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Thurs, Feb. 11, 1892
A Chicken Case
Police Justice Torrey on Monday decided his famous chicken suit in favor of
G.C. Latta, of Hornellsville. It seems from the facts sworn to that sometime
ago, Latta let Otto Beever have a couple of Heathwood game hens to keep for
him. Latta was to have two settings of eggs. The eggs were not forthcoming,
neither were the hens when he wanted them, so he complained to Justice
Torrey that the official gave Officer Sweeney a search warrant. the birds
were found in Wm. Beever's barn and were given into the tender care of the
officer till the case could be decided. His Honor, after hearing the
testimony gave the fighters to Mr. Latta and that individual is now happy.
This was on the Steuben Co, NY site
I'm sad to report the passing of Joan Latta, wife of Ian Latta, of Castlethird, Co. Donegal. Joan suffered from MS for many years. She was born in 1954, and died June 18, 2001. She leaves her husband Ian, and three children.
Ian and his family have been instrumental in helping me over the years, in finding all the places of interest to us Latta researchers. They were unstinting in sharing their resources with me, over a period of 25 years.
Their branch is unnumbered, and not connected, at present.
Alex. Latta, Br. #16
Hi! I have been busy researching my wife Karen's ancestor Sarah Josephine
Latta. She is of Branch One, the daughter of Robert Seegar Latta (1826-1900)
and his wife Mary Tumbleson (1828-1907). Sarah was married three times. The
first marriage of Sarah was in 1874 to Hiram Turner Davis (1850-1907), my
wife's direct line. Then Sarah married in 1886 to Saul Marsters (1831-1903).
Then Sarah married in 1907 to John L. Evinger (1840-1917).
Sarah and Hiram Davis were from Noble and Elkhart counties in Indiana.
Saul Marsters and Robert S. Latta moved to Loup County, Nebraska. John
Evinger married Sarah in Leavenworth County, Kansas. John died in Polk
County, Arkansas. Sarah lived with any relative who would take her in all
over the country.
The part that I have intensively researched is the fact that Saul
Marsters was in the 22nd Indiana Regiment in the Civil War. I managed after
trying for a year to obtain his complete pension file last month. Saul
received a pension until his death. Then Sarah received the pension from
1903-1907. Then Sarah and Saul's minor daughter Josephine (born 1894)
received the pension from 1907-1910. Then from 1917 to her death Sarah again
received the pension. The resulting pension file is a gold mine of
information these families. It cost me $37, but it details many affidavits
from almost every relative and friend Sarah ever had, death records, changes
of addresses, marriage records, Bible records, lists of children and their
birth dates, divorce records, applications, medical records, etc. There are
over a 100 pages.
If anyone is researching anyone who lived during the Civil War
(1861-1865) in America, you simply must try and find a record of their
military service. That way you can look for the real gold, the pension file.
If anyone is descended from these families, please contact me.
7 June 2001
Hello again Cindy. I can't answer your question about VA. Again, you're the
only one from the Latta list that I've seen on my screen. since I've been
back on line. I wrote Paul and I thought he fixed something. I haven't seen
anybody's messages but yours. I used to see a dozen messages a day. Are you
seeing much interchange? I would appreciate any advice you could give me.
Oh I just learned something---reply all-thanks. I need some help on Latta!!!
Looking for Mary Latta born 1770/1772 Westmoreland Pa. m. John Starrett,
1797 she died in Gahanna, Franklin, Oh 1855. This is all I have, they
would be my GGgrandparents. Thanks in advance for anything!! Katy
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 9:15 PM
Subject: Re: [LATTA] VA Lattas?
> Hello again Cindy. I can't answer your question about VA. Again, you're
> only one from the Latta list that I've seen on my screen. since I've been
> back on line. I wrote Paul and I thought he fixed something. I haven't
> anybody's messages but yours. I used to see a dozen messages a day. Are
> seeing much interchange? I would appreciate any advice you could give me.
Oops! Didn't hit the "reply to all" button! CS
> Hi, Bill,
> Sorry to say that things have been very quiet lately. Everybody must be
> busy with the great outdoors or bailing water, like we are down south.
> been raining almost every day for a couple of weeks - if not a shower then
> really nasty storm or two). Can't say that I really blame anyone for
> up the computer for a while and going outdoors after being cooped up all
> winter. Don't give up on the list just yet. It'll start hopping when you
> least expect it.
> Br. 15
To Bill; Actually, that's an old joke, but sincerely, many of us that used to flood the Web page, are now sending our directives to the persons most affected. Virginia Curulla, who posted a great many querries, is on holidays and won't be back home until July 15. You will find things liven up after that. Whenever I have anything new, or of general interest, it goes on the Web. I contact Lattas around the world on an almost daily basis, and if you would remind me who you are, where you're at, and what branch, I'm sure I can send some news your way.
To Cindy; Hello again, Cindy. I can't help either, at the moment. I understand the the margins of the states in that area were not always constant. Br, #16 was in that area in the 1760+, but it was N.C. I'm patiently waiting for Virginia to come by. She will be stopping here on July 7, for a couple of days. In the meantime, I have friends from Ireland stopping this week for a couple of days, as well. They are not Lattas, but know the Lattas of Co. Wexford very well. The girls father sold his brewing business to Coors, and the product can be bought in the U.S., known as "Killian's Irish Red". The fly him and his wife over the "America" every year to go in the St. Patrick's Day parades. This year they were in Georgia, I believe, last year Hawaii.
Best wishes to all listeners.
Alex. Latta, Br. #16
----- Original Message -----
From: Leah Joys
To: Alex Latta
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2001 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: Happy Birthday
I am certainly looking forward to what I may receive next week. And actually next Friday is my 73rd birthday. When I was speaking of old photos (hundreds of them actually), I was referring to my own side of the family. However in a local history book of the Long Lake District of Saskatchewan entitled "From Buffalo Grass to Wheat", there is a picture of Thomas Anderson and his wife Elizabeth (Latta) Anderson. I shall try doing a photocopy when I work in the office next Tuesday afternoon at the local senior centre where I act as a volunteer hostess. The trouble is that I don't know where the original is. It is just in the past year that I had ever known that my husband's ggrandmother was an Elizabeth Latta. I'll see how the photocopy turns out and also see if it is unsatisfactory, what could be done at Staples where I usually have any laser copies done. I've had good results from old sepia photos but in this case I just have what is printed in this book.
And talking of the mention I made previously of a place in Nova Scotia called Latties Brook (which I had read before was supposed to have been named by a Thomas Latta and should have been Latta Brook). Well, it turns out that there is a Latta Brook quite close to River Hebert in Cumberland County which was undoubtedly named by Joseph Latta or one of his family. But in another part of Nova Scotia there is a Latties Brook in Hants Co. which goes back to a 500 acre grant of land made to a James Mosher in 1818 (but according to the local historical society is supposed to have been named after an early settler - likely a Lattie). Another person sent me some cemetery records (Anglican as it turned out) from Latties Brook. And there were quite a few Latties buried there including a Thomas Lattie who died in 1884 at age 95 haviang him born about 1789. It is interesting that his gravestone says he was born at Castle 3rd Londonderry, Ireland. (I have no idea what the refer!
ence to "Castle 3rd" could be.) I wonder if this Lattie is connected to the Lattas. Just thought I'd give you this information in case you know of families who spelled their name Lattie who belonged to the Latta clan.
And, by the way, I am a great believer in certain features of people being carried down through the centuries. I can look back three or four generations and notice certain ears in common, eyes, etc. Sometimes resemblances can be rather startling! The picture showing Elizabeth Latta depicts a very determined, perhaps pug-nosed individual. But you'll see it soon. Sorry I can't offer more. I don't believe I have your snail mail address. I could send a scan but usually scans of photocopies of pictures don't turn out that well.
If your are interested in a Belgian site (which is made up of all my scans and written work - with a few minor changes by Urbain Ureel go to http://www.ping.be/urbiehome and go down his links to near the bottom of the page to John Henry Mohrman, marine painter and click on it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Alex Latta
To: Leah Joys
Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 8:07 PM
Subject: Happy Birthday
Well, now we both feel better. It does good to unburden yourself once in a while. Especially if you have a simpathetic ear.
I have taken the liberty of sending you a small gift in the form of a "Torpedo" bottle. These are highly collectable, especially if they depict an interesting picture. This one is from Manchester, and depicts a sailing vessel in full rig. They were used extensively from 1840 to 1900, as ballast for sailing ships. When the ships arrived, they sold the bottle and contents, then replaced them with coal and timber for the return trip.
With a little imagination, you can think that your ancestor might have designed this particular embossing. I'll leave that up to you to discover.
You say you have a lot of old photos to go through. Are there any of Lattas? I have an extensive collection of Latta pictures from aroound the world. The reason for collecting them was to compare identifiable features, which might indicate a family connection, uniting branches and families. If you have any that you think would help, I would appreciate a Laser copy, 8-1/2" x 11". (Blown up.) Sepia-tone should also be done in color. They come out just like the original. I pay less than one dollar for each copy at Office Depot. If it is more convenient, I can do the copying, then return the pictures to you.
Virginia and Joe Curulla are coming to stay for a couple of days in July. In the meantime I have some very good friends coming from Ireland this month. In both cases they will only be staying two days.
Hoping everything is going well.
Alex., Br. #16
First, let me ask you not to hit the reply button. I send many hundreds of E-mails, and always keep a hard copy to attach to replies. When I sent my Irish Opera over the Web, I got back many accolades, together with many copies of my own poem.
Now! It is amazing how things come out when you are persistent, and keep exchanging info that you have garnered, often thinking it irelevant. The correct name is CASTLETHIRD. It is a townland which borders BREADY, CROSS, CLASHYGOWAN and TULLYANEN. They are near St. Johnston, and you will not find them on road maps. My family come from Bready, while there are several branches that lead back to Castlethird. I suspect that Br. #3 is one, and there are at least two unnumbered branches. One in Australia, one in Ireland today. Indeed, Ian Latta lives today at Castlethird, but on a subdivided lot. Thomas Latta was the last Latta to own the farm at Castlethird, which has ended up in the hands of David Rankin, a cattle farmer. Read RHL's history of branch #3. I think the Mountain that the cattle were herded up was Dooish Mountain. I am well known in the area, and have had great pleasure in walking the fields and hills where our ancestors lived and worked. I will be b!
ack again this fall, digging ever deeper.
Elizabeth was a common name among Lattas, including my family, and it will take some research to attach her to a branch. There is an unnumbered branch in Australia, that comes from Castlethird. I will inform them of Elizabeth.
Regarding Latties, I am in daily contact, at the moment, with the Latties of Georgia. Their records indicate that they spelled it Latta originally, but it was changed over the years. They have sent me several pictures that were priceless, regarding "features". Because of the importance of what we have discussed, I am going to put our recent mail on the Web, so anyone interested can contact us for more info. Anyone out there who were said to have come from "the north of Ireland, near Londonderry", or some such vague description, to suspect Castlethird as being their "Home Place". An exception, of course, is Killenny, Co. Tyrone, which is Br. #12. There should be descendents of Br. #16 in the Philadelphia area, but I cannot find them.
I am going to take an hour off, to look at this Thomas Lattie, from Castle 3rd., and will get back to you.
Alex. Latta, Br. #16
6104 94A- Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, T6B 0Y8