dawson (1835–1883) Maple Lake
  • 1870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope: Edward Sisson, part Lot 19, Conc. 3 which at that time was owned by Jane Gray (Sisson) Stevens. Ontario Land Parcel Register-Stanhope (Image 333).
  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Edward & Sarah Sisson with 9 children at Lots 17-19, Conc. 2, Stanhope
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List:
    - Edward Sissin, senr, owner, Lots 18, 19, Conc. 2
    - Edward Sissin, junr, owner, Lot 17, Conc. 2 (which was owned by James Cowan)
  • 1888 Marriage: Anne Wyatt (1851–1901) Stanhope Twp1893 Stanhope Post Office: Ed Sisson, Carnarvon Lot 18, Conc. 2
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Edward Sisson, owner, Lots 18, 17, 19, Conc. 2
  • 1899 Stanhope Directory: Lot 28, Conc. 2; Stephen at this lot; Thomas at Lot 19, Conc. 2
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Edward & Ann Sisson with son Herbert
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: Lots 18 & 19, Conc. 2, Stanhope; Stephen and John James were also listed.
  • 1903 Business Directory, Stanhope: Edward Sisson, Carnarvon, Lot 19, Conc. 2
  • 1903 Stanhope Voters List: Edward Sisson, farmer, Lot 18, Conc. 2
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Edward & Ann Sisson, no children at Lot 18, Conc. 2
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office: Edwd Sisson, Carnarvon Lot 18, Conc. 2 and Hy Sisson
  • 1920 Death: Edward Sisson at Lot 18, Conc. 3, Maple Lake

Interesting facts:

Henry Billing built this handsome stone farmhouse for his sister-in-law Anne Wyatt and her husband, Edward Sisson. Edward was better known as Uncle Neddie and served as the postmaster for the area for a while, handling the mail from here. Source: Explore Haliburton by Susan Wilson (Stoddard Books, 1997)

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. Their original log cabin housing the post office on Lots 18 & 19, Conc. 2 Stanhope, still excellently preserved [in 1973] was converted to a summer home by Mr. & Mrs. G. Hicks. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 316

Mrs. Neddy Sisson of Stanhope carded her own wool as well as spinning and knitting it up into such major clothing items as long underwear. Men who worked outdoors in the logging camps needed two new suites evey 2 or 3 years since the life of these garments did not exceed 4 years. Source: Dream of Excellence by Nila Reynolds. Haliburton Highlands Guild of Fine Arts 1976 Pg 15

Peterson Post Office - 1862 to 1876: The location of the Post Office moved about as it was housed in the home of the current Postmaster.  All offices were within a 1/2 mile radius of the junction of the Bobcaygeon and Peterson Roads. Edward Sisson was the postmaster from Feb 1, 1862 to Jan 2, 1863. Mr. Sisson moved to the Carnarvon area, where years later he became Postmaster.  It is believed that he lived just south of the Peterson Road at this time, which would place his residence in either Anson or Minden Township.

Edward Sisson's Obituary

After a brief illness of two weeks there passed away on October 16th one of the oldes and most highly respected citizens of this neighborhood in the person of Mr. Edward Sisson, at the advanced age of over 92 years.

Mr. Sisson was born in Westmoreland, England in August 1828 and came to Canada when a boy and settled in the Township of Cavan. He came to Haliburton County in 1860, when the country was practically a wilderness. He lived for some years at what is known as "The Junction" on the Bobcaygeon Road, keeping a stopping place for travellers as well as the post office. From here he moved to Beech Lake one mile north of Carnarvon on the Maple Lake Road, where he lived until he passed away.

He married his first wife Miss Sarah Dawson, of Cavan, who predeceased him some thirty five years. Afterwards he married Miss Ann Wyatt who survives him.

Besides his wife he leaves seven sons and one daughter, namely James of Walhalla, N.D., Jane, William and Harry of North Dakota, Edward of Vancoiuver, Thomas and Stephen in Manitoba, and Herbert at home.

Interment took place at the beautiful little cemetery at St. Peter's Church where a suitable ceremony was conducted by Rev. G.E. Fierheller of Minden.

In religion Mr. Sisson was an Anglican, in politics a Conservative. Uncle Ned, as he was commonly called, will be missed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Source: Lydia Coulter Scrapbook Collection, Book 2, Page 74.

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1903 Stephen Sisson (son)
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: Edward, Stephen & John James with other lots; Herbert Sisson - Lot 18, Conc. 2
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: Stephen, Edward & John James
  • 1911 & 1918 Stanhope Post Office Lists: Ed, Carnarvon - Lot 18, Conc. 2

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Edward Ned Sisson, b. 26 Aug 1828, England d. 16 Oct 1920, Maple Lake, (Age 92 years). COD: Heart disease. Buried: St. Peter's Cemetery
    • James Sisson, b. 1786, England d. 31 Aug 1847, Durham, Ontario, (Age 61 years)
    • Dorothy Baines [Bones], b. 1781, England d. 07 Apr 1865, Durham, Ontario, (Age 84 years)
  • Wife 1. Sarah Dawson, b. 02 Jun 1835, England  d. 11 Dec 1883, Minden, (Age 48 years)
  • Wife 2. Ann Wyatt, b. 20 May 1851, England
  • Children: 10 children with Sarah
    1. James Sisson, b. 07 Feb 1856, Ontario, 
    2. Jane Sisson, b. Abt 1859, Ontario, d. 02 Jun 1924, Toronto,  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    3. Dawson Sisson, b. Abt 1860, Ontario
    4. William Sisson, b. 04 Apr 1861, Anson
    5. Edward Sisson, b. 18 May 1863, Carnarvon, d. 24 Feb 1941, BC, (Age 77 years)
    6. Dorothea Dora Sisson, b. 17 Jun 1865, Ontario, d. 28 Aug 1883, Stanhope, (Age 18 years)
    7. Richard Henry Sisson, b. Abt 1868, Ontario
    8. Thomas Sisson, b. 1870, Ontario
    9. Stephen Sisson, b. 10 Apr 1874, Stanhope
    10. John Herbert Sisson, b. 02 Jun 1876, Stanhope, d. 4 Dec 1941, Stanhope,  (Age 65 years)

Photo description & source; Edward Sisson headstone in St. Peters Anglican Church Cemetery. Haliburton Highlands Genealogy Group. File name IMG_6783 Sisson resized.jpg