An American Family History


The Latture Family
of Sullivan County, Tennessee

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

Harmon (Herman) Latture was born in April, 1756 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

During the American Revolution, Harman was a private in Captain Robinson's Company in Lancaster County and was also in Captain Ferry's company, Colonel Grubb's Regiment in Pennsylvania.

The Latture family moved to Washington County, Virginia about 1792 and to Sullivan County Tennessee about 1800.

His children with his first wife may have included:

Christopher Latture (1785, married Catherine Mauck),
Molly Latture (1788, married Joseph Malone),

His second wife was Agnes Boles. Their children included:

Margaret (Peggy) Latture (1793, married Henry Mauck)
Samuel Latture (1797, married Catherine Devault),
Elizabeth Latture (1800),
Susannah Latture (1799),
James Latture (1801),
Thomas Latture (1803),
Nancy Latture (1805),
Joseph Latture (1808, arried Margaret Caldwell Wilson).

Harmon and Christopher appeared on the 1812 tax list of Sullivan County, Tennessee.

On January 12, 1812 a bill of sale was recorded in the Sullivan County Deed Book 6 where Harman Lature paid $150 for the George Waddle family's personal property including one mare, two cows, five head of sheep, one sow, five pigs, beds, furniture, household furnishings, a man's saddle, plows, agricultural products, etc. (mortgage collateral?)

In 1829 Samuel witnessed John Smith's will.

Harmon died on November 18, 1833 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1835, Harmon appeared on the pension list in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1837 Joseph, James, Samuel and Thomas were o the Sullivan County tax list.

At the time of the 1850 census. The Latture household included:

Jas Latture 49
Thos Latture 47
Elizabeth Latture 30
Susan Latture 32
Nancy Latture 44

In 1860:

Saml Latture 1795 Virginia
Catharine Latture 1798 Tennessee
Elizabeth Latture 1800 Tennessee
Susannah Latture 1802 Tennessee
James Latture 1803 Tennessee
Thomas Latture 1806 Tennessee

Europeans began to settle in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area about 1710. It was part of Chester County until May 10, 1729.

The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.

Washington County, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.










Wednesday. Aug. 26, 1931 marked an interesting and unusual event when the descendants of Joseph and Margaret Wilson Latture, together, with other relatives and friends met at the old colonial home of three generations, now owned and occupied by Margaret and Josephine Latture, for the annual family reuion. This home is located on the old Reedy Creek road which is a part of the "Wilderness Road, over which -70,000- emigrants passed on their way to settle Kentucky and the West and is near the place where Daniel Boone camped on one of his trips to Kentucky.

Represented in this group were 5 states and 35 different family names. At the close of the Civil War the slaves belonging to the Lattures adopted the family name, and John and Nat Latture of Johnson City, sons of one of the slaves were invited guests. (from the Brison Herald Courier, September 10 1931)..



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