Immigration to Canada:1879-1882

Iceland Canada flags-1Family of Eymundur Jonsson &  Steinunn Sveinsdottir

In 1882Eymundur Jonsson left his home at Kumlavik (heimajord) Saudanessokn, Iceland in search of a new life in the “Amerikas”. Eymundur was 65 when he arrived in Quebec on the Ship “Camoens”. His occupation was listed as a “farmer”. Source: Vesturfaraskrá 1870-1914 Júníus H Kristinsson pg 350.  Eymundur settled in the Arnes area of Manitoba and remained there until his death on January 24,1892 Eymundur is interred in the Arnes Cemetery between Gimli and Arborg in Manitoba(death registration # 1892-002776).

Eymundur Jonsson's marker


Three of Eymundur and Steinunn’s sons also emigrated to the Amerikas. In 1879, three years prior to Eymundur’s arrival, his eldest son Eirikur Eymundson and his wife Helga Johannesdottir had emigrated to  Manitoba, Eirikur and Helga Eymundson-web imageCanada. In the 1891 Census, Eirikur, Helga and their five children (Margret, Johann, Kristbjorg, John and Maria) are noted as living in the Lisgar District, Manitoba Census, 1891: sub-district of Gimli. The two youngest are noted as having been born in Manitoba while the three eldest are shown as being born in Iceland. Many of Eirikur and Helga’s descendants still reside in the Manitoba area of Canada.