Person:James Latimer (20)

James Wellington Latimer
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. 22 Feb 1847
  1. Josephine A. Latimerabt 1848 - 1878
  2. Elizabeth H. Latimerabt 1855 -
  3. Randolph M. Latimerabt 1857 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] James Wellington Latimer
Gender Male
Birth[1] 27 Dec 1826 Carroll County, Tennessee
Military[1] 1847-1848 Served in the 1st Division, Texas Volunteers, in the Mexican War.
Marriage 22 Feb 1847 Carroll County, Tennessee(3 children)
to Lucy M. Jordan
Census[4] 1850 Dallas County, Texas
Death[1] 6 Apr 1859 Dallas, Dallas County, TexasDied of a head fracture suffered the previous day, when he slipped and fell while carrying firewood.
Burial[1][2] Masonic Cemetery (Pioneer Cemetery), Dallas, Dallas County, Texas(now adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center)

Dallas County, Texas, 1850 census:[4]

Crutchfield, Thomas F. 47 yrs Inn Keeper (real estate = $4,000) b. Kentucky
      Frances M. 43 yrs b. Kentucky
[+ 4 children & 10 guests, including:]
Latimer, J. W. 25 yrs Editor & Lawyer b. Tennessee
      Lucy 20 yrs School Teacher b. Virginia
      Josephine 2 yrs b. Texas
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Handbook of Texas Online, "Latimer, James Welington".

    About 1845, he studied law under his brothers, Albert H. & Henry R. Latimer, and passed the bar in Red River County. He established a law practice in 1848 in Paris, Lamar County. In July 1849, he purchased an interest in the Texas Times (Paris) and took over as its editor. About Oct 1849, he and his partner, William Wallace, moved the newspaper to Dallas -- the first newspaper in Dallas, which at the time had about 40 residents. It later merged with the Herald to become the Dallas Times Herald.

    In June 1851, he was elected Justice of the Peace. He served as Chief Justice of Dallas County, 1852-54. In 1855, he attempted to establish a newspaper in Austin but gave it up when he was defeated in his bid to become the state printer.

    He was an active freemason and served as grand orator for the annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1858.

    He was a political opponent of Sam Houston. Strong Democrat but argued in his editorials in Feb 1859 that the party should support Stephen A. Douglas, a moderate whom he considered electable in 1860, rather than an extreme Southern partisan, who would not be.

  2. Find A Grave.

    NOTE: The original grave marker no longer exists. The plaque supplied by the State of Texas in 1968 regarding James Latimer is notoriously inaccurate, confusing his father's birth & death dates with the son's. (This cemetery is located directly across the street from the Main Library in Dallas.)

  3.   Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), p. 105-9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dallas, Texas, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 101A, dwelling/family 409/424.