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Here's more: Robert H. Latta's MARRIAGES" include no less that 107 Mary Latta's, and who they married. More than 100 include the branch number of each Mary. Unfortunately, no dates are given here. You would have to look them up in their respective branches.
Alex. Br. #16
I am looking at the handwritten will (with the raised seal) of my gr gr grandfather John Latta (Branch 17) who died in Wayne Township of Monroe County, Oh in 1865.
"Item fourth-----My other four children Samuel Latta, Julia A. Pool, Lucinda Mercer, George M. Latta, and also Hearriett S. Latta and Allice Latta, heirs of Abraham Latta, all of whom I here mention as having received all that I allow them to have of my estate."
>From my interpretation of this Abraham would have been a deceased child of his (although originally I thought a brother whose children he cared for.) Recently I have found that when a child predeceases the writer of the will, that child's share goes on to the grandchildren so now I think Abraham was a child.
Although I have a lot of information on the other children as well as John copeland Latta who was "bequeathed all my personal estate except . . ." and Sarah Jane Nally and Catharine Morris who each are bequeathed $20 I can find NOTHING AT ALL ON ABRAHAM, HEARIETT AND ALLICE.
John was born about 1784 in Huntingdon Co PA, married Anna Hockenbury/berry (can't find anything on her either), went to West Virginia somewhere between 1836 and 1844, stayed there for a short time then on to Monroe County, OHio. He was not in the 1840 census of Monroe County, but was in the 1850, but by then most of the childen were out of the house and John and Anna were in their early 60's.
Also, does anyone know what county Fairmont, WV is in? John copeland's obituary said he was born there. However information on the older children is that they were born in Huntingdon Co Pa (for George Madison, 1822) and some we just know PA (for Alucinda b 1821).
I hope some of you have the time and patience to read through this. I know it's long. Sure would appreciate some help.
Searching for Mary Latta?
I have been asleep at the switch, as we have a Mary born to Hamilton Patterson Latta, Br. #16. She would have been young in 1860. Date of birth not known, nor is anything else about her. I hope this is the same Mary some of you were looking for. She would have been living in Philadelphia at that time. Please get back to me if this coincides with your Mary.
Alex. Latta, Br. #16
Hi, Connie, I sent a message to your address below, but it was refused.
Virginia Latta Curulla
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 10:37:26 EDT
Subject: [LATTA] Latta Genealogy
Resent-Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 01:43:36 -0600
This message was posted to a West Virginia rootsweb. If anyone can help,
you please let him know. His name is Mike Shannon and his e-mail address is
Does anyone have in their lineage or database a Sophie Latta who married a
Mr. Conner of Strathmore, California and a Mrs. Ophelia Smith of Bakersfield,
CALIF. AND an Andrew Latta, also of California and an Andrew Latta. All born
in the 1890's.
These are the siblings of Henry Latta, born in 1894.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
This message was posted to a West Virginia rootsweb. If anyone can help, can
you please let him know. His name is Mike Shannon and his e-mail address is
I'm sorry I don't have a John Stewart Latta in my database. You didn't say
where he was from or what time frame.
Have you subscribed to the Latta Rootsweb?
I'll cut and past your message to them. You can sign up by going to
Latta-L-request(a)rootsweb.com, plus there is a great Latta Newsletter for
$10.00 a year in USA and $12.00 outside USA...I think that is the correct
price. If not, they will let you know otherwise.
Sorry I couldn't help.
I have read both the Laggan books and found them very interesting as
background for our Scots-Irish ancestors. Some of you might also find them
interesting. If you don't wish to purchase them from Mr. Cowan, you might
find them through interlibrary loan, as I did.
I am curious about the Russell County VA book. Is anyone aware of Latta
Virginia Latta Curulla
Our Northern Ireland adventure is over, the answers found and it is time to
move on; to Stirling in Scotland with the prospect of new "finds"and more
adventures. For almost six years I have researched the Presbyterian
Ulsterman and in doing so found four obscure out of print publications that
should be included in every library. Before my focus changes to Scottish
research I am offering to interested researchers ONE last time the
opportunity to purchase (cost of copies and postage) the following items.
All items have either expired copyrite provisions or in the case of the Hagy
thesis I have the authors permission to reproduce the document. They are:
The Laggan and its Presbyterianism and In the Days of the Laggan Presbytery,
1905, 1908, by the Rev. Alexander Lecky, B.A. member of the Royal Society of
Antiquaries of Ireland, Belfast, Davidson & McCormack, 54 King St. 211
On our trip we met JB Shannon age 90, who assisted in the 1975 reprinting and
he was a window to the past. He is the last living person who had anything
to do with these books and says they are still the BEST source for Ulster
presbyterian research. From Lecky I quote, "The lists of names of former
generations of Lagganeers, and their places of abode, that are given in the
Appendixes, and which NEVER before appeared in print, whilst they may of
necessity prove dull reading to those who have no acquaintance with the
locality, will not, I hope, be altogether uninteresting to those who bear the
same name, or live in the same places...." If I send this post to your list
it means your surname is listed in the appendix. Cost: $25.00
Fighters of Derry, Their Deeds and Descendants, being a Chronicle of Events
in Ireland during the Revolutionary period 1688-1691, by William R. Young,
1932, Eyre and Spottiswoode, London 350 pages. Contains the following
biographical sketches: (1500)
1. The leaders of the County Associations, who with their levies took part
in the Preliminary operations and contributed much of the man power for the
2. The Apprentice Boys and those responsible for shutting the gates on the
8th Dec. 1688.
3. The actual Defenders during the 105 day siege (over 1200 genealogical
4. Those engaged in the relief of the city.
One of the most difficult sources to locate, in fact almost impossible.
Months worth of reading and packed with great genealogy. Cost: $25.00
A History of the Siege of Londonderry and Defense of Enniskillen in 1688 and
1689, with Historical Poetry and Biographical Notes, by the Rev. John Graham,
M.A. Rector of Magilligan in the Dicese of Derry. Includes the Battles of the
Boyne, Athlone, and Aughrim and the siege and Capitulation of Limmerick by
Lord Macaulay, Toronto, 1869
The historical poems are family genealogies about those who were at Derry and
where they came from. Along with "Fighters of Derry" these two sources
contain more actual genealogical information than any others that I have
seen. 311 pages Cost: $25.00
Castle's Woods: Frontier Virginia Settlement, 1769-1799, A thesis presented
to the Faculty of the Department of History, East Tennessee St. University in
Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts, by
James W. Hagy, 1966, 150 pages.
The most popular of the documents offered it covers the families who settled
in Russell county, Virginia when it was considered the frontier. If your
ancestors came through southwest Virginia this document is the history of
your family. Contains information of specific families as well as the
farmers, speculators, artisans, and preachers who resided there. Lots on the
Indian battles that were a daily feature of life on the frontier. Names like
Russell, Walker, Porter, Cowan, Houston, Boone, Montgomery, Fraley, Thompson,
Anderson, Kilgore and 50 or so other "Scotch-irish" families make this an
invaluable resourch for your family history. Cost: $25.00
I only post these offerings to a tiny fraction of the lists and only to those
lists where your surnames are mentioned. After I make the offering I
insubscribe because my e-mail box will fill up in about ten minutes. I am
always on the Cowan and Wigton-Walker lists and you can e-mail me at
cscunc(a)aol.com and ask any question you like. I will always attempt to
answer your questions although it is unlikey I hold the key to who your great
grandma was. If you are interested in the results of our trip to Donegal and
Belfast please check the COWAN-L archives and you will see the posts we made
during the last week or so. Thanks for your interest and I hope making this
information available has helped some of you. I always enjoy getting e-mails
from fellow researches. Also a big thanks to those of you who sent family
information to us before our trip. It was appreciated and a special thanks
to Alex Latta from Canada who turned us on to James Fleming. The trip would
not have been the same without that piece of the puzzle.
525 Harrogate Rd.
Matthews, North Carolina 28105
Thanks to all of you who have sent donations within the last several weeks.
I have applied all recent donations to the newsletter fund, unless you
specified otherwise. I think that we will soon make up our newsletter fund
deficit with the continued generosity of donors like yourselves.
Latta Genealogy Newsletter Fund Treasurer
Seattle WA Branch 22
I copied this information from RootsWeb Review, Vol. 5, No. 25, 19 June
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The test is painless. Participants simply swab the inside of their cheek
and mail the swab directly to the lab. Once complete, participants will
be given their own website to access their results. By comparing results
between the two purported descendants, name change probability can be
calculated. From there genealogists will know where to look, and
perhaps more importantly, where not to look. For more information on
using DNA testing to aid genealogical research, go to:
Sorry listers, I MESSED up. You will all have just received this message.
Since I have only been on line since last summer, I am today checking all the back messages on the Latta line. In 1999 you offered a text file for Lattea. Are you still able to send this?
I already had one lister's question, "What text files?" And I don't know. They had to do with information found in West Virginia regarding the Lattea name, and since I looked through all those old messages for 4 hours tonight, all I know is it was in one of the 1999 ones. I thought I was clicking on the name of the person who was offering so was really surprised when I found it on the List from Me.
I have that Sarah L. or Sary L. Morris b 1847 dau of Henry Gusler and Mary Kinkade Morris, married Elijah Somers. The only thing I can base that on is that we have several quit claim deeds from the children of Henry G. Morris's property including this one to "John C. Latta from Elijah Summers and Sarah Summers, Phebe Morris" dated march 18, 1878. It was signed as Somers.
The 1880 Monroe county, Ohio, Census, Seneca Twp, under the household:
Phebe E. 37, OH, AUS, OH
Charles T., 17, s , OH IRE OH
Elijah, 25, bd OH OH OH
I have no children or anyhing else for Elijah and Sarah. What happened to Sarah that she is not listed with her sister and Elijah Somers between 1878 and 1880?
Does any one out there have any thing they are able and willing to share with me?
Hi! I am searching for more articles to include in future issues of the Latta
Genealogy Newsletter. I would like articles from Latta family historians in
every country, if possible. Please include both some genealogy and some life
story. An excellent example is the article by Robert Nunn, Branch 6 Captain,
in Issue 17 just mailed.
When you type up your article, just cut and paste it into an e-mail to
me or the Latta-L list. Please remember to include your branch numbers, if
known. I hoping that I can produce a Fall Issue, if conditions are right. One
way you as an author can help is to send me your article before October 1,
I look forward to seeing your stories.
11 June 2002
Hi! I wanted to let everyone know that we do indeed have a captain for Latta
Family Branch 13. He is Gary Pokoradi, pokerman(a)sympatico.ca. Gary would be
glad to share information with any Branch 13 Latta researchers. And he even
has a ged-com already prepared for his branch.
Anyone not familiar with ged-com files and their uses please refer to page
six of Issue 17 of our newsletter.
10 June 2002
As a follow up to Ken's email about issue 17 of the newsletter, I want to
update the treasurer's report that you will find in that issue.
I used the cost for printing and mailing issue #16 to estimate the cost for
issue #17. Issue #16 cost $698.07. Mailing costs were a little higher for
issue #17 than for issue #16, coming to a total of $768.40. (I think Ken
took advantage of a temporary special price for printing for issue #16.)
Using the actual cost for issue #17, the newsletter donation fund is in a
deficit position of $299.90 -- almost $300. This amount will have to be
repaid to the Northern Ireland research fund. We will also have to up a
fund to cover the cost of printing and mailing issue #18.
We expect the cost of issue #18 to be somewhat less overall than that for
issue #17, in spite of the increase in the postage rate that takes effect
June 30th. As we have stated in the treasurer's report, those who have made
a contribution acknowledged in the Autumn 2000 issue or more recently will
be kept on mailing list. Others could be dropped unless they make a current
Potentially, about 200 individuals would be dropped from the mail list. No
doubt some of these subscribers will be reminded by the statement on their
individual donation sheets to send a current donation.
I am confident that we will broaden our core of regular newsletter
supporters and move the newsletter fund out of its current deficit position.
The very generous donations of a small core of readers have kept the
newsletter alive during the difficult period when Paul has been ill and
during the transition to the new editor, Ken Mueller. Thanks to Ken for
taking over a huge task, and doing it so well!
And thanks to all you dedicated supporters out there!
Viginia Latta Curulla
Latta Genealogy Treasurer
Hi! I mailed out this morning 480 copies of Issue 17 of the Latta Genealogy
Newsletter. The breakdown by country is:
United States: 441
New Zealand: 2
If you do not receive your copy of issue 17, please contact me. As the
editor, I maintain the mailing list. If your envelope comes back to me as
undeliverable mail, I will delete the faulty address from the mailing list.
Several faulty addresses from the last issue were deleted.
Also, as explained in detail in the newsletter, this is the last free
issue. It costs some money to print and mail newsletters. The next issue of
the newsletter will be mailed to contributors and their gift subscriptions.
Your editor and the editorial board - Virginia Curulla and Alex Latta - have
put a lot of useful and valuable information into the Latta Newsletter, and
we hope to continue to receive donations and contributions. The suggested
contribution would be $10-13 U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada, $15-20 elsewhere.
Our treasurer is Mrs. Virginia Curulla, 9050 Meridian Place North, Seattle WA
5 June 2002
I talked briefly with Paul's wife this evening. Paul is now on an
experimental medication. They should know more how it's going within a
couple of weeks. He's feeling better than he was on the conventional
treatment, so that is all to the good. I know that we all hope and pray for
his complete recovery.
Virginia Latta Curulla
George Madison Lattea, one of the children of John Latta, said his mother Ann Hawkinberry was born in New Jersey. Other children indicated both John and Ann were born in PA. But since this is a new area for me to explore, are there any original New Jersey Hawkinberry's or Hockenbury's as I have it that has an Annie b ca 1793 who married John Latta of Huntingdon Co, PA, then moved to WV, and later to Monroe County, Ohio, where they raised their family and were buried?