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Memorable Manitobans: 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. He joined the British-American Bible Society in 1865 and worked among lumberjacks near Peterborough. 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 elected a member of the first village council there. He remained as Icelandic agent there until 1880, when he moved to another colony at Argyle. His last years were spent in Carberry. He died at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 17 August 1884.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2015

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