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463521812 Re: Playterson Lake Simcoe Portage Location

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  • doucanu2
    Dec 12, 2012
      Did a little research and also got some good info from a good friend. The Playter family are a very interesting read.George sen. being a British rev. war vet leaving the States for Canada first to Nova Scotia, then Kingston and finally York where he was grantd 2000 acres(1200 for him plus 100 for each of his 8 children) by the humber river the area known now as Playter estates. It seems there was a family connection to Sir Jihn Graves Simcoe.

      The Playter sons all took an active roll during the war(1812, York Militia)and it seems according to Eli Playters diary the boys were entrusted with many government papers etc. during the Battle of York and hid them at their fathers home which the Americans ransacked looking for them( see article below). The name as has been mentioned is still very common in the Toronto area.

      Other information tells us that "George Playter and Sons" had the first stagecoach line in the county running from Hollands Landing, New Market to York.

      But I'm still left wondering were Playterson was or is? Was it maybe a waystation on the coach line along Young st.? Was it a name the locals used to refer to the 2000 acre farm?

      Would it be reasonable to think that if Playter was moving people and goods along Young st. to Holland Landing for transport further north and having what looks like a good relationship with the military/government at the time, may have had facilities to store government goods? (lots of questions lol)

      One would think a family so well known having left such a big mark on the area that "Playterson would be well known and fairly easy to find but nothing seems to show up,,,,, yet.

      From, http://www.bytown.net/playter.htm

      " Generation No. 1

      1. George Henry1 Playter was born Abt. 1736 in Surrey, England, and died
      Bet. 1820 - 1822 in East York, Toronto, Ontario. He married Elizabeth
      Welding Abt. 1765 in Pennsylvania, United States of America.

      Notes for George Henry Playter:
      During the American Revolutionary War, George, classed as a cabinet
      maker, was sent to New Jersey to fix a bridge that crossed the Croswick
      River that was destroyed the day before by the enemy. From Nottingham
      Township in Burlington County, George infiltrated the enemy lines and seized
      important information and documents for the British. His life was in
      jeopardy, so he was given the command to return to PA to his family and head
      for Nova Scotia. This order was given in 1785 but George ended up with an
      inflamed lung and couldn't leave until the spring of 1786. Elizabeth Welding
      (his wife) had annuities from her grandmother's Will, Hannah Bitterhike.
      Both her and her sister Ann Welding.

      Source - U.E.L. encyclopedia 1760 - 1800

      "Stated in a letter from Frances Le Maistre M.S. to Lord Simcoe, copied by
      Thomas Talbot to Captain Porter, states that Lord John Greaves Simcoe is a
      RELATIVE of Mr. George Playter.
      source - Upper Canada Land Book "P", Petition #32, Bdle. Misc., Film
      C2488.


      From a Petition of George Playter dated July 9, 1793 in Newark, New Jersey
      and in Council dated July 13, 1793. "To his Excellency John Greaves Simcoe
      Esq. Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, the petition of George Playter
      Esq., late of the County of Burlington, in the Province of West New Jersey,
      but now in Kingston in Upper Canada, humbley sheweth, that your petitioner
      is on half pay list as a reduced Captain - his services to the Crown in the
      late Rebellion, is fully known to his Excellency and many distinguished
      characters in the Province, he implores his Excellency therefore to grant
      him the quanitity of land allowed to a reduced Captain and he will as in
      duly ever pray."
      source - Upper Canada Land Book 'P', Petition # 17, Bundle # 1, Film
      C2488.


      Reply to the aforementioned Petition that was in Council September 5, 1793.
      To his Excellency John Greaves Simcoe, Esq. Lieutenant Governor of Upper
      Canada and Colonel commanding his Majesty's Forces . . . . .
      The petition of George Playter humbley sheweth, that as his Excellency
      the Governor in Council has given to your petitioner and his eight children
      TWO THOUSAND acres of land. Your petitioner humbley prays that the lots
      marked for himself and sons, in the second concession in the Township of
      York or those nearest adjoining with a Town lot may be granted and your
      petitioner as in Duty Bound will ever pray. Signed George Playter.
      source - Upper Canada Land Book 'P', Petition # 13, Bundle # 1, Film
      C2488.
      "


      " " From the book "An Early History of the Todmorden Mills" by Eleanor Darke,
      she quotes a section from John Ross Robertson's "Landmarks of Toronto"
      Volume VI, page 357.--------- The Don Valley was raided by the American
      troops during the War of 1812. Although within the framework of the whole
      war these forays were insignificant, they were no doubt occasions of great
      concern and excitement to the area's inhabitants. The first visit was to the
      Playter properties in 1813. The Playter sons were all officers in the
      militia and the Americans hoped to capture them in their raid. They failed
      in this, although they did succeed in capturing their elderly father, George
      Playter. He gave his 'parole' not to fight in the war and was released.
      According to Robertson, the Playter property was also targeted because
      "many of the archives of the Province of Ontario were conveyed to their
      residences for safety, but that precaution was in vain for the invaders
      found out where they had been placed and carried away all they could lay
      their hands on". According to ELI PLAYTER, they didn't just take the
      government records. They also stole his sword, razor, jewellery and some
      clothing. - source Eli's diary
      His diary goes on to delight in the fact that the American soldiers
      hadn't succeeded in getting all they were looking for in the valley. The
      Playter sons, with the help of some of their neighbours, including Samuel
      Sinclair, had undertaken to remove two boatloads of ammunition from the
      Garrison in York before it was abandoned. These boats were brought across
      the Bay and up the Don to the north end of the Playter property where the
      ammunitions were buried and the boats scuttled. The first boat made it up
      without trouble, but the second became stuck at the "Big Bend" and had to be
      partially unloaded before it could be refloated. The Americans were
      reportedly in hot pursuit of these boats, having been informed of them by
      traitors in York. Fortunately, the pursuing Americans were unfamiliar with
      the river and gave up the chase when they also got stuck at the "Bend".
      It was lucky for the Don Mills that the American troops failed to advance
      any farther up the river. Mills were prime industrial targets and, with
      their owner an active combatant, it is likely that they would have been
      destroyed. There was also considerable excitment at the mouth of the Don. A
      large frigate was under construction there. The retreating Brittish and
      Canadian troops burned it and all it stores to prevent them from falling
      into American hands."
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