Transcribed by Louise Latsha, 8/27/1997 - Note that what appears to be zodiac signs do not agree with modern charts. (The suggestion has been made that maybe they are moon or planting signs)
Tuesday 29 October Anno Domini 1782 - have I Johannes Latsha a wife taken, her Christian name is Elizabeth, and the dear God shall give us much luck and blessings and a believing life and walk. Mr. Minister Schultz has taken our vows
October the 14 day 1783 - a son born to me into the world Tuesday under the sign of the Twins with the name Johannes Latsha
May the 15 day 1786 - a son was born to this world on Sunday under the sign of the Lion with the name Johan Heinrich Latsha
August the 27 day Anno 1788 - a son was born by me into this world Monday night at 10 o'clock under the sign of Waterman with the name Frederick Latsha
October 1 day Anno 1790 - a son was born to this world by me Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock also a Waterman sign name Daniel
May the 31 day Anno 1792 - a daughter was born into this world by me on Thursday morning at 5 o'clock in the sign of Libra with the name (Efa?) Cathrina Latsha and Matthew Gensel baptized
The 21 day Anno 1795 - is to me a small daughter into this world born Saturday evening at 8 o'clock in the sign of the Ram and born January 21 with the name Marie Magdalena
On the 18 day in the year 1798 - a son born into this world on Tuesday afternoon with the name Gideon Latsha and christened by (Gorg Geis weit)
November 13 day Anno 1799 - a son was born to me into this world on Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock under the sign of the Twins with the name of Joseph Latsha
January the 9 day Anno 1803 - born to me and into this world a small daughter Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the sign of Lion with the name Annalis (Elizabeth)
Joseph died 17 August 1809
Older Hans Latsha is deceased on 22 January at 10 o'clock in the morning Anno 1810 and his age is as much as 57 years and 5 months
Hannes Latsha died on 11 April at 7 o'clock Anno 1852 and his age is as much as 68 and 15 days old
Old Catrina Latsha is dead on 31 October 1852 and her age was 89 and 4 months
Daniel Latsha died the 25 January about 2 o'clock Anno 1853 and his age was as much as 63 years and 24 days old
Heinrich Latsha died the 1 day July Anno 1859 and his age was as much as 74 years and 9 months old
Katrina Latsha died October the 23 1879 at the age of as much as 87 years 4 months and 23 days
Magdalena Wolfen died the 7 day of January 1882 and her age was as much as 86 years 11 months and 16 days
Northumberland County Courthouse Book 2 Page 120
First to my son John Latcha that tract of land on which he now lives containing 70 acres for which he is to pay 75 pounds - I have given unto him one horse, a tin plated stove, one cow, one sheep, one hog.
Secondly to my son Henry Latcha a tract of land adjoining lands of Adam Deffenbaugh and others containing 70 acres for which he is to pay 75 pounds - I give unto my son Henry - one horse and gears, and my blacksmith tools for which he is to pay the sum 6 dollars and he is to do the sharpening smith work for my son Frederick and further I give to him one cow, one sheep and one hog and my rifle for which he is to pay 4 pounds.
Thirdly to my son Frederick Latcha all my plantation I now live on containing 175 acres for which he is to pay 175 pounds - I give to my son Frederick my weavers Lomb and utensils, two horses and gears, one young cow and a heffer, two sheep and two hogs and my waggon and a log chain and wind mill and one plough.
Fourthly to my son Daniel Latcha a tract of land adjoining land of my son John containing 70 acres for which he is to pay 75 pounds - I give unto my son Daniel my sorrel mare and my little bay mare with the full set of gears, one plough and irons there unto and one log chain, one cow, one sheep and one hog.
Fifthly I give unto my Beloved wife Chatrina Latcha the sum of 100 pounds - my clock and kitchen ware and one large iron pott and her chest and her bedstead and beding and further I order that my son Frederick shall give my beloved wife Chatrina Latcha leave to live in the house I now live in with him so long as she remains my widow. [The will goes on to state what all Frederick is to provide for his mother as long as she remains a widow.]
Sixthly I give to my daughter Chatrina Latcha one hundred pounds - one good bedstead and beding, a copper kettle, one cow, one heffer, one sheep, one hog, one chest and one flax hetchel.
Seventhly I give to my daughter Magdalena Latcha one hundred pounds - one good bed and bedstead, one cow, one heffer, one sheep, one hog, one iron kettle and one flax hetchel and one chest.
Eighthly I give to my daughter Anna Elizabeth Latcha one hundred pounds - one bedstead and beding, one cow, one heffer, one sheep, one hog and one iron kettle and one flax hetchel and one chest.
Ninthly I do order that my executors are empowered to sell a tract of land I have situate on Mahanoy Mountain at publick sale and divide the money in equal shares to all my heirs and further I devise that the remainder of personal estate my heirs may divide amongst themselves if they can agree and if not my executors shall sell at publick sale. Further I give to my son Daniel my large saw. Further I do devise that my three daughters to have their dwelling in the house I now live in as long as they remain unmarried. I do hereby appoint my brother Henry Latcha and George Kimple my executors - my hand and seal the sixteenth day of February 1810.
Probated March 23, 1810
Northumberland County Courthouse Will Book 4 page 307
In the name of God, I, Catherine Latsha widow of the deceased Johannes Latsha of Jackson township in Northumberland County and state of Pennsylvania. I am not ill of heart but at my age am weak but of sound mind and judgment. Thanks to God for that, herewith I make and note this last will and testament as follows:
First I place my soul in God's hands who has given it to me and my body into the earth in a Christian funeral and the worldly possessions with which God has blessed me, I give in the following manner:
My executor is to take the law in his hands and all my possession which I have left behind, after my death shall the executor sell at public sale and collect the money to pay my debts and what is left is to be divided in equal parts to my children, namely 4 sons and 3 daughters.
In my lifetime I have divided money among my children - To my son John Latsha without writing, ten thalor - To my son Heinrich Latsha without writing, sixty eight thalor - To my son Frederick Latsha forty thalor, fifty cent - To my son-in-law Michael Wolfe I have given seventy thalor, ninety cents all without writing, - To my son-in-law William Stroh I have given money without writing, the sum of twenty seven thalor. Further, I give the sum of Twenty-eight thalor to my grandchildren by Frederick Latsha in the same way as to my children. Also my clothes, which I will leave behind, for the trouble they have had with me.
Further it is my will, that my daughter Elizabeth, married to William Stroh is to take that which is hers but not to her husband. What I have received for my livelihood is correct from my son Frederick because I lived with him so long. So I close my last will and declare all previous made will null & void from this date on.
Finally, I declare and name my dear friend, Heinrich Latsha as my executor in my last will. This I witness with my own hand and seal on 8 (March/May) 1848.
Catherine (x her mark) Latsha