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|Susanna 'Susie' nee Taylor Briem, aka Susan Taylor , born 28 MAR 1861, , Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Death: 29 Dec 1937, Laufásvegur 6 Reykjavík 
Jane Hearn (Letter IMG-7481) on Sept. 30th, 1997 was Susie and Halldor's anniversay. Married Sept 30
This was in the Carol Jarvie Letter Collection. Not having a page on Susie, this was not used. Roy retyped 80% then realized he already had typed it up. Original news-clipping to the right.
|Susanna 'Susie' nee Taylor Briem
Daughter of William Stewart Taylor,
and Isabella Slemins/Slimmons/Sleaman Taylor
Susie married Halldór Eggertsson Briem
1. Elizabeth Mehetabel TAYLOR Carpenter (3) 1851 - 1913
2. Anna TAYLOR Ballard JAN 12, 1854-FEB 27, 1894, age 40
3. Caroline ''Carrie" TAYLOR Christopherson 1856 - 1923
4. baby Martha Taylor 1858 Kingston, d.Mar 6, 1863 age5
4. baby Richard TAYLOR 1858 Kingston, d.Jul 6 1863 a5, S.Fever
5. baby Fanny Taylor b.about 1859 - d. bef 1861
6. Jane TAYLOR Hearn (2) 1860 - 1929
7. Susanna TAYLOR Briem MAR 12 1861  - 1938
5 and 6 might be out of order
1. William 'Willie' Henry Taylor, b13 Oct 1890 or 1871-1945. 1868-1941, 
2, Herbert 'Bert' or 'Bertie' Stewart Taylor, b. 13 Oct 1890 or 1871-1945, 
3. Isabella TAYLOR Badger, b. 17 Jun 1874 at Lansing Michigan
1. Haraldur Eggert Halldórsson Briem,
b. August 1893, Age at death: 4 months old
2. Sigurður Halldórsson Briem,
b. 16 May 1895
William Stewart Taylor
Courtesy of The C.B.M. Collection
Required Reference credit required:
" This photo was saved as part of family memorabilia found at Ytranes, the Surrey, British Columbia home of Sigurdur and Caroline Taylor Christopherson."
Susie's Foster Father
Susie's Uncle who adopted her
Photo: Almanak 1929 ed.
Susie Briem and son, Halldor 1852 or son Halldor 1895
99% sure this is Sigurdur, age 1 or 2 circa 1896-'97
From the "Come Into Our Heritage" book
R.M. of Argyle
“I am like the mermaid in the Icelandic fable,” she said,
“She had seven children on land and seven in the sea,
and did not know which habitation to choose.”
Fifty years ago, when she was 19 years old of age, Susanna Taylor was married to Halldor Briem, a handsome young Icelandic clergyman who had first come out to Canada with the now historic "big party" which reached Gimli in 1876. Two years later she sailed with him for Iceland, and she has never returned.
"I did not dream then that I would never see Canada again. I looked upon going to Iceland as an adventure. It is just as well that we do not see ahead."
There was wistfulness in the words, but was there wistfulness or regret in the voice? Susie Briem is a great woman. Life has brought her peace of mind and soul which seems to have placed her above mere conditions of life. She has in her mind pictures from Canada which she prizes as one can prize only the associations of youth. But her mind holds as well memories of 48 years in Iceland: and in Iceland she has a son, and the graves of a husband and a child. She has, too, countless friends. From the first day that a Briem laid eyes on her, she has been to them as one of their own.
The first Briem to set eyes on her was young Halldor. She was then but a girl of 15, and lived at Gimli with her uncle, John Taylor, the "Moses: of the Icelandic people in Canada. John Taylor was a Baptist lay preacher who had found the Icelanders in Ontario and had taken compassion on them, as the good Samaritan on the man who fell among thieves.
Not that the handful of Icelanders who had come out to the Muskoka region in 1873 and 1874 had fallen among conditions strange to them, in a country strange to them. It was pioneer country, and they often were compelled to go far from home in search of work. For economy's sake, and for company's sake. several families were often sheltered under the same roof.
John Taylor, and his brother William--for the two seem to have been inseparable--lived at this time near Dysart, Ontario. Carrie, the oldest of William's girls and John's wards, had been spending the summer training for a teacher. Now she was coming home to teach. her uncle, driving through Kinmount on his way to bring her home, heard of these new settlers called Icelanders. Curious to see what kind of people they were, he drove back through the settlement. What he saw touched his heart. There they were, huddled together in large shanties, with meager means of sustenance and unprepared for the rigors of the coming winter.
When he came home that night, John Taylor could think of nought, speak of nought but the Icelanders. The very next day he set out for Ottawa to talk the matter over with a friend by the name of Low, who at that time was secretary of agriculture. Low, in turn, introduced him to Lord Dufferin, the governor-general.
Lord Dufferin, as it happened, had a considerable acquaintance with the Icelandic people. he had shortly before traveled in Iceland and had a friendly feeling for the people of the country. The result of the conference with Lord Dufferin was that money was provided for the sustenance of the newcomers during the winter. Lord Dufferin further suggested that the following spring a scouting party should go to western Canada and seek territory for an Icelandic colony.
Thus did John Taylor cast his lot with these strangers in a strange land, and from thenceforth the fortunes of the Taylor families became closely knit with those of the Icelandic colonists. With then they lived through the pioneer years of New Iceland and suffered the same hardships. Both Carrie and Susanna were married to Icelanders, and William Taylor himself took for his third wife and Icelandic woman, the mother of Fred Swanson of Winnipeg.
Susie Briem Obituary - The Taylors & The Queen
In the attached word document you´ll find my translation and as you see many of the dates in the Word document are different from the dates on your website.
In this word document you´ll find my translation of some of the biographical information from Susie´s obituary and as you see many of the dates in the Word document are different from the dates on your website. The surviving son of Susie and Halldor was Sigurður H. Briem, I don´t know what his middle initial H. stands for – but I can look that up tomorrow when I can access Íslendingabók on the web, I don´t find any information about any wife or children, on your website you refer to him as Sigurður Valdimar Briem,
Susie Briem Obituary
Richard´s mother-in-law [wife] was of noble birth, belonging to the Catholic family of the Duke of Norfolk, when she married out of her faith she was disinherited. After a few years her family reconciled and she visited the ancestral home at Arendale [Arundel] Castle where she gave birth to her youngest son: William Stuart [Stewart] Taylor, the father of Susie. William Stuart Taylor (born August 9th, 1830, he died March 2nd, 1903) was married three times; his third wife was Icelandic, Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1826-1910), she was the mother of Jón Sveinsson (1857-1944) who everyone knows as the famous author Nonni and Friðrik Sveinsson (Fred Swanson) (1864-1943) a talented painter in Winnipeg, with her previous husband Sveinn Þórarinsson (1821-1869)." [Nonni and Fred would have been Williams Step-sons from Sigríður's previous marriage]
Married Halldór Eggertsson Briem was born September 5 1852, and immigrated to Canada in 1876. He graduated from the Priest School in Reykjavík in 1875 and had also learned English. His decision to leave Iceland was sudden. His father Eggert was sheriff and needed do some administrative work on a ship sailing from Stykkishólmur to North America. He rode with his son Halldór to the ship, they realized that none of the emigrants spoke English and would need a translator once they reached their destination. Halldór spoke with his father and decided to go on board and was hired to lead the group.
Child 1. Haraldur Eggert Halldórsson Briem, August 1893, Age at death: 4 months old
Roy cannot thank Kommi enough. His spirit will forever be in-debt to Kommi for this was not a simple task. Certainly not for Roy as even his rusty German has left his mind. Albiet, he could probably still count to 100.
Also see The Tayor RnD page.
Letter from Susie Briem to 'redacted', Reykjavik July 28, 1929
"...You [Percy] Redacted...
Wow Roy thought, this would be Richard Taylor's Mother-In-Law Susie is talking about. Now to be fair, this does not prove anything, yet it would be a GREAT find if someone in the family actually still has this photo [redacted photo of Arundel Castle], the Broach of Bowman/Boarman Leslie with hair (DNA), or the infamous Enamel ring mentioned. Roy now suspects that all that Sig & Hank Christopherson have in documents is from redacted . Quotes from Susie Briem.
'This is the WEEKLY ILLUSTRATED magazine dated February 6 1937 - THE DUKE OF NORFOLK AND HIS BRIDE on the cover.'
Could this be the very issue out one month before this letter was written?
Weekly Illustrated magazine begins publication at London under the direction of former Münchener Illustrierte Presse publisher Stefan Lorant, who has left Nazi Germany (see LIFE, 1936; Picture Post, 1938).
SARPUR - Icelandic Archive of Susie & Halldor Photos
|Susie (Taylor) Briem’s death
The following are from the pages of The [redacted] 
H E I M S K R I N G L A
WINNIPEG, 30. MARZ 1938
|Loose translation via Google|
FRÚ SUSIE BRIEM
Frú Susie Briem andaðist á
heimili sínu í Reykjavík 29 f. m.
Hún var fædd í Kingston í Canada
28. marz 1861. Faðir hennar
var William Stuart Taylor, trésmiður
og húsagerðarmaður. Frú
Susie var yngst af sex systrum
og barn að aldri, er móðir hennar
dó. En hún hét Isabella og var
af írskri ætt. Tók nú föðurbróðir
frú Susie, John Taylor,
hana til f ósturs ásamt Jane, systur
hennar. Faðir þeirra bræðra
og afi Susie hét Ricard Taylor.
Var hann herforingi og fjárhaldsmaður
í Vestur-Indíum og átti þar bújörð
og f jölda þræla, er öðluðust
frelsi sitt að þrælastríðinu loknu,
og misti hann við það miklar eigur.
Hann flutti síðan til Canada
og settist þar að. Tengdamóðir
Ricards Taylors var kynborin, af
hertogaættinni af Norfolk sem
er kaþólskrar trúar, en hún giftist
annarar trúar manni og var
því gerð arflaus. Þegar dóttir
hennar, kona Ricards Taylors,
hafði dvalið lengi með manni
sínum vestan hafs, komust loks
sættir á, og fór hún þá í kynnisför
til Englands til þess að heimsækja
þetta ættfólk sitt og dvaldi
á hinu forna og fagra aðalssetri
ættarinnar, Arundel Castle, þar
sem hún ól yngsta son sinn, William
Stuart Taylor, föður frú
Susie. Þegar John Taylor, fóstri
hennar, var ungur, stundaði
hann guðfræðinám við Oxfordháskóla,
en hvarf síðan aftur til
Canada og gerðist þar bóndi og
Nú víkur sögunni til innflytjenda
frá íslandi í Kinmount-bæ
í Ontario árið 1874. John Taylor
hafði aldrei séð fslending og
lék því forvitni á að sjá þetta
fólk. Hann "var mesta valmenni",
eins og Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson
kemst að orði í riti
sínu Vestmenn, Landnám fslendinga
í Vesturheimi, Reykjavík
1935, "og rann mjög til rifja kjör
fslendinga", því að þeir áttu
þarna við svo þröngan kost að
búa, að til vandræða horfði. Eins
og Þorsteinn lýsir í þessari bók
sinni, veitti John Taylor hópnum
liðsinni sitt og fórnaði síðan
kröftum sínum íslendingum til
j hjálpar næstu ár, enda þótt aldraður
væri, því að hann var þá
kominn á sjötugs aldur, fæddur
Nutu íslendingar þess nú, að
gamli maðurinn mátti sín mikils
sakir ættgöfgi sinnar og mannkosta.
Þar við bættist, að hann
og þáverandi innanlandsmálaráðherra
Canada voru fornvinir
og námsfélagar frá Oxford og að
íslandsvinurinn, Dufferin lávarður
var þá landstjóri þar í landi.
Frú Susie óx eftir þetta upp
með íslendingum vestan hafs á
þeirra í Nýja íslandi, þar til hún
giftist Halldóri Briem og örlögin
vísuðu henni til íslands.
Fyrsta árið í Nýja fslandi
brást ljósmetissending frá Winnipeg,
og urðu nýlendumenn því
að sitja í myrkri um veturinn.
Næsta haust barst svo bólusótt
til nýlendunnar, og var það tímabil
"órðugasta, sárindamestu og
döprustu dagar Nýja fslands og
allra íslenzkra nýlendna í Vesturheimi",
segir Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson,
"Alt ilt hjálpaðist að:
óyndi, hryllileg veikindi, þjáningar
veikra og deyjandi, allsleysi
á öllum sviðum, hörmuleg
húsakynni" o. s. frv. Frú Susie
tók veikina og varð nú aftur að
vera í myrkri, en að þessu sinni
jafnt nætur sem daga, vikum
saman, því að ungur læknir, er
stundaði hana, lagði svo fyrir, að
hún mætti ekki sjá sólargeisla.
Færði hann þau rök fyrir þessari
meðferð sinni á sjúklingnum, að
han'n vildi freista þess, að koma í
veg fyrir, að hin ungu stúlka yrði
bólugrafin, því að reynslan sýndi
Winnipeg free Press
Mrs. Susie Brien
Mrs. Susie Briem died on
his home in Reykjavik 29 f. m.
She was born in Kingston in Canada
28th March 1861. Her father
William Stuart Taylor, carpenter
architecture and man. Mrs.
Susie was the youngest of six sisters
and as a child, the mother
died. But she named Isabella was
of Irish descent. Took uncle now
Mrs. Susie, John Taylor,
her f cheese along with Jane, sister
her. The father of the brothers
and grandfather named Susie Taylor Ricard.
He was an officer and trustee
English naval division
in western India, and had a holding
and f COSTS slaves, is acquired
freedom to slaves after the war,
and mist it with great possessions.
He then moved to Canada
and sat there. Law
Ricards Taylor was kynborin, of
hertogaættinni of Norfolk who
is Catholic, but she married
another religious man and was
by making arflaus. When daughter
husband, wife Ricards Taylor,
had stayed long with her
its west sea, eventually came
reconciliation, and she then kynnisför
to England to visit
that their relatives and stayed
the ancient and picturesque main site
Dynasty, Arundel Castle, where
she gave birth to his youngest son, William
Stuart [Stewart] Taylor, the father of Mrs.
Susie. When John Taylor, fostered
her, was young and pursued
He theology at Oxford,
but disappeared again
Canada and became a farmer and
Now the story turns to immigrants
Iceland in Kinmount-town
in Ontario in 1874. John Taylor
had never seen fslending and
played by curiosity to see this
people. "He was the greatest Valmer"
as Thorstein Thorsteinsson
find a word in the document
his Vestmenn, colonization fslendinga
in North America, Reykjavik
1935, "and ran to a recall election
fslendinga "because they had
out with such a narrow advantage
Creating that looked problematic. Like
and Thorstein describes in this book
time, gave John Taylor group
his support and then sacrificed
forces her to Iceland
j helps next year, although elderly
was, that he was
in his sixties, was born
Benefited the American people now that
the old man was his great
ættgöfgi sake and his personal qualities.
Since we joined, he
and former national minister
Canada were old friends
and academic colleagues from Oxford and
íslandsvinurinn, Lord Dufferin
was governor there.
Mrs. Susie grew up after this
with the emigrants on the ocean
their New Iceland, until she
married Halldor Briem and fate
showed it to Iceland.
The first year in New fslandi
responded illuminants delivery from Winnipeg,
and were colonized by humans
sitting in the dark in the winter.
Next fall came so smallpox
the colony, and was the period
"Órðugasta, sárindamestu and
döprustu days New fslands and
all Icelandic colonies in the New World "
"Alt ilt aid to Solomon:
óyndi, scary illness, suffering
sick and dying, all solvent
in all areas, catastrophic
premises "o. s. etc. Mrs. Susie
took sick and was now back to
be in the dark, but this time
both nights as days, weeks
together, the young doctor, is
studied her, he commanded that
she could not see sunlight.
He brought the argument for this
his treatment of the patient, the
han'n would attempt to come to
prevent, to the young girl would
pimples, because experience showed
|The Little Boy with the Striped Outfit
This segment has been moved to the new Sigurdur H. Briem page here.
Recently our fabulous cousin in Iceland photographed MANY of our family letters in the Icelandic Archives, in the Briem collection. I covered this in detail back when I discovered a PDF file listing the thousand+ letters. Yes, many are from within the Briem family, however, most were sent to Susie TAYLOR Briem or her husband; Halldor.
The letters have been shared with any family members having interest. They have ones from John, Susie's siblings, nephews, John's cousins in Ontario, and GGF Sigurdur.
Some have been transcribed, yet it all remains the "PROPERTY" of the Archives. My initial inquiry into them went unanswered. OK, so they are busy, SO AM I!
Johanna spent a great deal of time and effort sending high resolution images of a portion of these letters. If someone wants to pay my way, I'll go over and photograph each and everyone over course of a week or so. In five years, I vow I will do so. If I had the money, I would sue them for all of our immediate family letters and photos, and let them keep digital copies.. Personally, I think they should be returned to our family. Each sibling of Caroline has living descendants.
But no, they will keep them in some boxes deep in their recesses. That is why I nicknamed them 'Dark Forces'.
Because many are of a highly private nature, they will not be placed here online. However, to me, nothing gets us closer to past family & relatives than Photos of them, or letters.
Anna's letters are without a doubt the most interesting. Great aunt Veiga has the most eloquent wrtting of anyone in the families. Next goal is to get everyone of John Taylor's letters, and find his siblings descendants; Marys?, Carolines, and Elizabeth (1). Thanks to our Barbadian relative, unlocking the mystery of The Jones, Leslies, and Taylors is just a matter of time.
Photos and more information for public display here on Susie appreciated.