Edward Burcham

Edward BURCHAM (1607 – bef. 1682) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; 1 of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line.

Edward Burcham Coat of Arms

Edward Burcham was christened on 3 Jan 1607 in Markby, Lincolnshire, England. Markby  Markby  is 123 miles  north of London and 29 miles  west of Lincoln. The church of St Peter’s is the only remaining thatched church in Lincolnshire.

St. Peter Church Markby, England

Edward married Katherine MASON on 15 Sep 1631 at Saleby, Louth, Lincolnshire, England.  He emigrated to Lynn, Mass in 1636 and was made freeman on 14 Mar 1638/39.  He returned to England in 1656 and it is not know whether he came back.

Katherine Mason was born 19 Dec 1602 in Saleby, Louth, Lincolnshire, England.  Katherine died in 1690 in Lynn, Mass.

Children of Edward and Katherine:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Anna Burcham 1638
Lynn, Mass
William Hawkins
After 1684
2. Frances BURCHAM 1640
Lynn, Mass
Isaac Willey
(Son of our ancestor Isaac WILLEY I)
8 Jun 1660
Boston, Mass.
Clement MINER

26 Nov 1662
Hinham, Mass
6 Jan 1673
New London, CT

Occupation: 1645, Clerk of Writs
Resided in: 1636, Lynn
Returned: 1656, to England

Edward  was settled at Lynn, MA by 1636 with Lynn being just east of Boston, MA.   In the 1636 Lynn land division, Edward Burcham received 30 acres + 10 acres in in what became the Reading area.  Edward Burcham was Clerk of Wrtis 1645-1655 which meant he was “to record deaths, births, marriages for ye Towne” of Lynn.  At the 18 June 1645 General Court Edward burcham was one of three “to end smale causes for ye towne of Lynne” and this renewed 20 May 1648 and this appointment noted a 20s payment.

Edward Burcham wrote many wills and probated wills and did estate inventories also.  Edward Burcham is believed to have returned to England in 1656 and nothing more is recorded of him in America.


1. Anna Burcham

Anna’s husband William Hawkins’ origins are unknown

The 15 October 1684 settling of a petition filed by William Hawkins and his wife Anna Burcham Hawkins to claim land that Lynn had granted to her recently deceased father Edward Burcham in 1638 in an area of Lynn called Reading was granted.  If Edward Burcham had daughters Anna and Frances, Anna would be his only living child in 1684 as Frances had died in 1673.

Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Massachusetts:

1684 This year, on petition of Wm. Hawkins, and Anna his wife (daughter of Edward Burcham, deceased), the Court ordered, “that the 121 acres of land lying between the Southerly side or bounds of the Newhall lotts and the Southerly side or bounds of old Mr. Robert Burnap’s land, as per the plot appears, be, by a sworne surveyor divided and laid out into three equal parts or proportions, according to the original grants of the town of Lynn, as other lotts lye in length from Easte to West, and that that bigger part thereof, lying next to the land of said Burnap Lent, towards the North, is undoubtedly, and shall be accounted the land, and be in plenary possession of the said Wm. Hawkins, in right of his wife Anna, daughter and heire of Edward Burcham, deceased.”

2. Frances BURCHAM (See Isaac WILLEY ‘s page and Clement MINER ‘s page)








Oliver-Miner Ancestors and Descendants by F. L. Oliver, 1956; MA application for Freeman Status 14 March 1638;

Burcham and Allied Families by C. Dunn, 2000;

History of Lynn by A. Lewis, 1829;

Genealogical Register of the first Settlers of new England by J. Farmer, 1829

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Peter Tallman

Peter TALLMAN (1623 – 1708) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line. He was Solicitor General of Rhode Island in 1662 and records indicate he was volatile, stubborn, prone to dispute and lawsuits and had the first divorce in family history.

Peter Tallman Coat of Arms

Peter Tallman was born about 1623 in Hamburg, Germany.    His parents were  Henrich TAELMON (1586 – )  and Anna [__?__],  a burgher family which may have had Dutch or Schleswig-Holstein origins.  He was made a burgher of Hamburg on 14 Aug 1646.  He emigrated to Barbados in 1647 where he soon married Anne HILL on 2 Jan 1649  in Church Christ, Barbados.

Christ Church Barbados


Barbados Map

Peter signed a contract 2 Jun 1648 with Nathaniel Maverick who was Captain of the Golden Dolphin to ship cargo and carry passengers.  Peter agree to ship at least 10 tons of cargo and to pay £3/ton for rum, 5 fatherings/pound for cotton, and 1 penny/pound for tobacco.  Peter Tallman agree further to provide the necessary provisions for the voyage, to have and English bondsman and 3 slaves aboard, and to travel himself and his wife and his mother-in-law widow Ann Hill and his brother-in-law Robert Hill.  They sailed in September 1649 and settled in Newport, Rhode Island.

On 18 Nov 1650 Peter is described as an apothecary (practiced the art of healing, “no cure, no pay”).  He was also a merchant trader and he sold Barbadian imports such as rum and tobacco and cotton in Newport for grain and livestock that he could sell in Barbados and he also made sales trips to New Netherlands to sell these wares and wine and brandy and clothing.  He also often acted as an interpreter between the English and the Dutch.  Peter Tallman was a Freeman in 1655 and was thereafter allowed to vote and to own land.

Peter divorced Anne in May 1665 in Portsmouth, RI. because  her most recent “child was none of his begetting, and that it was begotten by another man”.  All evidence all points to it being Tom Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.    Peter married Joan Briggs in 1665 in Taunton, RI.  He married a third time to Esther [__?__] in  1686 in Rhode Island.  Peter died on 1 Apr 1708 in Portsmouth, RI.

Anne Hill was born around 1633 in Barbados.  Her parents were Philip HILL and Anne KINGE. The first settlement in Barbados was in 1627.   Anne’s parents were among the early British planters and would have likely cultivated tobacco and cotton, as the famous sugar plantations did not develop extensively until after 1642.  After were divorced, Anne married  married her lover Thomas Durfee (1643 – 1712) and had six more children.  Anne died between 1680 and 1684 in Portsmouth, RI.

Peter’s mother-in-law Anne Hill removed from Barbados with her daughter Anne and son-in-law Peter Tallman to Rhode Island, where she remarried John Elton in 1650 in Newport RI and removed to Flushing.  Ann apparently either acquired 100 acres of land in Flushing, or had inherited it from her first husband, and apparently later left it or gave it to her daughter. She later moved to Staten Island, and eventually went with her son Robert Hill to Virginia, where,, she married once more, a Capt. Hudson.

Children of Peter and Anne

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Tallman 1651 Ensign  John Pearce Jun 1720
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
2. Elizabeth Tallman 1654
Portsmouth, RI
Isaac Lawton
3 Mar 1674 Portsmouth, RI
20 May 1701
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
3. Anne Tallman 1656 Stephen Brayton 1732
4. Dr. Peter Tallman 22 Mar 1657/58
Portsmouth, RI
Ann Wright (Watson) 6 Jul 1726
5. Joseph Tallman 1660
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary Timberlake
1685 Portsmouth, Newport, RI
3 May 1709
6. Sussanah TALLMAN c. 1662 (many alternatives have been suggested)
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Joseph BECKWITH 1717
Lyme, New London, CT
7. Sarah Tallman 1664
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
William Wilbore
18 Dec 1680 Little Compton, Newport,  RI
Little Compton, Newport,

Children of Peter and Joan Briggs:

Name Born Married Departed
8. Jonathan Tolman 1666
Newport, RI
Sarah [__?__]
c. 1689
Dartmouth, Mass
9. Dr. James Tallman 1668
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary Davol
18 Mar 1689 Portsmouth, RI
Hannah Swain
Nantucket, Mass.
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
10. Mercy Tallman 1670 Isreal Shaw
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Islan
11. John Tallman 1672
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary [__?__]
1693 Portsmouth, RI
Flushing, NY
12. daughter 1674
13. Nathaniel Tallman 1680
Bristol, Mass.
Rachel Sherman
13 Jun 1724 Bristol, Mass.
Bristol, RI
14. Benjamin Tallman 28 Jan 1685
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Patience Durfee
23 Sep 1708 Portsmouth, RI
Deborah Cook
7 Jun 1724 Portsmouth, RI
20 May 1759
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island

Children of Peter and Esther [__?__]

Name Born Married Departed
15. Samuel Tallman 14 Jan 1687/88
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
16. Joseph Tallman 1691
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Joanna Mayhew
1 Dec 1713 Portsmouth Newport, Rhode Island
13 Apr 1756
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island


1648 – Peter visited Rhode Island sailing there from Barbados on the Golden Dolphin.

Shortly after their marriage, Peter made arrangements for the transportation of his family. He signed a contract with Nathaniel Maverick, captain of the Golden Dolphin, on June 2, 1648. This contract included the shipping of at least ten tons of cargo, including rum, cotton and tobacco. Peter agreed to pay Captain Maverick three pounds sterling for
each ton of rum, five farthings per pound for the cotton, and one penny per pound for shipping the tobacco. Peter also agreed to provide provisions for his passengers who included an English bondsmen and three slaves.  According to his affidavit, his brother-in-law and mother-in-law also came with Peter and Ann Tallman.

1650 – Now he set himself up as an apothecary, undoubtedly while maintaining and juggling many other business ventures. He was known to be engaged in “healing” as late as 1660 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

1650 – He gave power of attorney to Mr. John Elton “for good causes and considerations.” Mr. Elton was empowered to collect a bad debt from Samuel Maverick of Noddles Island or else imprison him. Mr. Elton would then keep the money he collected. In effect, Tallman sold the debt. He also sold a runaway slave to Elton, if he caught him. Describing the slave, Tallman said, “The Negro is named Mingoe & but a yong man & hath the marke of I:P: on his left shoulder: & did unlawfully depart from my house in Newport about six months since.” Since the document was signed on  eptember 18, 1650, it can inferred that Tallman had settled in Newport no later than March of that year

28 Nov 1650 – A Barbados will for Francis Kinge mentions children of sister Ann Hill. (Also mentions his siblings Arthur, Joseph, Abigail Kinge, Johanna Kinge, and brothers and sisters with surname Arthur). Potentially “Kinge” could be the maiden name for our Ann Hill, wife of Philip.

1650′s – Documented numerous times being in New Amsterdam (New York City) sometimes as a translator (which would seem to confirm his being of Dutch heritage), and where he owned a house and lot. He also was active in Flushing, New York, and in Connecticut, and later in the settlement of Martha’s Vineyard. He also purchased land in Plymouth Colony.

Nov 1650 – John Elton, Peter’s new step father-in-law, held a power-of-attorney from Tallman in to collect debts and pursue an escaped slave, and their dealings went back about a year prior to that).

27 June  1651 – He is called Peter Taelman, had clearance of a Vessel from Manhattan to South (Delaware) River.


21 November 1656. On this day Peter Talemann recovered a judgment, and on 23 January 1657 [1656/7] he entered an annuity of 124 bank marks for his daughter Susanna.

9 October 1663 Susanna Talemann, by her curator [guardian], Hans Erlekamp, Cancelled this annuity entry.

1655 – Peter is in the list of freemen at Newport

25 Jan 1656 – He of Middleburgh (Newton) NY, was complained of by the magistrate of Middleburgh for removing tobacco by the court at Flushing.

1656 – The first record of Peter Tallman in New Amsterdam is in a probate court. He owed 201 florins to the estate and was ordered to pay it.  It is unlikely that he moved to New Amsterdam since this  , only one year after being established as a freeman in Newport. That same year, 1656, he was plaintiff in a case, suing Rutgert Jansen for
defaulting on a debt.

1658 – He was again in court to collect on a debt. This time he sued the defendant for fl. 60:6. The court awarded him two-thirds, the other thirds awaiting better proof. Debt
was not taken lightly. The defendant, Tomas Yongh, was ordered to pay within twenty-four hours or face imprisonment. When Peter brought in his accounts the court decided they were unsatisfactory. He was ordered to prove each item.  In March, 1659, his full account was finally approved.

1658 - Peter Tallman also served as interpreter for the court between the Dutch and the English. Also in 1658, he appeared with Jan Denman; it isn’t clear what his role was, but interpreter seems likely. The case was over Denman’s losing his license to sell beer. He lost it because “there is so great a noise and racket, that the whole neighborhood is kept awake.”  He was given his license for a trial period since he promised to better control the noise level in the future. It would be interesting to know if Peter Tallman was there as a friend, partner, or merely as an interpreter. Unfortunately, the records are not that complete.

18 Dec 1658 – Peter Tallman moved to Portsmouth in with his wife Ann and 2 daughters and 1 infant son.  He bought land from Richard and Mary Morris and from William Wilbore [father of his future son-in-law] that was connected properties totaling 15 acres and he paid 35s/acre.  After this he continually added to his real estate holdings.He was one of the early purchasers of land on Martha’s Vineyard, and was very active in the settlement of that island.

There were two other court cases in 1658 that were particularly interesting. In the first, Tallman was sued for withholding 297 pounds of tobacco that he had agreed to trade for Spanish wine and stockings. After receiving the wine and stockings, he defaulted on the payment. He did not show up for the first hearing, sending a letter of protest and filing a countersuit for “all costs, damages and wrongs.”  It seems that this country has been a litigious country from its beginnings. His case must have been poorly supported by the evidence because he lost at the first hearing.

The other case involved an arrest Tallman made. He arrested the surgeon of the ship Sphera Mundi, claiming this surgeon was acting as an attorney for Tallman’s skipper, making his responsible for the skipper’s debts and duties. Peter claimed that he was owed for an “anker of brandy… and 400 pounds of tobacco.” The attorney of the skipper (in court) said the surgeon was merely a messenger; that the skipper had met Tallman ; that Tallman had thanked the skipper, that the skipper had sent Tallman a letter and that Peter Tallman had also written the skipper a letter.  Tallman asked for a continuance because he needed time to prove that the surgeon was the attorney. Unfortunately, the case in not continued in the records. Either Tallman realized his error and declined to press his claim any further or the records were not included in the collection. This entry raises more questions than it answers. In does indicate, though, that Peter Tallman was engaged in commerce. The evidence from the New Amsterdam records reveal that he was a merchant. Taken with his definition of his occupation in the Aspinwall Notarial Records when he gave Mr. Elton his power of attorney, it seems likely that he sold Barbadian imports from his apothecary shop to the residents of Newport in exchange for grains and livestock which he could resell in Barbados for rum, cotton and tobacco. In New Amsterdam, he could sell some of what he obtained in Barbados diversifying his stock with wine, brandy and clothing. The book, New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century, describes this triangular trade pattern as fairly typical.  Trade was usually within a correspondence group. What this means is that Tallman probably had a friend in Barbados upon whom he depended to represent his interests. The trading partner would expect the same in return. This would work to each person’s mutual benefit. There is no conclusive evidence as to whom the Barbadian trading partner may have been, but a relative of Ann Hill, Tallman’s wife, seems likely.

Jan 1661 – Peter bought land from Wamsutta or King Alexander as he was called by New England colonists,  chief sachem of the Wapanoag Indians who was told by Plymouth Colony that if he sold land again outside Plymouth colony he would be arrested.  He did and he was.   Peter was forced to return that land because the sale was deemed illegal by the colonial authorities.


Wamsutta (ca. 1634–1662), was the eldest son of Massasoit and a  sachem of the Wampanoag.. His sale of Wampanoag lands to colonists other than those of the Plymouth Colony brought the Wampanoag considerable power, but aroused the suspicions of the Plymouth colonists. He was imprisoned for three days at Plymouth; he died shortly after release, causing tribal suspicion of the colonists. His death contributed to King Philip’s War of 1675. Wamsutta  was honored in the naming of a United States Navy steamer in commission during the American Civil War between 1863 and 1865.

Wamsetta was ill at the time of the land sale to Tallman.  He was arrested and he became even more ill on the march and then, even though he was sent home, he died soon after.

The cause of death was disputed, and Wamsutta’s brother Metacomet (who succeeded Wamsutta in leadership of the Wampanoag) suspected that he had been poisoned. Wamsutta’s death was one of the factors that would eventually lead to the 1675 King Philip’s War.

Some historians believe Wamsutta was poisoned or tortured by Governor Josiah Winslow, who saw him as a threat. But considering Winslow’s father, Edward Winslow and Governor William Bradford (both of whom had died before this), and their previous peaceful relations with Wamsutta’s father, Massasoit, their devout Christian character, and their having treated the Indians with respect, such speculation is open to question. Nan Apashamen, a Wampanoag historian at Plymouth Plantation, suggests Wamsutta’s name had changed to Moanam and that he was Phillips’ father, not brother.

May 1661, Aug 1661, May 1662 – Commissioner in Portsmouth.  The Commissioners were the legislative body and the handled civil cases.

May 1661 – Peter was General Solicitor for the General Court of Rhode Island at Portsmouth.  The General Court was made up of a President, 4 Assistants, a General Recorder, a General Attorney, and a General Solicitor.  The General Court existed to act as a court of trials, to advise the governor, and to act as a council of war – with the court of trials the most important duty.  The General Court was replaced by the General Assembly in 1663 when Rhode Island received her Charter from England and Peter Tallman was Deputy to the General Assemby from Portsmouth for 1662-1665.  Peter Tallman did not hold political office after 1665 and this may be because he was divorced that year.

14 Oct 1662 – John Hudson (his Mother-in-law’s third husband) charged Peter Tallman on behalf of her for cheating her and her children of £300, a charge to which Tallman pleaded not guilty and was cleared by a jury. Hudson appealed but final resolution is not known. This falling out with his mother-in-law may have begun much earlier, for another item from 1650 is apparently copied into the 1662 court record, documenting that Ann had charged Tallman in 1650 with “craftily” obtaining her goods and substance and being unwilling to pay for or return them.

ca. 1660 – A young Thomas Durfee (around 17 years old) arrived in Rhode Island. It appears that he was initially an indentured servant in the Tallman household. He was first documented witnessing a land deed for Tallman in 1661, where Tallman purchased land from the famous Indian sachem Wamsutta.  They were both admitted as inhabitants of Portsmouth in 1662. Tallman launched legal proceedings against Tom starting 12 Jun 1664 for “breach of his bond”. This would likely be a breaking of the indenture, possibly by Tom’s leaving the household; Tom was found guilty by the Court. Records of 19 Oct 1664 document a “bill of indictment” by Tallman against Tom, with an apparent “discharge” of the “redemption” bond by Durfee paying £10 to Tallman.

In addition to the legal “breach”, the underlying cause of the falling out between the two were much deeper.  Tallman in the same month of Oct 1664 started legal proceedings against Tom for “disrespecting his wife” Ann.  Tom Durfee quite clearly was having an affair with his employer’s wife, who was about ten years his senior. We don’t know when the affair started, but by time of the legal suit it was public. Tallman’s petition emphasized Tom’s “insolent carriage” toward Ann. The court sent for Durfee and he was admonished for this behavior.

3 May 1665 – Tallman petitioned the court “to be released from his wife”, and the court asked the governor to issue a warrant to bring her in the next day by 8 a.m.   Peter brought a letter to court that Ann had written him that stated that their youngest child was not his and when this was read out in court Ann admitted to adultery.  She re-confirmed what she had apparently written her husband, that her most recent “child was none of his begetting, and that it was begotten by another man”. Circumstantial evidence all points to it being Tom Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.

Ann requested mercy, and the Court asked whether she were willing to reconcile with her husband, “to which her answer was, that she would rather cast herselfe on the mercy of God if he take away her life, than to returne”. The Court declared her an adulteress and sentenced her to be whipped twice, first with 15 stripes in Portsmouth on 22 May, and 15 more lashes on 29 May in Newport. They also fined her £10, and granted the divorce to Peter Tallman. She was to remain in prison until punishment was rendered.

Tom Durfee was also brought in to the Court of Trials and found guilty by a jury on 8 May, sentenced to pay fines and receive 15 lashes.

While Tom presumably endured his punishment, Ann fled the colony before hers could be administered. While it was said she went to her brother in Virginia, other evidence indicates she went to nearby Plymouth Colony, at least initially, where a certain John Arthur was charged on 1 Aug 1665 with “entertaining the wife of one Talmon and the wife of William Tubbs.”

In any case, Ann remained away from Aquidneck for about two years. If she had remained in nearby Plymouth this whole time, certainly Durfee could have visited her. He could possibly have left the colony with her for all or part of that period, for we can find no documentation that Durfee was in Rhode Island for that period. On the other hand, the fact that no additional children were born until “around” 1667 might imply they were apart that entire time.

In 1667 Ann returned to Aquidneck and resumed the relationship with Tom at least by 1668 when they were again “apprehended” by the authorities for their relationship. (Or alternately they both returned together and the relationship was never interrupted).

Court records of 1 May 1667 stated that because Ann Tallman, late wife (i.e. “ex-wife”) of Peter Tallman, escaped her punishment in 1665 and had now returned to the colony, a warrant for her arrest was issued to Constable Anthony Emery. Because she had petitioned the Court for mercy (apparently knowing she had to face apprehension on return to Rhode Island), the punishment was halved to 15 stripes in Newport only, and the fine was remitted.  It isn’t known if the sentence was carried out.

A year later, however, Ann and Thomas were brought to court again. On 11 May 1668 he was charged with fornication and pleaded guilty, being sentenced to either be whipped with “15 stripes” in Portsmouth” or pay a fine of 40 shillings. Ann was charged with the same (not adultery since she was no longer married) and was found guilty although she did not appear in court. She was sentenced to be twice whipped or to pay a fine of £4.

It would appear that things “settled down” and somehow they were “tolerated” as a couple. As the guilty party in her divorce from Tallman, Ann would not have been allowed to re-marry, and thus their relationship was in essence a “common-law” marriage. While there is no direct evidence, Ann must have been the mother of his next four children, born between 1667 and 1679. Thomas was made a freeman of Portsmouth in 1673, implying possibly he had been “forgiven” as normally he would have been eligible at age 21.

Children of Anne and Thomas Dufree

Name Born Married Departed
i. Robert Durfee 10 Mar 1665
Born out of wedlock during Anne’s marriage to Peter TALLMAN 
Mary Sanford
1687 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island,
10 May 1718
ii. Richard Durfee 29 Nov 1667
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Ann Almy
1687 in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island
aft 10 Apr 1700
iii. Thomas Durfee 28 Mar 1669 Ann Freeborn
1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
11 Feb 1729
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
iv. William Durfee c. 1673 c. 1727
v. Ann Durfee c 1675/76 William Potter
12 Jan 1693
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
c. 1731
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
vi. Benjamin Durfee c. 1678/79
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Prudence Earle
1699 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
 6 Jan 1754
Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island

No records are known mentioning Ann after this date, and she died between 1680 and 1684.  Thomas “remarried” sometime after 1684 (probably by 1685) to Deliverance Hall, who became the widow of Abiel Tripp in 1684. Thomas and Deliverance had two children: Patience, born 19 Jun 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and Deliverance, born c. 1690. Patience notably married Peter Tallman’s son,  Benjamin Tallman,  just months after Peter Tallman died in 1708.

The documentation from 3 Nov 1682 records two 50-acre lots at Flushing, Long Island deeded from “Ann Dorfee” of Rhode Island to her son John Tallman, with the deed signed by Thomas Dorfee and Ann A. Dorfee, “his wife”. Ann possibly had inherited this land from her mother. The fact that Thomas and Ann appear here as husband and wife is still not proof that they were legally married, but does indicate their relationship survived to this time. John Tallman also mentioned in his will of 1709 the 100-acre plantation on which he lived, which may have been this same land.

7 June 1674, having broken a law of Mass., prohibiting the receipt of land from Indians by deed of gift, Peter was imprisoned, but on giving up the deeds he was at this date released.

20 Oct 1675, He bought suit against Rebecca Sadler, wife of Thomas, for breach of peace and threatening his family.

1865 – Peter among the proprietors of Guilford CT.

13 Mar 1702/03 – Peter declared to Joseph Sheffield, one of her Majesties Assistants.

“I am now 80 years of age and in the year 1647 I came from Hambrough to the Island of Barbados and within two years after my arrival I married with Ann Hill daughter of Philip Hill and Ann his wife.” “He was married in Christ Church Parish in said Island, and after sever or eight months after his marriage, the said Tallman moved from the Island of Barbados to Rhode Island, bringing with his wife and his wife’s brother called Robert Hill as likewise his wife’s mother, who after said Philip Hills death married Mr. John Elton, and Mrs. Elton remained in Rhode Island about one year with her son Robert, and afterwards removed from Rhode Island to Flushing upon Long Island, and thence to Staten Island in the Government of New York, and afterwards under Virginia or Maryland, carrying her son Robert Hill, and after her being in Virginia she had a child or more by Capt Hudson, who, as is reported, she married, and further said Robert Hill settled in Virginia, and further said Tallman declared to me, the said deponent, that the Peter Tallman whose habitation is now at Guilford, in the County of New Haven in Connecticut is eldest lawful son of said Perter Tallman”

The original freeman of Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island were Major Benjamin Church [wiki], John Pearce [husband of 1. Mary Tallman], John Cook, Gersham Woodle, Richard Borden, Christopher Almy [father-in-law of ii. Richard Durfee], Thomas Cory, Stephen Manchester, Joseph Wanton, Forbes Manchester, Daniel Howland, Edward Gray, Edward Briggs, William Manchester, Amos Sheffield, Daniel Wilcox, Edward Colby, Joseph Tabor, David Lake, Thomas Waite, 5. Joseph Tallman, John Briggs, John Cooke, William Almy, and John Cooke,Jr.

Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island

Tiverton is located on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, across the Sakonnet River from Aquidneck Island (also known as the Island of Rhode Island). Together with the adjacent town of Little Compton, the area is disconnected from the rest of the state of Rhode Island.

Tiverton was incorporated by English colonists in 1694 as part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. In 1746, in the final settlement of a long colonial boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tiverton was annexed to Rhode Island by Royal Decree (together with its fellow towns along the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay,Barrington, Bristol and Little Compton, and the town of Cumberland, to the north of Providence). Tiverton was incorporated as a town of Rhode Island in 1747.

1. Mary Tallman

Mary’s husband Ensign John Pearce was born 8 Sep 1647 in Waltham Abbey, Essex, England. His parents were Richard Pearce and Susannah Wright. John died 5 Dec 1707 in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

John was an original freeman in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

2. Elizabeth Tallman

Elizabeth’s husband Isaac Lawton was born 11 Dec 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury. He first married between 1670 and 1673 in Portsmouth, RI to Mary Sisson (b. 24 Jun 1639 in Dartmouth, Mass. – d. 1674 in childbed of her only child in Dartmouth, Mass). He married second, 1 Mar 1674 to Elizabeth Tallman, by whom he had all his children. His third wife, to whom he was married 11 Oct 1701, was Naomi, widow of George Lawton and daughter of Bartholomew Hunt. Naomi died 3 Jan 1720. Isaac died 25 Jan 1732 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Isaac was a deputy in 1696, 1698, 1699, 1704-06. He was an honest farmer and had three wives.

3. Anne Tallman

Anne’s husband Stephen Brayton was born 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Francis Brayton and Mary [__?__]. Stephen died 2 Apr 1694 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

4. Dr. Peter Tallman

Peter’s wife Ann Wright was born 1655 in Guilford, New Haven, CT. Her parents were Benjamin Wright (1634 – ) and Jane Meigs (1638 – ). She first married 26 Feb 1677 Age: 22 in Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut to John Walstone (1644 – 1680). Ann died 21 May 1731 in Guilford, New Haven, CT.

5. Joseph Tallman

Joseph’s wife Mary Timberlake was born about 1660

Joseph was an original freeman in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

6. Sussanah TALLMAN (See Joseph BECKWITH‘s page)

7. Sarah Tallman

Sarah’s husband William Wilbore was born Dec 1660 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were William Wilbore and Martha Holmes. William died 1738 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

8. Jonathan Tolman

Jonathan’s wife Sarah [__?__] was born xx. Perhaps Sarah was Mary Davol’s sister.

9. Dr. James Tallman

James’ first wife Mary Davol was born 1667 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Joseph Davol and Mary Brayton, Mary died in 1701 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

James’ second wife Hannah Swain was born 1679 in Nantucket Island, Mass. Her parents were John Swain (1633 – 1715) and Mary Weare (1633 – 1714). Hannah died 1765 in Portsmouth, RI

James was a physician (as was his brother Peter)

1698 -He deeded to Mary Timberlake, of Tiverton, wife of Joseph, for many kindnesses formerly to me shown and given by her, certain land and buildings in Portsmouth for life, and them to her daughters Joan Cory and Sarah Timberlake.

1700 – He had lot 77 assigned to him; paying therefor £1701. His marriage to Hannah Swain, at Nantucket, by Wm. Worth, Justice of the Peace, is noted upon the records at that island; wherein he is called “James Tallman, M.D.”

1705 – He deeded brothers Benjamin, Samuel and Joseph, for love, etc., twelve acres.

1706 -Thomas Barnes of Providence, died and made will on this date, and directs that his debts be paid to utmost of his estate, “especially to my careful and kind Doctor, Mr. James Tallman,” etc.

1724 -Will, proved 1724, 2. Executrix, wife Hannah. Witnesses, Josiah Arnold, Jr., Daniel Amory, William Anthony. Overseer of will, John Earl. To son John, 100 acres in Tiverton; he to pay his brother Jeremiah £500. To son Peter, 50 acres in Tiverton. To son Silas, land in Tiverton. To son Joseph, land in Portsmouth. Son Stephen to have the rest and remainder of homestead where I do dwell, etc., he paying sister Jemima £200, and sister Hannah £100, when she is 17, etc. Wife Hannah to have use of land given Joseph until he is 21; and use of 1/2 of land given Stephen with privilege of 1/2 the housing to live in with as many of her children as she wishes. The rest of property is given her, she paying my (and her) daughter Mary, £200. If Silas dies before 21, his share goes to Peter, and if Joseph dies before 21, his share goes to Stephen.Inventory, £1373, 16s. 6d. Neat cattle £138. 100 sheep £40. Little boat £5. “Horse kind” £35. 4 swine £7, 10s. Poultry oe1. Bills due £287. 2 guns and 1 sword £4. Cider mill, 2 cheese presses, 1 flock bed, 2 saddles, 1 side saddle, pillion, etc. His profession is disclosed by following items: 1 bell metal mortar, and 2 other mortars, 1 still, and physick and syrup £5. He also left a negro woman valued at £40.

1734 – Ordered by town that “Hannah Tallman, for keeping Job Bennett ten days and doctoring his foot, be allowed 20s. to be paid out of the Treasury.” She seems to have inherited her husband’s profession, as well as estate.

1764 – Hannah’s Will, proved 1765 – Widow Hannah. Executors, sons-in-law David Fish and Mathew Slocum. Witnesses, Henry Hedley, Joseph Thomas, Robert Dennis. To 3 sons Stephen, Peter, and Silas, 5s. each. To daughter Mary Freeborn, oe700. To daughter Jemima Fish and son-in-law David Fish, £600. To son Jeremiah, £600. To daughter Hannah Slocum, household goods. To son-in-law Matthew Slocum, £500. To 3 daughters aforesaid, land in Tiverton.
Inventory, £3868, 18s.”

10. Mercy Tallman

Mercy’s husband Israel Shaw was born 29 Jan 1660 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Anthony Shaw and Alice Stonard. Israel died 21 Aug 1705 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

He sold two parcels of land in Portsmouth, February 11, 1707, to his brother-in-law, John Cook, of Tiverton, and in the bargain were included buildings and orchards, and a share in Hog Island. The consideration was £210, 10s.

11. John Tallman

John’s wife Mary [__?__] was born about 1672 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Mary died in 1707 in Rhode Island

13. Nathaniel Tallman

Nathaniel’s wife Rachel Sherman was born 24 Sep 1705 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Sherman and Sarah Pierce.

14. Benjamin Tallman

Benjamin’s first wife Patience Durfee was born 19 Jun 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Thomas Durfee and Deliverance Hall. Patience died 1723 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Benjamin and Patience married just months after Benjamin’s father died.  It’s not surprising that they waited because Patience’s father was the same house servant who eloped with Benjamin’s father’s first wife Ann.   Deliverance was Thomas’ second wife, so there was no blood relation, but still!

Benjamin’s second wife Deborah Cook was born 1692 in Portsmith, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were John Cook and Mary Havens. Deborah died in 1759 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

16. Joseph Tallman

Joseph’s wife Joanna Mayhew was born 9 Jun 1693 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were John Mayhew and Joanna Christopher.

Children of Anne and Thomas Dufree

i. Robert Durfee (Born out of wedlock during Anne’s marriage to Peter TALLMAN)

Robert’s wife Mary Sanford was born 30 Mar 1664 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were John Sanford and Mary Gorton. Mary died 15 Nov 1748 in Freetown, Bristol, Mass.

ii. Richard Durfee

Richard’s wife Ann Almy was born 29 Nov 1667 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Christopher Almy and Elizabeth Cornell. Ann died 1708 in Rhode Island.

iii. Thomas Durfee

Thomas’ wife Ann Freeborn was born 28 Mar 1669 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Gideon Freeborn and Sarah Brownell. Ann died 1729 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

iv. William Durfee c. 1673 c. 1727

v. Ann Durfee

Ann’s husband William Potter was born 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Nathaniel Potter and Elizabeth Stokes. William died 1720 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

vi. Benjamin Durfee

Benjamin’s wife Prudence Earle was born 1681 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were William Earle and Prudence [__?__]. Prudence died 12 Mar 1733 in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island.


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Joseph Beckwith

Joseph BECKWITH (1653 – 1707) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miner line.

Joseph Beckwith was born about 1653 in New London, New London, CT.   His parents were Matthew BECKWITH and  Elizabeth (Mary) LYNDE.  He married Susannah TALLMAN about 1676.  Joseph died about 1707 in Lyme, CT at the age of 54.

Susanna Tallman was born about 1662  in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island,  Many alternative birth dates: 1642, 1650, 1655, 1660, etc.)  have been suggested. Her parents were  Peter TALLMAN and Anne HILL.  After Joseph died, she married George Way 17 May 1713 in Lyme, New London, CT.  Susanna died  in 1717 in Lyme, New London, CT.

Children of Joseph and Susannah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Sarah BECKWITH 14 Apr 1677
Lyme, New London, CT
William MINER
1693 in Lyme, New London, CT
24 Mar 1722/3
Stonington, New London, CT
2. Capt. Joseph Beckwith 15 Apr 1679
Lyme, New London, CT
Marah (Mary) Lee
18 May 1699 Lyme, New London, CT
9 Aug 1741
Lyme, CT

Joseph Beckwith was an innkeeper. Joseph died before the deed’s were recorded to his homestead.

Council held at New London, January 11th, 1710. Ordered that Mrs. Susannah Beckwith, widow of the late Joseph Beckwith of Lyme, the sum of ten shillings and two pence, for entertainment of soldiers. [Connecticut Kecord]


1. Sarah BECKWITH (See William MINER‘s page)

2. Capt. Joseph Beckwith

Joseph’s wife Marah (Mary) Lee was born 23 Apr 1679 in Lyme, New London, CT. Her parents were Thomas Lee and Mary DeWolf.   She married 2nd (at Lyme) May 16, 1745 Capt Daniel Sterling . He died Lyme, CT, June 30, 1747. She married 3rd Capt Riggs of, CT. who later died at Derby, CT.  Marah died 28 Feb 1734 in Lyme, New London, CT or  in 1759 in Colchester, CT.

(LVR) [Lyme Vital Record] Joseph Beckwith Juner was married unto Marah his now wife this 18 day of May 1699

13 May 1713 – Miriam Brooks Daughter of Henry Brooks. She lived at Joseph Beckwiths Died. Sick but 12 hours (HD) [Joshua Hempstead's diary of New London]

6 Dec 1714 – I wrote an agreement between Jos Beckwith & Wm Minor Concerning ye bounds of some land (HD)

10 Sep 1726 – Called to see Cuz Jos Beckwith & Jno & Aunt Waller (HD)

Oct 1727 – Joseph appointed Captain East  or Second Company Town of Lyme. (Colonial records CT)

16 Nov 1727 – Lyme Ct. Land Record. The New Haven General Assembly do give liberty unto Capt. Joseph Beckwith and Captain Samuel Gilbert of Lyme to sell land from the estate of Captain Joseph Way of Lyme, decd. Land sold at auction for 53 pounds, 4 shillings to widow Mary Dart, 18 acres of land in Lyme with a mansion house thereon.

Mary Starling wife of Sd Capt Daniel Starling departed this life the 16th day of Oct 1744. (LVR)

Capt Daniel Starling was married to ye Widow Mary Beckwith the 16th day of May 1745 (LVR)

Capt Daniel Starling died ye 30th day of June 1747 (LVR)

22 Sep 1747 – Came home from Haddam over ye ferry. I bot a pr of yarn stockings for 20s of Cuz Sterling alias Beckwith (HD)

10 Apr 1757 – Was out all day & in the eve att Colln Stephen Lees to visit Ms Riggs widow of Capt Riggs late of Derby. She is my Kinswoman & own sister to Colln Lee. Her first husband was Capt Joseph Beckwith & her 2d Deacon Sterlin of Lyme. She was the 3d daughter of my uncle Lee who lived & died in Lyme & was first of ys name there & came over a child with my Grandmother in the first settlement of this country. He had 2 sisters. One was mother of the family of Hides in Norwich & Lebanon. (HD)

Joseph Beckwith Headstone -- Old Stone Church Burial Ground East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut



Simeon Moses Fox, “Matthew Beckwith and his Family.”



Joshua Hempstead’s diary of New London


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Samuel Latta

Samuel LATTA (1719 -1813)  is Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather, one of 256 in this generation of the Miner line.

Samuel Latta was born in Londonderry, Ireland about 1719. His brother James also immigrated, see his story on my [Original LATTA] page.  He married Mary McCOBB in Ireland. Samuel died in 1813 in Washington, Pennsylvania.  See Crawford, Pennsylvania for details

Mary McCobb was born about 1719.  Her parents were William McCOBB and Mary GLENN.  She was sister of emigrants James McCobb. and Jane McClaghry.

Children of Samuel and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Samuel Latta 1756?
Airsty, Donegal, Ireland
[___?___] Near Genesee NY
2. William L LATTA 1757
Donegal Ireland
Elizabeth RANKIN 1813
Washington, Pennsylvania
3. Moses Latta 1760?
4. James Latta 1748?
Near Genesee NY
5. Mary Latta Ireland Robert Glenn
Airsty, Donegal, Ireland

Samuel Latta’s grandfather was born about 1652. At the time of the battle of the Boyne, July 12, 1690, he lived near Donegal, Ireland. Was a man of wealth.  He was a Protestant, but had Catholic cowboys. When Catholic King James II, defeated, hungry, army passed through that part of the country, the cowboys drove all the live stock into the mountains. When the army had passed they drove the live stock back again. I do not know his name, but was told he was my ancestor. He was Scotch or Scotch descent.


Samuel LATTA’s children Samuel, Moses, James and WILLIAM from Latta Branch 3 have close counterparts in James Latta’s children from Latta Branch 4.

Frank F. Latta, family 22, said there was a tradition in his family that several Latta brothers and their sons ran a flouring mill at Donegal and Londonderry, Ireland. They owned a couple of small schooners and delivered the flour around the British Isles and sometimes across the channel to the continent. About the middle of the 18th century they decided to bring a ship load of flour to America. Five brothers and a small crew brought the flour to the Atlantic coast where it was disposed of. Three of the brothers stated here. A few years later five more brothers, and probably cousins, came to America to stay. “The above, in substance, is confirmed by Emmet G. Latta, family 50, who wrote a short history of this branch. The descendants of Samuel say there were four or five brothers. The descendants of 1 James knew the names of only two brothers, James and Samuel. The descendants of Samuel say there were four or five brothers. The descendants of Moses knew only that he came from the North of Ireland with two brothers, James and Samuel. Moses died when his children were young: they knew but little about him. The descendants of James and Samuel have always known each other, but had no knowledge of Moses or any other brothers, but Emmit G. Latta found some of the descendants of Moses. He thought that one or two generations were skipped between 1 James and 2 James. As there is a question as to the date of birth of 1 James, some members of branch No. 3 believe that 1 James must have been born about 1716, which would make him 32 years of age when his son, 2 James was born. They think that 1 James was of branch No. 3, and that he was born between 3 Moses and 4 Samuel, of branch No. 3. Members of branch No. 3 lived at Wallkill, N.Y. about the time of 1 James, above, branch No. 4. Latta Branch 4 – 1 JAMES (1) LATTA,

In a book entitled “Calendar of Wills,” on file in the office of Clerk and Recorder of Court of Appeals, of County Clerk, Albany, N.Y. and Secretary of State, 1626-1836, is found the following:

“McCobb, James of Handover Prect., Ulster Co. Merchant. Wife Jane. Daughters Elizabeth, Mary, and Jane [wife of] James McClaghry, Jr.

Father William McCOBB in Ireland. Samuel son John Finley. George son of Alexander Trimble. James Latta, Trustees James Wilkins and Thomas Beatty of the New Walkill  meeting house. Father-in-law Patrick McClaghry.  Real and Personal estate. Executors the wife, George Clinton , and James Buckley.

Witnesses Robert McCuchen, Andrew Willson and James McClaughry, yeomen. “This book gives a number of Wills, of which this Will is No. 1181. It also says “(M73) 1774, June 23, September 19.”

In N.Y. Historical Society, Vol. 8, p. 204, abstract of Wills, “James McCobb, Handover, Ulster Co. leaves to James Latta £20, Moses Latta £5. These were sons of Samuel LATTA and Mary McCOBB, mentioned above. I do not see why Moses Latta was not mentioned in the “Calendar of Wills”.

In Branch No. 4, James (2) Latta settled at Walkill, N.Y. as early as 1772, and married there in 1773. His two brothers were Samuel and Moses. He had a son William, and a daughter Mary. These names are all found in branch No. 3, above, as the children of Samuel LATTA and Mary McCOBB.

When Mary, daughter of James (2) Latta, in branch 4, sought refuge in Geneseo, N.Y. during the War of 1812, when the British burned them out, what was more natural than she went to her relatives. In branch No. 3, the children of Samuel LATTA and Mary McCOBB lived there or near there, at the same time.  George Clinton (wiki?) of the Will was evidently a trusted friend of James McCobb as he made George Clinton one of his executors. In branch No. 4 James (2) Latta had a warm friend in George Clinton, because he named a son after him. These are more than co-incidences.

1. Samuel Latta Jr.

Samuel Latta Jr.  came to America. Lived near Genesee, NY  This is also the area of New York  that Branch  4 & 13 of the Latta family tree can be found.

Children of Samuel and [__?__]

four of his sons born at Donegal, Ireland.

i. Moses Latta No history (Look at Branch 4)

ii. James Latta 163 JAMES (5) No history (Look at Branch 4)

iii. William Latta No history (Look at Branch 13, I think Branch 13 & 4 might also tie) (Robert H. Latta recorded him as a Physician who lived at Chillicothe, Ohio. I think he was talking of 51 William (6) Latta of this branch.)

iv. Samuel Latta No history (Look at Branch 4)

v. John Latta No history (This 166 John (5) Latta could have been a typo, Robert never recorded a John in this line)

2.  William L LATTA (See his page)

4. James Latta 

James also lived near Genesee, NY.

Child of James


5. Mary Latta

Mary died at age of 100 years.

Mary’s husband Robert Glenn was born in in Ireland

Her daughter Margaret was born in 1805, married William McCobb and came to America in 1837.  Had at least one child, Thomas J. B. in 1825.  He wrote, “There was a family descended from Mungo Latta, that the McCobbs and Glenn’s were connected.  One daughter married  Samuel Campbell.

Alan McCobb, the McCobb family historian, has seen other sites that say that Mary’s parents, Samuel Latta and Mary McCobb married in 1754.


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William L Latta

William L. LATTA (1757 – 1813)  is Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather, one of 128 in this generation of the Miner line.

William Latta Coat of Arms

William L. Latta was born in 1757 in Londonderry, Ireland.  He married Elizabeth RANKIN c. 1784 in Ireland.  His parents were Samuel LATTA and Mary McCOBB. William died in Washington County Pennsylvania in 1813.

Elizabeth Rankin was born in 1765 in  Hastrough, Donegal County, Ireland.  Her parents were Samuel RANKIN and Jennie EDMONSTON. She died from a fractured thigh 23 May 1846 in Crawford County PA at the age of 82. (see the letter written by her son ) and is buried in the Seceder Cemetery, Meadville, Crawford, PA.

Children of William and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Samuel Latta 1784
Airsty, Donegal, Ireland
Martha Martin
Greensville, Mercer Co., Pa
1 Mar 1853 Hanover, Jefferson, Indiana
2. James Latta 3 Dec 1786 Donegal Ireland Isabelle Nichols
17 May 1816 Ross, Ohio
29 Sep 1865 Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
3. Thomas Latta 6 Feb 1789 Donegal Ireland Isabelle Foster5 Feb 1811 Cumberland, Pennsylvania 10 Sep 1877 Carroll County, Ohio
4. Moses Latta 26 Mar 1791 Donegal Ireland Nancy McGraw
25 Mar 1814 Pennsylvania
11 Dec 1884 Frankfort, Ross, OH
5. Mary Latta 26 Jul 1793 Airsty, Donegal Ireland William Thompson
30 Dec 1813 Crawford, Pennsylvania,
2 May 1878 Greenville, Mercer Co., PA Burial in Old Seceder Cemetery, Jamestown, Mercer, PA
6. William LATTA 17 Oct 1795 Donegal Ireland Jane McCONAHEY
17 Jan 1822
Most say
16 Nov 1846 Cincinnati, OH, but living in Rock Bluff, Nebraska in 1860
7. John A. Latta 9 Mar 1801 Crawford County PA Mary McConahey (Jane’s sister)
2 Jan 1834 South Shenango, Crawford, PA
1 Nov 1884 Herman, Washington, Nebraska
8. Elizabeth Latta 1802
Crawford County PA
William McElhaney
Crawford, PA
Crawford, Pennsylvania

31 Oct 1800 – William L Latta landed in New York .  Evidently members of the family came to America in the 18th century, for he settled near Philadelphia where he had relatives.

1801 – William went to Crawford Co., Pa.  on land had had been seded by the Shenango Indians in 1795 and first opened for settlement in 1796.   Conneaut Township in Crawford County, PA.  was formed in 1800.  Conneaut was the Indian term applied to the lake in Sadsbury Township. It signifies “The Snow Place,” and was so called, it is supposed, from the fact that the snow on the frozen lake lingered long after it had disappeared from the surrounding land.   Some of the early settlers were William Latta, Thomas Rankin and Samuel Potter.  See Crawford County, Pennsylvania for details

William Latta, also a native of the Emerald Isle, was a hatter, settled near Penn Line and after a few years removed from the township.

27 Apr 1805 – William Latta, secured 200 acres under contract.  William Latta lived there until his death.  Four of his sons, William, Samuel, John and Thomas, were also there, and made improvements, then departed.  ”  The following statement shows the condition of the Population tracts in 1812, when the company closed its business-the number of the tract, name of settler, date of contract, number of acres, contracted for and its final disposition. Each tract contains an area slightly exceeding 400 acres.  Tracts 706 and 707, William L LATTA, April 27, 1805, 100 acres each, settled under contract.

Conneault Township Map

2 Dec 1809, William L. Latta was admitted by the Court of Common Pleas in Meadville, Crawford County, PA, as a citizen of the United States.


Crawford County, To Wit:

Be is known, That at a Court of Commons Pleas, held for said County at Meadville on the first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine, before the Honorable Jesse More, Esquire, President of his associates Judges of the same Court.

WILLIAM LATTA, a native of Ireland, came into Court praying to be admitted a citizen of the United States; and having, to the satisfaction of the Court, made the proofs and complied with the requisitions required by law, was allowed to take the usual oaths and make the rouisite renunciations, which he forthwith did, and there upon was admitted by the Court a citizen of the United States.

Certified at Meadville under my hand and seal of office as Prothonotary of the same Court this Second day of December in the thirty third year of Independence.  A.D. M….., 1809.


William Latta settled at Penn Line.  Latta built the first framed building, a barn, erected in the township.

Penn Line in Conneaut Township Crawford County PA

The Pennsylvania Population Company offered to settlers 400 acres of land in consideration of eight years settlement and the projection of certain improvements.   The large number of abandonments and assignments are particularly noticeable in this township. Pioneer privations were severe and continuous. The labor of clearing the timber was extremely arduous, and the soil was often found too low and wet to produce crops. In consequence, most of those who settled here either sold their claims for the small price they would command or abandoned them entirely and left the country. Difficulties with the Land Company also arose, and increased the discontent and emigration. Many were without means, but did not remove until they were literally starved out. In more than one instance planted potatoes were dug up and greedily devoured by these primitive settlers.

Thomas wrote the following letter to his brother Moses when their mother Elizabeth died in 1846.  It is addressed to Mr. Moses Latta, Frankfort, Ross Co., Ohio, and the postmark reads Malvern, Ohio June 8, 1846.  It was not enclosed in an envelope, but sealed, and a big 5 mark on it instead of a stamp.

Dear Brother:

I have very unpleasant news to communicate at this time.  Our aged mother is no more.

She departed this life on the 23d of last month [23 May 1846], after an illness of about seven weeks.  About the seventh of April, at night, she was sitting as usual after the rest was in bed, and by some unknown cause in rising to go to bed she fell and dislocated her thigh.  They wrote to us shortly after, but the letter was long coming, and although Eliza and I started the second day after it came to hand, we did not get there until the 16th of May.  At this time she suffered no pain, but was reduced to a state of extreme debility, having taken no food for two weeks.  We stayed from Saturday until Thursday and seeing no material change we left her, not knowing how long she might linger; and it appears by a letter received yesterday that she continued as we left her until Saturday morning, when she came worse and continued to sink gradually until six o’clock she expired.  Considering her great age the case is not extraordinary, but death comes when it will, is unexpected, and we ought to improve every instance of the kind as a warning to ourselves to watch and be ready, for in such an hour as we think not we may be called to give our account, and there is no discharge in that war.

When I arrived in Shenango (Pa.) I found brother William had started with all his family (except [our ancestor] Robert) for the neighborhood of Madison, Ind. with a design of getting up the cooleage business there in the barrell line, expecting to make a fortune and pay off all his debts in a short time.  He went from Shenango in very low circumstances, and left a number of his friends to suffer on his account.  Young William Thompson has undertaken to redeem his father’s place, and it is thought will get through with it with a little assistance from his friends.  William McElhany and his son are working at iron mills below Greenville, so that I did not get to see them.  Brother John has left his old station, and rented the old Allen farm.  He gets along hardly enough.  He is involved some on William’s account.  I saw a letter that came from brother Samuel while I was there.  He appears to be prospering in the world very fast.  He sold 72 tons of hay the last winter, which brought him about 700 dollars in cash, beside 16,000 pounds of pork at 3 1/2 cents per pound, and that all fattened on the produce of 16 acres of corn, leaving enough to winter 30 stock hogs.  Your Paint Creek bottoms will scarcely beat that.  Aunt Catherine went to Iowa this spring.  It appears by a letter I received from there lately that she is very much pleased with that country.  Talked of selling out at Washington and purchasing there.  Uncle John and family were well, and well pleased with the country.  We have an extraordinary fine season fast.  Our old neighbor Mr. Hardesty, died this spring.  I will add no more, but that our own family and all our friends are well as far as I know.  Give my respects to William and family, and all our friends in your neighborhood.

Wishing the blessings of God to rest on you, I remain your brother,



1. Samuel Latta

Samuel’s wife Martha Martin was born 12 Nov 1790. Martha died 31 Mar 1849 and his buried at Carmel Associate United Presbyterian Cemetery, Hanover, Jefferson County. Indiana,

Samuel lived in Greensville, Mercer Co., PA, 20 miles from his father’s home.  In 1838 moved to a farm near Madison, IN where his brother (our ancestor) William also moved. For a time lived near Lattaville, Ross Co., Ohio, where several of his brothers resided. He and Martha had 9 children.

From a letter from Elizabeth’s brother Thomas to another brother Moses telling of the death of their mother on 23 May 1846.

I saw a letter that came from brother Samuel while I was there.  He appears to be prospering in the world very fast.  He sold 72 tons of hay the last winter, which brought him about 700 dollars in cash, beside 16,000 pounds of pork at 3 1/2 cents per pound, and that all fattened on the produce of 16 acres of corn, leaving enough to winter 30 stock hogs.  Your Paint Creek bottoms will scarcely beat that.

Residence 1850 - Republican, Jefferson, Indiana

Samuel Latta Gravestone — Carmel Associate United Presbyterian Cemetery
Hanover, Jefferson County, Indiana,

Children of Samuel and Martha:

i. William R Latta b. 22 Jun 1814 Pennsylvania; d. 4 Nov 1862 in Jefferson Co., Ind. burial Carmel Associate United Presbyterian Cemetery , Hanover, Jefferson County, Indiana,.

In the 1850 census, he still living at home with his father and brothers.

In the 1860 census, he was still farming in Republican, Jefferson, Indiana with his sisters Eliza, Mary and Martha.

ii. Robert Latta b. 1814 Pennsylvania Still living with father in 1850 census; m. Mary Smith (b. 1840 England) of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Had one son Bourney Latta who died at six years of age and was buried beside his father in Carmel Cemetery, Jefferson Co., Ind.

In the 1880 census, Mary was living with her sisters-in-law Eliza and Mary Latta in Hanover, Jefferson, Indiana.

iii. Eliza J Latta b. 1823 Pennsylvania; d. 09 Jul 1896 in Indianapolis, Indiana; Unmarried.

In the 1870 and the 1880 census, Eliza was living in Hanover, Jefferson, Indiana with her sister Mary and sister-in-law Mary Latta from England.

iv. John G. Latta b. 1823 Pennsylvania; d. 1873 in Cow Creek, Douglas, Oregon; Burial: Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Crook County, Oregon, Plot: Block P Lot 98 Space 3; m. 6 Aug 1867 Cass County, Nebraska to Emily Jane Lemon (b. Nov 1849 in Marshall, Indiana – d. 11 Dec 1907 in Micas, S L P, Mexico)

John and his brother Thomas went to Oregon in 1852.    During the latter part of the trip Thomas with others rode forward for help, as provisions were low.  He was 48 hours in the saddle without food.  Died shortly after from exhaustion and mountain fever. John had a cattle ranch near Prineville OR and was a prominent man there.

v. Mary Latta b. 1827 Pennsylvania In the 1870 and 1880 census, Eliza was living in Hanover, Jefferson, Indiana with her sister Mary and sister-in-law Mary Latta.  Had a remarkable intellect

vi. Thomas Latta b. 1829 Pennsylvania d. 1852 Oregon Trail

vii. Matthias Latta b. 1831 Pennsylvania; Aft. 1850 census

viii. Martha Latta b. 8 Mar 1832 Pennsylvania; d. 6 Feb 1863 Carmel Associate United Presbyterian Cemetery, Hanover, Jefferson County, Indiana,

ix. James Latta d. 1848 New Orleans of smallpox

2. James Latta

James’ wife Isabelle Nichols was born 22 Apr 1790 in Faquier, Virginia. Her parents were Samuel Nichols (1746 – 1824) and Elizabeth Edmonton (1750 – 1841). Isabelle died 30 Oct 1853 in Grandview, Louisa, Iowa of pneumonia and buried in the family lot in Grandview Cemetery, bought and laid out by her husband.

James was a mechanic and woolen manufacturer, who carried on farming in Louisa County, Iowa. It is pronounced as low-WHY-zuh (and not as loo-WHEEZE-uh).  Settled in Crawford Co., Pa. in 1801.  Before 1816 he moved near Lattaville, Ross Co., Ohio.  In 1840 he went to Grandview, Louise Co., Iowa where he bought 2500 acres of land.  Lived near Muscatine, Iowa.

Louisa County Iowa

James died at Burlington, Iowa Sep 29, 1865 of heart disease. He had gone to Burlington to pay his taxes and was found dead in a hotel in the morning. Buried in the Grandview Cemetery.

In the 1850 census, James and Isabelle were farming in Fredonia, Louisa, Iowa.

James Latta Monument — Grandview Cemetery Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa

Children of James and Isabelle all born in Ross Co., Ohio.

i. Elizabeth Eliza Latta b. 8 Mar 1817 in Lattaville, Ross, Ohio; d. 28 Mar 1883 Kingston, Des Moines, Iowa buried Hawkeye Cem, Huron Twp, Des Moines, IA; m. 20 Aug 1843 in Louisa, Iowa to Thomas Sheridan (b. 28 Apr 1809 in Ohio – d. 11 Jan 1871 in Louisa, Iowa,) [__?__]His parents were John Sheridan and Catherine [__?__]. Thomas and Eliza had ten children born between 1847 and 1863.

Elizabeth went to Louise County, Iowa with her parents in 1840.

In the 1860 census, Eliza and Thomas were farming in Huron, Des Moines, Iowa with six children and two hired hands. They were prosperous with $14,000 real estate and $5,000 personal property.

ii. Samuel Nichols Latta b. 31 May 1818 in Lattasville, Ross, Ohio; d. 11 May 1880 – Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas; m1. 30 Jul 1840 Louisa, Wisconsin Territory to Sarah Ann Thompson (b. Mar 1823 Ohio – d. 29 Dec 1905 Grandview, Ohio); Her parents were William Thompson (1791 – 1847) and Mary Nichols (1785 – 1857). Samuel and Sarah had ten children but divorced before 1860; m2. 18 Jan 1863, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, KS to Nina Matilda Youst ((b. 23 Oct 1833 Pennsylvania – d. 21 May 1916 in Trumansburg, Tompkins, New York) Matilda had a child, Harry Iriwn, born in 1855 from a prior marriage. Samuel and Nina had three children.

Two of Samuel and Sarah’s baby names were quite creative. Buena Vista Latta (b. 1848) and Sirra Nevada Latta (b. 1851)

In the 1860 census, Samuel was living in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas Territory with a son, two daughters and his future wife and stepson Matilda and Harry Irwin. He was rich with real estate appraised at $100,000 and personal property of $10,000.

In the same 1860 census, Sarah was back in Grandview, Louisa, Iowa with three daughters.

Samuel Nichols Latta was born in Ross County, Ohio, June 1, 1820 He had merely a common school education, until after he acquired the age of manhood, when he studied law, attended law school, and  graduated at the Cincinnati College in 1849 and was admitted to practice in the supreme courts of Ohio and Iowa, where he practiced law until he removed  to Kansas in April, 1855. On removing to Kansas, he purchased a ” claim ” adjoining the city of Leavenworth.

During the summer of 1855, he was recognized as a leader of the Free State party, and, in the fall of that year, was elected a member of the convention which framed the Topeka constitution. The Free State Party, on the adoption of that constitution by the people, determined on a thorough organization, and the election of  state officers. Judge Latta was a member of the state convention, and was nominated for, and elected, and again re-elected, one of the supreme  judges of the State; but as Kansas was not admitted under that constitution, the bench was never organized for official business. The same year (1855)  General James H. Lane came to Leavenworth to address the people, and the border ruffians assailed him, with threats of his life. Lane laid his revolver upon his table as he commenced speaking, and Judge Latta and  others organized a force for his protection; and, amid cries of “hang him,” “kill him,” triumphantly sustained the freedom of speech in defiance of an almost overpowering opposition, in which courage and nerve prevailed over brute force. When Lawrence was assailed in what was known as the Wakarusa war, in the fall of 1855, he was the first to rally in its defense, and, by his influence largely, a force was raised at Leavenworth to help succor the historic city. In all the memorable engagements between the free-state and border-ruffian forces, in the conflicts of 1855-6-7, Judge Latta’s  influence and personal efforts were recognized as a power in the defense of the right.

Judge Latta’s house located at 500 Broadway, Leavenworth, Kansas. Originally built in 1860 , this two-story Georgian-style home features stucco pediment with lonic columns.    This home features a secret door leading from the dining room to the original butler’s pantry.

After Samuel died, Nina used the home as a boarding house.

After the success, of the Free State and Republican party, in 1860, on the accession of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency, this patriotic statesman, recognizing the services of Judge Latta in behalf of freedom, appointed  him agent of the Indians of the Upper Missouri, in which capacity he had charge of the seven tribes of Sioux Indians, the Arickarows, Mandans, Growvouts Assinibones and Crows, extending up the Missouri river from Fort Randall, Dakota, to near Fort Benton, Montana, holding the office from 1861 till  the fall of 1866. Judge Latta sub-divided his “claim” into what is known as Latta’s Addition to the city of Leavenworth, and sold the lots, as well as dealing largely in other real estate. He expended large sums in building dwellings and business houses in the city, and, in the early period of Leavenworth’s history, contributed largely to its growth and prosperity.

In 1871 he was elected to the House of Representatives from the city of Leavenworth, and reelected in 1873. He was married in Louisa County, Iowa, in July 1840, to Miss Sarah Ann Thompson, daughter of William Thompson. By this marriage he had six children: Edward T., a stock dealer in  Leavenworth, Kansas; Belle, married to Dr. D. W, Overholt, a prominent physician of Louisa county, Iowa, Mary Ann, married to Clark J. Hanks, a prominent and influential citizen of Leavenworth; Eliza, married to James Crow, of Leavenworth, a merchant; Anna, married to Benjamin Hanks, a substantial citizen of Leavenworth county.  Judge Latta divorced Sarah Ann Thompson in 1860.  He was again married in January 1863 to Mrs. Nina  M. Irwin (Yost) (b. 23 Oct 1833 PA – d. 21 May 1916 in Trumansburg, Tompkins, New York,)  by whom  he has three children: Samuel N. Jr., who died in July, 1865; William Bell  and Nina Lee Maud surviving, still quite young [1879] but promising children.

iii. William Henry Latta b. 31 Aug 1819 in Ross, OH; d. 6 Jun 1851 in Louisville, Jefferson, KY, buried Grandview Cemetery,  Louisa, Iowa. One son Clark Latta born in 1845.

iv. James A Latta b. 8 Jun 1821 in Ross, OH; d. 11 Apr 1884 in San Pasqual, San Diego

Raised bees and joined by his nephew, William G. Latta, son of John Briggs Latta who, when James died, found the title imperfect so he filed on it. James d. single.

In the 1880 census, James was a single Apiarist in San Pasqual, San Diego, California.

v. Dr. John Briggs Latta b. 30 Jan 1823 near Lattaville, Ross, Ohio; d. 26 Nov 1896 in San Diego, San Diego; m1. 1 Nov 1847/9 in Louisa, IA to Martha Ann Crow (23 Oct 1827  Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio – d. 29 May 1876 of consumption buried in the Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa.); m2. 15 May 1879 to Mattie E Rippey (1 Sep 1846 Indiana – d. 21 Apr 1880 She is also buried in the Grandview Cemetery.)

Physician. Buried in family lot at Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, Louisa Co., Iowa.

In the 1880 census, John was a widower and a physician in Grandview, Louisa Co., Iowa

vi. Humphrey Arnold Latta b. 7 Sep 1824 in Ross, OH; d. 29 Sep 1873 in Grandview, Louisa, IA; m. 10 Apr 1856 Muscatine, IA to Mary Ann Hubbard (b. 7 Jun 1835 in Ohio – d. 27 Feb 1911 in Brighton, Washington, Iowa) After Humprhey died, Mary Ann married 13 Apr 1882 to Isaac Oakley (b. 1836 New York)

In the 1870 census, H A and Mary were farming in Grandview, Louisa, Iowa.

vii. Reuben G Latta b. 27 Apr 1826 in Ross, Ohio; d. 14 Aug 1860 Nevada City, California. burial Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa

Reuben was killed in a hydraulic mining accident near Nevada City, Calif. August 14, 1860. Buried in the Grandview Cemetery, Louisa County, Iowa.

viii. Robert Wallace Latta b. 24 May 1828 in Ross, Ohio; d. 11 Nov 1877 in Nevada City, Nevada; m. Sarah Alameda Darling (1835  Michigan – 12 Oct 1887 – Covina, Los Angeles, California)

Robert was killed in November 1875 near Nevada City, Calif. by being struck on the head with a green pile pole in construction a fence to confine some cattle; In 1851 went to Calif.

In the 1860 census, R W was a merchant in Napa, Napa, California.

In the 1870 census, R W was a stage proprietor in Nevada City, California.

ix. Thornton Buchanan Latta b. 25 Jun 1829 Ross, OH; d. 3 Jul 1868 in Grandview, Louisa, IA; m. 25 Mar 1853 Louisa, IA to Josephine H Morten.

In the 1860 census, T B was a sawyer in Grandview, Louisa, Iowa.

x. Francis (Frank) Marion Latta b. 24 Feb 1831 in Ross, OH; d. 19 Mar 1887 in Dublin, Washington, IA; m. 14 Mar 1865 to Sarah M Cowles (b. 6 Aug 1839 New Berlin, Chenango, New York) Her parents were Oliver Cowles (1808 – 1883) and Hannah Maria Olmstead (1813 – )

Francis was a teacher. He Went with his parents to Louse Co, Iowa in 1840. In May 1886 went to Dublin, Iowa and bought a 500 acre stock farm on which they lived until his death. Was township trustee for a number of years. Prominent in church work being a member of the Congregational Church. He was buried in the New Haven Cemetery in Dutch Creek Township. He died of consumption. In 1903 lived at Muscatine, Iowa.

In the 1880 census, F M and Sarah were farming in Dutch Creek, Washington, Iowa.

xi. Mary Ann Latta b. 16 Jun 1832 in Ross, Ohio; d. 31 Mar 1911 Ipava, Fulton, Illinois; m. 22 May 1855 Louisa, IA to Samuel P Marshall (b. 1831 Ohio – d. 9 Jan 1891 in Ipava, Fulton, Illinois)

In the 1880 census, Samuel and Mary Anne were farming in Ipava, Fulton, Illinois.

3. Thomas Latta 

Thomas’ wife Isabelle Foster was born 12 Sept 1791 at sea when her parents were coming to America. Her parents were George Foster (b. 1759 in Enniskillen, Fermanaugh, Ireland – d. 1836 in Spring, Crawford, PA) and Jane Granlee (b 1769 in Enniskillen, Ireland – d. 5 Dec 1831 in Cumberland, PA). Isabelle died 17 Nov 1876 in Malvern, Ohio.  Bethlehem Cemetery , Malvern, Carroll County, Ohio.

Thomas enlisted in the War of 1812.  On guard duty at Perry’s ship yard while fleet was being built to drive the British from Lake Erie.  Gen. William H. Harrison, Commander.   He served as a private in Capt. James McDowell’s Company, 133 Regiment (Gowdy’s) Pennsylvania Militia from Jul 26, 1813 to Aug  10, 1813.  He served as a corporal in the same company and regiment from Jan 4, 1914 to Feb  11, 1914.  Due to his military service on 1 Apr 1852 he received a land of 40 acres (S.E. 1/4 of N.E. 1/4 of Sect. 22, Twp. 75, north of Range 7 West).  In 1815 he moved from Pa. to Malvern, Ohio.  Lived and died there.

This is not the Thomas Latta who was a Captain in the Ohio Militia in the War of 1812. Here is a roll of that Thomas Latta’s company. He served in Lt. Colonel John Andrew’s Regiment of Ohio Militia, General Beall’s Brigade.

When the War of 1812 started the commander of the 4th Division of the Ohio Militia, Major General Elijah Wadsworth, organized a defense of northeastern Ohio with one militia brigade under the command of Brigadier General Simon Perkins and another militia brigade under the command of Brigadier General Beall. General Perkins would march his brigade to Huron County in order to set up defenses against the British while General Beall would protect the southern counties in the 4th division by setting up defenses in Wayne County.

General Beall’s force was made up of one regiment from the 1st brigade headquartered in Jefferson County and the other regiment from his own 2nd brigade from Columbiana County. The two regiments met in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, were they were joined by a detachment from this county. From Canton, the brigade pushed on to Wooster in Wayne County where the brigade erected a blockhouse and established a camp called Camp Christmas. From Wooster General Beall sent his militia companies to the various settlements within the county where they built additional blockhouses for the protection of the settlers. Along the way, the companies either built new roads or improved existing roads so that wagons could pass. Two forward operating bases were established, one near Jeromesville, called Camp Musser, and another at Olivesburg, called Camp Whetstone.

Capt. Thomas Latta formed his company in Jefferson County Ohio, west of Pittsburgh. He may have been part of Latta Branch 27 or 37.

Back to our Thomas

Thomas’ house in Malvern had a dirt floor and backwoods furniture.  The bed being a post driven into the ground with poles laid from it to the walls.  Farmer, carpenter and stone mason.  He held several offices, being Treasurer of the Township about 15 years.  Retired by the Know Nothing party on account of his not being American born.  He was a strict Seceeder,  [a follower of the 18th century Secession movement from the Church of Scotland, for the history of which see United Presbyterian Church of Scotland], an offshoot of the Established Church of Scotland.  Sabbath morning he arose early, took at lunch, on his horse rode 14 miles to church.  He did not do unnecessary work on Sunday, not even preparing regular meals.  He had but few advantages of education.  No schooling after 12 years of age, though he did teach school.  Was a great reader.  He improved his knowledge by keeping abreast of his children in their education.

In the 1850 census, Thomas and Isabelle were farming in Brown, Carroll, Ohio.

Children of Thomas and Isabelle:

i. Jane Latta b. 11 Feb 1815, Crawford Co., Pa. d. 8 Nov 1889 Washington, Iowa; m. 7 Jul 1840 Carroll County, Ohio to Martin C. Kilgore (b. 23 Dec 1816 in Belmont County, Ohio – d. 22 Apr 1869 in Washington County, Iowa) His parents were David Killgore (1782 – 1870) and Janette Cochran (1781 – 1875).

With her parents came to Malvern, Ohio in 1815. In 1842 with her husband went to Washington, Iowa where they lived until their death. Children: Thomas Latta b. Malvern, Ohio May 2, 1841; d. on steam boat on Ohio River and buried at Cairo, Ill. John Calvin b. August 16, 1843, served in 23rd Regt. Iowa, Vol. in 1862. Isabelle J. b. November 4, 1846. Mary Emeline b. January 8, 1849. Elizabeth E. b. July 24, 1851. Elvira J. b. March 15, 1854. Sarah b. March 28, 1856. David C. b. April 28, 1861.

In the 1860 census, Martin was a machinist in Washington, Washington, Iowa.

ii. Eliza Latta b. 28 Feb 1818 Pennsylvania; d. 20 Aug 1896 Ohio; m. 10 May 1847 Ohio to Alexander Simpson (b. 1814/17 Pennsylvania – d. Aft 1880 census)

Lived near Carrolltown, Ohio in 1903. Children: Alice A. Emma M. Thomas Latta.

In the 1870 census, Alexander and Eliza were farming in Harrison, Carroll, Ohio

iii. Mary Isabelle Latta b. 20 Jun 1820 Crawford, PA; d. 19 Jan 1905 at Malvern, Ohio; Never Married;  Owned and lived on farm where her father settled in 1815, near Malvern, Ohio.

In the 1880 and 1900 census, Mary was living in Brown, Carroll, Ohio with her cousin Elizebath E. McElhainy

iv. Rachel Rankin Latta b. 27 Oct 1822 in Malvern, Ohio; d. 12 Oct 1899 in Washington, Iowa; Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Washington County Iowa; m. 28 Aug 1844 to John Palmer (1815 – 1904 Woodlawn Cemetery, Washington County Iowa), their Daughter; Mary Isabelle Palmer (7), Married: William H Latta of Branch No.27.

In the 1860 census, John and Rachel were farming in Washington, Washington, Iowa with eight children at home.

v. Samuel Latta Eldest boy. Died in infancy.

vi. George Foster Latta b. 29 Nov 1824 in Malvern, Carroll, Ohio; d. 09 Feb 1907 in Trading Post, Amoret, Kansas; buried at Washington, Iowa; m. 11 Nov 1860 to Isabelle Valentine Souter (19 Jun 1833 Greene Co, Ohio – 24 Oct 1913 Lawrence, Kansas), daughter of William Souter and Margaret Mae Valentine of Scotland.  Both buried at Washington, Iowa.

Written by his son William H Latta — George lived in Ohio until 1850, then went to Washington Co., Iowa. Was in business with Martin Kilgore, his brother-in-law, then alone as saw mill man. In early life had few opportunities, being eldest boy was obliged to assist on the farm. Schools scarce, and nothing but private schools. Salary 75 cents a week and board. Salary of male teacher 81.00 each scholar for term of 72 days.

When old enough to help (8 to 12) he could not attend regularly, but considered himself fortunate when he could attend two days at a time. His school education was finished at 10. He never attended any higher school than the public school, yet by reading and observation was known as a well educated man. Farmed ever since he was married.

Lived in Iowa until 1869, then went to near old Trading Post, Lynn Co., Kan. Was a Whig, with abolition tendencies. Later a staunch Republican and Union man, now prohibition tendencies. In 1874 elected Township treasurer until 1868. Refused in Army on account of slight deformity of hand, but was in Iowa’s State Militia during the war. Was called out once to quell disturbance of Copperheads – known locally as So. English War — under the immediate command of Gov. Kirkwood. Raised a Seceeder, which united with associated Reformed Church. In 1858 formed the United Presbyterian Church. Is distantly connected with John C. Calhoun. He also claimed that Alexander B. and Edmiston Latta, branch No. 3, inventors of the steam fire engine, were his cousins, but did not give the connection.

In the 1880 census, George and Isabelle were farming in Valley, Linn, Kansas.

vii. William Latta b. 29 July 1827 in , Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. 06 Oct 1863 in Little Rock, Arkansas; Buried National Cemetery, Little Rock, 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B;  Alternatively, William died  7 Feb 1887 in Iowa; . m. 19 Dec 1853 to Margaret V. Myers ( – 1881)

A total of 1485 men served in the 29th Iowa at one time or another during its existence. It suffered 1 officer and 42 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 266 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 310 fatalities. The 29th Iowa Infantry was organized at Council Bluffs, Iowa and mustered in for three years of Federal service on December 1, 1862. The regiment was mustered out on August 10, 1865.

viii. John Latta b. 8 Jan 1830; d. 25 Dec 1853 at Malvern, Ohio; m. (perhaps) 3 Apr 1847 Ohio to Hannah Greene (1810 – 1852), though John is still listed at home with his parents in the 1850 census

Went to Iowa in 1852. Taught school.

ix. Nancy Calista Latta b. 1832; d. 1 Jan 1856 and was buried Orrville Presbyterian Cemetery; Baughman Twp, Wayne County, Ohio; m. Dr. David L. Moncreif (23 Sep 1824 in Cannonsburg, Washington, Pennsylvania – d. 17 Jan 1901 in Orrville, Green, Wayne, Ohio) After Calista died, he married Marion Morton (b. 25 Dec 1842 Scotland – d. 8 Jan 1905 Massillon, Ohio)

One child.

4. Moses Latta

Moses’ wife Nancy McGraw was born 25 Jun 1796 in Pennsylvania. Nancy died 25 Mar 1850 in Frankfort, Ross County, Ohio

Moses also fought with Commodore Perry in Lake Erie and was complimented by him on his bravery. He settled in Crawford Co., Pa in 1801.  Afterwards went to a farm near Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio then to Frankfort, Ohio.  Lived there in 1846. He was called Daddy Moses to distinguish from others.

1850 Census - Concord, Ross, Ohio

Moses Latta Headstone – Old Baptist Cemetery, Frankfort, Ross County, Ohio

Children of Moses and Nancy:

i.  Dr. William Latta b. 9 Jan 1815 in Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. 6 Oct 1886 in Frankfort, Ross Co., Ohio; m. 5 Jun 1843 to Martha Mahala Hagler (b. 10 Jan 1811 in Ross, Ohio – d. 12 Jan 1875 Frankfort, Ross County, Ohio).

He graduated at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. Teacher at Frankfort, Ross Co., Ohio. Graduated at Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio.

William was a physician. Lived at Chillicothe, Ohio. Dr. William Latta was the first President of the Ross County, Ohio Medical Society.

In the 1860 census, William was a physician in Frankfort, Ross, Ohio.

Dr. William Latta –Old Baptist Cemetery, Frankfort, Ross, Ohio

ii. James Latta b. 2 Sep 1816 in Crawford County, Pa.; d. 23 May 1858; m. Margaret Daymund (1822 – )

iii. Elizabeth Latta b. 18 Nov 1818; d. 18 Jan 1898 Missouri; m. 28 Aug 1845 Ross County, Ohio to Thomas Blair (b. 1812 Ireland – d. btw. 1870 – 1880 census Missouri)

Lived some years in Ohio, then in Bates Co., Mo. where both died. Children: John lived in California. Samuel in Iowa. David and Frank in Bates Co., Mo. James in California. Mary in Iowa.

In the 1870 census, Thomas and Elizabeth were farming in Grand River, Bates, Missouri with seven children at home.

iv. Anna Lata b. 14 Mar 1820 Crawford, Pa; d. 27 Jan 1893. Single. School teacher.

v. John Latta b. 16 Mar 1822 in Crawford County, Pa; d. 24 Apr 1889 in Creighton, Missouri; m. 15 Nov 1866 Edgar, Ohio to Axia (Arie, Eavy, Eary) Acton (b. 1844 Ohio – d. 12 Oct 1889)

John was a contractor and builder.

In the 1880 census, John was a carpenter in Paris, Edgar, Illinois.

vi. Mary T. Latta b. 10 May 1824 Crawford, Pa; d. single at New Plymouth, Ohio 11 Dec 1900. For a long time was school teacher in public schools at Chilicothe, Ohio.

In the 1900 census Mary was living with her sisters Jane and Rachel in Brown, Vinton, Ohio.

vii. Jane Latta b. 5 Sep 1826 Crawford, PA; d. Aft 1900 census, ; m. 16 Apr 1855 to Alvin Finney, a “Mayflower” descendant, (b. 1833 Ohio – d. 17 Oct 1885) Alvin’s parents were Solomon Finney (1798 – 1864) and Catharine Bartlett (1802 – 1856).

She was a bright correspondent. Children: Herbert C. m. Mahala C. Aplin. Helen Latta m. Robert E. Stephenson, who in 1921 lived at Lancaster, Ohio, and said that a John and Jane Latta, his wife, are buried in an old cemetery at Lancaster. (Supposed to be of branch No. 36). Anna Faye. Thomas Harry. Robert Alvin.

In the 1900 census Jane Finney was living with her sisters Mary and Rachel in Brown, Vinton, Ohio.

iv. Dr. Samuel Rankin Latta B. 5 Aug 1832 Crawford, PA; d. After 1880 Census Camden, Ray, Missouri; m. Catherine “Katie” Buzard (Buzzard) (1849 Rochester, Andrew, Missouri – Aft 1880) Her parents were John Buzzard (1809 – ) and Sarah [__?__] (b. 1819(

Another Samuel Rankin Latta b. 1827 PA was a lawyer in Tennessee.

v. Thomas Latta b. 10 Dec 1834; d. 6 Jun 1872 at home of his brother, Dr. S.R. Latta, Camden, Mo. Single.

viii. Rachel Latta b. 31 Janu 1829. In 1903 lived with her sister at New Plymouth, Vinton Co., Ohio.

5. Mary Latta

Mary’s husband William Thompson was born 28 Dec 1788 in Ireland. William died 7 Dec 1862 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

From a letter from William’s brother-in-law Thomas Latta to another brother Moses telling of the death of their mother on 23 May 1846.

Young William Thompson has undertaken to redeem his father’s place, and it is thought will get through with it with a little assistance from his friends.

In the 1850 census, Mary and William were farming in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania.

William is buried in Old Seceder Church Yard, 6 miles Northeast of Jamestown, Mercer County, PA. Lived with William Snodgrass (son in law) and daughter Nancy Thompson Snodgrass in Crawford County, PA. until his death. His wife remained with them after William died until her death.

Children of Mary and William

i. James E Thompson b. 18 Nov 1814; d. 13 Sep 1859; m. 20 Oct 1842 Conneautville, Crawford, PA to Joanne Treadway (16 Nov 1816 in Shoreham, Addison, VT – 04 Dec 1896 Detroit, Wayne, Michigan) Her parents were Joseph Treadway and Elisabeth Wright.

ii. Samuel E Thompson

iii. William Latta Thompson b. 1820 Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1900 census bef. Bet. 20 Nov 1900 Will, Meridian, Ada, Idaho; m. Ellen [__?__] (b. 1844 England – d. 6 Mar 1900 Meridian Idaho) William and Ellen had six children born between 1865 and 1883.

In the 1870 census, William and Ellen were farming in Boise, Ada, Idaho Territory.

Idaho Daily Statesman – March 9, 1900 — Died-Mrs. Ellen Thompson, aged 58, at her home in Meridian, march 6, 1900. The remains were interred in the Meridian cemetery. She had resided in Ada county since 1864.

Idaho Daily Statesman – November 20, 1900 — W. L. Thompson, died-At Meridian, November 16, 1900, Dr. W.L. Thompson, aged 80 years. Deceased was one of the pioneers of this section, and practiced his profession for many years. He was buried at Meridian cemetery.

Alternatively, William married Hannah McMaster and had a son Frank M Thompson (b. 1853 Penn.) In the 1860 census, W L and H E were living in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska Territory where William was a lumber merchant.

The History of the United Presbyterian Church, Murray, Nebraska, 1860-1960 by Margaret Spangler Todd

“According to appointment of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church made at Philadelphia in May 1860 I came a missionary to Nebraska Territory in July and commenced preaching half time in Rock Bluff Cass County.” Thus Rev. Thomas McCartney entered the first minutes in the Session Records of the Rock Bluffs United Presbyterian Church.

The next item entered was dated August 18, 1860, reading: “By arrangement with those who requested preaching August 18th was designated as the time for the  organizing a church. And on the day appointed, after a sermon from Matthew 11:29 the following people were admitted in full communion by assenting to the pricinples of the church, to wit:[our ancestors]  Robert M. LATTA, Letitia LATTA, William L. Thompson, Hanna E. Thompson, William H. Royal, Elizabeth Royal, David Storey [Robert's first cousin see Robert STORY's page], Jane Latta and Mary Latta.” Also Robert M. LATTA and W.L. Thompson were, by ballot, chosen as ruling elders and the organization named “The United Presbyterian Congregation of Rock Bluffs.”  [See Robert McConahey LATTA's page for more of the story]

iv. Eliza Jane Thompson b. 1815 in Pennsylvania; d. Aft 1880 census S Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania; m. Robert Snodgrass (b. 1808 in S Shenango Twp, Crawford, PA – d. 19 Nov 1887 in Crawford County, PA)  His parents were William Snodgrass (1772-1850) and Margaret McMaster (1773-1846)

In the 1860 census, Robert and Eliza were farming in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania with eight children age 8 months to 18 years and Eliza’s parents William and Mary.

v. Mary Louisa Thompson b. 1827 in Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. 26 Jul 1857 in Crawford, Pennsylvania; m. 1850 Crawford, PA to John Ewing (1826 PA – 16 Sep 1860 Colorado, Burial: South Shenango Cemetery Crawford County Pennsylvania,)  His parents were John Ewing and Jane [__?__].

In the 1850 census, Mary Louisa and John were living with John’s parents John and Nancy Ewing in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania.

vi. Sarah (Sally) Martha Thompson b. 24 Oct 1831 in Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. 27 Feb 1905 in Crawford, Pennsylvania; m. 17 Aug 1854 to Andrew McArthur (21 Jan 1829 – 15 Mar 1901)  His parents were John McArthur (1767 – 1843) and Abigail Allen (1785 – 1862)

In the 1860 census, Andrew and Sarah were farming in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania.

Sally and Andrew McArthur and Family 1895 — Sitting on steps: Nancy Rebecca, Andrew Pearl. Seated: Abigail Joan, Sarah Martha Thompson McArthur, Andrew McArthur, Mary Louisa. Standing: James Foster, Eliza Jane, Samuel Rankin.

vii. Samuel Rankin Thompson b. 17 Apr 1833 Shenango, Pennsylvania;  m. 3 Aug 1859 – Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska by Rev LC West Baptist minister and probate judge to Lucy Gilmour (b. 15 May 1836 in Orchard Lake, Michigan Territory)  Her parents were William Sr Gilmour (1804 – 1876) and Lucy Anne Thompson (1811 – 1881) Samuel and Lucy had at least one child, Mary (b. 1867)

6. William LATTA (See his page)

7. John Latta

John’s wife Mary Elizabeth McConahey was  born 31 Jan 1804 South Shenango, Crawford, PA. John’s brother and Mary’s sister are our ancestors.  Her parents were Robert McCONAHEY and Margret STORY. Mary died 23 Apr 1904 Herman, Washington, Nebraska.

John was the only brother to be born in the United States Born at Crawford Co., Pa. March 9, 1801.  He married Mary Ann McConahey (sister to Jane McConahey LATTA) on 2 Jan, 1834.

From a letter from John’s brother Thomas to another brother Moses telling of the death of their mother on 23 May 1846.

When I arrived in Shenango (Pa.) I found brother  William had started with all his family (except [our ancestor] Robert) for the neighborhood of Madison, Ind. with a design of getting up the cooleage business there in the barrell line, expecting to make a fortune and pay off all his debts in a short time.  He went from Shenango in very low circumstances, and left a number of his friends to suffer on his account.  … Brother John has left his old station, and rented the old Allen farm.  He gets along hardly enough.  He is involved some on William’s account.

From “Reminiscences of pioneer life.” By John’s son Robert (Freck) Latta 1912.



Our sister and sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth McConahey Latta  (30 Jan 1804 – 23 Apr 1904)

He had a residence on 10 Oct 1850 in Division 20, Washington, Iowa. He had a residence on 30 Jun 1860 in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska Territory. He had a residence on 25 Jun 1880 in Rosita, Custer, Colorado.

John Latta Gravestone.

Children of John and Mary Elizabeth:

i. James McConahey Latta b. 22 Sep 1834 in Crawford County, Pa.; d. 03 Feb 1920 in Logan, Harrison County, Iowa; m. 16 Nov 1867 to Anna Jane Kendall (1838 Illinois – 12 Mar 1897 Logan, Harrison, Iowa)  Her parents were William W. Kendall and Martha McFarland.

James McConahey Latta enlisted in “B” Co. 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. in 1862.  Engaged in 16 battles, coming out without a scar.  Was shot at the Battle of Saline River.  The ball passed through his body.  Left on the battle field for dead, and was so reported.  The Union forces being driven back, was picked up by the Confederates, carried to Shreveport, La.  Was in prison for 18 months.  The first news the family had of him was when he came crippling home.

Lamed for life. Sawyer and farmer. Lived on a farm three miles west of Logan, Iowa until the death of his wife, then with his children. James and Anna are both buried at the Logan Cemetery, Harrison Co, Iowa.

In the 1880 census, James and Anna were farming in Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa.

James McConahey Latta

ii.  Robert Ray “Freck” Latta b. 4 Mar 1836 in Jamestown, Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. 18 Sep 1925 in Garrison, Christian, Missouri; m. 7 Apr 1857 Weldon Grove, Missouri to Mary Anna Cain (b. 18 May 1822 Beaver County, Pennsylvania – d. 20 Jun 1909 Garrison, Christian County, Missouri) Mary Anna first married Nelson Edson (1820 – 1857) and had seven children including George Chandler Edson (1845-1932) who married Freck’s cousin Margaret J McConahey (See Margaret’s grandfather Robert McCONAHEY’s page for his story) Mary Anna’s brother Pressley married Freck’s sister Margaret.  Her parents were James Cain (1787 Beaver County, Pennsylvania – 27 Aug 1850 Meigs County, Ohio) and Nancy “Agnes” McElhaney.

Mary and her husband, Nelson, her mother Agnes, and two brothers were traveling in Keokuk, Iowa on their way west when Nelson died from Cholera. Mary was pregnant with their youngest child at the time. She married Freck in April 1857 in Page Co., Iowa and they had five more children. They eventually settled in Christian County in south Missouri, and they are buried in Garrison.

Freck wrote a book entitled “Reminiscences of Pioneer Life” published in 1912 by Franklin Hudson, Kansas City, MO.(no longer in print)   See Freck Latta’s page for details.


Robert Ray (Freck) Latta

iii. Margaret Storey Latta b. 26 Feb 1839 near Jamestown, Pennsylvania; m. 9 Apr 1857 Clarinda, Page, Iowa to Pressley Martin Cain (b. 26 Feb 1838 in Beaver City, Beaver, Pennsylvania – d. 9 Jul 1911 in Douglas, Oregon); d. 22 Jun 1941 in Oakland, Douglas, Oregon Pressley’s sister Mary Anna married Margaret’s brother Freck.  His parents were James Cain (1787 Beaver County, Pennsylvania – 27 Aug 1850 Meigs County, Ohio) and Nancy “Agnes” McElhaney.

In the late fall of 1856, another prairie schooner arrived with Pressley Martin Cain (Press), his widowed mother Nancy Agnes Cain and his sister, Mary Anna Cain Edson. His father, James Cain, had been a Scotch seceder and a soldier who fought under General Harrison in the War of 1812. With winter approaching, Freck’s mother invited the Cains to move into their cabin until they could build their own home in the spring.

In the 1870 census, Prestley and Margaret were farming in Grant, Washington, Nebraska.

in the 1930 census, Margaret was on her way to 100 living with her 75 year old son-in-law in Oakland, Douglas, Oregon

Margaret Story Latta 1

iv. William McCobb Latta b. 1840 Somerset, Pennsylvania; d. 6 Oct 1863 in Little Rock, Arkansas,

William also enlisted in 1862 in “B” Co. 29th Iowa Inf. After campaigning through Mo. and Tenn. while on a long march through the swamps of Arkansas he was seized with a virulent fever, fell out of the ranks, lay in the woods with three others for three days, was picked up by a supply train, taken into Little Rock, Ark. where he died the next day, October 6, 1863.

v. John Erskine Latta b. 22 Jan 1842 – Jamestown, Crawford, Pennsylvania; m. Margaret E. Storey (b. 1842 Pennsylvania – d. Aft 1895 census Atlantic, Cass, Iowa)

He had a residence on 10 Oct 1850 in Division 20, Washington, Iowa.

He resided at the home of his aunt and uncle William & Jane Latta on 30 Jun 1860 in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska Territory.

Enlisted in the 4th Independent Battery Light Artillery.in 1862..

He resided at Corner Eighth Street and Hazel Street in 1885 in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa

He was farmer in 1885 in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa

Other researchers say John died 31 Mar 1863. But he was found in the Iowa State Census in 1885 living in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa with his wife and children.

vi. Mary Elizabeth Latta b. 2 Mar 1845 in Jamestown, Mercer, Pennsylvania; d. 28 Dec 1932 in Herman, Washington, Nebraska; m. 25 Sep 1862 to her cousin John McConahey (1838 Penns – 1920). His parents were Robert McConahey (1813 – 1907) and Margaret McDowell Lackey (1818 – 1850) His grandparents were Robert McCONAHEY and Margret STORY.

In the 1900 census, John and Mary were farming in Blair, Washington, Nebraska. They had had 10 children with 7 still living.

vii. Isabelle (Belle) F Latta b. 16 Mar 1847 Carroll, Ohio; d. 14 Aug 1906 – Herman, Washington, Nebraska; m. 25 Sep 1862 Plattsmouth, Cass, Nebraska to Stephen Davis (1838 Pennsylvania -1911)

She had a residence on 10 Oct 1850 in Division 20, Washington, Iowa.

She had a residence on 30 Jun 1860 in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska Territory.

In the 1880 census, Stephen was a freighter in Rosita, Custer, Colorado.

She had a residence on 26 Jun 1900 in Herman, Washington, Nebraska. Her 96 year old other (on her way to 100) lived with the family.

Children of Belle and Stephen

1. Mary Olive Davis b. 1866 Nebraska; m. Prince H Gossard

2. Pressley Malvern Davis b. 16 Mar 1870 Nebraska d. 4 Feb 1965 Ventura, California; m. Margaregt Etta [__?__]

3. Maud (Maggie) Davis b. 1873 Nebraska

4. Robert Lee Davis b. 1879 Nebraska

5. Winnifred (Winnie) Davis b. Feb 1884 Nebraska

vi. Carl Davis b. Aug 1888 Nebraska

8. Elizabeth Latta

Elizabeth’s husband William McElhaney was born in 1798 in Pennsylvania, Somerset, Pennsylvania. His parents were Matthew McElhaney (1770 – 1863) and Isabella [__?__] (1778 – 1854). William died 1864 in Cincinnati, Madison, Ohio.

From a letter from Elizabeth’s brother Thomas to another brother Moses telling of the death of their mother on 23 May 1846.

William McElhany and his son are working at iron mills below Greenville, so that I did not get to see them.

In the 1850 census, William and Elizabeth were farming in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania.

Children of Elizabeth and William:

i. Jane Mcelhaney b. 1830; d. Aft 1850 census

ii. Matthew McElhaney 1835 – Aft 1910 census, South Shenango, Crawford, PA; Never married,

In the 1880 census, Matthew was living with his mother and sister Isabelle in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania.

iii. Isabella McElhaney 1837 – Aft 1880 census, South Shenango, Crawford, PA

Isabella never married, but she did have a son Chester born in 1861. In the 1870 and 1880 census, Isabella and Chester were living with her mother and brother Matthew.

iv. Mary R. McElhaney 1840 – 1911; m. 1866 to Simeon Lewis (b. Jul 1837 in New York – d. 1911 in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania) His parents were William L Lewis (1806 – 1851) and Phebe Kimble (1809 – 1888)

In the 1880 census, Simeon was a blacksmith in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania.

v. Elizabeth McElhaney b. 1843 South Shenango, Pennsylvania – d. Aft 1930 census South Shenango, Pennsylvania; never married

In the 1880 and 1900 census, Elizabeth was living in Brown, Carroll, Ohio with her cousin Mary Latta.

In the 1910 census, Elizabeth was living with her brother Matthew in South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania


Reminiscences of pioneer life By Robert Ray Latta 1912

Latta Genealogy Newsletter

History of Conneaut Township in Crawford County, PA

Counneaut Township History






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William Latta II

William LATTA II (1795 – 1846?) is Alex’s 5th Great Grandfather, one of 64 in this generation.

William Latta Coat of Arms

William Latta was born on 17 Oct 1795 in Donegal, Ireland. His parents were William L. LATTA and Elizabeth RANKIN.    He was about  five years old when his father William L Latta landed in New York on 31 Oct 1800.   He married  Jane McCONAHEY on 17 Jan 1822 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.   Most sources say William died on 16 Nov 1846 in Cincinnati, Ohio and Jane moved to Rock Bluff, Nebraska in the 1850′s as a widow.   Indeed William is missing from the family’s 1850 census record.  However, there are records for a William and Jane Latta with the correct birth dates in the 1860 Rock Bluff Federal Census.

Jane McConahey was born on 9 Oct 1799.   She was the first white child born in South Shenango Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.  Her parents were Robert McCONAHEY and Margaret STORY.. Her sister Mary was William’s brother John’s wife.  Jane died 19 Nov 1869 in Rock Bluff, Nebraska where she was living with her son Robert.

Jane McConahey Latta Gravestone — Youngs Cemetery , Murray, Cass, Nebraska

Children of William and Jane:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Rankin Latta 27 Oct 1822
Crawford Co. PA
William H. Royal
13 Mar 1845
South Shenango Twp, PA
2 Feb 1873
Cass Co., NE
2. Robert McConahey LATTA 27 Mar 1824
Crawford Co., PA
Letitia JOHNSTON (Johnson)
26 Jan 1849
Hamilton County OH?
25 Mar 1872
Cass County, Nebraska
3. Dr. William Story Latta 3 May 1826
Jamestown, Crawford Co. PA
Sarah A. Eikenbury
9 May 1861
Lincoln, Neb
17 Oct 1903
Albuquerque, NM
4. John Allison Latta 25 Mar 1829
Crawford Co. PA
Emma J. Lemon
6 Aug 1867
Cass Co., Neb.
5. Thomas F. Latta 17 Mar 1831
Crawford Co., PA
Never Married 20 Mar 1848
Cincinnati, Ohio
6. Margaret S. Latta 19 Jul 1833
Crawford PA
4 Jul 1837
7. Mary Jane Latta 18 Dec 1835
Cincinnati, Ohio
19 Jul 1854
Cass County, Nebraska
8. Samuel Glenn Latta 2 Jul 1838
Crawford, PA
Emily A. Patterson
24 Jul 1865
Cass Co., Neb.
31 Dec 1928
Murray, Cass Co., Neb

When William was 18 years of age he served with Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Nine vessels of the United States Navy defeated and captured six vessels of Great Britain’s Royal Navy. This ensured American control of the lake for the remainder of the war, which in turn allowed the Americans to recover Detroit and win the Battle of the Thames to break the Indian confederation of Tecumseh.

Crawford County Townships

1885 Township Sketch of Crawford County History -

William Latta, also a native of the Emerald Isle, was a hatter, settled near Penn Line in Conneaut Township PA and after a few years removed from the township.  His brothers, Samuel, John and Thomas, were also here, and made improvements, then departed.

Penn Line in Conneaut Township Crawford County PA

William  and his partner helped to build the Miami and Erie Canal, but was driven into bankruptcy by the venture.  Construction on the Miami and Erie Canal began on July 21, 1825.The canal began by connecting Cincinnati to nearby Middletown in 1827 and, by 1845, the canal had reached Toledo and Lake Erie.

Miami and Erie Canal

The canal commissioners estimated that the Ohio and Erie Canal would cost approximately 2.3 million dollars, while the Miami and Erie would cost 2.9 million. Once construction was completed, the canals combined actually cost 41 million dollars, 25 million dollars of which was interest on loans. The Ohio and Erie Canal cost approximately ten thousand dollars per mile to complete, and the Miami and Erie Canal cost roughly twelve thousand dollars per mile to finish. The canals nearly bankrupted the state government, but they allowed Ohioans to prosper beginning in the 1830s all the way to the Civil War.

Canal construction went quickly but not easily. At the peak of construction, more than four thousand workers were laboring on the canals. Private businesses bid on portions of the canals. The state usually accepted the least expensive bids. Once the trench for the canal was dug, workers usually lined it with sandstone. Canal locks also usually consisted of sandstone lined with wood, but sometimes workers made the locks exclusively from wood. The submerged wood would swell, making a waterproof barrier. Workers generally earned thirty cents per day plus room and board.

The canal consisted of 19 aqueducts, three guard locks, and 103 canal locks. Each lock measured 90 feet by 15 feet and they collectively raised the canal 395 feet above Lake Erie and 513 feet above the Ohio River.  The system consisted of 300 miles ) of canal channel and was completed in 1845, at a cost of $8,063,000.  Boats were towed along the canal using either donkeys or horses walking on a prepared towpath along the bank. The boats typically traveled at a rate of four to five miles per hour.

Completed just before most of the railroads in Ohio were built, the canal competed with railroads through much of its useful life. Ice in the winter, as well as the slowness of the boats, made it less efficient than railroads, especially for perishable goods and passenger traffic. The canal was a cheaper means for carrying bulk cargoes, such as grain and salted pork, though by 1906, the canal had largely ceased to operate.

In 1835 William Latta moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.  Cincinnati is considered to have been the first American boomtown in the heart of the country in the early nineteenth century to rival the larger coastal cities in size and wealth. As the first major inland city in the country, it is sometimes thought of as the first purely American city, lacking the heavy European influence that was present on the east coast.

Prior to 1846 the Latta family went to Madison, Indiana all but Robert and  Cooper. Madison is on the Ohio River and Indiana’s first railroad, the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad, was built there between 1836 and 1847.

From a letter from William’s brother Thomas to another brother Moses telling of the death of their mother on 23 May 1846.

     When I arrived in Shenango (Pa.) I found brother  William had started with all his family (except [our ancestor] Robert) for the neighborhood of Madison, Ind. with a design of getting up the cooleage business there in the barrell line, expecting to make a fortune and pay off all his debts in a short time.  He went from Shenango in very low circumstances, and left a number of his friends to suffer on his account.  … Brother John has left his old station, and rented the old Allen farm.  He gets along hardly enough.  He is involved some on William’s account.

In 1845, the family returned to Cincinnati and William died there in 1846.  Jane and children were listed in the 1850 census of Spencer Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. Elizabeth (25) had married William Royal and was living next door.  William was a carpenter and they had two young children James (4) and Mark (1) .   James was born in Pennsylvania and Mark was born in Ohio.     Robert (26)  had already married Letitia Johnston and was listed 3 pages away, also in Spencer Township.  John (21) was listed as an Engineer.  A William L. Jackson (63) lived  with the family and was working as a clerk.  Sometime after 1850, Jane and children went to Rock Bluffs, Cass County, NE for they are listed there in the 1860 census.  Jane lived in Rock Bluffs until her death in 1869.

Even though genealogy sources show William’s death as 16 Nov 1846 in Cincinnati Ohio,  he appears alive and well  in the 1860 Census Rock Bluffs, Cass County, Nebraska Territory.  He is listed as a Physician like his son William.  He was relatively wealth with $3,000 real estate and $4,000 personal estate.  His entire household were born in Pennsylvania.   John E was John Erskine Latta, William’s nephew, son of his brother John.

W L Latta 64 Years of Age – Physician
Jane Latta 61
Alfred Hahn 24 – Student Medicine
John E Latta 18 – Student born about 1842 (Nephew)
S G Latta 22 – Engineer born about  1838

William’s brother John also lived in Rock Bluffs in the 1860 Census.    Their wives Jane and Mary were McConahey sisters.  All their children were born in Pennsylvania except the youngest, Isabella who was born in Ohio.

John Latta 59 Years of Age Value of Personal Estate – $500
Mary Latta 55
J M Latta 25 – Miller Value of Personal Estate – $4000
Wm Latta 20
Mary E Latta 15
John E Latta 18 (Appears in census twice)
Isabella F Latta 12

Famous Cousin

William’s second cousin (John3, Mungo2, Moses1 vs. William3, Samuel2, Moses1), Alexander Bonner Latta, invented the first steam fire engine.  Alexander was born in Ross county, Ohio, 11 June, 1821; died in Ludlow, Kentucky, 28 April, 1865. At an early age he worked in a cotton-factory, and subsequently in the navy yard in Washington, D.C. After becoming an expert mechanic he settled in Cincinnati, where he operated the first iron planing-machine that ever was used in that city. He became foreman of a machine-shop, and constructed for the Little Miami railroad the first locomotive that was built west of the Alleghany mountains, he invented and patented a series of improvements in railway appliances, a few of which he succeeded in introducing. In 1852 he invented a steam fire-engine, which he constructed in nine months, and which was tried on 1 January, 1853. In October, 1853, he constructed a second, which contained several improvements and received a gold medal at the Ohio Mechanics’ institute fair in 1854. He continued to build steam fire-engines until 1862, when he retired from active business. The boiler of Mr. Latta’s engine was constructed of two square chambers, one within the other, the space between which chambers was the steam and water space of the boiler. The inner chamber, which was the fire-box, was filled by a series of horizontal layers of tubes arranged diagonally over each other, but forming one continuous coil. The water entered this coil at the lower end and passed upward into the annular space, where it was evaporated. Upon arriving at the scene of the fire, the rear of the engine was raised off the ground and supported by means of screws on the sides of the boiler, and the hind-wheels, thus clearing the ground, acted as fly-wheels. In 1863-’5 Mr. Latta introduced the manufacture of aerated bread into Cincinnati. He also made improvements in oil-well machinery.


1. Elizabeth Rankin Latta

Elizabeth’s husband William H. Royal was born in May 1822 in Pennsylvania. In the 1900 census, William was living with his son William Jr in Rock Bluff, Nebraska.

Moved to Hamilton Ohio in 1857 then Cass Co., Neb.

This couple was listed in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, OH, living nest door to Jane and William Latta (her parents) with their children, James (4) and Mark (1). In 1860 Elizabeth and William Royal are listed in the census of Rocks Bluff, NE however James and Mark are not. Two children are listed; Elizabeth (7) born in Ohio and Wm (2) born in NE. Unable to find them in the 1870 census however, Elizabeth died in 1873 and Wm continued on in Rock Bluffs being listed in the 1880 census with 3 children; Emma (16), Glenroy (19) and Wm (21) all born in Nebraska.

Children of Elizabeth and William

i. James Latta Royal, b. 1845 Pennsylvania; d. 2 Sep 1859 Rock Bluff Cemetery, Union, Cass County. Nebraska. Inscription: Age 14 yrs 6 mos 3 days. Son of W.H. & E.R. Royal..

ii. Mark W. Royal, b. 1849 Spencer, Hamilton, Ohio

iii. Elizabeth J. Royal, b. 1854 Ohio

iv. William Allison Royal, b. Jul 1858 Nebraska; m. 1885 to Harriett (Hattie) Ellington (b. Apr 1862 Nebraska – After 1930 census)

In the 1900 census, William and Harriett were farming in Rock Bluff, Nebraska

v. John (Glenroy, Glen) Royal, b. Dec 1861 Nebraska; m. 1887 to Ella [__?__] (b. May 1864 Nebraska – d. Aft 1900 census)

In the 1900 census, Glen was a carpenter in Plattsmouth Ward 5, Cass, Nebraska.

vi. Mary Emma L (Jennie)Royal, b. 1863; d. Aft 1881 census

2. Robert McConahey LATTA (See his page)

3. William Story Latta

William’s wife Sarah A. Eikenbury was born 21 Aug 1841 in Iowa City, Wright, Iowa. Her parents were Samuel E Eikenbary (1801 – 1868) and Martha Crawford (1808 – 1870). Sarah died 4 April 1923 or 4 Apr 1933 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska.

William was a Physician,  Army surgeon,  President National E. Medical Association,  President State Medical Association,  Dean of Medical Facility,  Professor of Pathology and Microscopy at Nebraska Christian University and Dean of Medical Faculty at Cotner University at Lincoln, Neb.  Editor Nebraska Medical Journal in 1891.   He went to Stockton, Calif. October 7, 1904.

William Story Latta MD (1826 – 1903)

He was mayor of Rock Bluff Nebraska when Sidney and Calista MINER moved there.  He came to Plattsmouth, Neb., April 17, 1857, locating at Rock Bluff, Cass County, where he resided sixteen years, excepting two that he served in the army.

He was also a member of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Nebraska, which met in Omaha in December of 1859.

When the Civil War broke out, Dr. Latta enlisted as a private in the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry, and was commissioned Assistant Surgeon for the Second Nebraska Cavalry Regiment . He was chief surgeon over all the territory from Brownville, Nebraska north through the Dakotas. In 1862 he established the first military hospital at Omaha, and in 1863 went into active field service.  He was mustered out in 1864.

The unit was initially organized at Omaha, Nebraska on October 23, 1862 as a nine-month regiment, and served for over one year. They were attached to General Sully’s command, who was in a campaign against Indians in Western Nebraska and Dakota, who were forced to move south from Minnesota following the Dakota War of 1862.

The 2nd Nebraska participated in the Battle of Whitestone Hill, which began on September 3, 1863 when General Sully’s troops engaged upwards of 2,000 warriors under Chief Two Bears of the Yanktonai Sioux. Of the 20 US troops killed in the battle, seven were from the Second Nebraska.  Fourteen from the unit were also wounded in the action. The regiment was mustered out December 23, 1863. A number of its veterans were re-enlisted in the 1st Battalion Nebraska Veteran Volunteer Cavalry, which served until 1865 when it was merged with the 1st Nebraska Cavalry Regiment.

The Battle of Whitestone Hill was the culmination of operations against the Sioux Indians in Dakota Territory in 1863. Brigadier General Alfred Sully attacked a village September 3–5, 1863. The Indians in the village included Yanktonai, Santee, and Teton (Lakota) Sioux. Sully killed, wounded, or captured 300 to 400 Sioux, including women and children, at a cost of about 60 casualties

William Story Latta was an army surgeon at the Battle of White Stone Hill

The Battle

Sully arrived about 6 p.m. on the ridge overlooking the large, much dispersed Indian encampment. He estimated that only 600 to 700 of his men were present. He saw the Sioux packing up their tipis and departing and concluded that the Indians were more inclined to flee than fight. Sully’s objective was to “corral” the Indians and he deployed his force to cut off their escape routes and to advance on the village. He sent Colonel Wilson and the 6th Iowa to his right flank and Colonel Furnas and the 2nd Nebraska to his left to occupy several ravines which offered the Sioux an opportunity to conceal themselves from the soldiers and escape. Covered on both flanks, Sully with three companies and artillery advanced into the encampment without serious opposition. Two chiefs, Little Head and Big Head, and about 150 of their followers surrendered. Because of the close quarters and chaotic nature of the battlefield, Sully was unable to use his artillery.

Many of the Sioux were caught between the Sixth Iowa and the Second Nebraska, with the Iowa soldiers advancing on foot and pushing the Sioux into the arms of the Nebraskans who exchanged fire with the Indians at a range of only 60 yards. With darkness approaching, however, Colonel Wilson of the Sixth Iowa ordered an ill-advised mounted charge with one battalion. However, in his haste he failed to order some of his men to load their weapons and heavy fire from the Sioux caused the cavalry horses to bolt and the charge to break down. The battalion fell back and took up defensive positions on foot.

On the left, Colonel Furnas also withdrew his Nebraskans to a defensive position, fearing friendly fire and losing control of his soldiers in the increasing darkness. The soldiers spent a harrowing night, “the Indians pillaged the battlefield and scalped the dead soldiers; squaws were screaming and wailing” and a wounded soldier screamed for help but the soldiers thought he was a decoy to lure them out of their defenses. They found him next morning, still alive but dying from lacerations inflicted by the Indians. The Sioux escaped in the darkness.

The next morning the camp was empty of Indians except for the dead and a few lost children and women. Sully sent out patrols to attempt to locate the fleeing Sioux but they found few Indians. Sully ordered all the Indian property abandoned in the camp to be burned. This included 300 tipis and 400,000 to 500,000 pounds of dried buffalo meat, the winter supplies of the Indians and the product of 1,000 butchered buffalo

The Aftermath

Union casualties were approximately 22 killed and 38 wounded. Some probably resulted from friendly fire. No reliable estimates of Sioux killed and wounded are available, with estimates ranging from 100 to 300, including women and children. Captured Sioux totaled 156, including 32 adult males. Indian sources often call Whitestone Hill a “massacre” with Sully attacking a “peaceful camp” and killing a large number of women and children. One of Sully’s interpreters, Samuel J. Brown, a mixed-blood Sioux, said “it was a perfect massacre” and “lamentable to hear how those women and children was massacred.” The contrary view is that Sully had a “long demonstrated concern for the Indians and a spotless record of honor and integrity.” The substantial casualties of the soldiers demonstrate, in the opinion of some historians, that Whitestone Hill was a battle, not a massacre.

Due to the poor condition of his horses and mules and his lack of supplies, Sully was unable to pursue the Sioux. About 600 Sioux, mostly Santee, took refuge in Canada after the battle. They were followed by 3,000 more in 1864. Minnesota expelled all Sioux, including those who had not participated in the Dakota War of 1862 and, also, expelled the friendly Winnebago. The State confiscated and sold all Sioux land in the state. Soon, only 25 Santee, steadfast friends of the whites, were allowed to live in the state.

After mustering out with the 2nd Nebraska in December 1864, he returned to his practice at Rock Bluff, where he remained for sixteen years. There he acquired an excellent reputation, and performed many major operations..

In 1873 William Story Latta came to Lincoln and resided there for many years.  He moved from Crawford, PA to Cincinnati, Ohio when he was 18 years old. He graduated, 25 Feb 1854, from the Eclectic Medical College, at Cincinnati, where he practiced for three years.  The Doctor was president of the National Eclectic Medical Association.  Eclectic medicine was a branch of American medicine which made use of botanical remedies along with other substances and physical therapy practices, popular in the latter half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries.  Regular medicine at the time made extensive use of purges with calomel and other mercury-based remedies, as well as extensive bloodletting. Eclectic medicine was a direct reaction to those barbaric practices as well as the desire to exclusivize Thomsonian medicine innovations to “professionals.”

The movement peaked in the 1880s and 1890s. The schools were not approved by the Flexner Report (1910), which was purposed to capture accreditation of medical schools to drive out non-allopathic medicine in favor of the allopathic cult. Allopathic medicine is an pejorative term commonly used by homeopaths and proponents of other forms of alternative medicine to refer to mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions.

The practice of medicine in both Europe and North America during the early 19th century is sometimes referred to as heroic medicine because of the extreme measures (such as bloodletting) sometimes employed in an effort to treat diseases , The term allopath was used by Hahnemann and other early homeopaths to highlight the difference they perceived between homeopathy and the medicine of that time.

With the term allopathy (meaning “other than the disease”), Hahnemann intended to point out how physicians with conventional training employed therapeutic approaches that, in his view, merely treated symptoms and failed to address the disharmony produced by the underlying disease.

By  World War I, states and provinces were adopting curriculum requirements that followed those articulated by the AMA quest to drive out alternative schools in favor of schools promoting allopathic medicine vitalist model.   This effectively forced the Eclectic Medical Schools to either adopt the new model or fold. The last Eclectic Medical school closed in Cincinnati in 1939

For biography of William S. Latta see: http://www.kancoll.org/books/andreas_ne/lancaster/lancaster-p17.html

He is a member of the Nebraska State Medical Association, of which he was for many years president. In 1862 the Doctor organized the military hospital at Omaha. He was twice a member of the Territorial Legislature, and was Mayor of Rock Bluffs when it was a flourishing town. Afterwards abandoned politics from choice to devote his time to his profession.. .

Dr. Latta was among the first in the state to perform abdominal surgery. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Latta built and operated a flour mill, and raised breeding stock. In 1873 he moved his family to Lincoln, Nebraska where the doctor, a presbyterian and temperance advocate, was active in community life. In 1876 he was elected coroner, and in the following year became the county physician. A member of the Eclectic Medical Association, in 1879 he delivered a paper on malarial poisons – “Miasma Virus” to the National Eclectic School of Medicine at the University of Nebraska. In 1890 the Eclectic School of Medicine, which had withdrawn from the University, incorporated with Cotner College. Dr. Latta remained as dean of the college until his death in October of 1901.

Children of  William and Sarah

i. Samuel Latta, b. 11 May 1862, Rock Bluffs, NE; d. 13 Jun 1936; Burial Woodbridge Cemetery, Woodbridge, San Joaquin, California; m. Anna E. Hyde Mar 1886 in Chicago, IL.

Physician. Graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago in 1884. In 1923 Supt. Hospital at Almshouse, Stockton, Calif.

Samuel E Latta Passport Photo. While lworking as a surgeon in Stockton, Calif. in the 1920′s, he took trips to Australia and England.

ii. William (Willie) C.  Latta, b. 24 Nov 1864 in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska; d. 17 Oct 1865 in Rock Bluff,  Cass, Nebraska  Age 10 mos 22 days  Son of W.S. & S.A. Latta .

iii. Minnie Bell Latta b. 12 Nov 1866 in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska; m. C F Ladd 1893 in Lincoln, NE; d. 17 Feb 1957 in Lincoln, Lancater, Nebraska; m. 28 Oct 1891 Lincoln, Nebraska to Charles Franklin Ladd (1867 – 1942) Minnie took trips to Havana, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro

iv. Mary Olive Latta, b. 28 Jan 1870 in Rock Bluff, Cass, Nebraska; d. 15 Aug 1969 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; m. c. 1898 to Edward Garland Watson (1858 – 1901) In Peking in May 1911 she requested an emergency passport to allow her into Siberia Russia and Continenal Europe

4. John Allison Latta

John’s wife Emma (Emily) Jane Lemon was born 3 Oct 1849 in My Division, Marshall, Indiana. She was twenty years younger than John. Her parents were Lemuel Davis Lemon (1828 – 1896) and Rebecca Dyer (1828 – 1891). Emma died 11 Dec 1907 in Micas, San Luis Potisi, Mexico.  Buried in Mexico on a Plantation of kidney disease.

John was a Machinist.  Like Sidney and Calista, he was also married in Cass County Nebraska.  He lived at Lincoln, Neb and was a soldier in Civil War.   (“JOHN A. has been on the wing, like myself, for the most of his life.  He crossed the plains in 1859.  Spent several years in Colorado.  Returned, made several trips across the plains.  Find John A. where you will, you will find one of the best hearted men in the world.”  Robert R. Latta. )  Record in Adj. Gen. Office, Denver, Colo. Book P. 6/2. Latta, John A. 1st. Lieut. Co. 1, of Denver Home Guards. Colorado Vols. U.S. Army. Joined for service September 13, 1861 at Denver, Colo. by William Gilpin, Governor. Record incomplete. Absent on furlough from March 16, 1862 for several days on private business.

In the 1870 census, John was a miller in Rock Bluffs, Cass, Nebraska.

In the 1900 census, Emily was boarding with the Barbara Scheuble family in Los Angeles California. Barbara was a widow from Germany. Emilyis still shown as married, with four children, two still living. Her occupation was listed as physician. I wonder what her story was and why she later went to San Luis Potisi Mexico.

Children of  John and Emma:

i. Ora Iona Latta b. 18 Nov 1868 Rock Bluffs, Neb.; d. 22 Oct 1915 Nebraska

In 1889, Ora lived at 835 7th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

Physician in 1894.

ii. Lemuel A. Latta b. Jul 1873 Rock Bluffs, Neb.; d. Sep 1874.

iii. Jennie R Latta b. 2 Nov 1875 in Butler Co., Neb.

In the 1885 census, Jennie was living with her parents in Reading Township, Butler, Nebraska.

iv. Frank (John) Glenn Latta b. 3 Oct 1882 Butler Co., Neb.; d,. Aft 1885 Nebraska Census; m. Ethel [__?___]?

8. Samuel Glenn Latta

Samuel’s wife Emily Ann Patterson was born Oct 1841 in Cross Creek, Washington Co., Pennsylvania. Her parents were James Patterson (1798 – 1861) and Elizabeth Walker (1802 – 1886). Emily died 01 Mar 1917 in Cass County, Nebraska.

Emily’s grandfather Thomas Patterson was a Major General and member of Congress.  Taken from “History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men” by Boyd Crumrin..

Thomas Patterson  was born Oct 1, 1764 [Little Britain, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania].  In 1794 he purchased land of his father, upon which he built a grist- and flouring-mill, the mill being situated upon the north branch of Cross Creek.  At the same time he bought the property of the widow Mary Patterson  and not long after enlarged his estate by purchases from the Wells tracts. Oct. 6, 1795, he married Elizabeth Findley, a daughter of Hon. William Findley, of Westmoreland County, Pa. He had built a log house upon his land, in a part of which he kept a general store, but after his marriage the stock was removed to his mill, which was then in operation. In this log house Thomas and Elizabeth Patterson lived, and here their eleven children – eight sons and three daughters – were born. Mr. Patterson was very active in all church affairs, being an elder in one of the Cross Creek churches for many years. He also held all the commissions of militia rank to that of major-general, and during the last war with Great Britain organized and led a force into Ohio to repel a supposed British invasion.

He was a member of Congress from 1817 to 1825, being elected during the administration of James Monroe, and was a member of the Electoral College in 1816. Gen. Patterson died of apoplexy Nov. 17, 1841 [Cross Creek, Washington County, Pennsylvania], aged seventy-seven years. His sons were William, James, [Emily's father] Samuel, John, Thomas, Findley, Moses, and David Patterson. The daughters were Mary, Elizabeth, and Rosanna Patterson.

Samuel was a farmer and tradesman and also was married and lived most of his life in Cass County Nebraska.  Samuel G. Latta, who made a profession of his faith and was received into membership in the Murray Presbyterian Church on Feb. 3, 1866. Some time before Nov. 23, 1888, he was elected as an elder, and his name first appears then as Clerk of Session. He served as an elder until his death. For many years the building on lot #1, block #13 in Murray, was used for the parsonage. October 24, 1917 “Samuel G. Latta gave the church a quick-claim deed to this property.  In 1923 a larger parsonage was needed and this property was traded in as part payment on the W.H. Puls property lots #4, 5, 6 and 7, block #17 in the Latta’s second addition.

Tradition tells us that S. G. Latta, Anderson Root, William Morrow, James Walker, Lee Oldham and others circulated a petition to establish the Murray post office.   It was establsihed in 1884 when the Three Groves office, which was in the John Allison home four miles southeast of Murray, was discontinued. The first office was in the blacksmith shop of William Loughridge.

When the post office was established the village of Murray consisted of the school house, the united Presbyterian church, the Lee Oldham and S. G. Latta homes, and the blacksmith shop. Therefore it can he assumed that the first postmaster’s compensation was not very large. The first mail into Murray consisted of one letter.  Mr. Loughridge served as postmaster until January 1886 when he moved the office to the S. G. Latta store. As Mr. Loughridge moved the office without proper notification from the Post Office Department, he was fined the sum of $40.00

The second postoffice was housed in the general merchandise store newly erected, on the southwest corner of block 15, by S. G. Latta. This was across the street north of the school house.
Samuel G. Latta  was one of the earliest Murray settlers. The village of Murray was platted in 1890 by Mr. Latta, the survey being made by R. M. Lewis and the plat filed for record May 5, 1891. Mr. Latta was appointed postmaster January 29, 1886.

April 26, 1887, Samuel F. Latta, a nephew of “Uncle Sam,” was appointed postmaster. As these two men were in business together the office remained in the corner of the store building. Samuel F. Latta was born at Rock Bluffs, living there until the death of his mother five years later. He then lived with relatives until, at the age of 16, he was sent to Valparaiso, Ind., to school.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brendel was the next postmaster and the post office was moved to his office, one block east on the south side of the street on lot 13. Dr. Brendel was appointed postmaster May 15, 1888.
Dr. Brendel was born at Big Springs in Boone county, Ind., December 14, 1854, He attended Physio-Medical College in Indianapolis, Ind. After practicing in his native state for three years he moved to Murray on September 3, 1885. He engaged in the medical profession until his death December 26, 1922.
John W. Edmunds was appointed postmaster December 16, 1889, and as he had purchased the Latta store, the office was again moved to the corner store building. Mr. Edmunds had, as his assistant, Charlie Root, who brot (sic) the mail from Rock Bluffs to Murray, using a horse and a two-wheeled cart.
Mr. Edmunds was born at Schoolcraft, Mich., November 29, 1849. While operating the store and post office he and his three daughters lived in the rear of the building,
While Mr. Edmunds was postmaster the Missouri Pacific rail road was constructed. The lines between Union and Plattsmouth being completed on September 9, 1891. The first train carrying a Railway Post Office car to exchange mails at Murray was train No. 8 out of Omaha, passing at 2.20 p. m. October 16, 1892.

December 29, 1893, Mrs. Sarah Oldham was appointed postmaster. She erected a small building in the southeast corner of her yard, section 15, which served as her office.

Mrs. Oldham was born in Jimtown. Pa . April 11, 1848. With her parents, the David Storey’s, [grandson of our ancestor Robert STOREY] she came to the Territory of Nebraska in 1857, settling on a claim in Cass county about one mile southeast of Murray. After her marriage to Lee Oldham, November 9, 1871, she lived in Fairview, later renamed Murray,

Fred W. Crosser was appointed post master March 14, 1898. He purchased the Oldham office building and equipment and maintained the office in that location for about sixty days. Thinking to serve the patrons of the office to better advantage, Mr. Crosser purchased the third lot west of the present bank building and moved the Oldham office to this location. At this time Murray was receiving mail twice a day. Mr. Crosser added confectionery, stationery and a soda fountain.

Samuel G Latta Gravestone — Youngs Cemetery, Murray, Cass, Nebraska

Children of Samuel and Emily

i. James Patterson Latta b. 2 Nov 1868 Rock Bluffs, Neb.; d. 1952  Burial Youngs Cemetery Murray, Cass , Nebraska, USA.

In 1906 lived at Murray, Neb. James lived with his parents in Rock Bluff in the 1900 and 1910 census and with his father in Murray, Cass, Nebraska in the 1920 census.

In the 1920 census, Neva Irene Latta, daughter of James T Latta and grand daughter of Robert McConahey LATTA had moved back to Murray, Cass, Nebraska and was living with her great uncle Samuel Glenn Latta and his son James P Latta. Samuel and James were working as plumbers.


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Robert McConahay Latta

Robert McConahay LATTA (1824 – 1872) is Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather, one of 32 in this generation of the Miner line.

Robert McConahay Latta was born on 27 March 1824 in Crawford County PA. His parents were William LATTA and Jane McCONAHEY.   He married  Letitia JOHNSTON on 25 Jan 1849  when he was 23 years old.  He died in Cass County Nebraska on 25 Mar 1872.

Letitia Johnston (Johnson) was born about 1829 in  Pennsylvania.  (Letitia was 21 in the 1850 census.)  Most sources show her birth state as Pennsylvania, but the 1850 census show it as Ohio.   Her parents were William JOHNSTON and Margaret [__?__].  Letitia died 17 Feb 1870 in Rock Bluff, Nebraska at the age of 40 shortly after giving birth to son Elbert Johnston Latta, due to complications.   Robert lost his wife and his mother within a couple months.  Letitia’s two youngest children, Elbert and Samuel,  and, for a time,  James were raised by her eldest daughter Calista and Philo MINER.

Letitia Johnston Latta Gravestone — Youngs Cemetery , Murray, Cass County, Nebraska

Children of Robert and Letitia:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Calista Jane LATTA 11 Nov 1849
Cincinnati OH
Philo Sidney MINER
4 May 1869 Cass Co. Neb
Aft 1910
2. George Austin Latta 9 Sep 1852 Washington, Iowa Margaret Ann Peak
2 Sep 1874 Plattsmouth, Nebraska
c. 1935 Nebraska
3. William Edmonston Latta 22 Jul 1854
Cincinnati, Ohio
Caroline Lee Current
1 Oct 1873
Sarah L [__?__]
After 1940 census, Clay Center, Clay, Nebraska
. James Thompson Latta 1 Feb 1860 Cass County, Nebraska Mary Adeline Peake
25 Jun 1883 Cowles, Webster, Nebraska
4 Jan 1940 – Orange, California
5. Mary Elizabeth Latta 14 Jun 1857
Rock Bluff, Neb
17 Aug 1859 
Rock Bluff, Neb
6. Samuel Foster Latta 16 Apr 1865 Rock Bluff, Nebraska Ida Neal
Aft 1930 census
Rock Bluff, Nebraska
7. Dr. Elbert (Albert)  Johnston Latta 11 Feb 1870
Rock Bluff
Blanche Smith
30 Sep 1896.
Mamie Ethel Woodworth
Parkview Cemetery
Plot: Section H; Row 15; Lot 41.

Robert and Letitia lived near Cincinnati in the 1850 census in Spencer Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.  Robert McConahey Latta (25,)  Letitia Latta (21) and daughter Calista ‘Celeste’ (under 1).

The Latta family settled in Cincinnati about 1853.  In the fall of 1858 they left Cincinnati by boat.  The river froze and they were  obliged to stop one winter at St. Louis, Mo.   The next spring, crossing the Mississippi  they went down into the southwestern corner of Iowa, and settled in Page County. From there they removed to Mills County in the same State, and thence in 1861 to the Territory of Nebraska, locating not long afterward on 160 acres of new land on section 27 in Rock Bluff Precinct.  Robert was a carpenter and ran a saw mill.

Robert’s father and Uncle John were both living in Rock Bluff, Cass County, Nebraska Territory in the 1860 Census.    Robert’s brothers William Story, John Allison and Samuel Glenn all spent much of their lives in Cass County.  For more about Rock Bluff, see my page Western Pioneers.

Lettitia  died Feb. 17, 1870. In  1871, Robert Latta rented his farm, and afterward proceeded to Chicago and engaged at his trade of carpenter, which he had learned during his early manhood. He only lived a short time afterward, dying in April of that same year.

18 Aug  1860 – Robert M. Latta and Letitia Latta were admitted in full communiion into the First Presbyterian Church in Murray, Nebraska.

The History of the United Presbyterian Church, Murray, Nebraska, 1860-1960 by Margaret Spangler Todd

“According to appointment of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church made at Philadelphia in May 1860 I came a missionary to Nebraska Territory in July and commenced preaching half time in Rock Bluff Cass County.” Thus Rev. Thomas McCartney entered the first minutes in the Session Records of the Rock Bluffs United Presbyterian Church.

The next item entered was dated August 18, 1860, reading: “By arrangement with those who requested preaching August 18th was designated as the time for the organizing a church. And on the day appointed, after a sermon from Matthew 11:29 the following people were admitted in full communion by assenting to the pricinples of the church, to wit: Robert M. LATTA, Letitia LATTA, William L. Thompson, Hanna E. Thompson, William H. Royal, Elizabeth Royal, David Storey [Robert's first cousin see Robert STORY's page] , Jane Latta and Mary Latta.” Also Robert M. LATTA and W.L. Thompson were, by ballot, chosen as ruling elders and the organization named “The United Presbyterian Congregation of Rock Bluffs.”

The following Act of Legislature was approved January 4, 1861: “To incorporate The United Presbyterian Church at Rock Bluffs City: Section I – Be it enacted by the council and the house of representatives of the Territory of Nebraska, that Joh Latta [Robert's brother John Allison], William H. Royal, David Storey,  Robert M. LATTA and William L. Thompson and their associates and successors, the members of the United Presbyterian Church of Rock Bluffs City, Cass County, be, and the same are hereby created a body politic and corporate, under the name style and title to remain in perpetual succession with full power to plead and be impleaded, to sue and be sued, to receive, acquire hold and possess prpoerty, real, person and mixed; to use, employ, manage and dispose of all such property as they deem proper for use and well being of said church and in consistent with the provisions of said act, to elect such trustees and other officers and make such rules and by-laws as they deem proper provided always, that they do any act or make any rule or by-law which shall in any way conflict with t he constitution of the United States or doctrine or usages of the United Presbyterian Church of the United States of America.”

At first, divine services were held every alternate Sabbath in the village school house. An acre of timber on the east side of the Missouri River was purchased to furnish the lumber for the church building which was erected. The timber was worked up, brought across the river and the building was soon started. Practically all of the labor was done by the members of the church. February 16, 1862 the church building was opened for public worship, furnished and entirely free from debt.

Ordination and installation of the first elders was held Friday afternoon February 21, 1862. R.M. LATTA was clerk of the session. The first communion service held by the United Presbyterian denomination was observed on February 23, 1862. The first children baptized were Kate Doom, James Thompson Latta, William Allison Royal, John Glen Royal and Evelyn Lucretia Nash, this ordinance being held on Monday February 2, 1862.

The Sabbath School was organized by Rev. Thos. McCartney March 9, 1862, the superintendent being W.L. Thompson. G.L. Seybolt was elected secretary and librarian. Teachers were R.M. LATTA, Letitia LATTA, Hanna E. Thompson and Mathilda Nash with Rev. McCartney and William Gilmour teachers of the Bible class.

The February 28, 1866 issue of the “Nebraska Herald” items the following, “The U.P. Church of Rock Bluffs was the first church building of the kind to be erected in Cass County. The members have lately erected a cupola and belfry in which they now have a bell weighing over 400 pounds.” The session books record a called meeting to make arrangements for paying off the debt incurred in building the cupola and addition.

This church building served the people well and the congregation prospered for a time. In the spring of 1878 the members and adherents of the U.P. Church held a meeting at the home of Anderson Root  for the purpose of reviving and reorganizing the congregation.  [Philo MINER's son, my great-great uncle Anderson Root Miner (1884 - 1974) was named after Mr. Root]

After some discussion it was decided to tear down the Rock Bluff U.P. building and remove it to some central point on the prairie. Mr. James A. Walker of Fairview offered to donate one-half acre adjoining the land he had previously donated to school district No. 56. The congregation was to assure Mr. Walker that they would always keep the lot well fenced. The congregation accepted Mr. Walker’s liberal offer and began plans for a church building. They decided to tear down the Rock Bluff church building and rebuild on the Walker lot. A building committee composed of William Lloyd, A.B. Root, and S.G.Latta  [Robert's brother] was appointed. Before this building was completed the funds were exhausted and it was necessary to raise some money.

The Grandview Christian Church, west of Fairview, offered to loan the United Presbyterians $200.00 for the use of the building half time. The offer was gladly accepted with the understanding that when the United Presbyterian congregation was able to support a pastor whole time the Christian Brethren should release their claim and the United Presbyterians would return the $200.00.

The first recorded communion service in the new building was held in November, 1878.

At a congregational meeting held January 7, 1879 at the home of A.M. Holmes and on motion by Mr. Holmes, the name of the congregation was changed to Pleasant Hill United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Holmes was appointed to get a sign board painted to be placed on the west end of the church. Mr. G.F. Shryder was appointed to have a fence built around the church, assessing the members to defray expenses. Mr. Thomas Rankin was appointed to receive bids for cutting up all old lumber around the church building into stove wood and to receive bids for two cords of hard-wood and use in the church stove.

G.F. Shryder’s bid of $2 for cutting up the old lumber and W.H. Royal’s bid to supply two cords of hard wood for $11 delivered at the church were accepted. (G.F. Shryder’s grandson, Parr Young, is a trustee of our church now, 1960).

March 20, 1879 the congregation changed the name back to Fairview, as the village was so called. Mr. A.M. Holmes was again appointed to paint a sign board – this one to read “Fairview United Presbyterian Church.”

In the Autumn of 1880 the congregation decided that they could raise enough funds so as to employ a minister whole time and the $200 was returned to the Grandview Church. The Rev. G.R. Murray was installed, serving for ten years.

January 3, 1881 the trustees were instructed to build a porch at the front of the church. Specifications were 6 by 10 feet with the platform at the end “High enough to step into wagons.”

In 1890 the name of the town of Fairview and the name of the church were changed to Murray, in honor of Rev. George R. Murray.

Sunday morning November 3, 1895, Rev. S.S. Stewart was taken ill in the pulpit and could not finish his discourse. The congregation united in singing the 23rd Psalm and was dismissed with prayer and benediction by Dr. Forbes. Rev. Stewart’s illness proved fatal and he passed away November 11th. In the family history the following was recorded concerning Rev. Samuel S. Stewart, “He was called to a small mission station of about 30 members in a village of about 50 people. His health was not good and at first declined the call to Murray, Nebraska, but later decided God had called him to the Murray field.”

“It was a rare sight to behold when at an evening meeting in that little mission, more than 30 persons, nearly all of whom were heads of families, stood up confessing Christ and, by the rite of baptism, were received into the church.”

As time sped on the congregation increased in number and interest. By 1897 a new church building was deemed necessary. The old building was sold to J.E.A. Burton and moved north across the street and later was made into a private dwelling. This property is now owned by Lloyd Leyda. Work was immediately begun on the new church. The last communion in the old church was held March 6, 1898.

A brief recognition of the Latta family will be in order here. When the congregation was organized at Rock Bluff, Nebraska, in August of 1860, four of the nine charter members bore the name of Latta. Within the next ten years ten more members of the Latta families became members of the congregation. Among these was Samuel G. Latta, who made a profession of his faith and was received into membership in the church on Feb. 3, 1866. Some time before Nov. 23, 1888, he was elected as an elder, and his name first appears then as Clerk of Session. He served as an elder until his death.

According to his will, his son James P. Latta was to have use of the property as long as he lived, after which this congregation was to receive $3,000. James P. Latta passed away on Feb. 13, 1952, and the term of the will were fulfilled.

At a congregational meeting, it was decided to est aside $2,000 from the Latta legacy for remodeling the chancel and the purchase of an organ, and $1,600 of this amount was designated for an organ. Many of the members wanted a better instrument, and an additional $864 was soon raised to purchase a Hammond Church Organ, to be known as the “Latta Memorial Organ.”

This church is conservative in its teachings, but it is not narrow. It has no fads or fancies to over-emphasize, but it holds firmly to the fundamental teachings of the Word of God. It is tolerant toward all other true churches, and does not claim to have a monopoly upon salvation.

Plattsmouth and Cass County Nebraska

In the 1870 census, William H Miner  twelve years old and was living with John and Nancy Johnston relatives of his sister-in-law  Calista  Jane Latta in Kinsman, Trumbull, Ohio.  William’s mother Charity Webber had died in 1868.  Evidently, Philo wasn’t very good at taking care of children by himself.

My guess is that John Johnston was Letitia’s brother.

John Johnston 56 Nancy J Johnston 54 Mary E Johnston 28 Emily Johnston 23 Malinda J Johnston 19 Amand(a) Johnston 13 William H Miner 12

The Johns(t)on family were also living in Kinsman, Ohio, ten years earlier in the 1860 census: All were born in Pennsylvania, except for the youngest Amand/Emma who was born in Ohio.  Addison Root was listed as a male domestic.

John Johnson 46
Nancy Johnson 44
Mary Johnson 19
Wm Johnson 17
Sarah Johnson 15
Emily Johnson 13
Malinda Johnson 9
Emma Johnson 3
Addison Root 18

Ten years earlier in the 1850 census, the Johns(t)on family were living in Greene , Mercer , Pennsylvania.  Mercer Township is in the Northwest corner of Mercer county and touches Crawford, County.

John Johnson 36 Years of Age
Nancy Johnson 34
Mary Johnson 10
Wm Johnson 7
Sarah Johnson 5
Emily Johnson 4
Amanda Johnson 1

In the 1840 census, there was a childless John Johnston couple in their 20′s living in West Salem, Mercer, Pennsylvania

Children and Grandchildren:

Latta Brothers

1. Calista Jane LATTA (See Philo Sidney MINER‘s page)

2. George Austin Latta

George’s wife Margaret Ann Peak was born 5 May 1853 in Delaware County, New York.  Her parents were Eleazer Homer Peak and Mary Miller Holmes. Margaret died 15 June 1946 in  Nebraska.

George Austin Latta and family

George Austin Latta and family

Margaret moved from New York to Plattsmouth, Nebraska with her parents between 1868 and 1870. Her father Eleazer Peak enlisted in Company G, New York 101st Infantry Regiment on 15 Nov 1861 and mustered out on 17 Apr 1862 at Washington, DC. George and Margaret homesteaded in Webster County, Nebraska in the early 1870′s.

George was a resident of Webster County, Nebraska

In the 1920 census, George and Margaret were retired living in Santa Ana, California with their daughter Mabel who was teaching grammar school. In the 1930 census, George and Margaret were retired farmers in Cowles, Webster, Nebraska living near their son Earl.

Children of George and Margaret Ann:

i. Marie Letitia Latta (16 Jul 1878 at Red Cloud, Nebraska – Aft. 1940 census) m. 1902 to John G. Bennett (1880 English Canada – Aft. 1940 census, Lincoln, Nebraska). John’s parents were from Ireland.

In the 1910 census John was working as a railway postal clerk in Lincoln, Nebraska. In the 1930 census, John was still working as a railway postal clerk in Lincoln. Two twin children, Gordon and Margaret born 1909.

ii. Mabel Edith Latta (28 Jun 1884 at Red Cloud, Nebraksa – Mar 1969 Pasadena, California)

Mabel never married. In 1929 teacher in Alhambra, Calif. In 1934, Mabel took a trip to England on the Carinthia. She took a trip to France in 1939 on the Georgic and a trip to Peru in 1941 on the Santa Clara

In the 1940 census, Mabel was teach elementary school and living at 1823 South Primrose Avenue San Gabriel (Alhambra), Los Angeles, California.

iii. George Earl Latta. Farmer; (28 Apr 1886 Webster County, Nebraksa - Feb 1967 Red Cloud, Nebraska)  ed Cowles HS; m. 27 Nov 1912 Lincoln, Nebraska to Ethel Irene Osborne (abt 1893 Nebraska – After 1940 Census)

son: George Russell; daughters: Roxine Evelyn (Mrs Emil Pavelka), Betty Lee; 1910- owner & opr farm, stock raiser Webster Co; past member & past secretary Farmers Elevator bd 5 years; Amboy Telephone Exchange, director 5 years; member Cowles consolidated school board 20 years, secy 13 years; Farmers Union, secy 5 years; Farm Bur, mbr since orgn; Congl Ch; Dem; hobby, raising good stock; res Cowles.

In the 1930 census, George and Ethel had their own farm in Cowles, Webster, Nebraska.

3. William Edmonston Latta

William Edmonston claimed he was named after Edmiston Latta, one of the inventors of the steam fire engine of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Also, Jennie Edmonston was Robert’s Great Grandmother.  Edmiston spelled his name slightly differently. He was lame and helped his more famous inventor brother, Alexander Bonner Latta, invent the first steam fire engine.   Here’s the relationship (Edmiston4 & Alexander4, John3, Mungo2, Moses1) vs. William Edmonston6, Robert5, William3, William2, Moses1)

On 1 Oct 1873, William married Sarah Lee Current. She was born 4 Jun 1856 in Indiana.  Her parents were James Current and Sarah Colburn. Her family moved to Platte, Andrew, Missouri about 1864. Raiding Guerrilla bands overran the county through 1863 so this doesn’t seem like a smart move. Sarah died 24 Apr 1932 at Kenesaw, Nebraska.

In 1875 William purchased the interests of the heirs in the home farm, and resided upon it until the spring of 1888. Then, leaving it in the hands of a tenant he invested a part of his capital in a stock of merchandise, and established himself in business at Murray. He had a good trade among the people surrounding him, and being courteous and accommodating, was popular among his fellow-citizens. The business was first established in 1884 by his brother Samuel, and his uncle, Samuel G. Latta, of whom he purchased stock and property.

Mr. Latta, politically,was an earnest Republican, and his estimable wife  a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1934 William lived at Clay Center, Neb.; in 1937 at Culbertson, Neb. In 1910, William was a house carpenter in Kenesaw, Adams, Nebraska.   Now a retired farmer, he was for fifteen years in the mercantile, grain and implement business. His wife  until recently assisted her husband in his business.

Children of William and Sarah:

i. Lette Oella Latta ( 10 Aug 1874 – 1927); m. 1893 to Jesse L. Templeton (May 1870 Pennsylvania – 5 Mar 1950 Los Angeles)

In the 1920 census, Lette and Jesse were living in Kenesaw, Adams, Nebraska where Jesse sold real estate.

ii. Dr. James Oscar Latta  b. 9 Aug 1877  Murray, Nebraska; d.1943, Nebraska; Burial Clay Center Cemetery, Clay Center, Clay, Nebraska, Plot: Block 16 Lot 25;  m. Ada Mae Bavinger (27 Oct 1876 Bradford, Illinois – 1961 in Clay, Nebraska).

Physician. In his 1917 draft registration, James Oscar was a doctor in Clay Center, Clay, Nebraska. In 1987 lived at Clay Center, Neb. In 1934 lived at Clay Center, Neb

Dr. James Oscar Latta from his obituary


James Oscar Latta, physician and surgeon, was born at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, August 9, 1877, son of William Edmundson and Sarah Lee (Current) Latta. William Latta, whose parents were Ohioans, was born at Cincinnati, July 22, 1854. Now a retired farmer, he was for fifteen years in the mercantile, grain and implement business. His wife was a native of Indiana, born June 4, 1856, and until recently assisted her husband in his business.

Dr. Latta was graduated from Kenesaw High School in 1896, and from the medical department of Cotner University on April 2, 1902. For two years, 1900 and 1901, he was captain of the Cotner football team. [Cotner College is a former school located in present-day Lincoln, Nebraska. It was sometimes known as Cotner University. The school was affiliated with the Disciples of Christ (Christian) churches. The school started in 1889 as Nebraska Christian University and the last class graduated in 1933. Although it was always small and struggling, it was ambitious. It taught medicine, business, and dentistry. A normal school department taught teachers. Other programs trained many missionaries and ministers.]

On January 20, 1904, he was married to Ada Mae Bavinger at Clay Center. Mrs. Latta, who was born at Bradford, Illinois, October 27, 1876, was a stenographer prior to marriage. There are two children, Inez Mae, born November 25, 1906; and William Mitchell, born November 11, 1920. Inez Mae was graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1928, taught three years, and attended summer school at Columbia University the summer of 1931. She is teaching at Grand Island High School.

A Republican, Dr. Latta has been physician to the board of insanity of Clay County since 1908, was a member of the city council 1908-17, mayor of Clay Center, 1917-20, and county physician 1902-16, and 1924. From 1903-12, he was treasurer of the Clay County Telephone Company. During the World War, Dr. Latta was chairman of the conservation board for Clay Center.

Among his professional, civic and fraternal organizations are the following: Clay County, Nebraska and American Medical Associations (president Clay County 1910, secretary since 1924), Seventh District Medical Society (president), Chamber of Commerce (board member six years), Lions Club (chairman of activities committee). He is a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, a Knight of Pythias, Woodman of the World, Modern Woodman of America, Yeoman, and the Royal Highlanders. His club is the Clay Center Country, of which he is president. Golf, hunting, baseball and football are his favorite sports, while his hobby is mechanics. Residence: Clay Center.

In the 1920 census, James was a doctor in Lone Tree, Clay, Nebraska.

iii. Robert Bruce Latta (9 Apr 1883 – 18 Feb 1885)

4. James Thompson Latta  

James’ wife Mary Adeline Peaks was born 18 Dec 1863 in Colchester, Delaware, New York. Her parents were Eleazer Homer Peak (1821 – 1873) and Mary Miller Holmes (1825 – 1869).  Mary died 2 Dec 1939 in Brush, Morgan, Colorado.

James was in California by 1889. In 1920 he owned a fruit ranch near Selma.  In the 1930 census, James and Mary were living in San Diego where James worked as a janitor. 1937 in San Diego, CA.

Children of James and Mary :

i. Neva Irene Latta (20 Dec 1890 Fresno County, California – 24 Dec 1968 Alhambra, California) m. Kingsley Lee Kniss (abt 1886 Rock Bluff? Nebraska – 18 Feb 1959 Los Angeles)

Kingsley Lee Kniss Portrait

Children: Robert & James.

In the 1920 census, Neva had moved back to Murray, Cass, Nebraska and was living with her great uncle Samuel Glenn Latta and his son James P Latta. Samuel and James were working as plumbers. In the 1930 census, Neva was married to Kingsley and working as a school teacher in Alhambra, California. Kingsley was working as a mail carrier.

In the 1940 census,  Kingsley and Neva were living at 1804 South Primrose Avenue, San Gabriel (Alhambra), Los Angeles, California, the same block as their cousin Mabel.

ii. Margaret Eunice Latta (30 May 1901 Fresno County, California – 11 Aug 1987 San Diego) m. R. Douglas Maw (abt 1901 California – ) His father was born in England and his mother in Scotland.

In the 1930 census, Douglas was a salesman for a music company in San Diego, California.

5. Mary Elizabeth Latta

Mary Elizabeth Latta Gravestone — Rock Bluff Cemetery , Union, Cass County, Nebraska

Age 2 yrs 2 mos 3 days. Daughter of R.M. & L. Latta.

6. Samuel Foster Latta

Samuel married in 1892 to Ida Neal (abt 1870 Illinois – Aft. 1930 census Rock Bluffs, Cass, Nebraska.)  Her father was born in Illinois and her mother in Tennessee.

In 1880, Samuel was a fifteen year old working on the farm of Harvey M. Roursavell in Liberty, Cass, Nebraska.

April 26, 1887, Samuel F. Latta, a nephew of Samuel Glen Latta  “Uncle Sam,” was appointed postmaster. As these two men were in business together the office remained in the corner of the store building. Samuel F. Latta was born at Rock Bluffs, living there until the death of his mother five years later. He then lived with relatives until, at the age of 16, he was sent to Valparaiso, Ind., to school.

In 1910, Samuel and Ida were farmers in Union, Union, Illinois. In 1934 lived at Murray, Neb.

In the 1930 census, Samuel was managing a grain elevator in Rock Bluff, Nebraska. It doesn’t look like they had any children.

7. Dr. Elbert Johnston Latta

Elbert was born 11 Feb 1870 and his mother, Letitia, died seven days later. Elbert was a doctor in Cass County Nebraska for over 50 years and greatly loved by all.   His mother died of child birth complications so he was brought up by his eldest sister, Calista Latta MINER.  Uncle Bert was like a brother to the three Miner kids – Harvey, Anderson and Marion.  Also called ” Albert”.

Bert Latta MD

Bert Latta MD

He married twice: 30 Sep 1896 to Blanche Smith  And then between 1910 and 1917 to Mamie E Woodworth. Lived in Kenesaw, Neb. 1938 Physician at Hastings, Neb.

Blanche Smith was born about 1874 in Illinois.  Her parents were John T. Smith and Mildred Ann Clark.  She was still living in the 1910 census in Kenesaw, Adams, Nebraska.

Mamie E Woodworth was born 22 Sep 1886 in Illinois.  Her parents were Milton Emery Woodworth (3 Nov 1862  in Wayne Co., Illinois - 10 Mar 1945 in Kenesaw, Nebraska) and Harriet Jane Wiltsey (26 Aug 1867 in Terre Haute, Indiana – ).   Mamie died 15 May 1976 in Hastings, Adams, Nebraska.

Residence 1940 Hastings, Adams, Nebraska.

Children of Elbert and Blanche

i. Anna Letitia Latta (10 Aug 1897 – 13 Aug 1899)

ii. Mildred Latta (28 Feb 1900 – )

iii. Juanita Bess Latta (12 Jul 1902 Nebraska – 14 Nov 1983 Oxnard, Ventura, California); m1. Anson Brown Andrew (b. 3 Apr 1900 in Nemaha, Nebraska – d. 30 Oct 1965 in Fresno, California);  m2. [__?__] South

In the 1930 census, Juanita and Anson lived in Fresno, where Anson was a window trimmer.

In the 1940 census,  Juanita and Anson were living at 617 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, California.

iv. Robert Smith Latta (May 20, 1906 Nebraska – 17 Sep 1987 Los Angeles); m. Bernetta Lancaster (20 May 1906 South Dakota – 18 Jul 1967 Los Angeles or Casper, Wyoming)

In the 1930 census, Robert and Bernetta were living in Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska where Robert was working as a public school teacher.

Children of Elbert and Mamie

v. Lois Lee Latta (24 Nov 1917 Nebraska – 10 Nov 1985 San Diego, California); m. [__?__] Matthew. Lois Matthew lived at 1437 Signal Ave, San Diego, CA, 92154

In the 1940 census, Lois was still living with her parents at 511  East 7th Street Hastings, Nebraska


Latta Geneology Newsletter - Branch 3


1850 Census

1870 Census -


William E. Latta Bio –   “Portrait and Biographical Album of Otoe and Cass Counties” - 1889

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