George PLAYTER, United Empire Loyalist (UEL), England to the United States to Canada
George PLAYTER
United Empire Loyalist (UEL)
England to the United States to Canada

April 27, 2003:
 
Hello Al and Ron and Wes
 
I found your article an interesting summary of events that transpired not only in Carleton 
area but all over. I have been tracking down the Playter family, my wifes' side.
 
George Playter, an UEL from the revoluntionary war left Pennsylvania in 1786 for the East coast, 
New Brunswick. By 1796 they were in Kingston and from there to York aka Toronto. He was a Captain 
(given to him for his espionage against the Americans) and he seemed to be related to 
Lord Simcoe through marriage. He was put onto half pay as a Lieutenant. given 1200 acres plus 100 
acres for each of his children which equalled a total of 2000 acres on the Don River in York. 
All his sons were officers in the war of 1812 and his one son kept a diary of the events 
during the attack in 1813 in April.
 
I still have to see if it was his brother Frederick Playter that resided in Ottawa, which I 
believe is, as the name Frederick is passed onto children within the family.
 
Many thanks for submitting the article to Bytown or Bust.
 
Take care
Taylor Kennedy          
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also posted on April 27, 2003:

Thanks for the note Taylor.  I knew that the Simcoe's had had tea at the Playters on a 
visit to Castle Frank but was not aware that they were somehow related.  I don't believe 
that Mrs. Simcoe mentioned that in her diary.
 
I see that there were a Captain Playter and Lieutenant Playter in the Battalion Companies 
of the 2nd York Militia and that  George Junior was the quartermaster of the 
1st York Troop of Horse.  Were any of them active during the War?  At the capture of York?
 
I am curious about the information on George senior.  I cannot find him in the lists of 
Loyalist Regiments that settle Ontario and was intrigued by your statement that he not 
only received a Land Grant but also was on half-pay.  That was very unusual.  Normally, 
only officers of a regular regiment would receive half-pay but that doesn't jive with his 
land grant.  If he had been on half-pay from a regiment at the time of the Revolution, 
living in the colonies, and volunteered for the Provincial Corps or Indian Department or 
whatever and received his grant on that basis, this would make sense.  His Captain's rank 
would be his regular army rank and not related to any espionage in which he might have 
engaged.  I thought that I might find him in one of the corps of rangers.  What we would 
now call reconnaisance, was called spying in the 18th century and a "spy" described not 
only a cloak and dagger type but also  a scout from a military unit. Major Andre was a 
regular army officer on a clandestine mission when caught.  If we used the same terminology 
today, the SAS, US Navy Seals etc would be referred to as spies.
 
Any information that you could share on the Playters and their military associations would 
be helpful and I would like to add that info to my file.
 
Thanks,
 
Ron
April 28, 2003: from Taylor:
Descendants of George Henry Playter
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 Emmigrated to the Province of Ontario in the year of 1783, as stated in Sarah's petition for Crown Lands. source - Upper Canada Land Book "P", Petition # 32, Bundle # 3, Film C2489. 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. Notes for Elizabeth Welding: Dated September 8, 1806 - A petition of Elizabeth Playter wife of George Playter, to his Excellency, FRANCES GORE, Esq., Lieutenant Govenor of the Province of Upper Canada, request's her grant of waste lands of the Crown be granted to her as has been to persons of her descriptions. Signed by Elizabeth Playter. source; Upper Canada Land Book 'P', Petition # 20, Bundle 8, Film # C2490. Children of George Playter and Elizabeth Welding are: 2 i. Eli2 Playter, born Abt. 1776 in Chesterfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He married Sophia Beman November 27, 1806 in St. James Anglican, Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada. Notes for Eli Playter: The following notes are important to read as they lead up to April 1813 where Eli has placed important notes in his diary relating to the attack on York. The following sets the scene of events. ELY PLAYTER, who had a farm on Yonge Street, mentioned in his daily diary that on July 6, 1812, he went into town where he "heard that War was Declared by the Americans". The YORK GAZETTE of July 11, 1812, carried the proclamation issued on the sixth that "on the seventeenth day of June last, the Congress of the United States of America declared that War then existed between those States and their Territories, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependecies thereof...............". The causes seemed very remote from Upper Canadian concerns and interests. In his war message to Congress, President Madison gave the main reason for the clash between Britain and America to be England's policy on the high seas and her claim to a virtual monopoly of navigation and commerce thereon. Driven to desperate measures by the protracted Napoleonic Wars and their tangled alliances, England deployed her Navy to full effect. Her men-o-war blocked ports, searched ships of other nations for deserters from the Royal Navy, and sailed close off American ports, harassing inbound and outbound traffic. The ironic note, so often struck by History, was that the confrontation came at a time when England was prepared to moderate some of her more high handed actions; by then, however, national emotions in America had been too thoroughly aroused. There had been rumours of Brittish and Canadian agents stirring up the Indians of the Western Territories to go on tomahawk rampages against American settlements. These territories did not as yet have a vote to influence decisions in Congress, but such stories were more irritation to add to the fundamental grievences on maritime matters. From the American point of view, Upper Canada was merely an area that could be attacked to strain England's already war-stretched resources even further, and perhaps become a hostage to be held to ransom at the post war bargaining table. Background to the Battle of York In the winter of 1813, American Secretary of War John Armstrong's strategy is simple: secretly mass an army at Sackett's Harbour before spring break-up. Once Lake Ontario is open to navigation, Commodore Isaac Chauncey's ships will ferry the troops across Lake Ontario to Kingston, which they should capture easily enough, given that it is known to be but lightly defended. Furthermore, once Kingston is in U.S. hands, Upper Canada must soon enough fall as well. From Kingston, it is but an easy sail down the St. Lawrence River and the capture of difficult to defend Montreal; and from Montreal, Quebec City is not so very far away.... On paper, at least, it seems like a perfectly good plan. But, as Armstrong is about to learn, in the real world, nothing happens as it does on paper. The British get wind of American intentions and rush reinforcements on a winter snowshoeing journey of epic proportions, all the way from Fredericton, New Brunswick, to Kingston, Upper Canada. Chauncey and American army commander, General Henry Dearborn, hear rumours of the fresh troops' arrival at Kingston. The American army at Sackett's Harbour still greatly outnumbers the British defenders of Kinston, but in the American commanders' overheated imagination, it is the other way around; it is they who are now outnumbered. Why risk defeat at Kingston, reason the timorous Americans, when attacking York, the Upper Canadian capital, could serve just as well? Besides, the frigates Isaac Brock and Duke of Gloucester are still under construction at York. The balance of naval power on Lake Ontario is so precarious that the loss of two ships could deal the British a blow from which they might never recover. Somehow, Chauncey and Dearborn manage to convince Armstrong that the taking of York would be just as effective against the British as the taking of Kingston could have been. In fact, what they propose amounts to attempting to fell a tree by chopping off one of its limbs rather than its trunk. Overland Trek to Kingston Having failed in their first invasion of Lower Canada, the Americans began building up strength at Sacket's Harbour, New York. The objective was the British garrison across Lake Ontario at Kingston. Due to the shortage of British and Canadian regular troops in the area, the only soldiers available to defend Kingston were are seven hundred miles away, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The outcome of the battles of the War of 1812 often depended on how single battalions and individual officers responded to a crisis. In the winter of 1813, the soldiers facing the challenge are from the New Brunswick regiment, almost all of whom are Canadians. Leading them is the young officer John Le Couteur. From an old military family, Le Couteur is a fresh graduate of England's new military academy. He is fluent in French and English, and ideally suited for service in Canada. On February 5, Le Couteur records in his journal that it is clear and cold: thirteen degrees below zero in Fredericton. News has arrived that the New Brunswick regiment has been ordered to march overland to Upper Canada. This will mean crossing hundreds of miles of bush in the dead of winter; there are no roads, no trails, and no shelters. A trip like this has never been attempted before. The New Brunswickers will make the trek in an astonishing fifty-two days without losing a single one of the five hundred and fifty men. The triumphant arrival of the reinforcements in Kingston ends the immediate threat of an American attack. Le Couteur's incredible journal recorded much of the march. The following quotations are some of his observations: "A garrison order announced the intended march. It was hailed by men and officers with enthusiasm, as an effort yet unknown in British warfare and therefore well worthy of British soldiers to accomplish. There is a characteristic cheerfulness in the Canadian soldier, inherited from his French ancestry, which, being lively and good-tempered, tended much toward lightening the labours of a heavy march or the hardships of the campaign, and accorded perfectly with the dogged and varied characters of the English, Irish and Scotch which completed the regiment." "The company presented a most unmilitary appearance, as it marched without arms or knapsacks, in Indian file, divided into squads, so many to each toboggan, the rear of it being nearly half a mile from the front." "I may well say, if possible, as those who have not experienced it, cannot figure to themselves the extreme frigidity of a temperature from eighteen to twenty-seven degrees below zero. When we got to the end of our day's march, the cold was so intense that the men could scarcely use their fingers to hue down the firewood and to build huts. And it was dark before we could commence cooking, if sticking a bit of salt pork on the end of a twig and holding it in a fire could be soaked out. It generally happened that we were as completely enveloped in smoke as an Eskimo family, but like them, we found it much more agreeable than having no smoke at all, as it warmed the hut. Moreover, I imagined that sleep without fire in such cold would have proved the sleep of death." "On the twelfth of April, we were marching up a gentle ascent, when suddenly there lay before our astonished and delighted view, the town of Kingston, the magnificent Lake Ontario, and what was far more surprising still, a squadron of ships of war frozen on its bosom. It produced a striking and indescribable sensation, as none of us Europeans appeared to have reflected on the circumstance of being sure to find a fleet of man-of-war on a freshwater lake!" The British at the Battle of York In the last days of April 1813, the American fleet is spotted making for York. Unfortunately, British general Roger Hale Sheaffe, the victor of the Battle of Queenston Heights, cannot be sure exactly where the Americans will land. He splits his little band of three hundred regulars to post a detachment east of the village in case that should prove the intended landing site. The rest of the regulars and perhaps a hundred native warriors, he keeps on standby at the garrison barracks near Government House. He then calls out the militia. On the morning of April 27, the American warships come into the harbour and sail past the village to anchor a couple of miles west of Government House. Sheaffe promptly dispatches the warriors, a company of Glengarry Highlanders, and a company of British grenadiers to try and stop the Americans before they can establish a beachhead. The York Volunteers are sent out to protect the regulars' flank and act as guides. Unfortunately, under their guidance, everybody becomes temporarily lost in the woods and by the time everybody finally reaches the landing point, the Americans' first wave is already ashore and their riflemen taking pot shots at the late arriving British and Canadians. The best the regulars and Glengarries can do is fight a delaying action along the lake road against the far more numerous invaders. The York Volunteers rapidly lose heart and all but vanish, along with the warriors who seem to melt into the woods. The American ships, meanwhile, are pouring a deadly barrage of grapeshot on the remaining British defenders. Sheaffe realizes he can't possibly stop the Americans, so he resolves to prevent them from seizing the Isaac Brock, the frigate still under construction in the harbour, and the several hundred barrels of gunpowder in the garrison's main magazine, before retreating with his regulars to fight another day. Luckily, the Duke of Gloucester, the other warship until recently also under construction here, sailed away only days before. By the time the magazine explodes in a deafening roar, the Isaac Brock is ablaze and Sheaffe and his men are marching away at the far end of town. This leaves the two ranking militia commanders and their self-appointed "advisor," the Reverend John Strachan, to negotiate the terms of the surrender of the little capital. 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. Marriage Notes for Eli Playter and Sophia Beman: Taken from the Early marriages of St James Church, Toronto, York County. Volume 3, p.p.395, Landmarks of Toronto, St. James York Thursday, November 27, 1806 married by Rev'd George O'Kill Stuart - by Licence - Eli Playter and Sophia Beman. Eli Playter was (is as he is still alive) the son of George Playter, one of the original owners of the first PARK Lots in the Town of York. Eli Playter was for sometime M.P.P. for the North Riding of York. Eli Playter was also a witness to the marriage of William Parker and Jane Kerr in August 20, 1821. 3 ii. John Playter, born Abt. 1768 in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Provinces; died August 14, 1853 in York, Toronto, Ontario. He married Sarah Ellerbeck August 01, 1796 in Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario. Notes for John Playter: On the 1851 Census for York East, John is alive and states he was born in Nova Scotia as a place of birth. From the 1851 Census for York County, York East Township shows John's age as being 82 years old making his birth year about 1769. From Mackenzie's Weekly Message, August 18, 1853 - On the 14th inst. Jno. Playter Sr., on the Don, aet. 83. Estimated year of birth is 1770. Notes for Sarah Ellerbeck: From the 1851 Census for York County, York East Township shows Sarah's age as being 76 years old making her birth year about 1775. From the 1861 Census for York East Twp. Reel # C1090, Pg. 2, Line 36, shows Sarah's age as being 82 years old making her birth year about 1779. 4 iii. Elizabeth Playter, born Abt. 1770; died April 18, 1825. She married (1) Thomas Parry. She married (2) David McGregor Rogers Abt. 1811. Notes for Elizabeth Playter: Age 55 years when she died. 5 iv. Watson Playter, born December 09, 1766; died September 23, 1834 in Whitchurch, Ontario. He married Priscilla Waterman Abt. 1792. Notes for Watson Playter: Quaker Records - Toronto Archives MS881, Reel #4, Item 30. Shows the death of Watson Playter aged 67 years old. Notes for Priscilla Waterman: Quaker Records - Toronto Archives MS881, Reel #4, Item 30. Shows the date of death of Pricilla Playter. 6 v. JamesThomas Playter, born April 10, 1772; died October 11, 1809. He married (1) Margery Bolton Bef. 1798. He married (2) Hannah Miles December 24, 1798 in York East, York County. Notes for Hannah Miles: From the 1851 census, Reel # C11759, District 2, Vaughan Twp., Pg. 85, Line 43 shows the following : Hannah's age as being 71 years old making her birth year about 1781. Living in Concession 1, Lot 45 - 215 acres. Classed as a Widow. 7 vi. Sarah Playter, born Abt. 1776 in Newark, New Jersey, USA; died February 11, 1810 in York East, York County, Ontario. She married David McGregor Rogers January 06, 1802 in St. James Anglican, Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada. Notes for Sarah Playter: On the 11th instant Mrs. Rogers, the amiable consort of D. McG. Rogers M.P.P. and daughter of Captain George Playter. source : From the York Gazette, Toronto, February 14, 1810. Dated September 4, 1897 in Council ; This is a petition for Sarah Playter, daughter of a U.E. Loyalist, her father, to the Honourable PETER RUSSELL, President of the Province of Upper Canada. Stating that her father George Playter was and is a Lieutenant of the Militia for some years belonging to the Regiment commanded by Colonel Richard Cartwright of Kingston and is requesting her portion of equal quantities of land that may be allowed to persons of her descriptions. Also states that they emmigrated to this Province in the year of The Lord 1783. Signed at York on August 27, 1797. source; Upper Canada Land Book 'P', Petition 32, Bundle 3, Microfilm C2489. Dated in 1800 is another petition stating the aforementioned including that she is of the age of 21 years. source; Upper Canada Land Book 'P', Petition 28, Bundle 5, Microfilm C2489. Marriage Notes for Sarah Playter and David Rogers: Taken from the Early marriages of St James Church, Toronto, York County. 8 vii. Hannah Playter, born Abt. 1781. 9 viii. Mary Playter, born Abt. 1782 in Newark, New Jersey, USA; died February 20, 1847 in Port Hope, Ontaio. She married Thomas Ward January 30, 1803 in St. James Anglican, Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada. Notes for Mary Playter: Aged 65 when she died. Notes for Thomas Ward: Of Cramahe. Marriage Notes for Mary Playter and Thomas Ward: Taken from the Early marriages of St James Church, Toronto, York County. 10 ix. George Playter, born Abt. 1788 in Upper Canada; died September 23, 1863 in Stamford, Niagara Falls, Welland County. He married Frances Kendrick Abt. 1809. Notes for George Playter: George Playter Jr. had the first stage coach line that ran between Newmarket, Holland Landing and York along Yonge Street. It was called George Playter and Sons, and sold to William Weller of Cobourg in 1833. source - The Yonge Street story by F.R. Berchem From the 1851 Census for East Gwillimbury, Part II, shows the following George's age is 63 years old making his birth year about 1788. NOTE : Helen is living and classed under George and his wife Frances. From the 1851 Census for East Gwilliambury, Part II, shows the following Helen's age is 5 years old making her birth year about 1846. George states he was born in Canada. Maybe the Atlantic Provinces as his brother John who was born in Nova Scotia. Buried in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Cemetery on Portage North in Niagara Falls. Single white pyramid, 4 sided, with two inscriptions reads as: George Playter died September 23, 1863 aged 75 years. Fanney his wife died February 17, 1869 aged 78 years. On one side and on the other side - R.B.C. Playter died June 28, 1883 aged 68 years. Beside the tombstone is a concrete curved stone with the words "Captain Playter" on top. Notes for Frances Kendrick: From the 1851 Census for East Gwilliambury, Part II, shows the following Frances's age is 58 years old making her birth year about 1793. Buried in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Cemetery on Portage North in Niagara Falls. Single white pyramid, 4 sided, with two inscriptions reads as: George Playter died September 23, 1863 aged 75 years. Fanney his wife died February 17, 1869 aged 78 years. On one side and on the other side - R.B.C. Playter died June 28, 1883 aged 68 years. Beside the tombstone is a concrete curved stone with the words "Captain Playter" on top.
December 28, 2005: Wes:- My name is Norm Stewart and according to information that my Great Grandmother Charlotte Georgina Playter has left, she is descended from the Capt. George Playter who received the land grants in what is now in the center of Toronto. The lot numbers in the registry of the County York are quoted. Among the papers is some research that Burkes Peerage did for her. She has all the dots apparently connected to a George Playter sho was born in Wapping near London in 1836 and emigrated to New jersey in 17. That family is traced back to the 1400's. A complete list of all his children and where they were born and the dates and where they died, (most in the country of York, Ontario}. My Great Grandmother who, I remember as a young lad growing up during the war, was born in 1858 and died in Toronto in 1955 being in her 97th year. I am in possession of numerous Newspaper clippings dating back to the 1800s concerning the family. George Playter the United Empire Loyalist, built a house in 1796 near Castle Frank, Toronto and named it Drumsnab, it still exists today and is lived in. The reference to Governor Simcoe is also quoted as will as Mr. Scadding in his Book Toronto of Old. Capt. Playter's Son's house just north of the Danforth, still stands on Playter Crescent. My Great Grandmother in 1879 Married Charles William Lea, of the original settlers on land that became Leaside a suburb of Toronto. The original grant was 100 acres and they expanded that to over 200 acres. Her Father was Charles Playter. I hope you find this short blurb interesting and I would share with you anything that I have. Yours sincerely, Norm Stewart
December 22, 2009: I read with interest your information about the Playter family. My great grandfather George Ingleby married Edith Playter, daughter of John Lea Playter. Her only brother Gordon died unmarried and so the Playter line ended. John L. Playter built a house on Danforth Avenue which later became #1 Jackman Ave, which was demolished in 1970's. I have attached an old photograph of the Danforth House of John Lea Playter showing his daughter Pearl and son Gordon from 1900. Also a photograph of Richard Playter's house now on Playter Cres. Larry Dunn and from Taylor Kennedy: Thanks Larry. They were interesting. When they started construction on the Playter Estate in 1910, six burials were discovered. I was able to identify each one. They were exhumed and relocated to St. James Cemetery just down the street. Taylor
April 6, 2011: Hello! I am writing from Tennessee (USA) in hopes of getting some information about my great great grandmother's first husband - George James Playter. He came from Ontario, Canada and was born in 1857. He emigrated to the US (Utah) and married my great great grandmother in 1896. He died in October 1900 in Salt Lake City, UT. He apparently had a first wife in Canada, because there was a daughter (Carrie) who was not my g-g-grandmother's child. Carrie was born in 1886. I can find no trace of her after the year 1900. I don't know if she died or married in Utah. Any advice on how to find out about the Playters? Thank you for any assistance, Allison Pierce ___________________________________________ Ok Allison Sorry for taking so long, had to cook dinner and this is what I found out. Although George James states he is Scottish, he is English. He descends from Rev'd George F. Playter, author of the book on Methodists. Rev'd George Playter's first wife was Elizabeth Robinson and if memory serves me, they married in the Belleville area in Ontario. They had Armenius, Frederick W., and Clara. Rev'd Geo. Playter remarried Mary McBean and had George James, John E. and Maggie. Maggie is 8 years old in the 1871 census and her mother Mary is a widow. The family lived in Sidney, Hastings County, Ontario and were Methodists. Rev'd George Playter is buried in Stone Church Cemetery in Hastings, his daughter Clara is in Frankfort Holy Trinity and 16 other Playter's are in Sine Cemetery all in Hastings County. These gravemarkers have not yet been photographed. I am attaching a couple of marriages, births for son Frederick and wife Mary Mathilde Richardson, death of Armenius Playter which gives the first wife of George Sr and the marriage of Maggie which gives the second wife's maiden name. Also attaching the 1851 census and 1871 census where you will see George James as the eldest son and the 1900 American census for Utah with George because at the top is his sister Maggie and mother Mary (McBean) Playter. All are highlighted. The Playter's of Simcoe and York are from my wife's family but still very distantly you guys are related from the 1700's. Please note that she descends from Captain George Playter and you from Rev'd George F. Playter as you read the following. Taylor The Plater family (also spelled Playter and Playters) has branches in England, the United States, Canada, Poland, Holland, Belgium, and Australia. One important branch lived at Sotterley Hall in Suffolk, England, in the 15th through 18th centuries. Thomas Playters of Thornden had a son Thomas who fought in the War of the Roses and gained Sotterley. Among his notable descendants were Sir Thomas Playters, high sheriff of Suffolk in 1605 and first baronet, and Sir William Playters (1590-1668), second baronet, who was the subject of a sketch in John Aubrey's Brief Lives. There are several branches of the Plater/Playter family in North America: · George Plater III (1735-1792), sixth governor of Maryland. His grandfather George Plater was raised at Sotterley in Suffolk and emigrated to Maryland, USA, in 1688. His father George Plater II built Sotterley plantation house on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland. Descendants form three main branches: (1) Descendants of George Plater III's son John Rousby Plater, a judge in Maryland. (2) Descendants of George Plater III's grandson James Lingan Plater (son of Thomas Plater and first wife Ann Lingan), who settled in southern Illinois. (3) Descendants of George Plater III's grandson Thomas Plater, Jr. (son of Thomas Plater and second wife Evelina Hite Buchanan), who settled in Nashville, Tennessee. · Thomas Plater of Romsey, Hampshire, England. He emigrated to the United States about 1909. Some of his twelve children also emigrated. · Capt. George Henry Playter, born 1736 at Wapping-on-Thames, England, and emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1758. A Loyalist in the American Revolution, he sailed to Canada and eventually settled in the Toronto area. He had ten children. · John Playter, English refugee in Amsterdam. His family spread from there to North America, including the Rev. George Frederick Playter, author of The History of Methodism in Canada, Vol. I. · Platers of Polish descent. The Plater clan was documented in Poland about 1210 and includes a famous military hero in a 1839 war, Countess Emilia Plater. The Plater-Zyberk branch was established in 1803. At the end of World War II, some of them emigrated to the United States. · Platers of African heritage. Some may be descended from slaves or freemen at Sotterley in Maryland during the George Plater ownership (which ended in 1822, when George Plater V lost the plantation in a dice game); some may have been slaves or freemen with other Platers in the South before the Civil War. Some may have both African and English ancestry. There are families in Maryland and in Shreveport, Louisiana. And you can read on-line a book by George F. Playter (History of Methodism in Canada) at - http://www.archive.org/stream/historymethodis00playgoog#page/n10/mode/2up ... Taylor Kennedy ___________________________________ Hi Thank you for your response. I have been able to find the answers to my questions due to Taylor most kindly providing me with a key piece of information about Carrie - whose name either changed to Caddie or it was misspelled in a census, as well as much other great Playter information. I doubt I would have ever solved the mystery about Carrie / Caddie without Taylor telling me where she went after her father died. Hallelujah and kudos to Taylor! If it will be helpful, please feel free to add my email to the webpage you mentioned. Best wishes, Allison
April 16, 2011: Hi Allison and Al You remember that I mentioned Rev'd George Frederick Playter had 2 wives, well I happened across the 2 marriages tonight while I was looking for a Susan Playter. Here are the two marriages of Rev'd George Frederick Playter ( your great great grandfather ) ... Taylor

January 17, 2012: Good Morning, I am the great great grandson of Grace Playter Johnson the daughter of Eli W Playter who was married to Murrey L Johnson of Piedmont California, USA. I am currently doing some genealogy research on this side of the family to find out if they're any current living descendants Please feel free to contact me at 925-260-2430 Sincerely, Murrey L Kehrlein II
April 18, 2013: Al I tried emailing all on the Playter page but it didn't work, so can post and send the following. Cheryl and I will be attending. Thanks Taylor Kennedy To: taylor.kennedy@sympatico.ca Subject: Re: Children of Ely and Sophia Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:38:22 -0400 Hi Taylor Kennedy! This is Dave Raymont of the York Pioneer and Historical Society. Thanks again for your help last summer untangling Playter family relatives. My article about the Ely Playter diary for 1813 is complete. Please circle April 27, 12:30 to 1:30, on your calendar. I hope you and your wife can come to the Scadding Cabin on the Exhibition grounds in Toronto. The York Pioneers will be launching this year’s magazine with the Playter article. I have a copy for you. In addition, the actor R.H. Thomson will read from Ely Playter’s diary. I know he would be thrilled to have you and your wife in the audience – and any other Playter descendants that you can invite. Please contact me if you have a question.
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