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  • ID: I01098
  • Name: George Little
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1733 in Scotland
  • Death: FEB 1815 in Kentucky
  • Change Date: 7 OCT 2003
  • Burial: The Indian warhoop had scarely ceased to echo around their cabin as the Ohio River abounded the Indian Country ( this widower married his son's mother in law )
  • Religion: he early joined the Wesleyan movement, in Newberry SC
  • Note:
    came to America at age 21,
    History of Muglenburg KY
    Kentucky Bios
    exempt from poll tax due to war injury, DAR

    George Little I. Biographic Sketch from History of Davies Co., Ky.-1883- pages 129-130-121-132.

    Short and simple are the annal's of the pioneer. To the unsteady hand of tradition we owe most of that which yet remains of all that was said and done, achieved and suffered byu those who came to Kentucky as the red man departed. Their very names are being blotted out from the memories and records of men. Deserving a better fate than this the name of George Little is here se down. He was born in Scotland about the year 1733. The particuler locality of his birth is now a matter of conjecture. The patronymic has long been known in different parts of that country. The station in life of this particular stock in the old country as well as its history, are both unknown. As tradition eagerly transmits the faintest suspicion of exalted rank, as it has done so in this case, the presumption is against it's existence. All hopes of ancestral conectuion with those twin roots of britist nobility--- the Danish buccaneers and Normen plunderers-- are thus forever blighted. For this deprivation Scotia's own bard has furnished the consoling couplet--
    Rank is but the guinea's stamp:
    A man's a man for a'that.

    This unpedigreed lot is indeed to be preferred, even if it were possible to trace a lineage to that ancient and noble house. Enterdating all modern nobility-- founded by the worthy baron alluded to in Charles Dicken's History of Martin Chuzzlewit, as the Lord Nozoo. In early manhood he emigrated from the old to the new world. His first known residence in America was at Newbery, in the colony of South Carolina. His pursuit were agricultural and he was so engaged at the rapture between the colonies and the mother country. What his previous sentiments, politically, had been is unkown but he was opposed to war that ensued.

    Without fortune or political influence,. he asked no mor of Goverment then liberty to pursue, unmolested, his private affairs. Possibly his attachment to the mother country, or kindred left behind, influenced his opinions. A did senter from the established church, he early joined the Wesleyan movement, which before the Revolution had a considerable membership this side of the Atlantic. His religious faith--embracing the doctrins ofsubmission to the powers that be--may havae colored his political views. However this may be, when war came and the colonial Goverment required his services, he enlisted in the American Army, no record of the nature and duration of his sevice survived. Nothing more is certianly known than that in an engagement between the American Forces and a detachment of the enemy under Tarleton's command he received a bulle wound in the hip. As the result of this he went to his grave a cripple. The ball was never extracted.

    Independence and peace finally came and great rejoicing at the result. But the sturdy Scot still persisted that rebillion was a mistake and died nearly forty years after with his opinion unchanged. He remained in South Carolina until the end of the century. He had married before the Revolution and his children were born before or during that war.

    Sometime after the war how long can not be stated--his wife died. His children, five daughters and five sons, reached womanhood and manhod, married and sought homes of their own. His own home was thus broken up.

    Age and infirmity approached, avant courier of the beginning of the end. On the terminationof the Revolutionary war, the exploits of Daniel Boone in the forest beyond the mountains were borne by rumor from his old home on the Yadkin to the four winds. Alluring account were afloat of the new country beautiful and fertile! Watered by a river that rivaled the charms of its shores by its own grace and majesty. To the young and adventerous this propect was irresistable! to all it was inviting. Jonas and John Little, two of his sons, decided to try their fortune in this new utopia, with their families they turned their backs on civilization and their old home in S.C. and started on their journey.

    Their father accompanied them. Their first halting place was in Barron Co., KY. Here they settled in 1800 or 1802. John Little, becoming dissatisfied, removed Tenn., where he resided until old age. He went thence to Texax and shortly after, died. George Little and his son Jonas, remained in Barren Co for two years. They then removed to and settled a few miles north of the Long Falls of Green River in what was then Ohio Co. The town of Vienna (now Calhoun) at tha point on the river had maintained its fortune from it establishment in 1784. It succeeded a fort of block house erected there some years before.

    George Little engaged in farming such as supplied the wants of that primitive day. He had never acquired any considerable means, and was dependent on his own exertions when the time for toll had about passed for him. The Ohio County Court exempted him from poll tax. On account of bodily infirmily! But not probably intended in part a patriotic recongition of his sufferings for his chosen country. These last years were comparatively unaventful in local affairs in this region. Society was primitive, business limited, and mostly in the farming way.
    The muster day and the religious meetings were about the only occasions when people assembled together. The pioneer necessarily lived along------exempt from public haunts:
    Finding tongues in trees, books in running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
    The warwhoop of the Indian had scarcely ceased to echo around the settlers' cabin. Indeed, the Ohio River bounded the Indian country on the south, which reached the Great Lakes on the North and stretched from the Muskegan to the boundless west. Bear hunting was still good, deer abundant, and the wolf and panther still lingered.

    Many years after the death of his first wife Mary? he intermarried with Mary (Handley) Douglas, widow of Alexander Douglas. She was a native of Scotland
    (she heired an estate there) whence she came in childhood. In early life she married Douglas of Pa. They had several daughters, one of them (Betty) married Jonas Little.

    In 1784 or '5 Douglas came to KY., with his brother-in-law, Capt. John Handley, a surveyor, to examine the country, survey and locate lands with a view of ultimate settlement. They separated to go to their respective homes.

    Douglas never returned and was presumably murdered by Indians. His death is still a mystery. George Little died in 1815. In 1824, his widow married Edward Atterbury of Daviess Co., She survived her third husband several years. Outliving most of her generation. From youth to old age she was noted for her beauty, the grace of her manners, and rare charm of her colloquial powers. Mary Handley Douglas Little Atterbury was buried beside her secon husband in Anthony Thompson's graveyard. He was her sister, Rachel's husband and the first Justice of the Peace in all this region.

    On this 1st. of Feb. 1815, (Daviess County was established that year.) George Little made his will. He left the bulk of his small estate to his wife. Shortly after-- having reached fourscore--he departed this life. Or in the quaint words of his will, he gave his soul into the hands of Almighty God that first gave it and resighned his body to earth "believing that at the general resurrection" he would receive it again. His mortal remains were interred in the Anthony Thompson graveyard where his dust awaits the final summons.

    In personal appearance he was stoutly built, rather under than over middle height, with dark hair and eyes and marked features. He expressed himself freely in conversation, his broad Scotch dialect was readily understood. He was a pious man, being established in his religious opioions beyond all shadow of turning. He had a clear mind and an acute observation. Perhaps he was obstinate, equally in the right or wrong.

    To express a kindley feeling for Great Britain after the Revolution and during the collisions that culminated in the War of 1812, was not only unpopular, but was defying a General and heated public sentiment. But to the last the old gentleman soldier maintained that under the fastering care of the British Government the American people would have best secured their prosperity and happiness. In the light of all that had followed, who knows ???

    This is our George Little's will and the date it was re recorded is 1867 after they found it in another book that was damaged.

    Book A-B Page7 Attest Geo Handly Clerck D. C. C. State of Kentucky } Daviess County Court} June Term 1867

    The book in which the within will now recorded having been destroyed. It is now ordered that the same berecorded.
    Witness my hand this 10 June 1867 Thos _ J__

    In the name of God Amen
    I George Little of the County of Ohio and commonwealth of Kentucky being at thistime under sore? affliction of body by the hand of Almighty God but of perfect mind and memory and callingunto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men ouse? to die I do makeconstitute and ordain this to be my last will and testament Ratifying and confirming the same and revoking allother wills Legacy's or Bequerl by me made in bequeathed in manner and form following viz 1st I give my soulinto the hand of the Almighty God that first gave it to me & my body I resign to the earth to be buried in asdecent a manner as my Executor may see proper believing at the given at resurrection I shall receive the sameagain and as touching such worldly goods or estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I willdivided and bequeath of in the following manner.

    Item first, It is my will that my dearly beloved wife Mary shallbe my sole Executor of this my last will and testament and heir all my estate that I may die possessed of to herown proper use and benefit with the following proviso that she pay to each of my heirs whom is hereafternamed out of my estate One dollar in one year after my decease if they shall call for the said x (viz) to AbnerSray? who is intermarried with my daughter Mary, to Richard Harris who is married to my daughter Sarah, toJohn Phillips who is married to my daughter Susanna, to John Hunt?? in his legal representatives in heirs whomarried my daughter Jane deceased, to Henry Cockburn who married my daughter Nancy, to Joseph Littlemy son, to John Little my son, to Jonas Little my son and testimony of the same I have hereunto set my handand seal this 1st day of February 1815.
    George x Little
    Signed and acknowledged in presence of us Nathan Thorman? Daviess County Court September Term 1815

    The within instrument of writing perperling the last will and testament of Geo Little deceased was established inCourt and Anthony Thompson & I said we each subscribing witnesses to said will came into court and madeoath that the said George Little Deceased signed sealed and pronounced the said writing as and for his last willand testament and that the said Geo Little was in his senses? and memory and that they subscribed their namesas witnesses thereto in his presence and there upon the said is ordered to be recorded Attest William R. Griffith C D. C. C.



    Put in place by Laura Simmons Little Hawes, daughter of Lucius Powhatan Little. Laura did a lot of research on her ancestors and some copies of her work is within
    any connection?? son or grandson??
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Name: George Little
    Spouse: Mary Jobe
    Marriage Date: 26 Jan 1791
    Marriage County: Washington
    Marriage State: Tennessee
    Patriot Name Military Rank State of Service Cemetery Location Born Died Citation Quality Spouse Number Spouse Name Child Number Child Name
    LITTLE, George Captain SC
    Thompson Cem Daviess County, KY 1736 1815
    28th-35th Annual Reports, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Senate documents (United States Congress, Senate). Government Printing Office: Washington, DC


    Father: Little b: ABT 1690 in Scotland
    Mother: Mary

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children Jonas Little b: 11 FEB 1780 in near the Yadkin River, Newberry, Union District, SC

      Marriage 2 Mary b: in Scotland
      • Married: ABT 1750 in Dumphriees Scotland
      1. Has Children Mary Little b: 1761
      2. Has No Children William Little b: ABT 1762 in Union County, SC
      3. Has Children Sarah Little b: 1762
      4. Has Children Thomas Little b: ABT 1764 in Union County, SC
      5. Has No Children Susannah Little b: 1767
      6. Has Children Jane Little b: 1770
      7. Has No Children Nancy Little b: ABT 1772
      8. Has Children Joseph Little b: 1774 in Union District SC
      9. Has Children John Little b: 1775 in SC to Franklin, Williamson County, TN and is alone on the 1840 census
      10. Has Children Jonas Little b: 11 FEB 1780 in near the Yadkin River, Newberry, Union District, SC

      Marriage 3 Mary Molly Handley b: 1760 in born asea from Scotland to PA then to SC about 1787
      • Married: 1791 in SC
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