William George Hewitt / Harriet Collins / Annie Rayburn

Settler of township lots: Lot 7, Conc. 6, Stanhope

Link to William George Hewitt family on the Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

Location: Map point is the approximate location with this 100 acre lot on the west side of Buckslide Road opposite  St. Stephen's Church.

Land acquisition: 

  • 1873 This 100 acre lot was registered as a Free Grant through the Free Grant and Homestead Act of 1868 under the locatee name William G Hewitt.
  • 1873 1875 Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register - 100 acres to William George Hewitt.  
  • 1876 Patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register Book - Stanhope Concession 6 (Image 19).

Other Land:

  • Lot 5, Conc. 7, Stanhope - 1916 patent from The Crown; 1930 willed to his son, Joseph Hewitt. Ontario Land Parcel Register Book - Stanhope Concession 7 (Image 20). - A J Hewitt (son) was listed at this lot on the 1899 Stanhope Directory.

Dates of residency:

  • 1871 Census of Canada, Stanhope
  • 1873 William George acquired a 100 acre property at Con 7 Lot 6 Stanhope. He cleared a small lot by the road and built a log cabin
  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Geo & Harriett Hewitt with 3 children
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: William G. Hewitt, owner, Lot 7, Conc. 6
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: W. G. Hewitt, owner, Lot 7, Conc. 6 & Lot 5, Conc. 7
  • 1891 Stanhope Voters List: also Lot 5, Conc. 7
  • 1893 Stanhope Directory: W G Hewitt Boskung Lot 7, Conc. 7 (owned by Thomas John Hewitt)
  • 1899 Stanhope Directory: John Hewitt, Boskung
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope: William G & Harriet Hewitt with 5 children
  • 1903 Business Directory, Stanhope: George Hewitt, Boskung, Lot 7, Conc. 6
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: George Hewitt, farmer, Lot 7, Conc. 6
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: also Lot 5, Conc. 7
  • 1911 Stanhope Post Office List
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Stanhope: William G Hewitt & son William H Hewitt
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office List
  • 1928 Stanhope Voters List: Geo Hewitt at Lots 7, 6, 4, 3, 4, Conc. 6, 5 with Joseph Hewitt, his son
  • 1938 Death: Stanhope

Other residents: 1911 Stanhope Voters List & 1911 Stanhope Post Office List - William Henry Hewitt, son

Interesting facts:

George was active in politics, the church and other community affairs. He became the second Reeve of Stanhope, Warden of the County, and was a Justice of the Peace. He belonged to the Orange Lodge, the Anglican Church and was a staunch conservative, working hard for the election of Sir John A MacDonald in 1867. He quarried limestone, gathered stone, hewed logs, made shingles and dressed the lumber by hand for finishing the interior of a new house. The house was completed in 1889. He then started on replacing the outbuildings. In 1894 there was a barn raising to complete a 40' x 60' two story barn with a stone foundation. The stable was underneath and a large shed attached to the front, built on four stone pillars, to house the grain. Source: William George Hewitt. Ancestry. ca Posted 26 Apr 2017 by Donna Callow

On the 1891 census, the Hewitt house is recorded as being constructed of stone, with two stories and 13 rooms.

William George and Harriet enjoyed their life together in the new house until 1910 when she passed away. William George later married Annie Rayburn. Annie evidently had a real "green thumb" for she was an expert at growing flowers and filled the windows of the stone house with flowers of many kinds. Her garden was the envy of the community. The latter years of Wm George's life were so filled with public affairs that he left the farm management to his son Joseph who successfully carried on until his retirement in 1945. Source: James Hewitt Family History, 1967

Preceding landowner: The Crown.

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1930 Joseph Hewitt (son)
  • 1949 David Hyslop
  • 1949 Kenneth, Harry & Gordon Martin (Martin Brothers)

  • Photo 1. Will George Hewitt barn which was the largest barn in Haliburton Cty when built ~1920s behind Hewitt house on Buckside Rd. Source: Peter Hewitt’s Photo Collection

2. Mr. & Mrs. Wm. George Hewitt and five boys - Wm. Henry, Joseph, Arthur, Albert and Charles. Bottom right: Wm. George Hewitt and wife Harriet, taken in the late 1890s shortly after moving into the new stone house: