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Annie Moss Latham
Mt. Vernon Newspaper - October 1890 

Annie Moss Latham was born in Louisa county, near Richmond, Va., 
on May 6, 1798, and died in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on October 21, 1890. 

She was the daughter of Rev. Lewis Johnson, one of the pioneer 
Methodist preachers of Illinois. In her early life Sister Latham's 
parents moved from Virginia to Tennessee, and in 1819 from Tennessee 
to Illinois, settling four miles from Mt. Vernon. On July 6, 1822, 
she married Ransom Moss, by whom she had eight children. In 1835 

Mr. Moss died, leaving her the care of her children to raise 
and educate as best she could in an almost unbroken wilderness. Her 
industry and energy in this heroic task knew no bounds, and her success 
was phenomenal. After a few years she married James Latham. In a few 
short months she was a widow again, and her responsibilities increased 
by the birth of another son. Her father was a tower of strength. He 
preached, sang and shouted the high praises of God all over this country, 
and when at home held family prayer with his loved ones three times every 
day. From this pious raising came "Grandma's" crowning glory of a thoroughly 
consecrated religious life and an unswerving fidelity to God under all 
circumstances. At the age of eleven she joined the Methodist Episcopal 
Church and rejoiced in her communion and membership 81 years. For ten 
years she had been blind, but her other faculties were unimpaired. She 
literally walked with God, and was often in the house of God with His 
people. Her descendants number about 200 souls, running down to the 
fifth generation, and "Grandma" was loved and reverenced by all. In her 
life and death she was more than conqueror. 

J.B. Thompson 

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