By Eleanor Darke
It truly is tricky for Todmorden turbines Museum viewers to visualize that this web site so with reference to the busy Don Valley limited-access highway used to be domestic to an enormous mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe famous the commercial strength of this component to 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 was once then Muddy York. at the present time, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's commercial historical past and the spirit of the time. This priceless neighborhood historical past confirms the importance of early generators and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed via 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, provides us with an informative account of the folk, their lives and their inventive impact.
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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.
Terry has not paid me any money but says he mil deliver flour, will it suit you? 9 June 1807 - Mr. Terry promises to convert his flour into money if possible. 26 May 1808 — Mr. Terry some days ago sent a letter A Mill Should be Build Thereon: A History of Todmorden Mills 43 here for you ... probably this may be some new proposal. 93 In June 1808, Terry sold Cartwright the east half of Lot 13 and 200 acres of Lot 5, Concession 3 for the sum of ^150 and the debt was resolved. 94 Just as they rid themselves of financial problems, tragedy struck the family.
In 1818 they were joined by his wife's family, who settled in Drummondville (Lundy's Lane and Queenston Road) where they ran a general store. In 1818 they moved to Niagara Falls where they leased and operated a distillery. Eastwood was very active in the politics of York. He was elected as an alderman for the St. Lawrence Ward of the city in 1836 and again for the St. Andrew Ward in 1841. He was a member of the inaugural Council for the Township of York in 1850 and was elected by that Council to the post of Deputy-Reeve, but died before completing his term of office.