City of Ottawa, Canada
Town Alderman, Contractor, Chief of Police
also, Joseph LANGRELL from County Wicklow, Ireland to Alfred, Prescott County, Ontario, Canada
May 30, 2008:
Source: The History of the Ottawa Police, 1826-1993, Gilles M. Larochelle, 1994,
Limited Edition, Published by Tyrell Press Ltd., page 29
I've been wondering if this Thomas Langrell, a builder in 1851 Bytown and apparently a
police constable as well, might have been a Canal worker, although he'd be a young one I
guess. (The name Langrell is carried on in the Hawkins/Condell family, so likely another
Wicklow body--there were Langrells in Wicklow.)
Was he a stone worker, since that would be what was needed for that Manotick grist mill of
According to our page for Brian Doyle, Moss Kent Dickinson, who was mayor of Ottawa from 1864 to 1866 opened
a mill at Manotick in 1860. The building, called Watson's Mill, is still open today.
See also: King of the Rideau: Moss Kent Dickinson, by Catherine L. Carroll
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Manotick, Ontario, Canada, a biography of Moss Kent Dickinson.
May 31, 2008:
Langrell seems to me to be a fairly unusual name, Al, and the people of that name that
we have locally are Thomas of Ottawa, and Joseph (death attached), of Alfred, a stone mason,
married to a Fitzgerald. Brothers perhaps.
I was speculating that Thomas maybe worked on the Canal as a stone worker (given his work
on the Dickinson mill).
Maybe the same would have been possible for Joseph, whose children were born in Alfred in the
Well, Al, I found that Joseph Langrell of Alfred was from Wicklow. Here's a piece from
Ancestry's World Tree:
Name: Joseph Langrell
Birth: JUN 1810 in Wicklow, Ireland
Death: 2 JUN 1891 in Alfred, Prescott County, Ontario
Burial: St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery, Alfred, Prescott County, Ontario
Marriage 1 Unknown b: 1816 in Carlow, Ireland
Sarah Ellen (Ella) Langrell b: 3 AUG 1851 in Ontario
Frederick William Langrell b: 1860
He seems to have the same naming pattern in his children as did Thomas of Ottawa (plus
Thomas of Ottawa had a son, Joseph), so I'm guessing they're brothers.
As I said earlier, there were two Richard Langrells in that group that John found living
close together in Moyne townland, County Wicklow, Ireland (and also very close to the Carlow
WILLIAM LANGREL 7 acres 1 rod
ISAAC LANGREL 19 acres 2 rod 20 perch
RICHARD LANGREL (GLIN) 10 acres 20 perch (GLIN may mean its leased from GLYNN family)
ISAAC LANGREL (GLIN) 8 acres 1 rod 20 perch
RICHARD LANGREL 8 acres 1 rod
June 1, 2008:
Thanks to Sue for the following:
In the 1851, 1871 and 1881 Alfred censuses:
Joseph, born Ireland
Mary Ann Fitzgerald, born Ireland
Known children, all born in Alfred, Ontario:
1) Charlotte Elizabeth, born 22 Dec 1838 and died 1926 in Ottawa, married 1871 Richard Woodland
2) Mary Jane, born abt 1841, married 1871 John Beckham
3) Richard, born abt 1845 - nothing further known
4) Jemima Sofia, born abt 1848 and died 1915 in Haliburton, married 1871 Chapman Holmes.
5) Sarah Ellen, born abt 1851 - nothing further known.
6) Frederick William, born abt 1859 and died 1919
Thanks very much, Sue. I hadn't noted that Charlotte was married in Ottawa. And from your
transcriptions of the Ottawa Free Press on Bytown or Bust, I found the proof that Joseph of
Alfred and Thomas of Ottawa were brothers:
Mar 20, Richard WOODLAND, to Charlotte Elizabeth LANGRELL, niece of Thomas Langrell, all of
Frederick married a Ms. Schryer, and I found her death record in the Drouin collection: in a
Baptist church in Westmount, Montreal.
June 3, 2008:
County Wicklow, Ireland to Prescott County, Ontario, Canada
Here's some additional info. about Humphrey Hughes, Al. He m. Mary Langrell, and I believe
she was a sister of Thomas Langrell, police officer in Bytown:
Name: Humphrey Hughes
ALIA: "Red Humphrey" /Hughes/
Birth: 7 FEB 1792 in Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland 1
Death: 25 JUL 1889 in North Plantagenet, Ontario 2
Burial: UNKNOWN St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery, Alfred, Ontario 3
Note: Came to Canada in 1823 and settled on the south side of George's Lake,
becoming the fourth settler in Prescott County.
Marriage 1 Mary Langrell b: ABT 1797 in County Carlow, Ireland
Married: 1823 in Ireland
John Langrell Hughes b: 8 DEC 1821 in Alfred Twp., Ontario
Catherine Hughes b: 12 MAR 1824
Sarah Hughes b: 12 NOV 1826 in Alfred Twp., Ontario
Isaac Hughes b: 22 SEP 1830 in Alfred, Ontario
Joseph Hughes b: ABT 1832 in Alfred Twp., Ontario
Jacob Hughes b: ABT 1833 in Alfred, Ontario
Warner Hughes b: ABT 1834 in Alfred Twp., Ontario
Abraham Hughes b: 10 JUL 1835 in Alfred, Ontario
Jemima Hughes b: ABT 1839
Eliza Ellen Hughes b: 7 JUL 1839 in Alfred, Ontario
Title: History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, by C. Thomas
Title: Ontario Vital Statistics
Media: Civil Registry
... Anne Burgess
November 3, 2015:
Maura is also researching the Langrell family in the Ottawa area.
Many of my ancestors left here before and during the famine. Related names Langrell, Traynor, Hinch and many more.
I have a Langrell Facebook page Langrells from Wicklow lost and found.
Thomas Langrell was the son of Richard Langrell and Elizabeth Hinch. My grandmother was the daughter of
Henry Langrell and Catherine Hinch.
E-mail Anne Burgess, Maura, Sue and Al Lewis
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