William Henry Stevens

Settler of township lots: Lot 3, Conc. 2, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this irregular, waterfront 22 acre lot on the south shore of Kushog Lake - Oliver Crescent.

Land acquisition: Lot 3, Conc. 2: 1905 from his brother George Wellington Stevens in 1905 for $500. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 18).

Other land: 

  • Lot 3, Conc. 1, Stanhope: 1908 from Richard Henry Dawson 100 acres B&S. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 18).
  • Lot 2, Conc. 2, Stanhope: 1923 from his sisters, Maria and Matilda in 1923 for $800. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 6)
  • Lot 3, Conc. 2, Stanhope: 1905 from George W. Stevens (his brother) for $500. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 14).
  • Lot 4, Conc. 2, Stanhope: 1881 - 23 acre lot from William Gainer in 1881 who purchased it from Mary Buck (Daniel's wife) in 1881 for $200; he sold it to his son Oliver Stevens in 1934. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 46).
  • Lot 5, Conc. 2, Stanhope: 1871 - 22 acre lot from Daniel Buck in 1871. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 51)
  • Lot 2, Conc. 3, Stanhope: 1923 from Maria & Matilda Stevens. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 6).
  • Lots 6 & 7, Conc. 3, Stanhope: 1893 to G. W. Stevens & William H. Stevens from Stephen Dawson; 1915 North half to David Henry Harrison. Ontario Land Parcel Register-Stanhope (Images 46 & 77).
  • Lot 6, Conc. 4, Guilford: 1910 from Jane Foster (formerly Stevens). Ontario Land Parcel Register - Guilford (Image 46).

Dates of residency:

  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: W. H. Stevens, owner, Lot 4, Conc. 2
  • 1891 Stanhope Voters List: Lots 4 & 5, Conc. 2
  • 1893 Stanhope Directory: Lot 4, Conc. 2
  • 1896 Death of 4 week old Daughter Emma at Lot 4, Conc. 3, Stanhope
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope: William & Phebe Stevns with 2 children at Lot 4, Conc. 3 (error?)
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List: Lots 1, 2, 3 & 4, Conc. 1 & 2
  • 1903 Business Directory, Stanhope: W H Stevens, Petersons Crs, Lot 5, Conc. 2
  • 1903 Stanhope Voters List: Wm Stevens, farmer, Lots 1 & 2, Conc. 1 & Lots 4 & 5, Conc. 2
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: Lots 3 & 4, Conc. 2
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Stanhope: William & Phebe Stevens with 3 children at Lot 3, Conc. 2
  • 1911 Stanhope Post Office List: Petersons Crs Lot 4, Conc. 2
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office List: Wm H Stevens, Peterson' Sors Lot 4, Conc. 2
  • 1928 Stanhope Voters List: W. H. Stevens, Lot 2, Conc. 2

Interesting facts:

In his 1966 Collection of Sketches, "Lumbering Industry", Clayton Rogers mentions Buck Slides: "As transportation bettered, local mills were erected. The first in the township was situated at Bucks Slide - water powered, and the old upright saw was used. Much of the timber in the first frame house came from the mill. It was owned and operated by Stevens Bros, Will and George."

Daughter Mabel Stevens had a stillborn child in 1923, father unknown, at Lot 3, Conc. 1, Sherborne, buried St. Margaret's Island.

Preceding landowner:

  • Lot 3, Conc. 1: 1864 The Crown to Richard Henry Dawson
  • Lot 2, Conc. 2: 1896 The Crown to Robert Gourley Stevens (father); 1911 Maria and Matilda Stevens
  • Lot 3, Conc. 2: 1874 The Crown to George Wellington Stevens; 1883 Jane Grey Stevens
  • Lot 4, Conc. 2: 1873 The Crown to Mary Buck - 23 acres
  • Lot 5, Conc. 2: 1871 Daniel Buck

Succeeding landowner: 

  • Lot 1, Conc. 1: 1934 Etherbert Harrison (son-in-law) for $500
  • Lot 2, Conc. 2: 1934 Oliver Stevens (son); 1956 subdivision
  • Lot 3, Conc. 2: 1934 Oliver Stevens (north half) & Ethelbert Harrison (south half).
  • Lot 4, Conc. 2: 1934 Oliver Stevens
  • Lot 5, Conc. 2: mostly illegible

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • William Henry Stevens: b. 02 Oct 1865, Stanhope d. 15 Jul 1935, Stanhope (Age 69 years) COD: Carcinoma of Rectum. Buried: St Stephen's Cemetery
    Parents:
    • Robert Gourlay Stevens, b. 01 Dec 1816, Quebec, d. 29 Sep 1906, Stanhope, (Age 89 years)
    • Eliza Bell, b. 1826, Ireland d. 21 Nov 1911, Fenelon Falls, (Age 85 years)
  • Phoebe Ann Barnum: b. 20 Feb 1870, Ontario  d. 01 Sep 1937  (Age 67 years). Buried: St Stephen's Cemetery
    Parents:
    • Nelson Barnum, b. 20 Apr 1845, Ontario, d. 23 Jan 1917, West Guilford, (Age 71 years)
    • Sarah McColl, b. 19 Jul 1846, Ontario, d. 23 Jan 1918, Dysart, (Age 71 years)
  • Children:
    1. Oliver Stevens, b. 11 Aug 1894, Stanhope,  d. 03 Aug 1966  (Age 71 years)
    2. Elma Stevens  b. 1897, d. 24 Feb 1897, Stanhope, (Age 0 years). Cause of Death: Fits
    3. Eliness Embela Stevens, b.14 Aug 1900, Stanhope, d. 21 Feb 1980  (Age 79 years)
    4. Mabel Stevens, b. 9 May 1902, Stanhope, d. 22 Sep 1993 (Age 91 years)

Photo 1. Phoebe (Barnum) and husband William Henry Stevens with children Oliver (b. 1894), Ellness (b. 1900) and Mabel (b. 1902):Photo 2. The man in the apron at right is William Henry Stevens. A Hewitt is to his left:


Photo 3: 1926 Postcard from Phyllis Harrison to Mabel Stevens, daughter of William Henry Stevens.

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