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John Lattimore
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1801
Rutherford County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1877

John Lattimore (1801-1877), the wealthiest of the owners, occupied the home for approximately half a century and gave his name to the house. Known to the family as Big John, he may have lived in the house before his marriage to Isabella Carson on June 8, 1830. Over the next 20 years, at least 11 children were born and as the family grew, so did the house. Since most of his children were born in the 1830s it is reasonable to assume that most of the additions were made during that time. The growth of his family and enlargement of his dwelling coincided with John Lattimore's rise to prosperity. By general standards of North Carolina in the ante-bellum era, Lattimore had elevated himself to the lower echelons of the planter class, but for the area in which he lived, he was considered a moderately wealthy and socially prominent resident. His principal income came from grain production. The outbreak of the Civil War disrupted operation of the Lattimore farm as it did many others in North Carolina. It is believed that all nine of Big John's sons were involved in Confederate service, two of whom died during the war. The Civil War stripped John Lattimore of a large portion of his wealth and much of his labor force. Sections of land were sold to pay off debts. He saved his homeplace by selling it and 206 acres to his son John L. Lattimore on March 22, 1870. The house then passed down to John's son Samuel C. Lattimore, who then bequeathed the property to his wife, Mary Elliott. She then sold it to her nephew John L. Lattimore in 1946. He lived in the home for several years but moved out in 1950. He still holds legal title to the property, but transferred the right of ownership to his son, John B. Lattimore. The John Lattimore House has stood vacant for many years, but the family has taken measures to stabilize it as one of the least altered 19th-century houses in the region. 
Family links: 
  Daniel Lattimore (1775 - 1833)
  Sarah Carpenter Lattimore (1772 - 1848)
  Isabella Carson Lattimore (1804 - 1875)*
  William Carson Lattimore (1832 - 1888)*
  Sarah Lattimore Packard (1833 - 1911)*
  John L. Lattimore (1836 - 1905)*
  Joseph C. Lattimore (1838 - 1870)*
  James H Lattimore (1841 - 1920)*
  Frank Lattimore (1842 - 1924)*
  Audley Martin Lattimore (1845 - 1931)*
  Mary C. Lattimore (1848 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Lattimore Family Cemetery (Polkville)
Cleveland County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: May 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37050667
John Lattimore
Added by: Mike Huffstetler
John Lattimore
Added by: Elizabeth Olmstead
John Lattimore
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- Cynthia Fondren
 Added: Dec. 23, 2014

- Lanie
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014
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 Added: Aug. 23, 2009
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