Mic Mac Filled With Taylors

Ward 2 Councilor and Taylor family reunion organizer John Elliott, wearing his Taylor t-shirt, in a discussion with a few of the hundreds of family members at Mic Mac Park for the 37th family reunion. Elliott and those at the reunion can trace their lineage to James H and Myrtle Taylor, and beyond to the Underground Railroad.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Ward 2 Councilor and Taylor family reunion organizer John Elliott, wearing his Taylor t-shirt, in a discussion with a few of the hundreds of family members at Mic Mac Park for the 37th family reunion. Elliott and those at the reunion can trace their lineage to James H and Myrtle Taylor, and beyond to the Underground Railroad.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

(WINDSOR, ON) – There were hundreds of Taylor family members at Mic Mac Park on Saturday for a rather large family reunion. Some sported yellow t-shirts showing the likenesses of the farming couple James H and Myrtle Taylor.

Their original homestead was in the Malden and Anderton area, now part of the town of Amherstburg.

This was the 37th Taylor reunion and brought some of the couple’s 103 grandchildren, 245 great-grandchildren, and 229 great-great-grandchildren to the park, along with a few of the four next generation great x3 grandchildren.

The family is so entrenched locally that reunion organizer, and Taylor grandson, Ward 2 Councilor John Elliott says if an area resident is black there is a good chance the person is one of his cousins or other relative. In fact, the family’s roots go even deeper, with a direct connection to the Underground Railroad.

Myrtle’s maiden name was Walls. It is a name well known in the Puce area and celebrated at the John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum, in the small town east of Windsor.

Some of the Taylors camped out at Mic Mac for a day of celebration, games and family gossip.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Some of the Taylors camped out at Mic Mac for a day of celebration, games and family gossip.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

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Robert Tuomi
Robert Tuomi
After initially succeeding as a broadcast journalist and achieving senior level assignments, Robert branched out into marketing communications. As a senior executive, primarily in the high-tech industry, Robert created award-winning and comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives to enhance sales and expand market awareness for some of the largest companies in their fields.Email Robert Tuomi
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