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Susanna 'Susie' nee Taylor Briem
Susanna 'Susie' nee Taylor Briem, aka Susan Taylor , born 28 MAR 1861, [31], Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Death: 29 Dec 1937, Laufásvegur 6 Reykjavík [1]

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
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 [33] - 1938
5 and 6 might be out of order

William 'Willie' Henry Taylor, b13 Oct 1890 or 1871-1945. 1868-1941, [33]

Herbert 'Bert' or 'Bertie' Stewart Taylor, b. 13 Oct 1890 or 1871-1945, [33]
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

Grund Jan. 19th 1901
Poem by Caroline Taylor Christopherson to her sister, Susie Briem
, [33]
A useful servant still, my pen will strive to be,
If I will let it now record,
My loving thoughts of thee,
My thoughts are hard to bind, they wander o'er the sea
I think of you and your dear boy
and then of sisters three
We still are close together, though miles
and miles apart
The cord will ne'er be severed that binds you to my heart
Portrait of William Stewart Taylor
William Stewart Taylor
Susie's Father
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."
Portrait of John TaylorJohn Taylor
Susie's Foster Father
William's brother
Susie's Uncle who adopted her
Photo: Almanak 1929 ed.
Portrait of Susie Briem and child
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
mermaid artwork showing her alone
“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.”
William Taylor Family portrait of himself and four of his five daughters
M.W.C_005_Taylors Retouched
Courtesy of The Miriam Westereng Collection

For some reason, Elizabeth is not in this photo, and son Richard died.
According to one family member, Back left is Annie TAYLOR Ballard,
William Taylor, Back right Caroline TAYLOR Christopherson,
Front left Jane TAYLOR Hearn, and front right, Susie TAYLOR Briem
There is no known photo of Anna, or Elizabeth. Ones of Jane and Susie are in a Private collection.

Compilation of Susie Briem over many years


This is one of a series of articles written by Miss Alla Johnson,
the staff correspondent who represented the Free Press at the millennial celebrations in Iceland.

Interview with Susie Briem

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In Reykjavik there is a little home in which people love to gather on an afternoon and have a cup of tea with a white-haired, kindly-eyed, sweet-faced, soft-voiced lady, known affectionately in every quarter of Iceland as "Susie" Briem.
To this habit of serving tea, when the other women of Iceland are pouring out coffee, this Canadian woman has clung through the 48 years she has lived in Iceland.

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.

Click to listen to 2nd Part of the article
John Taylor headed the party which the following year chose the west shore of Lake Winnipeg for the new colony. John Taylor headed the party which migrated from Ontario the following autumn to this promised land.

What would the story of Icelanders in Canada have been but for John Taylor's quick sympathy and ready assistance? Would they have drifted to the United States, whither many of their relatives have gone? Would the hardships endured by the Ontario settlers, because of the unsuitability of that part of the country to their type, have given Canada a reputation which would have diverted the entire stream of emigration south?
Of that there is little doubt. And there is no doubt whatsoever that New Iceland on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, would never have come into being.

While John Taylor nursed the little colony, with the aid of his right-hand men, of whom Fridjon Frederickson was the chief, Sigtryggur Jonasson went to Iceland to get more settlers for the colony.
And here begins the story of the romance of Halldor Briem and Susanna Taylor.

The ship which was to take the emigrants from the north and west of Iceland lay at Saudarkrok, ready to sail.
Halldor's father, who was the chief magistrate of the district, went to Saudarkrok to deliver the necessary documents which would give the ship permission to sail. On the last minute Halldor decided to accompany him. Waving good-bye to his mother, who stood in the doorway, he took horse and went as he stood without taking his overcoat--and an Icelander seldom goes a mile without his overcoat, summer or winter.

Halldor had for many years been interested in English, and had even written a handbook for emigrants. When he reached the ship he found that an interpreter was wanted. There was no time for consideration, and on the spur of the moment he decided to go.

That summer he came out to Gimli. There he met Susie Taylor. She was only 15. "Perhaps you think that too young to have suitors, but I had plenty," she smiled. This was the proverbial case of love at first sight.

"He left that fall for Minneapolis, with the intention of going back to Iceland the following summer," Susie Briem continued the story. "But before he went he said to me: 'Whatever I may say to others, I am coming back to you.' He went home that summer to say good-bye, and he came again. Just before the New Year, 1877 and 1878, he came."

In 1880 they were married, and a little later Halldor, now Rev. Halldor Briem, went to Winnipeg, while Susie Briem, went to Winnipeg, while Susie remained with her uncle. The next year she went with her husband to Minnesota. It was the first time she had been away from her uncle's home.
"I have lived away from Canada for 48 years," reminisced this white-haired Canadian lady, "but never have I suffered such homesickness as that year in Minnesota. If I had an enemy. I would not wish him as ill as that.

The next year she went to Iceland. Modruvalla school had been opened at Akureyi, and young Briem offered a position on staff. At first she lived at the school residence, but fearing she would find life lonesome there that first winter, her young husband sent her to his parents.

"My mother-in-law was standing at the table, in front of the window, pouring out coffee, when she saw a rider approaching accompanied by a woman in a blue riding habit and a flowering veil," said the narrator, as she looked up from her knitting for a moment and glanced through the window. "That must be Dori's wife," she said, and hurried out to meet me. A warmer welcome I could not have received. She could not have been better to me, then or later had she been my own mother.

Was the young bride not lonesome away from all her own people, among those who did not speak her language and whose language she could not understand, in the midst of scenes and customs unfamiliar? She had profited by her experience in Minnesota. She had resolved that she would not become a prey to homesickness again. She had resolved that she would keep her mind and her hands so busy that she would have no time to think of being lonesome.

Thus armed with only her Bible and Shakespeare, and a determined will did she enter the fight against homesickness that first winter. As it proved, she need not have fortified her mind quite so strongly, for not only did she at once become as a daughter in her parent’s home, “but they made a pet of me,” she added.

That winter she learned to card and spin, and to knit. She learned to ride and she learned to speak Icelandic. Quite unconsciously, she greeted her husband in Icelandic when he came the following spring to take her home. Susie Briem has a command of Icelandic which is a admirable. She has a vocabulary which many an Icelandic scholar would envy, and a wide knowledge of Icelandic literature. She has a deep love for the country in which she has spent so many years of her life, and she speaks of Thingvellir with the reverence of a born Icelander. She was for instance, wroth at the government for having blasted the rock at the head of Almannagja, to make way for the motor road into the gorge.
But above all, Susie Briem has a profound admiration for the Icelandic people, and she is proud to identify herself with them.

“I challenge anyone,” she declared, to go anywhere on earth he may please, and to find a group of one hundred thousand people with as intellectual and artistic ability as you will find here.

Among these one hundred thousand there are hundreds in all quarters of Iceland, who today speak in affectionate terms of Susie Briem. Young students they were once at Modruvall school, stranger and she took them in; friendless and she befriended them; in perplexity, perhaps, and she guided them. It is no rare thing to hear tribute paid to Susie Briem’s refining and ennobling influence.

But withal, she is still a Canadian. She remembers as the most beautiful thing she has ever seen a spring, which bubbled up in the shelter of a rock, and from a crevice in the rock a birch tree leaned forward over the spring like a canopy. That was near her old home in Ontario. She has often longed to see it again. She probably would have,m at one time, had it not been for the fact that she is a poor sailor.

“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.” It would be lovely to see Canada, and the many friends I have their still. But I am afraid I should wish to return home.

The walk from Susie Briem’s lay past the pond which lies like an aquamarine in the heart of Reykjavik: past the pond in the mirrory smoothness of which the houses lay reflected; past the pond and on past the churchyard at the top of the hill, where one of the graves is that of Halldor Briem. The imagination saw into the future saw a new tombstone among the old, and on it, what more fitting words than these:

“And Ruth said:
entrust me not to leave thee nor,
to return from following after Thee.
For whither thou goest I will go.
Where thou lodgest, I will lodge.
Thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God.


The text above was extracted from this news-clipping
1939 Newsclipping on Susie Briem in Iceland

News Clipping on Susie
Courtesy of Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection 12.
Cousin Carol also has typed copies of this story, as told by Susie herself.

Susie Briem in Icelandic Costume
Five photos of the harbor, town, flag and speaker, Susie Briem, and flag and speaker
Caption: A scene on the harbor at Reykjavik where a ship is bringing visitors to the Millennial celebration from the north is showing the top photo (harbor).
Valholl, where the official delegates presided is seen in the centre picture (town). It is here where all banquets are being held.
To the left, at the bottom of layout (flag-speaker), I. Ingalson, M.L.A., is seen conveying Manitoba's greetings at Thingvellir,
while at the right, Dr. B.J. Brandson delivers greetings from the dominion of Canada.
In the centre picture is seen Susie Brien, canadian woman, who has resided in Iceland for the past half century.

Retyped by Karen jarvie and Roy Christopherson
ref: DOC_0086_SusiBriem_textfrom newsclipping [2]

Portion of portrait of Susie Briem in Icelandic Costume, high resolution
Susanna 'Susie' TAYLOR Briem
IMG_8036_SCAN cropped version
Courtesy of The Florence Achterberg Collection
Our 3rd cousin under Anna Taylor, Florence Achterberg just lent Roy a copy of an original photo taken during this photo session, as she is sitting, yet wearing the exact same outfit, and looking at Photographer P. Bryjolfsson of Reykjavik, Iceland
Also looks like Susie had Blue Eyes, while her sister Jane had maybe Brown eyes.
This is the ONLY detailed photo of Susie ANYWHERE on the Internet. Permission to re-post with credits is required.
Any family wishing a copy could E-Mail Roy. Photo being retouched at this time (Done)

Susie Briem Obituary - The Taylors & The Queen
Hi Kommi,
Came across this page which might give leads on Richard Taylor.
The translation is a bit rough and knowing some history, there was no Scott or Nonni.
The last two paragraphs seem to cover the story I have of the Taylors. Dedicated a whole page to research on them here.
At the end of the RnD page, posted that may have found Richard Taylors siblings. May be wrong.
Hate to bother you, could you copy over the english translation, then maybe correct key points within brackets or whatever works. Mainly the last two paragraphs.

I also was contacted by Gudrun Gisladottir in Iceland. I still have a ton of direct database screen caps to go over from her. Wish I could clone myself 10 times over.
By all means, no rush at all. If away, this could wait.

I've added some great old photo pages linked on the News page. Next goal are pages on all of Sigurdur's siblings. (Done)
Take care,

Translation by Kormakur Högnason

Translated Icelandic to English
The biographical information about Susie Briem that you found on the web (page not there)
is all based on an obituary that was published in Morgunblaðið on January 7, 1938.

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
"Susie Briem (nee Taylor) was born in Kingston in Canada on March 28, 1861, she died on December 29 1937 at her home on Laufásvegur 6 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Her father was William Stuart [Stewart] Taylor. He worked as a carpenter and housebuilder and played the flute. Susie was the youngest of six sisters.
Her mother Isabella was of Irish descent, she died when Susie was very young. William´s brother John fostered Susie and her sister Jean [Note: should be Jane] from that time until they were adults. John and William‘s father was Richard Taylor an admiral [No, he was a Supply Officer] in the English navy in the West Indies where he had a plantation with many slaves [note by Roy: in a letter from Susie to her nephew, Percival, she states she did. When the slaves gained their freedom at the end of the war over slavery he lost his properties and moved to Canada.

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.

Once he came to Canada he met John Taylor right away. Halldór liked the work he was doing with the immigrants and staid until the following summer. He told people that he wanted to go briefly back to Iceland to properly say good bye to his family and then return to Canada. He kept his promise and returned right away to Canada. He was editor of Framfari from 1877-1880, the first Icelandic newspaper in Canada and an indespensiple source of information about immigrant live in New Iceland. He stopped editiong the paper in early 1880 to take part in an unusually bitter religeous argument among the immigrants, and was ordained as a priest in 1880 in New Iceland.

Halldór later served as a priest in Minnesota and in Winnnipeg. John Taylor had raised and adopted his brother William´s daughter Susie Taylor and she married Halldór in September 1880. He was offered a teaching post at the new school at Möðruvellir in Iceland and accepted the offer. Susie and Halldór left Canada on August 21, 1882 and arrived in Iceland on September 17.

The couple had two sons, Haraldur who died in early August 1883 and Sigurður H. born May 16, 1895 in Reykjavík. In 1920 at the age of 25 Sigurður moved to Copenhagen and to study the violin, guitar, Mandolin and Cello. Sigurður returned to Iceland in 1929 and began teaching student´s on those instruments. Sigurður died January 19, 1968. Because of Susie´s poor health they moved to Reykjavík in 1887 where it was easier for her to receive medical attention. Halldór worked as a teacher until 1908 and published three books on How to learn English, wrote books on Geometry, Nordic Mythology and History of Iceland. His most popular book, on the Icelandic Language was reissued in five editions. He became assistant librarian at the National Library, when the University of Iceland was founded he became the first librarian at the University Library a position he held until 1925 when he retired in poor health and with poor eyesight. Halldór died on [the morning of] June 29, 1929.
Portrait of Halldor Briem
The picture above is from the web link below [Note: click link to view Halldór Briem].

1 Source: Morgunblaðið January 7, 1938 Obituary for Susie Briem nee Taylor
2 Source: Morgunblaðið January 7, 1938 Obituary for Susie Briem nee Taylor
3 Source: Þjóðviljinn may 16, 1945 Fiftieth birthday celebration for Sigurður H. Briem
4 Source for the biographical information about Halldór Briem: Lögrétta July 3, 1929 Obituary for Halldór Briem
5. Learned from Roy's trip to British Columbia. Add exact source

Side Note:
DID YOU KNOW...While in Gimli, Roy discovered... Rannveig Jónasson is Great grand aunt Susie Briem's sister-in-law. She was married to Father of New Iceland, Sigtryggur Jónasson. Susie being Caroline Taylor's sister & Sigurdur's (sister-in-law). He has a statue N of Gimli at Riverton, and was editor, and went to Iceland a year to bring back people. Sigurdur went twice as an Agent, and I believe 2'x on his own. I spotted her photo in Nelson Gerrard's book at the Gimli Library. In his book, the connection was not obvious. NOW YOU KNOW

Portion of portriat of Rannveig Jónasson
From Nelson Gerrard's book "Icelandic River Saga"
Copy goes for $1,288 online.
Portion of photo Rannveig Jónasson with Caroline and group visiting Winnipeg
Rannveig Jónasson
Courtesy of The Carol Jarvie Collection

Child 1. Haraldur Eggert Halldórsson Briem, August 1893, Age at death: 4 months old
According to Kormakur, Susie and Halldór published a notice in a paper in August 1883 thanking people for the expression of condolences on the occasion of their infant son´s death. He emailed additional corrections of dates Roy had, which have been fixed. [added by Roy]

Child 2. Sigurður Halldórsson Briem,
b. 16 May 1895, musician, married and was living in Reyjavik, Iceland [5]
[added by Roy]

Research Jón Sveinsson
Photo of Sigurdur H.Briem playing instrument
Sigurdur H.Briem

Courtesy of Ismus
Searching for musicians and artistically active people among first generations of Icelandic-Canadians
Bjarki Sveinbjörnsson and Jón Hrólfur Sigurjónsson
"Private use of all material found in Ismus is permitted. This includes distribution to friends and relatives, use in presentations, educational settings or for research purposes. Any distribution that involves sale or lease is prohibited without a cooperation and permission of those that store or safekeep the original material or data presented." 

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.

Folks, here is a woman who went to Iceland to live out her life. Having heard of her before, Roy found a news-clipping that Uncle Hank had on her.
Note how Kommi mentions a Mother-In-Law
"...Richard´s mother-in-law was of noble birth, belonging to the Catholic family of the Duke of Norfolk..."
While Roy's family notes state this it is Richard's wife, not Mother-In-Law, it does reaffirm the families handed down stories.
Roy has been searching for confirmation on this for years! Now we just need a name.
Fred Swanson painted a mural that hung at the Grund Hall until it was removed.
Thanks Kommi!!!!!! [3]

If this information could be confirmed by specific historical citations, it would mean Caroline Taylor and family are related to the Queen.
May 17, 2012: Arundel Castle may look into if William S. Stuart was born there. [3]

In Sigurdur
In a main paper (8 pages) on the family from Miriam, and now Hank, uncle Lorne went over to Iceland during WWII and interviewed Susie's son. Sadly "material was lost".

. The Icelandic people in Manitoba Research

The home of the Eddas
To follow Roy's research with the help of his cousins, go to the Taylor RnD page for more research. Caution: entering this research page may
consume a great deal of your time. You've been warned by the webmaster.

Laufásvegur 6 Reykjavík
Kormakur Högnason just sent another PDF in Icelandic
Susie Briem's home - Laufásvegur 6 Reykjavík
Laufásvegur 6 Reykjavík, Halldor & Susie Briem's home, and Sigurdur's until 1968
Courtesy of Google Maps

Home of Susie Briem (nee Taylor) and Halldór Briem from 1887 until her death in 1937. Their son Sigurður Briem (1895-1968) lived there his entire life
Unfortunately a loose translation by Google shows the house was completly renovated and not original. Cool that we have the address in Iceland.

More on Kormakur Högnason, you will see him mentioned throught the website as Kommi.
"Guðrún Gísladóttir is my aunt [Kommi's], her mom Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir was the sister of my father Högni Jónsson. My relationship to Sigurður Kristófersson through my father side of the family goes back 11 generations to find a common blood relative, it includes many additional people from the one´s that connect my aunt through her father´s side to Sigurður Kristófersson [3]
Bls. 1.
Nr. 5298

Ár 1929, 16. júní, fóru fram samkomulagsskipti á eignarjörð okkar Tannstöðum, túni og landi innan girðingar, til slægna og beitar, verða þar merki sem hér segir: Úr norður haugshúshorni, sem girðing ræður, upp í gamlan túngarð, úr þessari línu að vestan til norðurs sem læknum ræður girðing í hæl á lækjarbakka, og þaðan vestur fyrir norðan öskuhaug, þaðan sjónhending vestanvert við öskuhaug í suðvesturhorn á nátthaga, svo sem nátthagagarður ræður til norðvesturshorns í nátthaga, og þaðan sjónhending í neðstaklett í steinboga, úr þeim kletti sjónhending í Grástein á Stekkjargötum, og þaðan sjónhending í nibbu á Stekkjarhöfða.
Allur þessi syðri hluti er eign Daníels bónda Jónssonar á Tannstöðum. Þá eru merki á norðurhluta sem hér segir, sem er eign þeirra Hjartar bónda Björnssonar og Sigurðar Hjartarsonar. Úr norðausturhorni eins og götur ráða út að Hömrum og þaðan sjónhending til sjávar, í Klett, norðanvert á Brimnesi.
Þar sem beitiland er mun stærra í parti Hjartar bónda og Sigurðar, þá er það samkomulag okkar, að þess verði gætt við nánari skipti jarðanna á óskiptu landi.
Það skal tekið fram að öskuhaugur sá, er stendur á parti Daníels bónda Jónssonar, verður sameiginleg eign allra jarðareigenda, og að eigendum norðurhluta landsins er heimil gata til sjávar. Að öðru leyti haldast þau skipti óbreytt, er verið hafa á landinu utan girðingar. Sömuleiðis mótak, veiði og reki, er jörðinni tilheyrir.
Skylt er landeigendum að halda við glöggum merkjum milli jarðarhlutanna, eins og lög mæla fyrir.
Verður svo skiptum þessum hér með lokið. Þessu til staðfestu eru eignarnöfn okkar, undirrituð í viðurvist tveggja votta.
Daníel Jónsson, Hjörtur Björnsson, Sigurður Hjartarson.
Þorv. Ólafsson, Gísli Eiríksson

Susie Briem's home location in Iceland 1938
Top right in Red is Susie's home outlined. Just south of it is a school. There is a walkway runs between steets and around the base
Special thanks to Kormakur Högnason for pin-pointing this location.

Another source from Obituary translated by a branch of the family a few months after Susie passed away had this:
"Richard Taylor He was a General and a treasurer of an English navy-detachment in the West Indies where he owned an estate and a number of slaves who obtained their liberty at the end of the Civil War.

" Richard Taylor‘s mother-in-law was of noble extraction, being a member of the family of the Duke of Norfolk who is Catholic, but when she was married to a man of different religious denomination, she was disinherited. When their daughter, Richard Taylor’s wife, [Elizabeth "Eliza" Mehitabel LESLIE? Jones] had stayed in Barbados for a long time, reconciliation was effected, and she went for a visit to her relatives in England where she stayed at the old and beautiful family mansion Arundel Castle, and there she gave birth to her youngest son William Stuart [Stewart] Taylor, Susie’s father. "

Read more at William's page and Taylor Rnd page.

"Children of William and Sigriður nee Jónsdóttir Taylor' has been moved to the William Stewart Taylor page

Also see The Tayor RnD page.

Letter from Susie Briem to 'redacted', Reykjavik July 28, 1929
from 'redacted'.

"...You [Percy] Redacted...[5]

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.'[6]
Could this be the very issue out one month before this letter was written?

redacted [5]

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] [5]

Right Column
Loose translation via Google
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
enskrar flotadeildar
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
örðugustu frumbýlingsárum
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
redacted [5]
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
örðugustu frumbýlingsárum
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 "
Thorstein Thorsteinsson
"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

Grave - Susie TAYLOR Briem and husband Halldor Briem
Cousin Mike Christopherson at Susie and Halldor's grave marker
Cousin Mike Christopherson at Susie's grave NW of Iceland Pond at the capital in 2014.
Courtesy of The Roy Christopherson Collection

map of where Susie Briem is buried

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.

[1] ?
[2] By ALLA JOHNSON, 'WHERE ICELAND'S MILLENNIAL CELEBRATION IS HELD', Retyped by Karen jarvie and Roy Christopherson, ref: DOC_0086_SusiBriem_textfrom newsclipping
[3] Kormakur Högnason
[4] Special thanks to Nonni Jonsson for supplying the information.
[5] thfs Book
S& H = Sig and Hank Christopherson

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