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Settler With From To Ship / date
Jón Eiriksson his wife and four  
children
Vidines in S-Mulasýsla Markland 
N.S.
Unknown 
1879

With them was Elinborg Erlendsdóttir, who left from Skali in S-Mulasýsla.  They arrived in Markland in 1879. They appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia in both Pope's Harbour and Lockeport, where Jón is described as a fisherman.  Elinborg Erlendsdóttir appears as "Ellen Ellison", a servant with William and Annie Sedgewick, in Middle Musquodoboit.  The Eiriksson family moved to Winnipeg in 1881.
 

Settler With From To Ship / date
Sigfus Bjarnason his wife, six children 
and his sister Olöf
Staffell in N-Mulasýsla Markland 
N.S.
Unknown 
1879

They took land on the "next height west of the schoolhouse property", adjacent to that of his brother Brynjólfur Guðlaugsson.  A son was born in Markland. They appear on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia in both Pope's Harbour and Lockeport, where Sigfus is described as a farmer.  Likely in 1881, they moved to Hensel, North Dakota.
 

Settler With From To Ship / date
Erlendur Höskuldsson his wife and  
two daughters
Lond in S-Mulasýsla Markland 
N.S.
Unknown 
1879

They purchased the Robb store in Markland initially, but settled in Lockeport. They appear in Lockeport in the 1881 Nova Scotia census, where Erlendur is described as a labourer (he was a carpenter). This family stayed in Nova Scotia.
 

Settler With From To Ship / date
Sigurður Guðmundsson (Nordal) his wife and three children Vatnahverfi in Húnavatnssýsla Kinmount 
Ontario
St. Patrick 
1874

They settled first in Kinmount, Ontario, but were in Nova Scotia by May 1875.  They settled in Lockeport, where they are on the 1881 census.  A son, and perhaps two daughters, Margret and Jane, were born in Nova Scotia. The family, except for Margret and Jane, is on the 1881 census for Lockeport.  They likely left Nova Scotia in 1881
 

Settler With From To Ship / date
Sveinn Arnason his wife and  
six-children
Kirkjúbol in S-Mulasýsla Markland 
N.S.
Unknown 
1878

Of the six childeren, only five appear in Markland in that year.  They spent their first winter with Stefán Brynjólfsson at "Staður".   They are not on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia.  They moved to North Dakota

 
Settler With From To Ship / date
Magnús Jóhannesson   Ákureyri   St. Patrick 
1874

Magnús settled first in Ontario.  He was in Nova Scotia by 1875, where he was joined by his wife Malmfriður Baldvinsdóttir and son Magnús, who arrived from Ákureyri in 1875.  Two children were born in Nova Scotia, in 1877 and 1880.  They appear in Lockeport on the 1881 census for Nova Scotia, where Magnús is registered as a fisherman.  His son is listed as Walter.  They moved to Duluth, Minnesota
 

Settler With From To Ship / date
Jóhann Eliasson (Straumfjörd)   Hrisðalur in Hnappadalssýsla Kinmount 
Ontario
St. Patrick 
1874

First settled in Kinmount, Ontario.  He was one of five men from the St. Patrick who went to Nova Scotia in November 1874, to explore settlement opportunities there.  In the fall of 1875, he returned to Iceland as an immigration agent, accompanied by Johannes Árngrimsson (John Anderson).  In 1876, he returned to Canada with his wife and two children and settled on Mikley Island in Manitoba.  He was a homeopathic doctor and was prominent in public affairs
 

Settler With From To Ship / date
Magnús Einarsson   Suðaurnesjum   unknown
Magnús Einarsson cannot be located on outgoing ship lists.  He is said to come from Suðaurnesjum.

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