An ongoing research project of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch

Allan Gardens: Legacy of an Early Park Lot Owner

Park Lot 5, shown in gold.

While not the original owner, William Allan did much of the early subdivision of Park Lot 5, which was bounded by Sherbourne Street to the west to George and Huntley Streets to the east. Originally a poor Scots immigrant, Allen had become one of the wealthiest citizens of York. . . . → Read More: Allan Gardens: Legacy of an Early Park Lot Owner

Warming up cold January nights… in 1799

Research for the Simcoe’s Gentry project has given us some intimate glimpses of what life was like in the early Town of York for the Park Lot owners.

For instance, we know from the diary of Alexander Macdonell (Collachie), that on January 2, 1799—“a fine, clear, cold day”—that he had both lunch and dinner in the officers’ . . . → Read More: Warming up cold January nights… in 1799