William Edward Trumbull

Settler of township lots: Lot 3, Conc. 10, Minden (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre running south from the east end of Swan Road, east of Queens Line Road

Land acquisition: 1924 Patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 11).

Other lands: Lot 5, Conc. 10, Minden - 1918 Patent from The Crown; 1918 to Thomas William Midpath. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 15).

Dates of residency:

  • 1878 Marriage: Jane Counter St. Paul's Anglican Church, Minden
  • 1911 Census of Canada - William Edward & Jennie Trumbull at Lot 1, Conc. 8 and Lot 1, Conc. 9, Minden

Interesting facts:

During the era when pine was king in all Haliburton County, the number one sport may have been fighting. No gang of loggers at any camp could work out the first week without determining by the process of elimination in combat, who was the best man.

By such a series of contest near the turn of the century, a Minden man, William Trumbull, had become top fighting man on the Gull River waters. Tales of his prowess in battle must have reached the Dorset area, for one summer, the reigning Dorset champion eager to extend his conquests, tramped 24 miles down the old Bobcaygeon Road to Minden in hopes of meeting Trumbull. William Trumbull, walking beside his wife, was carrying their baby when the Dorset man finally found him. "are you Billy Trumbull?" he challenged. "Yes," exclaimed the male member of the domestic trio who had never seen the stranger before. "Good!" exclaimed the unknown, "I'm top fighting man at Dorset and I've walked all the way from there just to lick you." Undismayed, Trumbull handed the sleeping baby to his wife and assumed a fighting pose. In the rough and tumble "Toot and nail" engagement which followed, William Trumbull thoroughly trounced the Dorset man. Old timers claim that when the challenger at last cried quits, Trumbull calmly retrieved his child from his wife's arms and proceeded about his business as if nothing had happened. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pgs. 274-275

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner: 1953 Floyd Hie

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • William Edward Trumbull, b. Mar 1866, Minden,  d. 29 Dec 1941, Minden, (Age ~ 74 years). Buried: Minden Village Cemetery
  • Jane Coulter, b. 1867, Stanhope, d. 1948, Minden, (Age 81 years)
    • Hugh Coulter, b. 1 May 1837, Ireland d. 05 Nov 1918, Haliburton, (Age 81 years)
    • Margaret Taylor, b. 1 Aug 1843, Ireland d. 22 Sep 1922, Haliburton (Age 79 years)
  • Children:
    1. Margaret Elizabeth Trumbull, b. 4 Jun 1892, Minden,  d. 4 Feb 1938, Toronto, (Age 45 years)
      2. Myrtle Ellen Trumbull, b. 26 Jun 1894, Minden, d. 15 Sep 1982  (Age 88 years)
      3. Hugh Edward Trumbull, b. 19 Dec 1900, Minden, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
      4. James Hill Trumbull,   b. 1904, Minden, d. 11 Jun 1971, Minden, (Age 67 years)
      5. Morgan Ray Trumbull, b. 1 Jun 1907, Minden
      6. Lila Ellen Trumbull, b. Abt 1909, Minden