Samuel Martin Lathan


 

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Both are buried in:
Hopewell Associate Reform Presbyterian Church Cemetery,
Chester County, S.C.



Samuel Martin Lathan was a plantation owner. His plantation, at Blackstock, S.C., was given to him by his father, Robert Lathan. Sherman's army passed through his plantation on their march from Georgia in pursuit of Confederate Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston's army. The date of his marriage has been variously listed as March 10, 1829 and March 26, 1829. However, Hovolyn C. Knox located the Lathan family Bible, which had been maintained by Martha Paterson and then by Martha Lathan. Martha Lathan was, Havolyn C. Knox's Great grandmother. This Bible states the marriage date as March 26, 1829.

He was a slave owner. The 1860 U.S. Census slave register lists 2 slaves: one black male 70 years of age, and another black male 25 years of age. Nearby was listed a, Mary Lathan who owned one slave a black female age 58. This Mary Lathan was most likely the widow of Samuel Martin Lathan's brother, John Lathan.

He listed his wealth as: $5000 in real-estate and $3956 in personal property.

Sources: Slave data-National Archives- the Slave Census section of the 1860 U.S. Census for Chester County, S.C. 1860, Bible records, Records of George Moore.

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Samuel Martin Lathan's Will (a transcript)
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State of south Carolina, Fairfield County

In the name of God, amen. Know all men by these presents that I, Samuel M. Lathan, of the State and County aforesaid, being of sound and disposing mind but feeble and infirm in body, do make this my last will and testament.

Item 1st. It is my will that, after my death, my funeral expenses and all my indebtedness be paid out of my real estate.

Item 2nd. I will and bequeath all the remainder of my real estate and personal property to my beloved wife Martha Lathan during her life time.

Item 3rd. I will and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Ann Garvin five dollars to be paid out of real estate, after the death of my beloved wife Martha Lathan.

Item 4th. It is my will that, after the death of my beloved wife Martha Lathan, all my personal property shall be the property of Sarah K. Lathan, and that my real estate be divided equally between my daughters Nancy M. Simpson, Sarah K. Lathan and Martha Wylie, the remainder of my children Robert, Mary Isabella, Jane, William, Samuel B., John B., and David W., having been already provided for by me.

Item 5th. I name and appoint my sons Samuel B. Lathan and William Lathan as executors of this my last will and testament, with full power to dispose of my real estate, as stated in Items First, Third and 4th of this my last will and testament, with full power and authority to divide my real estate, after the death of my beloved wife Martha Lathan, between my daughter Nancy M. Simpson, Sarah K. Lathan and Martha Wylie, and to make to the same as good & valid as lies in me.

(Signed in a very shaky hand)
(Samuel M. Lathan) (Seal)

Signed and Sealed this the 25th day of October in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eighty seven in the presence of,

(Signed)
(John H. Simpson)
(illegible McDonald)
(Robt. Bankhead)

Source of Will: Photocopy of original presented to this compiler by George Moore of Chester S.C., a cousin and President of the Chester County Genealogical Society at the time he presented it.