Joseph Griffin / Sarah Jane Horsley

Settler of township lots: Lot 6, Conc. 5, Guilford (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this irregular, waterfront 89 acre lot at the east end of Green Lake.

Land acquisition: 1911 from The C.L. & E. Co. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Guilford (Image 76),

Other land:

  • Lot 6, Conc. 6, Stanhope - 1887 from Charles Edward Thomas for $200. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 17). In 1898, this lot was seized for tax arrears of $38.83, by the Warden and the Treasurer of the County and "sold" to the Township of Stanhope in 1899. This information is found in  Instrument #334 in Volume 95, page 53 - 54 in the Land Registry Deeds Copy book.
  • Lot 7, Conc. 6, Stanhope - 1930 from William George Hewitt will. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 19).

Dates of residency:

  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Joseph Griffin, occupant, Lot 31, Conc. 2
  • 1903 Business Directory, Guilford: Joseph Griffin, Maple Lake, Lot 6, Conc. 5
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Guilford: Joseph & Jane Griffin
  • 1921 Census of Canada, Guilford

Interesting facts:

Some of Guilford's pioneers, like Joseph Griffin, had owned land in Stanhope before moving east to Guilford. Griffin bought property on the Irish Line which is still owned by son, Ernest Griffin, before purchasing his final home on the north shore of Grass Lake. In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg 154

Before improved transportation facilities made the services of undertakers from Minden and Haliburton possible, Mr. Joseph Griffin, who was skilled in cabinet work, fashioned fine caskets from local woods and kind hearted neighbours prepared the bodes for burial. Source: Ibidpg 158

Sarah's obituary mentions that after their marriage in 1877, they settled on the Irish Line in Guilford township, A few years later they moved to Boskung "Island" where they stayed for three years before settling at the head of Grass Lake.

Preceding landowner: 1865 The C. L. & E. Co from The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1924 Hugh Griffin
  • 1944 Bradley Simms

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree