|About The Hunts of Muker
Many Swaledale families left after the lead mines closed down. Their
descendants now live all over the world. When hiking up Gunnerside Gill, or
to the remains of the Old Gang lead mine, one can only imagine what it must
have been like in the late 1700s.
My Border Reiver forfathers have been difficult to research,there were so many
Beatties and Olivers living in the Corbridge area around 1830.
Thanks to Mike Nichols for Plewes and Corner family trees.
I would like to acknowledge the contribution of Dennis Ernest Hunt, 1924-2005, who
copied Hunt BMD from the church registers, in the 1970's and 1980's. Also Brenda
Hunt who mailed me Dennis's records.So many others have contributed , Susan from
Hamilton, Ontario, John from Co Durham, Stephanie and Francis from Yorkshire.
I also would like to thank Ann Wilson for the use of her American Hunt photographs,
and Christine Amsden for help in sorting out my Hunt ancestors, and for the access to
her Yorkshire Dales website.Thanks to Peta Beck for her Gascoine Hunt Tree.
Also thanks to Olive Lilian Hunt, nee Corner for writing her story.Only Mother's memories,but her
seemingly outrageous stories have been reported in the contemporary Yorkshire press!Thanks to
Evelyn Hunt for piecing the unconnected tit bits of information into some kind of order
Thanks to Bob and Norma in Kimberley for helping with the Ontario Plewes family and old mills.
Thanks to David Howard for his contribution to the Lancashire and Swaledale Hunts.
Thanks to Marion Moverly for her Yorkshire Plewes tree from Parish Registers of Hauxwell and Marske.
Check out my somewhat tenuous connection via Mary Plewes of Hauxwell to Frances
I'Anson,"The Lass of Richmond Hill" I used the book by Leslie P Wenham to add to my
I have so far found no connection between the Jaques family of Easby Hall, and Elizabeth Jaques of
Brompton on Swale, although it seems both families are in the Finghall area in the 1600s.
Likewise I can find no connection between my Isabella Ryder and Pat's Ryders of Coverham with
James Hird, b 1828 Owned and operated 3 mills on the River Swale, The Castle Mill, 1851, The Abbey
Mill, Easby,1871, and finally The Corn Mill, Arkengarthdale from 1881 until his death.
My latest line of interest is the Plewes family and their occupation of building water powered
mills in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
It looks like the first Plewes immigrant to Ontario was Thomas Plewes, b Bagby,Yorkshire,1786.
His son John was b Brampton, Peel County Jan 1st 1835.
ONTARIO MILLS WITH PLEWES CONNECTIONS.
1.0 Acton Mills Black Creek,John Plewes,John died after falling into his millrace at his mill in
Acton,.John is buried in the Acton Pioneer Cemetery.A modern flour mill exists at the
same place today.The mill pond is now Fairy Lake park.
In 1834 john operated a mill at Catwick Mills,Beverley,Yorkshire.
2.0 Everton Mills, Eramosa River,Hortop Mill, Currently owned by Grand River Conservation
Authority.The first grist mill was built by Rufus Evert about 1846, but was not operational until it was fitted out in 1851 by
Simon and William Plewes for profits.
Directory of the Province of Ontario,with Gazeteer, 1857,
Plewis, William and Bros, Everton,Wheat Merchants and Miller’s.
The ruins of the old sawmill are on the north side of the Eramosa river. The flour mill on the south side was purchased
by Henry Hortop in 1873 and was operating until the 1960's. Sadly the Hortop Mill burned down on
Jan 19, 2017. The weather was cold and wet. No electricity was connected to the mill. This was probably arson.
3.0 Plewes Mills,now Terra Cotta, Credit River, Simon Plewes, parts of Mill Race are
viewable from King Street.The impressive Plewes house is a current residence and is located north
of King Street.Simon drowned in the Credit river May 1876, and is interred in Acton Pioneer
Cemetery.Simon founded the Trerra Cotta brick works,and owned the grist and saw mills.
Terra Cotta was formerly known as Salmonville and Plewes Mills.After the death of Simon, his mill
was purchased by his younger brother,David Plewes.( Nov19,1885, Acton Free Press)
In 1906, an electric power house was built on the site of the Plewes grist mill.Power supplied the
Tera Cotta Pressed Brick operation.Source W D Mcllveen ,2014 Credit Valley Forum.
4.0 Kimberley Mill, tributary of the Beaver River,William Plewes,now a Wine Making Store.
William is buried in Vandaleur pioneer cemetery located between Kimberley and Markdale.
The mill pond now forms part of a parkette.
5.0 Glandore Mills, The Noisey River,Lot 32,2nd con of Melancthon Township,
19th C.William Plewes prop, John Plewes Miller, William Reid,Millwright.
The ruins of the mills are upstream of County Road 124, Maple Valley, Ontario. The mill pond still
exists, but none of the buildings. 1872-1873 Simcoe Gazetta has William Plewes,Miller,William Reid
prop of grist and saw mills. James Stewart also had a planing and turning mill on lot 31, con 2.
6.0 Lavender Falls Noisy River Mill,Lot 1, Con 12,Notawasaga, Simcoe County, Ontario.Former 1864
Grist Mill converted to a Private Residence
Sold to John Plewes of Euphrersia, Oct 24,1924.Stayed in the hands of the Plewes family until June
7.0 Meadowlily Mill , Thames Conservation, London, Ontario,William Plewes
The ruins can be found in Medowlilly Park,London,Ontario
Ref Archealogical and Built Heritage Background Assessment,Meadowlily Plan,London,Ontario.2010.
8.0 Kerby and Holmedale Flour Mills, Grand River, Brantford, David Plewes
The mills no longer exist but the mansion is now Riverview Terrace at 104 Brant Avenue.
9.0 Barkway Saw Mill, Bracebridge,Ontario.Under investigation.James Plewes
10.0 Shelbourne Roller Mills,James Stabler Plewes. A photo of the Mill is in the Dufferin County
Museum aand Archives.The mill burnt down around 1935.Under investigation.There is currently a car
dealership on the former mill site.
11.0 Township of Nassagaweya,SE present day Campbellville, Isaac Warcup Plewes
proprietor,1858, Grist and Flour Mills.Isaac was the son of James. The mill was at Concession
5,Lot 4, built in 1852, and burned down in 1857 or 1858.Possibly Thomas Barker was Isaac's partner.
source,History of Nasagiweya, by J. Norrish 1889)NE of lot 4 is the junction of 16 mile creek and
the Credit Valley railway line.
12.0 Dunedin Grist Mill,near Creemore,also on the Noisy River.James Plewes died after falling into 40
degree F water.Judah Baveman built a sawmill where Huronontario St crosses the Noisy River.Source
Backroads of Ontario by Ron Brown.
13.0 Markdale Mills,(Victor Roller Flour Mill) on a tributary of the Rocky Saugeen River, Angus
Plewes.The mill no longer exists but the mill pond is still there.Angus also owned the Glen Huron Grist Mill downstream from
the Hamilton Mill.Angus was also postmaster of Markdale and owned a hardware store on Mill Street.
14.0 Lowville Mill, built in 1836 for James Cleaver,father in law and partner of David
Plewes.This mill is now a private residence and a City of Burlington Heritage House.
Remains of the dam on 12 Mile Creek (Bronte), still exist.
15.0 Milton Mill,(Martin Mill) Isaac Warcup and David Plewes, partners.The mill no longrer exists
but the mill pond forms part of a Milton parkette.(Ref Prov Ontario Gazetta and Directory,Henry McEvoy
16.0 Oakville Mill, Isaac Warcup and David Plewes , partners.The mill no longer exists but a 19 th
century painting by Frederick Arthur Verner shows it's location on 16 Mile Creek downstream from
the rail overpass. Footings can be found at the side of 16 mile creek.Purchased from the Chisholme brothers
17.0 William Airth Mill at Horning Mills, John A Plewes leased it in 1867.The penstock can still
be seen on the far side of the Pine River, about 150 meters downstream from the mill pond dam.
18.0 Boyne Mill at Stanton, Mulmur Township,purchased by John A Plewes( 1847-1930)in 1893,sold in
1903 to Thomas Sterling.Private Residence.
19.0 Mill at Black Bank Creek,Mulmur Township, Lot 25,Con 1,Mary Plewes and James purchased the the
mill site from the McClintons on 2nd of Oct 1876. The flour mill was built and run by James
Plewes,Tom Turell,George Smeal and T Wallace ,until the 1880's, when it burned down.
20.0 Mill at Stayner,Simon Plewes and James Spence. James Plewes was also living here in 1873,Speculative,Under
21.0 Creemore Roller Mills and Electric Light Works,Owned by Simon Plewes.(1856 -1912) , and his
brother in law James Alexander Spence (1848-1925)
22.0 Possible Mills at Windsor, City Council approved the sale to Isaac W Plewes and William
Shaw,millers of Toronto,a section of the frontage in the factory district, at a price of $1000 per
acre,for the erection of a 100 barrel flour mill. Aug 15,1918,The Orangeville Banner. Under
23.Mill on Twelve Mile Creek, at Thorold,Welland, in the 1851 Census ,Alfred Plewes and James
Plewes of Thorold are listed as a millers at the Isaac Overholt Saw Mill at St Johns Village,Under investigation.
24.25.26. Reference to 3 Plewes Mills at Wyebridge near Midland.
Under investigation.Province of Ontario Gazetta and Directory,Henry McEvoy 1869.
James Plewes,Mill Owner,Lumber Merchant.JP and Postmaster. Son James Stabler Plewes Miller.
James Plewes was a partner of Zacharia Casselman in the lumbering buseness based in Wybridge,in
the 1870's.(Simcoe County Archives)
27.00 The Speeton/Peppercorn Mills, one and a half miles from Flesherton. John A plewes paid
$2000.00 in 1886 to the estate of William Flesherton (Flesherton Advance, July 1,1886)
28.00 Eden Mill,Bayham Township,Elgin County,Isaac Warcup Plewes,James Plewes and William before he
moved to the Meadowlily Mill in London.Isaac and James are listed in the 1877 Elgin County Atlas. The mill was located on
Lot 19, Concession 10.
29.00 Mill at Glen Huron, Angus Plewes, See 1887 Glen Huron Business Directory.Canada Life
30.0 ,McMillan Grist and Flour Mills at Erin , leased to Mr Plewes, April 15,1908.Orangeville Banner.
Simon Plewes was listed on the 1910 Erin Trade directory. Thanks to Wellington County Museum.
On the morning of Oct 31,2013 the Mundell, historic Planing mill burned to the ground.
31. 00 Kirkville,Collingwood Flour Mill, John A Plewes, and his son Robert Leslie Plewes 1889.
The mill pond and mill race still exist on Silver Creek
32.00 Lyndoch,Grist Mill,Delhi,Isaaac Warcup Plewes, His son David Richard Plewes was born here
Sept 1867.The mill was located at Concession 12, lot 3. The owner in 1877 was Abner Wilson.Isaac Warcup Plewes
purchased land at Concession 12, lot 2 in 1882.Source, Eva Brook Donly Museum.
33.00 Mooretown Grist Mill ,Lambton County,Ontario. George Alfred Plewes listed on the 1898 Voters
List.George was also married in Sarnia on 12 Jan 1898.living at Courtright, In the 1901 Watford
Village,Census.George is also listed as a Miller.
35.00 Tollendal Mill, Innisfil,Simcoe County,Ontario.Archibald Ross Plewes was born here in 1858,
Spirit of Ages birth announcement.
36.00 Dundas Mills, James Plewes was living in Dundas in 1850, before moving to Thorold in 1851.His son John Plewes was
born in Dundas ,23 March 1850.Speculative,under investigation.
37.0 Colborne,Northumberland County, Jan 1897. Plewes and Spence of Creemore,Ontario have secured
the contract for lighting the streets of Colborne, and will put in an electric light plant. Source: Electrical News
and Engineering, Jan 1897.
38 Flambor West Mill, Wentworth County, Isaac Warcup Plewes's. son James William Plewes, born 24
Feb,1855 at Flamborough West.Possibly a mill at Dundas.
39. Murray A & Co, staple and Murton & Reid (J W Mur- Muskoka LakesSteamship )
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Plewes at Snider, David. Plewes, Geo Snider, millers, corner of Market and Park,Hamilton.
So David Plewes and George Snider of St Jacobs jointly owned a wharehouse in Hamilton, and had interests in
Muskoka Lakes Steamship Co.
40 Bracebridge Bay Flour Mill. John Plewes is listed in the 1886 Muskoka District Directory as a Flour and Feed Merchant.
He resided there from 1879 1887.Under investigation.John may have been connected to the Thomas Myers Flour Mill.
41 Coboconk Flour Mill
Simon Plewes is listed on the 1920 Government of Canada Flour Mill List.
42 Smithfield Village, Brighton Township, Northumberland County, Simon Plewes, 45, Owner, saw mill.
My connection to the patriarch of the Newfoundland Pratts,John Pratt, b Barnard Castle,1839, is through Jane Pratt and Ruth
Pratt, both of whom married into my Hunt line.