Embrace your heritage

 Photograph taken by Kristin Johnson (Valgardson), their daughter.
These are my great grandparents, Ketill Valgarðsson and Soffia Sveinbjarnardóttir.
Ketill did not come to Canada to steal, rob, pillage, burn down buildings, kidnap people and sell slaves. He worked in Iceland, like his father, as a laborer. He came to Canada to work.
He did not wear a Viking helmet with or without horns.
In Iceland, he took care of dairy cattle and sheep. He cut hay. He fished. He had no future. He had no opportunity to advance beyond being a hired man. He worked for his room and board, a small amount of money and some cloth with which to have clothes made.
He was the son of Valgardur Jonsson and Kristin Brynjolfsdottir. His mother died in Iceland and his father, who was seriously ill when he came to Canada, died in New Iceland and was buried at Sandy Bar outside of Riverton in an unmarked grave.
Ketill came to Canada in 1878 on the SSWaldensian. He and his father traveled from Quebec City to New Iceland. Ketill worked on the railway and as a fisherman.  He moved to Winnipeg, married Soffia, and worked for the city as a laborer and then as a foreman.
In 1894, 16 years after his arrival in Canada, he was able to start a dairy business and to buy land at the northwest corner of Simcoe Street and Ellice Avenue. He had a business there until 1903. He then moved to Gimli and set up a flour and feed business that lasted until 1909. He bought a farm outside of Gimli which he called Adabol. He lived there until 1920. He moved back to Gimli, built a house there, a house in which I lived for the first year of my life.
He was not a pagan. He was a Christian. He didn´t worship Thor or Odin or any other gods. He was one of the founders of the Tjaldbud congregation in Winnipeg in 1893. When he moved to Gimli he became a member of the Lutheran church council.
He was active politically in that he was a member of the first council of the Village of Gimli in 1908.
He wasn´t a goði or a bishop or even a rich farm owner. He was a farm laborer. He came from a hard life to a hard life. It was no fun being a laborer on the railway. I expect it was no fun being a laborer for the city of Winnipeg.However, his work and his thrift meant that he could save money and buy land and start a business.
He and Soffia had three children. In Iceland those children would have become farm laborers, if not paupers. Raised in Gimli, one son, Sveinbjorn, became a master carpenter; the other son, Valentinus earned a gold medal in Mathematics at the University of Manitoba and a Master´s degree and became a high school Mathematics teacher in Moosejaw; Kristin, his daughter, became a bookkeeper and an accomplished artist.
In his retirement, he was financially independent. He’d raised and educated his children so that they did not have to be indentured servants. He owned his own house. He’d owned businesses. He could afford to keep a fine coffin in his basement for when he died. He wanted no pauper’s grave.
He and Soffia are my heritage. I’m proud of them. They’re the heritage I embrace. Ketill never killed anyone, stole from anyone, burned down any houses or monasteries. Soffia never scared off a bunch of angry aboriginals by beating her bare breasts with a sword.
They came with little or nothing. They made a good life for themselves. Their descendants have prospered.
Ketill’s story is not unique. I expect it is the story of many, if not all, of the people who came with him on the SSWaldensian. This is our real heritage. Laborers, farmers, domestics, paupers. Seeking opportunity. Building a life, a shovel full of earth at a time, adapting to a new society, learning a new language, adjusting to foreign neighbours, finding hope and solace in their church. Being brave.
My last memories of Ketill are the taste of peppermint and his woodpile. The peppermint because he always gave me a peppermint when I went with my father to visit him and the woodpile because it was while he was chopping wood at 84 that he had a heart attack and died.   

SS Waldensian, immigrant ship, 1878

SS Waldensian, immigrant ship, 1878
Did your people come to Canada with my people?
S.S.Waldensian (Montreal Ocean Steamship Co.)
Left Glasgow, July 21, 1878
Arrived Quebec, August 1, 1878
The Waldensian was 1407 tons. 7250 ft. It had several compartments set apart for passengers other than cabin passengers.
1.      
 Jon Gudmundsson, Labourer, single
2.       2. Bjorn Saemundsson, labourer, single
3.       Olafur Torlacius Helgason, Labourer, single
4.       Thorsteinn Kristjansson, Labourer, married
5.       Valgerdur Svensdottir, his wife, married
6.       Jon Shorsteinsson, child, single
7.       Jon Brandsson, farmer, married
8.       Margret Gudbrandsdottir, his wife, married
9.       Gudbrandur Jonsson, their child, single
10.   Askell Jonsson, their child single
11.   Kristin Jonsdottir, their child single
12.   Halflidi Gudbrandsson, labourer, single
13.   Kristjan Samuelsson, labourer, single
14.   Gudmundur Magnusson, labourer, married
15.   Helga Jonsdottir his wife, married
16.   Gudrun Gudmundsdottir, their child, single
17.   Olina Gudmundsdottir, their child, single
18.   Gudmundur Jonsson, farmer, married
19.   Thuridfur Halldorsdottir, his wife, married
20.   Gudmundur Gudmundsson, child, single
21.   Holmfridur Gudmundsdotttir, child, single
22.   Augerdur Petursdottir, occupation unknown, single
23.   Sturlaugur Gudbrnadsson, labourer, married
24.   Aslaug Gudmundsdottir, his wife, married
25.   Daniel Gudmundsson, farmer, married
26.   Arnbjorg Kristjansdottir, his wife, married
27.   Kristjan Danielsson, their child, single
28.   Adalbjartur Bjarnason, labourer, single
29.   Svein Gudmundsson, labourer, single
30.   Kristin Jonsdottir, domestic, single
31.   Gudmundur Jonsson, labourer, single
32.   Jens Sigurdsson, labouraer, married
33.   Gudrun Petursdottir, his wife, married
34.   Sigurdur Jensson, child?, 10
35.   Petera Jensdottir, their child
36.   Karolina Jensdottir, their child
37.   Johann Jensson, their child
38.   Jon Jonsson, farmer, married
39.   Sigridur Jonsdottir, his wife
40.   Thorbjorg Jonsdottir, their child, single
41.   Jon Jonsson, their child, single
42.   Kristin Jonsdottir, their child, single
43.   Helga Jonsdottir, their child, single
44.   Thordur Magnusson, farmer, married
45.   Sigurlaug Eiriksdottir, his wife, married
46.   Isak Jonsson, their child, single
47.   Gudridur Thordardottir, their child, single

Halfdanarsson Labourer, married
Sigridur Gisladottir, his wife
Eggert Eggertsson, Labourer
Sigridur Einarsdottir, his wife
Karitas Eggertsdottir, their child
Maria Eggertsdottir, their child
Indridi Hallgrimsson, farmer, married
Ingveldur Gudmundsdottir, his wife
Gudmundur Indridason, their child
Helga Indridadottir, their child
Thorolfur Gudnason, farmer, married
Una Simonardottir, his wife
Thorolfur Thorolfsson, their child
Gudni Thorolfsson, their child
Malfridur Thorolfsdottir, their child
Thorgerdur Thorolfdottir, their child
Holmfridur Thorolfsdottir, their child
Halldor Halldorsson, farmer, married
Gudrun Gudmundsdotttir, his wife
Elin Halldorsdottir, their child
Halldora Halldorsdottir, their child
Johannes Halldorsson, their child
Ingibjorg Halldorsdottir, t heir child
Sigridur Halldorsdottir, their child
Gudrun Halldorsdottir their child
Sigurlina Halldorsdottir, their child
Valgardur Jonsson, labourer, married
Kristin Jonsdottir, his wife
Kettill Valgardsson, their son
Arni Jonsson, Labourer, married
Gudlaug Eiriksdottir, his wife
Gudny Arnadottir, their child
Mensaldrina Arnadottir, their child
Gisli Eiriksson, farmer,married
Anna Einarsdottir,  his wife,
Einar Gislanson, their child
Margret Gisladottir, their child
Olafur Gislason, their child
Vilborg Gnnlaugsdottir, domestic, single
Brynjolfur Gunnluagsson, farmer, married
Halldora Sigvaldadottir,  his wife
Sigvaldi Brynjolfsson, their child
Magnus Jonsson, farmer, married
Gudbjorg Marteinsdottir,  his wife
Jonas Magnusson, their child
Sigridur Magnusdottir, their child
Josef Sigvaldsson, labourer, single
Gudmundur Marteinsson, labourer, married
Kristin Gunnlaugsdottir, his wife
Johanna Gudmundsdottir, their child
Helga Gudmundsdottir, their child
Marteinn Gudmundsson, their child
Gunnlauguer Gudmundsson, their child
Bjorg Gudmundsdottir,t heir child, this is the child who died in the sheds
Sigridur Einarsdottir, housewife, single
Edvard Thorleifsson, farmer, married
Sesselja Jonsdottir, his wife
Lara Edvardsdottir, their child
Jonina Rosa Edvardsdottir, t heir child
Kjartan Edvardsson, their child
ElinThora Edvardsdottir, their child
Lukka Edvardsdottir, their child
Kritin Edvardsdottir, their child
Sigvaldi Jonsson, labourer, married
Valgerdur Einarsdottir,  his wife
Halldor Jensson, Farmer, m arried
Sigurbjorg Fridfinnsdottir,  his wife
Kristjan Halldorsson, their child
Kristbjorg Halldorsdottir, their child
Johannes Halldorsson, labourer, married
Anna Sigurdardottir, his wife,
Leopold Sigvaldi Johannesson their child

1.       Pall Gunnarsson, farmer, married, 25
2.       Jorunn Jonsdottir, his wife, 27
3.       Adalbjorg Johannesdottir, 4
4.       Jon Gunnarsson, single, 26
5.       Palina Jondsdottir, single, 22
6.       Bardur Sigurdsson, single,25
7.       Johannes Sigurdsson, single, 15
8.       Gisli Einarsson, farmer, married, 24
9.       Elin Bjorg Gunnlaugsdottir, his wife, 35
10.   Maria Magnusdottir, sngle, 48
11.   Jakob Eiarsson, single, 12
12.   Arnbjorg Einarsdottir, single, 10
13.   Jon Folmer Hansson, labourer, married, 28
14.   Elina Jonasdottir, wife, married, 37
15.   Einar Einarsson, single, 16
16.   Svanfridur Einarsdottir, single, 13
17.   Jon Einarsson, single, 11
18.   Jonas Jonsson, single, 5
19.   Elina Jonsdottir, single, 4
20.   Sigurlaug Jonsdottir, single, 1
21.   Johann Jonsson, labourer, married, 32
22.   Gunnlaug Johannsdottir, child, 9
23.   Thorbjorg Johannsdottir, child, 5
24.   Sigrun Sigudardottir, domestic, single 18
25.   Karitas Arnadottir, wife, married, 60
26.   Jonina Jonsdottir, child, 4
27.   Halldor Jonsson, labourer, single, 34
28.   Sigurbjorn Jonsson, labourer, single, 27
29.    Sigurbjorn Hansson, farmer, married, 51
30.   Adalbjorg Jonsdottir, wife, 46
31.   Albert Sigurbjornson, single 22
32.   Sigurjona Sigurbjornsdottir, single, 20
33.   Hans K. Sigurbjornsson, single, 20
34.   Adalbjorg Sigurbjornsdottir, single, 13
35.   Jakobina Sigurbjornsdottir, single, 11
36.   Thuridur Sigurbjornadottir, single, 8
37.   Thorsteinn Sigurbjornsson, single, 5
38.   Kristjan Jonasson or Jonsson, labourer, single 19
39.   Thorkell Olafsson, labourer, married, 30
40.   Helga Thuridur Johannsdottir, wife, 22 but ?sngle?
41.   Kristjan Jonsson, farmer, married, 25
42.   Anna Thorey Arnadottir, wife, 34
43.   Johannes Kristjansson, 3
44.   Kristjan Kristjansson, 2
45.   Sigurgeir Kristjansson, 6 months
46.   Johann Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 35
47.   Johanna Jonatansdottir, wife, 35
48.   Fridbjorn Johannsson, 12
49.   Sigurdur Johannsson, 9
50.   Johan Johannsson, 7
51.   Ingibjorg Johannsdottir, 4
52.   Sigurbjorg Johannsdottir, 1
53.   Julius Johannsson, 2

1.       Kristjan Arnason, labourer, married, 30
2.       Thora Jonsdottir, his wife, 30
3.       Kristjan Julius Kristjansson, 4
4.       ARni Olafur Kristjansson, 3
5.       Jonina Thora Kristjansdottir, 6 months
6.       Jonas Halldorsson, farmer, 33
7.       Johanna Jonsdottir, his wife, 32
8.       Sigridur Jonasdottir, 8
9.       Hallgrimur Jonsson, labourer, married, 49
10.   Nyborg Jonsdottir, his wife, 48
11.   Jon Gudmundsson, labourer, single, 19
12.   Krsitjan Niels Jonsson, labourer, single, 19
13.   Johann Johannsson, labourer, married, 27
14.   Valgerdur Gudmundsdottir, his wife, 27
15.   Stefan Jonsson, farmer, married, 47
16.   Stefan jonsson, farmer, married, 46
17.   Bjorg Kristjansdottir, his wife, 47
18.   Stefan jonsson, farmer, married, 46
19.   Bjorg Kristjansdottir, hiswife, 47
20.   Jonina Stefansdottir, single, 20
21.   Sigurlaug Stefansdottir, single, 12
22.   Kjartan Isefeld Stefansson, 6
23.   Baldvin Jonsson, labourer, married, 25
24.   Arnfridur Jonsdottir, his wife, 27
25.   Jon Baldvinsson, six months
26.   Sigurbjorg Sigurdardottir, housewife, married, 67
27.   Sigurdur Kraksson, farmer, married, 24
28.   Kristin Thorsteinsdottir, his wife, 24
29.   Halldor Sigurdsson, 6 months
30.   Johann Johannsson, farmer, married, 35
31.   Gudrun Olafsdottir, his wife, 35
32.   Sigurveig Johannsdottir, 7
33.   Valdimar Palsson, single 17, different name but marked as family with Johann and Gudrun
34.   Tryggvi Palsson, 15, also marked as family with Johann and Gudrun
35.   Gisli Eiriksson, laborer, sngle, 36
36.   Gudny Sigmundsdottir, domestic, single, 37
37.   Johannes Egilsson, farmer, married, 30
38.   Sigurlaug Stefansdottir, his wife, 31
39.   Stefan Johannesson, 7
40.   Helga Johannesdottir, 1
41.   Egill Johannesson 3 months
42.   Sofanias Olafsson, labourer, single 32
43.   Arni Thorleifsson, labourer, married, 61
44.   Elisabet Jonasdottir, his wife, 50
45.   Gudrun Halldorsdottir, domestic single, 16
46.   Valdimar Jonsson, 8
47.   Arni Hallgrimsson, 7
48.   Kristjana Jonsdottir but ?Gudmundsdottir, domestic, 32
49.   Indridi Fridriksson Reinholt, labourer, single, 16
50.   Magnus Gudmundsson, labourer, single, 22
51.   Josep Josefsson? Jonssson, farmer, married, 42
52.   Sigridur Eyjolfsdottir?, child, single, 16
53.   Johann,  no last name, single, 15  Magnus, Josef, Sigurdur, Johann are marked as family unit
54.   Sigbjorn Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 31
55.   Steinunn Magnusdottir, married, 30
56.   Gudny Sigbjornsdottir, 6
57.   Gudridur Sigbjornsdottir, 4
58.   Kristjana Sigbjornsdottir, 2
59.   Sigrun Sigbjornsdottir, 13
60.   Bjorn Bjarnasson, labouarer, single, 20
61.   Eyjolfur Kristjansson, farmer, married, 53
62.   Lukka Gisladottir, wife, 45
63.   Gisli Eyjolfsson, single, 24
64.   Thorsteinn Eyjolfsson, single, 22
65.   Jon Eyjolfsson, single, 21
66.   Margret Eyjolfsson, single, 18,
67.   Sigridur Eyjolfsdottir, single, 10
68.   Sigfus Petursson, farmer, married, 37
69.   Gudrun Thnora Sveinsdottir, his wife, 33
70.   Gudrun Salina Sigfusdottir, 7
71.   Sigurbjorg Sigfusdottir, 4
72.   Gudny Johanna Sigfusdottir, 2
73.   Child? Olof Margret Sigfusdottir, Infant
74.   Gunnlaugur Magnusson, farmer, married, 55
75.   Gudfinna Vilhjalmsdottir, is wife, 47
76.   Sigurdur Gunnlaugsson, single, 13
77.   Gudfinna Gunnlaugsdottir, 11
78.   Kristin Thorsteinsdottir, 17
79.   Sigurdur Oddsson, farmer, single, 55
80.   Magnus Thorsteinsson, farmer, married, 36
81.   Vilhelmina Gudmundsdottir, his wife, 26
82.   Eyrikur Magnusson, 8
83.   Thorsteinn Erlendsson, single, 68
84.   Gudmundur Mangusson, six months
85.   Kristbjorg Thorsteinsdottir, single, 24
86.   Johann Gudnason, six months
87.   Sigurbjorn Stefansson, farmer, married, 24
88.   Sesselja Eriksdottir, his wife, 24
89.   Helga Arngrimsdottir, housewife, single, 60
90.   Gudrun Eiriksdottir, domestic, single, 22
91.   Eyjolfur Jonsson, farmer, married, 45
92.   Sigurveig Sigurdardottir, his wife, 45
93.   Gudmudur Eyjolfsson, 11
94.   Gdbjorg Eyjolfsdottir, 7
95.   Svanhvit Ejolfsdottir, 5
96.   Brgvin Kristjansson, married, 35
97.   Kristjana Bregvinsdottir, 7
98.   Runolfur Bergvinsson, 6
99.   Margret Bergvinsdottir, 4
Bjorn Jonasson, farmer, married, 29
Sigridur Sigurdardottir, his wife, 32
Steinnun Thorbergsdottir, 8
Thorbergur Thorbergsson, 8
Kristin Jonasdottir, housewife, single, 32
Jakob Sveinbjornsson, child, single, 10
Eirikur Jonsson, farmer, married, 27
Vilborg Stefansdottir, his wife, 28
Ingibjorg Gudmundsdottir, housewife, single 34
Fridrik Jonsson? Jonasson, 10
Gudni Hansson, 4
Eirika Eiriksdottir, 6 months
Bergljot Eiriksdottir, 6 months
Einar Gudmundsson, farmer,  married, 43
Gudrun Asfrimsdottir, is wife, 42
Gudmundur Einarsson, sngle 23
Halldor Sigurdsson, 12
Asmundur Eiriksson, farmer, married, 26
Eirikur Torfason, farmer, single, 30
Arnfridur Asgrimsdottir, housewife, sngle, 45
Arni Magnusson, farmer, married, 55
Ingibjorg Thorkellsdottir, his wife, 36
Arnfridur Asmundsdottir, hosewife, single, 40
Petur Gudmundsson, 12
Sigurjon Jonsson, 1
Gisli Arnason, farmer, married, 22
Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir, his wife, 22
Bjarni Gislason, farmer, 26
Kristjan Kristjansson, farmer, married, 28
Svanfridur Jonsdottir, his wife, 21
Thorsteinn Kristjansson? Einarsson, farmer, 21  KK, SJ and TK are marked as all on same ticket
Josef Helgason, farmer, married, 33
Helgi Jon Josefsson, 5
Eyjolfur Gudmundsson, farmer, married, 45
Thorunn Sigurdardottir, his wife, 44
Anna Eyjolfsdottir, 11
Jonina Eyjolfsdottir, 4
Adalmundur Gudmundsson, farmer, married, 24
Julianna Einarsdottir, his wife, 29
Johann Gunnarsson, farmer, single, 26
Jon Sigurdsson, farmer, married, two ages given, 21 and 29
Margret Gudmundsdotttir, his wife, 26
Olof Margret Jonsdottir, 2
Johannes Jonsson, farmer, single, 51
Pall Th. Thorsteinsson, farmer, single, 21
Jon Jonsson, farmer, married, 36?
Kristin or Katrin Bjornsdottir, his wife, 47?
Jon Bjarnason, 11
Josef Bjarnason? Bjornsson, farmer, married, 47
Malmfridur Hallgrimsdottir, his wife, 49
Josafat Josefsson, 12
Helga Josefsdottir, 11
Hallgrimur Josefsson, 8
Kristjan Josefsson, 6
Gudrun Josefsdottir, 3
Kristjan Eiriksson, farmer, married, 28
Ragnhildur Thorlaksdottir, his wife, 26
Einar Jonsson, farmer, married, 42
Olafia Hansdottir, his wife, 40
Sigurdur or Sigurgeir Einarsson, single, 17? Or21
Sigvaldi no last name, 15
Bjorn, no last name 3   but both these children included as “family” with Einar and Olafia
Jon Emundsson, farmer, married, 27
Jonina? Juliana Einarsdottir, his wife, 25, has child during the voyage
Eirikur Eymundsson, farmer, married, 32
Helga Jonsdottir or Johannsdottir, his wife, 32
Margret Eiriksdottir, 4
Johann Eiriksson, 2
Sigfinnur Petursson, farmer, married, 35
Sigurbjorg Sigurdardottir, his wife, 35
Oli Sigfinnsson, 15
Halli Bjornsson, 9
Jorgen Bjornsson, 19
Sigridur Bjornsdottir, 12
Eln Sigurbjornsdottir, 12
Friman? Finnujr Gjudmndsson, 8
Gudrun Sigfusdottir, six months
Sigridur Vigfusdottir, married, 41
Rosa Palsdottir, married, 19 from Halli to Rosa, the group is marked as one family
Einar Bessason, farmer, married, 54
Lilja Vigfusdottir, his wife, 54
Asbjorn Asbjornsson, labourer, single, 25
Petur Petursson, Lbourer, married, 26
Sigurveig Jonsdottir, his wife, married, 24
Gudrun Jonsdottir, hosewife, married, 62
Gudrun Petursdottir, six months
Jon Thorsteinsson, farmer, married, 54
Kristin Jonsdottir, his wife, 54

1.       Kristjan Arnason, labourer, married, 30
2.       Thora Jonsdottir, his wife, 30
3.       Kristjan Julius Kristjansson, 4
4.       Arni Olafur Kristjansson, 3
5.       Jonina Thora Kristjansdottir, 6 months
6.       Jonas Halldorsson, farmer, 33
7.       Johanna Jonsdottir, his wife, 32
8.       Sigridur Jonasdottir, 8
9.       Hallgrimur Jonsson, labourer, married, 49
10.   Nyborg Jonsdottir, his wife, 48
11.   Jon Gudmundsson, labourer, single, 19
12.   Krsitjan Niels Jonsson, labourer, single, 19
13.   Johann Johannsson, labourer, married, 27
14.   Valgerdur Gudmundsdottir, his wife, 27
15.   Stefan Jonsson, farmer, married, 47
16.   Stefan jonsson, farmer, married, 46
17.   Bjorg Kristjansdottir, his wife, 47
18.   Stefan jonsson, farmer, married, 46
19.   Bjorg Kristjansdottir, hiswife, 47
20.   Jonina Stefansdottir, single, 20
21.   Sigurlaug Stefansdottir, single, 12
22.   Kjartan Isefeld Stefansson, 6
23.   Baldvin Jonsson, labourer, married, 25
24.   Arnfridur Jonsdottir, his wife, 27
25.   Jon Baldvinsson, six months
26.   Sigurbjorg Sigurdardottir, housewife, married, 67
27.   Sigurdur Kraksson, farmer, married, 24
28.   Kristin Thorsteinsdottir, his wife, 24
29.   Halldor Sigurdsson, 6 months
30.   Johann Johannsson, farmer, married, 35
31.   Gudrun Olafsdottir, his wife, 35
32.   Sigurveig Johannsdottir, 7
33.   Valdimar Palsson, single 17, different name but marked as family with Johann and Gudrun
34.   Tryggvi Palsson, 15, also marked as family with Johann and Gudrun
35.   Gisli Eiriksson, laborer, sngle, 36
36.   Gudny Sigmundsdottir, domestic, single, 37
37.   Johannes Egilsson, farmer, married, 30
38.   Sigurlaug Stefansdottir, his wife, 31
39.   Stefan Johannesson, 7
40.   Helga Johannesdottir, 1
41.   Egill Johannesson 3 months
42.   Sofanias Olafsson, labourer, single 32
43.   Arni Thorleifsson, labourer, married, 61
44.   Elisabet Jonasdottir, his wife, 50
45.   Gudrun Halldorsdottir, domestic single, 16
46.   Valdimar Jonsson, 8
47.   Arni Hallgrimsson, 7
48.   Kristjana Jonsdottir but ?Gudmundsdottir, domestic, 32
49.   Indridi Fridriksson Reinholt, labourer, single, 16
50.   Magnus Gudmundsson, labourer, single, 22
51.   Josep Josefsson? Jonssson, farmer, married, 42
52.   Sigridur Eyjolfsdottir?, child, single, 16
53.   Johann,  no last name, single, 15  Magnus, Josef, Sigurdur, Johann are marked as family unit
54.   Sigbjorn Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 31
55.   Steinunn Magnusdottir, married, 30
56.   Gudny Sigbjornsdottir, 6
57.   Gudridur Sigbjornsdottir, 4
58.   Kristjana Sigbjornsdottir, 2
59.   Sigrun Sigbjornsdottir, 13
60.   Bjorn Bjarnasson, labouarer, single, 20
61.   Eyjolfur Kristjansson, farmer, married, 53
62.   Lukka Gisladottir, wife, 45
63.   Gisli Eyjolfsson, single, 24
64.   Thorsteinn Eyjolfsson, single, 22
65.   Jon Eyjolfsson, single, 21
66.   Margret Eyjolfsson, single, 18,
67.   Sigridur Eyjolfsdottir, single, 10
68.   Sigfus Petursson, farmer, married, 37
69.   Gudrun Thnora Sveinsdottir, his wife, 33
70.   Gudrun Salina Sigfusdottir, 7
71.   Sigurbjorg Sigfusdottir, 4
72.   Gudny Johanna Sigfusdottir, 2
73.   Child? Olof Margret Sigfusdottir, Infant
74.   Gunnlaugur Magnusson, farmer, married, 55
75.   Gudfinna Vilhjalmsdottir, is wife, 47
76.   Sigurdur Gunnlaugsson, single, 13
77.   Gudfinna Gunnlaugsdottir, 11
78.   Kristin Thorsteinsdottir, 17
79.   Sigurdur Oddsson, farmer, single, 55
80.   Magnus Thorsteinsson, farmer, married, 36
81.   Vilhelmina Gudmundsdottir, his wife, 26
82.   Eyrikur Magnusson, 8
83.   Thorsteinn Erlendsson, single, 68
84.   Gudmundur Mangusson, six months
85.   Kristbjorg Thorsteinsdottir, single, 24
86.   Johann Gudnason, six months
87.   Sigurbjorn Stefansson, farmer, married, 24
88.   Sesselja Eriksdottir, his wife, 24
89.   Helga Arngrimsdottir, housewife, single, 60
90.   Gudrun Eiriksdottir, domestic, single, 22
91.   Eyjolfur Jonsson, farmer, married, 45
92.   Sigurveig Sigurdardottir, his wife, 45
93.   Gudmudur Eyjolfsson, 11
94.   Gdbjorg Eyjolfsdottir, 7
95.   Svanhvit Ejolfsdottir, 5
96.   Brgvin Kristjansson, married, 35
97.   Kristjana Bregvinsdottir, 7
98.   Runolfur Bergvinsson, 6
99.   Margret Bergvinsdottir, 4
Bjorn Jonasson, farmer, married, 29
Sigridur Sigurdardottir, his wife, 32
Steinnun Thorbergsdottir, 8
Thorbergur Thorbergsson, 8
Kristin Jonasdottir, housewife, single, 32
Jakob Sveinbjornsson, child, single, 10
Eirikur Jonsson, farmer, married, 27
Vilborg Stefansdottir, his wife, 28
Ingibjorg Gudmundsdottir, housewife, single 34
Fridrik Jonsson? Jonasson, 10
Gudni Hansson, 4
Eirika Eiriksdottir, 6 months
Bergljot Eiriksdottir, 6 months
Einar Gudmundsson, farmer,  married, 43
Gudrun Asfrimsdottir, is wife, 42
Gudmundur Einarsson, sngle 23
Halldor Sigurdsson, 12
Asmundur Eiriksson, farmer, married, 26
Eirikur Torfason, farmer, single, 30
Arnfridur Asgrimsdottir, housewife, sngle, 45
Arni Magnusson, farmer, married, 55
Ingibjorg Thorkellsdottir, his wife, 36
Arnfridur Asmundsdottir, hosewife, single, 40
Petur Gudmundsson, 12
Sigurjon Jonsson, 1
Gisli Arnason, farmer, married, 22
Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir, his wife, 22
Bjarni Gislason, farmer, 26
Kristjan Kristjansson, farmer, married, 28
Svanfridur Jonsdottir, his wife, 21
Thorsteinn Kristjansson? Einarsson, farmer, 21  KK, SJ and TK are marked as all on same ticket
Josef Helgason, farmer, married, 33
Helgi Jon Josefsson, 5
Eyjolfur Gudmundsson, farmer, married, 45
Thorunn Sigurdardottir, his wife, 44
Anna Eyjolfsdottir, 11
Jonina Eyjolfsdottir, 4
Adalmundur Gudmundsson, farmer, married, 24
Julianna Einarsdottir, his wife, 29
Johann Gunnarsson, farmer, single, 26
Jon Sigurdsson, farmer, married, two ages given, 21 and 29
Margret Gudmundsdotttir, his wife, 26
Olof Margret Jonsdottir, 2
Johannes Jonsson, farmer, single, 51
Pall Th. Thorsteinsson, farmer, single, 21
Jon Jonsson, farmer, married, 36?
Kristin or Katrin Bjornsdottir, his wife, 47?
Jon Bjarnason, 11
Josef Bjarnason? Bjornsson, farmer, married, 47
Malmfridur Hallgrimsdottir, his wife, 49
Josafat Josefsson, 12
Helga Josefsdottir, 11
Hallgrimur Josefsson, 8
Kristjan Josefsson, 6
Gudrun Josefsdottir, 3
Kristjan Eiriksson, farmer, married, 28
Ragnhildur Thorlaksdottir, his wife, 26
Einar Jonsson, farmer, married, 42
Olafia Hansdottir, his wife, 40
Sigurdur or Sigurgeir Einarsson, single, 17? Or21
Sigvaldi no last name, 15
Bjorn, no last name 3   but both these children included as “family” with Einar and Olafia
Jon Emundsson, farmer, married, 27
Jonina? Juliana Einarsdottir, his wife, 25, has child during the voyage
Eirikur Eymundsson, farmer, married, 32
Helga Jonsdottir or Johannsdottir, his wife, 32
Margret Eiriksdottir, 4
Johann Eiriksson, 2
Sigfinnur Petursson, farmer, married, 35
Sigurbjorg Sigurdardottir, his wife, 35
Oli Sigfinnsson, 15
Halli Bjornsson, 9
Jorgen Bjornsson, 19
Sigridur Bjornsdottir, 12
Eln Sigurbjornsdottir, 12
Friman? Finnujr Gjudmndsson, 8
Gudrun Sigfusdottir, six months
Sigridur Vigfusdottir, married, 41
Rosa Palsdottir, married, 19 from Halli to Rosa, the group is marked as one family
Einar Bessason, farmer, married, 54
Lilja Vigfusdottir, his wife, 54
Asbjorn Asbjornsson, labourer, single, 25
Petur Petursson, Lbourer, married, 26
Sigurveig Jonsdottir, his wife, married, 24
Gudrun Jonsdottir, hosewife, married, 62
Gudrun Petursdottir, six months
Jon Thorsteinsson, farmer, married, 54
Kristin Jonsdottir, his wife, 54
Gudmundur Arnason, farmer, married, 50
Gudny Arnadottir, his wife? , 50
Jon Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 48
Solveig Jonsdottir, his wie, 49
Albert Julius Jonsson, single, 22
Thorunn Ag. Grimsdottir, single, 24
Gudny Albertsdottir, six months
Josef Jonsson, labourer, married, 47
Stefan Josefsson, single, 12
Arndis Jonsdottir, wife, 48
Jon Josefsson, 7
Gudrun Bjorg Josefsdottir, 5
Gudmundur Thordarsson, farmer, married, 38
Thorunn Jonsdottir, his wife, 54?
Sigridur Arnadottir, single, 22
Jonatan Arnason, single, 15
Benjamin Arnason, 12
Thordur Thordarsso, farmer, married, 48
Kristin Thorsteinsdottir, his wife, 27
Gudmundur Thordarsson, single, 25
Gudridur Thordarsdotttir, single, 14
Thordur Thordarsson, 10
Sigurbjorg Thordardottir, six months
Ana Bjornsdottir, domestic, single, 23
Sigurdur Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 36
Kristin H. Ofeigsdottir, his wife, 25
Kristrun Olafsdottir, domestic, single, 22
Jon Sigurdsson, labourer, married, 54
Metusalem Jonsson, labourer, sngle 26
Hoseas Arnason, 13
Stefan jonsson, labourer, single, 28
Bjorg Jonsdottir, domestic, single, 25
Vigfus Josefsson, farmer, married, 48
Sigurbjorg Hjalmaradottir, his wife, 52
Sigurrin Vigfusson, single, 21
Herman Vigfusson, single, 19
Sigridur Vigfusdottir, 13
Stefan Jonsson, labourer, married, 26
Solveig Jonsdottir, his wife, 21
Sigurbjorn Jonsson?, labourer, sngle, 18
Jon ? 14
Jon Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 33
Holmfridur Sigurdardottir, his wife, 21
Ingibjorg Josefsdottir, 11
Gudbjorg Josefsdottir, 9
E. Sigurdsson, farmer, married, 30?
Katrin Magnusdottir, his wife, 40?
Sigridur Jonsdottir, 13
Petur Jonsson, 5
Holmkell Josefsson, labourer, single, 20
Hoseas Josefsson, 13
Gudrun Einarsdottir, domestic, married, 37
Vilhjalmur Sigmundsson, 5?
Borghildur Sigmundsdottir, 3?
Halldor Oddsson? Vilhjalmsson, labourer, single, 20
Jon Arnason, labourer, married, 74
Jonas Jonsson, labourer, married, 26
Kristjan?, 4
Stefan Hemansson, labourer, married, 41
Stefan Stefansson, 2
-add one girl born at sea
Jonatan Petursson, farmer, married, 78
Thorunn oddsdottir, his wife, 67
Helga Jonsdottir, child? Age?
Halldora Sigurdardottir? Sigfusdottir,, 10
Jonatan Jonatansson, farmer, 34
Jon Olafsson, farmer, ?
No ticket number recorded for the following lnames:
Eirikur Eymundsson, single, 32
Sig? Jonsson, single, 26
Bjorn? Bjarni Gisalson, single, 26
Kristjan Jonasson? Jonsson, married, 19?
Margret Gudmundsdottir, married, 26?
Olof Margret Jonsdottir, 2?
Jon Bergman (Sigurdsson), single?, 29
Joef Sigvaldason, single, 19
Not on the list, two children
Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir, 12
A child, 1.5 years old

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There are according to this passenger list, 409 people from Iceland. No. 74 is Valgardur, labourer, married, his wife, Kristin, and Ketill, their son. These are my great great grandparents and Ketill, my great grandfather, whom I remember because when I visited him in his home on 4th ave. in Gimli, he used to give me a peppermint. Also, he had his coffin on two trestles in his basement.
The destinations for the Icelanders were 132 for Fort Garry via Collingwood and 50 via Sarnia, Ont. 105 were destined for Toronto and 9 for Halifax. 122 were destined for the Western States.
During the trip there was one child born and four people died. 2 children died during the voyage and were buried at sea. I child died in the shed. One old man on board died at the wharf. This was Jon Arnason, a labourer, married, but no wife listed, his age is uncertain but believed to be 74.
64% of the Icelandic passengers were single
43 Icelanders were between 40 and 50 years old.
22 Icelanders were 50 years or older.
My thanks to Donald Gislason of Toronto for giving me this manifest many years ago when I had supper at  his home. He said, “Oh, I nearly forgot. I’ve got your great grandfather in my filing cabinet”, jumped up and brought back this ship’s list of passengers. It was very kind of him, much appreciated then and still appreciated now.