Settler of township lots: Lot 32, Conc. 4, Stanhope
Location: Map point is on the Redstone River between Green and Maple Lakes running south from Hwy 118,
Dates of residency:
Interesting facts: See Obituary below
James Sawyer and his sons were trappers who worked up beyond Canoe Lake to Doe Lake and the Otter Slides in Algonquin Park. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 p. 71
The creation of Algonquin Park in 1889 took away the livelihood of the trappers who had depended on their trap lines in the park area. James Sawyer was, perhaps, the first to realize the advantages of the new regime; he became a member of the park's seven man ranger staff and for 26 years served in that capacity.
James Sawyer built a cabin on the river flowing out of Grass Lake whose foundations can still be seen. Following the death of Simon Boice in 1870, James Sawyer married his widow [Mary Elizabeth Demill Redner] and fathered 2 sons, Henry and Benjamin J. (know locally as "Long Ben"). Source: Ibid pg. 69
Ross Sawyer of West Guilford tells how his grandmother, Mary, Mrs. James Sawyer, who lived in a cabin by the Grass River Eddy which everyone called "Aunt Mary's Landing,"used to fret because the old wagon road behind her home passed through the native cemetery. She used to say, "It's too bad to drive over the poor Indians!" Her fondest wish was granted when the road was moved back. Source: Ibid. pg 13
It is believed that Benjamin Sawyer (James Nappolean Sawyer's father) opened the first hotel in Minden in 1863, which would eventually become Buck's tavern. In James Sawyer's obituary, it was written that he had been born in a cabin on the site of the Ransom House in 1848, which was the site of Buck‟s hotel. He may have been the first while child born in Anson Township because Buck's hotel was located on the Victoria Side of the Bobcaygeon Road in Anson Township. Source: Cultural Mapping In Minden Hills (Reynolds, 1968).
Preceding landowner: The Crown
Photo 1: James Napoleon Sawyer: James is standing beside his homemade bark canoe at Lake Magnetawan. Source: Mabel Sawyer Brannigan. File name Jim Sawyer - father of Ben Sawyer from Mabel Brannigan.jpg
Photo 2: James Sawyer and his beaver hides. Photo courtesy of MaryKay Sverid. Source: Ancestry.ca johnmar131 originally shared this on 31 Jan 2013
Photo 3: Mary (Demill) Bice at 16 with little William Bice abt. 1858. These pictures all belong to Dorothy Rivers who is a great grand daughter of Mary Elizabeth Demill-Redner. Source: Ancestry.ca johnmar131 originally shared this on 02 Jan 2013
Photo 4: James Sawyer obituary 1930. Owner/Source Lydia Coulter Scrapbook Collection - Book 1, Pg 2. File name James Sawyer obituary 1930.png
Photo 5: A young Mary Elizabeth Demill. It was likely the first picture that Mary had taken. Source: Ancestry.ca johnmar131 originally shared this on 02 Jan 2013
Photo 6: Mary Elizabeth Demill Sawyer. Likely one of her last pictures taken. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Rivers. Source: Ancestry.ca johnmar131 originally shared this on 02 Jan 2013