Langford was named after Capt. Edward Edwards Langford (1809-1895), late of the 73rd Regiment, who worked for the Hudson's Bay Company about 1851. It is also said the farm was established by the Puget Sound Agricultural Company, part of the HBC.) He was described as, ". . . an impoverished English gentleman farmer and hired farm manager in the service of the Hudsonís Bay Company . . .", stayed for only two years (10 years elsewhere) and returned to England. He had a wife and five daughters. They arrived in the ship, 'Tory', 6MAY1851. In 1851, Mrs. Langford gave birth to a son. He built a small mansion and for his daughters set up an academy for young ladies run by Miss Scott. Apparently Langford's sister also had an early school, possibly replacing Miss Scott.
Apparently he was a better host than farmer, and ran up large debts in entertaining.
One daughter, Mary Langford, m. Capt. Herbert George Lewis, Herbert George Lewis was born at Aspenden, Hertfordshire, England in 1828. Lewis became a sailor at an early age and, in 1847, joined the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1870, he settled in Victoria after marrying Mary Langford, the daughter of Edward Langford. After retiring from the Hudson's Bay Company in 1883, Lewis joined the Marine Department of Canada. Mary Lewis died 17MAY1903 and Captain H.G. Lewis died 30MAR1905. Herbert George Lewis (51) and Mary (43) lived in James Bay, part of the City of Victoria, in 1881. They were in James Bay in 1891 as well. Herbert was age 60 and Mary was age 50. Interestingly, Mary was b. Germany, although her parents were b. England. (Edward Langford was likely a captain of infantry where Herbert Lewis was a naval captain. I believe, in 1841, the British Crown may still have had possessions in what is now Germany.) In 1901, Herbert G. was b. 2JAN1828 and Mary is given as b. 1837.
Capt. Edward Langford was said to have been a distant cousin of Blanshard (early colonial administrator) and to have had 200 acres in Sussex.
Another daughter, Emma Langford (3rd daughter), also m. a naval officer, Capt. John A. Bull. He is described as "Master, R. N.", of HMS 'Plumper'. The 'Plumper' was a survey vessel of the Royal Navy. They were married in Colwood (next to Langford, named by Langford after his estate in Sussex) 7FEB1860. John died soon after, 14NOV1860, age 27 years. He was given a military funeral.
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