Jan Latsky

John Latsky (abt. 1791 - 1866)

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John (Jan) Latsky aka Lasetis, Lacki
Born about in Prussiamap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Worcester, Cape Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Celleryfontein, Cape Colonymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 21 Jul 2015 | Last significant change: 18 Jan 2019
20:35: Louis Heyman edited the Biography for John Latsky (abt.1791-1866). [Thank Louis for this]
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Jan Latsky (Lacki) might have found himself in the ranks of the British 60th Regiment of Foot at the same time with Kolesky and Kitshoff (roughly 1810) and, like the remaining soldiers of this regiment, came to the Cape Town in September 1811. Poles, who served in the rows of the British army, did not do this entirely out of free will. They had most often been previously the soldiers of the armies of the Napoleonic coalition, fighting in various parts of Europe and the World. Jan Latsky originated from Lithuania, which had been for centuries associated through a union with Poland, and had been inhabited by many Poles. He was born in 1792, as a son to Michael (Michał) and Anna. The legend, repeated in the family, says that he participated in 1812 in the Russian campaign of Napoleon’s and that he saw burning Moscow. He supposedly fought against the Napoleon’s army in the Cossack detachment (Żukowski, 1994). Later on he was to fight under Waterloo, as a soldier of the Prussian army, commanded by general Blücher (van Rensburg, 1999; van Rensburg, South African Stamouers). The family tale probably magnifies excessively the Napoleonic episode of his life, since in 1810 he was already the soldier of the 60th Regiment of Foot (WO/2/6878), and starting with September 1811 he was already in South Africa. In 1817 (on January 13th) he obtained the right to settle in the Colony (Philips, 1979). Initially he did not fare well. In 1821 he got without any means to Cape Town. Luckily, he found a job in Paarl as a groom with a local physician. On June 2nd, 1826, he married in Worcester Lucya Gloudina Buys, being mentioned then as a citizen of the town of Beaufort. The couple had three daughters and two sons. In 1827 Latsky purchased 14,000 acres of land in Karoo and established the farm “Celeryfontein” in the vicinity of today’s Carnevon, becoming one of the pioneers of the European settling in High Karoo. He died on December 18th, 1866, on his farm (Pama, 1983; van Rensburg, 1999). Numerous descendants of Jan live in South Africa until now, bearing the family name of Latsky.[1]

Jan LATSKY arrived at the Cape between 1817 and 1819. He was born in 1792. He married Lacya Gloudina BUYS at Worcester, her parents were Stephanus Johannes Buys and Anna Catharina Jachemina Du Buisson. It has been stated that he was of very large stature. He must have had a very adventurist spirit, since he served in the Cossack regiment against Napoleon. He saw Moscow burning. He received a bullet wound and had a scar on the forehead from a sword slash. He also fought at Waterloo. At first he served a doctor grooming his horses. He moved to the arid part of the Karoo and he obtained the farm Celeryfontein in 1827. He built a house with loopholes for defence. There are very old graves on the farm, with flat stones stacked on top of one another but the graves are not marked. [2]


1766-06-01 from probate death notice[3]
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60ste Regiment 1ste Divisie[4]
Die Divisie is vanaf Jamaica na Cowes, Engeland verplaas in April 1810
Die vermoede is dat Jan hier aangesluit het. Daarna is die divisie verplaas na die Kaap in Mei 1811.
60th Regiment of Foot: General Muster Books and Pay Lists Ongedigitaliseerd
WO 12/6878 1808 - 1810 60th Foot 1st Battalion[5]
Die enigste skip met troepe wat aan die Kaap arriveer wat klop met die vertrek vanaf Cowes deur die 1ste Divisie was op 18 September 1811, Skip: Portsea, Kaptein: H Roberts, English India Transport, Vertrek vanaf Spithead, Arriveer Kaap, met Troepe aan boord.[6]


J Latsky and others Application fot permission to remain in the colony.
Date: 1817 [7]
Colonial Pass
No 1082 issued 13 January 1817 to John Latsky - Discharged from the 60th Regiment. Duplicate granted 14 October 1820. Signed N Kirsten[8]
Jan Laatsche
1824 Feb 20 [10]
Belasting 4Rs8d


Zaturdag den 2de Juny 1827
Den Bruidengom: 36jr (1791)
Den Bruid: 20jr (1807)
Jan Lasetis van Pruijsen, jongman, burger te Beaufort met Lacija Glaudina Buijs van Cabo, voorm, jongedochter
Lucya Gloudina Buys,


Anna Catharina Jacomina
Magadalena Alida Petronella
Stephanus Johannes


Title Deed granted


Sterftekennis Boedel
John Latsky[3]
Born Prussia
Parents: Michael and Anna Latsky
Age 100 years, six months and 17 days
Died 1866-12-18
Home of his son Stefanus Johannes Latsky
Five children Major
Latsky, Jan [17]
Filed: 1867
Death Notice
Latsky, John [18]
Dated 1866
Liquidation and Distribution Account
Latski, Jan [19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kowalski M., 2009, Polish soldier-immigrants to South Africa in the period of French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars (1789–1815), Familia, 46, 3, pp. 147–164.
  2. AM van Rensburg, "Jan Latsky a Centurion" Familia, 1999, vol 36, no 4 Heese and Lombard LG Green, Karoo
  3. 3.0 3.1 FamilySearch Seen and added by Louis Heyman on 20 Feb 2016
  4. Stations and Combats – 1st Battalion Verwysing deur Louis Heyman 2017-04-08
  5. The National Archives, Kew Verwysing deur Louis Heyman 2017-04-08
  6. African Court Calendar 1812 p Verwysing deur Louis Heyman 2017-04-08
  7. National Archives of South Africa (NASA) KAB CO 3910 - 207 "MEMORIALS RECEIVED. J LATZKY AND OTHERS. APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE COLONY."1817 Seen and added by Louis Heyman on 24 Nov 2015
  8. FamilySearch Verwysing deur Louis Heyman 2017-04-07
  9. "South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-34075-1265-82?cc=1935348 : accessed 15 April 2016), Beaufort West > Census records 1822 vol J9 > image 69 of 82; Western Cape Archives, Cape Town.Seen and added by Louis Heyman on 15 Apr 2016
  10. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9BB-5SR2-P?i=757&cat=220512
  11. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9BB-53M3-5?i=779&cat=220512
  12. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK8-GSDC?i=55&cat=17063
  13. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK8-G9VS?i=220&cat=17063
  14. FamilySearch Verwysing deur Louis Heyman 2017-11-19
  15. FamilySearch Verwysing deur Louis Heyman 2017-07-21
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 AM van Rensburg, "Jan Latsky a Centurion" Familia, 1999, vol 36, no 4 Heese and Lombard LG Green, Karoo
  17. National Archives of South Africa (NASA) KAB MOOC 7/1/0289 94B LATSKY, JAN. WILL. 1851 Seen and added by Louis Heyman on 24 Nov 2015
  18. National Archives of South Africa (NASA) KAB MOOC 6/9/0118 3280 LATSKY, JOHN. DEATH NOTICE. 1866 Seen and added by Louis Heyman on 24 Nov 2015
  19. National Archives of South Africa (NASA) KAB MOOC 13/1/255 24 LATSKI, JAN. LIQUIDATION AND DISTRIBUTION ACCOUNT. 1869 Seen and added by Louis Heyman on 24 Nov 2015

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