William Welch / Abigail Davis

Settler of township lot: Lot 10, Conc. 5, Stanhope

Location: The map point is the approximate location of this 81 acre irregular waterfront lot on Boshkung Lake on the east side of Boshkung Lake Road south from Triple Creek Road to Fern Gully Lane.

Land acquisition:

  • 1861 & 1872 Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register - 81 acres to William Welch.
  • 1861 Patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 79).

Other land:

  • Lot 23, Conc. 3, Stanhope: 88 acres purchased from Paul Norman in 1882; sold to nephew William Welsh Jr. in 1886 for $300. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 395).
  • Lot 9, Conc. 4, Stanhope: (68 acres) was purchased from Cyrus Morey in 1895 and sold to Alonzo Upton in 1904. Boshkung Lake Road. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 101).
  • Lot 10, Conc. 6, Stanhope: No record of ownership. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 32).
  • Lot 13, Conc. 6, Stanhope: was patented in illegible date; the north 50 acres were sold to Caleb Davis B&S in 1904; the south 49 acres were sold to Charles Edward Hewitt B&S in 1906. Halls Lake (Braelock Road and Norm Wallace Lane). Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 83).
  • Lot 6, Conc. 7, Stanhope:
    - 1872  Lands Liable to Taxation: Township of Stanhope Patent Register - 101 acres to William Welsh.
    - 1872 Patent from The Crown and sold to John Edwin Hewitt in 1888 for $50. West of Buckslide Road. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 22).
  • Lot 19, Conc. 7, Stanhope: 1879 from Joshua Davis for $400. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 45)
  • Lots 12 & 13, Conc.10, Stanhope: were purchased from William James Foote in 1883 and sold in 1901. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 90 & 111). James Welch was listed on the 1911 Stanhope Voters List at Lot 12, Conc. 9 and Lot 13, Conc. 10. Robert Welch was also listed at Lot 13, Conc. 10 on the 1911 Stanhope Voters List. Halls Lake (Little Brother south to Little Hawk Lake Road). Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 90 & 111).

Dates of residency:

  • 1861 Arrived in Stanhope. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Pg 303
  • 1870 Peterborough County Directory, Stanhope: Wm. Welch, pt Lot 10, Conc. 5
  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Wm & Abigail Welsh, no children
  • 1883 Stanhope Voters List: William Welch, owner, Lot 10, Conc. 5 & Lot 6, Conc. 7
  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: William Welch, owner, Lots 19, 9, 12, 13, Conc. 5, 4, 10, 10
  • 1891 Stanhope Voters List: at both of Lot 9, Conc. 4 and Lot 10, Conc. 5.
  • 1893 Stanhope Directory: Boskung
  • 1899 Stanhope Directory: Wm Welch Boskung. Lot 13, Conc. 6
    1901 Stanhope Voters List:  at both of  Lot 10, Conc. 5 and Lot 13, Conc. 6.
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope: William & Abagal Welsh at Lot 10, Conc. 5
  • 1903 Business Directory, Stanhope: Wm Welch, Jr, Maple Lake, Lot 23, Conc. 3
  • 1903 Stanhope Voters List: Wm Welch, sr, farmer, Lot 10, Conc. 5 & Lot 13, Conc. 6
  • 1908 Death: Lot 10, Conc. 4, Stanhope
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Stanhope: Lot 10, Conc. 6 - wife Abigail alone only. William died in 1908
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List: Lot 12, Conc. 9 and Lot 13, Conc. 10.
  • 1912 Death of Wife, Abigale at Lot 7, Conc. 6, Stanhope

Interesting facts:

From Town and Country Welches in Haliburton by Merrium Clancy: “Captain” William Welch, apparently a veteran of the Crimean War, was Samuel Welch’s brother. According to Nila Reynolds, William and another ex-soldier, Caleb Davis, were together looking for land, and met up with Thomas Mason in Bobcaygeon. Surveyor C.R. Reynolds had recommended Lake Big Boshkung to Mason, and the three proceeded there and took up land on its northeast shore. William Welch later moved a short distance to the future location of Camp Calumet (Lot 11, Conc. 6). He married Abigail Davis, perhaps a connection of Caleb Davis. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg, 305.

The Haliburton Highlands Museum has Alexander Niven's insurance appraisal notebook containing his sketches of local properties. It shows the location of buildings on each property and their value.

This is the link to the sketch of William Welch's property at Lot 10, Conc 5 Stanhope. Haliburton Highlands Museum. Thomas Mason, Caleb Davis, and Captain William Welch were looking for land around when they encountered surveyor, Mr. C. R. Stewart, who had just finished Stanhope's crown survey in 1860. Guided by Stewart's instructions, the 3 arrived at the extreme northwest shore of Big Boshkung which the surveyor had enthusiastically recommended as suitable for homesteading since it was accessible by water and not too distant from the Bobcaygeon and Peterson roads. Welch chose lot 10 (he late moved to the property now comprising Camp Calumet). Ibid pg 305

Preceding landowner: The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1906 Charles Edwin Hewitt B&S 79 acres
  • 1913 Frederick Harrison
  • 1939 Abe. Upton part 1/2 acre

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • William Welch, b. 17 Oct 1827, Milborne Port, Somerset, England d. 14 Dec 1908, Stanhope (Age 81 years) COD: Dropsy, heart disease
  • Abigail Davis, b. 17 Dec 1833, Horsington, Somerset, England d. 09 Aug 1912, Haliburton, (Age 78 years) COD: Nephritis myocarditis
  • No children. Brother of Samuel Welch b. 1825 and uncle of James Welch b. 1853

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