Thomas MacLeod Sisson

Settler of township lots: Lots 12 & 13, Conc. 5, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this irregular 32 acre waterfront Lot 12, Conc. 5 on the east side of Boshkung Lake running south from Kirks Cres from Matabanick Road. Now The Pines on Boshkung, previously Homestead Cottages.

Land acquisition: 1894 from Henry Sisson (b. 1823), his father. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 96 & 116).

Other land: Lot 12, Conc. 4, Stanhope: 1894 from Henry Sisson. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 130).

Dates of residency:

  • 1883 Stanhope Directory: T M Sisson, Carnarvon Lot 13, Conc. 5
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: Thomas Mc Sissin, owner, Lot 16, Conc. 4 which at that time was owned by Jane Grey Sisson (his mother)
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: Thos. Mac. Sisson, owner, Lots 12, 12, 13, Conc. 4, 5, 5
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Thomas M & Agness Sisson with 4 children and Ann Sisson, servant at Lot 12, Conc. 5
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: Thomas M Sisson at Lot 12, Conc. 4, Lots 12 & 13, Conc. 5
  • 1903 Business Directory, Stanhope: T Mac Sisson, Winston, Lot 12, Conc. 5
  • 1903 Stanhope Voters List: Thos Mc Sisson, farmer, Lot 12, Conc. 4, & Lots 12 & 13, Conc. 5
  • 1904 Death of wife Mary Agnes Sisson at Lot 12, Conc. 5, Stanhope from Rheumatism
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: Thomas Mac Sisson at Lot 12, Conc. 4, and Lot 13, Conc. 5
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: T. M. Sisson  at Lot 12, Conc. 4
  • 1916 Died at Lot 12, Conc. 5, Stanhope. Cause of death: Heart failure.
  • 1916 Death of Wife Mary Agnes Sisson at Lot 12, Conc. 5, Stanhope
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office List: Thos Mc Sisson, Carnarvon at Lot 10, Conc. 4 (error?)

Interesting facts: AKA Mac Sisson

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. So enthusiastic was the Boshkung group that they thought nothing of, after a hard day’s work in the fields, walking 5 or 6 miles from the head of the lake to Guin’s Corners where the practices were held. One of the player was Mac Sisson. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 310

Preceding landowners - all lots:

  • 1877 Henry Firzsimmonds from The Crown
  • 1881 Henry Sisson (his father)
  • 1916 Died in Stanhope. Cause of death: Heart failure.

Succeeding landowners - all lots:

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Thomas MacLeod Sisson, b. 05 Nov 1857, Durham, Ontario, d. 23 Apr 1916, Stanhope, (Age 58 years). COD: Heart failure. Buried: St. Peter's Cemetery
    Parents:
    • Henry Sisson, b. 27 May 1823, England  d. 23 May 1900, Stanhope, (Age 76 years)
    • Jenny Ellen Gray, b. 04 Aug 1828, Glengarry, Ontario, d. 13 Jul 1868, Durham, Ontario, (Age 39 years)
  • Mary Agnes Ellen Dawson, b. 11 Nov 1860, Durham, Ontario, d. 27 Feb 1904, Stanhope, (Age 43 years). COD: Rheumatism for 4 years. Buried: St. Peter's Cemetery
    Parents: Peter Dawson, b. 1800 & Jane Benson.
  • Children:
    1. Leigh Hugh Laverne Sisson, b. 24 Jun 1892, Stanhope,  d. 17 Apr 1983  (Age 90 years)
    2. Basil Oswald Sisson, b. 22 Apr 1896, Stanhope,  d. 14 Dec 1966, Orillia, (Age 70 years)
    3. Bruce McLeod Sisson,  b. 07 Jun 1898, Stanhope,  d. 11 May 1946, Stanhope, (Age 47 years)

Photo: Henry Sisson Family, 1879, Stanhope Township. Back row: Jane Gray Sisson, Clair Sisson, Emma Sisson, Emma Dawson  Middle row: Thomas "Mack" Sisson, Henry Sisson, Jim  Sisson  Front row: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Stevens, Ellen "Ellie" Sisson.

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