William Hooton Land Petition
To His Honor, Peter Russell Esq., President of the Province of Upper Canada In Council.
The Petition of William Hooton late Serj'. Q's Rangers Humbly Shewith
That your petitioner having been discharged as a Serjent in the Queens Rangers, petitioned the Honorable the Executive Council for Lands - and received a grant of 400 acres - that your petitioner conceives himself entitled to 100 acres more, from there being 500 acres allowed to reduced Serjents - prays your Honor will be pleased to allow him the additional 100 acres and your petitioner is in duty bound will ever pray -
York 29th May '98 (1798)
William Hooton (c1740-1808) was a retired soldier from the 14th of Foot and the Queen's Rangers (or 1st American Regiment) and was an early applicant for land in Etobicoke Township. His wife was Mary, allegedly a Whitney (a family who also settled in the Humber Valley). It appears the Hooton family came from Bedfordshire in England where there are two baptism records in Bedford Town. Registrations of marriages of his three daughters are at St. James Church in early Town of York:
About 1801 Mary Ann Hooton (bc1783) married Henry Jackson (bc1752) allegedly in Nottinghamshire (served in the English Reg. 40th of Foot), and later operated the Peacock Tavern near the present west Toronto Junction. His large family seems to have moved to the area of Markham and Uxbridge.
Margaret Hooton (bc1784) to Isaac Mitchell in 1803 (Isaac Mitchell joined the 14th Regiment of Foot in 1786 and in the Queen's Rangers at least from 1792 then discharged 5 March 1798). Isaac died shortly after his son John was born. His wife then married another soldier, John Peeler born in Lower Canada in 1811.
Charles Cameron from Kilmonivaig, Inverness (served in the 26th of Foot) married Sarah Hooton (bc1789) in 1808 and took up a land grant in Toronto Township near Erindale. Several of his large family moved to the Acton area of Halton County. It is very likely that Charles Cameron had at least two sisters at York: one, Mary, married John Berry in 1802 and settled in Etobicoke Township, as did Ann who married Philip Haines in 1808.
Throughout the 1800's, the New Toronto area at the time was largely farmland. In 1888, the Mimico Asylum was built, to ease the overcrowded Queen Street Asylum, and shortly thereafter, the electric radials came down Lakeshore with industries starting to settle just north of the Lakeshore.
Digital Library Collections - County Atlas Project - McGill University
This website has county atlases from the period of 1874 -1881. Just click on Township and select Etobicoke. On the button entitled "County Atlases" it gives an excellent description of concessions and how they were allotted, and the maps provide the names of the owners of the lots.
Above, is a portion of the 1878 Etobicoke map showing the Long Branch, New Toronto, and Mimico areas. Click on the links below for some family histories related to the lot owners on the New Toronto area of the map:
Charles Northcote: Concession 1 SFL Lot 2
Mrs. Murray: Concession I SFL Lot 2
G.H. Green: Concession I SFL Lot 3
Richard Murchison: Concession I SFL Lot 4
William Martin: Concession I SFL Lot 5
Mrs. I. Bates: Concession I SFL Lot 5
Henry Whitlam: Concession 1 SFL Lot 6
Harrison estate: Concession 2 Lot 6
The map below is a portion of the Mimico Map from 1890 published at Wiki:
What's interesting between these two maps, is that what is now Kipling Avenue was Mimico Avenue in 1890. In the 1878 map above, the road is not named but is represented by the line segregating lots 5 & 6. Today, Mimico Avenue is in the centre of Mimico. It is also interesting to see the clear residential development that took place over the 12 years (notice the Asylum on the south of lot 5 below), and the change in railway lines, from the Great Western Railway (above) to the Grand Trunk Railway (below) and the additional Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway (below).