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This Latchford family descends from the German Palatine Lodvik (Latchford) family that settled near Rathkeale Ireland.

c1850: William Francis Latchford was born at Rathkeale (Limerick) or Kilcullen (Kildare) Ireland.  When William Francis Latchford enlisted with the Royal Irish Constabulary age 18, he was noted as a native of Limerick.  In 1875 Constable Latchford was transferred to the Kildare Constabulary.

1875 May 20: William Francis Latchford married Annie Johnstone at Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. Ref. Returns Vol *8, Returns Page # 487.   Children of William Francis Latchford and Annie Johnstone:-

  1. 1877 Apr 2 – Francis “Frank” William Latchford was born at Kilcullen, Ireland. Registered Naas, County Kildare, Wicklow, Ireland. Vol 7 Page 911.
  2. 1879 Nov 5 - Isabella “Bella” Latchford born Ballenadrimna, Johnstown, Edenderry, Kildare, Ireland
  3. 1884 Feb 26 - Lionel "Henry" Latchford born at Leixslip, Ireland (according to his military record in Australia).

1888 Jul 30:  Police Sergeant William Francis Latchford died of pneumonia, age 38.  Reg. Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. Returns Quarter #3, Returns Vol #2, Returns Page #551. Note says “connected in Fermanagh”.  He was buried in the Yellow Bog Church Yard.

1889 Jan 7: Annie Latchford age 30 and children - Frank 11, Bella 9 and Lionel 4 arrived in Sydney on the Oroya 1 from London.  In 1892: Annie Latchford, widow of Francis William Latchford, married Alfred LATHAM at Sydney #826.  They lived at Corrimal, near Wollongong, NSW.

1898 Sep 5: Francis William Latchford enlisted at Brisbane. Service No. 993 with the Royal Australian Artillery regiment in the Australian Military Forces (Permanent Force).  Francis William Latchford 27 years married Louisa May Steer on 3 Aug 1904 in Qld #C771 Page # 14738.

Lionel Henry Latchford (between 1912 and 1916) served as a soldier on garrison duty at Victoria Barracks, Thursday Island,  Queensland.  He re-enlisted on 1 Sep 1917 at Fort Nelson, Tasmania SN 1171 with 36th Australian Heavy Artillery Group (H.A.G.).  Lionel described as 5’ 11 ½ “ tall with ruddy complexion, brown eyes and black hair and had previously served 6½ (or 4 1/2) years as a Permanent Soldier.  On 2 Feb 1918  he embarked at Sydney on HMAT Wiltshire A18 for England.  Whilst residing at Bull Point Camp, St. Budaux, St. Germans, Co Cornwall England), age 34 on 26 Sep 1918 he married Dorothy Elizabeth Panter age 28 of Saltash, Cornwall, daughter of Frederick William Panter, Gentleman, at the Church of England Parish Church, Saltash, Cornwall. After  end of the war Lionel Henry Latchford and wife disembarked from the Hospital Transport “Berrima” from London on 8 Nov 1919.  He returned to  garrison duty at Fort Nelson, Queenborough, Tasmania.

1936 Mar 18: Certificate of Discharge No. 118. Sergeant Francis William Latchford SERN 993, Royal Australian Engineers Regiment, born Kilcullen, Ireland on 2 April 1877.  Served Garrison Duty in Queensland.  Plumber by trade. Awarded long service and meritorious medals.  At age 58 years 11 months, discharged from service, after 37 years and 191 days service - at Brisbane on 18 March 1936, being medically unfit for service.  Described as 5' 8 3/4" tall, fresh complexion, brown eyes, grey hair with a scar across his nose.  

Flutterbye

Sunday 7th January 2018, 07:44PM

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  • to add one small detail to your list - looks like Lionel was originally registered as Henry James, the date, parents names and father's occupation all match - see Birth of Henry Latchford 26th Feb 1884.  The place of birth is Leixlip, which is in Co. Kildare and close to the border with Co. Dublin.

    Added : for reference Marriage of William Latchford and Annie Johnstone 20th May 1875 , William's father is Francis, occupation Clerk, and Annie father is James Johnstone Parish Clerk & Gardener. The marriage took place at Loughmoe Church of Ireland parish church, which is located south of the town of Templemore, Co. Tipperary. William's residence is given as the village of Dovea, and Annie's as Killahara townland, which is located next to the village of Dovea. The witnesses are  James Johnstone & William Orr.

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 7th January 2018, 08:03PM
  • Thank you very much Shane. I will update my records.

    I would like to track down William's father Francis (CLerk) and Annie's parents next.

    Any tips gratefully accepted.

     

    Cheers Noni

     

    Flutterbye

    Monday 8th January 2018, 09:27PM
  • To work back any further for William and Annie you would need to check availability of Church records for wherever they where they were born - so you  ideally would need to know the parish, or at least the town or district. Presumably Church of Ireland. There are some coverage of Church of Ireland records on RootsIreland pay-website, but bear in mind that not all records are online and there are also parishes which do not have records going back as far as you need. 

    Given the timeframe involved I checked Griffith's Valuation for the two fathers, not everyone is included so it's not definitive (people in shared addresses, with other family or in-laws etc, or in accommodation provided by an employer may not be listed). I found no sign of anything promising for Francis Latchford,  there are a number of James Johnston, without the e, but none in Loughmoe Co. Tipperary, which is the most likely area for Annie's family. Marriages usually took place in the bride's parish, although given her father's occupation it's possible that he moved around for his gardening employment. Gardeners were usually employed by the larger houses and estates, which could have provided accommodation for your Johnstone family (note equivalent surnames include Johnston, Johnson etc ). 

    I found one long-shot possible lead - a death of a Francis Latchford on the 10th March 1884 in Limerick City, a widower with reported age 64 and occupation civil as "Police Pensioner" ... the occupation doesn't match that mentioned on William's marriage cert, but could he be William's father ?

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 8th January 2018, 10:32PM
  • I found a marriage for a likely sister to your William -  John Westman and Susan Latchford 20th September 1877 at St. John's Church of Ireland Limerick city. The name of the bride's father is Francis occupation clerk so a good match...

    There seems to be at least one other Francis Latchford in Limerick city at the time, with occupation Baker - see : Marriage of George Latchford and Margaret Miniham 19th September 1876

    An analysis of surname distribution based on Griffith's Valuation shows most Latchford properties in Co. Limerick in the following civil parishes Chapelrussel, Kilcornan, Rathkeale and also St. John's and St. Michael's in Limerick City. There are also some Latchford entries in neighbouring Co. Kerry and Co. Tipperary, plus one in Co. Dublin. In addition some entries appear as the variation Lachford.

     

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 9th January 2018, 11:01AM
  • Hi Shane,

    Rathkeale (Limerick) is where I think this Latchford family started e.g. by 1711, only 188 of the 533 Palatine families remained on the lands allotted them. One Landlord successfully managed to induce his allotment of Palatine immigrants to remain in rural Ireland. Sir Thomas Southwell of Castle Matrix near Rathkeale, County Limerick championed the settlers’ causes.  Iri8sh Palatines mjor accumulations were found in Counties Limerick and TipperaryLatchford is among the best-known names of Palatine Descent.  The Palatine farmers took the ‘Yeomanry oath’ and were officered by the local gentry but were paid, clothed, armed and controlled by government. Their remit was to free the regular army and militia from domestic peacekeeping and do garrison duty.  Many Latchford men joined the R.I.C..

    Known Locations of interest: include Dovea, Coppa, Rathkeale, Kilcullen, Naas, Yellow Bog Churchyard, Thurles, Loughmore, Killahara, Ballinadrimma. Leixlip, Kilmeague, Naas

    Francis Latchiford Clerk, was likely a constable before becoming  a Clerk?

    1805: Francis Latchford married 25 Feb 1805 at Ardcanny, Limerick, Ireland, Mary Dowdle
    1807: Francis Latchford married 11 Apr 1807 at Rathkeale, Limerick, Ireland Catherine Molony
    1820: Francis Latchford born - died age 64 in 1884 Limerick Ireland.
    1820: Francis Latchford born - died age 82 in 1902 Limerick
    1828: Francis Latchford in 17 Dec 1828 impoverished applied for Poor Law Loan (Irish Reproductive Loan Fund, T91) 
    1843: Francis Latchford married 23 Apr 1843 at Saint Michael, Limerick Mary Anne Coe
    1846 Feb 23: Francis Latchford at Coppa married at Rathkeale, Limerick Catharina McMahon of Rathkeale, Limerick.
    c1850: William Francis Latchford was born at Rathkeale, Co. Limerick

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  • Hello. There was a Latchford family that lived in Kilchreest townland, County Clare, at the time of the Tithe Applotments (1826). It comprised from 3-5 related members having the given names Francis, William and John (1-3 of last). Most members of these families emigrated to Maryland USA circa 1835-1842. By the time of the Griffiths Valuation (1855), no Latchford families were present in County Clare.  It is believed that prior to their appearance in Clare, these families came from County Limerick (Rathkeale) area where some may have been born. One related member, George Latchford, lived in Limerick prior to emigrating to Maryland in the early 1830's. The root of the family is believed to have been recruited by Sir Thomas Southwell's estate in Ballingrane to be tenant farmers. It is also believed that they originated either from the German Palatine States (Lodvick?) or from England.  The primary faith of the Latchfords in 1800 was Protestant. By 1850, the faith structure was mixed between Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic. Francis Latchford married Mary Guinane, a Roman Catholic and appears to have converted to that faith. This is also true of Patrick Latchford of Limerick, who married Kate Hannon, and they both migrated to Virginia from Maryland. George Latchford, on the other hand, was buried in Methodist cemetery. It would be useful to find a connection with other members of the Latchford clan in Limerick, in particular, in order to expand the connections.  Regards Bob Brett.

    Dublinwoods

    Friday 5th April 2019, 07:20PM