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Descendants and In-laws of John Lathrop
|Arnold, Benedict||Leader of one of our greatest victories during the Revolution, then traitor|
|Bush, President George||President of the United States|
|Carter, Nick||Singer - Backstreet Boys|
|Dulles, John Foster||Secretary of State (Eisenhower)|
|Grant, Ulysses||Civil War general and President of the United States|
|Hawthorne, Nathaniel||American Novelist|
|Holmes, Oliver Wendell (Sr.)||Author, poet, physician, lecturer|
|Holmes, Oliver Wendell (Jr.)||Supreme Court Justice|
|Huntington, Ebenezer||Revolutionary War Officer, Later General in 1790's, Congressman|
|Huntington, Isaac||Connecticut Convention that voted for Constitution|
|Lathrop, George Parsons||American Novelist|
|Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth||American Novelist|
|Roosevelt, Franklin Delano||President of the United States|
The Lathrop line of descent to Benedict Arnold is:
The Lathrop line of descent for John Foster Dulles is:
Source: From Gen 4 down, NEHGR 136:315 Oct 1982, Roberts. Some dates estimated.
Subject: Charles Lathrop
From: David T Lathrop <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 15:14:46 -0400
I see in your lineage of John Foster Dulles, you mention that you
have the lineage of Charles Lathrop. I am a decendent of Rev. John
Lothropp through Charles and I can give you that information if you want
If you want, I will send you my ged file of our family. Or,
I can give
you just the information on Charles.
John Lathrop is also an ancestor of Ulysses S. Grant (along with other ancestors I have in common with him: George and Ralph Partridge, and Stephen Tracy.)
See my page on Ulysses S. Grant.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne is not a Lathrop (that I know of), but his daughter married George Parsons Lathrop, so I thought I'd stop and take a brief look at him. He will be a progenitor of any descendants of that Lathrop branch.
Nathaniel was a pupil in the school of Dr. Joseph E. Worcester, the lexicographer, from 1811 to 1818. His mother removed to Raymond, Maine, and after living there in the woods one year Nathaniel returned to Salem and prepared for college. He matriculated at Bowdoin in 1821, at which time he restored the original English spelling of the name. He was graduated at Bowdoin, A.B., 1825, and A.M., 1828. Among his classmates were, John S. C. Abbott, James Ware Bradbury, Horatio Bridge, George Barrell Cheever, Jonathan Cilley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hezekiah Packard, David Shepley, William Stone and other men of mark. President Franklin Pierce and Prof. Calvin Ellis Stowe were of the class of 1824.
For twelve years after he left college Hawthorne lived a recluse, reading and writing by night or day as it suited his fancy. He published his first novel, "Fanshawe," at his own expense in 1826 and sold a few hundred copies. He then completed "Seven Tales of My Native Land," stories of witchcraft, piracy and the sea, but finally decided to destroy the manuscript. In 1830 he wandered from home as far as the Connecticut valley in company with an uncle, and in 1831 he went through New Hampshire, Vermont and New York state to Ticonderoga and as far west as Niagara Falls. He contributed short stories, sketches and essays to the Salem Gazette and the New England Magazine, and in May, 1831, Samuel G. Goodrich published four of his tales in the Token and Atlantic Souvenir, but they received little notice except from the Peabody sisters, who learned that the anonymous author was the son of their neighbor, Widow Hawthorne, and this led to the acquaintance that made Sophia Peabody his wife.
In 1836 he was made editor of the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge at a salary of $500 per annum, by Mr. Goodrich. He also compiled for the publishing company a "Universal History," for which he received $100 and which gave rise to the "Peter Parley" works of Mr. Goodrich. When his tales in the Token reached London the Athenæum gave favorable notices and this encouraged him to follow the advice of his classmate, Horatio Bridge, and publish them in a volume, Bridge agreeing to take the pecuniary risk. In this way "Twice Told Tales" was printed by the American Statemen Co. in Boston. Longfellow's review of the book in the North American Review started the sale, which reached about seven hundred copies. In 1837 he visited Horatio Bridge at his home in Augusta, Maine. In 1838 he became a contributor to the Democratic Review. In 1839 George Bancroft, the collector of the port of Boston, appointed him weigher and gauger, his salary being $1200 per annum, and he held the office until the advent of the Whig administration of 1841. He then published in Boston and New York the first part of "Grandfather's Chair." He joined the Brook Farm community the same year, invested $1000, his savings from his custom house position, in the enterprise, and was one of the most diligent and painstaking of the laborers.
He was married in June, 1842, to Sophia Peabody, but instead of going back to Brook Farm he took up his abode in the Old Manse in Concord. Here he wrote his tales for the Democratic Review, which were preserved in "Mosses from an Old Manse." He again became a recluse and except when on a daily walk, an occasional boat ride on the river by moonlight or an infrequent chat with Channing, Emerson, Henry Thoreau or Margaret Fuller, he lived by himself. His contributions to the Democratic Review kept the wolf from the door but gave no feasts. In 1845 the "Twice Told Tales," second series, appeared in book form. In 1846 he was appointed by President Polk U.S. surveyor in the custom house, Salem, Mass., and held the office until the incoming of a Whig administration in 1849.
While occupying the position he made the first draft of "The Scarlet Letter," which was published by James T. Fields in 1850, and within two weeks the edition of 5000 copies was exhausted and the book was reset and stereotyped and republished in England. In 1850 Hawthorne removed to Lenox, Mass., where in an old red farmhouse he wrote "The House of the Seven Gables," published in 1851, which proved almost as great a success as the "Scarlet Letter." In the autumn of 1851 he removed to West Newton, where he wrote "The Blithedale Romance," using the life at Brook Farm as side scenes. In 1852 he published "The Wonder Book." In the same year he purchased Bronson Alcott's house and twenty acres of land at Concord, Mass., and called it "The Wayside." In 1852 he prepared and published a campaign life of his friend, Franklin Pierce and in the winter of 1852-53, he wrote "Tanglewood Tales." In March, 1853, President Pierce appointed him U.S. consul at Liverpool, England. He lived in England with his family four years and his experiences there suggested "English Note Books" and "Our Old Home." He visited France, Switzerland and Italy, 1857-59, and gained the material for his "French and Italian NoteBooks," and while in Italy he began "The Marble Faun," which was published in 1860, the English edition bearing the title, "Transformation."
He returned to the United States in 1860. "Our Old Home," which he dedicated to Franklin Pierce, against the protest of his publishers, was issued in 1863 and suffered but little from its dedication. In the spring of 1864 his health began to fail rapidly while he was publishing "The Dolliver Romance" in the Atlantic. He went to Philadelphia in April, 1864, with his publisher, W. D. Ticknor, and while in that city Mr. Ticknor died. This incident was a great shock to Hawthorne in his weak condition. The next month he went with ex-President Pierce to the White Mountains, and when they reached Plymouth, N.H., May 18, Hawthorne died in his sleep. He was buried in Sleepy Hollow cemetery, Concord, Mass., May 24, 1864, and Emerson and Thoreau, his life-long friends, rest nearby.
His widow, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, who edited his "Note Books" and published "Notes in England and Italy" (1868), died in London, [p.153] England, Feb. 26, 1871. Their eldest daughter, Una, died in England in 1887, unmarried. Their daughter Rose was married to George Parsons Lathrop, and after her husband's death in 1898 devoted herself to charitable work under the direction of the Roman Catholic church, whose faith she and her husband embraced in 1892. Hawthorne received a place in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, October, 1900. He died in Plymouth, N.H., May 18, 1864."
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His paternal grandfather was a captain in the British colonial army in the French and Indian war, and later served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary army. His father, a graduate in theology from Yale, and an earnest Calvinist, was pastor for forty years over the First church, Cambridge. Mass. The religious training of Oliver's childhood made a deep impression upon his sensitive and poetic nature and from early manhood he was an aggressive Unitarian in direct opposition to the Calvinism of his father. He first attended a "dame school," kept by Mrs. Prenriss, and from his tenth until his fifteenth year he continued his education at a school in Cambridge-port, under Winslow Biglow, where he had as classmates Richard Henry. Dana, Margaret Fuller, and Alfred Lee, afterward bishop of Delaware. From Cambridge he was sent to Phillips academy at Andover, Mass., with the hope that he might incline to the ministry. There he made his first attempt at rhyme in the translation of the first book of Vergil's"Æneid?" He was graduated from Harvard in 1829 with William H. Channing, Prof. Benjamin Pierce, James Freeman Clarke, the Rev. S. F. Smith, and Benjamin R. Curtis. He roomed in Sloughton ball; was a frequent contributor to college publications; wrote and delivered the poem at commencement, and was one of sixteen of that class whose scholarship admitted them to the Phi Beta Kappa society. His cousin, Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner and John Lothtop Motley were in attendance at Harvard, although not his classmates. He attended the Dane law school in 1899, remaining one year, and in that year devoted more the to verse writing than he did to Blackstone.
In 1830, on reading a newspaper paragraph to the effect that the frigate Constitution was condemned by the navy department to be destroyed, he wrote on the impulse of the moment "Old Ironsides" which appeared first in the Boston Daily Advertiser, and quickly travelled through every newspaper in the United States, saving the vessel from destruction and bringing fame to the author. The following year he studied medicine at a private school under Dr. James Jackson, and in 1833 studied in the hospitals of Paris and London, spending his vacations in travel. He returned to Cambridge in December, 1835, received the M.D. degree from Harvard in 1836, and at once commenced his professional career. The same year he published his first volume of poems, which contained forty-five pieces. He received three of the Boylston prizes for medical dissertations and the three essays were published in 1838. He was professor of anatomy and physiology in Dartmouth college, 1838-40.
On June 15, 1840, he was married to Amelia Lee, third daughter of Charles Jackson, of Boston, associate justice of the supreme judicial court. The young pair settled in Boston, Mass., where Dr. Holmes engaged in general practice. He bought a house in Montgomery place, which afterward became Bosworth street, and there his three children were born: Oliver Wendell, March 8, 1841; Amelia Lee, who died in 1889, and Edward Jackson, who died in 1884. His wife died at their Beacon street home in 1888.
In 1843 he published an essay on the "Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever," and on this rests his claim to having made an original and valuable discovery for medical science, which called forth at the time a most hostile argument from the two leading American professors of obstetrics, Professors H. L. Hedge and C. D. Meigs, of Philadelphia. He was appointed Parkman professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard University Medical school in 1847, and occasionally overstepped the strict boundaries of these departments to give instruction in microscopy, psychology and kindred subjects. He relinquished his medical practice and was dean of the medical school, 1847-53.
In 1849 he built a house at Pittsfield, Mass., upon the old family place on the road to Lenox, in a township which had belonged to one of his Dutch ancestors in 1735, and there spent his summers until 1856, having as neighbors and associates, Nathaniel Hawthorne, G. P. R. James, Herman Melville, Miss Sedgwick and Fanny Kemble. In 1859 he delivered in several cities a course of lectures on the "English Poets of the Nineteenth Century," twelve of which were given before the Lowell Institute.
Dr. Holmes was a favorite with the lecture bureaus, and had no lack of engagements; and in his medical lectures at Harvard the last period was assigned to him, because he alone could hold the attentlon of his exhausted audience, listening to the fifth consecutive lecture. As a lecturer he was interesting, original and stimulating. He was wont to speak of occupying not a "chair," but a "settee" of medicine. He invented the arrangement of the stereoscope, afterward universally used, but obtained no patent for an article from which he might have made a fortune, "not caring," as he expressed it, "to be known as the patentee of a pill or of a peeping contrivance."
He was one of the founders of the Atlantic Monthly in 1857, and gave
magazine its name, contributing to it a series of conversational papers entitled "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" (1858), which contained some of his best poems. This was followed by a second series, The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859), and after a long interval, appeared The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1872). He contributed to the Atlantic the serial novels: Elsie Venner (1861); The Guardian Angel (1867); A Mortal Antipathy (1885); Our Hundred Days in Europe (1887); Over the Teacups (1890). He was identified with the magazine more closely than any other person, and for a longer period. On Dec. 3, 1879,
the editors gave a breakfast in his honor, he having passed his seventieth birthday, and Dr. Holmes read the poem "The Iron Gate," written for the occasion.
He removed from Montgomery place to a house on Charles street, on the riverside, in 1867, and in 1870 to Beacon street, where he lived the rest of his days, making Beverly Farms his summer home. He resigned his professorship at Harvard in 1882, and was immediately made professor emeritus, a rare distinction for Harvard to confer. From that time he lived a retired life in Boston, but continued his writings, "full of the same shrewd sense, wise comment and tender thought" that characterized them from the start. He made a second visit to Europe in 1886, with his daughter, and was everywhere warmly welcomed. He spent most of the time in England and Scotland, where he received the degree of D.C.L. from Oxford university, and that of LL.D. from Edinburgh. He was often called "our poet of occasion," being always ready when called upon to contribute a poem or an essay, giving the best his genius afforded. His writing never wholly weaned him from the medical profession, which he loved strongly because he loved human nature.
Besides the works already mentioned, he prepared with Dr. Jacob Bigelow, Marshall Hall's Theory and Practice of Medicine (1839); and is the author of: Lectures on Homoeopathy and its Kindred Delusions (1849); Report on Medical Literature (1848); Currents and Countercurrents in Medical Science. (1861); Borderland in some Provinces of Medical Science (1862); Soundings from the Atlantic (1864); Mechanism in Thoughts and Morals (1871); Memoir of John Lothrop Motley (1879); Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1884); Before the Curfew (1888); poetry: Urania (1846); Astrea (1850); Songs in Many Keys (1861 ); Songs of Many Seasons (1875); The Iron Gate and Other Poems (1880). His poems were subsequently collected into three volumes under the title: The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes. See Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes, by John Torrey Morse, Jr. (1896), and Life of Holmes, by Emma E. Brown (rev. ed., 1895).
He died at 296 Beacon street, Boston, Mass. Oct. 7, 1894. The burial
service, held at King's Chapel, was conducted by the Rev. E. E. Hale and
he was buried at Mount Auburn."
He was educated in the Boston schools and was graduated at Harvard (class poet) in 1861, while a volunteer soldier in the 4th battalion of infantry at Fort Independence. He was commissioned in the 20th Massachusetts volunteers as lieutenant; and was severely wounded at Bali's Bluff, Va., Oct. 21, 1861; at Antietam, Md., Sept. 17, 1862, and at Marye's Heights, Va., May 3, 1863. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1863, but was not mustered in, as the regiment was too much reduced to permit it. He served as aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. Horatio G. Wright from Jan. 29, 1864, until he was mustered out, July 17, 1864, with the rank of captain.
He was graduated at Harvard law school, 1866, and in 1867 was admitted to the bar and began practice in Boston, Mass. He was instructor in constitutional law at Harvard law school, 1870-71; edited the American Law Review, 1870-73; lectured on common law before the Lowell Institute, 1880; was professor of law at Harvard law school, 1882-83; justice of the supreme court of Massachusetts, 1882-99, and became chief justice in August, 1899. He became a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Dec. 4, 1902.
He was married, June 17, 1872, to Fanny, daughter of Epes S. Dixwell,
of Boston. He received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Yale in 1886 and
from Harvard in 1895; and was elected a member of the Massachusetts Historical
society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He edited:
Kent's Commentaries (12th ed., 1873), and is the author of The Common Law
(1881); Speeches (1891, 1896), and various articles contributed to professional
Following is the lineage of Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr and Jr) from
John and Hannah (Howse) Lathrop:
He was a student at Yale, but left college to serve in the American army, first as a lieutenant in Col. Samuel Wyllis's regiment. He received the degree of A.B. from Yale and from Harvard in 1775, and that of A.M. from both colleges in 1785. In 1776 he was promoted to the rank of captain, and was brigade major under General Parsons, subsequently serving as deputy adjutant-general and deputy-pay-master to the troops under General Heath on the Hudson. In 1777-78 he was major of Col. Samuel B. Webb's regiment, being stationed in Rhode Island in 1778. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel, joined the main army, and commanded a battalion of light troops at Yorktown, and was then made volunteer aide to General Lincoln, continuing with that commander to the time of the surrender Of Cornwallis. He was made major-general of the state militia in 1792, and in 1799, when war was threatened with France, General Washington named him as brigadier-general in the U.S. Army of Defence. He was a representative from Connecticut in the 11th and 15th congresses, 1809-11 and 1817-19.
He died in Norwich, Conn., Juue 17, 1834.
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Source: Huntington Genealogical Memoir, pg 126
Dr. George Alfred Lathrop was U.S. hospital surgeon at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1849-51, and was appointed U.S. consul there in 1851, returning to New York in 1858. George Parsons Lathrop was educated in the private schools of Oswego and in New York city, 1858-67, and at Dresden, Germany, 1867-70. He entered Columbia law school in 1870, and was employed in the law office of William M. Evarts in New York city.
Deciding to devote himself to literature he again went abroad, and was married, Sept. 11, 1871, in St. Peter's church, Chelsea, England, to Rose, daughter of Nathaniel and Sophia (Peabody) Hawthorne.
He was assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly, 1875-77; editor of the Boston Courier, 1877-79, and editor of the Providence Visitor. In 1879 he purchased Nathaniel Hawthorne's house, "the Wayside," in Concord, Mass., where he resided until 1883, when he removed to New York city, and subsequently to New London, Conn. In 1881 he visited Spain and the articles prepared there for Harper's Magazine were subsequently published in book form. He founded the American Copyright League, was its secretary, 1883-85, and promoted the passage of the copyright law. He was a promoter and trustee of the Catholic Summer schools at New London, Conn., and at Plattsburg, N.Y.; a supporter of the Paulist inauguration of the Apostolate of the Press in 1895, and a member of the Papyrus club of Boston; the Authors and Players clubs of New York; the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the Revolution; the St. John's Literary society of New London, and an honorary member of the John Boyle O'Reilly Reading Circle of Boston. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by St. John's college, Fordham, N.Y., in 1892.
He is the author of: Rose and Rooftree (1875); A Study of Hawthorne (1876); Afterglow (1877); Somebody Else (1878); Presidential Pills (1880); An Echo of Passion (1882); In the Distance (1882); Spanish Vistas (1883); History of the Union League of Philadelphia (1883); Newport (1884): True and other Stories (1884); Behind Time (1886); Gettysburg, a Battle Ode (1888); Two Sides of a Story (1889); Would You Kill Him ? (1889); The Letter of Credit (with W. H. Rideing, 1890); Dreams and Days (1892). He edited A Masque of Poets (1878), and contributed to its contents, and an edition of Hawthorne's works, for which he wrote a brief biography and introductory notes in 1883. He also adapted a dramatization of Tennyson's "Elaine" in blank verse, which was successfully staged and produced in Boston, New York and Chicago. With Rose Hawthorne Lathrop he prepared: A Story of Courage: Annals of the Georgetown Convent of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the MS. records (1894).
He died in New York city, April 19, 1898."
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Following is the lineage from John and Hannah (Howse) Lathrop to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's second wife was Frances Appleton, a Williams descendant.
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Lineage of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from John Lathrop
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