William Welch / Fanny May Jones

Settler of township lots: Lot 23, Conc. 3, Stanhope

Location: Map point is the former Art Hive at 10239 Hwy 118, Algonquin Highlands.

Land acquisition: 1886 This lot was purchased from William Welsh (his uncle) for $300. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 395).

Dates of residency:

  • 1890 Stanhope Voters List: William Welch, owner, Lot 23, Conc. 3
  • 1893 Stanhope Directory: Maple Lake
  • 1899 Stanhope Directory: Wm Welch Jr, Maple Lake
  • 1901 Census of Canada, Stanhope:
  • 1901 Stanhope Voters List
  • 1911 Stanhope Voters List
  • 1911 Census of Canada, Stanhope:
  • 1911 Stanhope Post Office List: Halls Lake
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office List: Wm. & Thos. (son) Maple Lake
  • 1928 Stanhope Voters List: Wm, Thos. Fanny & Leitha

Interesting facts:

William Welch, son of Samuel Welch, married Fanny Jones in 1885. Fanny was daughter of Thomas Jones. They settled on Maple Lake, close to the home of Fanny’s parents, William clearing the land and building a log cabin. William was a farmer all his life, working in the lumbering camps in season in his earlier years. William was also a stone mason. He burned lime for St. Peter’s Church in his kiln on Maple Lake. In his later years, he specialized in building stone fireplaces for tourists’ cottages. He had been active in church and municipal affairs. Source: Town and Country Welches in Haliburton by Merrium Clancy

Photo: William Welch Family Home. Source: Maple Lake Memories by Marvel Welch, Karen Eager and Sharon Lynch.

Preceding landowner:

  • 1875 Paul Norman received 88 acres from The Crown
  • 1882 William Welsh for $250

Succeeding landowner:

  • 1935 Thomas Arthur Welsh (his son) - see ad for Ninatigo Inn, Thos. A. Welch Prop. below.

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

Photo 1. Ninatigo Inn Advertisement

Photo 2 below of three women was found at the dump. An arrow identifies the woman on the right as Florence Welch, daughter of William & Fanny, who married Alexander Wesley Clancy in 1916.

Photo 3: William Welch and Marvel Welch (who married Leroy Eager).