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 running south from Boshkung Lake Road, including Mason Lane
Land acquisition: 1889 From Samuel Sims, Fanny's father to Fanny. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 109).
Dates of residency:
By 1890 William Cooper was clerk of the municipality [of Stanhope]. Cooper, a veteran of the 17th Leicestershire Regiment of Foot, discharged after 11 years service, lived below the Mason farm. When stationed at Fort York, Toronto, the young sargeant met Miss Fannie Sims, a tailoress, at a regimental ball. Although the outfit sailed for Ireland and eventually India, Cooper couldn't forget the lively miss from Somersetshire, and as soon as he could manage it, sailed for Canada to claim his bride, by then living in Stanhope with her father, Sam Sims. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 312
Dan Buck was a noted wit. On the way to his mill at Buck Slide he once stopped at the home of Mr. William Cooper at Boshkung who, as was the custom, invited the visitor to step into the house to be introduced to his wife. The lady was mixing a batch of bread so apologized, "I can't shake hands with you sire - as you can see, I'm all dough." ""Oh that's all right,"quipped the gallant gentleman, a fast man with a pun, "I'm all Buck". Source: Ibid pg 63
Mr and Mrs William Cooper were pioneers on the south shore of Boshkung Lake in the last half of the 1800's. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their nine children in 1920. See photo below.
Robert James Deacon married Lily Louisa Cooper, and Samuel Rednor married her sister, Alma Jane Cooper on the same day at the William Cooper residence (Lot 10, Conc. 4, Stanhope).
Wm Cooper barn hit by lightning. Source: Watchman Warder (1899 , 28 Jun 1900
First landowner: 1873 Samuel Sims from The Crown
Succeeding landowner: 1935 Thomas E Archer
Photo 1. Cooper 50th Haliburton Echo
Photo 2. William & Fanny Cooper Family 1870s - William & Fanny, George, Evelyn, Mary, Will, Alma, Baby Jack. South Shore of Boshkung Lake. On the back of the picture it says they were married 1872.
Photo 3: William Cooper. Source: Ancestry.ca JoyceEWilliams originally shared this on 17 Nov 2013
Photo 4: Fanny Simms & William Cooper. Source: Ancestry.ca JoyceEWilliams originally shared this on 17 Nov 2013
Photo 5: Fanny Simms Cooper. Source: PeggySawyerPouw originally shared this on 28 Jun 2011
Photo 6: William Cooper Source: Ancestry.ca PeggySawyerPouw originally shared this on 28 Jun 2011