By Eleanor Darke
It really is tough for Todmorden generators Museum viewers to visualize that this web site so with regards to the busy Don Valley throughway was domestic to an incredible mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe well-known the commercial strength of this part of the Don River. by way of 1795 Skinner's sawmill used to be below building, starting up an period of technological improvement that unfold past the valley of the Don into what was once then Muddy York. this present day, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's commercial historical past and the spirit of the time. This worthy neighborhood heritage confirms the importance of early generators and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed by way of Timothy Skinner, Parshall Terry, George Playter, William Helliwell and different settlers and marketers of Governor John Graves Simcoe's time and past. Eleanor Darke, assisted via Ian Wheal, provides us with an informative account of the folk, their lives and their inventive effect.
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One of his sons, Colin Skinner Eastwood, then aged twenty-six and acting as his father's executor, operated the paper mill until 1852. At that time Joseph Skinner pressed his longdeferred claim on the property stating that it should not have been sold while he was a minor. Records concerning the mill over the next three years are confusing. Joseph Skinner appears to have been at the mill-site during part of this time. According to Skinner family tradition he even operated the mill for a period, but knew nothing about making paper so was unsuccessful.
Stevens (1758-1789). Their first child, Parshall (III), was born in 1776. Melia accompanied her husband when he deserted, bearing another child, Mary, in 1780 and a third, Martha, in 1783. They were recorded on the "Roll of Loyalists at and In the Dependencies of Cataraqui and the Provisions They Draw" in December 1783. Terry and his family moved to Niagara the following spring where he took up land in the Township of Willoughby, near the mouth of the Black Creek. His name appears on a survey done of that area in July 1784.
Mrs. Playter being timorous, a pole was fastened through the branches to hold on by. Having attempted to pass it, I was determined to proceed but was Playter's Bridge, drawn by Elizabeth Simcoe. Mrs. Simcoe visited the Playter family in 1796 and recorded her attempt to cross "Playter's picturesque bridge... " Archvies of Ontario, F-^-n-i-o-2^ A Mill Should be Build Thereon: A History of Todmorden Mills 33 frightened before I got halfway. CR Evidence that the Playter family retained their Quaker beliefs after the Revolution can be seen in the pronoun forms they used in correspondence such as this note to John McGill concerning payment for their labours in the construction of Castle Frank.