Roscoe Levearn Sawyer

Settler of township lots: Lot 30, Conc. 6, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 98 acre Lot 30, Conc. 6 running between Barry Line Road and North Shore Road on the west side of Stanhope Airport Road.

Land acquisition: 1917 from Garald Clancy. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 181)

Other land: Lot 31, Conc. 4, Stanhope 1934 part from Alfred Fader. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 507)

Dates of residency:

  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope: son
  • 1921 Census of Canada, Stanhope (Township), Victoria, Ontario; Page Number: 6.
  • 1921 Marriage to Della Laurene Deacon in Carnarvon
  • 1923 Birth & Death of baby Mary Noreen Sawyer at Robert Deacon's home at Maple Lake
  • 1928 Stanhope Voters List: Lot 29, Conc. 6 with wife Della

Interesting facts: aka Ross L Sawyer (see tombstone below)

The first publicized account [of taking trout from Kennisis Lake] dates to the fall of 1930 when B. J. Sawyer, who had a hunting camp on Little Kennisis, noticed fish jumping. In July of the following year his son, Ross Sawyer, a woodsman of no little skill, caught a 20 pound trout while trolling with a copper spoon and several days later J. J. himself, even then one of the oldest trappers ranging the north, achieved his heart's desire when he landed a 12 pound salmon trout from the lake which the Indians told his grandfather contained no fish. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg 146

Ross Sawyer told of how his father, Long Ben Sawyer the noted trapper and woodsman, watched an Indian friend - Joe Kennises, melt lead ore which he molded into lead slugs for his muzzle loader - this beside the Kennisis lodge on the lake which bears his name. Source: Dream of Excellence by Nila Reynolds. Published by Haliburton Highlands Guild of Fine Arts and Haliburton School of Fine Arts. 1976 pg. 8

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: In Quest of Yesterday. pg 13

First landowner: 1872 William A. Demill Redner

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1925 Florence Sawyer (his mother)
  • 1950 Richard Lorne Sawyer

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Roscoe Levearn Sawyer, b. 05 Jan 1896, Stanhope, d. 08 Nov 1990  (Age 94 years). Buried: Maple Lake Cemetery
    • Benjamin James Sawyer,  b. 21 Sep 1873, Stanhope, d. 23 Mar 1960, Stanhope, (Age 86 years)
    • Florence Powell, b. 03 Aug 1874, Ontario,  d. 27 Dec 1953, Stanhope, (Age 79 years)
  • Della Laurena Deacon, b. 10 Sep 1903, Stanhope, d. 1971 Minden (Age 67 years)
  • Children:
    1. Glen Maxwell Sawyer, b. 28 Nov 1926, d. 9 Jan 2018, Haliburton, Dysart, (Age 91 years)
    2. Mary Noreen Sawyer, b.& d. 1923, Maple Lake. COD: Stillborn.
    3. Gwenyth Ruth Sawyer, b. 18 Aug 1934, Stanhope, d. 1 Oct 2011, Orillia, (Age 77 years)

Photo 1: Florence Powell, son Roscoe Sawyer & husband Benjamin James Sawyer. Owner/Source Deloris Sawyer Bailey