George Sims

Settler of township lots: Lot 24, Conc. 3, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot with waterfront property on Maple Lake at Steeplechase Dr and Hwy 118

Land acquisition: No record of this settler owning this property. 1929 Thomas J. W. Jones received the patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 417).

Dates of residency:

  • 1872 Marriage: Mary Susan Jones (1854–1940) Stanhope
  • 1874 Birth of Son Samuel Thomas Sims (1874–1941) Stanhope
  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Geo, farmer & Mary Simms with 5 children
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: George Simms, owner, Lot 24, Conc. 3
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: George Sims, owner, Lot 24, Conc. 3
  • 1891 Birth of Daughter Mary Blanche Sims (1890–1936) Stanhope
  • 1891 Death: Stanhope

Interesting facts:

In November of 1865 fate dealt Thomas Mason the crushing blow from which he never recovered completely. When Mrs. Mason prepared to visit relatives across Boshkung, 2 year old George, the price and joy of his father's heart. begged to be allowed to remain with his father. Too busy to watch the child safely, the father refused. The lake crossing was to be made in the canoe of young George Sims, son of Samuel Sims living between Mason's and the lake. Accustomed to canoeing in all weathers, the brisk November winds sweeping the lake did not deter the journey. However, a gust too strong for young Sims to steer against, swung the frail craft into the trough of the waves and it overturned. Unhampered, the boy clutched the canoe, but Mrs. Mason hugging the 2 year old child, was at the mercy of the waves. Neighbours witnessing the disaster, rushed to her aid but when they pulled her from the water insensible, the child was dead in her arms. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 308

Preceding landowner:

Succeeding landowner: 1929 Thomas J. W. Jones received the patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 417).

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • George Sims, b. 1846, England d. 11 Mar 1891, Stanhope, (Age 45 years). COD: Inflamation of the lungs
    • Samuel Sims, b. Abt 1813, England d. 08 Apr 1892, Stanhope, (Age ~ 79 years)
    • Ann White, b. 1817, England
  • Mary Susan Jones, b. 02 Feb 1854, England d. 25 Jan 1940, Haliburton, (Age 85 years)
    • Thomas Jones, b. 10 Mar 1833, England d. 22 Feb 1917, Stanhope, (Age 83 years)
    • Catherine Elizabeth May, b. 09 Jun 1834, England  d. 01 Jul 1911, Stanhope, (Age 77 years)
  • Children:
    1. William John Sims, b. 30 Oct 1872, Stanhope, d. 26 Jun 1922, Stanhope, (Age 49 years)  
    2. Samuel Thomas Sims, b. 26 Jan 1874, Stanhope
    3. George Henry Sims, b. 29 Dec 1875, Stanhope, d. 23 Feb 1927, Niagara Falls, (Age 51 years)
    4. Caroline Violetta May Sims, b. 22 Mar 1879, Stanhope
    5. Fanny Sims, b. 25 Mar 1881, Stanhope,  d. 6 May 1901, Minden, (Age 20 years)
    6. Lilly Simms, b. 26 Feb 1883, Stanhope
    7. Bertha Anne Sims  b. 10 Jun 1884, Stanhope, d. 23 Aug 1974  (Age 90 years)
    8. Ellen Jane Simms, b. 21 Aug 1886, Stanhope, d. 24 Apr 1917, Haliburton, (Age 30 years)
    9. Ernest Wilbert Sims, b. 8 Aug 1888, Stanhope, d. 2 Jan 1955, Ontario, (Age 66 years)
    10. Mary Blanch Sims, b. 29 Aug 1890, Stanhope