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born in 1769 in County Sligo,
Ireland, and emigrated to
Canada in 1830
This genealogy website lists these surnames:

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

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Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information
Edward Taylor

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in County Sligo,
June 30, 1845
in Perth, Ontario
Edward Taylor's wife was Catherine (who was born in County Sligo, Ireland, in 1786).

They emigrated to Canada circa 1830 with their 2 sons.  Edward was 61 years old when he left Ireland and settled in Smith Falls, Lanark County, Ontario.  

They later moved to Perth, Ontario. 

Edward Taylor died at approximately age 76 and is buried in the Perth Old Burying Grounds.

Catherine Taylor died on May 22, 1860 at approximately 74 years of age and is buried in the Perth Old Burying Grounds.  

Their religion was: Church of England 

Edward Taylor and his wife Catherine did not leave Ireland as a result of the Potato Famine of 1845-1850.

Their children are:

John Taylor - born 1821 - County Sligo, Ireland
William Taylor - born 1829 - County Sligo, Ireland
Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information
John Taylor

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in County Sligo,
 March 17, 1908,
in McKellar, Ontario
John's occupation:  Farmer

John emigrated to Canada when he was 9 or 10 years old.

He married:  Elizabeth Griffith in 1851/52 at the United Church of England/Ireland in Smith Falls, Ontario.

His wife, Elizabeth Griffith, was born in 1833 in Ontario. 

Their religion:  Church of England - and then 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)
Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information
Edward John Taylor

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March 10, 1854
in Lanark County,
at Nipawin,
Edward John's occupation:  Teamster, farmer

He married Margery Manson on March 21, 1875

Margery Manson was born in 1854 in Ontario. She died in 1932 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

Their 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
Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information
Reuben Manson Taylor

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May 3, 1891
at McKellar, Ontario
September 14, 1948
at Nipawin,
Reuben's occupation:  farmer, later a store clerk

He was 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:

Marjorie Taylor (born 1923) in Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Murray Taylor (born 1926) in Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Emma Elizabeth Thompson's parents were: Samuel Thompson (born 1857 in Ontario); died in 1922 in Ontario

Helen Silence Watkins (born 1865 in England); died in 1939 in Ontario. 

Samuel Thompson and Helen Silence Watkins had 6 children.  

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); he emigrated to Canada in approx. 1868;  His wife, Emma Robinson was born 1841 in England).  Henry Watkins and his wife Emma had 7 children. 

Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information
Murray Elburn Taylor

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March 22, 1926
at Nipawin,
May 19, 1997
at Nipawin,
Murray's occupation:  Oil rigger, milkman, truck driver

He was married on September 16, 1947 to Vivien Shirley Metzger at Regina, Saskatchewan.  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. She died on September 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 parents of Shirley Metzger were:
Heinrich J. Metzger (born 1883 in Phillipsfeld, Volga Region, Russia) who died at Nipawin, Saskatchewan; occupation - farmer, butcher; Married Nov. 27, 1907 at Arcola, Saskatchewan to Katarina Margaret Kraft (born 1890 at Neu Norka, Volga Region, Russia.) Katarina died in Ontario.
Heinrich Metzger and Katharina Kraft had 12 children.

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

Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information
Gregory Dale Taylor

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July 14, 1948,
at Nipawin,
  Greg's occupation:  Government Clerk - retired

Greg had a teenage relationship with Corinne (surname withheld).
Corinne was born in 1949 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She is a retired business owner; widowed; has 3 sons and a step-son and a step-daughter.

The child of Greg Taylor and Corinne is Christopher Glendinning who was placed for adoption at birth.

Greg had a 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 date.
Name Birth Date and Place Death Date and Place Information



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February 18, 1969
at Winnipeg, Manitoba
  Chris was adopted in 1969 by Robert Glendinning and Joyce Marie Glendinning (nee Thordarson).

He married Nakia Daneen Hughes who was born on April 21, 1974 at Calgary, Alberta. 

Occupation:  House painter

Chris and Nakia have two daughters  (whose names and birthdates are withheld for the time being due to privacy concerns).  Their marriage ended in divorce.

Meaning of the
Surname "Taylor"
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.
Our Family in
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

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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.


In 2015, Greg Taylor took an ethnicity DNA test and the results were as follows:

95% of Greg's DNA came from Europe:

Europe West (mainly Germany): 56%
Great Britain: 22%
Ireland: 13%
Italy/Greece: 2%
Spain: 1%
Scandinavia: 0.5 percent
Europe East (Poland and the Slavic Countries): 0.5 percent

The remaining 5% of Greg's DNA came from the Middle East/Asia: Caucasus - 5%

The "Caucasus" designation relates to ancestry from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Family members had previously stated that there were "Syrians" in our family tree, so it is assumed that the Caucasus designation refers to Syria.
Male Descendants of
Edward Taylor
in Canada
Edward Taylor
Born: 1769 at County Sligo, Ireland
Died: 1845 at Perth, Ontario

John Taylor
Born: 1821 at County Sligo, Ireland
Died: 1908 at McKellar, Ontario

Edward John Taylor
Born: 1854 at Lanark County, Ontario
Died: 1926 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Reuben Manson Taylor
Born: 1891 at McKellar, Ontario
Died: 1948 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Murray Elburn Taylor
Born: 1926 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Died: 1997 at Nipawin, Saskatchwan

Gregory Dale Taylor
Born:  1948 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Chris Glendinning
Born:  1969 at Winnipeg, Manitoba