Charles William "C.W." Post

b. 1854 - d. 1914

My Maternal 5th Cousin 5X Removed

Shared Ancestor -  Samuel Lathrop

Charles William Post, commonly known as "C. W.", was born 26 Oct 1854 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Charles Rollin Post and Caroline Lathrop.


Post invented and patented several farm implements, including a plow, a harrow, and a hay-stacking machine.

In November of 1874, Post married Ella Letitia Merriweather. They had one daughter. The couple were later divorced. 

Post married his second wife, Leila Young, in November of 1904.


In 1895, Post founded the Postum Cereal Co., with his first product, Postum Cereal Beverage. Post's first breakfast cereal premiered in 1897, and he named the product Grape-Nuts cereal because of the fruity aroma noticed during the manufacturing process, and the nutty crunch of the finished product. In 1904, he followed up the Grape Nuts label with a brand of corn flakes, which was first called Elijah's Manna before being renamed Post Toasties in 1908.

On May 9, 1914, despondent over a serious ongoing stomach illness, Post took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot.

He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA

My Relationship to C.W. Post

Samuel Lathrop b. 1622 d. 1700

My Maternal 9th Great Grandfather

C.W. Post's Maternal 4th Great Grandfather

Martha Lathrop (1657 - 1719)
My Maternal 8th Great Grandmother

Daughter of Samuel Lathrop

John Moss Jr. (1682 - ?)
My Maternal 7th Great Grandfather

Son of Martha Lathrop

Thankful Moss (1728 - 1764)
My Maternal 6th Great Grandmother

Daughter of John Moss Jr.


John Doolittle (1750 - 1825 )

My Maternal 5th Great Grandfather

Son of Thankful Moss


Sally Doolittle 
My Maternal 4th Great Grandmother

Daughter of John Doolittle


Hannah Doolittle Ruggles (1826 - 1908)
My Maternal 3rd Great Grandmother

Daughter of Sally Doolittle


Martha Jane Perkins (1850 - 1947)
My Maternal 2nd Great Grandmother

Daughter of Hannah Doolittle Ruggles


Fannie Elena Tillotson (b. 1867 - d. 1951)
My Maternal Great Grandmother

Daughter of Martha Jane Perkins


Lee Orville Collins (1904 - 1959)
My Maternal Grandfather

Son of Fannie Elena Tillotson

Elaine Rose Collins 
My Mother

Daughter of Lee Orville Collins


Cynthia Jean Meyers

Daughter of Elaine Rose Collins

Israel Lathrop
C.W.'s Maternal 3rd Great Grandfather

Son of Samuel Lathrop


John Lathrop

C.W.'s Maternal 2nd Great Grandmother

Son of Israel Lathrop


Azel Lathrop
C.W.'s Maternal Great Grandfather

Son of John Lathrop


Erastus Lathrop 
C.W.'s Maternal Grandfather

Son of Azel Lathrop


Caroline Cushman Lathrop
C.W.'s Mother

Daughter of Erastus Lathrop


C.W. Post (b. 1854 - d. 1914)

Son of Caroline Cushman Lathrop

Last Site Update: 30 Mar 2019

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