Meet our Relatives - Taylor Branch

John Taylor

Revised: Apr 29, 2019


John Taylor was born in Barbados in 1812. He died in Milwaukee Aug 18, 1884 (cit), after leaving Florida. Burial Prospect Cemetery, 1450 St. Clair Ave West, Toronto (Prospect Cemetery confirmed he is not buried there] He was married once.

Born 1812 St Michaels Parrish, Barbados, Died 1884 (see report below for more details).
Taylor, John was eighteen years older than his brother, William Stewart Taylor and was brought up in Barbados, in the West Indies, where his parents looked after a plantation. He received a good education, and went to Oxford College in England. He had been studying for the ministry when he and his younger brother left the West Indies and came to Canada-settling at Kingston, Ont., He did missionary work for the British Bible Society-travelling among the wood cutters scattered through Northern Ontario. He came to Kinmount around 1875 and there met and took a liking to the Icelanders. From here on played a big role in helping them get to Nyja Island(Gimli). John Taylor was a very kind man. He was much impressed by their sincerity and honesty-these fine people who were situated in such a barren place. With the completion of the railway there would be no means of livelihood, and winter upon them. He had a friend in the government who introduced him to Lord Dufferin-the Governor-General of Canada. Lord Dufferin, who had travelled in Iceland was greatly interested, and as a result of this conference, money was provided to help this little colony through the rugged winter, and provision was made for a scouting party to go west in search of a more suitable location for the settlement.

John and his wife Elizabeth had no children of their own but adopted a girl (Rosa Banks). They also took the children of William Taylor to their home for a time after they lost their mother. The five girls describe their Aunt Elizabeth as a very kind person and a fine housekeeper, and were very happy in their well ordered home-a large comfortable log house.

When he came to Kinmount in 1875 and first met these Icelanders, he became a very good friend of Sigtriggur Jonasson who had come the year before, and it was he who had met this group of immigrants in Quebec in the fall of 1874 for the Ontario government, who provided the men with work on the railroad. The first John Taylor did for them was to demand of the railway company more and better living quarters which was granted. The following June 1875 John went to Ottawa to negotiate with the government to supply fares for three men from the group of Icelanders in Kinmount to travel west to the Red River valley.

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This was granted with the stipulation that John Taylor be foreman of this trip. The Icelanders picked Sigtryggur Jonasson, Einar Jonasson and Skafti Arason to go. Immediately these men set out for the west, and along the way met up with Kristjan Jonasson and Sigurdur Ohristopherson. They all arrived in Winnipeg on July 16, 1875. They chose Nyja Island(Gimli, Arnes area)and quickly went back to report to the government and the Icelanders in Kinmount. Once again John Taylor and Sigtryggur Jonasson went to Ottawa to seek more help to get to Gimli. After their talk with Lord Dufferin, enough money was granted to finance the trip to Gimli, and for provisions for winter supplies as winter was now upon them. With some of the money they bought food and shoes and clothing, and the group left Kinmount on the 21 of September, 1875. It is said that there were about two hundred and fifty all told in this one group, and along the way, many other Icelanders joined them from other parts of Ontario and the United States-so by the time they arrived in Winnipeg, they totaled around three hundred people. The government appointed John Taylor to be “Umbodsman" over the Icelandic group and Fridjon Frederickson was his right hand man as interpreter etc.
They arrived in Winnipeg on Monday, October 11, 1875 from the south by steamboat on the Red River, from Fisher's Landing in Minnesota. The news had reached Winnipeg that this group of Icelanders were expected to arrive, and a large number of inquisitive Winnipeggers had gathered at the river to have a look at these people, as they had never seen Icelanders before. Many pushed their way on the boat and enquired, "Where are the Iceland­ers? Show us the Icelanders". John Taylor pointed to the group on the boat and said; "These are the Icelanders,-there, you can see them". But nobody believed them to "be Icelanderss They expected to see people who were different, and said; "We know that Icelanders are very short, about four feet in height, and very thick and stocky-built with coal black hair, long and very much like Eskimos. These are no Icelanders. These men are white."
This rather amused old John Taylor, and he answered them; "They are the people I met in Ontario. They had recently arrived from Iceland. They are genuine Icelanders, and I have brought them here.”

But of course, use your own judgement and believe what you like." So this was the way they were greeted when they first landed in Winnipeg.
They spent a few days in Winnipeg while they were getting or buying the most necessary supplies to get them through the winter and for their trip on to Gimli. They started off to the north on Sunday, October 17th. and arrived at Gimli on the 21st of October, 1875. After one day's rest they started cutting trees and immediately started building log homes. While this work went on, they lived on the flatboats and in tents,
Shortly after their arrival winter set in with much ice and snow. This interrupted the building of the log homes, and caused much hardship, as people had to bunch up into the few homes already constructed.
This group of Icelanders spent the winter of 1875-76 at Gimli in these few log cabins, and suffered greatly through sickness and malnutrition. As a result, many of them died.
[1] (Translated from "Almanak" - 1926 - Page.26.)
[2] Roy Einar Christopherson

Individual Facts:
Father: Richard Taylor
Mother: Elizabeth Mehetabel Jones
Birth: 1812 in St Michaels Parrish, Barbados
Emigration: 1848 in Kingston. Ontario, Canada; with his brother William
Occupation: 1865; British-American Bible Society
Occupation: 1880; as Icelandic agent
Education: Halifax
Shared Facts: Elizabeth Mary HAINES
Marriage: Abt. 1850 in near Kingston
Children: Rose TAYLOR
Death: 17 Aug 1884 in Milwaukee,Wisconsin
Person Notes: Life at Kinmount was hard but was made lighter by John Taylor who lived nearby as representative of the Shantymen's Union sponsored by the British and Foreign Bible Society. He told Jonasson that the federal government was offering free land in Keewatin, the

Bristol, England (Wiki)
John's father, Richard was born in Bristol, England (View Census)

John was kind, bright and jolly, [33]
John Taylor (1812-1884), Missionary, immigration agent.
Born in the Barbados in 1812, the son of a commissariat officer of the British government, and educated in Halifax and Oxford. He was married in 1850.
Map of Barbados, showing ST. Michael's Parish and Taylor Plantations on a Herman Moll 1736 Map. Bridgetown is down at bottom.
Richard Taylor, John's father was born 1787, so this confirms someone named Taylor was there before. Possibly his father?
View more on Barbados here at the Taylor and Barbados Page

The dockyard was officially re-opened, in charge of a clerk David Taylor, on 3 April 1845–50. Commander William N. Fowell, then serving on the Mohawk, assumed command of all naval vessels on the lakes and he took up his residence in the "Commodore's Cottage" on Point Frederick.

Found a few entries for Taylors but mostly obits and marriages but no specific listing for your James Harry. On Saturday, February 13, 1830 a marriage "On the 7th instant, by the Rev. Thomas Handcock, B.A., David Taylor, Esq., Master in the Royal Navy, to Mary Anne, Daughter of Thomas Turpin, Esq., of Kingston." Friday, May 23, 1823 an obit "Principal Taylor of Glasgow College on the 29th March."

see no connection so far. One more link to check,,,

search on : Mary Anne, Daughter of Thomas Turpin, Esq., of Kingston

Portion of Walling Map 1860 • John C. Clark diary indicates David Taylor of the Royal Navy, Kingston, bought an acre from John C. Clark in 1835. • 1834-1841 Land abstract index for concession1, lot 33 David Taylor was on this property. • 1834/1835 mortgaged property • 1835 granted a deed • 1841 David Taylor and his wife sold the property • Later period of ownership by the Haines family. My John Taylor m. Elizabeth Mary HAINES dau. of Geo Haines and __ Elme Daughter of George H. Haines, Founder of the Kingston Baptist Church 1807NOT First Baptist Church, 110, Sydenham Street, Kingston, City of, Ontario, Ca constructed between 1904 and 1913Portion of Walling Map 1860
• John C. Clark diary indicates David Taylor of the Royal Navy, Kingston,
      bought an acre from John C. Clark in 1835.
• 1834-1841 Land abstract index for concession1, lot 33 David Taylor was on this property.
• 1834/1835 mortgaged property
• 1835 granted a deed
• 1841 David Taylor and his wife sold the property
• Later period of ownership by the Haines family.
     My John Taylor m. Elizabeth Mary HAINES dau. of Geo Haines and __ Elme
     Daughter of George H. Haines, Founder of the Kingston Baptist Church 1807NOT First Baptist Church, 110, Sydenham Street, Kingston, City of, Ontario, Ca
     constructed between 1904 and 1913

ENGLAND - 1844

June 1844 John was in the Chapel of East, Seymour Street, England (not there today) giving a lecture to 'a President' (not the U.S. one). Seymour street (MAP) is two blocks long at the heart of London. He references a "Hall". Copy of the lecture (no signature) was in Roy's uncles posession, which his cousin Gary Christopherson and wife Stephanie kindly allowed Roy to copy (Linked within the Protected Photos page - 24 pages was placed into a PDF file). In this lecture John explains how he came to devote his life to God's work. Nearly drowning, does sound like a life changing event. He did go on to nearly become ordained, sold bibles, and preached in the lumber camps.

June 2nd 1844 John Taylor gave a Lecture in England titled "Delusions - Natural and Social", and repented at the Lord's Table a vow which he made to God when he was in deep distress in a storm at sea near the Western Islands, between 1 and 4 am on March 27th, that he would live the rest of his life, which God, in answer to his prayers should mercifully grant him, in devotion to God's service. Upon returning to Camden-Town (inner city district of London), he recorded the same in writing. Posted few observations where he almost sounds like a 'seer of the future'.
Reading the typed version again in 2015. He references to the Telegraph (1st telegram sent was in Wash. DC that same year). John talks about electric cars (1st was 40 yrs later) which he describes as an Electric Velocigrade (not in dictionary), and holograms (film was 46 yrs later, with sound, 56 yrs later, and Microsoft Halolens is in beta start of 2015), when even the inventors had not even been born. Electricity was probably made known to him by Benjamin Franklins tests 100 years earlier. He continues by asking the audience to image the "combustion of Hydrogen from the Velocigrade while emitting a warm, glowing heat within a globe, eliminating filthy, smelly wood or coal fireplaces or stoves (lightbulb 34 years later). He refers to 'school days' as a 'reign of terror'. Roy agrees!

A cousin in Calif sent two pages of the original 42 hamdwritten pages in John's handwriting
Posting last page which is a large image file, yet shows his seal and signature. This prompted Roy to research, and discover the exact location of this Chapel.
Excerpt about Click to enlarge

Chapel of Ease Seymour St.

Few years ago, only one reference could be found on this location. This is where John Taylor lectured June 1844.

Link to reference in book

"William Inwood also built...and Somers Chapel, In Seymour Street, opened in 1826, all of which are chapels of ease to St. Pancras Church."

This would state John Taylor lectured at Somers Chapel in 1844.

Somers Chaple, in Upper Seymour St, now known as St. Mary's Parish church, Somers Town

1844 Map of Seymour ST, London, where the Chapel of Ease once stood
NW of center of London, above the Thames River
"Upper Seymour Street, the next turning, leading across Great Cumberland Place into Portman Square, was so named after the family of the Seymours, from whom the Portmans descend." Source

Front and Top View of where John Spoke at Seymour Street Chapel, Somers Town. Chaple of Ease for St. Pancras Church. St. Mary's Parish Church, Somers Town.
View image here.
Six hours of my life done researching this. Hope all appreciate it.

1846 Kingston is incorporated as a city.
A wave of immigrants, fleeing from the Irish famine, arrive in Kingston en route to other destinations. More than 1,400 die of typhus and are buried in a common grave near the Kingston General Hospital (John Slimmons, Isabella's father? Might explain how our 2nd GGM Isabelle met William). Source

So why did Francis Taylor's family move from Barbados to Kingston abt. 1848?
Why did William Taylor & Isabelle move so far north to Hartington?
Is the Richard near William his father?
Could David, Samuel, and Thomas be John's cousins?
How is David Taylor tied to Eliza Haines. Was it her brothers dogs that killed the sheep?
Where are the children of 'Aunt Fanny' and William James Moore?

We might be on the verge of one or more major break-throughs with Roy's research tenacity.
Stay Tuned for more findings. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel !

COUSINS TOUR 2014 Synopsis
Roy Drives from SF bay area to Kingston, Ontario summer 2014. Visited the Bath Museum, and drove around Sec 33, where it was stated by Mary Hearn that he lived here. Unfortunately, the photo of the house by Mary is NOT John & Elizabeth Taylors [this may be false. possible she had the right house]. Posting E-Mails from individuals who helped Roy on his search for John and William's farmsteads.

From: Jane Foster, Manager Museum and Archives on 12/22/2014
Roy Christopherson re Research Request no. 2014-444
The 1851 census for Ernestown lists John and Elizabeth Taylor living in a 1 ½ stone story house on concession 1, lot 33 located in Ernestown. REDACTED, [78]

Ms. Foster kindly proved that the photo of the house of John Taylor was the wrong location. Unable to post the response, or 6 attachments, one a map with John Taylors name. "For Research purposes only"

Hey, I am happy someone finally responded! If any family plan on visiting there, John & Elizabeth HAINES Taylor house is no longer there. William's farmstead east of Hartington is just a couple of fields.
Now the search is on to see if there is a connection to David Taylor.

Roy's original E-Mail On 11/6/2014 11:40 PM,

Hello Ms. Karen McKenzie, and Lennox and Addington Historical Archives,
> I visited your fine museum in Bath a few months back. After completing 9,000 mile journey meeting cousins, settled in Maple Falls, WA.
> The purpose of this email is to request your help in locating my great great grand uncle's farmstead a couple miles south of your location. John was assigned the Icelandic Agent for New Iceland, MB, and important figure in history. When I was there, I was helped out with a map of the farmsteads from a later map, circa 1871.

> Created a map outlining in Yellow the Lot, which might have been sub-divided, as this later map shows. I was told there is no map of 1851 showing homesteads.

> Any help locating this building would be greatly appreciated. It is north of Nicholsons Point. My goal is to pinpoint location, let owners know about John, and obtain better photos. > >REDACTED...visited there about 2000 and took a photo of the two chimney farm house (ATTACHED). > Marriage: December 27, 1850 in: Sherriff farm, Ernestown Twp., Lennox and Addington Co. > The clue here that might help is "Sherriff [should be Sheriff, [78]]". I pinpointed the exact section they resided on. > >

Have the following
>"John TAYLOR met his wife, Elizabeth HAINES in Kingston where her father operated a > foundry. An entry in the John C. Clark Diary, (National Archives, Ottawa), states 'John > Taylor (at Sherriff farm) and Miss Elizabeth Haines of the same place, married. "Information in the 1 85 1 Census enumeration district #I, Kingston, C-947 microfilm, > states that they lived in "single family stone house, 1% stories, on Concession I, Pt Lot 33, " that he was a "teacher in grammar school, 39 on > next birthday-Baptist, born in Barbados. Others in the household were "Elizabeth, 26 on next birthday, Sylvia Haines, age 51, Baptist, Robert Haden 12, servant, > Ireland R. C. " Their property had "50 acres under cultivation: I0 acres in crops, 39 acres pasture, rest garden and orchard. " They had "2 milk cows, 4 calves, > 5 horses, 4 sheep, 1 pig. "
> Confidential source and house photo: REDACTED

Some of the family moved to Kingston. Richard and Elizabeth had family remain in the West Indies. Richard the eldest moved with his wife to Trinidad. They delt with Enmore. George died in the hurricane. Much of this is covered on the RnD page. More questions than answers remain.
Elizabeth, John, Mary, Henrietta, Frances, and John went with their parents to Kingston.
In 2014, Roy had the opportunity to travel all of Ontario and Kingston.
View map Roy is nearing completion of the exact location of John and Elizabeth HAINES Taylor, his brothers daughter grew up.

Ernestown, Ontario, Canada
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John & Elizabeth Taylor lived in 1850 - 1851 at at Sherriff farm single family stone house, 1 1/2 stories, on Concession I, Pt Lot 33
Ernestown Twp., Lennox and Addington Co. near Kingston,Ontario

Ernestown is a historic township in Lennox and Addington County in eastern Ontario. It was originally known as Second Town because it was surveyed after Kingston Township, but was renamed in 1784 after Prince Ernest Augustus, fifth son of George III. In 1998, it became part of Loyalist Township.

Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives, Napanee, ON, K7R 4B9 has been contacted., [78]

Click to enlarge map
Map of Lot 33. Yellow narrows down where John and Elizabeth lived. Enlarged section in center of map.
John Taylors property in Blue.
Map 1871.
They lived at Concession 1, which is the lower section along Lake Ontario. Lot 33, which goes a few miles North and South. Possibly near a river or inner lake [ wrong, they lived along the shore]
Cousins Tour 2014
Research Request no. 2014-444 - Jane Foster, Manager, Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives gave Roy private copy for reference of 1861 map with John Taylor's house and name on map., [78] Cor-related it to previous map that was here, along with a 2015 version. The road runs right through it. Taylor house confirmed no more. Least we know EXACTLY where it was.
Click to enlarge
East of Nicholson Point few miles east of Bath, Ontario, once sat the house of John and Elizabeth HAINES Taylor. John would walk across the road to teach at the school that is still there., [78] Took driving to Ontario, and the S

John Taylor Canada Census, 1851
Name: John Taylor
Gender: Male
Age: 39 Birth Year (Estimated): 1812
Birthplace: Barbados
Province: Canada West (Ontario)
District: Addington County
District Number: 1
Sub-District: Earnestown [Ernestown, now Bath]
Sub-District Number: 3
Page Number: 45 Affiliate Film Number: C_11712 Line Number: 23 Source

DEC 22, 2014, Roy received a response from Jane Foster, Manager, Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives.
With thousands of trip and family photos, new cousins, Roy is just now working on this. Unable to post Archive material. Working on using it's multitude of facts. Map above is the first result of this.
Ms. Foster was kind enough to look up John Taylor, and email Roy six PDF documents., [78]
One was of a map showing the John Taylor residence between Bath and Kingston, along the shore of Lake Ontario.
Amherst Island located in Lake Ontario could be seen from John & Eliza HAINES Taylor's farmstead. Laying current maps
over the early map (1851?), Roy pinpointed the exact location, only with the help of Ms. Foster.
Another source had the wrong location. John would cross the street to teach school there. Their stay there was short.
Richard Taylor, John's father appears to of had property by his son William S. Taylor east of Hartington, in Portland, north of Kingston, ONT.

The actual diary is in the National Archives in Ottawa. The Lennox and Addington Archives in Napanee Ontario has the only index to this diary. Contact them if you are looking for a specific name. Source
Linda states records are from "vital statistics of the Registrar General at the Ontario Archives" Microfilm in vital statistics of the Registrar General at the Ontario Archives
Births: 1869-1917 [William's children were born 1851 - 1861, 2nd Marriage 1868-1874]
Marriages: [ca. 1801]-1932 Note: There are many gaps in pre-1869 marriage records. Marriage records might help. Archives of Ontario holds marriage registrations from ca. 1780 to 1932. Prior to 1869, these records are very incomplete. [This was mis-linked as they have the Marriages going to the Death DOC or PDF! Found their Marriage Page here.]
Deaths: 1869-1942 [Richard and Elizabeth died 1859 and 1860, Isabella 1865 So these are worthless to us.]
One would have to find Regis. No., Registration, then travel there physically or request a MF on loan.
Province-wide registration by civil authorities of births, marriages, and deaths officially began in Ontario on 1 July 1869.

Now all this leads up to Francis. One of the PDFs were The Diary of the Wind and Weather 1831-1864 by John C. Clark. An early pioneer who recorded John Taylors stay there. Jane supplied many important facts here.
One, the exact spot where John Taylors home "once" stood.
Possibly a relative named David (Researching - includes family for David, whom Roy believes he has tracked down who he was.)
For this page, Grand Aunt Fanny's husband. It states he was from England.
"William James Moore of Loughborough, by Rev. J. Herbert Starr, Oct. 30, 1862", [78] Roy had seen this location before, yet it never came up as a town in England. So William was born in Eng.

Quote: "I may have erred many years ago when I copied items from John C. Clark's diary. I can say one thing: Clark certainly copied many of his information from the newspaper, and his notice of John's death was very likely one of them. " [In other words, his Diary could be in error]. Source

This all goes way beyond what Roy was led to believe was in Clark's diary. Roy thought it was one address, no! it is a ton of information, which if correct, could confirm death dates, and the Moore family!
Thanks to John Collins Clark and translation by Linda Corupe, [78], we now have the Death Dates of Richard and Elizabeth, and the Birth date of Elizabeth.
RICHARD TAYLOR: John Taylor was the only School Teacher in Ernestown (see map above for school), John's father Richard Taylor died on May 1, 1859 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. (Grave Marker states "Richard Taylor born in Bristol, England 8th May 1786")
ELIZABETH: Richard wife, Elizabeth Mehitabel JONES Taylor died at John's house in Section 4 on her birthday (1860 - 68=1792 in Barbados or ENG) at age 68 on exactly March 31, 1860 (If Clark Diary is correct) at John & Eliza's home. All of William's children still live with their parents until 1865.
So in six years they lost their parents and a wife!
He joined the British-American Bible Society in 1865 and worked among lumberjacks near Peterborough.

HALIBURTON- abt. 1870
Old Sawyer clearing, Concession V, Lot 1 and 2, 50 acres.
? Concession pt Lot 33. - Ck where this came from?

If you would like to read about John Taylor homestead abt 1874, it is on page 229 in this book now online.
'Fragments of a dream : pioneering in Dysart Township and Haliburton Village' by Dobrzensky, Leopolda z Lobkowicz
Source: Private thfs
Kinmount is a village with a population of approximately 500, located on the Burnt River in Ontario, Canada. The village is now part of the City of Kawartha Lakes. The village's hinterland covers large sections of both Haliburton and Peterborough counties for which it is a shopping and cultural centre. Prior to the formation of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Kinmount was the seat of Somerville Township

"...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.

Source of this old Map of Dysart area.
To get an idea where Haliburton Ontario, Canada is, click on this map link (new window). The Waterdome (probably Seaplanes) is located just east of where John lived. In 2014, Roy drove around Haliburton and the northen part of the lake, not realizing John lived further SW.

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.
[Note that it does state that Caroline went from Kinmount to Haliburton, but John Taylor himself went to Kinmount to bring Caroline back to his and Elizabeth's home. By boat or horse. Note that Caroline traveled alone to Haliburton, as "every" single account states. Could Susie have not known correct details of the account? Could Susie have forgotton late in life exactly what happened. That answer would lie in the "original" diary of Caroline's at the time of these events. Also that William lived in Haliburton as well, specifically Dysart. Roy believes this story was written down, possibly late in Carrie's life, possibly by her daughter Veiga, as shown online in The Life & Times of William Stewart Taylor.]
Kinmount to Haliburton

"The settlers took action and asked for separation from the County of Peterborough. This request was granted by the Government of the Province, and twenty townships in the County of Peterborough and three townships in the County of Victoria were constituted a separate municipality under the name of the Provisional County of Haliburton"
From Pelham Mulvaney's "History of the County of Peterborough" (1884) and posted by

Based on map from
A landmark near the North east side of Conc. V (5), Lots 1 & 2 is Bonnie View Inn. The outline of Concession V (5), Lots 1 & 2 are hypothetical based on overlaying a new and old map which marked John Taylors lots. This should be a very close approximation of what John's property once looked like on the lake. Parts of this area are very rocky, and not easy to plow fields. One reason why many left for northwest, like R.M. of Argyle. His niece and foster daughter, Caroline taylor stopped at Kinmount, and saw her first Icelander. She then told John who knew people in the Ottawa government. The story is retold in many places, The Life & Times of William Stewart Taylor, Caroline's page.

- 1873- Early 1875
He visited the Icelandic colonists at Kinmount, Ontario in 1874, and was instrumental in securing a Dominion government grant for an expedition to choose a site for the colony in the West. He also conducted the group to Gimli, and in 1876 was selected a member of the first village council of Gimli. He remained as Icelandic agent there until 1880, when he moved to another colony at Argyle. His last years were spent in Carberry. Taylor died on 17 August 1884 at Milwaukee,Wisconsin.
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Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba
This collection of biographies of early Manitobans was compiled by the Manitoba Library Association, and published in 1971. Those included in the collection lived prior to 1920, and came from all walks of life: politics, professions, business and finance, armed services, arts, pioneers, and others. © 1971, Manitoba Library Association,
ISBN 0-919566-01-4 Online version 2007, Manitoba Historical Society.

John Taylor and the Pioneer Icelandic Settlement in Manitoba and his Plea on Behalf of the Persecuted Jewish People
Part II - John Taylor enters the picture
" The Icelandic Settlers move to Manitoba At this point John Taylor enters the story. He was born in the Barbados, in Bridgetown, in 1812, the son of a British naval administrative officer, then a plantation manager. Another son, William Stewart, was eighteen years younger than John. John received a good education. He attended college in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and at Oxford University. In 1844, at the age of 32, he delivered an address at a college or university in London. "It was a very long speech." He studied theology, but did not complete his studies and was not ordained.
..(MB Hist Soc. is wrong - Read Lecture)." Read more
One correction to their article. They have "Sigurdur Kristofersson", it is Sigurdur Christopherson. Sigurdur is also left off the Icelandic Monument, Kinmount. Yet we know what he did.
John and William were instrumental in the colony at New Iceland (Gimli)! John gave a sermon at The Chapel of Ease, not a College or University as stated by this article.
Completed the Locations - Kinmount page here. Also see Sigurdur at Husavik (New Iceland)

Profile revised: 27 December 2008
SOURCE: Manitoba Historical Society

The community of Gimli began with an idea for a colony of Icelanders within Canada which would allow them full citizenship and unhindered rights to preserve their language and culture. Sigtryggur Jonasson, Einar Jonasson and John Taylor are known as founding fathers of New Iceland, and hence of the community of Gimli. These three men led an official expedition in July of 1875 in search of a place for a large group of Icelanders who had temporarily settled at Kinmount Ontario to settle permanently. Skafti Arason, Kristjan Jonsson and Sigurdur Kristofersson joined the official party.

Having decided that no suitable land was available in eastern Canada they decided to head west. Due to poor farming conditions that year in southern parts of the prairies they turned to the Interlake region. Here they found land with good soil, abundant game and wild berries, woodlands for timber and firewood, the lake with abundant fish, First Nations peoples who were
friendly, ample room for the settlement to grow, and good transportation on the lake by boat or on the ice. They returned to Kinmount Ontario to report back to the group, and with the help of Lord Dufferin convinced the Canadian Government to make the settlers a grant of land on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg from the northern boundary of the province of Manitoba extending thirty-six miles to the Icelandic River and inland extending about ten miles. They named the region New Iceland.

Sigtryggur Jonasson as one of the initiators of the New Iceland settlement was appointed by the Canadian government as a government commissioner in November of 1876.

John Taylor, a lay missionary in the Kinmount area of Ontario who befriended the Icelanders, was instrumental in convincing the Canadian government to grant exclusive rights of colonization to the Icelanders and to provide for them to move from Kinmount to the area that was to become
New Iceland. He was appointed by the government of Canada as a government commissioner. John Taylor, with Fridjon Fridriksson as his translator, led the Icelanders on the arduous journey from Kinmount to New Iceland.

In a discussion along the way, Olafur Olafsson suggested that the first Icelandic town built in North America should be named Gimli, a name derived from the ancient Icelandic writings in the Elder Edda. The Elder Edda gives an account of the earth being destroyed and then rising again in a new and better place where good and worthy people would live in peace and harmony forever, and the place would be called Gimli. And so it was that the first settlement in New Iceland was named Gimli. With no minister in the new community John Taylor conducted services that were translated by Fridjon Fridriksson into Icelandic.
There were many men and women who played important roles in the initial settlement of New Iceland. A sampling of the names of some of these men includes: Fridjon Fridriksson, merchant, postmaster and paymaster (see next page), Gudni Thorsteinsson, teacher, translator, founder of the community library, and homeopath, and Reverends Pall Thorlaksson and Jon Bjarnason, the first pastors in the community. The role of women in the founding of the community is often overlooked. However, many women were important in the leadership required to establish this new community. From leadership in teaching the young people of the community in the language of the new country, to provision of nursing and midwife care, to provision of clothing (knitting) and leadership in issues of women' rights these women were just as important to the establishment
of the community as the men. A very brief sample of these women includes: Caroline and Jane Taylor (daughters of John Taylor) [CORECTION: should read "neices of] , school teachers who taught in English in the first years of the settlement; Rebekka Gudmundsdottir, Holmfridur Jonsdottir and Vilborg Thorsteinsson, nurses and midwifes.

New Iceland Heritage Museum
Gimli, Manitoba

John Taylor was much more famous than his brother William. [2] ...until June of 2011 when Roy brings back a copy of a postcard sent from John to William asking him to help prepare the way.


Postcard dated July 10, 1875 from John Taylor to his brother William Stewart Taylor asking William for help building New Iceland Log Cabins!
Roy's other GGF; Arni Sigvaldson had also done woodwork in the state Capitol.
Courtesy of The Carol Jarvie Collection

Here is a book on north New Iceland which opens mentioning John.

John was born after the R&T society and could not have "founded" it.
John was born in 1812

Extensive article on John at

Sept 25, 1875, an expedition , almost 300 people, left Sarnia. They boarded the steamer "Ontario" After a seemingly endless voyage along the Great Lakes, they finally reached Duluth, Minnesota, then a village of 300 people. They were joined by 13 more from Milwaukee, Wisconsin..
They now went by the Northern Pacific Railway to Glyndon, near Moorhead, where they were all crowded into some type of factory. The next Sunday, John Taylor assembled them all for divine service, with Fridjon Fridriksson interpreting his sermon. He said, among other things, that God had appointed him to guide the Icelandic people in the great unknown land. Thereafter a gay dance was held in an old roundhouse to addian music. The day after, they reached Risher's Landing near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Here they again boarded a ship, an old-fashioned
sternwheeler called the "International", then on its last voyage, with two barges in tow. On these the people with their baggage were huddles together for several days under the open sky.

NEW Article: Early Settlers in Winnipeg by Einar Arason, see Col. 2

Another book John Taylor is mention is 'Faith and Fortitude A History of Geysir District 1880's n 1980's' published by Geysir Historical Society, Arborg, Manitoba, January 1983. See pages viii and pg 5 on John Taylor. The Einar Einarsson family in this book does not appear related. Online PDF Book

Another book is The Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples/Icelanders/Anne Brydon

Thanks to cousin Lilja Kernested, found this article on John and Elizabeth 'Eliza" HAINES Taylor at
Bad Google Translation
ónsstörfum depend inter srkógarhöggsmanna Norstar Ontario matrix. He came ti for the Year 1875 and kyntist where mi'Iigöngu sieve. Jonasson, who had met Pessina Immigrant in Ouebec autumn for Ontario- control. jqtin Taylor was ljúfmenni best and took in several parts Kinmount free Icelanders John and his wife Tayíor Elizabeih Taylor. Fœddur 1812. Died in 1884. close to the 'poor conditions, the American people were there visions create, and wanted them to paragraph provide. First, he liS- Sint them about was aS home from the railway company, the it'll add about húsakynnin, and thas was done. in júnímánuSi summer after his successful trip to the hands to Ottawa, to aS get it succeed, the administrative capital to FERS three men from the group, Icelanders Kinmount to. landskoSun- ar west Rauðárdalinn, and he got the MES conditions would apply, as he himself is the chairman of the journey. Icelanders ar voted to send the journey: Sigtrygg Jonasson, Einar Jonasson and creative Arason. S'ðan logs these men
Almanak Ólafs S. Thorgeirssonar
32 Argangur 1926, Pp 26

John Taylor Routes

John Taylor's Routes 1812 - 1884

" March 27, 1844 between 1 AM and 4 AM hour of final doom" "in storm at sea near the Western Islands".
June 2, 1844 Home at his lodgings in Camden-Town, London.
June 2 1844 Giving speech or sermon at the Chapel of Ease, Seymour Street, London (no Hall or church there now)

[Only reference found was this "Connecting the south side of Seymour Street with Oxford Street, and running parallel with Cumberland Place, is old Quebec Street, which commemorates the capture of Quebec by General Wolfe, in 1759, and probably dates its erection from about that time. Quebec Chapel, so named from the street in which it is situated, is a chapel of ease to Marylebone"]

Timetable from letters from John Taylor being "held" at the University of Iceland.
Jan 1 New Years day 1882, Jane TAYLOR Hearn wrote sister Susie Briem from Norse Landing to Iceland about feeding 4-6 growing me. Image 7425. And January 25th, 1882. Obviously her and William lived there Jan - Mar 12th 1882.

1. NOV-23-1881 May-12-1882 at Saint Andrews (Red River). St. Andrews runs NW of Selkirk to Winnipeg Beach south of Gimli.
(Match with map)

2. OCT 3-1882 to May-10-1883 at Carberry. There is No Carberry in Minnesota. This must be Carberry Manitoba, which is northwest of Baldur, Grund, and Glenboro. (Now we have dates)

3. JUL 27 1883 to SEPT 3 1883 at Winnipeg, MB

4. DEC 8 1883 to FEB 17 1884 at Carberry, MB

5. APR 21 1884 Toronto, ONT (so we now know in APR 1884 he is alive in Toronto)
Source: Eggert Asgeirsson, Iceland


John's father, Richard Taylor was born in Bristol England.

Bristol, England
"...During the height of the slave trade, from 1700 to 1807, more than 2,000 slaving ships were fitted out at Bristol, carrying a (conservatively) estimated half a million people from Africa to the Americas and slavery.[43]..."

An 1873 engraving showing sights around Bristol

Barbados is heavily covered under the Taylor RnD page, and Taylor and Barbados page, and the new Enmore page.
Roy has learned a great deal in a short time. The west coast family had a document outlining a good deal on the Taylor family,
However, a great deal of it was cryptic. Roy having found and introduced to family on the east coast, was given a vast amount of details,
yet, more elaborating on certain already known details. They gave us Richard's fathers name in a self-publication, confirmed where the family home was on Barbados, a colony of Crown in the 1600's. Ryan Eyford's transcribes letters from Caroline, John's neice, along with his paper on John, all give us a richer picture of the Taylor family. The name being very common, and very hard to research.

Barbados, in Bridgetown

Found Taylor Plantations down there before Richard Taylor was born. So it is possible William Stewart Taylor's Grandfather might have been there 100 years before Richard, no proof, just a hunch.

From letter in Carol Jarvies collection that I sent you (Bruce). "...He (John Taylor) was a very jovial character. He lived on the road between Grund and Baldur-on the hill known, as "Taylor's Hill", and below a little lake called "Taylor's Lake". I found out recently that the "Roll Curtain" on the stage in Argyle Hall(known later as "Grund Hall") was painted by Fred Swanson. It is too bad that it was destroyed, but it had become very brittle and torn and soiled. There was a scenic painting on it. This is translated from "Landnamssogu Nyja Island" by Thorleif Jackson-Page 102"
[NOTE: The resident should be William Taylor, not John], Roy

Possible connection to the Dukes of Norfolk. Research pending. Visit The Birth of page here.
Also see William Stewart Taylor

 A great article on John

John Taylor and the Pioneer Icelandic Settlement in Manitoba and his Plea on Behalf of the Persecuted Jewish People

by Wilhelm Kristjanson

MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 32, 1975-76 Season

Going through the Christ Church Barbados Parish Marriage book starting in 1644 page by page. Pg 70 (year 1740) looking for Jones married Leslie.
PG 72 12th, 1744 Edward Bartrum to Mary Howard
Pg 73, 1750 APR 24th Barbara Jones
Pg 74 NOV 2 1751 John Adams and Dorcas Jones, FEB 22 1753 Richard Jones and Bridget Spencer, APR 22 1753 Daniel Hutchinson and Elizabeth Usher.
Pg 76, Left-R. Col., MAR 5 1757 Robert Jones and Margaret Ashurst, MAY 21 1758 Frere Jones and Frances Adams. JAN 3, 1759 John Jones and Sarah Gurnwell.
Pg 77 NOV 30, 1759 Thomas Bayne and Margaret Jones. OCT 11 James Rogers and Frances Jones. APR 29 Anthony Jones and Sarah Robson. DEC 25, John Tysoe Jones and Elizabeth Greenidge. JAN 25 1761 Joseph Jones and Ann Spencer.
Pg 78 Arabella Frere Jones. JUL 13 Frances Jones. FEB 17 1765 John Morris and Mary Jones. DEC 19 Thomas Jones and Ann Coward
Pg 79 Mary Jones
Pg 80 1772
Pg 81 APR 11 1774 Thomas Jones and Elizabeth Ramsey. MAR 6
Pg 82 JUL 14 1778 ELIZABETH SUSANNA ESTWICK = 14 July 1778 Robert Burnett JONES - Now I always suspected this Jones and he has a dau. Mary which married on 18 September 1806 JAMES EVERARD, 9th Baron Arundel. According to John C. Clark diary, calculations = Elizabeth M. Taylor was born on March 31, 1792. Now for a fact we know 2x GGM's name, so it was not Mary.
This posting seems to have a good outline on this family, yet incomplete, so locate Jones tree.

- After 1850
Peterborough ONT.
Click to enlarge
John and Elizabeth Taylor had a Boot Store on George Street, Peterborough ONT. aft. 1851, during 1871

Roy is trying to find 'The Octagon House in Peterbourough'
"Census Canada" and 1871 and "District Peterborough West" and "district: Subdivision I"

District: 56 – Peterborough West Sub-district Number Sub-district Name
A South Monahan
B North Monahan
C Peterborough
D Smith [this should be it]
E Ennismore

Getting warmer!
1871 Belmont Township & Methuen Township, Peterborough County Copyright (c)2005, Lois Gardner-Earl,
OntarioGenWeb's Census Project (

Possible it is listed here. Have no record or reference for a Mary. John would have been married to Eliza
see Line 40
DIV: 2
PG: 12
FN: 42
SEX: Male
AGE: 38
BORN_LST12: Blank
RELIGION: Wes. Methodist
ORIGIN: English
LOT/CONC: L 11 C 2 [if this is our John, this would pinpoint the house opposite the Octagon House]

Since the following are all listed at the same lot, this could not be our John
Mary Female 28 England Wes. Methodist English M Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Isabella F 18 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Joseph M 16 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor John M 14 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Mary F 12 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Archibald M 10 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor William M 8 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Lida F 6 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Jane F 7 Ontario Wes. Methodist English S Elma 2 13 42
Taylor Thursa

Original reference about the Boot store and Octagon house:
"Page 4 of 6 May 1916. I believe this brother died and his wife married again. JOHN TAYLOR -- met at Kingston and married an Elizabeth Mary Haines. They moved to Peterboro where they had a boot and shoe store in George St. They later had a house opposite the Octagon House. At this time they adopted two little nieces, daughters of Wm. Taylor, these were Jane Taylor (about 4 years) and Susie Taylor (about 2 years)[notation-unable to read it] In 1874 or 1875, he became interested in a settlement of Icelanders in the Hallburton District."

E-Mail response from Mrs. Reid, Volunteer (Ms. Charles, Archivist), Peterborough Museum and Archives, Peterborough, Ont. K9J 6Y5
The Octagon has was a reference in the family information. Roy sent an email to Peterbourough;
We did have an Octagon house once, but sadly it was demolished in the 1960s. It was located at 709 George Street and the number there changed depending on what City Directory it was in. We believe it was built in 1870 and was known here as the John Lee residence, he was a carpenter. We have a photo of the Octagon house if you give me your postal address we will send it to you. The house has been recreated at the Kawartha Miniature village which is presently located at Portage Mall, redacted. R Thomson was a photographer here in 1861 then he left and went to New York to study.

This might be him
007773-75 John LEE, 30, carpenter, widower, Ireland, Peterborough, s/o John & Jane, married Margaret MOFFATT, 18, Scotland, Peterborough, d/o John & Adeline, witn: Robert LEE & James BATHGATE both of Peterborough on Dec. 24, 1874 at Peterborough

Based off the information from Mrs. Reid, found the house and a photo. Now to check old maps as the address changed.

"Peterborough. Octagon house. Built by William Lee for his brother John. Made of one inch thick, wide planks. And one time a varandah and balcony ran around the house. There were five rooms on the first floor, and four on the second floor. Large cupola. The house was destroyed in 1962."

Old Atlas covers. Not related, Roy just liked the old artwork on them and pasting for reference.

George ST
Partial map of Peterborough Town and Ashburnham Village 1875
Found a Taylor on George ST and Charlotte in Peterbourough on 1875 map here. If you look closely, 'Taylor' is marked on the map at George ST and horozontally on Charlotte in above map. First letter looks like an L?
Still researching all this!

Octogon House
Octagon House the Taylors lives across from
Found the Octagon House the Taylors lives across from, noted in map above. Looks like John walked across the street everyday to go to the boot store.
You would have to go to the website which hosts this image, to see the larger version. The Peterbourough Museum mailed a copy of this photo to Roy.
No permission to post. More important was the address and location of this house in the old maps. Roy is satisfied he has solved one more puzzle, that of the location of John and Elizabeth HAINES shoes store in Peterbourough. While this is not proof enough based on family stories, it all does fit together with the Octagon house opposite corner of the Taylors. If the Museum there submits a map with the exact street addresses, that could verify all this. Too busy with Rosa to follow up on this portion of John's life. [see City of Peterborough,

Not sure why.

FLORIDA - 1881
John might have been visiting with his sister, Jane.

OBIT - 1884
John Taylor died August 17, 1884 in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Burial: in: Old cemetery at Husavik, MB? Source Redacted. Ask Lilja to check.

Sue Henderson of Prospect Cemetery confirmed John is not buried there. (See Jane Hearn)
died 1884, Burial: Prospect Cemetery, 1450 St. Clair Ave West, Toronto, Ont, Canada.?
2nd source

Elizabeth HAINES Taylor 1825-1920? NEW
Name Elizabeth Mary Taylor
Event Type Burial
Event Date 16 Feb 1920
Event Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age 94
Birth Year (Estimated) 1826
Birthplace England
Cemetery Prospect Cemetery
Cemetery Section and Lot 10 258
Plot Owner's Name Wm Or Jane Hearn (Ground Property Of )
Relative's Name Rose T Banks
Relative's Address 373 Margueretta Street
[Social Status: W = Widow?,
Died Feb 13
Interred Feb 16
Disease: Acute Bronchitis
Interred Sec: 10, Lot: 258
Medical Attendant:R.D. Lane
Officiating Minister: " Dunn
Name/Addr Deceased Nearest Relation: Mrs Rose L. or T. Banks, 373 Margaretta ST
Undertaker: Norman A. Craig (1255 Queen ST W)
Page 205 Volume Date Range Volume 02, 1917-1921 Citing this Record "Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 May 2016), Elizabeth Mary Taylor, 16 Feb 1920; citing Toronto, Ontario, Canada, section and lot 10 258, line 23371, volume Volume 02, 1917-1921, Toronto Trust Cemeteris, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,617,433.
Image of Record

2nd Record and Death Record
Father's Name George Haines (Haines being John's in-law family)
Mother's Name Elmes

Medical doctor attended her for 13 days.
Source and Image of Record

John Taylor Death
Wisconsin, Death Index

Name: John Taylor
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 18 Aug 1884
Event Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Page: 0179 Citing this Record "Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 April 2015), John Taylor, 18 Aug 1884; from "Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907," database, Ancestry ( : 2000); citing p. 0179, volume 05, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reel 062, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Vital Records Division, Madison. Source No Image

Marriage Elizabeth Mary HAINES
Daughter of George H. Haines, Founder of the Kingston Baptist Church [1] [2]

George Henry Haines
Kinston Digital Newspapers Many Many articles, if this is the correct George!!!
Wife Sarah died, age 49. The Haines are recent immigrants from England. [Chronicle and Gazette, 1837-10-07, Page 3, 1837-10-07 issue] Source
Merchant. Died in Kingston. Sept 29, 1841 Basically says, after few days illness a George ____ died, a merchant Source
1896 New Mission Churches: Rev. GEORGE H. HAINES.
Freeport county of Digby (Ont?) source
Not sure if this is Eliza's family?
Or if this is Eliza

[1] Taylor RnD July 26, 2012 Update

[3] Ancestry - Ranneveig Rose Rosalie Taylor]

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