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Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 34 - Sˇlheimar
(Sunhome)
Sigurjˇn Svanlaugsson his wife and daughter. ┴rnorssta­ir in Jˇkuldals   Hjalmar 1875

They arrived in Markland in November 1875. Two daughters were born there in 1877 and 1879. The family is on the 1881 Nova Scotia census. Later in 1881, they sold their lot to William Keith, who lived on the property, and moved to Marshall, Minnesota.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 35 GrŠnavatn
(Green Lake)
Gu­brandur Erlendsson his wife, three children and sister Helga Gaukssta­ir in Jˇkuldals   Hjalmar 1875
# 35
GrŠnavatn
Helga Erlendsdˇttir Gu­brandur Erlendsson Hnefils­alur in Jˇkuldals   Hjalmar 1875

They arrived in Markland in October 1875. A daughter and son were born there, in 1875 and 1877. The family is on the 1881 Nova Scotia census. In July 1881, they deeded their lot to David Higgins and moved to Hallson, North Dakota. Helga Erlendsdˇttir is the sister of Gu­brandur. She arrived in Markland in October 1875. A daughter, JˇnÝna, whose father stayed in Iceland, was born at the end of October. Helga and her daughter are not on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 33 Sta­artunga
(Homestead Point)
Sigur­ur Jˇnsson his wife Botnasta­ir in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick Sept. 1874

By May 1875, they were in Nova Scotia. They arrived in Markland in August 1875. Two sons were born there, in 1875 and 1878. (Brynjˇlfur Sigur­sson, born in September 1875, was the first Icelandic child to be born in Nova Scotia.) They are on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. They moved to Hallson in 1881 and later, to Mountain, North Dakota
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 31
Sta­ur
(Homestead)
Stefßn Brynjˇlfsson his wife, daughter and foster daughter Botnasta­ir in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

In May of 1875, they were in Nova Scotia. They arrived in Markland in October 1875. His wife and daughter died soon after their arrival. (His daughter of measles). Stefßn then formed a relationship with his foster daughter Valger­ur Kristjansdˇttir. He sold his lot in August 1881 and left for North Dakota.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 29
HlÚskˇgar (Leewoods)
Sigur­ur J. Jˇhannesson his wife and two daughters Gauts­alur in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario Queen 1873

A third daughter was born in Washago, Ontario, in July 1874. They arrived in Markland in November 1875. A son was born there, in 1879. By 1881, all except the two oldest daughters appeared on the census for Nova Scotia. In 1881, the family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  A water mill was built between this lot and the next.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 30
Bˇlsta­arhli­ (Homeside)
Magn˙s Brynjˇlfsson his wife and three children Bˇlsta­arhli­ in H˙navatnssřsla   Unknown 1875

They arrived in Markland in October 1875. A son was born in Markland in 1878. They are on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. Likely in 1881, they moved to North Dakota
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 30
Bˇlsta­arhli­
Ingibj÷rg Klemensdˇttir her children     Unknown 1875

Ingibj÷rg Klemensdˇttir a sister-in-law to Magn˙s Brynjˇlfsson also arrived in Markland in October 1875. Ingibj÷rg and her children Kristjana Gu­mundsdˇttir and Jˇnas Gu­mundsson do not appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 30
Bˇlsta­arhli­
Jˇsias Magn˙sson   Bˇlsta­arhli­ in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

Likely Magn˙s' son. He arrived in Markland in October 1875, and worked as a miner and appears on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. He apparently ended up in North Dakota.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 27
Vatns­alur
(Lakedale)
Brynjˇlfur Brynjˇlfsson his wife, six children and mother Skeggsta­ir in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

He was the brother to Magn˙s, above, and to the wife of Sigur­ur Jˇnsson on "Sta­artunga", above. Brynjˇlfur and his wife Ůorunn moved to Nova Scotia in May 1875 and arrived in Markland in August 1875. They are on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. Later in 1881, they moved to Manitoba and in 1882 to Mountain, North Dakota. This distinguished family gave early leadership to the St. Patrick passengers and the Markland settlement. One son, Skafti, was the first Icelandic-American senator (1891-93). Another, Bj÷rn, was the chairman of the North Dakota Democratic Committee. A third son, Magn˙s, was the North Dakota State's Attorney from 1898-1910.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 28
VindhŠli (Windhaven)
Gu­mundur Gu­mundsson (Laxdal) his wife and three children Ytra Tungukot in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

They first settled in Kinmount, Ontario, where a son was born. In May of 1875, they were working in Washago, Ontario. They moved to Nova Scotia later that year, arriving in Markland in August 1875. A son was born in there in 1879. They appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. Likely, they moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1881.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 13 and 17
Vatnshli­ (Lakeside)
Bjarni S÷lvason his wife and four children Mikligar­ur in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

They settled initially in Kinmount, Ontario, where two children died. By May 1875, they were in Nova Scotia and arrived in Markland in October 1875, where a daughter died of measles. A daughter, Ingibj÷rg, was born in 1878. They appear on the 1881 census of Nova Scotia with two surviving children. They reconveyed lot 13 back to the Crown in May 1882, sold lot 17 to John Smith in May 1882 and moved to Winnipeg. They were among the last four families to leave Nova Scotia .
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 16
Hvammur (Hollow)
Jˇhann Bjarnason his wife and three children Tumabrekka in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

They settled first in Kinmount, Ontario. In May 1875 they were working in Millbrook, Ontario and left for Nova Scotia soon after. They apparently lived in Lockeport until October 1877, when they arrived in Markland. A young son (┴rni) does not appear on the 1878 census and likely died in Nova Scotia before their arrival in Markland. Jˇhann Bjarnason died in Markland in 1879, shortly after completing a beautiful house. The family returned to Lockeport in September 1880, where son ١rvaldur (Walter) worked as a shoemaker. They are in the 1881 census for Nova Scotia in Lockeport. The family successfully petitioned for a crown grant for lot 16 in September 1881 and then the lot was sold in April 1882. The widow and her son Gu­var­ur and, perhaps, ١rvaldur left for Winnipeg around this time. In 1885, Gu­var­ur was in the 90th Winnipeg Rifles during the Northwest Rebellion.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 12
Laufßs (Leafridge)
Hannes Jˇnsson his wife and three children Thernumyri in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

They first settled in Kinmount, Ontario. They were in Nova Scotia by May 1875 and arrived in Markland in October 1875. They are all in the 1881 census except an older daughter. Likely in 1881, they moved to Winnipeg.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 10
Laufskˇgar (Leafwoods)
Petur Jˇnsson (Hillman) his two children and housekeeper Holl in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874
# 10
Laufskˇgar
Mßria Rognvaldsdˇttir   Gardakot in Skagafjar­arsřsla   Verona 1876

They settled in Kinmount, Ontario. By March 1875 they were working in Millbrook, Ontario. They moved to Nova Scotia in July 1875, and took land in Markland in November 1875. They spent the winter in Lockeport, where Una was born. In 1876, they began to farm their Markland property, where Jˇn was born in 1878. Petur's mother-in-law, Mßria Rognvaldsdˇttir who left Gardakot in Skagafjar­arsřsla joined them in November 1877. Petur left for Winnipeg in 1880, having deeded the Markland property to Ol÷f. Son Jˇn, born in Markland, does not appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. Una, born in Lockeport, is renamed Annie and is fostered with Einar Jˇnsson on "Fljˇtsbrekka". An older son, Rognvaldur, is renamed Walter and fostered with Petur Hansen on "Hjar­arholt". Ol÷f petitioned for a Crown Grant in May 1881, then left Nova Scotia for North Dakota in October 1881, a few months after Peter Hillman left Winnipeg for North Dakota. Petur married and took land near Cavalier N.D. while Ol÷f married and settled near Mountain N.D.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 9
Engihli­ (Meadowside)
Jˇn Jˇnsson (Hillman) His brother and father Holl in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874
# 9
Engihli­
Jˇn Rognvaldsson (Hillman) His sons Holl in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount
Ontario
St. Patrick 1874

They settled initially in Kinmount, Ontario. In November 1874, Jˇn Jˇnsson joined four other men to explore settlement opportunities in Nova Scotia, after spending the winter in Halifax. Jˇn arrived in Markland in October 1875. His father, Jˇn Rognvaldsson (Hillman), who had arrived from Ontario, joined him. On October 11, 1879, Jˇn Jˇnsson married his neighbour Jˇhanna Hafsteinsdˇttir from "Fljˇtshli­" (lot 8). They had a daughter in 1880. They appear on the 1881 Nova Scotia census where Jˇhanna Hafsteinsdˇttir is known as H. Ellen Hillman. In May 1882, Jˇn Jˇnsson with his family and father moved to North Dakota. They were among the last four families to leave Markland.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 8
Fljˇtshli­ (Riverside)
Hafsteinn Skulason (Thompson) his mother, daughter and foster-daughter Hraun in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount
Ontario
St. Patrick 1874

They settled in Kinmount, Ontario. It is possible that his mother, Jˇhanna Jˇsefsdˇttir, is one of two elderly women to die in Kinmount, as her arrival in Markland is not mentioned and she does not appear on the 1878 Nova Scotia census. In May 1875, Hafsteinn and his foster daughter, Hallfri­ur Minerva Magn˙sdˇttir, were in Nova Scotia and his daughter was in Lutterworth Township, Ontario. They all arrived in Markland in October 1875, when Hafsteinnĺs wife, Sigri­ur ١rkels[berg]dˇttir, who had just arrived from Savarland, Skagafjar­arsřsla on an unnamed ship, joined them. In 1879, their daughter married Jˇn Hillman from the neighbouring farm. They are in the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. In May 1882, they moved to North Dakota. Their foster daughter moved to Elfros, Sask. They were among the last four families to leave Markland.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 6
Hli­arh˙s (Hillside House)
Bjarni AndrÚsson his wife and two children Fljˇtsbakki in S-Mulasřsla Markland
N.S.
Unknown 1875

They arrived in Markland in Dec. 1875. They appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. In May of 1882, they moved to Winnipeg. The last family to leave Markland.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 5
Fragrahli­(Fairside)
Bj÷rn Sigvaldason (Walterson) his wife and daughter Austaraland in N-Thingeyjarsřsla Kinmount
Ontario
St. Patrick 1874

They first settled in Kinmount, Ontario, where their daughter died. In the spring of 1875 they were working in Millbrook. They arrived in Markland in October 1875. A son was born in Markland, in 1877. They appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. In 1881 they moved to Winnipeg and then to Argyle, Manitoba.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 4
Brautarholt
Jˇhannes Gu­mundsson his wife and four children Stapabud in Gullbringusřsla Kinmount
Ontario (?)
Corinthian 1874

Jˇhannes Gu­mundsson sailed on the Corinthian out of Glasgow, arriving in Quebec on 17 August 1874 with his wife and four children. They arrived in Markland, likely from Ontario, in October 1875. A daughter was born there in 1876 and a son in 1878. A teen-aged daughter died in Markland in 1881. This family does not appear on the 1881 Nova Scotia census and may have left for Winnipeg by then.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 3
Br˙arland
Jˇn Samundsson   Hraunkˇt in Kleifahreppur Markland
N.S.
Unknown 1875
# 3
Br˙arland
Vigdis Emilia ١rkelsdˇttir daughter Ůuri­ur Holmfri­ur Jˇnsdˇttir Nes in S-Ůingeyjarsřsla Kinmount
Ontario (?)
St. Patrick 1874

He arrived in Markland in October 1875, where his wife Vigdis Emilia ١rkelsdˇttir joined him with their daughter Ůuri­ur Holmfri­ur Jˇnsdˇttir. They had arrived from Nes in S-Ůingeyjarsřsla in 1874 aboard the St. Patrick and settled for a time in Ontario. A daughter and son were born in Markland, in 1877 and 1881. The Markland farm was sold to Isaac Prest in August 1881 and they left for Winnipeg.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 2
Fljˇtsbrekka
Einar Jˇnsson (Hnappdal)   Svarfholl in Hnappadalssřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874
# 2
Fljˇtsbrekka
Halla Jˇnsdˇttir three adult children Laxarbakki in Hnappadalssřsla Halifax
N.S.
Verona 1876

He settled in Kinmount, Ontario. In the spring of 1875 he was on land in Lutterworth Township. Soon after, he left for Nova Scotia and arrived in Markland in October 1875. In 1876, his wife Halla Jˇnsdˇttir and their three adult children, who left Laxarbakki in Hnappadalssřsla for Halifax, aboard the Verona, joined him. They appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia with five-year-old Annie (likely Una Petursdˇttir Hillman from "Laufskˇgar"). In August 1881 the Markland property was sold and the family moved to Winnipeg.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 8
Robbsh˙s
Hans Christian Robb with his wife, three children and a domestic Reykjavik Markland
N.S.
Unknown 1878

Robb, a businessman, left Reykjavik in 1878 with his wife, three children and a domestic, Margret ┴rnadˇttir. They arrived in Markland in Sept. 1878, where H. C. Robb built a fine house and yard on or near the land belonging to Gu­mundur Laxdal (lot 8), where he opened a store. He soon realized that this was not the proper spot for an elderly merchant and sold his business to Erlendur H÷skuldsson, who arrived in 1879. The Robbs moved to Halifax, then to Tangier in Nova Scotia, and finally to New York.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# ?
Lundur
Jˇn Gislason (Borgfj÷rd) his wife and son Reykjavik Markland
N.S.
Cumbrae 1878

Jˇn Gislason (Borgfj÷rd), carpenter, left Reykjavik in 1878, aboard-the Cumbrae, with his wife and son. They arrived in Markland in 1878. They are not in the 1881 census for Nova Scotia.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# ?
Hli­
Brynjˇlfur Gu­laugsson his wife, son and sister Hoskuldssta­asel in S. Mulasřsla Quebec City Osborne 1878
# ?
Hli­
Brynjˇlfur Gu­laugsson   Quebec City Markland
N.S.
Waldensian
1878

They arrived in Quebec City on 1 August 1878. Later boarded the Waldensian and reached Markland (via Halifax) in August 1878. His wife was the sister to Bj÷rn Walterson from "Fragrahli­". Two sons were born in Markland, in 1878 and 1879. Brynjˇlfur, born in 1878, died. Brynjˇlfur's sister, Vilborg Gunnlaugsdˇttir from ١rgrimssta­ir in S-Mulasřsla, left in 1878 on the Osborne also and is with this family in Markland. This property was next to that of Sigfus Bjarnason, and is said to be located on the "next height west of the school property". In 1881, all the family, except Vilborg, is in the Nova Scotia census. Likely in 1881, this family moved to Winnipeg and later to Argyle, Manitoba.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 18
┴rnes
Ëlafur ١rsteinsson   Tunga in Ůingvallahreppur Lockeport
N.S.
Unknown 1877
# 18
┴rnes
Wife of Ëlafur five children, a sister, niece and nephew Tunga in Ůingvallahreppur Markland
N.S.
Cumbrae 1878

Ëlafur ١rsteinsson, was a blacksmith. He spent the winter in Lockeport. In 1878, his wife, five children, sister, niece and nephew left from the same place aboard the Cumbrae. They all arrived in Markland in August 1878. It is indicated that his property was east towards the Tangier River, east of the schoolhouse. He was a prosperous man who built a fine house. The family appears on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. In August 1881, Ëlafur ١rsteinsson's petition for a Crown Grant was granted and this family moved to Pembina, North Dakota. Their niece, Sigri­ur ١rsteinsson,(?) married Porter Taylor from a local family and raised a family in Chaswood, Nova Scotia.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 19?
┴usturhli­
Halldˇr Halldˇrsson (┴rmann) his wife and Sesselja GrÝmsdˇttir Stori Hals in Ůingvallahreppur Lockeport
N.S.
Cumbrae 1878

Einar Einarsson, who left in 1878 from Hvoll in Dyrholahreppur aboard the Cumbrae, also joined this household. They arrived in Markland in August 1878. His property was adjacent to "┴rnes" (lot 18). Halldor built an exceptionally fine house. Einar Einarsson and Sesselja Grimsdˇttir do not appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. The Halldorsson family moved to Winnipeg and in 1884, to Gardar, North Dakota.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# ?
Ljˇsavatn
Ëlafur Ëlafsson (Fellsted)   Vestra Midfell in Borgarfjar­arsysla   Unknown 1876

He lived in Lockeport until 1878, when his future wife who left Hvitarvellir in Borgarfjar­arsřsla in 1878 aboard the Cumbrae with their son joined him. They arrived in Markland in August 1878 and were married on 13 October 1879 at the home of Ëlafur ١rsteinsson. They had a daughter in Markland, in 1879. This property was east towards the Tangier River. Ëlafur does not appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia, although his wife and children do. Likely in 1881, they moved to Winnipeg.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# ? Bj÷rn Ëlafsson (Fellsted) his wife and two children Njibar in Borgarfjar­arsřsla   Cumbrae 1878

They arrived in Markland in August 1878. His brother, Ëlafur, was on "Ljˇsavatn". They do not appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. They moved to Winnipeg.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# ? Jˇhann Jˇhannsson his wife ┴kureyri in Eyjafjar­arsřsla   Osborne 1878
# ? Jˇn Gunnarsson his wife Kjarni in Eyjafjar­arsřsla   Osborne 1878

Jˇhann's wife was Valger­ur Gu­mundsdˇttir (or Fridriksdˇttir, according to the Markland survey). Also with this household was Jˇn Gunnarsson, who left in 1878 from Kjarni in Eyjafjar­arsřsla aboard the Osborne with his wife Palina Jˇnsdˇttir. These couples are in Markland in August 1878, but they are not on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia. Both moved to Winnipeg.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 11?
Baldurshagi
Gu­mundur Kjartansson his wife and child Keta in Skagafjar­arsřsla Kinmount Ontario St. Patrick 1874

Gu­mundur and his wife first settled in Kinmount, Ontario, where their child died. In the spring of 1875, they were employed near Lindsay, Ontario. The family moved to Lockeport in Nova Scotia in 1876. In 1878, they arrived in Markland. This property was adjacent to that of Petur Hillman (lot 10). They do not appear on the 1881 Nova Scotia census. Around 1881, they moved to Milwaukee.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# ?
Hjar­arholt
Petur Hansen his wife Thvera i Hallardal in H˙navatnssřsla Lockeport
N.S.
Verona 1876

They settled first in Lockeport. In 1878 they moved to Markland, near "Baldurshagi". They are in the 1881 Nova Scotia census where the wife, Gu­laug Jˇnsdˇttir, was known as Laura Hansen and they were caring for young Rognvaldur Petursson, named Walter Hillman, and the elderly Mßria Rognvaldsdˇttir, known as Catherine Mary, from "Laufskˇgar". Likely in 1881, they moved to Winnipeg, and then Hallson, North Dakota.
 

Lot and name Settler With From To Ship / date
# 14?
┴rbakki
Jˇn Ivarsson   Thvera i Hallardal in H˙navatnssřsla Kinmount
Ontario
St. Patrick 1874

Jˇn is the father-in-law of Petur Hansen, above. He settled initially in Kinmount, Ontario. In the spring of 1875 he was employed in Millbrook, Ontario. He went to Lockeport, Nova Scotia, that year and in 1878 arrived in Markland. Also in Lockeport for a time was his daughter JˇnÝna, who cannot be identified precisely from outgoing ship lists. In 1879, Jˇn Ivarsson took as his common-law-wife Helga Magn˙sdˇttir, who arrived in 1879 from Ormarssta­ur in N-Mulasřsla. He took property on the shores of the Tangier River, immediately east of Johann Bjarnason (lot 16). They appear on the 1881 Nova Scotia census, where Jˇn Ivarsson is known as John Irving and Helga Magn˙sdˇttir is known as Helga Jˇnsson. Likely in 1881, they moved to Winnipeg.

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