John Dawson

Settler of township lots: Lot 2, Conc. 13, Minden.

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot running north from Hwy 118 at Queens Line Road

Land acquisition: This 92 acre lot was patented in February 191 from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - MInden (Image 191)

Dates of residency: 

  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: lists John Dawson, son (b. 1854) with wife Fredrica and children Lewisa (Louisa) (b. 1876), Peter (b. 1878) and Elden (b. 1979).  at Lot 1, Conc.1, Stanhope which he received in 1873 from his father, Peter Dawson who died in 1873.
  • 1893 Minden Township Directory: John Dawson, Minden at Lot 2, Conc. 13

Other Land:

  • Lot 1, Conc. A, Stanhope: 1872 from father Peter (will) transferred to William Jarvis in 1876. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 3).
  • Lot 1, Conc. 1, Stanhope: 1873 from father Peter; 1891 to brother Stephen. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 1)
  • Lot 2, Conc. 1, Stanhope: 1879 patent from The Crown. John Dawson was only 17 when he received a patent on this lot. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 11).
    - John Albert Walker (b. 1873) and his family were enumerated on this property in the 1911 Census.

Interesting facts:

John Dawson was only 17 when he received a patent on this lot. He left Stanhope and moved to Gelert in Snowdon Township in southern Haliburton County where he died in 1899.

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. John Dawson was the postmaster from Jun 1, 1886 to Apr 4, 1890. The post office was located somewhere on Lot 1,2,3 or 4, Conc. 1, Stanhope.

Family land patents, between Hindon Lake and Kushog Lake, north of Hwy 118:

  • Lot 1, Conc. 1: Peter Dawson (b. 1800) father
  • Lot 2, Conc. 1: Stephen Dawson (b. 1852) son
  • Lot 3, Conc. 1: Richard Henry Dawson (b. 1850) son

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowners: 

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • John Dawson, b. 31 Oct 1853, Cavan, Ontario, d. 07 Jan 1899, Gelert, (Age 45 years)
    Parents:
    • Peter Dawson, b. 15 Jun 1800, England  d. 04 Sep 1873, Stanhope, (Age 73 years)
    • Jane Benson, b. 15 Aug 1815, England  d. 01 Feb 1892, Stanhope, (Age 76 years)
  • Frederica Louisa Burt, b. 03 Dec 1854, England d. 09 Jan 1903, Toronto, (Age 48 years)
  • Children:
    1. Louisa Jane Eliza Dawson, b. 23 Apr 1876, Stanhope, d. 06 May 1893, Gelert, (Age 17 years)
    2. Peter Frederick Dawson, b. 10 Aug 1877, Stanhope, d. 1 Oct 1938  (Age 61 years)
    3. William Eldon Dawson, b. 15 Mar 1879, Stanhope,  d. 15 Nov 1955, Lindsay,  (Age 76 years)
    4. John Cecil Dawson, b. 2 Jul 1883, Stanhope, d. 30 Jan 1899, Snowdon, (Age 15 years)
    5. Richard Arthur Dawson, b. 18 Oct 1887, Ontario 
    6. Florence Gertrude Dawson, b. 04 Jan 1889, Stanhope
    7. Annie Isabella Dawson, b. 14 Mar 1898, Snowdon, Haliburton

Photo description and source: Alexander Niven's Insurance Survey Notebook, Haliburton Highlands Museum

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