Robert Latimer, II (1663 - 1728) MP

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Birthplace: New London, CT, United States
Death: Died in New London, CT
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About Robert Latimer, II

Robert Latimer, Jr. amassed a large estate in land. He purchased Royce and Comstock lots on Williams and Vauxhall Streets, covering the ridge of Post Hill. He inherited a considerable tract of swamp and cedar forest west of the town. Part of that land, which still belonged to his descendants, became Cedar Grove Cemetery in 1851. He also owned a farm at Black Point and an unmeasured quantity of wild land in the woods in what is now Chesterfield Society, in Montville.

Robert Latimer, Jr. was elected deputy of the Colonial Legislature in 1705 and held that office for several years in succession. In 1717 he was a member of the governor's council. He was chosen again in 1720 and held this position until his death eight years later.

He is buried in the graveyard beside the North Parish Congregational Church in New London, Connecticut. The gravestone bears the inscription:

HERE LYES YE BODY OF CAPTAIN ROBERT LATIMER

BORN FEBRUARY 5, 1664

DIED NOVEMBER 27, 1728 -------------------- He was Capt. R. Latimer, Jr. and was twice married to an Elizabeth. He was rich in landed estate, owning beside the homestead in New London and town lots a considerable tract of swamp and cedar land in the vicinity of New London, and an unmeasured quantity of wild land iin the northwestern part of New Loondon, which was afterward occupied by the descendants. He also owned a tract of land in Chesterfield, town of Montville, where some descendants still reside.

Capt. Latimer was chosen to many public positions of trust, and in 1705 was chosen a deputy, which office he held for several years in succession. In 1717 he was a member of the Governor's Council to which he was again chosen in 1720, holding the positiion from that time until his death in 1728.

There is some controversy about Robert Latimer's children. The most recent theory which appears to be substantiated, is that he first married Elizabrth Dymond (daughter of Thomas Dymond and Elizabeth Bradley) and that she died in 1693 when their first son, Robert, was born. then, at some later date, Capt. Robert married Elizabeth Buck (Widow of George Buttolph), who already had three children.

I have a copy of his will, dated Aug. 12, 1727, a picture of his gravestone in New London, and a copy of the Latimer Coat of Arms.

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Robert Latimer, II's Timeline

1663
February 5, 1663
New London, CT, United States
1692
January 5, 1692
Age 28
New London, New London, Connecticut
1693
October 15, 1693
Age 30
1697
1697
Age 33
New London, CT, USA
1698
1698
Age 34
New London, CT, USA
1703
September 5, 1703
Age 40
September 5, 1703
Age 40
New London, CT, USA
1707
November 7, 1707
Age 44
1709
1709
Age 45
1728
November 2, 1728
Age 65
New London, CT