Lucretia Latham[1, 2]

Female 1795 - 1891  (~ 95 years)


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  • Name Lucretia Latham 
    Born c1795 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1840  Owen County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  Owen County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Decatur, Macon County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Decatur, Macon County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Apr 1891  Decatur, Macon County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1840 -- Census, Owen County, IN Page 202
      Lucretia Nichols
      (40-50) 1F
      (10-15) 2M 1F
      (5-10) 1F
      (0-5) 2M

      1850 -- Census, Owen County, IN Page 35
      Lucretia Nicholas 50 F, Born in NC
      John W. Nicholas 15 M, Farmer, Born in TN
      Levi Nicholas 12 M, Born in TN
      Wesley Eckerts 24 M, Farmer, Born in OH
      Rebecca Eckerts 22 F, Born in NC
      Milton Eckerts 2 M, Born in IN
      Louisa Eckerts 3/12 F, Born in IN

      1860 -- Census, Macon County, IL Page 645, City of Decatur
      Lucretia Nichols 65 F, Born in NC
      John W. Nichols 21 M, Day Laborer, Born in TN
      Levi Nicholas 20 M, Day Laborer, Born in TN
      Elizabeth Bolin 28 F, Born in NC
      Sarah J. Bolin 9 F, Born in IN

      1880 -- Census, Macon County, IL Page 377, City of Decatur
      John W. Nichols 42 M, Head, Married, Laborer, Born in TN, Father & Mother Born in TN
      Lucretia Nichols 70 F, Mother, Widowed, Keeps House, Born in TN, Father & Mother Born in TN
    Person ID I36054  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2012 

    Father Cornelius Latham, Sr.,   b. 1760,   d. 11 Apr 1828, Bibb County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Daniel,   b. 1755,   d. 1835  (Age 80 years) 
    Documents
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 268, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 268, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 269, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 269, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    Family ID F11331  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Belaver Britt,   b. 1790-1800 
    Children 
     1. Raleigh/Rolly Britt,   b. 1810-1820
    Documents
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 269, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 269, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 268, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    1830 Orphans Court Book A Page 268, Bibb County, AL - Estate of Cornelius Latham
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F11335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joseph Nichols 
    Married 25 Apr 1830  Owen County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John W. Nichols,   b. 1838
     2. Levi Nichols,   b. 1840
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F11348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Apr 1830 - Owen County, IN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1840 - Owen County, IN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Owen County, IN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Decatur, Macon County, IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Decatur, Macon County, IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Apr 1891 - Decatur, Macon County, IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1179] Genealogy.com Genforum [http://genforum.genealogy.com], 13 Feb 2012.
      http://genforum.genealogy.com/britt/messages/2980.html

      Via submitter [Ruby]

      Seems after all these years people are suddenly interested in Lucretia. Go over to ancestry's message board and somebody else is asking about Lucretia and solving William Gillespie Britt, too. Someone posting as "Nicholsfarm" is answering on a lot of boards and saying she/he has done a lot of research so that might be the person to query.

      I have no answers to the quandry about William Gillespie Britt by I don't think he was Lucretia's son. He, Malinda and Caroline (where was she on the 1850 census?) fit Bolivar Britt's 1830-40 censuses and the marriage date to Martha Gray whether W.G. was born in 1825 or 1827. The 1830 MS census for Bolavar Britt and the 1840 LA census for Brit Belover look to be the same with the addition of two younger males by 1840 and the spouse gone. My opinion isn't worth much on this but I do doubt that Olivia Cutrer was the mother of Matilda and Caroline. Seems at age 15 yrs and apparently orphaned, that Matilda Britt was either taken in by the Cutrers (there are a number of young people in other's households) and/or that she was more likely a servant in the Cutrer household.

      As far as W.G. turning up in Macon Co., IL, maybe he was aware of Lucretia Nichols and maybe it was coincidence. Macon County was a crossroads and note that there were a number of families from Louisiana on that 1870 census.

      As to whether Lucretia's first husband, Belaver Britt, was the same as Bolivar Britt I couldn't say. Apparently her father died in 1828? and thought she was still married to Britt. Maybe she was. I have not found any evidence that he ever got to Indiana but he maybe just did not leave any record. On the other hand, Lucretia had a sister in neighboring Clay Co., Indiana, and a John Latham was there as well. A large contingent of people arrived in Owen County, Indiana, about 1828 from Montgomery Co., North Carolina. It is possible that group also included people from surrounding areas of North Carolina. I don't know when the Cagles were supposed to have arrived in Indiana but if Lucretia was divorced or desserted, she might have come north with them and her father wasn't aware of the circumstances. Lucretia could not read or write. By the 1830 estate settlement, apparently no one knew about Lucretia's status still or did not make an effort. Do you know if Sarah Cagle collected on her inheritance at the time or not, indicating communication? If Bolivar Britt who married Martha Gray was the same man, it is possible the Lathams in Bibb Co., AL, were not alerted to the change in wives. Seems a bit odd because people had a way of passing around information as much then as now, but it doesn't seem like something anyone has been able to learn. I have good reason to believe Joseph Nichols was from Montgomery County but since it is a burned county it is unlikely proof will ever be found.

      Lucretia said she had three children with Britt, she did not say whether those children had survived or were living. I do believe strongly that Rolly Britt b.1823-25 NC was their son (and Sarah Cagle had a son named Rolly or Rawleigh as well).

      There are records for two Britts in Owen Co., Indiana: Rolly and Singleton. The latter was married and divorced there three times but he is proved to belong to the southern Indiana family of Nelson Britt who came from Kanawha Co., VA, to Indiana before 1820.

      Rolly Britt married 5 Sep 1839 Owen Co. to Elizabeth Hasty. On the 1840 Owen Co. census Rolly is next door to his father-in-law, Clement Hasty, and 6 households from Lucretia Nichols. "Rawley" Britt was on the 1843 Owen Co. tax list in Morgan Twp (where Lucretia lived). By the 1850 census he had moved to Pike Co., Missouri, with the inlaws. Rolly eventually settled in Calhoun Co., IL, and the last I know about him was the 1880 census there; he reported being born in NC; father b.SC; mother b.NC. I did not do any original research in Calhoun County. I did have contact with a descendant a few years ago but she took what I gave her and never replied; didn't send anything in return, didn't say thank you, just posted it online as her own.

      Lucretia said in her 1888 newspaper interview that Joseph Nichols died in Tennessee. She also said "there were nine children by the second marriage." That seems extreme considering they were married for only 7-9 years so maybe she was counting his and their's. She also said "Four of the Nichols boys were in the Union Army." There are never that many males in Joseph's or Lucretia's households. Both of Joseph and Lucretia's sons, John Wesley and Levi Nichols, were in the Civil War. I have only been able to prove one son of Joseph's from his first marriage, Isaac Nichols born about July 1825. He seems a bit old to serve in the Civil War, still his 1900 census says he is a pensioner. I have never identified any service or pension record for him. His death certificate gives his parents as Joseph Nichols born NC and Lucretia Lathimer born GA. It is a typed copy and the informant was omitted. There is a lot wrong on the certificate including the maiden name of Isaac's wife. I can see where someone, maybe even Isaac himself, considered Lucretia to be Isaac's mother since he was so young when Joseph and Lucretia married and Lucretia raised him. Isaac is also proved in the obit of Joseph and Lucretia's son, John, which named Isaac as a brother. I have written to descendants of Isaac's in years past but never got any replies.

      Isaac waffles on his birth place from North Carolina to Tennessee but that is understandable since, again, he was very young and the family did go to Tennessee not long after their marriage. Joseph and Lucretia's daughter, Elizabeth born 25 Dec 1830-32 also waffles between Tennessee and North Carolina for her birth place. It is a possibility that the Joseph Nichols family did go back to North Carolina first, perhaps taking Joseph's mother back, then went to Tennessee. Obviously Lucretia preferred the north since she went back after Joseph's death and before the 1840 census. In Aug 1840 she held a promissory note for $30 presented as evidence of signature in a lawsuit of neighbors so the 1840 census of Owen County was taken before that date.

      I know none of this helps your quest nor helps to identify or differentiate Bolivar or Belaver Britt or if there was more than one man with that name living in or near the same time frame. If Rolly Britt was son of Belaver and Lucretia (Latham) Britt and he was born ca 1823, and if Rolly was the youngest, then Bolivar and Belaver could be the same man since Bolivar m.1825 in Mississippi. If Rolly was born closer to 1825 then probably not unless Lucretia was divorced or desserted before Rolly's birth.

    2. [S1182] Ancestry.com Message Boards [boards.ancestry.com], 7 Feb 2012.
      http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?o=20&m=770.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.1&p=surnames.britt

      via submitter [Lathammr]

      "Grandma Nichols at Home" 1889
      On Sunday afternoon the reporter visited Mrs. Lucretia Nichols. the aged lady on South Siegel Street, who stoatly insists that "Oh, I'm a hundred yearsold and past. I had it down once, but I lost it." The old women has not been out of the little house for five years, and has been unable to leave her room for five months. She spends her days in a little close room sleeping and sitting on the edge of the bed smoking a pipe, while a little house dog, of which she is very fond, runs about barking and apparently content to remain indoors. Mrs. Nichols has lived in Decatur since 1856. Her maiden name was Lucretia Latham, and down in North Carolina where she was born her father owned slaves. She married Belaver Britt, by whom she had 3 children. Her second husband Joseph Nichols, who died in Tennessee. There were nine children by the second marriage. Four of the Nichols boys were in the Union Army. Wesley is the only one living in Decatur. He is a cripple and has been unable to leave the house since last May because of a broken leg. The mother and son are the only inmates of the small house. A daughter who resides with her husband across the street comes over and ministers to the wants of the unfortunate pair. Grandma Nichols is no very feeble. The sight of one eye is affected, and her hearing is slightly defective. She hopes to be able to walk again.

      I have read where she said her husbands name was mispelled alot. From Bellance to Bolaver to Belaver to Boliver. He is also listed in the 1840 Census as Brit Belover. Looks like they must have divorced sometime before 1830 being that Lucretia remarried in 1830 in Owen Co, Indiana. She ended up in Decatur Illinois from 1856 until she passed April 10, 1891.