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James Taylor

Birthdate: (79)
Death: Died in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of George Taylor and Ann Spence
Husband of Catherine Falardeau and Barbara Jamieson
Father of Ann Taylor; Margaret Taylor; George Taylor; Catherine Taylor; John James Taylor and 2 others
Brother of Peter Taylor; George Richan Linay Taylor and John Taylor

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About James Taylor

JAMES TAYLOR (1828-1907)

Hudson's Bay Company Servant, 1825-55

is the son of George Taylor, farmer and ground officer at Bewan, a small farm or croft in the Orkney mainland parish of Birsay. His mother is Ann Spence.He was born on 27 July 1828 and his baptism was registered at Birsay on 21 September 1828 [Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, index, FamilySearch]

Bewan in Birsay, Orkney, 1841-51

When the Scottish census was ennumerated on 7 June 1841 James Taylor, age 12, was at home at Bewan in Birsay, together with his parents and brothers named Peter and George [Orkney Family History Society. 1841 Census Return for Birsay in Orkney] He is noticed at home again, this time with his widowed father and brothers named Peter and George, when the census was enumerated on 30 March 1851. In this return he is listed as an apprentice blacksmith, aged 21 [Orkney Family History Society. 1851 Census Return for Birsay in Orkney]

Fort Victoria,1825-55

James Taylor worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company and first appears in their books at Fort Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, in 1852, where he was a blacksmith on General Charges. He had a credit of £3.5.1 and his wages were 25 pounds [The Children of Fort Langley]

Fort Langley,1855-61

In the entry for 1855 James Taylor, from Birsay in Orkney, Scotland, is a blacksmith in Langley. He has a credit of £4.14.7 and the same 25 pound wage. His age is not given in any of the foregoing records. In 1861 his last wage was entered and in 1862 he is in debt to HBC for £47.2.9. In 1863 he is carrying a credit of £8.16.4 [The Children of Fort Langley]

New Westminster,1881

James Taylor and his second wife Barbara, together with six of the seven children from his first marriage to Catherine Falardeau, are noticed at New Westminster in British Columbia, Canada, in 1881 [Canada Census, 1881, index, FamilySearch]


James Taylor died at St. Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, on 30 November 1907 [The Children of Fort Langley: Memorial Inscription at Fort Langley Municipal Cemetery] and [British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986, index and images, FamilySearch]

First Marriage

James Taylor married Catherine Falardeau.

Second Marriage

James Taylor married Barbara Jamieson, as his second wife.


James Taylor and Catherine Falardeau had seven children:

(1) Ann Taylor

(2) Margaret Taylor

(3) George Taylor

(4) Catherine Taylor

(5) John James Taylor

(6) Mary Taylor

(7) Peter Taylor

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James Taylor's Timeline

July 27, 1828
September 21, 1828
Birsay, Orkney, Scotland
Age 32
May 23, 1871
Age 42
October 11, 1873
Age 45
Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
October 11, 1874
Age 46
November 30, 1907
Age 79
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada