John Taylor, M.L.A.
(1834-1925)John Taylor was born on January 24, 1834, the Metis son of James Taylor and hisCree wife Mary. His father, James Taylor was from the Orkney Islands and became chief fisherman for the Hudson’s Bay Company. His mother Mary Inkster was a Métissedaughter of James Inkster and hisCree wife, Mary. John was born atMiddlechurch, educated at St.Paul’s School and was chosen byBishop David Anderson to betrained to teach on the Indiansettlements. Mary Inkster aMétisse. John left college in 1852and Bishop Anderson assignedhim to teach at Oxford House, hespent two years there and at Norway House. He returned toRed River and the Bishop assignedhim to teach at the mission schoolat Headingley.John married Flora Campbellon September 23, 1856 at St.John’s. She was the daughter of Colin Campbell (a chief Factor of the HBC) and ElizabethMcGillvray. Together they hadeight children. He then marriedFrances Jane Brown, the daughter of William Brown and CharlotteOmand on December 31, 1873 and they had fourteen children.Taylor was the first schoolteacher at Headingley and became a politicalrepresentative for that area. He was a large scale farmer and Headingley village wasformed in the middle of his extensive 1,700 acre farm. He was an English-speakingdelegate at the Convention of Forty in 1870. He was part of the armed party from Portagela Prairie that was imprisoned by Riel in February of 1870. Later, he was a magistrate andwas elected to the Manitoba legislature as MLA from Assiniboia in 1871. Taylor also became a member of the Executive Council, Manitoba’s short-lived upper house. Thatsenatorial body voted itself out of existence in 1876 under pressure from Ottawa for budget cuts. He was Minister of Agriculture during 1878-79.1