J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Inventory of the Latta Family papers
Table of Contents
- J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
- Latta family
- Latta Family papers
- Date [inclusive]
- 10.0 Items
- Mixed materials [Box]
- Letters written to James Latta, his wife Jane, and their daughter Nancy. Writers are Robert Latta (James's son from his first marriage to Elizabeth Houston in Ireland), William A. Latta (Robert's second son from his first marriage to Jane Allison), and Eliza Dilworth Latta (Robert's second wife), who are writing from their home in Yorkville, S.C., to Robert’s parents and sister at their Mecklenburg County home. Also includes one letter by a non-family member who is writing to James from Havana and mentions that Robert is in Cuba.
Preferred Citation note
Latta Family Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
James Latta was born in Ireland on August 31, 1755 to Robert and Jane Latta. He and his first wife, Elizabeth Houston (birth date unknown; d. ca. 1792), had two sons, William (1781-1829) and Robert (1783-1852). James immigrated to the United States in 1785, apparently in order to settle his father’s estate in Rowan County, N.C. He purchased land in Statesville, N.C. in 1792. After the death of Elizabeth, he married Jane Allison Knox (1775-1864) of Lincoln County, N.C., on April 12, 1796. Their union produced four children: Elizabeth (Betsy) (1797-1838; m. Benjamin Wilson Davidson), Mary (Polly) (1799-1824; m. James G. Torrance), Nancy Angelina (1804-33; m. Maj. Rufus Reid), and Ezekial (1810-20). In 1799, James purchased 200 acres in Mecklenburg County and around 1800 built his home on this land. Later, in 1805, he purchased land in Yorkville (now York), S.C., where he operated a store. James died in 1837 and was buried in the cemetery at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Mecklenburg County. His home, Latta Place, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Robert Latta was born near Londonderry, Ireland, on August 21, 1783. After the death of his mother, he and his older brother, William, joined their father in North Carolina. By 1812, Robert had acquired part of his father's mercantile business, which sold goods in the Carolina Piedmont towns of Statesville and Lincolnton, N.C., and Yorkville, S.C. He first married Jane Allison (1785-1819) and they had two children, John Allison and William Albert. After Jane's death, Robert married Philadelphia-native Eliza Dilworth in 1821. He built a home in Yorkville, S.C. on property he purchased from his father. [For more information, see James Orr Boyte, The James Latta Plantation: A Living Historical Farm (Charlotte: Latta Place, Inc. 1973 (1994 printing)).]
Scope and Contents note
Includes 11 letters written to James Latta, his wife Jane, and their daughter Nancy. Writers are Robert Latta (James's son from his first marriage to Elizabeth Houston in Ireland), William A. Latta (Robert's second son from his first marriage to Jane Allison), and Eliza Dilworth Latta (Robert's second wife), who are writing from their home in Yorkville, S.C., to Robert’s parents and sister at their Mecklenburg County home. Also includes one letter by a non-family member who is writing to James from Havana and mentions that Robert is in Cuba. Letters that are primarily routine, i.e., weather, health, etc. Items of note include a letter (5-14-1825) from William A. Latta to his grandfather in which he recounts being bitten by a snake and a letter (1826) from a W. A. Moore (?) in Havana to James Latta in which the former comments about Robert Latta (his reference is "Mr. R. Latta") in Cuba.
A past exhibit on the Latta Family letters, including digital images and transcriptions can be found online at: http://specialcollections.uncc.edu/exhibits/latta/
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 19979201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Gift of Cornelia McAlister, 1997. Transcripts from items at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill provided by Ann Williams.
Processing Information note
Processed by Randy Penninger, 1997.
Related Archival Materials note
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports--Latta House (Mss 77 L384). Sample Family Papers (Mss 240). Torrance and Banks Family Papers (Mss 87). Latta Family Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill (SHC #1076). George Davidson Papers, Duke University.
Controlled Access Headings
- Latta family
- Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
- York County (S.C.)
- Latta, Eliza D. (Eliza Dilworth), d. 1869, Correspondence
- Latta, James, 1755-1837, Correspondence
- Latta, Robert, 1783-1852, Correspondence
- Latta, William Albert, 1809-1865, Correspondence
Latta family genealogical and background information
Scope and Contents note
Transcripts of some letters in the George F. Davidson Papers at Duke University, and also the James Latta and Rufus Reid Papers in the Southern Historical Collectiona at UNC Chapel Hill.