Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe
Some of you may know that I've taken on the role as a family historian and over the
years have discovered quite a number of interesting stories regarding our ancestry.
I would like today to begin to share some of these stories with my family.
Since it is the month of May I thought it appropriate to share with you just some of
what I know about one of our most prominent ancestral relatives and his notable
family the Latrobes.
Benjamin Henry Latrobe
The subject of this biography is Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe who was born 245
years ago on 1 May 1764 in Fulneck, England.
We are all related to Benjamin. My first cousins and I are related to him through our
third great grandmother Susannah Antes (1791-1883) of Clearfield County,
Pennsylvania. Her great aunt Anna Margaretta Antes (1728-1794) was married to
the Reverend Benjamin Latrobe (1728-1786) the father of our subject Benjamin.
The Reverend Latrobe was the son of a sailcloth-maker and merchant in Dublin,
Ireland was a prominent minister and by the time of his death the much loved and
widely respected leader of the Moravian Church in Britain.
Reverend Benjamin Latrobe
Benjamin Latrobe's great grandfather Philip Frederic Antes (1670-1746) is our
common ancestor. He is my cousin’s and my 7th great grandfather (my children’s
8th great grandfather). This makes Benjamin our first cousin six times removed,
which is a fancy way of saying he’s a first cousin who lived six generations earlier.
So what's so special about this Benjamin? Read on. What I am about to share with
you is compiled from a large number of sources.
Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe was a distinguished architect who achieved
eminence as the first professional architect working in the United States. He was
involved in the design of the United States Capitol building as well as the White
House in Washington, D. C. and has been called the "Father of American