19 October 2013

The Spy And The Swayzie Pomme Gris

Isaac Swayze, a noted British secret agent during the American Revolution, was elected member for the 3rd Riding of Lincoln in the Assembly in Upper Canada's first Legislature. According to Lord Dorchester, Swayze also served as a scout for the British army in New York and was known as "the pilot to the New York army." [Per Upper Canada History]

My ancestors in the Niagara area probably knew of Mr. Swayze.

Isaac Swayze...had the monopoly of contracts for the supply of the fort at York.

Source of the Swayzie Pomme Gris apple drawing: "U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705"

One other item may be credited to him and that is that the old well-known apple, Swayzie Pomme Gris, was originated on his farm (in the Niagara, Ontario, Canada, area). [Source]

The Fruit Gardner blog mentioned the Swayzie here.  The Adam's Apples blog also featured the Pomme Gris apples on a blog post.  Even more about apples here.

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