By Eleanor Darke
It's tricky for Todmorden generators Museum viewers to visualize that this website so as regards to the busy Don Valley freeway was domestic to a tremendous mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe well-known the economic strength of this section of the Don River. through 1795 Skinner's sawmill used to be lower than building, starting up an period of technological improvement that unfold past the valley of the Don into what was once then Muddy York. at the present time, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's commercial background and the spirit of the time. This worthwhile neighborhood historical past confirms the importance of early generators and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed by means 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, offers us with an informative account of the folk, their lives and their inventive impact.
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Isaiah was styled Captain Skinner or Skipper Skinner in various references and operated the Mary Ann for three or four years. Isaiah vanishes from Niagara after 1806 and is thought to have returned to the United States shortly before the War of 1812. , mentioned him in a reference. He was probably deceased by 1815, the year of his father's death since he is not mentioned in his will. In 1806 he sold his share in the Mary Ann to his partner, Oliver Grace. , the boy's grandfather. Colin was then at the age of apprenticeship and, judging by his later career, had probably begun his training as a millwright.
Produced for John Ross Robertson in 1896. Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, John Ross Robertson Collection, T-n^88 of what are today Gerrard Street and Broadview Avenue. He had been granted the whole of Lot 15, Concession I which consisted of 180 acres running from the bay north to modern-day Danforth Avenue, and bounded on the east by Broadview Avenue and on the west by the Don River. 5 In those days, the Scadding farm was well-known because of its prominent location near the Don Bridge.
Early records list his occupation as "mariner,"10^ but he appears to have left that trade entirely by 1800. The Don Valley was raided by 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.
''A Mill Should Be Build Thereon: An Early History of Todmorden Mills by Eleanor Darke