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DEDICATED to the life and genealogical work of SANDRA CHATTERLEY, born Little, 1934-2015, of Utah
The “LITTLE” FAMILY go to AMERICA
Seneca County New York TODAY – the fertile and fruitful land chosen by William Little in 1807
The “Little” Sketch Pedigree
These notes relate to the pedigree itself which is on two penultimate pages
“The Little Sisters of America”
The pedigree is just the bare bones of the male descent of the “Little” family of County Monaghan, Ireland. Their story goes back to
around the year 1700. It is mainly the product of American hands, a group of 20 th century ladies of the family started gathering Little
material before 1935. The group, who we call ‘the Little Sisters’, seem to have been led by an indefatigable schoolteacher in Salt Lake
City, Utah, by name Harriet Fredricksen Little 1884-1975. She was the widow of a great grandson of the William Little (junior) 17511821 who arrived in New York with his family in 1807, the first of the Monaghan Littles to have settled in America we think. Harriet
Little was helped by an enthusiastic group of ‘Little Sisters’ who were keen to establish their origins back to their Monaghan family
homeland. Several of them visited Ireland in the process. It was only recently that we became aware of their existence when a pile of
dusty research papers they had left were discovered in Ireland at Freame Mount, the only Little family home now left in County
Monaghan, a farm acquired by Stella Little’s father-in-law in 1919. Harriet published a book about her own research in 1958, but “the
Sisters” continued working together until at least 1985, and one, Sandra Chatterley born 1934, was active until 2014 (see dedication on
title page). They are no longer around to thank for the generous gift they have left us, but we hope that by publicising this sketch
pedigree, a ragged patchwork of the history of this family, readers will not only add to or correct the information here but perhaps we
will find the descendants of those who provided much of it. Portraits of both Harriet and Sandra are on the final page of these notes.
“King Billy” was here at Carrickfergus Castle, Belfast.
The “Little” Shield & Crest
The Progenitor, the Little ‘Coat of Arms’ and the Mormon descent
The progenitor of the Little family of Monaghan was Thomas Little. He is said to have come from London, arriving at Carrickfergus
Castle, Belfast, with “King Billy” in 1690 (quoted by Sandra Chatterley from a 20th century Mormon Church Library source). Another
‘Sister’, Teton Hanks Jackman 1907-97 succeeded in identifying a LITTLE “Coat of Arms” which is illustrated above (Motto:
Magnum in Parvo = “much is little”. Teton was a member of the Mormon Church and a direct descendant of Thomas through James
Little 1790-1822, farmer and nurseryman of Seneca County, New York. It is through this James that there was a strong Mormon element
among ‘the Sisters’ because in 1815 James married Susannah Young, the elder sister of Brigham Young. Brigham later became
Mormon President and a strong influence on his sister’s sons, in particular James Amasa Little 1822-1908 who embraced the Mormon
faith whole-heartedly, ‘plural marriage’ and all (he was Harriet F Little’s father-in-law). A monograph on CD entitled “The Life of James
Amasa Little” is in the Mormon Church History Library written by Sandra Chatterley whose husband used to work for Brigham Young
University in Utah, the Mormon home State. The Church was originally founded in Seneca County, at Fayette in 1830.
18th Century Irish Farmers
The Little family of Monaghan were farmers from earliest times. In the 18 th century they had leased farms around the Monaghan Town
area. Three Little farms were all about 4 miles from the town in different Parishes. In the second half of the century a fourth farm was
added further south when William junior’s family leased the Cornawall farm. Roughly who was farming where and when is shown
below - see detail in the pedigree:Tedavnet Parish to the north of Monaghan Town (John Little, died 1731, then to wife, and then to their
son William senior 1726-1804, who moved to Tehallan Parish).
Tehallan Parish to the north-east (Robert Wilson, husband of Catherine Little, sister of John above; then
to William senior from above to this farm in Knockboy Townland – then moved to Ematris
Parish below in 1752).
Kilmore Parish to the south (William junior 1751-1821 in Tirardan Townland; Moved to New York
1807). It is from this William junior that the initial American branch of the Little family
Ematris Parish even further south, near Rockcorry (William senior moved here to Cornawall Townland in
1752 from Tehallan Parish, then to son Moses 1756-1824). It is from this Moses Little’s son,
Moses junior, that the family descent in Ireland continues.
William junior and his family sail to New York in 1807
The Little Sisters give no indication as to why William junior should have decided to leave his farm in County Monaghan for a new life
in America in 1807. There is also conflicting evidence as to the number of children William junior and his wife Letitia Smith had, and
who they actually took with them. Of the four children shown on the pedigree, the eldest, Moses, aged 30, who was still in the British
Army, then based at Fort George in Scotland, was therefore probably absent. So it is fairly clear that Malcolm, aged 19, James, aged 17,
and Nancy 12, landed with their parents in New York on 19th May 1807 after a voyage of just over five weeks (Ref: Sandra Chatterley).
Seneca County NY, its river and its two glacial “finger lakes”, each some
35 miles long and 600 feet deep in places - once Iroquois Indian country!
The Seneca River
William was faced with the problem of where to settle. Much of the coastal area of New York, Connecticut and surrounding states had
then already been taken and was under cultivation and development. However, land was available at low prices on the remote western
frontier of New York and he decided to take his family to the newly-created County of Seneca. It seems to have had a good press.
Perhaps William read what Father Raffeix, a Jesuit priest, wrote about it more than a century before: “The fairest country I have seen in
America; a tract between two lakes, four leagues in width, consisting of almost uninterrupted plains bordered by beautiful woods;
around the area more than a thousand deer are killed each year, with fish plentiful – salmon and eels too. I saw ten fine salt springs
beside the river Seneca”.
Then a traveller in 1791 wrote, “The map of the world does not exhibit two lakes equal in magnitude to the Seneca and Cayuga which
are so happily situated. The country between them rises gradually in symmetry towards the centre, producing a pleasing effect. When it
reaches a state of cultivation it will become the ‘Paradise of America’.” [These are two deep inland lakes each over 35 miles long,
formed by the action of ice similar to a Norwegian fiord. They are now known locally as ‘finger-lakes’]
But in 1807 this was still frontier territory and the route to Seneca was covered by a dense, luxuriant forest, part of the land having
belonged to the Cayuga Indians. The Indians had been dispossessed as a punishment for siding with the British during the American War
of Independence 1775-83. The Little’s journey there took about five weeks of poling, rowing, floating and arduous walking along the
Susquehanna and Tioga Rivers to Newtown (now called Elmira) and then by portage to Seneca County. There William eventually settled
on land in Junius Township, located beside the Seneca river just by the northern ends of the two glacial finger-lakes - Lake Seneca on the
west side and Lake Cayuga on the east with some 13 miles between them.
Seneca today and ‘Mistpouffers’
One only has to see modern articles and illustrations about the flat open well-drained fertile and fruitful land that Seneca is today to
appreciate how fortunate William was in his choice for the Littles’ first American home. Now, discovered by world tourism and remote
no longer, Seneca still retains some mysteries from when this beautiful place was formed by rock and ice. Have you heard of Seneca
Guns? “The term is just a name, not an explanation. It does not tell us anything about what causes these noises and shakings. The name
originated in a short story “The Lake Gun” by James Fennimore Cooper who wrote “Last of the Mohicans”. The name refers to booms
that have been heard on the shores of Lake Seneca and Lake Cayuga in New York State. These phenomena have also occurred in three
widely separated places around the world. That’s about all we know about the Seneca guns....”
James, Malcolm and Nancy Little
William junior’s son, James, was 17 when he landed at New York. The young man soon found his feet, helping his father establish their
farm, growing corn, oats or wheat. James is described as “a short well-knit man with great powers of endurance”. At Junius they had a
neighbour living just across the Seneca River, John Young, who had a large family. In 1815 James married John’s eldest daughter,
Susannah Young, and the following year bought 50 acres at Aurelius Township by Cayuga Lake. There they primarily grew vegetables
and garden produce which developed into a highly successful business. James as nurseryman was innovative and is credited with being
the first to sell seeds in packets. He was also the first to sell tomatoes for the table; they were known then as “love apples” and grown
only for decoration as they were thought to be poisonous. For this James had to obtain a permit from Governor Clinton! Meanwhile
James’ elder brother, Malcolm was also farming nearby and records show that he acquired large plots of land both in 1816 (164 acres)
and 1827 (155 acres), remaining in Seneca throughout his married life. All we are told is that he married twice and had seven children,
and that his sister Nancy married William McMillan in New York, had eight children, then moved to Ohio where she had three more.
Unfortunately James’ success story ended in 1822 with his death in an accident on his way back from the market at Auburn, four miles
away. His father, William, had died the year before, but help was at hand from brother Malcolm, farming nearby, and from the Young
family among whom was Susannah’s brother Brigham Young 1801-77 (portrait below). Brigham, like an Old Testament prophet, led
the famous Mormon settlement of the Western States of America in which many members of the Little family took part. The story of this
extraordinary act of colonisation for religious purposes is given in outline below or see Mormons go West . James left three sons all
under the age of five when he died. Their mother moved away and remarried, and the boys (listed below) were eventually all ‘boarded
out’. However they all came together again with their mother at Nauvoo in Illinois from where the great trek west started in Feb 1846.
Edwin Sobieski Little 1816-46 accompanied Brigham Young on the Mormon trek westward. However he died of pneumonia during
that long and arduous journey leaving a wife, Harriet, and young son George.
Feramorz Little 1820-87 (portrait below) was a hard working and able business man who initiated many successful projects in Utah. He
visited Europe, the Holy Land and Egypt in 1872-73 and was three times Mayor of Salt Lake City. In 1875 he and his brother James
returned from Utah to Seneca County where they were born. There they saw Uncle Malcolm, in his dotage, who briefed them “about
their family roots”.
James Amasa Little 1822-1908 (portrait below) was a veteran of the Mexican-American War 1846-47 (stationed at Fort Jessup,
Louisiana), and a committed Mormon as were his two brothers.
On the death in 1852 of James Amasa’s mother, Susannah, who had had six surviving children, she had accumulated 82 grandchildren clearly the effect of the Mormon belief in ‘plural marriage’. Her sons Feramorz and James each had three wives, and James is recorded
as having 22 children. The subsequent generations of this Little line is a challenge to genealogy which we are not taking up.
Feramorz Little 1820-87
Brigham Young 1801-77
and his two Little nephews
James Amasa Little 1822-1908
Brigham Young was an uncle to some of the children of the Little family of Seneca. His sister had married James Little 1790-1822
whose children and grandchildren became devotees of the faith. Brigham proved to be a strong charismatic leader. After taking the
Mormon movement, of which he was the second President, off to Salt Lake Valley then part of Mexico, he was effectively the coloniser
and founder of Salt Lake City and much of ‘the Great Basin’. He was appointed the first Governor of that territory and superintendent of
American Indian affairs in the region by President Fillmore. During his time as Governor, Brigham directed the establishment of
settlements throughout present-day Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and parts of southern Colorado and northern Mexico. Under his
direction, the Mormons built roads and bridges, forts, irrigation projects; established public welfare; organized a militia; and pacified the
Native Americans. He also organised the first legislature and established “Fillmore” as the territory's first capital. One wonders how he
had time to achieve all this and start the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1847. By 1900 the Mormon colonials had established 500
settlements in Utah and neighbouring States.
Brigham was perhaps the most notable polygamist among the early Mormons. There is a record of him “marrying” 55 wives: he had 57
children by 16 of them. See Brigham's wives . Polygamy/Plural Marriage, which had been instituted as a means of rapidly increasing the
numbers of adherents to Mormonism when it was fighting for its survival, was not banned by USA statute until 1890: the last known
‘second’ wife did not die until 1954.
The ‘Saints’ go marching in!
Mormon Tabernacle Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=r8tJthtX2G0
The Mormon Church, the largest part of the “Latter-day Saints Movement” (LDS) with its strong emphasis on family reunion in the
after-life, was founded in 1830 at Fayette near the Little family’s homes in Seneca County. Based on the visions of Joseph Smith, its
first President and “Prophet”, the Church grew rapidly, but its very success and some of its controversial tenets attracted opposition
wherever they tried to settle. This culminated in the murder of both Smith and his brother by an angry mob in Illinois in 1844.
Eventually, into the breach stepped Brigham Young, uncle of the late James Little’s three sons. Brigham became “the Saints” second
President and, convinced that the Mormons would never find peace in the USA, he decided that the Church needed to move to the stillwild territories of the Mexican-controlled South-West. He began to prepare his people for a mass exodus. They were then concentrated at
Nauvoo in west Illinois where they continued to be under attack by local people. This was an extraordinarily brave decision when one
considers that the distance they would have to travel to an area on the other side of the Rocky Mountains was well over a thousand miles.
The ‘Saints’ Escape from Persecution 1846-69
Brigham Young led the Mormons’ first trek of some 1300 miles from Nauvoo in Illinois to Salt Lake Valley in 1846-47.
Their trail ran through Iowa – Nebraska – the Rockies in Wyoming to ‘the Great Basin’ which became Utah & Nevada.
In February 1846, Brigham left Nauvoo leading some 1600 Mormons on the first stage of their escape. With him went his own large
family including his nephew Edwin Sobieski Little and his family. They crossed the frozen Mississippi in subzero temperatures to reach
a temporary refuge 265 miles away on the east bank of the Missouri River opposite Council Bluffs. The way had been prepared before
by reconnaissance teams planning the route across Iowa, digging wells at camping spots, and in some cases, planting corn to provide
food for the hungry emigrants. The mass of Mormons that had assembled at Nauvoo followed Brigham and by the autumn of 1846, the
banks of the Missouri River became the winter quarters for 12,000 of them. However “the Saints” losses due to the difficulties of the
route, the harsh weather of that winter, accident and disease had been very high - nearly 400 had died. They included Edwin Little who
died of pneumonia at Richardson’s Point only 55 miles from Nauvoo after his wagon broke through river ice and he was thrown into the
water. His wife and young son George Little continued to follow the trail.
There then followed an even longer journey in the spring, over the western landscape, nearly a thousand miles across Nebraska and
through the Rockies in Wyoming to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Many, particularly those starting late and caught in deep snow and
biting winds in the mountains, died along the way. That year, 1847, some 1,600 Mormons arrived to begin building a ‘new civilization’
in the valley. But their “Promised Land” turned out to be an inhospitable, bleak, cold, treeless ‘desert’ where they firstly had to irrigate
the land to grow food. Nevertheless the Mormons, mostly farmers and tradesmen, set to, not only to build their city and the roads,
bridges and defences it needed, but they also established 500 Mormon settlements which became towns throughout Utah and
neighbouring States. The next year, 2,500 more Mormons made the journey, some of them from Europe.
The late Edwin’s younger brothers Feramorz Little and James Amasa Little (with their mother Susannah) travelled later, arriving
about 1849. The brothers made important contributions during the early development of their city. With some difficulty Feramorz in the
1850s established the vital postal service to Laramie in Wyoming which met the monthly mail from the east. The problem was that the
mountainous route they had to take with its winter hardships and hazards, also lay through grizzly bear country; he and his team were
fortunate to survive. In 1854-55 Feramorz contracted to build the Utah penitentiary, following which he spent 1856 on an emergency call
to help companies of ‘the Saints’ in dire distress on the plains. In 1865 he and Uncle Brigham bought the Salt Lake House Hotel in the
City which Feramorz managed for seven years. Then in 1868-70 he helped construct the first railroad through Utah; it connected to the
Union Pacific. In the 1870s, after returning from a Mormon sponsored tour through Europe, Palestine and Egypt, he was elected Mayor
of Salt Lake City, serving three terms 1876-82. In his tenure the Salt Lake and Jordan canal was constructed and major improvements
made to their all-important water facilities.
Mormon wagon train in Echo Canyon on route to Salt Lake City (1866). Today the Church has 15 million members worldwide: LDS Church today
Moses Little 1777-1848, soldier of the 33rd (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment in India
Moses was the eldest of William Little junior’s sons by eleven years. He enlisted in the British Army in 1794 aged 17, joining the 33rd
Regiment of Foot then in Ireland. Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) had joined the regiment as a Major the year before.
Two years later they found themselves together on their way to India via South Africa. Moses served with the regiment in India for
several years during which they took part in many arduous operations. In South India in 1798-99 the regiment played a key role in the
successful conclusion of the Mysore Wars which ended in the famous Siege of Seringapatam which lasted a month. After this
successful battle Wellesley was promoted and made Governor of Mysore.
33rd of Foot (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment in the final phase of the Siege of Seringapatam, Mysore, South India 1799, by Henry Singleton
The intensity of operations in India and marching great distances in the heat and dust, took their toll on Moses’ health and he was
eventually sent back to Europe where he joined the 74 th Regiment in Scotland. There he was a hospital medical orderly, but his health
failed to recover and he was eventually discharged with a pension in November 1808 due to “a liver complaint”.
We next find Moses in Ontario, Canada, with wife Jane Wildridge and a quiver full of children who had been born in different parts of
the British Isles. It was 1822 and he arrived in Ontario through Quebec as an Army pensioner. But it seems he was receiving only 9
pence per day (£1088 a year at today’s value) having rashly borrowed off his pension savings. We also note that his ninth child, Clotilda,
was born and baptised from a ‘Poor Home’ in London’s Chelsea earlier that year. After arrival in Quebec, Moses visited his brothers
James and Malcolm in Seneca County NY, just before James’ death. The following year he was awarded the official role of “Keeper of
Brock’s Monument” on the USA border near Niagara Falls (his brother Malcolm in Seneca was then only 100 miles away to the east).
Brock’s column is Canada’s premier memorial. It commemorates the 1812 battle for Queenston Heights in which the Americans were
finally defeated by General Brock and his men. For Canadians it is a highly significant symbol of their independence from the USA.
Brock and his ADC, who were killed in the final successful charge, are buried there. Being “the Keeper” was no sinecure: the original
column was damaged with explosives placed by an anti-British agitator in 1740 and had to be rebuilt! In 1834, based on his service
record, Moses was given a 200 acre plot of land (forest at the time) at Erin which is 75 miles west of Toronto. There he built a home for
his family – eleven children aged between 8 and 29. By 1840 he had succeeded in cultivating just 12 acres of his forest.
Major-General Isaac Brock 1769-1812
The hero of Queenston Heights. Canada
Brock’s Monument at Queenston
Uniforms of the Duke of Wellington’s
33rd Regiment of Foot with equipment.
Great grandfather Moses Watt Little 1837-1919, Frances Hawkins Little with John Wesley and Morgan Simcocks 1844-1913 of Yark, Victoria,
farmer of Cornawall and Kilcrow, Monaghan.
Muriel Frances at Santa Cruz, California, Australia. Husband of Elizabeth Little 1843-1904
circa 1908. Father: John J. Little 1873-1960. of Cornawall farm. Morgan was born in Killarney.
The Second Wave of Littles to America
Several of the Littles of Monaghan, children of Moses Little junior, farming near Rockcorry, followed William junior to America in the
second half of the 19th century. The pedigree shows that some fetched up in Wisconsin, Alaska and Texas for example, and a brother and
sister found their way to Victoria in Australia (portrait of the sister’s husband, Morgan Simcocks, is above right). But it was in the next
generation and in the first decade of the 20th century that a ‘wave’ of Littles went to California. They were the children of Moses Watt
Little (portrait left above). All five of his sons and two of his four daughters went to America at various times in this period (they can all
be found at the top of the second page of the pedigree below).
HOTEL CALIFORNIA behind the tram
The San Francisco earthquake 18th April 1906. 3000 dead from fires and collapsed
buildings. 250,000 people left homeless.
Hotel California and the 1906 Earthquake
We are unaware of what spark started this emigration, but Matthew Alexander 1880-1956 found success in San Francisco in property
and the construction business with a collaborator by the name of Young (one of our Mormon cousins by any chance?). They had
successfully built several houses in Fourth Avenue on Parnassus Heights and another at Green and Divisadero. They then won the
contract to build the new Hotel California in the city centre. Others of the family came over from Ireland, some of them to help
Matthew. They all remained in America apart from Joseph Little who was there for about three years but had returned to his farming
and other commitments at home in Rockcorry by 1907. Fortunately the family all survived the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 unhurt.
It is said to have destroyed 80% of the city, caused 3000 deaths and around 250,000 homeless, so the Littles had a miraculous escape
which remains unexplained. It took them many days to tell those in Ireland that they were alive. Full recovery took years but business in
the city gradually improved and with it Matthew’s building business benefitted hugely. He married Frankie Johnson the following year
and some of their granddaughters were among the Sisters whose work has provided much of the material here. In 1925 Matthew was still
“Proprietor of Hotel California”, but the 1929 Wall Street Crash ‘did’ for him. Cheer up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfhf1Gv4Tw
Matthew Alexander Little 1880-1956, Joseph Little born 1874 farmer
Joseph Germain McKeever
Elizabeth Sloan McKeever 1857-1931
San Francisco building contractor
and auctioneer at Rockcorry,
1839-1921, of Rathbran, Meath.
of Dunleer, Louth.
and proprietor of Hotel California, married Louise McKeever 1911
Parents of Louise McKeever 1878-1960.
which the Little family helped to build.
“Freame Mount”, County Monaghan, Ireland
Back in Ireland Joseph Little, after surviving the earthquake, started to reconfigure the family’s farming properties, buying
Aghadrumkeen (three miles north-west of Rockcorry) soon after his return. By 1919 he had married Louise McKeever and was farming
Freame Mount having sold both Cornawall and Aghadrumkeen. Freame Mount (picture below) is now in the hands of Joseph’s
grandson, Brian Alexander Little and his wife Lynn Atkinson. It is the only remaining Little family homestead in County Monaghan
from where so many of the family journeyed to a new life in America.
FREAME MOUNT farmhouse in winter, the present homestead of the Little family in County Monaghan, Ireland with its front entrance below.
ON GUARD AT THE IRISH HOME OF THE LITTLE FAMILY
The ferociously-protected entrance of Freame Mount, County Monaghan. This charming red-brick house dates from 1772 when built by Charles Mayne, agent
for the nearby Dawson estate at Dartrey: its name derives from Philadelphia Freame, granddaughter of William Penn (of Pennsylvania) and second wife of
Thomas Dawson, first Lord Dartrey... (“The Irish Aesthete” 13 Feb 2016).
Finally we should record the names of the small group of ‘Little Sisters of America’ who carried out the original research for this sketch
pedigree. Except for the portraits of two, they are identified only by the papers they left behind at Freame Mount some thirty years ago:Harriet Fredricksen Little 1884-1976 of Utah. Widow of David Baldwin Little. PHOTO ON FINAL PAGE
Hannah Little Moncrieff 1883-1963 of San Francisco. Daughter of Moses Watt Little.
Teton Hanks Jackman 1907-97. Daughter of Mattis Taylor Little and Arthur Hanks, and great great granddaughter of Susannah Young
Heidi M Ritter, born 1943. Granddaughter of Moses Watt Little & daughter of Doris Elaine Little.
Sandra Little Chatterley 1934-2015 of Utah. Daughter of Knowlton & Eva Little of Kanab. PHOTO ON FINAL PAGE
Margaret J Riley
Sister Little, one of two Nuns who appeared on the steps of Freame Mount.
To help them these ladies employed a professional genealogist, Mr Leese of the Irish Research Committee. He found a Will of 1731 and
Title Deeds of 1752 which together took the history of this family in Ireland back to around 1700. Later they fell out with him claiming
that he had not visited some of the places on which he had reported!
In recent months Stella Little has had the help of Kathryn Dooley, Patricia Louise Wright, Dr Roddy Evans, and John Freesmith in
tracing the Little line through the material left us by ‘the Sisters’ and through that of two closely related Irish families – the McKeevers
and the Rountrees who appear in this sketch pedigree (second page).
Other material referred to in the research papers.
“History of Susannah Young Little” by Teton Hanks Jackman, 1975, Mormon Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, and
currently at FamilySearch.org
“Descendants of William Little (junior) and Allied Families”, by Harriet F Little, BYU Press 1958; Amazon Books USA;
A comprehensive (785 page) listing of William’s primarily Mormon descendants and the stories of this Irish family in America.
“History of James Little 1790-1822” by Sandra Little Chatterley, (undated), Mormon Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
“The Life of James Amasa Little” (1822-1908) - CD. Author unknown. Mormon Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
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The LITTLE FAMILY of COUNTY MONAGHAN, IRELAND from circa 1700
Thomas Little is said to have come from London with William of Orange, arriving at Carrickfergus, Antrim, in 1690.
| [Source: Sandra Chatterley, quoting from “The Life of James Amasa Little”, LDS Church Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA]
_________|_____________Source: Irish Research Committee______
John Little, farmer, 1690-1731 = Wife (name unknown)
Catherine Little = Robert Wilson of Tehallan parish [4 miles north-east of Monaghan town].
of Tedavnet Parish, Co. Monaghan |
Sister of John Little. Robert was executor of his brother-in-law John’s Will of 1731. John’s son,
[4 miles north-north-west of Monaghan town]. |
William Little (below) was also living in Tehallan parish before he leased his
“WILL dated 30 March 1731 and proved |
farm at Cornawall in Ematris parish, near Rockcorry in 1752 at the age of 26.
at Clogher 26 April 1731” |
The younger son, John Little (below), moved away to Queen’s County (Laois)
__ Source: Irish Research Committee_____|______________________________________________________________________________________________
Katherine = William Little 1726-1804, farmer of Knockboy townland (34 Acres), Tehallan parish, Co. Monaghan.
Sarah = Malcolm McCollom Margaret = Pollock John
Fitzpatrick| 1752: “Purchased lease, renewal for ever, of farm and lands of Cornawall, Dartree Barony, of 143 Acres
from Charles Coote of Bellamont Forest, Cootehill, 20 Oct 1752”. Aged 5 when his father died.
Portarlington, Co. Laois.
(not named in father’s Will)
_|_________Sources: The “Little Sisters” of America & Irish Research Committee____________
Moses Little 1756-1824 = Mary Watt John Elinor = William (Junior) = Letitia Smith
Farmer of Cornawall,
of Kilmore Parish, Monaghan | Parents: Neal Smith; Agnie McGill
1807 Seneca Co, New York |
|_Sources: Sandra Little Chatterley, ‘Geni pedigree (USA) & Wellington County Museum____
1 st 1804
Moses Little (Junior), = Elizabeth Jane Wildridge = Moses Little 1777-1848, Born Ematris. = Elizabeth
James = Susannah
Farmer of Cornawall. | Tranor,
c.1787-1841 | 33rd Regt (Wellington’s) 1795-1806 India
Parker 1788- 1855 1790-1822 | Young
| born c.1813 b.Cootehill, | 74 th Regt (Highland LI) 1806-1808 Scotland. of Erin, Seneca Co, b. Kilmore | 1795-1852
Cavan |1823 Keeper of Brocks Monument, Queenston, Canada.
1807 N Y| (Sister of
NY & Ohio
|1831 At Nelson. 1834 At Erin (200 acres), Ontario.
__________| Brigham_1801-77) 10 children
_________________|______Source: Moses Little pedigree on ‘Geni’(USA)_& Ancestry._1816-46____1820-87_____ 1822-1908
| William John Wildridge = Elizabeth Fanny Letitia
Esther Sarah Clotilda Emily Robert = Ann E
| bap. 1805 1807-92
Ann 1811-86 b.1814 1816-85 1818-85 Jane b.1822 b.1824 Dee
| Liverpool bap Liverpool |
1809-71 m. James
1820-86 bap Chelsea
1826-70 | 1827-83
Martha b.1837 Liverpool Gibson
m. Justen Poor Home.
& Bussy m. Garlin
| | | | |
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Albert E. Robert Dee. 5 daughters
The LITTLE FAMILY of COUNTY MONAGHAN, IRELAND from circa 1700 (Continued)
__All born at Cornawall________Sources: Moses Anderson’s Bible (relative of Elizabeth Little b.1867 below right *) and from Hannah Little Moncrieff of San Francisco______________________
William = Jane
Joseph = Rebecca
Margaret Jane Shannon = Moses Watt Little 1837-1919 = Isabella Mitchell. = Margaret
Mary = Richard
b. 1843. McFadden 1854-1922 Gilroy of
b.c.1845 Killanharvey | farming 28 acres of Cornawall (194 acres).
b.1834/5 | Rountree
Australia of Cootehill
| Moved to Kilcrow (124 Acres) which is
(no info) with sister
| 1000 yards west of Dawson Monument
Sabinal, Texas, USA, Arrived NY
3 went to U SA
buried Oakland, Calif.
Letitia = James
Jane = McFadden Margaret = 1st Heaney Elizabeth = Morgan
| 1838-1918 Rountree. b.1841
1846-1929 2nd Gordon Australia | Simcocks
| d. Wisconsin, USA
3 rd Robertson 1843-1904| 1844-1913
__Simcocks___________________| d.Yark, Victoria
| 11 children in USA
| (3 died young)
George1879-1965 Morgan Moses 1882-1946
___Sources:_Hannah Little Moncrieff, USA, and Margaret Riley_|______________________________________________________________________________
3 marriages in USA
Louise McKeever = Joseph Little b.1874
William = Lillian John J = Frances L
Matthew Alexander = Frankie
Moses = Lydia Cranston
*Elizabeth = William
| Farmer & auctioneer
b.1870 Groper b.1873 | Hawkins.
1880-1956, b. Kilcrow | Elaine
b.1889 = Jennie Campbell
1867-1936 | Anderson |
Dau of Joseph | of Rockcorry. He spent
d.1960 | Santa Cruz Married San Francisco | Johnson
Kilcrow = de Meyer
b. Cornawall |
Germain McKeever| 3 years in San Francisco Santa Cruz,
and lived in California, | 1888-1976 1908 to USA with
d. Kilmocuit |
of Rathbran, | incl. 1906 earthquake.
to Calif. 1889
builder. Buried Colma, | Arrived
4 children born 1898-1914 |
Meath 1839-1921 |
[with bro. John] Wesley Frances.
San Mateo County | SF 1902 ________________________________________________|
& Elizabeth Sloan | Farm purchases:
(12 grandchildren) |
of Dunleer, Louth | c.1907 Aghadrumkeen (3 miles NW of Rockcorry); sold 1918
Hannah = Thomas
Mary = James K
| 1919 Freame Mount
1883-1963 Moncrieff 1886-1974 | Moore
| Sold Cornawall
b.Kilcrow | 1885-1955
Golden Gate Pie Co. 1909 to USA. | Vallejo, Calif.
1908 to San Francisco, Calif.
|______ ___________________ All at San Francisco_________________
John McKeever = Thelma E
Matthew Alexander = Stella Irwin
Emma = Albert R
Mary = RW Rusk
Matthew = Lucy
James = Frances |
Little. Australia. Glanville
farmer of Freame
| of the Grove, Georgina Nevitte of Josephine. Farmer
Alexander | Ballentine Johnson| Miller |
1928-87 | Weeks. |
Air Force WW2
4 daughters born 1942,-50. Shasta Co.|Calif,
Wright=Patricia Louise James Fred Little|
_____________________________________|_All in Ireland____________
_________ All at San Francisco_____________________________________|
Brian Alexander = Lynn Atkinson Jacqueline Louise Linda Margaret Dianne Sheila
Frankie = Kenneth
Ethel = Thomas
Doris = Norman
Freame Mount |
Elizabeth McGilvray Loraine Cook
Elaine | Bundgard Alexandra
Sophia Annabell Little b.2014 in Ireland
TWO OF THE MANY ‘LITTLE’ SISTERS OF AMERICA WHO HAVE HELPED US
Harriet Fredricksen, born Little 1884-1976.
She came to the USA in 1807. Widow of David Baldwin
Little. School teacher in Utah. Author of a comprehensive
785 page listing (up to 1958) of primarily Mormon descendants
of the Irish Little family of County Monaghan.
Sandra Chatterley, born Little, 1934-2015.
She is the last of “the Little Sisters”, the daughter
of Knowlton & Eva Little of Kanab, and wife of a
professor at Brigham University, Utah. Author of
a short biography of James Little (1790-1822),
who married into the Mormon family of Young
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