The Ashton Hotel– Questions Questions Flemmings and McFarlanes

The Ashton Hotel– Questions Questions Flemmings and McFarlanes


Donald Mcfarlane Ashton.. believe it is the bookkeeper…. not old enough to be the innkeeper one. They were the only two Donalds in Ashton.18142949_10213068947062126_1617900078_n.jpg

Yesterday I heard from historian Jaan Kolk who also helped us on the Cohen’s in Lanark Village. Anytime I hear from Jaan is a good day as he always has great tidbits.

Hi Linda,

Your note on Ashton caught my eye. The 1864-5 Mitchell & Co. County of Carleton directory lists 2 hotel keepers in Ashton – Daniel Fanning (misspelled Fenning) and Donald McFarlane – and the Ashton inset of the 1863 Walling map of Lanark & Renfrew show 2 hotels – one what is now Old Mill Rd. in Beckwith, and on on the north side of present-day Flewellyn.

I did not pay much attention to the D. McPharland marked on the road now known as McCaffrey Trail. But the map shows 2 hotels and we know there were 2 hotel keepers. So my question is: which was McFarlane’s and which was Fanning’s? And how do we know?



Oh, and here is a clip from the 1863 Walling map of Carleton, showing D. McFarlane and “N. Stuart” in Concession IX, lot 1. I believe that was Neil Stewart (later Reeve of Goulbourn) who was the son of early Ashton settler John Stewart. The 1879 Belden atlas shows Neil Stewart in the west half of lot 1 and Thos. McFarlane, who I take to be Donald McFarlane’s heir, in the east half.

Text and Photos–Jaan Kolk

From Donna McFarlane- ( about the map above)


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The D Mcpharland( goulbourn side) shown is not our Donald brother of James– but a younger gentleman who is a bookkeeper and although I do not have proof I feel he is son of Wm of Goulbourn. Donna Mcfarlane photo

The hotel shown could potentially be our Donalds right across from the old mill pub…  The P Drummond shown is the one married to Catherine Mcfarlane d of our James… his father Malcolm Drummond was also grandfather of Mary Whyte Cram  my husbands great grandmother..

Thank you Jaan and Donna for this great information

If you have any answers please email me.

Does anyone know about these hotels? 




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal28 Sep 1896, MonPage 8


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal13 Nov 1896, FriPage 5

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. re Rev, Fleming
    Rev. William Fleming rector at Ashton in the 1890’s was the son of Richard Fleming who immigrated to Beckwith in 1831. They lived at the north end of Davis sideroad. William’s brother, Thomas farmed at Lot 20E, Con 5 Beckwith, which is on the east side of the Derry Sideroad. Thomas’ son, Loftus sold this farm and moved to Carleton Place in 1961. Loftus’ children, Lloyd, Audrey and Gordon are identified in some to the photos of S.S. no. 6 school in CP&B museum collection.


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