Henrietta Marshall Latham (Dwight) (October 21, 1840–February 6, 1909) was the wife of broker James H. Latham and an early advocate for animal welfare. The Latham Fountain was erected by Henrietta and James' children in their memory.
According to the Oakland Berkeley Journal, Henrietta wrote one of the first vegetarian cookbooks, published in 1898, called The Golden Age Cook-Book.
In her later years, Henrietta was a noted watercolor painter. She painted scenes from Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Paris, France.
Henrietta Marshall was born October 21, 1840 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father Charles Manchester Marshall was originally from England. Her mother Henrietta Cole was born in Virginia. It's unclear when Henrietta came to California, but she and her mother are listed in Pennsylvania in the 1850 census, and she and both parents in Oakland in the 1860 census. The 1860 census lists Charles' profession as 'quartz miner'.
Henrietta married James H. Latham on November 27, 1860. The Lathams moved around a fair amount. Sons Charles S. Latham (September 5, 1861–July 21, 1890) and Milton Latham (January 9, 1863–December 11, 1921) were born while they lived in Sacramento. Daughter Edith Latham (October 28, 1866–July 28, 1951) was born in Virginia City, Nevada.
James died in 1876. At some point after that, Henrietta married a Mr. Dwight and moved into a 50-room mansion in Menlo Park.
Death and Burial
Henrietta died in 1909 in Paris, France, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery along with James, son Charles, and other Lathams in plot 9 in the Latham family grave.
Her parents are also buried there, as well as her sister, Elizabeth "Lizzie" P. Marshall (Janin) (October 9, 1844–) and many members of her family. There are approximately 30 people listed on the marker including members of the following families: Latham, Marshall, Janin, Carney, Haas, Judah, Van Winkle, Evans, James, Ibold, Michler, Smith.
Links and References
- Henrietta Marshall Latham Dwight: Early California Watercolorist
- The Golden Age Cook Book by Henrietta Latham Dwight