Settler of township lots: Lot 6 & 7, Conc. 3, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the approximate location within Lot 6, Conc. 3 at Buckslides Rd and Rapid Run Lane
Dates of residency:
Interesting facts: Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. pg. 87
The first woman to settle on the property purchased by the Canadian Land and Emigration Company [which purchased all of Guilford Township in 1865] was 17 year old Mariam Holland, youngest daughter of Richard and Mary Holland of Murray township, Hastings County. In 1860 she travelled with her brother James (for whom Holland's Lake was named) from Trenton to Lindsay and made the last part of the trip to her brother's home on the shores of Kashagawigamog, or, translated from the Indian, "lake of long and winding waters," in a bark canoe.
In a cabin near the present location Deer Lodge, Miss Mariam kept house for her brother who, during the preceding season of 1859 and 1858 had paddled from Peterborough to maintain his trap line. Romance entered her life when she met Daniel Buck's brother, James, on Jun 11th, 1865, the Rev. Frederick Burt performed the ceremony at Haliburton village which united them in marriage. It is possible that hers was one of the first weddings in the new settlement.
The Buck family made their home near the mill at Buck's Slide in Stanhope until moving to Minden where, James Buck died in 1888. Since this was the year of the dreadful diphtheria plague, he may have been one of the victims.
When she first saw Dysart in 1860, the land was clothed with trees. One by one she watched the new settler's clearing appliqued on the great forest quilt until it resembled patchwork. Before her own death at the age of 90 she consigned a husband and 6 of her 9 children to the grave, yet she met these "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" with the fortitude that is characteristic of all pioneer women. As the Municipality's first female resident and perhaps Haliburton's first bride, she certainly deserves a special tribute.
Preceding landowner: The Crown
Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree
Image 1: Mariam Holland Buck. Fragments of a Dream by Leopolda z L. Dobrzensky. Published by the Municipality of Dysart 1985. opposite pg. 21