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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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  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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