By Eleanor Darke
It's tough for Todmorden turbines Museum viewers to visualize that this website so with reference to the busy Don Valley throughway used to be domestic to an enormous mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe well-known the commercial power of this element of the Don River. through 1795 Skinner's sawmill used to be less than building, starting up an period of technological improvement that unfold past the valley of the Don into what used to be then Muddy York. this present day, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's business background and the spirit of the time. This necessary neighborhood historical past confirms the importance of early generators and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed through 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 through Ian Wheal, offers us with an informative account of the folk, their lives and their inventive impact.
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At the same time Helliwell and Eastwood bought the east half of Lot 14. In 1821 the Eastwood and Helliwell families moved to the valley to join Colin Skinner. "11"* John Eastwood had been trained as a tin-smith, plumber and glazier in England, as had one of Thomas Helliweirs sons, John. The Helliwell Brewery (called the Don Brewery in most accounts) began operations in 1821 and it is likely that Eastwood had a hand in its construction. His tin-smithing skills would certainly have come in handy for the construction of the vats and piping.
John Scadding's son, Henry, wrote one of the earliest histories of Toronto, thus providing an invaluable resource to later researchers. The Playter family, who lived south of the Don Mills, were another interesting group of Skinner neighbours. Records of the New Jersey Historical Society describe the head of this family, George Playter, as: an English cabinet maker, settled at ... Burlington County, New Jersey, where his property, valued at £1000 in currency, was confiscated and sold. " Later he was employed in obtaining intelligence for the army and continued on service until the Peace, when he joined his family in Pennsylvania.
Deponent was ... violently assaulted, beat, battered and bruised contrary to His Majesty's Peace by Samuel Sinclair, Mariner, with a Spade or Shovel and called a Black Son of a Bitch, for no other reason than for giving Mr. Ruggles an order on the said Sam'l Sinclair for Eight Shillings which he owed to this informant, this Informant prays that the said Samuel Sinclair may be dealt with according to law and further saith not. His Charles X Falcondo Mark6* Both cases were settled out of court and all charges dropped.
''A Mill Should Be Build Thereon: An Early History of Todmorden Mills by Eleanor Darke