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EARLY LANGTON SETTLERS OF CANADA (UP TO 1881)

By Danny Langton, July 15th 2011

Header photo by Yamaken.


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The purpose of this article is to gain a better understanding of early Langton settlement of Canada.  It is primarily a statistical analysis, with specific focus on settlers from England.  Results provided herewith are preliminary and aimed at providing direction for further research.

This article provides a summary of all Langton Birth, Marriage, Death, and Census records found on ANCESTRY site for individuals who once lived in Canada up to 1881 Census.  In order to group records into families, some family trees were consulted as well as articles on the world-wide web.

This article also includes a high-level estimate of the population of living Langtons.

Summary of Results

By 1881, there were about 200 Langtons living in Canada.  The breakdown by country of origin was, as follows:

-          45% from England.

-          20% from Ireland.

-          0.5% from Scotland.

-          0.5% from the United States.

-          17% from unknown country.

-          17% women who married Langtons.

Of those from England, the earliest known family is that of William Langton from Yorkshire (wife Margaret Unknown).   His son Francis was born in Frampton, Quebec, on October 1st, 1818.  Another son James was born on May 20th, 1831, in Montreal, Quebec.  His eldest daughter Mary Ann was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire and moved to Canada to marry Malcolm MacIntyre on November 4th, 1834.

The most notable family from England is that of Thomas Langton from Lancashire (wife Jane Leyland).  His son John Thomas moved to Canada in 1833 and became a prominent political figure in 1867 during confederation.  John Thomas married Ellen Currer, daughter of Reverend William Currer.  His sister Anne Langton was a famous artist born in Fairfield Hall, Yorkshire Dales.  She moved to Canada with her parents and her aunt; arriving in Muskoka, Ontario, on August 15th, 1838.  A nice online source I found for Anne Langton information is from the Ontario Government Archives, at the following web address:

www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/langton/langton-early-years.aspx

According to Anne Langton’s biography, her family can trace its ancestry back to Bishop Stephen Langton.   According to LOST LANGTONS, these Lancashire Langtons are originally from Leicestershire.

On a personal note, my great-grandfather Edwin Ralph is known to have entered Canada in 1883.  His data is included, as he may have entered Canada as early as 1873.

Here is the list of English immigrants to Canada:

Given Name

Born

Married

Died

First Entered Canada

Alfred Cecil

1839

?

?

1871

Anne

1804

-

1893

1837

Anne

Abt 1836

?

?

Before 1856

Arthur

Abt 1851

?

?

Before 1882

E

Abt 1828

?

?

Before 1862

Edward

Abt 1856

?

?

Before 1882

Edward

Abt 1857

?

?

Before 1882

Edwin Ralph

1852

1872 & 1886

1930

Between 1873 and 1883

Ellen

Abt 1852

?

?

Before 1872

Emily

Abt 1863

?

?

1871

F

Abt 1852

?

?

Before 1862

(Francis) Joseph

1814

1847

1888

Before 1847

Frederick

Abt 1842

?

?

Before 1868

Frederick

1843

1872

1912

1871

George D

Abt 1851

?

?

Before 1872

Henry

Abt 1808

?

1888

Before 1852

Henry

1815

?

1875

Before 1876

James D

1831

?

1907

Before 1854

John

Abt 1790

?

?

Before 1862

John

Abt 1823

?

?

Before 1862

John

Abt 1852

?

?

Before 1862

John Thomas

1808

1845

1894

1833

Joseph

Abt 1801

?

?

Before 1852

Joseph Henry

Abt 1844

?

?

Before 1861

Lawty

Abt 1829

1852

1898

Before 1862

Mary

Abt 1777

?

?

Before 1862

Mary Ann

1816

1834

Abt 1861

Before 1835

Richard

Abt 1817

?

1894

Before 1856

Robert

Abt 1841

?

?

Before 1882

Rose B

Abt 1866

?

?

1873

Silas

Abt 1866

?

?

Before 1868

Thomas

1770

1802

1838

1837

Victoria Louise

Abt 1865

1885

?

1871

Wenman

Abt 1830

1867

1882

1867

William Mainwaring

1852

1880

1921

1873

 

It is important to note that this list does not include immigrants from other countries.

Today, there are 206 Langton listed in the “phone book” (source Canada411).  The breakdown by province and territory is, as follows:

-          12% in Alberta

-          33% in British Columbia

-          2% in Manitoba

-          2% in New Brunswick

-          0% in Newfoundland and Labrador

-          0% in Nova Scotia

-          35% in Ontario

-          1% in Prince Edward Island

-          9% in Quebec

-          6% in Saskatchewan

-          0% in the 3 Territories

Of those in Quebec, about half (9 of 19 listings) are descendants from my great-grandfather Edwin Ralph.  These represent 17 living individuals which is about 2 individuals per listing.

Therefore, I estimate that there may be as few as 400 or as many as 600 Langtons currently living in all of Canada.  Aside from my own personal objectives, I would say that future Langton research within the country of Canada should be focused on the province of Ontario first.