Branch No. 36



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Lived in Westmoreland Co., Pa. when his son John was born. With his Bible and gun went into the Revolutionary war. Fought and preached. Married Jane Harrison of Brandon, Va., descendant of Judge Harrison who helped to try, condemn and execute King Charles I of England in 1649. See history of Latta Griswold, p. 3. { Please see Branch No.1, 4 William (3) Latta, as this maybe the same William.}

2 JOHN (2).
7 UNKNOWN FEMALE (2) m. Mr. Miller. Had one son and two daughters: Edward. Jane.  Eliza Jane m. Mr. Smith, a jeweler.


William (1). Born Sept. 9, 178_, in Westmoreland Co., Pa.; d. Sunday, March 8, 1846 at 2:00 p.m.; m. Effia Sturgeon Wilson on December 2, 1824 at Lancaster, Ohio, daughter of Thomas and Jane (McEwen) Sturgeon of Dauphin Co., Pa. She was born in Pa. January 3, 1798 in West Hanover Twp., Dauphin, PA; d. July 15, 1828. Effia Sturgeon was the widow of Dr. Wilson, whom she married on July 5, 1814; having with him four children; Maria Elizabeth (b. Sept. 2, 1815 at 3 p.m., m. George F. Bull, d. June 11, 1837), John Alexander (b. Jan. 8, 1819 at 4 a.m.; d. Aug. 25, 1820, age 1 yr, 7 mos, 18 days), Jane Amanda (b. Jan. 22, 1821 at 10 p.m.; d. May 31, 1822 at age 1 yr, 4 mos, 9 days), and James S. Wilson (b. March 14, 1823 at 6 p.m.; d. Oct. 26, 1849). Dr. Wilson died on September 28, 1823, and Effia married John Latta on December 2, 1824. In 1813 John Latta had gone to Lancaster, Ohio and went into the mercantile business with Benjamin and John Connell (Latta & Connell). The firm later became Latta & Ainsworth. In January 1834 he retired from business and at his death in Lancaster, Ohio, he left his son William a handsome estate. After going to Lancaster he brought out his widowed sister, Mrs. Miller, and her two children, Eliza and Jane. Mrs. Miller and Eliza died a few years later. After the death of Effia, John and his little family of three took up his abode with his mother-in-law, Mrs. Sturgeon, until the death of that noble woman.
"At an early day a man named Branstadt laid out and sold a number of lots in what is now known as the "Hood neighborhood." John Latta laid off and sold some lots lying north of Mill street, between Broadway and Columbus streets." (History of Fairfield Co., Chapter 21).

Children: See Centennial History of Lancaster, pp. 94-99, 283.
3 WILLIAM (3) b. Sept. 16, 1825 at 9 a.m. in Lancaster, OH.
8 JANE (3) b. January 27, 1828 at 9 p.m. in Lancaster, OH; d. at Lancaster, Ohio on Sunday, February 24, 1828.

Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of Fairfield County, OH

John Latta and Benjamin Connell were partners and for many years leading merchants of the town.  They were here as early as 1815.  Latta left a modest fortune to an only son,William Latta.  Connell, after many changes in business and reverses, died insolvent.  Both were men of high character and influential and useful citizens....Latta and Connell only held out to the 40th year of Lancaster.

John Latta was a descendant of William Latta, of  Revolutionary fame, who took his Bible and gun and  went into the Revolutionary war and fought and  preached. This bit of history was given me by a  member of his family.   John Latta was one of the distinguished old-time  merchants of Lancaster, a man of character and ability.


John (2) William (1). Born at Lancaster, Ohio September 16, 1825 at 9 a.m. William Latta died on Friday, the 13th day of November, 1874, at 6:30 o'clock A. M., aged 49 years, 9 months and 28 days.  He is buried in Episcopal Church ground there. Married Elizabeth Tacy Smith at Lancaster December 10, 1850. She was born August 3, 1829 and died at St. Louis, Mo. April 30, 1914. Buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Lancaster. She was the daughter of James H. and Elizabeth S. (White) Smith. Elizabeth Tacy Smith Latta's great grandfather, John Smith, was born and retired in accordance with well remembered family tradition. He was a Captain in the army and sent by the Government about 1720 to the New Colony then in its infancy, in the valley of Virginia. He located in Augusta Co. Elizabeth Tacy Latta is a direct descendant of Captain John Smith. William studied at the Ohio University at Athens in 1843 but on account of ill health did not complete his studies. He engaged in business at Lancaster, Ohio with John Effinger and Thomas H. White under the firm name of Effinger, White & Latta. He was known as a genial pleasant gentleman, and his family occupied a highly respectable position in Lancaster society.

(History of Fairfield Co., Chapter 22)."LANCASTER, November 2, 1855. "We, the undersigned, do hereby declare our purpose to associate and combine together for the purpose of forming a joint company that shall be known as the Lancaster Gas-light and Coke Company; and do hereby subscribe to the capital stock the several sums affixed to our respective signatures, and agree to pay the same at such times and to such persons as the stockholders may appoint for that purpose: "Martin & Co., $1,000; B. F. Reinmund, $600; Daniel Sifford, $500; S. Beery, $500; J. C. Kinkead, $500; James Gates, $600; G. S. Ekert, $500; Work & Son, $500; George Kauffman, $500; Thomas Sturgeon, $500; White & Latta, $300; John Effinger, $200: J. C. Smith, $500; Emanuel Giesy, $200; John Work, $300; John M. Giesy, $500; Daniel Giesy, $200; Theodore Talmage, $100; John T. Brazee, $500: John Lyons, $500; Henry Orman, $100; W. P. Creed, $500; Mrs. J. D. Martin, $300; John D. Matt, $100; R. T. Coverdale, $11,000. Total, $21,000."

4 JOHN (4) b. January 31, 1852 at 6 a.m. on Saturday; d. March 2, 1910.
9 JAMES WHITE (4) b. January 24, 1854 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday; d. April 24, 1878.
5 WILLIAM (4) b. May 8, 1856 at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
10 KATHERINE (4) b. August 17, 1858 at 10 p.m. on Tuesday; m. Samuel G.V. Griswold May 1875. He died in 1929. One son, Latta Griswold, who was an Episcpol Priest. For his history see page 3. She later married Horace S. Wade of New York City IN 1897. She died on February 26, 1946 and is buried in the Church on the Hill Cemetery, Lenox, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
11 ELIZABETH (5) b. November 21, 1860 on Wednesday evening at 8:00 o'clock; m. Leonidas Laidley, a doctor, of St. Louis, Mo. May 25, 1880 at Lancaster, Ohio. Children: Latta. Pearl. Edward. In 1932 lived 435 E. 57th St., New York City.
12 MORTON BRAZEE (4) b. September 11, 1868 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday; d. July 16, 1898 in Neptune, Monmouth County, NJ.  He was listed as single.  In 1891, he was listed as a broker in St. Louis, Missouri, where his mother was living at the time. 


William (3) John (2) William (1). Born January 31, 1852; d. March 2, 1910; m. Mary Elizabeth Smith October 1, 1885 at Lancaster, Ohio. Mary Elizabeth Smith Latta died on September 13, 1946 in Los Angeles, Calfornia.

13 SMITH HARRISON (5) b. November 14, 1886; m. Elisa Catherine Keating October 20, 1911 at Dallas, Texas, daughter of Cecil A. and Nellie Joy Keating of Dallas.

Waukegan News-Sun, Waukegan, IL - Oct. 28, 1902

Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light, Corsicana, TX - Jan. 9, 1931






William (3) John (2) William (1). Born May 8, 1856; m. twice: 1) Sarah Bennett at Evert, Mich. She died December 8, 1880. 2) Ellen Margaret Stewart at Washington, Mich. January 24, 1883, daughter of David G. and Mary (Davis) Stewart of Greenfield, Mass. History of Northern Michigan: WILLIAM LATTA.--It is a pleasurable task to record the history of a man who has forged his way to the front by his own unaided efforts. Refusing to recognize adverse circumstances, and who by resolute will has won success and high standing in the world of business. During the course of his residence in Evart, he has long been identified with manufacturing. One of the founders of the American Logging Tool Co., the largest business of its kind in the United States, and has also been identified with banking and other business interests in Michigan." In 1932 he was President of Evart Savings Bank, Evart, Mich.

Child by first wife:
6 JAMES WHITE (6) born December 1, 1880.

Child by second wife:
15 ALICE MARION (6) b. July 8, 1888; m. William Wittick McCord June 24, 1913, son of Herbert A. and Elizabeth (Sparrow) McCord of Chicago, Ills. In 1932 lived at 16209 Ballis Ave., Detroit, Mich. Children: Mary Ellen b. 1915. Herbert b. 1921.


William (4) William (3) John (2) William (1). Born December 1, 1880; d. December 13, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; m., Lulu Pearl Hickman Dean on December 27, 1910. In 1932 they lived at 770 D. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, Mich.

22 PHILIP DEAN (6) b. 1907.  He died on February 5, 1989 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.  His Find-A-Grave listing says that James White Latta was his step-father.
16 MARY ALICE (6) b. December 20, 1911.  Married Edward Lloyd Gallup on Nov. 24, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
17 WILLIAM  HICKMAN (6) b. July 3, 1914; d. February 15, 1999 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Married Betsy Ruth Kooiman.  One son, William J. Latta, died Aug. 8, 1941/premature birth in Michigan.  They divorced December 13, 1945 in Michigan.  They had one daughter, Gail.  He married Mildred E. Gignac of Detroit, Michigan on July 19, 1950 in Buffalo, New York.
18 JAMES WHITE, JR. (6) b. October 3, 1921.
19 MORTON B. (6) b. April 6, 1929; died 1973.

23  BETTY ANNE (6) born Oct. 3, 1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan; died October 23, 2001 in Manistee County, Michigan; married Thomas R. Bond, Jr. on December 30, 1941.

LATTA - JAMES W. LATTA, aged 78, passed away early Dec. 13, at his home, 902 Reynard st., SE.  Surviving are his wife, LULU; two daughters and four sons, MRS. THOMAS R. BOND, JR., PHILIP D., JAMES W., JR., and MORTON B., all of Grand Rapids, MRS. EDWARD H. GALLUP of Belleville, Ill., WILLIAM H. of Chicago; a sister, MRS. WILL McCORD in Florida. Christian Science services were read in the Metcalf Chapel on Dec. 15. Interment Rosedale Memorial park. THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, Mich., Tues., Jan. 6, 1959, Pg. 32 (Summary Listing in Grand Rapids), Col. 8, Obit. 11
LATTA - MRS. LULU PEARL H. LATTA, the widow of JAMES W. LATTA SR., passed away Friday morning at her home, 902 Reynard St. SE.  Surviving are two daughters and four sons, MRS. THOMAS R. BOND JR., PHILIP D., JAMES W. JR. and MORTON B., all of Grand Rapids, MRS. EDWARD R. GALLUP of Belleville, Illinois, WILLIAM H. of Grosse Ile, Mich.; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Mrs. Latta was taken to the Metcalf Mortuary where Christian Science services will be read at 10:30 Monday morning. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. The family will be at the chapel to greet friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Saturday and Sunday. THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, Mich., Fri., Sept. 24, 1965, Pg. 38, Col. 6, Obit. 6
Mildred E. (Millie) Latta - With heartfelt sadness, the family of Mildred E. (Millie) Latta (nee Gignac) announces the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and dear friend on April 16th 2012. Millie was born in Windsor Ontario, Canada and became an American citizen at the age of 18. In 1950 she married William H. Latta. In 1971 they moved to Mesa Arizona from Grosse Isle Michigan. Predeceased by her husband William (1999) and daughter Gail Pollock (2008) and her parents and 5 brothers and sisters. Survived by her son Dr. William J. Latta (Mary Ann) and Melinda Latta-Roberts (Herb) and son-in-law Bob Pollock, 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday 4-19-12 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a vigil service at 4 p.m. at Camino Del Sol Funeral Chapel, 13738 W. Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, Az. A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday 4-20-12 at 10 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 17111 W. Bell Rd. Surprise, Az. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Arizona or The Humane Society of Arizona. Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 18, 2012

The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario, Canada - Aug. 4, 1950


Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ - February 19, 1999

                                                                                                13  SMITH HARRISON (5)

John (4) William (3) John (2) William (1).  b. November 14, 1886; m. Elisa Catherine Keating October 20, 1911 at Dallas, Texas, daughter of Cecil A. and Nellie Joy Keating of Dallas. Smith H. Latta worked in the motion picture industry and in 1932 lived at 1530 Hudson Ave., Hollywood, CA.  Second wife - Teola Louise Pearce.  In the 1950 Census for Los Angeles, California, Smith Latta, age 69, is listed as a "set estimator" for motion pictures, and his wife, Teola is listed as 49 years of age.  In the 1940 census, he was living in Los Angeles, California, and was listed as divorced and his mother was living with him. In 1942, he registered for the draft in WWII and listed his wife, Teola P Latta, and stated that he worked for Paramount Pictures.

Children with Elisa Keating:

20  ELIZA MARNELL (6) - b. Oct. 29, 1911 in Dallas, TX

21  SMITH HARRISON, JR. (6) - b. April 5, 1918

The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii - June 25, 1939


University of California, Los Angeles - 1940




END OF BRANCH..............................................NOTES BELOW

History of Latta Griswold, grandson of 3 William (3) Latta:
The New York times, August 16, 1931. "The Rev. Latta Griswold, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church of Lenox, Mass. for at least 13 years, author and educator, died last night of a paralytical stroke at a hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, while traveling. His age was 55. He was stricken ill on Thursday. Mrs. Kate Wade Latta, his mother, and Nathanial Noble, master at Lenox School, which Mr. Griswold founded, were with him. The party sailed on June 20. In July Dr. Griswold had charge of Shiplake Parish at Henley-on-Thames. Dr. Griswold was born at Lancaster, Ohio February 4, 1876. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton Univ. in 1901, and his Masters degree a year later. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary next two years, and was graduated from the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1905. For the first year after he was ordained Dr. Griswold was assistant at Trinity Church, Newport. He was vicar at St. Columba's Church, Newport from 1906 to 1915. While in Newport he also was master at St. George's School. Since 1907 he has resided here. In 1926 he founded the Lenox School in the former George Griswold Haven village. He was on the school's executive committee at his death. Dr. Griswold had been a diocesan delegate to several national conventions of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and was examining chaplain of the diocese. Among his books are "Deering of Deal", "Deering at Princeton", "The Winds of Deal", "Deal Woods", "The Episcopal Church--its Teaching and Worship", "The Inn at Red Oak" and others. He never married. His body will be brought to Lenox for burial. ("Deering at Princeton" was published in 1913 and 1923, and dedicated to Prescott Sheldon Bush (18 years old in 1913) who later became Senator Bush, father and grandfather of Presidents Bush.)

Following is taken from the manuscript of his Autobiography. Mr. Nathanial N. Noble of Lennox, had charge of all Mr. Griswold's papers.  "The ancestral strain contributed to the solitary offspring of his union by the mother was of a radical different character from that derived from the father. The Griswolds, save from a slight admixture of Dutch through Eunice Viets, Exra's mother, were pure English; the Latta's were of Scotch-Irish origin, and settled long before the Revolution in Pennsylvania., With this Scotch-Irish blood were mingled English Virginian strains, one derived from Jane Harrison of Brandon, who married the Revolutionary William Latta: the other through Elizabeth, daughter of James Smith, of Shenandoah. The Harrisons of Brandon were as eminent in the annals of Virginia as the Griswolds in those of Connecticut. They had their origin, so far as history has taken note of them, in the brutal judge who pronounced the sentence, that, in the estimation of one of his descendants, elevated King Charles I to the rank of marter... The Griswolds and the Lattas had settled in Lancaster. Thither likewise, came the Shenandoah Smiths, moved to migrate north of the Ohio with the Philanthropic purpose of freeing their slaves. Elizabeth Smith married William Latta, the son of John, who was reputed according to the simple standards of the day to be a merchant prince. "Beneath this roof their only child was born February 4, 1876. It was the eldest daughter of this union who ran away with Sandy Griswold.--Latta Griswold."

The town legend (Lennox, Mass) has it that some members of the community believe that Latta Griswold haunts the rectory and has mysteriously left his calling card at selected homes in Lennox.

In branch No. 1, 2 William (2) Latta had a number of children, one of whom was a son named William. He also had a daughter named Jane. The family lived in Westmoreland Co., Pa. This daughter Jane married a Mr. McConnell. In 1841 their son, Alexander Latta McConnell, lived at Eckmansville, Adams Co., Ohio. Other brothers of Jane moved to other parts of Ohio. In the family at the head of this sheet, William and John lived in Westmoreland Co., Pa. We do not know if William went to Ohio, but his son John did, accompanied by Benjamin and John Connell. The son, William, in branch No. 1, may have been the William at the head of this sheet, as they both lived in Westmoreland Co., Pa. And as his sister Jane married a McConnell, it may be possible that the name was misspelled. I have no history of the son William, in branch No. 1. Then again, many of branch No. 1, went to Ohio, the same as John on this sheet. In branch No. 1, William, the head of the family, with his sons, served in the Revolutionary War. So did the William at the head of this sheet. John named his daughter Jane. It may have been after Jane McConnell who perhaps was a sister of his partners, Benjamin and John Connell, and perhaps his aunt, sister of William. Who are John and Jane Latta buried at Lancaster, Ohio, Cemetery. See branch No. 3, family 8, under name of Jane Latta.