John Latane, born at The Meadows and first-cousin to the Mahockney Latanes, was a University of Virginia student in the run-up to the Civil War. In 1859 he was a member of the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society (as later Mahockney owner Lewis Shepherd was in the 1980s), and young Latane sent an invitation for the Jefferson Society’s annual anniversary celebration for April 13, 1859. From the archives of the Virginia Historical Society.