Person:Albert Latimer (5)

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m. 19 Jul 1803
  1. Mary Abigail Latimer1804 - 1881
  2. Sarah Latimer1806 - abt 1891
  3. Albert Hamilton Latimer1808 - 1877
  4. Daniel Fitch Latimer1810 -
  5. Margaret Ann Latimer1812 - 1854
  6. Euphemia Ann Latimer1815 -
  7. Henry Russell Latimer1817 - 1887
  8. Jane B. Latimer1819 -
  9. Louise Elizabeth Latimer1822 -
  10. Mary Ann Susan Latimer1824 - 1845
  11. James Wellington Latimer1826 - 1859
m. 3 Sep 1828
  1. John C. Latimer1833 -
  2. Tennessee J. Latimer1838 -
m. 22 Nov 1836
  1. Daniel Fitch Latimer1837 - 1921
  2. Henry Latimer1842 -
  3. Dallas Susan Latimer1844 -
  4. Miranda Abigail Latimer1846 - 1925
  5. Lenora E. Latimer1848 - 1927
  6. Susan Wootten Latimer1852 -
  7. James Wellington Latimer1854 -
m. 21 Sep 1857
  1. Elizabeth Latimer1858 - 1918
  2. Ella B. Latimer1861 - 1956
  3. Henry Russell Latimer1865 - 1941
  4. Albert Hamilton Latimer, Jr.1868 - 1945
  5. Morgan Gattis Latimer1868 - 1938
  6. Frank C. Latimer1873 -
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] Albert Hamilton Latimer
Gender Male
Birth[2][4] 25 May 1808 Huntingdon, Carroll, Tennessee, United States
Marriage 3 Sep 1828 Carroll County, Tennesseeto Elritta E. Smith
Other[2] 1833 Red River, Texas, United StatesMigration
Military[11] 14 Jul 1836 Texas, United StatesEnlisted in Becknell's Volunteer Company as a private. Subsequently appointed 2nd Sergeant in place of William H. Hopkins.
Marriage 22 Nov 1836 Carroll County, Tennessee(his 2nd wife)
to Elizabeth Richey
Census[3] 1850 Red River, Texas, United States
Occupation[5] 1855 Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United StatesLawyer
Property[6] 8 Oct 1855 Red River, Texas, United States
Marriage 21 Sep 1857 Red River County, Texas(his 3rd wife)
to Mary Jane Gattis
Census[7] 1860 Grayson County, Texas
Census[8] 1870 Red River, Texas, United States
Death[4] 27 Nov 1877 Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States
Burial[4] Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States

He came to the Red River area in 1833 in search of "a better country," liked the area, and sent back to Tennessee for his parents and family.S2


In 1834, he moved his family to a location northeast of the site of present Clarksville, where he and others founded the town of La Grange (now Madras).S10


Although not officially elected, he was one of five delegates from the Red River region to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. From July to October 1836 he served with William Becknell's Red River Blues on the Lavaca River.S10


He represented Red River County in the lower house of the Fifth and Sixth congresses of the Republic of Texas, 1840-42, was a delegate to the Convention of 1845, and served as a member of the Senate of the Third Legislature, 1849-51.S10


30 Sep 1848:S8

Elected president of a public meeting held to discuss the possibility of a railroad being contructed from Galveston to the Red River.

Red River County, Texas, 1850 census:

Latimer, Albert 47 yrs Farmer (real estate = $______) b. Tennessee
      Elizabeth 37 yrs b. Kentucky
      John 18 yrs b. Texas
      Tennessee 15 yrs b. Texas
      Daniel 13 yrs b. Texas
      Henry 8 yrs b. Texas
      Dallas [f!] 6 yrs b. Texas
      Maranda 4 yrs b. Texas
      Lenora 2 yrs b. Texas

8 Oct 1855:S6

Received 1st Class headright certificate #2 for 2,302 acres, which he located north of Clarksville. (The community of Dimple is on this land.)

Grayson County, Texas, 1860 census:

Latimer, A. H. 50 yrs Farmer b. Tennessee
      Mary 30 yrs b. Mississippi
      John C. 27 yrs b. Tennessee
      Tennessee J. 22 yrs b. Texas
      Fitch R.[K?] 17 yrs b. Texas
      Susan 15 yrs b. Texas
      Maranda E. 13 yrs b. Texas
      Lonora E. 11 yrs b. Texas
      "Love" 8 yrs b. Texas
      James 6 yrs b. Texas
      Elizabeth 2 yrs b. Texas
Harris, E. B. [m] 25 yrs b. Texas

In the Secession Crisis, Latimer was prominently and consistently identified with the Unionist cause. He was one of two men that the Unionists in the state legislature nominated in their unsuccessful attempt to block ardent secessionist Louis T. Wigfall's election to the U.S. Senate. Because of his age, Latimer was able to remain in Texas during the war without jeopardizing his Unionist credentials. He was appointed state comptroller by Governor Andrew J. Hamilton in October 1865.S10


He was elected a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1866, where he was a member of the Radical Union Caucus and was its unsuccessful candidate for chairman of the convention. He served instead as chairman of the finance committee. After the convention, Latimer resigned his position as comptroller to accept a federal appointment as one of three direct-tax commissioners for the state of Texas and was given supervision of internal revenue collection in North Texas. In 1867 he was appointed supervisor of voter registration for North Texas. From April to August of that year he served as a subassistant commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau; he resigned the position to accept an appointment as associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court.S10


With the approach of the election of 1869, he was designated the candidate for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket, headed by Andrew J. Hamilton. When Edmund J. Davis was nominated by the Radical Republicans, thus splitting the party, the Grant administration decided to support Davis and gradually began to remove officials who supported Hamilton. In late September 1869 Latimer announced his resignation from the Supreme Court, to take effect on December 30. Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds, commanding the Department of Texas, accepted the resignation but made it effective on November 30. Latimer then announced that he would retire from the court immediately, but Reynolds ordered him to stay until the end of the session on November 30. The moderate Republican ticket was defeated by the Radical Republicans in the election.


Red River County, Texas, 1870 census:

Latimer, Albert 62 yrs Farmer (real estate = $7,000; personal estate = $1,500) b. Tennessee
      Mary 40 yrs b. Tennessee
      Nora 22 yrs b. Texas
      Wooten 19 yrs b. Texas
      James 17 yrs b. Texas
      Lizzie 11 yrs b. Texas
      Ella 9 yrs b. Texas
      Albert 7 yrs b. Texas
      Henry 5 yrs b. Texas
      Morgan 3 yrs b. Texas
References
  1. Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), pp. xviii, 68.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), p. 105-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Red River, Texas, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 205, house/family 148/148.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Grave marker, Clarksville Cemetery, Clarksville, Red River County, Texas.
  5. Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), p. 68.
  6. Texas. General Land Office. Abstracts of All Original Texas Land Titles Comprising Grants and Locations. (Austin, Texas: Texas General Land Office), Patent #934 (Abstract # 502).
  7. Grayson, Texas, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 210, house/family 1022/1048.
  8. Red River, Texas, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 10, house/family 21/21.
  9.   Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States. Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), 30 September 1848.
  10.   Handbook of Texas Online, "Latimer, Albert Hamilton".
  11. Becknell's Company of Vols - Descriptive Muster Roll.