To Brian and Anna Smith,
Thanks for your message earlier this month, regarding research for Matthew
Latta, branch 22. There are several avenues of research that might prove
fruitful in finding the ancestors of Matthew.
1. In the records of Fayette County (in an index of these records), I found
an entry for Matthew "Gata". In old script, the "L" often was
confused with a
capital "S". I wonder if this "Gata" might be an erroneous
"Latta", since Gata is not a name that I have run across elsewhere.
The entry for Matthew Gata was in Fayette County Land and Property Records,
1782-1817, which I read on LDS microfilm #1464008. It was recorded in Book 1,
page 314 (Fayette County land and property records), showing Matthew Gata with
an entry for 1000 acres on Glenns Creek. This location, which is right for
Matthew Latta, is why this entry caught my attention.
If you can get to Lexington, KY, and check this record at the county
courthouse, I think this would be well worth while. (As you probably know,
Woodford County, where Matthew was later found, was formed from Fayette County
in 1789. Unfortunately, according to Perrin's History of Fayette County, KY,
the Fayette County courthouse burned in 1803, with the loss of most of the
records, so there might not be much to find.
2. In a Directory of Deaths & Births Registered in Kentucky, 1911-1915,
Volume 5 (R929.3769.QB936.1917 --might have seen this in Frankfort?), there is
an entry for "Harvey Latta", who died in Graves County, Kentucky, 23DEC1912.
This is recorded in volume 76, certificate #30372. It's unlikely that this is
the Harvey Latta who was Matthew's son, since he would have had to be in his
90's, but it's a possibility. Anyway, it would be interesting to see who this
Harvey is, if you can obtain a copy of the certificate, since I have found the
given name Harvey seems peculiar to branch 22.
3. Kentucky libraries tend to have a lot of information on Virginia sources.
I'm very interested in finding out more about the Joseph Latta whose wife,
Lucy, died 28JAN179 in Richmond, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. So far as I
know, no other branch claims this Joseph Latta. The reference given was
"Memoranda from the Fredricksburg VA Gazette 1787-1803, p. 495" (the source
here is a Family Tree Maker/FA CD #174 "Virginia Vital Records #1, 1600s to
1800s, and information must have been taken from a book with the title
"Memoranda ..."). The entry was:
Jan. 28, 1790: Died in Richmond, Lucy, wife of Joseph Latie, of that place.
These are three areas that I was going to pursue when I had time -- which I
haven't so far. I have visited the Kentucky Historical Society Library and
the State Archives in Frankfort, KY, and the public library in Lexington,
along with the Filson Library in Louisville, KY. They all are excellent
sources, and are worth checking again. I think you will my find that my notes
for Matthew show what I have found to date. My time in each of these places
was limited, and you might very possibly find information that I missed. I
have not been to the public library in Louisville, so that might be worth
checking as well. Also, I believe that there is a library in Louisville for
the "Sons of the Revolution", and I don't know what they might have.
If you have any questions about this, please let me know. Good luck!
Virginia Latta Curulla
Brian & Anna Smith wrote:
Well, actually we have been having quite a bit of luck finding things
the other side of the family and my husbands family. Not a whole lot about
the Smith side yet.
We were thinking about making a trip to Kentucky to see if we can find any
more information about Matthew Latta. We may just run down to Louisville
and check out the library there before heading to Lexington. Has anyone
already looked there?