Naylor is listed in the 1851 Census of Fenelon Township and the 1851 Canada Directory as a 29 year-old, English-born shoemaker, living in a log shanty. There are no other references. In the 1871 Census, a John Naylor is listed as a farmer.
Naylor lived in Fenelon Township but caused quite a stir in the village when on October 30th, 1880 he sold a quantity of mutton within the village boundaries in violation of the recently passed Butcher’s By-Law. The “infamous” by-law had been passed by Council on Friday October 29th 1880 to protect the existing butcher stores (Messrs. Austin and Cochrane) and prohibit anyone else from selling fresh meat in quantities less than a quarter carcass. The by-law was to prevent farmers and other store owners from slaughtering an animal and selling it from their waggons or stalls. Naylor was fined on November 8th [FFG 13 Nov 1880; 2] and there was great indignation amongst the public, and local farmers (at least according to the Gazette). The resulting competition resulted in better prices for meat, and the by-law was finally repealed a year later [FFG 5 Nov 1881; 2]. Naylor was on the Fenelon Township Council for over 20 years and served several terms as Reeve [Souvenir1]. A John Denby Naylor was buried in the Fenelon Falls Cemetery in June 1904.
578 Variant spelling: John Denby
579 “John Denley Naylor was born in Waddingham, Lincolnshire, Eng., 82 years ago [i.e. 1822]. He married in England and came to Canada in 1849, residing for some time in Ops before coming to Fenelon. He was Reeve of Fenelon Township for over 20 years, and Warden of the County several terms. He was for many years President of the Conservative Association” [Souvenir 1904]. His photograph is also printed.