Nellie M. Grimes

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Nellie M. Grimes (Lattimer)

Also Known As: "Nellie Latimer"
Birthplace: Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Captain Mulford M. Lattimer and Mary Annie Miller
Wife of Lee Morgan Grimes
Mother of Laurel Vivian Glendinning
Sister of William Lattimer and Charles Lattimer

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About Nellie M. Grimes

From records of Lee Morgan Grimes dated 4/18/1926:

Captain M.M. Lattimer was an engineer in civilian life, but entered the war and commanded Company S, 3rd Michigan Cavalry. He was shot in the shoulder. The wound healed over on the outside and after the war was over, he and a partner went down the Mississippi to go into business in turpentine forests. They bought land. He became very ill as his lung hadn't healed on the inside. He died and the partner skipped with the proceeds of the venture. Capt. Lattimer's wife, Mary Annie, was left with three children. Nellie was a baby in arms.

The Millers (Mary Annie's family) came from Glasgow, Scotland and settled in Rochester, New York. It is told that the great-grandmother was a Laird's daughter and she was disinherited because she married a commoner.

Mary Annie's brothers were Henry and William Miller. Henry married a French woman and had 17 children. William was a miner in California. He returned to help his sister, Mary Annie, get settled on a farm in Kansas where she moved in a covered wagon from Detroit after her husband died.

Nellie Lattimer, her two brothers, William and Charles, and their mother lived in Kansas on a large farm. It was on one of the cattle trails from the South and many herds put up there and rested a day on the way North.


In 1900, Nellie & Lee had been married 14 years, had 8 children, with only one still living in 1900.

In 1870 Mary (Nellie's mother) and her children were living with Mary's brother William.

  • Ref: 1870 US Census-Kansas Nellie, age 4. Head: William Miller 38, Mary Latimer 33, Willard Latimer 15, Charles Latimer 10, Nellie Latimer 4.

By 1880, Nellie was living alone in a different household (Johnson) in Colorado at age 14. The 1880 Census identifies her parents as having been born in New York State.

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Nellie M. Grimes's Timeline

September 1865
Michigan, United States
July 8, 1894