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Ken Mueller, RE: Research Query #22, Latta Genealogy Newsletter.
My GG-grandfather, Moses Latta (Branch #3, Family # 13) married Sarah
Johnston, the daughter of Mathew Johnston and Fannie Jane Belford. Mathew
Johnston was born in 1777 in Belfast, County Down (? most maps show Belfast
in County Antrim?), Ireland and came to the U.S.A. about 1799 with his wife
and two small children. Mathew Johnston Patented the land next to Mose
Latta's father on Sewickly Creek in South Huntingdon Twp, Westmoreland Cnty,
PA. A Jane Latta married James Johnston, Sarah's brother.
The Lattas are on my mother's side. On my father's side I have Weddells
which I have been reasearching for many years. I spotted Isabella Johnston
Waddell name long ago and have tried to identify her first husband, to no
avail. There is an unrelated family of Weddell/Waddell that appears to have
come from the Greencastle area of Franklin Cnty to Westmoreland Cnty and
settled in the vicinty of Derry Twp. They were most likely Scotch-Irish.
The point of all my rambling is that there is a strong Latta - Johnston
connect in the South Huntingdon, East Huntigdon and Mt. Pleasant Twps of
Westmoreland Cnty. From the birth dates it is possible that Isabella
Johnston could have been a sister or cousin of Mathew Johnston. And that
Isabella Johnston or her parents came from Ireland.
Virginia ... I notice that since your message to the List dated August 17, 2005 the designation "Ph.D." has been included in your email address. I assume that you have been granted your doctorate fairly recently. What was the subject of your doctoral thesis? Sincerest congratulations from all of us!
(Stephen Leacock who died in 1944 is considered Canada's greatest humorist - the Mark Twain of Canada. He was an educator and received his doctorate from the University of Chicago. Many of his stories poked fun at people with doctorates. One such story related events on a trans-Atlantic trip. There was a passenger on the ship who was a beautiful, internationally-known actress - who we will call Ms. Smith. She strolled about the ship each day - much to the delight of the male passengers. One evening an emergency call was made on the ship's intercom: "Attention, is there a doctor on board - please go immediately to cabin 1234 - Ms. Smith has fallen and injured her leg." Within minutes, three doctors showed up at her cabin: a Doctor of Divinity, a Doctor of Linguistics, and a Doctor of English Literature.)
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I am looking for the marriage records of Jefferson Latty. He married Irene / Letty Walls? Does anyone know where and when he was married? The last name maybe Latta. His father went by both Latta and Latty on the census. Thank you.
I am looking for a Jefferson Latty/Lattie who was an Indian and had 2 sons
Allen Luther/Luther Allen and John Lattie. Allen is buried in Coleman,
Oklahoma and John lived in Hobart, Oklahoma. allen was born in 1881 d. 1962.
In 1900? allen lived in Caddo Gap Arkansas Montgomery County in the house of
William Williams. We have not been able to find any thing on Jefferson
Lattie. Allen was my wife's great grandpa. He has one daughter living in a
nursing home and John has children living in Oklahoma. Hope someone can
help me out.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 10:28 AM
Subject: [LATTA] John Latty/Latta - Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma
> Good Morning,
> I am researching the lineage of John Latta/Latty, married to Frances
> I believe he was the son of John Latta and Martha (?) Frances Scott of
> Have not been able to document it. One of the documents I have is a sworn
> statement by Sarah Ann Fuller given to the Cherokee nation for application
> the Indian Rolls. Application 14095-29994
> She claims that she is the daughter of Nancy Latty, who married a John
> Claims her grandmother was Francis Scott (Martha Frances Scott)
> Brothers and sisters of Nancy Latty were:
> Sarah Webb (Latty) enrolled
> Lucinda Latty,
> Margot Latty
> Susan Kiner (Latty)
> John Latty, **** my ancestor (??)
> Peggy (probably Margaret)
> Jefferson Latty ...lived in Chickasaw Nation
> Wash Latty (Washington) son was Diver Latty
> Hope this finds you all well.
> Have a super day with lots of God's Blessings.
> Connie Latta
> Br. #52 - Captain
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Oh what an awful, senseless tragedy. My heart, and prayers, go out to the
Princes and Bernals, and to their families and friends.
In a message dated 9/26/2005 3:08:36 PM Pacific Daylight Time, klatta(a)shaw.ca
Maria was reunited in London with her sister and her niece Clare, who soon
became a much-loved part of the Prince family. Clare and Maria's daughter are
the same age, and they became more like sisters than cousins. Clare enjoyed tall
tales of life in the forests of Vancouver Island and encounters with bears
and cougars - both real and imaginary. Clare's dream was to visit Vancouver
Island some day - she has now gone to a better place ...
"Goodnight, sweet princess. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
(Copy of message to branch 13 members - Vancouver Island)
Clarence and Maria Prince, long-time friends of branch 13 Lattas on Vancouver Island will be returning to their home on the Island in the near future. I have been contacted by Clarence. Many years ago they built their dream home deep in the forests of the Island. A few years ago they decided to live temporarily in London, England as Maria was born there.
Maria was reunited in London with her sister and her niece Clare, who soon became a much-loved part of the Prince family. Clare and Maria's daughter are the same age, and they became more like sisters than cousins. Clare enjoyed tall tales of life in the forests of Vancouver Island and encounters with bears and cougars - both real and imaginary. Clare's dream was to visit Vancouver Island some day - she has now gone to a better place ...
"Goodnight, sweet princess. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
I am researching the lineage of John Latta/Latty, married to Frances Conner.
I believe he was the son of John Latta and Martha (?) Frances Scott of
Have not been able to document it. One of the documents I have is a sworn
statement by Sarah Ann Fuller given to the Cherokee nation for application for
the Indian Rolls. Application 14095-29994
She claims that she is the daughter of Nancy Latty, who married a John Latty.
Claims her grandmother was Francis Scott (Martha Frances Scott)
Brothers and sisters of Nancy Latty were:
Sarah Webb (Latty) enrolled
Susan Kiner (Latty)
John Latty, **** my ancestor (??)
Peggy (probably Margaret)
Jefferson Latty ...lived in Chickasaw Nation
Wash Latty (Washington) son was Diver Latty
Hope this finds you all well.
Have a super day with lots of God's Blessings.
Br. #52 - Captain
I'll get your check in the mail tomorrow. Suppose I'll receive the
newsletter this week. The DNA stuff is very interesting. When I get more
settled around, I'll talk with my nephew about getting his test updated to a
37 marker. That would be helpful for branch 22 I think.
Might be of interest to those Lattas whose ancestors were Scots-Irish.
Virginia Latta Curulla
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From: Paul Smallwood <ulstermen(a)yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 04:46:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Ulster Scots' Broadisland Gathering in County Antrim's Ballycarry
Hello friends and members of the Ulster-Scots Society of America, Dr. David
the village of Ballycarry's Community Association has written an interesting
on the annual Broadisland Gathering at Ballycarry. This Ulster-Scots
festival which is only a
few years old, now has an average attendance of 4,000 and is growing. Set
in the hills of Antrim overlooking the North Channel, this beautiful
location has proven to be ideal for
this type of cultural event. The festival highlights Ballycarry's unique
Ulster Scots heritage as one of the prominent early settlements of the Scots
Presbyterians in Ireland. Dr. Hume has traveled to the U.S. frequently and
has been to the "crown jewel" of all Scottish Highland games in America, the
Grandfather Mountain Highland games near Boone, North Carolina. His hope is
that some day the Broadisland Gathering at Ballycarry will become the
Mountain" of Ireland. Today it is the largest Ulster-Scots gathering on the
east coast of Ulster. If you would like more information on this event, see
Dr. Hume's contact info
below. Who knows maybe I will see you there one of these days! Yours aye,
Paul Smallwood, President, Ulster-Scots Society of America
P.S. If you have not yet signed up for the Society's annual membership
in Canton, Georgia it is not too late. You still have time. We need to
you by October 7th if you plan to attend. It promises to be an exciting
we'd love to have you join us. Where: Contact the Holiday Inn Express,
(770-479-7300 to make your room reservation, When: October 14th & 15th.
the $25 payment for the October 14th reception and dinner to Robert Babb
at 116 Talicud Trail, Apex, NC, 27539. See you there!
How an Antrim village could become Ulster's Grandfather Mountain...
Co Antrim historian Dr David Hume outlines the story of Ballycarry's
Broadisland Gathering and urges wider support for the unique Ulster-Scots
LAST month, on a hazy and hot summer day, I stood at the top of rugged
Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and was awed by the view. As far as
the eye could see stretched wooded mountains and hills, and the road to the
top seemed to be climbing to the clouds.
Grandfather Mountain was just one stop on a family holiday, but aside from
a breathtaking tourist attraction, it has another claim to fame.
Looking down from the top in the direction of MacRae Meadows, I reflected
on the famous Highland Games held there on a week-end each July. The banners
of over 100 Scottish clans wave in the breeze while the skirl of the pipes
echoes around. Thousands travel to be there, all proud of Scottish ancestry.
Standing on the mountain looking down, I travelled back across the
Atlantic in thought to Ballycarry. Back in 1992, two strands of thought
helped create what is now one of the major events on the Ulster-Scots
Sitting in the somewhat spartan old pre-fab community hall where we used
to meet, a small group of people discussed an event which would grow beyond
our wildest dreams.
A member of our Association, Valerie Beattie, had the idea of re-staging
the old village fair, last held on the Fairhill in the 1930s. I had the idea
of staging something which would highlight Ballycarry's unique Ulster-Scots
heritage as one of the prominent early settlements of Scots Presbyterians.
The two strands came together as the Association got to work. Larne Borough
Council came on board with a grant and the end result was highly successful
The Gathering was officially declared open by William Edmonstone, Laird of
Duntreagh, who dropped in from the 1600s, courtesy of Larne Drama Circle
stalwart Billy Burns, and other pageantry was all around that day.
Minister of Drymen in Scotland, where the Rev. Edward Brice ministered in
the early 1600s - Rev. John Hay - was present to unveil a plaque in honour
of the first Presbyterian minister in Ireland. Brice came to Ballycarry in
1613 and is buried inside the Templecorran church ruins.
That first Gathering attracted large crowds, and the experiences learned
over the years have been valuable ones. The second year of the Gathering,
for example, saw a downpour throughout the day, leading us to fine-tune wet
weather plans for the future.
After the first Gathering there were some who saw it as an event which had
been wonderful in its own right, but would be a one-off.
The Gathering had brought more visitors into the village than any other
event and had created such a feel-good factor that there was no question
about its continuance. Over the years the sense of community pride has
increased and grown and everyone looks forward to the Gathering. Ballycarry
has a buzz about it on that day above all others.
The second year had tested our mettle, however. It rained from 9am until
after 5pm that day and only locals braved the weather. But the parade went
ahead and, although we muttered about the weather, we were still determined
to carry on the next year. It was a good test of Ulster-Scots resolve.
As the Gathering continued, unique elements were developed. One was the
Riding of the Marches, a re-enactment of the Common Ridings of the Borders
of Scotland, held in places such as Kelso and Jedburgh. Each year the
Redhall Reivers, led by Ulster-Canadian Danny Silverson emerge onto the
Fairhill for a short ceremony, before setting out in single file on a route
around the village boundaries. They carry with them a bannerette identifying
the Broadisland Common Riding. It is an impressive sight.
A second unique element is the procession of townland banners, the only
event of its kind in the world. The banners reflect the heritage and culture
of each townland around the village and a new one is unveiled each year. The
first banner was unveiled by Dr. Philip Robinson in 1996 and a new banner
has been added to the parade each year since.
Valerie Beattie, one of those whose suggestions led to the Broadisland
Gathering, says that she always has a lump in her throat when she sees the
banners come down Hillhead Road into the village each year. The townland
banners are unique, living history.
These events are mingled with pipes, band concerts, vintage vehicles,
singing and dancing, exhibitions, on a day which provides something for all
This year the Second World War anniversary will figure strongly, with the
theme of the event being Victory Complete. In a village which has provided
many service personnel in war and peace, the choice is hardly surprising.
Saturday, September 3, 2005, will be the date, with events starting from
around noon, and everyone is invited along. The Gathering is open to all
and regular visitors from around the Province can testify that it is an
entertaining and enjoyable occasion.
Things have moved on somewhat from the first Gathering in 1993 to the
crowds of 3,500 and 4,000 we have seen in recent years, a sign also of the
vibrancy of the Ulster-Scots community and increasing awareness of our
identity. For Ballycarry this has had an economic impact, with the Gathering
benefiting the villageÕs organisations and businesses, as well as the wider
Larne borough area.
A survey, which the Community Association conducted in 2003, provided an
overview of visitors and traders. The stallholders survey showed most had
enjoyed good trading throughout the day, and this reflected a variety of
stalls including clothing, plants, cakes, memorabilia and souvenirs, toys
and childrenÕs items, and so on. Everyone made a profit, and one stall did
so to the tune of over £500, raising money for a local voluntary
Of the visitors who were surveyed, questions were asked as to how they
rated the events of the Gathering. The highest score went to the atmosphere
of the Gathering, closely followed by the entertainments and then the
pageant parade. The exhibitions, children's entertainments and the bands
also ranked highly.
One of the big issues for the village Community Association, has been the
growth of the Gathering. While welcoming to see, this has created its own
problems in terms of manpower for a small village group, and the Friends of
the Broadisland Gathering has been established to encourage others from
outside Ballycarry to assist in the event.
This is an essential element for the future. If the crowds continue to
grow, as they have done in recent years, then the Gathering needs active
support from the Ulster-Scots community beyond the village. This involves
assistance in the planning as well as on the day itself.
A key element it is hoped to develop in the future will be links to
Scotland, and, while we have had and hope to have this year again, a
presence at the Gathering from the Irish Republic, connections across the
channel in terms of bands or entertainers have proved more difficult,
largely due to funding.
The parade of Townland Banners and the Common Riding are also elements
which it is hoped can be further developed, and in addition the Bard of
Ballycarry poetry competition, although not as visual, is highly important,
developing as it does the tradition of James Orr, Ballycarry's weaver poet,
and others who followed in his wake in the 20th century.
A festival day including Scottish dancing, pipe bands, Scots and Ulster
folk music, exhibitions, vintage vehicles and childrenÕs events, the
Broadisland Gathering has at its heart its sense of community.
The Gathering is run by volunteers. The strong sense of village community
spirit which permeates the Gathering needs to be augmented by a strong sense
of Ulster-Scots community spirit from outside too, if the unique festival is
to continue to grow.
It is no mean boast that the Broadisland Gathering is the largest
Ulster-Scots Gathering on the East Coast of Ulster.
And the truth is that it can be even bigger. Strategic thought and
planning can develop the Broadisland Gathering into a showcase for
Ulster-Scots culture and identity in Ulster generally.
Why should the Gathering in Ballycarry not be held over a weekend like
that at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina? Such a format, already in
embryonic stages in Ballycarry, could be a boost for a tourist and visitor
catchment for both Carrickfergus and Larne as well as the village itself.
What better location could there be, within sight of the coast of
Scotland? During our recent travels in North Carolina, we passed through the
Portpatrick district of the city of Charlotte, but the real Portpatrick is
clearly visible from Ballycarry.
What better location could there be, as the site of Ireland's first
Presbyterian congregation and Ulster's foremost weaver poet? The cultural
history of the area is inextricably linked with that of Ulster-Scots people.
And, with a tried and tested template already in existence, what better
opportunity to develop a major showcase festival of our Ulster-Scots
We may not be Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, but we are set in
the hills of Antrim, on a height that overlooks the North Channel. We are
located in a natural amphitheatre, which might have been created to amplify
the skirl of the pipes.
No one knows what the future may bring, but helping to shape it is an
exciting prospect. In Ballycarry ordinary people have helped create an
extraordinary event and a great potential for the entire Ulster-Scots
That's why we hope to see y'all at the Gathering...!
Note: For further details about the Broadisland Gathering, contact Dr. David
Hume at Ballycarry Community Association, 41A Main Street, Ballycarry,
Carrickfergus, BT38 9HH, telephone 028 93 372819.
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Hi! As editor of the Latta Genealogy Newsletter, I am pleased to announce
that we have mailed out Issue 26. We sent out 264 copies to U.S.A. addresses, 17
to Canada, 4 to Australia, 2 to Scotland, 2 to England, 1 to Italy, and 1 to
My personal thanks to my daughter Krista for helping me stuff envelopes
and attach stamps and address labels.
Below is a preview of Issue 26 of the Latta Genealogy Newsletter.
If you do not receive your copy in the mail, please e-mail me.
Inside This Issue
Treasurer’s ReportPage 2
More on Emmit Latta
Historic Note on U. E. L. Page 4
Further to the U. E. L. Page 5
Information on Branch 49
Charles Latta, Branch 29
Henry Latta Family
Martha Latta Zehr
My Sister Colleen
More Old Latta Letters
Latta Service Medal
Family Record of Renwick Latta
William Latta 1854 in Australia
Latta Research in Australia
Latta Branch 12 in Australia
Australian Latta Timeline
The Death of William Latta
The 13 Commandments For Names
Family of Maria Elizabeth Lotta
Research Queries and Replies
More on DNA Testing
DNA FormPage 7
23 Sept. 2005
I may have sent this in before, but I lost a lot of email in a crash, and
can't find it if I did. (I admit to not having looked in the archives.)
Harris, Alexander, A biographical history of Lancaster County : being a
history of early settlers and eminent men of the county, as also much other
unpublished historical information, chiefly of a local character. Lancaster,
Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872, 638 pgs.
LATTA, Rev. James, was pastor of the church at Chestnut Level, Lancaster
county, and principal of an academy for many years at the same place. He was
called to this charge in 1770, with a salary of £100 Pennsylvania currency,
which was never increased nor all paid. Rev. Latta manifested a deep
interest in the cause of American independence, and on one occasion actually
took his blanket and knapsack and accompanied the soldiers on their
campaign. At another time he served for a short time in the army as
chaplain. In 1785 a movement was set on foot amongst many congregations,
upon the subject of procuring acts of incorporation, and Rev. Latta favoring
the proposal, had the misfortune to alienate many of his flock from him.
Another subject of alienation between himself and his congregation, was his
effort to introduce Watts' Psalmody in his churches. In this, however, he
failed; and the new hymns were not accepted until after the death of all the
old members who had originally formed the opposition. Rev. Latta published a
pamphlet of one hundred and eight pages octavo, in defence of the new hymns,
which passed through four editions. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon
him by the University of Pennsylvania, about the close of the last century.
Dr. Latta died January 29th, 1801. His widow, a lady of great piety and
amiability, continued to reside on the family farm, at Chestnut Level, until
her death, February 22d, 1810.
The grandparents of James Latta Miller were born in Antrim, Ireland and died
in Glasgow. James was the second generation born in Glasgow. As there were
many Millers and Lattas in Antrim at the time of his grandparents, it is
likely that the original connection of the two families was in Antrim.
The earliest record I have been able to find of a Latta in Antrim is Thomas
Latta (born 1684 in Antrim, and died at Orange, North Carolina - no date.)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Latta" <allatta(a)gambit.ab.ca>
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 7:27 PM
Subject: [LATTA] Miller-Latta
> Dear Keith;
> I was just reviewing a new release from Ian Latta, Br. #14, which shows a
> connection to Millers. It goes like this:
> William Latta married Jean Jamieson. They had a daughter Agnes who
> married John Miller at Mid Kelton Farm, near Dumfries. Unfortunatley no
> dates were provided.
> Ian is having computer problems at the moment, so is off line. Just a
> thin lead for you.
> Alex. Latta, Br. #16
I was just reviewing a new release from Ian Latta, Br. #14, which shows a connection to Millers. It goes like this:
William Latta married Jean Jamieson. They had a daughter Agnes who married John Miller at Mid Kelton Farm, near Dumfries. Unfortunatley no dates were provided.
Ian is having computer problems at the moment, so is off line. Just a thin lead for you.
Alex. Latta, Br. #16
While researching the Miller side of my family, I recently ran across an ancestor named James Latta Miller born in 1870 in Glasgow. So far I haven't established the Latta connection at that time with the Millers ... genealogy research certainly has its little surprises.
Any info would be appreciated ...
FYI: possibly of interest to branch 13 members (?)
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II has her own website? At
http://www.royal.gov.uk you can find out all sorts of information about
the Royal Household, including how to ensure that someone in your
family who is celebrating their 100th birthday gets a letter from the
Something we didn't know is that the Queen also sends
congratulations on Diamond wedding anniversaries - and once you
reach your Platinum wedding (70 years) you'll get a message every
(I understand that our American cousins can participate - unless they are a member of the Daughters Of The American Revolution.)