Branch No. 23
Updated by Geoffrey Latta, Secretary Historian, Issue 52, Spring 2014
As part of the ongoing review of branch information, I have been looking at Branch 23. When Robert Latta originally compiled the branch information, he started this branch with Colin Lata who he listed as having married twice to Mary Muir and to Janet Bauch and some of those grandchildren emigrated to the USA.
Subsequent to Robert Latta's work others have tried to take the family line back by stating that Colin was born in 1744 in Dalgety, Fifeshire.
The specific known facts are as follows. A Colin Latta did marry a Mary Muir in Dalgety in 1789 (not 1780 as the branch information claims). Their first child, John was born in 1790 but presumably died young as another John was born to them in 1799. Both Robert Latta's original work and the revised branch information agree that there were seven other children. I can trace birth records for six of these but not for a Colin Latta who was allegedly born in Colin's second marriage to Janet Bauch. Nor can I trace a record for the marriage to Janet Bauch.
Further, one must question the belief that the Colin who married Mary Muir was the one born in 1744. If this assumption was correct, he would have been 45 years old when he married and would have fathered children up to the age of 65. While this is not impossible, it would have been very rate at a time of much lower life expectancy when most marriages were contracted when people were in their 20s. Moreover, the Colin born in 1744 was the son of Colin Latta and Margaret Beveridge (both names had varied spellings so I am using these forms for convenience). Yet in defiance of Scottish naming conventions no child was named Margaret (although there were four daughters) and the only possible child named Colin was one whose birth cannot be traced and who would in any case have been named after three other male names had been used.
On balance, I would conclude that this is not the right birth. Now it is certainly possible that the birth was not recorded but if it was there are two candidates. the first is Colin born in Largo, Fifeshire in 1762 and the second, Colin born in Dalgety in 1771. in favor of the first is that he was the right age (27) for marriage. Against is that Largo is not very close to Dalgety and he did not use either of his parents names (William and Isobel) for his children in defiance of normal Scottish naming conventions. for the latter, again is the fact that he was rather young for marriage (18) assuming he was baptized in infancy as most children were. In favor is the location in Dalgety and the fact that he used both his parents' names (John and Helen) for his children.
On balance, therefore, I would conclude that the Colin who married in 1789 was the one born in Dalgety in 1771 and not the one born in 1744. the Colin born in 1771 was the son of John Lata and Helen Beveridge who married in Dalgety in 1766. John Lata was born in Dalgety in 1746 and was the son of Colin and Margaret Beveridge. John Lata and Helen Beveridge had seven children in total - Grisle (born 1767), Euphen (1769), Margaret (1769), Colin (1771), John (1773), Janet (1775) and James (1777).
Colin and Margaret Beveridge married in 1740 in Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland. From a search of the Dalgety parish records, I have determined that Colin died on April 12, 1760. There is also a death of Jean "a child" for 1753, which would most likely be Jean born in 1751. There is no matching birth for Colin so the family cannot be carried back further than 1740. Of Colin and Margaret Beveridge's nine children, I can find no matching marriages among the girls and none for the boys with the exception of John.Children: Euphame (daughter) Lato - b. Nov. 1, 1742 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Colin Latta - b. May 31, 1744 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland John Lata - b. March 23, 1746 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland; m. Helen Beveridge Walter Lata - b. February 15, 1748 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Alexander Lata - b. June 5, 1750 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Jean Lata - b. August 5, 1751 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland James Lata - b. November 9, 1753 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Alexander Lata - b. December 14, 1755 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland; m. Agnes Webster. Margaret Lata - b. April 23, 1758 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland to Collen Lata and Margaret Beveridge
John Lata, son of Colin Lata and Margaret Bevridge married Helen Beveridge on February 21, 1766 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland. John Lata married Ann Thomson on April 4, 1780 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland. Also entered in Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland on May 6, 1780.Of John Lata and Helen Beveridge's seven children, I can find no matching marriages for the females.Children with Helen Beveridge: Grisle Lata (daughter) b. February 1, 1767 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Euphen Lata (daughter) b. April 11, 1769 (twins) at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Margaret Lata - b. April 11, 1769 (twins) at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Collon Lata - b. Jan. 20, 1771 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland (a Colin Lato married Isabella Thomson at Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland on May 30, 1794) Child: Helen Lattow b. Sept. 25, 1796 at Largo, Fifeshire,Scotland to Colin Lattow and Isable Thomson) John Lata - b. June 6, 1773 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland; there is reasonable assumpton that John Latta married Grace (or Grissell) Beveridge at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland on February 10, 1804. (Son Colin Latta b. Dec. 27, 1813 at Kilsyth, Stirling, Scotland to John Lata and Grizel Beveridge) Relationships between the Latta and Beveridge families seem to have been particularly close over generations! John and Grace had four children - John (1804), Janet (1806), Helen (1811), and Colin (1813). John was born in Dalgety but the other three children were born in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire. I cannot find matching marriages for the two boys, who may have died in infancy or emigrated and while there are possible marriages for the two girls, the locations would mean that it would be guesswork to assume they are the correct ones. Janet Lata - b. Sept. 3, 1775 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland James Lata - b. Dec. 21, 1777 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland Children with Ann Thomson: Sophia Lata - b. March 22, 1781 at Dalgety, Fifeshire, Scotland
Alexander Lata (Latto), son of Colin Lata and Margaret Beveridge, was born December 14, 1755 at Falgety, Fifeshire, Scotland. Married Agnes Webster.Children: Andrew Patton Latto - b. July 20, 1783 at Cameron, Fifeshire, Scotland James Latto - b. December 5, 1784 at Cameron, Fifeshire, Scotland Alexander Latto - b. June 6, 1786 at Cameron, Fifeshire, Scotland James Latto - b. May 10, 1788 at Cameron, Fifeshire, Scotland
Children with Mary Muir:
"History of Luzerne County, PA"
JOHN BLACK, fire-boss at the No. 5 Colliery, Pennsylvania Coal Company, Inkerman, Jenkins township, was born in the County of Northumberland, England, May 13, 1832, a son of Pearson and Margaret (Atkinson) Black. His father, who was an outside stable-boss at the mines, reared a family of six children, three of whom are still living, viz.: Mary (Mrs. Henry Heffern, Colo.), John, and Jacob, who is a retired railroad accountant in England. Our subject embarked in life, working about the mines, at the age of eleven years, and this has been the occupation of his life. He came to America in 1852, and was engaged in mining for six months at each of the following places: St. Clair, Gold Mine Gap and Sweet Aaron, Pa. He then came to Inkerman, where he followed mining till 1880. From 1880 to 1890 he was fire-boss and miner, and since 1890 he has been fire-boss alone. Mr. Black was married March 8, 1854, to Mrs. Jeanette Latta, daughter of Alexander and Ellen (Henderson) McGregor, natives of Scotland, and widow of Colin Latta, by whom she had four children, two of whom are living. This happy union has been blessed with four children, two of whom are living, viz.: Ellen (Mrs. John B. Evans, Plains), and John P., of the firm of Doyle & Black, proprietors of the Metropolitan theater, Cooper Avenue, Aspen, Colo. Mr. Black is a member of the I.O.O.F. and the K. of H. He is a Republican in his political views, and is at present a member of the board of miner examiners.
23 ALEXANDER (4) LATTA
"History of Luzerne County, PA" shows the biography of Alexander Latta:
ALEXANDER LATTA, miner, P.O. Inkerman, Jenkins township, was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., April 14, 1849, a son of Colon and Jeanette (McGregor) Latta, natives of Scotland. His father, who was a miner, came to America in May, 1848, and died October 25, 1852, at the age of thirty years. The family consisted of four children, two of whom are living: Alexander, and Thomas, a hotel keeper in Aspen, Pitkin Co., Colo. Our subject was educated in the public school, and in the select school of Benjamin Evans, Pittston, and at the age of eleven years began working about the mines, which vocation he has since followed, including twenty-one years mining. He built his present residence in 1887. Mr Latta was married August 17, 1878, to Miss Jane, daughter of William and Barbara (Laird) Robertson, natives of Scotland. They have two children, one of whom is living, Jessie. He and his wife attend the Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. Latta is a member. He is a member of the K. of P., and is a Republican in his political views.
WILLIAM ROBERTSON, who in his lifetime was a prominent citizen of Inkerman, Jenkins township, and who had worked in the mines in Scotland and America for forty years without receiving any injury, died at his residence, October 7, 1874, at the age of fifty-two years. He came to America in 1854, and followed mining till the time of his death. Mr. Robertson was married September 30, 1841, to Miss Barbara, daughter of Edward and Jane (Beverage) Laird, natives of Scotland, and the fruit of this union was as follows: William; Jane, married to Alexander Latta, a miner, of Inkerman; John, engaged in mining, and living at home; Barbara (Mrs. William Jones), who died at the age of twenty-six years; Marion, married to William F. McIntyre, a boiler maker, in Ohio; Alexander, engaged in mining, and living with his mother; Edward, who died at the age of five years; Edward (second), engaged in gold and silver mining in Colorado; and David, living at home. This family have been identified with the Presbyterian Church, and are Republican in their political views. [Since the above was written, information has been received of the death of Mrs. Barbara Robertson. Ed.]
24 THOMAS (4) LATTA
26 THOMAS (4) LATTA
Children with Beatrice:
Children with Mary:
27 ROBERT (4) LATTA
47 MARY MUIR (5) b. 1880; d. 1958.
48 ELIZABETH SIMPSON (5) b. 1882; d. 1959.
49 HELEN BEATRICE (5) b. 1884; d. 1955.
50 JANET STEVENSON ANDREWS (5) b. 1886; d. 1949.
51 MARGARET KEDDIE (5) b. 1886; d. 1962.
52 THOMAS KEDDIE (5) b. 1889; d. 1917. 50 JOHN ANDREWS (5) b. 1891; 1892.
51 ROBINA SIMPSON (5) b. 1892; d. 1970.
52 GEORGE ORMISTON ANDREWS (5) b. 1898; d. 1917.
44 THOMAS (5) LATTA