Lett Families

Photographs of Aquilla Lett Courtesy of Peggy (Sawyer) Williams - Other Pictures Courtesy of Marvin Lett, Ada (Lett) Todd, Deonna (Todd) Green, Robert Hill Williams & Barb Nelson


John and Matt Lett - John was the son of James and Margaret Lett and a grandson of Aquilla Lett, Sr. and Christina Cobbler-Lett

aquilla in civil war

Aquilla Lett (Civil War)


Samuel Lett (Civil War)


Horton & Emma Stokes-Lett - Son of Samuel Lett (1814) & Catherine Collins - Samuel Lett was son of Benjamin Lett & Mary Polly Caliman - Grandson of Samuel Lett & Jemima Banneker

EmmaStokesLett herdaughterMameLett

Emma Stokes-Lett & Daughter Mame Lett


Horton & Emma Stokes-Lett


Aquilla Lett - Lytlesburg Cemetery


From early records, it is known that the Othias Lett family relocated to Michigan from Morgan and/or Meigs Counties, Ohio in the mid-1800s. Othias B. Lett (1810 - 1876) and Sophia (Stevens) Lett (1815 - 1897) moved to Mecosta County, Michigan. The 1860 Michigan federal census in Sodus Twp., Berrien County, listed Othias B. and their family. The children's names were: Rebecca, Jonathan, Esther, Harriet, Alben, Sophia, Emma, and Salin. Othias died in Sodus, Michigan in 1876. Sophia Stevens was born (1815 in Berrien County, Michigan) and married Othias B. Lett (1810 - 1876). Othias was the son of Samuel and Jemima Banneker-Lett and was born on December 20, 1833, in Muskingum County, Ohio. Through Elizabeth Lett-Stevens, the Letts are descendants of Benjamin Banneker, the noted African American astronomer, mathematician, and almanac writer. Elizabeth Lett-Stevens' father, Aquila Lett, Sr. Was the oldest child of Samuel and Jemina Banneker-Lett.

One of their daughters, Esther M. Lett married Joseph Cummings. Their children were David, Aquilla, Johanna, Joseph, Samuel, Ida, Elijah, William, Martha, Millie, Othias, Jr., Esther, Nettie, Lucy, and Jane.

David was born in Ohio in 1869. He married Mary Jane Harper and lived on a small farm on County Line Road (Costabella Road) in Isabella County.

Aquilla Lett was born on January 12, 1829. He married Jane Caliman, daughter of Benjamin Caliman on March 4, 1856. He was a volunteer in the Union Army, 1864-1865 in the 13th Michigan Infantry. To this union, four children were born: Armintha, Stanley, William, Elsworth, and Lusetta. Aquilla died in 1902 and is buried in Arlington, Michigan. Sarah Jane died in 1887 in Van Buren County, Arlington, Michigan.

Samuel Lett's (1839 - 1903) parents were Elijah Lett and Susan Stevens. He married Henrietta Taylor (1846 - 1932). They had five children. Samuel, born in Morgan County, Ohio later served in the Civil War, enlisting from Grand Rapids, Michigan, on August 31, 1864. Samuel served in Company G, 102nd USCT. He successfully served his tour of duty and mustered out in Charleston, South Carolina September 30, 1865. Samuel and Henrietta's children were Bert, Alice, Frederick, Lota, and Ira.

Elijah Lett Married Susan Stevens. William Lett first married Joanah Harper, daughter of Alexander and Susanna (Cummings) Harper, and married Minerva Guy. Martha Lett married Benjamin F. Guy. Millie Lett was married but the spouse is not known. Othias, Jr. Lett married Lynn Mason. Esther Lett married Joseph Cummings. Nettie Lett married Frank Lavins and had a son J. Frank, Jr.

DNA TESTING CONFIRMS CONNECTIONS OF LETT FAMILY: Edwin Lett a direct Lett descendent through the line of Aquilla Lett has just had his DNA test results confirm a direct connection to the Zachariah Lett line (Little River Letts). The common link between these families would have been Samuel Delaney's mother Margaret Lett who married Zachariah Lett.

This confirms the connection to the Letts which Marguerite Berry reported coming to Michigan in the covered wagon drawn by oxen.

It is amazing...what we haven't been able to affirm 100% genealogically we have managed to affirm scientifically.




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