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Samuel McCartney Sinton (Sam)
7 June 1888 - Rostrevor, Co. Down, Ireland, United Kingdom - [ s356 s685 ]
20 June 1954 - Canada - [ s685 ]
Minden, Ontario, Canada
Born 21 February 1853 - Died 4 March 1936
Born 30 April 1857 - Died 14 July 1931
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Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
Name: Samuel McFadden Sinton
Registration District: Kilkeel
Event Type: BIRTHS
Registration Quarter and Year: Jul - Sep 1888
Estimated Birth Year:
Age (at Death):
Mother's Maiden Name:
Film Number: 101062
Volume Number: 1
Page Number: 513
Digital Folder Number: 4193976
Image Number: 00237
[RFSS Aug 2011]

1901 Census record taken on Sunday, 31 March.
Residents of a house 22 in Rostrevor (Rostrevor, Co. Down)
 SurnameForenameAgeSexRelation to headReligion
1SintonDavid C.46MaleHead of FamilyPresbyterian
2SintonAnnie S.44FemaleWifePresbyterian
3SintonRosa H.22FemaleDaughterPresbyterian
7McAnallyAnnie20FemaleServantRoman Catholic
 BirthplaceOccupationLiteracyMarital StatusSpecified Illnesses
1Co. ArmaghGrocers MerchantRead and writeMarried-
2Co. Armagh-Read and writeMarried-
3Co. Down-Read and writeNot Married-
4Co. DownGrocers AssistantRead and writeNot Married-
5Co. DownScholarRead and writeNot Married-
6Co. DownScholarRead and writeNot Married-
7Co. DownGeneral ServantRead and writeNot Married-
[RFSS Jun 2010]

Reminiscences about Uncle Sam by his nephew David Corry Sinton.
Samuel Sinton, or Sam as he was called, went to Canada as a young man, only returning for a holiday in 1933. He married a lady we knew as Aunt Dolly, though I never met her. I believe she was very good looking, and quite wealthy, which she would have needed to be as Sam was the member of the family who liked the 'High Life'.
Apparently he was very handsome and charming and owned an hotel in Minden, Ontario called the Sinton Hotel. From the way my mother used to talk about Sam and Dolly they were quite a culture shock to the conservative puritanical Irish relations!
Sam died in 1954, four months before Ernest, a double blow to my dad who seemed to have a very special love for Sam, his kid brother.
He and Dolly had no children and are buried in Canada. He was 66 at the time of his death.
[RFSS Jan 2011]

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922
Name: Samuel McC. Sinton
Event Type: Immigration
Event Date: May 1907
Event Place: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Birth Year (Estimated): 1889
Birthplace: Ireland
Ship Name: Tunisian
Affiliate Publication Number:
Affiliate Film Number: T-489
Digital Folder Number: 004542319
Image Number: 00607
[RFSS Feb 2014]
S.S. Tunisian 1900 - 1928
S.S. Tunisian 1900 - 1928
Launched in 1900, the Allan Line's Tunisian was built by Alex Stephen & Son of Glasgow. She took her maiden voyage on 5 April 1900, from Liverpool to Halifax and Portland, Maine. A month later, she made her first trip to Québec and Montréal.
During World War I, Tunisian served first as a prisoner of war accommodation ship at Ryde, Isle of Wight, and then as a troop carrier. In 1917 she passed into Canadian Pacific ownership with the Allan Line itself, and returned to commercial service, serving Canada from Liverpool, London and Glasgow over the next three years.
In 1920, Tunisian was converted to a cabin/third class configuration. Renamed Marburn in 1922, she remained in service until 1927, sailing from Liverpool, Glasgow, Hamburg, Antwerp and London at various times. She made her final transatlantic sailing, from Antwerp to St. John, New Brunswick, in April 1928, and went to the breakers that fall.
Sources: Haws' Merchant Fleets; Bonsor's North Atlantic Seaway.

The following was published by The Sault Star, 145 Old Garden River Road, Sault Ste. Marie, P6A 5M5, Ontario, Canada about the demise of the Sinton Hotel on 9 April 1985.

Part of local history wiped out with Sinton

BY GEORGE WEST Special To The Star, Thessalon

The burning of the Hotel Sinton last week marked the end of close to 80 years of history in the Town of Thessalon.

If the walls could have talked, they would have recounted the building being erected in 1907 by Thomas Moore of Thessalon, who also owned another hotel in town called the Commercial.

A Sault Ste. Marie contractor, McPhail and Wright, did the erection using double and triple brick construction. The circular corner front originally had a turret top resembling a fortress. The original name of the hotel was the Moorehouse.

Tom Moore was known in the area as a breeder and racer of horses. He married Elizabeth Patterson who had two children by a previous marriage. Mr. Moore died in 1915 and the hotel was sold to John Harris of Walford.

Former Sinton Hotel in Tessalon, Ontario, Canada
The Moore Hotel, Tessalon circa 1910
John Harris and his family moved to Thessalon from Walford, where Mr. Harris owned another hotel. He renamed the hotel Cecil House in honor of his son who had been killed in the war. John himself died in his first year of operation and in 1917, the hotel was sold to John Heffernan.

John Heffernan changed the name to Heffernan Hotel and it retained this name for the next 40 years. Mr. Heffernan was a widower, and he hired Mrs. Jane MacCartney, a young widow with two small children, to run the hotel. Jane had experience in this field as she ran the Queens Hotel, another Thessalon establishment, as manager and housekeeper.

Mr. Heffernan himself was not around too long but on his death he left the hotel to Mrs. MacCartney, who provided most of the history and aura of the establishment.

A flu epidemic following the First World War saw Mrs. MacCartney taking in a large number of the sick, in essence turning the hotel into a hospital. For this service she earned the name of Mother Mac to a great number of the Thessalon residents.

Mrs. MacCartney was born in India, the daughter of an army officer and came to Canada at an early age. Her daughter was Marie Noble who lived in Thessalon for many years in the grand brick house across from the cenotaph.

Mrs. MacCartney sold the hotel in 1945 to Sam Sinton who in turn gave the hotel its present name. On Sam's death, Mrs. Sinton sold the hotel to Gene Biondi of Sudbury whose main claim to fame seems to have been painting the oak beams in the hotel green.

Ray Forest took over ownership in 1960 and later sold it to Andrew Valiquette in 1974.

There is no doubt that in its day it was one of the finest hotels in Algoma, with its three fireplaces, oak dressers and china cabinets.

No doubt there will be fond memories carried away with the bricks when the clean-up crews move in, but the many patrons of the Sinton in the past can hope for continued fond memories if and when a new Sinton is built at the corner of Main and Huron.

The above comes courtesy of Tessalon Union Public Library

[RFSS Jan 2011]
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