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. Louisville, KY.

          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 about 1859.

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

Religion: Baptist

         

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 were small..

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, Minnesota.

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:

Occupation: Farmer

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:

Occupation: Farmer

          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

Occupation: Farmer

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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