Samuel Sims

Settler of township lots: Lot 10, Conc. 4, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this irregular, waterfront lot on the west shore of Boshkung Lake.

Land acquisition:

  • 1861 Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register - 42 acres to Samuel Sims.
  • 1873 Patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 109).

Other land:

  • Lot 9, Conc. 8, Stanhope:
    - 1870 This 81 acre lot was registered as a Free Grant through the Free Grant and Homestead Act of 1868 under the locatee name Samuel Sims.
  • Lot 2?, Conc. 3, Stanhope: 1899 Stanhope Directory, but no record in Ontario Land Parcel Register.

Dates of residency:

  • 1870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope: Samuel Simms, part Lot 10, Conc. 41870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope:1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Saml. Simms, alone
  • 1871 Census of Canada, Stanhope: widowed
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: Samuel Simms, owner, Lot 10, Conc. 4
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Samuel Sims, owner, Lot 10, Conc. 4
  • 1891 Stanhope Voters List
  • 1892 Death: Stanhope

Interesting facts:

According to a granddaughter, Lily Cooper Deacon, Sam Sims of Somerset first settled at Paris, near London, Ontario. He travelled to Aurora on Lake Simcoe and boarded a steamboat which took him to Bobcaygeon. There was a stage to Minden but he claimed he walked north on the Bobcaygeon Road, the final eight miles all alone on the trail through the bush to the cairn of Bill Welch, already located beside Boshkung [Lake]. Sims and his son George started clearing a lot nearby, quite a switch in lifestyle for a tailor who made his living with needle and scissors up to then. Sims' journey took days. Source: Echoes of the Past, compiled and written by Ed H. Devitt & Nila Reynolds p. 27

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1889 Fanny Cooper (Sims daughter, wife of William Cooper). William Cooper was listed on the 1901 and 1911 Stanhope Voters Lists at this location.
  • 1935 Thomas E. Archer
  • Various: 1938 Harold Vaughan; 1953 William Dies; 1955 James Armond Aymong; Andrew Reynolds Murdison

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Samuel Sims, b. Abt 1813, England d. 08 Apr 1892, Stanhope. COD: Old age 3 weeks (Age ~ 79 years)
  • Ann White, b. 1817, England d. before 1861, Ontario
  • Children:
    1. John Sims  b. 31 Jul 1840,  England d. 26 Dec 1925, Fenelon Falls,  (Age 85 years)
    2. Fanny Sims, b. Mar 1843, England d. 29 Sep 1923, Stanhope,  (Age ~ 80 years)
    3. George Sims  b. 1846, England  d. 11 Mar 1891, Stanhope, (Age 45 years)