Lewis McDonald

Settler of township lots: Lot 22, Conc. 5, and Lot 22, Conc. 6, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within Lot 22, Conc. 5 which runs north from Maple Lake through North Shore Rd to Dawson Road.

Land acquisition: This settler was listed in the Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register as receiving these lots on November 23, 1876 BUT they were not patented until 1906 to Jane Sophia Taylor, Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 148), and 1927 to Mathias John Barry, Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 111).

Dates of residency: 

  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope:
    - Lot 22, Conc. 5: Lewis and children: Mary, Matilda & Wm
    - Lot 22, Conc. 6: wife Mary
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: Lewis McDonald, owner, Lots 22, 22, Conc. 5, 6
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Lewis McDonald, owner, Lot 19, Conc. 5
  • 1891 Census of Canada: Stanhope

Interesting facts:

The favourite sport in Stanhope’s early days was baseball. Each settlement boasted a nine, and no summer event, be it picnic, Dominion Day or the Twelfth of July, was complete without a contest between the leading teams.

The Maple Lake ball team, which travelled by wagon as far as Minden for games, did most of their playing on a diamond in Melville’s field. One of their renowned athletics was Lewis McDonald who lived on the north side of Maple Lake until the family moved to the prairies. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 310

Preceding landowner:

Succeeding landowner:

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Lewis McDonald, b. Abt 1853, Ontario
  • Mary Damion, b. Abt 1847, England 
    Father: William Damion, b. Abt 1815, England d. 17 Jan 1898, Peterborough, (Age ~ 83 years)