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Descendants of 


born in 1769 in County Sligo, Ireland
and emigrated to Canada in 1830

County Sligo

Surnames mentioned in this genealogy website are:

Taylor, Griffith, Thompson, Manson, Reynolds, Middleton, Watkins, Metzger, Held, Bertram, Kraft and Glendinning

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Edward Taylor 1769 County Sligo, Ireland June 30, 1845, at Perth, Ontario Married: Catherine (born in County Sligo, Ireland, in 1786)
Emigrated to Canada circa 1830 with his wife and 2 sons.  He was 61 years old when he left Ireland and settled in Lanark County, Ontario. 

They settled in Smith Falls, Ontario and later in Perth, Ontario. 

He died at approx. age 76 and is buried in the Perth Old Burying Grounds, Perth, Ontario.
Catherine Taylor died on May 22, 1860 at approx. 74 years of age and is buried in the Perth Old Burying Grounds, Perth, Ontario.
Religion: Church of England

Edward Taylor and his wife Catherine did not leave Ireland as a result of the Potato Famine of 1845-1850. They left Ireland 15 years before, in 1830.    

Their children are:
John Taylor - born 1821 - County Sligo, Ireland
William Taylor - born 1829 - County Sligo, Ireland

Sligo Town, Ireland

Smith Falls, Ontario, in 1845
John Taylor 1821 County Sligo, Ireland March 17, 1908, at McKellar, Ontario Occupation:  Farmer
Emigrated to Canada when he was 9 or 10 years old
Married:  Elizabeth Griffith in 1851/52 at the United Church of England/Ireland in Smith Falls, Ontario.
Elizabeth Griffith was born in 1833 in Ontario. 
Religion:  Church of England - later, Methodist

Their children are:
Mary Taylor (born 1852)
Edward John Taylor (born 1854)
Catharine Caroline Taylor (born 1856)
William Taylor (born 1861)
Arthur John Taylor (born 1864)
James Evan Taylor (born 1867)

John Taylor
Edward John Taylor March 10, 1854 Lanark County, Ontario 1926 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan Occupation:  Teamster, farmer
Married:  to Margery Manson on March 21, 1875
Margery Manson:  born 1854 in Ontario, died in 1932 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Religion:  Methodist

Their children are:
Caroline A. Taylor (born 1876)
Mary E. Taylor (born 1877)
William E. Taylor (born 1880)
Mabel E. Taylor (born 1881)
Gertrude Ida Taylor (born 1883)
Beatrice M. Taylor (born 1885)
Edgar J. Taylor (born 1887)
Reuben Manson Taylor (born 1891)

Margery Manson's parents were:
George Manson: born 1804 in County Sligo, Ireland; died in 1889 at McKellar, Ontario.
Eleanor Middleton:  born 1827 in County Sligo, Ireland; died in 1885 at McKellar, Ontario.
George Manson and Eleanor Middleton had 9 children

Reuben Manson Taylor May 3, 1891 McKellar, Ontario September 14, 1948, at Nipawin, Saskatchewan Occupation:  farmer, store clerk
Married: on November 18, 1922 at Tisdale, Saskatchewan to Emma Elizabeth Thompson
Emma was born on August 18, 1890 at McKellar, Ontario and died in 1984 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan. 

Their children are:
Margery Taylor (born 1923) in Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Murray Taylor (born 1926) in Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Emma Elizabeth Thompson's grandparents were:
Edward Thompson (born 1813 - Ireland); died in Ontario. Occupation: farmer
Elizabeth Reynolds (born 1819 - Ireland); died 1864 in Ontario.
Edward Thompson and Elizabeth Reynolds had 11 children.

Henry Watkins (born 1845 - England); Emigrated to Canada in approx. 1868;  His wife, Emma (born 1841 in England).  Henry Watkins and his wife Emma had 7 children. 

Emma Elizabeth Thompson's parents were: Samuel Thompson (born 1857 in Ontario); died in 1922 in Ontario
Ellen Silence Watkins (born 1865 in England); died in 1939 in Ontario. 
Samuel Thompson and Ellen Silence Watkins had 6 children.

Reuben Tayor at age 56

Emma Thompson at age 70
Murray Taylor March 22, 1926 Nipawin, Saskatchewan May 19, 1997
at Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Occupation:  Oil rigger, milkman, truck driver
Married on September 16, 1947 to Vivien Shirley Metzger at Regina, Sask. 
They separated two years later. 
Their child:  Gregory Dale Taylor (born July 14, 1948 at Nipawin, Sask.)

Shirley Metzger was born on March 26, 1930, at Melfort, Sask. Married on Sept. 16, 1947, at Regina, Sask.  Died Sept. 28, 1968, at Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Shirley Metzger later married Louis David Herman (born 1932, in Winnipeg) and they had 1 son - David Samuel Herman (born 1958, in Winnipeg)

The grandparents of Shirley Metzger were Germans born in the Volga Region of Russia: 
Konrad Metzger and his wife, Susanna Held
Heinrich Kraft and his wife, Julia Bertram 

The parents of Shirley Metzger were:
Heinrich J. Metzger (born 1883 in Phillipsfeld, Volga Region, Russia); died at Nipawin, Saskatchewan; occupation - farmer, butcher;

Married Nov. 27, 1907 at Arcola, Sask. 
Katharina (Katarina) Margaret Kraft (born 1880 at Neu Norka, Volga Region, Russia.) 

Died at Ontario. 
Heinrich Metzger and Katharina Kraft had 12 children.

Murray Taylor at age 20

Shirley Metzger at age 36
Gregory Dale Taylor July 14, 1948 Nipawin, Saskatchewan   Occupation:  Government Clerk - retired
Relationship with:  Corinne (surname withheld)
Corinne:  born 1949 at Winnipeg, Manitoba
She is a retired business owner; married; has 3 sons

Child of Greg Taylor and Corinne:  Christopher Glendinning

Same Sex Marriage to: Warren (surname withheld)
Warren:  born 1944 at Russell, Manitoba - Hairstylist, business owner. 
Greg and Warren were legally married on July 30, 2005. They had been together for 35 years before that.


Christopher Glendinning February 18, 
Winnipeg, Manitoba   Adopted in 1969 by Robert Glendinning and Joyce Marie Glendinning (nee Thordarson)

Married:  Nakia Daneen Hughes who was born on April 21, 1974 at Calgary, Alberta. 
Marriage was later dissolved.  

Occupation:  House painter

Their children are: 
Abigail (born August 28, 2002 at Edmonton, Alberta)
Madeline (born July 9, 2004, at Edmonton, Alberta)

Chris Glendinning, Nakia Hughes and daughter, Abby
Additional Information
Origin of the Taylor Surname The Taylor surname is an English occupational name for a tailor, from Old French "tailleur" which in turn comes from the Latin "taliare" meaning "to cut".  It is among the most commonly found surnames in English, due to its popularity as a medieval occupation.
Map of Ireland

(The counties of Ireland are depicted in this map.  County Sligo is on the upper left of the map, in pink)
Movement of our family to McKellar, Ontario

Many of our ancestors, including the Taylor, Thompson, Manson and Watkins families eventually settled in the Parry Sound District of Ontario.

They moved to this area in order to receive free land grants from the Government of Canada.  

In the early 1800’s, people started moving north from the more settled parts of the province of Ontario. They were enticed into this unpopulated area by the offer of free grants of land.   The road from Parry Sound to the rapids was blazed by Samuel Armstrong, John McKeown and Andrew Moore. They decided this would be an ideal spot for a settlement.   The township contained 44,755 acres. Of this, 40% was reported to be good land, and there were excellent stands of oak along the Manitawaba shores.  Samuel Armstrong built a mill and shipped sawn planks to Parry Sound by oxen and wagon.

In 1872, a year before the township was incorporated, the first division court sat at Armstrong’s store with Judge McCurry presiding.

McKellar Township was incorporated in the spring of 1873 under a special act of the Ontario Legislature granting Municipal Institution in unorganized districts without connection with any County Council.  Samuel Armstrong was appointed Reeve.  He held this position until 1886.

In 1870, a church was built on the hill where it still stands today. There was a store and post office in Samuel Armstrong's house. When Henry Moffat Sr. built on the far side of the rapids, the post office was moved over there. In the spring of 1872, Mrs. Charles Brown held school in her kitchen. McKellar Loyal Orange Lodge 546 was organized on September 28th, 1870. At one time there were over 90 members. 1872 also saw the opening of a boarding house by Samuel Armstrong. In early 1874, “The McKellar House” (boarding house-hotel) was completed. This was managed by William Thompson. At the council meeting on September 9, 1873, a tavern licence was issued. This cost $30 per year.   

Henry Watkins was appointed Tavern Inspector.

In 1878, 160 ratepayers were noted for the township. McKellar village was surveyed into village lots and the streets were given names. The village had two stores, a hotel, a temperance boarding house, a wagon shop, grist mill, sawmill, blacksmith shop, and two boot and shoe makers. There was a Methodist Church, Orange Hall, schoolhouse and post office. In 1880 a wool carding mill was erected. Shortly after, a cheese factory was also built.

The first fall fair was held in the village square in 1875. The exhibits were at Armstrong's store. It was not until 1893 that an agricultural hall was built.  By 1888 there were 172 resident ratepayers.

Samuel Armstrong was the husband of Catharine Caroline Taylor, (born 1856) daughter of our John Taylor and Elizabeth Griffith.

William Thompson is some relative of our Thompson connection in McKellar.

Henry Watkins is one of our direct ancestors, born in 1845 in England. 

Our German Ancestors from Russia

Our ancestors, Konrad Metzger, Susanna Held, Henrich Kraft and Julia Bertram were all ethnic Germans living in German villages near the city of Saratov in the Volga Region of Russia

The Germans who left Germany to settle in the Russian Volga valley did so at the invitation of the Russian Empress, Catherine II, in July of 1763. They left Germany to avoid religious persecution, high taxes and the devastation of their farmland following the Seven Years War, which thrust them into extreme poverty.  Once in Russia, their settlement was restricted to the Volga Region and they were expected to become farmers. Closed German villages were established. The Empress authorized building a church in each colony, paid for by the government and repaid by the colonists. Four years later the Empress issued a set of instructions regulating every detail of their lives. By 1890, the land in the Volga Region became scarce and German colonists were diverted to Siberia.  There were 1,790,439 Germans settled in Russia by 1897.  

In the 1798 Russian Census for Phillipsfeld - Metzgers/Metzgars and Held/Heldt are all mentioned as established families in this village.  It is safe to assume that our German ancestors migrated to the Volga Region of Russia sometime prior to 1798.

Katarina Kraft and her husband Heinrich Metzger in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, circa 1954
Descendants of Edward Taylor in Canada