Branch No. 40

1 SAMUEL (1) LATTA, (This maybe of branch # 4)

Born ____. Married and had children, one was (2) John. Otsego Lodge, No. 534, I.O.O.F. Otsego, Mich. September 19, 1922. Mr. James A. Latta: Having gone through all records attainable here at Otsego and Allegany and corresponding with nearly all of the older residents that knew your family. I have been able to collect the following data for you. The obituaries of your father and grandfather I suppose you have but following such information as they gave. I have succeeded in tracing their birth places to Rochester, New York State, but have been unable, at this time, to find exact data of your grandfather's birth. Your great grandfather's (?) name is Samuel Latta. He settled in the town of Rochester, New York State in 1797. Rochester was incorporated into a city in 1828 by the consolidation of two towns called Greece Center and Read's Corners. As all settlers nearly came from Vermont, should advise looking through Vermont State records.--Robert E. Smith, Sec'y I.O.O.F. No. 534.

2 JOHN (2).


Samuel (1). Tradition that he came from Italy? Married Mahala ____. Lived in Baltimore. Went to Rochester, N.Y. in 1797 where were born five sons. Both born in Pa., said Mrs. James Alex. Latta. One son was:


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John (2) Samuel (1). (Dates are taken from tombstone records near Rochester, N.Y.) Born at Rochester, N.Y. in 1807; d. at Allegany, Mich. November 20, 1890; m. Delia Ann Gaylord about 1831, daughter of Alexander and Betty Gaylord. She was born at East Windsor, Conn. 1810 and died at Otsego, Mich. April 30, 1883. Both buried at Otsego. Carpenter and real estate dealer. Went to Ypsilanti, Mich. in 1830 and where his children were born. He lived there a number of years then went to Keene, Ionia, Mich. and in later years to a farm about a mile north of Otsego, Mich. He bought and sold land near Ypsilanti in 1833 and 1839. He went to Allegan, Mich. in 1884 where he made his home with his son, P.A. Latta, until his death. Children all born in Michigan:

MARY (4) b. in 1832; m. Wellington D. Smith at Ann Arbor, Mich. One girl, Frank.

DELIA MATILDA (4) b. 1833; m. twice.

MARTHA (4) b. in 1836; d. 1873; m. Chas. Tibbles of Kalamazoo, Mich.



JOHN A. (4) b. 1842; married.


John P. (3) John (2) Samuel (1). Born September 17, 1838 at Ypsilanti, Mich.; d. April 11, 1911 at Saugatuck, Mich. Married Margaret Jane Just September 28, 1863 at Saranac, Mich. She was born in Orange Co., N.Y. October 8, 1842 and died in 1913, daughter of James and Ann Jane (McClure) Just, of Ireland. She was reared on the farm of her father at Otisco, Ioma Co., Mich. Children:


JENNIE RUTH (5) b. May 25, 1867 at Belding, Mich. Married Walter Chisholm Walsh January 30, 1889. He was born at Elmira, N.Y. March 2, 1855, son of Herber and Jennie (Ingraham) Walsh. In 1933 lived at Holland, Mich. Six children: Margaret Ingraham b. November 8, 1889; m. Ernest Cecil Brooks. Ruth Latta b. July 12, 1899; m. Ransom Willis Everett.


John P. (3) John (2) Samuel (1). Born at Ypsilanti, Mich. 1840; m. Mary McCormic of Saganaw, Mich. One daughter:

LILLIAN (5) b. ____; m. A.L. Peck.


P.A. (4) John P. (3) John (2) Samuel (1). Born April 23, 1865 on a farm near Otsego, Mich. Died July 18, 1926 (new item.) "Albuquerque, N.M. July 21, 1926. International News Service. A telephone report from an ____ camp in the Upper Pecos region, Wednesday, told of the death of J.A. Latta, 62 years old, vice-president of the Northwestern National Bank, Minneapolis, Minn. on last Monday. Latta died after he had reached a high point on one of the mountains surrounding the camp. He was with a party of Minneapolis financiers, including L.E. Wakefield, vice president of the Minneapolis Trust Co. Children:

MARIAN (6) b. August 25, 1905.

JEANNETTE (6) b. September 28, 1910.

James Alexander Latta married Christine Webber, daughter of John A. and Mary Ann Webber of Portland, Ionia Co., Mich. January 15, 1902. She was born July 18, 1878 at Portland, Mich. In 1934 she lived at 4726 Fremont Avenue, South, Minneapolis, Minn.

I do not think that Samuel Latta, the supposed head of this branch belongs to this branch. He belongs to branch No. 4, and I do not connect him in any way with this branch. I put him here because Mr. Robert E. Smith, wrote to James Alexander Latta, that Samuel was his ancestor.

Information furnished by James A. Latta and Jennie Ruth Walsh.