Branch No. 32
No Branch Captain. Volunteer needed.
connect to Branches 8, 10 and 19.
LAST NUMBER USED: 15
1 ROBERT (1) LATTA
Robert Latta is found living in Cecil County,
Maryland in the 1766 tax lists. In 1767, he is listed as "Robert
Latta - run" meaning that he has moved. The Rock Presbyterian
Church on Elk Creek was in South Mildord Hundred tax district. Robert came to America
with the McLean family (probably with the shipwreck Latta families in
1738/39) and both settled about 20 miles west of
Philadelphia, Pa. (His daughter, Letitia marries Joseph
In 1767, he moved to
Bart Township in Lancaster Co., Pa. He died there about 1779,
survived by his widow (who died prior to 1803) and nine children.
Bart Township was once a part of Sadsbury Township, and was
divided in 1744. Lieut. Gov. John Latta of
Greensburg, PA, Branch 3, son of #10 Ephraim's widow by second
marriage, states "Among Ephraim's old papers I find a letter
from Squire Dunn dated November 7, 1820, stating that "as to
the judgments on my docket in favor of Robert Latta there are
but two." This letter was dated "Sandy Lake, Mercer Co."
close to Crawford Co., PA. Dunn says that he understands
that one of Robert's children is a minor.
Rev. John Cuthbertson,
a Scottish Presbyterian minister who came to American in 1751, had his
home at Octoraro, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He traveled
through York, Lancaster, Chester, and Philadelphia, preaching, and
performing marriages and baptisms. Rev. Cuthbertson kept a diary
of his travels beginning in 1751 when he landed at New Castle, Delaware.
Rev. Cuthbertson noted in his diary on Nov. 12, 1779 "rode 8 miles to
Mr. S____, with him to and from Robert Latta's burial." This
record of the death of Robert Latta is probably the best record of
his death. Any petitions in court would be to divide property, and
if the family waited until they traveled to Lancaster, their
recollection of the exact date of death might be clouded.
From Orphan's court records, Lancaster Co PA. To the
Honorable the Judges of the Orphans Court Sitting at Lancaster
for the County of Lancaster the 26th day of July 1803. The
Petition of Ephraim Latta of Bart Township Humbly Shewith:
That Robert Latta father of your petitioner died intestate
about the year 1784, leaving a widow who is since deceased and
nine children. Moses the eldest who is since dead without
issue, Samuel, James, Robert, William, John, Letitia who
intermarried with Joseph McClane, Mary, and your petitioner.
That the said Robert was seized at the time of his death of
about two hundred and fifty acres of a Warranted estate in
Bart Township-adjoining Lands of Samuel Downing, Patrick Henry
and others. Your Petitioner prays of your Honors to appoint an
inquest to view these lands and premises with the
appurtenances and make partition thereof to and among the
children of the said Robert Latta of this same can be divided
without injury to and spoiling of the whole if not to notified
& appraised the same will pray is Ephraim Latta.
Lancaster County Taxes - PA Archives, 3rd
Twp., Lata, Rbt., 100, 2H, 2C
Twp., Leata, Rbt., 100, 0H, 1C
Twp., Lata, Robert, 100, 2H, 3C
History of Lancaster County - Ellis & Evans printed 1883
1784 Tax list shows
John Latta says about 1784,"The above Ephraim Latta lived in close proximity to the Latta settlement in Chester Co.,
Pa., the native place of Rev. James W. Latta, Branch 8. There is a
deed at the Court House which tells of Samuel Latta buying land in Bart
Tp. of his "Uncle James". If this is the Rev. James Latta, then Robert of
Bart Tp. and Rev. James Latta of Drumore, were brothers. Both
townships were in the south section of the county, and in the same
locality. All the above history was given me by Gov. John Latta,
Soldiers in the Revolutionary War
from Lancaster County, PA (these may or may not be the
brothers listed below)
John Latta - (Rev. John Latta,
Lieut. Gov. John Latta, of Greensburg, Pa. (Branch No.
3) said "If my father was a cousin of Ephraim (Branch
No. 32) as I understood from my mother, then his father, Robert Latta, must have been a brother of Moses, my great grandfather." I do
not have the name of Robert Latta as the brother of his grandfather,
(2) died single. Had one of the largest farms on in Westmoreland County,
4 SAMUEL (2) in business with
brother Ephraim and
died in Westmoreland Co. Single. No issue.
(2) was in Bart township, Lancaster
County, in the 1790 census.
2 ROBERT (2)
lived in Washington County, Pennsylvania. 1794 Washington County,
Fallowfield Twp, Oath of Alliegance to US signed by Robert Latta.
6 WILLIAM (2)
lived in Bedford Co., Pa. and died about 1814. In his Will of
record in Bedford County, he appoints his brother, Ephraim Latta of
Westmoreland County as his Executor. William apparently never
married and had no issue. He was a Wagoner and transported goods
across Pennsylvania. See estate papers below.
(2) lived in Elkton, Cecil Co., Md. not very far from Rock Church. He died March 10, 1806. No issue. Was a
minister (probably the chaplain listed in the Lancaster County list of
soldiers in the Revolutionary War) and in 1804 left Philadelphia, Pa. to go as chaplain of
Commodore Barren's ship to the Mediterranean but was disappointed. In Liber F F #6, Folio 425, Orphan's Court, Cecil Co., Elkton, Md. is the
will of John Latta, admitted to probate April 25, 1806 and in full as
follows: "It is my Will and desire that my brother, Ephraim Latta, near
Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pa. shall have my wearing apparel, and
after my just debts are paid my sister Mary Latta shall have the residue
of my property. (signed) JOHN LATTA. Witness present Marcellus
Keene. March 2, 1806. Up to June 26, 1907 this is the only Latta
mentioned whose estate took out letters of administration.
See copies of Will below.
8 LETITIA (2) m. Joseph McLean,
son of William McLean and Frances Smith (DAR records) in Westmoreland Co., Pa.
He was born in 1760 in Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was a
ranger under Capt. William Conwell in the Westmoreland Militia
during the Revolutionary War. He is listed in the 1792
tax list for Donegal, Westmoreland Co., PA. His Will was
dated July 11, 1828 and probated July 29, 1828. His wife is
not listed, so had probably died before him. He bought a farm near
Pleasant Unity, six miles east of Greensburg, sold it and bought several
hundred acres at Chestnut Ridge and raised stock. He had two brothers
and one sister, Joseph, Robert and Margaret who married James Alexander.
(James Alexander was a witness on his Will) He and Letitia had thirteen children.
Their children were: William, whose descendants (1907) lived
in Donegal Township, PA; Robert, who was given land; Joseph,
who lived in Harrison County, Ohio, and then in Iowa, but who also had descendants in Donegal
Township; James West; Samuel, who owned land in Ohio; James and
Benjamin. Their daughters were Fanny, Ann, Betsy,
Margaret, Polly, and Catherine. All of the daughters
were married at the date of his Will in 1828. Joseph owned a large
amount of land in Donegal Tp.,
Westmoreland Co., Pa. and several farms in Rumley Twp,
Harrison County, Ohio.
9 MARY (2) m. William
Dunlap in Westmoreland Co., Pa. on November 3, 1818 at the
Greensburgh Presbyterian Church. No children. From
Rev. John Cannon's records which he recorded in the back of a
book of Session Records of the church, he recorded "admitted
into church - May 16, 1821, ex & cft Mrs. Mary Dunlap" and on
"May 29, 1831 before our sacrament at Greensburgh, Lavinia Ann
Brown and Mary Dunlap, both brought up in our church (made
defections) before the Com of the Supper at Valley Church."
(2) lived in Bart Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa. and died in Westmoreland
Co., Pa. about August 1, 1831. No issue. He owned a large farm near
Pleasant Unity, six miles from Greensburg, Pa. adjoining land on
Mungo's son John, branch 10, and also of Ephraim and Moses. He
married Eliza Graham and after his death she married Moses Latta of
Branch 10 about
1831 or 1832. Moses and Eliza were the parents of Branch 10 Gov.
John Latta of Greensburg, Pa. Eliza was born in
Greensburg August 1, 1795 and died March 3, 1870. Gov. John Latta,
her son, says, "If my father was a cousin of Ephraim, as I understand
from my mother, then the above 1 Robert (1) Latta must have been the
brother of Moses and John, my grandfather and granduncle.
William Latta's estate papers recorded in
Bedford County, PA.
Will of John Latta,
Cecil County Wills, Book 6, page 425 - Probated April 25, 1806
Cecil County, Maryland
"Inventories 1802-1807" page 589-590
ROBERT (2) LATTA
Robert (1) In the "History of
Venango Co." it states that Robert Latta was an early settler
who built a mill on Sandy Creek above Raymilton.
In the book "Venango Co., PA" Her Pioneers and People" by
Charles Almanzo Babcock, on page 401 under the heading of
"Mineral Township" it states "The first mill in the township
was built by Robert Latta, and stood on Sandy Creek above
Raymilton, where traces of the dam may probably still be
found. It was never operated to any extent, and its
suspension or disappearance does not appear to have interfered
especially with the progress of civilization in this part of
Sandy Creek Valley, but it is wrapped in mystery. According to
one account, Latta died from exposure while under the
influence of liquor, and the mill was burned in a forest fire.
But another story has it that the proprietor, finding his
establishment somewhat in advance of the locality, left it for
a time, and that during his absence the machinery was
appropriated by someone else." Robert supposedly owned a
farm and grist mill with his brother, Ephraim. Married ____.
At least one son:
3 ROBERT (3).
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