(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.