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.

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 around 1846. 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 Golf Club. 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 the river. ... Frank Latchford
James Culhane LATCHFORD
April 3, 2007:
James LATCHFORD marriage in 1852
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. First Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral

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.
Construction Accident at Britannia Farm

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 ). Speech, 1931, by Francis Latchford
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 Canoe Portage Route at Chaudiere Falls, Gatineau / Hull, Quebec, Canada

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. Frank Latchford
Francis Latchford, card from St. Patrick's, Toronto

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. ... Al
March 7, 2019: (post retirement)
Text Block Source: Anson Gard, Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and Humors of the Valley, page 217. Francis Latchford discovers old First Nations Canoe Trail

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