THE LATHAM FAMILY
Our ancestor was reported to be Peter Latham, an author. He was a very
pious man, often spoken of as "The Good Book Man". He reportedly had
23 children, one of whom was Elizabeth who married William Mears. It is to this
family that we are related.
Descendants of Peter Latham
Generation No. 1
1. PETER1 LATHAM He
married HANNAH WALWORK.
Children of PETER LATHAM and HANNAH WALWORK are:
2. i. ELIZABETH2 LATHAM, b.
December 28, 1796, Wigan; Lancashire, England; d. February 05, 1883.
ii. JOHN LATHAM.
iii. THOMAS LATHAM.
iv. WILLIAM LATHAM.
v. ESTHER LATHAM, m. JAMES WRIGHT; b.
vi. RUTH LATHAM, m. JAMES ESLOT.
Generation No. 2
2. ELIZABETH2 LATHAM
(PETER1) was born December 28, 1796 in Wigan; Lancashire,
England, and died February 05, 1883. She married WILLIAM MEARS I December 06,
1819 in England (recorde Upholland, Lancashire, Eng.), son of JOSEPH MEARS and
SUSAN DENTON. He was born February 20, 1798 in Wigan; Lancashire; Lancaster
County, Manchester, England, and died July 13, 1868 in Washington TWP.,
Guernsey County, Ohio.
More About ELIZABETH LATHAM:
Burial: Washington Baptist Church Cemetery; Wash., TWP; Muskingum Co., OH
Christening: January 02, 1797, Wigan; Lancashire, England
Note: One of her brothers was reportedly a famous surgeon in England, but I
do not know which....
Notes for WILLIAM MEARS I:
Came to America arriving in Philadelphia on May 17, 1828 after sailing 39
days on a ship named "Dorothy." They settled near Cambridge, Ohio
where William became pastor of a Baptist Church. He left a manuscript
concerning his family line, but some parts were missing. The data is
incomplete. As a boy, he lived for a time with his Uncle and cousins on the
Barkefield Farm in Lancaster County, England. He also lived for a time with
Grandparents, Ann and William Denton and their son John.
From History of Muskingum Co. 977.191 H2b, page 348...
Baptist Preacher, founders of Baptist church in Washington TWP, included
elizabeth, Peter, William Mears and Elizabeth Mears Bateman. Founded 1842.
977.191 H2e, p368 showed William Mears filled the Salt Creek Baptist church
pulpit from 1842-1849. On page 357 William Mears is the second pastor of the
Dresden Baptist church 1846-1850 and started the first sunday school. Joined
baptist church in Zanesville, Ohio in 1830 and ordained minister in 1836 for 21
years (26 April 1838)
History of Washington Co., OH page 453 (1788-1881) baptist church organized
1/15/1857 at Beverly. Succeeding pastors were: William Mears, a short time
Stories of Guernsey Co., OH by William G. Wolfe, published 1943.977.192.H2W
page 373-75 "Another Cambridge Church organized in 1851--Cambridge Baptists
continued to worship at the Brick Church. Before another effort was made to
establish a church in town there were fourteen Baptist churches organized in
the county. It was not convenient for many to attend services at the Brick
church. In 1850 Elder Mears was appointed by the Ohio Baptist convention to
travel as a missionary in this part of the state. For the convenience of the
Cambridge Baptists he held a meeting here in town once in every two weeks, and
suggested the organization of a church. This was done on June 4, 1851, with the
following constituent members:........... Elder Mears preached to the newly
organized society for two years. He was succeeded by Rev. B. Y. Siegried in
1853. ....the two oldest Baptiost churches in guernsey County are Salt Fork
(1818) and Mt. Zion."
More About WILLIAM MEARS I:
Burial: Washington Baptist Church Cemetery #228, row 11 (R7, T2, S16) Wash.
TWP., Muskingum Co., OH.,. 5miles north of Zanesville, OH via Rt666 to Gilbert.
Turn rt on Gilbert Rd to County rd 1 10 on left short distance to church and
cemetery, row 7.
Note: October 08, 1828, Naturlized at Phil. Per Naturalization paper.
Occupation: Baptist Minister
Children of ELIZABETH LATHAM and WILLIAM MEARS are:
i. SARAH HARRIET3 MEARS, b. April
30, 1841, Ohio; d. Bet. April 1872 - 1873; m. RUFUS LAWRENCE; d. When children
More About SARAH HARRIET MEARS:
Note: Childrfen reportedly became orphans
ii. ELIZABETH MEARS, b. November 12, 1820,
Wigan; Lancashire, England; m. PENROD BATEMAN, SR., March 25, 1841, Muskingum
Co., OH; b. 1820, Washington TWP., Muskingum CO., OH; d. 1862, St. Paul,
More About PENROD BATEMAN, SR.:
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): TB. Postmaster,
Zanesville, OH til death. Sheriff of Muskingum Co., OH 1859. See Book,
Muskingum Co., Ohio by W. Sedwick, VDM 977.191,v2m. Marriage-IGI
iii. PETER MEARS, b. January 22, 1822, Wigan;
Lancashire, England; d. August 02, 1910, Wayne, Nebraska; m. LYDIA ABIGAIL
MARSHALL, May 23, 1844, Guersey Co., OH at home of Mrs. J.M. Cherry by JP,
James Stockdale.; b. Bet. 1826 - 1827, Ohio; d. January 30, 1898.
More About PETER MEARS:
Resided: Next door to his father for a time, then
Nebraska (possibly Iowa) However, in Wayne Co., Nebraska by 1879.
More About LYDIA ABIGAIL MARSHALL:
Census: 1850, Age. 24
iv. ANN MEARS, b. August 23, 1823, (Wigan,
Lancashire) Lancaster County, Manchester, England; d. April 13, 1895, Ohio; m.
DAVID MARSHALL, February 18, 1843, Muskingum Co., OH; b. June 11, 1818,
Guernsey County, Ohio; d. August 13, 1880, Ohio.
More About ANN MEARS:
Note: 1828, Came to this country with family on
ship "Dorothy" arriving in Philadelphia. She was just 5 years of age.
v. WILLIAM MEARS II, b. August 27, 1825,
Wigan; Lancashire, England; d. September 25, 1826, England.
vi. MARY MEARS, b. 1826, England.
vii. HANNAH L. MEARS, b. June 23, 1827, England;
m. BENJAMIN F. MARSHALL, November 19, 1846, Muskingum Co., OH; b. May 01, 1823,
Guernsey Co., OH; d. September 22, 1900, Londonderry TWP., Guernsey Co., OH.
More About BENJAMIN F. MARSHALL:
viii. SUSAN MEARS, b. February 22, 1830, ohio; d.
July 13, 1833.
ix. CPT JOSEPH MEARS, b. October 25, 1832,
Washington TWP., Muskingum CO., OH; d. December 20, 1903, Aged 71y, 1m, 25d; m.
ELIZABETH MCPEEK, March 29, 1854, Guernsey Co., OH (VdB 116, d409; b. June 16,
1836, Ohio; d. September 06, 1906, Aged 70y, 2M, 21d.
More About CPT JOSEPH MEARS:
Burial: 1903, Washington Baptist Church Cemetery
#228, row 4.
Military: Civil War; PVT HV Ohio Artillary; 3
years in medical Dept. Fought in battle of Lookout Mountain
More About ELIZABETH MCPEEK:
Burial: 1906, Washington Baptist Church Cemetery
#228, row 4.
x. WILLIAM MEARS (?), b. February 20, 1835,
Ohio; d. January 06, 1939, Ohio.
xi. JOHN L. MEARS, b. May 29, 1837, Ohio; d.
Kansas; m. (1) MARY ROMIERE, October 10, 1860, Muskingum Co., OH; m. (2) MERRY
ROMINE, October 10, 1860, Muskingum Co., OH; b. 1838, Ohio.
xii. JAMES THOMAS MEARS, b. June 02, 1839,
Muskingum Co., OH; d. December 27, 1919, Kansas City, Kansas; m. (1) SARAH JANE
MCPEEK, March 20, 1857, Guernsey Co., OH; b. 1828; d. 1913, Brooklyn, Ohio; m.
(2) LYDIA STOCKDALE, December 25, 1866, Guernsey Co., OH; b. October 12, 1841,
Guernsey Co., OH; d. March 08, 1900, Leavenworth, KS.
More About JAMES THOMAS MEARS:
Burial: Greenwood Cem. per Gertrude Shank
Military: Civil War
Note: Lived in Iowa for a while with Peter. He
lost a thumb and became blind from civil war wounds. Believed to have moved
family first to Iowa then to Leavenworth, KS in 1877.
More About SARAH JANE MCPEEK:
Burial: Salt Fork Baptist Church Cem. on ST RT
513 (2.5 miles North of I70)
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Reportedly from
falling off of a horse.
More About LYDIA STOCKDALE:
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Pneumonia
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