463521812 Re: Playterson Lake Simcoe Portage Location
- Dec 12, 2012Did 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.
" 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
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
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
" " 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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