William John Sims

Settler of township lots: Lot 20, Conc. 3, Guilford (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot on Eagle Lake Road east of Cranberry Lake.

Land acquisition: 1913 from J H Kennaway & J Campbell. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 110).

Dates of residency:

  • 1909 Birth of Daughter Violet May Sims (1909–1991) West Guilford
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Guilford: William J & Sarah Sims
  • 1921 Census of Canada, Guilford
  • 1922 Death: Haliburton

Interesting facts:

Although the largest enterprise on Pine Lake was the Gull River mill, built in 1910 on the river at its head, there remains no scrap of machinery or stick of timber, to show that it ever existed. Bill Sims and his wife Sarah, a daughter of William Jones, kept the nearby Gull River boarding-house, sometimes feeding as many as 50 men at a sitting. The mill employed about 20 and in busy seasons one could meet 30 teams hauling slabs, bark and lumber, to Haliburton. Today, with the scream of the great saws forever silenced, the boarding-house is a private home owned by Owen Sims. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 159

Preceding landowner: 1877 J H Kennaway & J Campbell

Succeeding landowner: 1918 William Clark

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • William John Sims, b. 30 Oct 1872, Stanhope, d. 26 Jun 1922, Stanhope, (Age 49 years). COD: Influenza. Buried: Maple Lake Cemetery
    • George Sims, b. 1846, England d. 11 Mar 1891, Stanhope, (Age 45 years)
    • Mary Susan Jones, b. 02 Feb 1854, England  d. 25 Jan 1940, Haliburton, (Age 85 years)
  • Sarah Rebecca Jones, b. May 1880, Stanhope, d. 1947, Maple Lake, (Age ~ 66 years). Buried: Maple Lake Cemetery
    • William B. Jones, b. 13 Jun 1842, Dundas, d. 1 Feb 1925  (Age 82 years)
    • Catherine McPhail, b. 05 Jun 1846, Brighton, Ontario, d. 03 Oct 1902, Stanhope, (Age 56 years)
  • Children:
    1. Owen Sims, b. 23 Dec 1904, d. 1990, Stanhope, (Age 85 years)
    2. Emily Sims, b. 4 Aug 1908, Guilford
    3. Violet May Sims, b. 20 Dec 1909, Guilford, d. 10 Jul 1991 (Age 81 years)
    4. Earl Rednor Sims, b. 1901 Adopted son

Link to Ancestry.ca: William John Sims (Kim Sims Biological Fam), William John Sims (McCartin-Judson-Wen), William John Sims (Sawyer/Vickery Family), William John Sims (Simms Family Tree)