James Culhane LATCHFORD
County Limerick, Ireland, to Hull / Ottawa, Canada
(also Latchford Bridge in Renfrew County)
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
Somewhere I read that Latchford Bridge in Renfrew County was named after James Culhane Latchford.
Can anyone confirm this fact. Mr. Latchford apparently had timber interests on the Madawaska River.
March 31, 2007:
James Culhane Latchford was the farm manager for the Ruggles Wright estate.
This page is a continuation of correspondence dated March 30, 2007 on the
Philemon Wright web page on this site.
JAMES CULHANE LATCHFORD 1810 - 1903
Manager of Ruggles Wright Estate 1847 - 1866
In an autobiographical narrative my grandfather Francis Robert Latchford,
1854 - 1938, as the son of James Culhane Latchford, describes life on the farm.
James Culhane Latchford was born in Rathkeale just west of Limerick City, Ireland
in 1810. His parents, Francis L. Latchford and Catherine Molony Culhane,
also of Rathkeale, had two sons, James C. and Francis Robert 1813 - 1891
(Boston, Mass., USA) and several daughters, Margaret 1808 - 1875, married
John Conway; to Canada in 1842, Mary 1816 - 19??, married William Kerwan / Kerwin.
James Culhane Latchford was first married to Mary Roche 1820's - 1842,
their daughter Mary Anne 1841 - 19?? Accompanied her parents to Canada
In 1852 James Culhane Latchford married Mary Young 1823 - 1899, daughter
of Robert Young and Mary Carrol / Carroll of Ottawa area. This marriage
resulted in the births of Francis Robert Latchford 1854 - 1938, Elizabeth
Teresa 1858 - 1944 and Katherine 1861 - 1901 married to Alexander Coulter.
When James C. Latchford came to Canada in 1846 he initially worked in
Ottawa as a foreman under Mr. McIntosh, a Rideau Canal contractor. He
was later appointed manager of the Britannia Farm on the Aylmer Road
owned by the Ruggles Wright estate and remained there for twenty years.
As Francis Robert Latchford describes life on the Ruggles Wright farm
the family lived in the house that stood in the same location as the
club house, now erected, on the Chaudiere Golf Club, now the Royal Ottawa
In 1861 the family moved into the ("the Eddy Manor") with his sister
Elizabeth and Katherine. Francis Robert recalls the nightly ritual
of documenting the attendance of each employee once the supper table
had been cleared. Some of the names recalled:
Michael Harty / Hearty Thomas O'Connor Thomas Mara / Meara / O'Meara
Darby Navin / Nevin Hugh West Matthew Honan Joseph Perrault / Perreault
John Lyons William Collins _____ Lane (this would be Gideon Lane or his son)
all lived with their families in various houses on the estate.
The Blackburn Mansion and a double home that stood where the second green
of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club are some that are mentioned.
James C. Latchford in 1866 went on to become a well respected grocer
on Wellingston Street and retired in 1890 to the family cottage in
Britannia on what is now Latchford Street in west Ottawa adjacent to
... Frank Latchford
E-mail Allan Lewis
April 3, 2007:
Here is an extract from the diaries of James Latchford, farm manager
for the Ruggles Wright estate. It notes the first mass held
in 1846 at Notre Dame Cathedral and the new church in Aylmer in 1861.
Thanks to Frank Latchford.
April 5, 2007:
In 1857 a scaffold collapsed while new houses were being built at Britannia Farm.
John Gleeson / Gleason, Austin Killeen and William Collins were badly
injured. John Conway, Lawrence Dooley and James Costello were slightly hurt.
Thanks to Frank Latchford for the following extract from his Great Grandfather's
diaries. The Latchford Papers are available at the National Archives. Frank also
has a large collection of material.
July 9, 2007:
In 1931, the Honourable Francis Latchford, gave a speech to the Women's Canadian
Historical Society of Ottawa. Frank Latchford has a copy of this rare 15 page document.
The subject of this speech is the early settlement of Hull by Philemon Wright ( PW ).
November 11, 2009:
Here is the marriage of a daughter of Francis Latchford and Catherine Curran:
16 October 1847
After dispensing with banns, marriage of John Hickey of Bytown, adult son of the late Patrick Hickey and Mary McNulty to
Eliza Latchford of Bytown, adult daughter of Francis Latchford and Catherine Curran
Witnesses: Mr. & Mrs. Conway
Source: Drouin Records for Notre Dame church at www.ancestry.ca.
May 2, 2010:
The canoe portage route used by the voyageurs was located on the north side of the Chaudiere Falls.
The following excerpt is from Freshwater Saga: Memoirs of a Lifetime of Wilderness Canoeing in Canada,
by Eric W. Morse, University of Toronto Press, 1987, ISBN 0-8020-2610-9, page 69
September 6, 2015:
Morning Al..hope this finds you in good health!!
My sister found this 5x8 card in some family papers and was wondering what to do with it. St Pat's has not said
anything after our contact. Perhaps you know of a group that may be interested.
May 18, 2016:
The Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery at Latchford Bridge was built in 1902 on land donated by Patrick Byrnes.
The church is called St. Francis de Sales and it is located on Lot 31, Concession 14 in Raglan Township. The Ottawa Branch
of the Ontario Genealogical Society has a transcription of the names in this cemetery in their Library. Mostly
Irish surnames such as Madigan, O'Brien, O'Toole, Sullivan and Moriarty. Search their library catalogue.
March 7, 2019: (post retirement)
Text Block Source: Anson Gard, Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and Humors of the Valley, page 217.