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LATIN/LATTIN FAMILY HISTORY
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:14
The Latin (Lattin) family has truly been blessed and they are spread abroad. The descendants were embedded with spiritual guidance and with the values of honesty, integrity and loyalty. Our forefathers laid the foundation with good work ethics and honest living. Today we continue to build upon this foundation.
The Lat(t)ins lived on land owned by the Means Family. Records show that W. B. Means from South Carolina owned 103 slaves and 14 of them lived with him. Godfrey Lat(t)ins Sr. (1800), Alston Latin (1635) and Godfrey Lat(t)ins (1847) were probably slaves to Mr. Means because records indicate that Godfrey Sr. and Alston were brought from South Carolina. Godfrey Latin Jr. and Alston were possibly sons of the older Godfrey Latin. The younger Godfrey was listed as junior on the census records and was born in Louisiana. The report also indicated that all three men could read and write.
Alston (Austin) Lat(t)in
The 1880 Census Report indicated that Alston (Austin) Lat(t)in (1834) was married to Cynthia Means (1835) on July 11 and they had three children: Reuben (1865), Hunter (1867), Albert (1869) and Charlie (1873. Therefore, Godfrey Latn Jr. would have been uncle to Reuben, Hunter, Albert and Charlie.
The information on Emiline Latin was researched by her descendants, Mary Latin Hampton of Seattle, Washington and Arlene Walker of California. The assumption is made that Emiline was the daughter of Godfrey, Sr. and sister to Austin aand Godfrey. Emiline was born in 1835 in South Carolina.She had five children.Emiline met Robert Johnson and together they parented John Latin (1865). John went to live with his father and took his name. He died April 15, 1935. Hampton Latin was born in 1858 and died March 13, 1934. Godfrey Latin Williams (1868) took the name of Williams that was apparently his father's surname. Robert and Mary Latin (1870), we assume were twins.
Godfrey Latin Jr.
Godfrey Latin Jr. was twenty-three and living alone at the time of the 1870 census. Even at this time he had begun to prepare financially for a family because his property value was $100. Approximately a year later, Godfrey Latin Jr. married Amanda Simmons (1845) on January 2, 1871. They had seven children: Jim (1873), Mattie (1830), Willie (1882), Godfrey III (1884), Sarah (1886), Nelson (1889), and Ernest (1898). Godfrey Latin was listed as a farmer and Amanda as a housewie. Godfrey was hardworking and purchased land from David Means. He gave each of his children land to live on. They all worked and earned a living from the land. Godfrey Jr. died October 22, 1922. Emma Latin King stated that her grandfather was a very smart man and that Mamie (Amanda) worked right along with him in the field as well as keeping the house. All of the children remained in DeSoto Parish. Their descendants however maybe found throughout the United States. The area around Gloster where the Latins lived is known as the Latin Quarters, even today. The family homestead is located on Jessie Latin Road.
It is not known how Sylvia Lattin (1850) was related to the Latins but from living family members her children were their cousins, so the assumption is made that she was sister or sister-in-law to Godfrey and Austin. DeSoto Parish Census Records indicate that she was married to Dave Atkins and they had two children: Estella Atkins and Hilton Atkins. On the 1890 Census Report she was listed as head of household and widow with seven children: Estella (1879), Hilton (1881), Austin (1883) [listed as Oscar on the census report], Nancy (1886), Vollie (1888), Wade (1890), Henry (1892). Not much is known about Syvlia but her granddaughter Esther Lattin remembers her father, Austin saying that his mother's name was Sylvia. Emma Laitn King remembers that Austin, Wade and Vollie were her cousins. Esther also stated that Hilton was a half brother to her father. The census report shows that his two brothers Wade and Henry were living with him at the time of the 1910 census. Austin had five children by his wife Corinne: Woodrow, Courtney, Esther, James and Eria. He later married LeValla Henderson and they had eight children: Austin, Jr., Bertha Lee, Ronnie, Lucius, Melvin, Emma, Mariah and Mary. Austin Lattin has many known descendants who represent him well.
Hunter Lattin (1857), the son of Austin Lattin, married Hanniah Williams on June 2, 1876, they had five children: Mary 1878, Liza (1880), Bob (1886), Austin (1889), and Henry (1897). He later married Nora Hines on October 15, 1890 and they had twenty-one children and Emma Latin King remembered that "Cousin Nora named the last one Twenty One." The other children were: Sufronia, Hunter Jr., Polly,[listed as Vollie in the report], Patsy, Nora, Lucy, Reuben, Corren [listed as Carrie in the report], John, Stephen [twins]. Minneola, Bethina, Philip, Benjamin E., Jane, Galvin, and William. Three of thechildren probably died at childbirth because in the 1900 census it was noted that she had thirteen children and only ten were living. Gloria Ray(Chicago, Ilinois), the daughter of Corren Lattin and Gladys Lattin Carter (Indianapolis, Indiana) was the daughter of Bob Latin provided most of the information given here about this family. Gloria did state that the family moved away from the area and not much is known about them by the other Lattin families. Gladys was raised by Bethina when both her parents died.
The Lat(t)in Families attended the various churches in the community. The Godfrey Latin and Austin Lattin Families attended Mt. Moriah Baptist Church that had services on the third Sunday. Amanda Latin Stratton and Emma remembered the former pastors of the church. The Fuller Family formed the church and Rev. J. J. Fuller was one of the early pastors: Rev. A. B. Williams (baptized Emma), Rev. Bailey (baptized Amanda), Rev. Essex Steel and Rev. Giles Steel. Godfrey and Amanda Latin are buried in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery along with most of their children and some grandchildren. Mary Lee Adams is buried there along with her husband Willie Latin. The Hunter Lattin Family attended Bethel Baptist Church where Rev. Bradley Taylor was one of the pastors during that time. It is located between Gloster and Holly, Louisiana. The Adams Family attended Canaan Baptist Church, that met on the fourth Sunday. One of its earlier pastors was Rev. Coleman and Rev. R. V. Murray. Morning Star Baptist Church met on the second Sunday. At some point each church would have a "Big Meeting" that many of the families attend. This was a time when all of the sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts and cousins could get together and fellowship with one another.
The children, when they were not working in the field, attended Faltine-Rosenwald School which was the elementary school (grades 1-8). The principal was Mr. Jacob and two of the teachers were Mrs. Jacob and Mrs. Bradford. When the children finished this school, they attended Purvis Institute (9-11) in Mansfield. Amanda stated that Papa (Willie Latin) would rent a room for them to live in while they were at school. Central High School was later built and many of the Lat(t)ins graduated from there.
When asked about where they shopped, both granddaughters said the little shopping they did was at the General Store in Gloster. Amanda said they shopped from the Sear-Roebuck Catalog. The men would sometimes travel to Shreveport to take care of business.