James Toy

Settler of township lots: Lot 3, Conc. A, Hindon (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot west of the old Bobcaygeon Colonization Road straddling Hwy 118 (formerly Peterson Colonization Road) west of Little Hindon Lake

Land acquisition: James Toy received 87 acres from The Crown in 1887. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Hindon (Image 8).

Other land:

  • Lot 1, Conc. 1, Hindon - 1885 from The Crown; 1916 to William James Toye, his son. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Hindon (Image 146).

Dates of residency:

  • 1899 Marriage: Martha Isles, Minden. Martha was listed as a widow when she married James Toye. If Johnson was her son he must have been from her first marriage and took the name Toye.
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: James Toy, farmer is listed at Pt Lot 2, Conc. A which at that time was owned by John Michael Rivers
  • 1903 Business Directory, Anson & Hindon: James Toy, Petersons Cors, Lot 1, Conc. 1
  • 1910 Death of Wife: Martha Isles, Lot 3, Conc. A, Minden
  • 1911 Census of Canada
  • 1912 Marriage: Dianna MacDonald, Minden
  • 1921 Census of Canada: Hindon Page 6, Family 46.
    Enumerated as married but no wife recorded, living with son William James.

Interesting facts:

Since Hindon Hill's soil, even along the Bobcaygeon Road and Brady's Lake, was not suited for agriculture, the land deteriorated until the Ontario government formulated a scheme by Hindon farmers were to be transplanted to the New Ontario clay belt; the abandoned fields were to be reforested. See Toye Family Toronto Star article 1927 below.

The move was made in 1927 with the government bearing the expense; the livestock was driven from the barns of Hindon Hill to the railway station at Gelert for shipment north. Some of the families transported thus were D. Toye, Billy Toye, and James Toye. Perhaps the oldest settler involved in the change was James Toye, who had lived in Hindon Hill since 1869. He died in 1928 at the age of eighty-five. There is something infinitely sad about the fate of such a man, uprooted from the home he carved from the wilderness with his own hand and transplanted elsewhere, only to die in exile.

Source: Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 283

Peterson's Corners Post Office - 1878 to 1931: The post office was located at the home of the current Postmaster, which was at most one mile from the junction of the Bobcaygeon and Peterson Roads. James Toy was the postmaster from July 1, 1878 to 1886 - The post office was located approximately one mile north of the junction.  He was dismissed because of financial irregularities.

My mother, Mary Toye, by Minnie Eastman 1977: Source: Ancestry.ca shelleys63
Mr. and Mrs. James Toye immigrated to Canada from County Antrim, Ireland to Bell's Corner near Ottawa in 1871. There, a daughter was born named Mary in 1872. They came and settled at Hindon Hill on the farm where their son William farmed for a number of years. Mary was 16 months when they came to Hindon Hill. They had 5 children, one passed away when a baby. Mary, Letisha, William and Johnstone were the family names. May married John Rivers and had 12 children; Mary was postmistress at Peterson's Corners for 15 years but gave it up to move to Gelert where they farmed for more than 15 years. Letisha married George Piper and had 5 children and lived in Sault Ste Marie. William m Jennie Sawyer and had a family of 13; 10 girls and 3 boys and they moved to Chartton, New Ontario in 1926 and farmed there until his retirement. Mrs. James Toy went with him, as did his brother Johnstone. Mrs. James Toy died at the age of 32. She was not accustomed to a rugged life that the pioneers had to endure in the early days of this new county. Johnstone was a bachelor. Mr. James Toye married Janie Johnstone from County Antrim, Ireland. Henry Johnston, brother of Janie Toye was Personal Photographer to the Royal Family in England for a number of years before coming to Canada.

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner: 1915 William James Toye (son)

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • James Toy,   b. 9 Jul 1845, Ireland d. 12 Sep 1928, Temiskiming, Ontario. Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Bladder and Prostate
  • 1. Jane Johnston, b. Abt 1853, Ireland d. 23 Apr 1885, Peterson's Corners, (Age ~ 32 years)
  • 2. Martha Isles, b. Abt 1849, Ontario,  d. 15 Mar 1910, Hindon, Age ~ 61 years) COD: Heart Disease & Dropsy (5 years)
  • 3. Diannah MacDonald, b. Jul 1861, Ontario Married 1912
  • Children with Jane Johnston:
    1. Mary Toy, b. 24 Aug 1873,  Carleton, Ontario
    2. Letitia Toy, b. 25 Dec 1874, Hindon
    3. William John Toy, b. 14 May 1877, Hindon, Haliburton, d. 25 Jun 1877, Hindon, (Age 0 years)
    4. Johnston Toy, b. 3 Jul 1878, Hindon
    5. David Henry Toy, b. 6 Aug 1881, Peterson's Corners, d. 5 Sep 1881, Peterson's Corners, (Age 0 years) COD: Jaundice
    6. William James Toy  b. 19 Aug 1882, Anson

Photo 1.James  Toye. Ancestry.ca beckc77 originally shared this on 16 Nov 2011

Photo 2 Left. Toye Family Newspaper Article. Toronto Star 1927. Ancestry.ca JLBHOUNDSandELDERS originally shared this on 08 Nov 2011 Photo 3 Right: September 14 1927 William Toye Globe & Mail. Source: Ancestry.ca JLBHOUNDSandELDERS originally shared this on 08 Nov 2011

Photo 4: Diana Toye Sawyer McDonald 1940's. Source: Ancestry.ca beckc77 originally shared this on 16 Nov 2011