Little Family - The First Six Generations

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The first Little in our family to emigrate to America was George Little who came to Newbury (map of area), Massachusetts in 1640. He is said to have worked for a Mr. John Woodbridge, who had paid his passage in exchange for building fences of logs placed endwise around the property. In September of 1650 he bought the freehold right of John Osgood, Senior who had moved to Andover, Massachusetts. He continued to add to his land holdings: fourteen acres from Nicholas Noyes; ten acres of upland from Thomas Coleman, and in 1651 in partnership with Thomas Brown, the three hundred acre farm owned by Stephen Dummer at Birchen Meadows. In a town in meeting in 1670 it was voted "that the Selectman shall take care that George Little fence in no more land than his due."

It is believed that he had lands in Stonington, Connecticut, Woodbridge, New Jersey, and Concord, Vermont. George Little served on juries in Ipswich and Salem, was an appraiser of the estates of John Sawyer and William Stevens, and the executor of Nathaniel Cheney's estate and the overseer for John Rolfe's.

He was a tailor by trade, but like most of his countrymen, devoted most of his time to agriculture. He was renowned for his physical strength: there is a tradition that he could carry a plough on his shoulder from his home to his farm on Turkey Hill, three miles away.

The early days in Newbury were marked by religious dissension. George Little remained on the side of the pastor in the numerous disputes, but after the settlement of the grievances joined a Baptist Church with his wife in Boston, and later a small Baptist church in Newbury.

He married first Alice Poor, who had sailed for New England in May of 1638 in the Bevis. They had five children: Sarah, who died as a baby, Joseph, John, Moses and Sarah. Alice died December 1, 1680 after many years of illness, and George married second Eleanor, the widow of Thomas Barnard on July 19, 1681. She died November 27, 1694, a few months after his death. They are buried in the graveyard adjoining the first church.

Our family descends from both Moses and Joseph Little; the brothers married sisters, Lydia and Mary Coffin, daughters of Tristram Coffin and Judith Greenleaf Coffin, so there are a lot of double cousins.

Moses was born March 11, 1657, married Lydia Greenleaf, who was born April 22, 1662, and had six children: John, Tristram, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth and Moses. Moses served in King Philip's War, an Indian uprising in 1675 led by a son of Massosoit who took the name of Philip.

He died of smallpox on March 8, 1691 and "according to the practice of that time, was kept during his illness in a room so heated that one's hand could not rest of the walls without discomfort. It is the tradition that he caught the disease while passing a house where infected clothing was exposed from the windows, and that his physician, while in a state of intoxication, administered a prescription which hastened, if it did not cause, his death."

Moses left a considerable estate (click for inventory and signature). His wife married second on March 18, 1695, John Pike by whom she had five daughters and possibly a son. She died August 7, 1757 at the age of ninety five.

Tristram Coffin, the father of both Lydia and Judith, married Judith, the widow of Henry Somerby and the daughter of Captain Edmund Greenleaf. He was a merchant tailor, who lived in Newbury and died February 4, 1704.

He and Judith had ten children: Judith, Deborah, Mary, James, John, Lydia, Enoch, Stephen, Peter, and Nathaniel. She died on December 15, 1705 in Newbury, and their gravestones are still standing in the Old Burying Ground across from the church.

Joseph Little was born September 22, 1653; married Mary Coffin on October 31, 1677, who was born November 12, 1657 and died November 28, 1725. They had nine children: Judith, Joseph, George, Sarah, Enoch, Tristram, Moses, Daniel and Benjamin.

Captain Joseph was a very prominent citizen in Newbury. He was the tythingman in 1685, selectman in 1692-3, 1700, 1704-5. He was a member of the established (Congregational) church and when the new building was erected in 1700, he and his wife were given a prominent pew. He lived on Turkey Hill until 1730 and then moved to Newburyport, where several of his sons were merchants. He divided his real estate among his sons before his death, so his will, written January 27, 1737 and proved October 1, 1740 divides his household goods among his daughters, Judith Moody and Sarah Thing, and the rest of his estate to his a daughter and law and two grandsons. He is buried at Burying Hill in Newburyport. His headstone is still readable, and there is a footstone with Joseph Little incised on it. The graveyard is very overgrown (1987).

Our descent continues through Tristram Little (signature) who was born December 9, 1681 in Newbury, married Sarah Dole, the daughter of Henry Dole and Sarah Brocklebank Dole, and had eleven children: Sarah, Henry, Samuel, Apphia, Jane, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Richard, Enoch, Mary and John. All but Mary lived to be adults.

Tristram was a farmer who lived in Newbury and died on November 11, 1765 at the age of eighty-three.

Sarah Dole was born February 12, 1690 and died about 1780. Her father died when she was just six months old, and her older sister, Apphia died four years later, so her childhood memories are of her stepfather, Nathaniel Coffin, and her eight stepbrothers and stepsisters. Her family, like her husband's family, had been among the founders of the town of Newbury. Her father Henry, was the son of Richard Dole and Hannah Rolfe Dole, the daughter of Henry Rolfe. Richard Dole had come to Newbury in 1639. Henry Rolfe died there in 1643.

Her mother, Sarah Brocklebank was the daughter of Samuel and Hannah Brocklebank, more early settlers. When Samuel died as a captain serving in King Philip's War in 1676, his widow married the widower, Richard Dole. Thus, Sarah's parents were stepbrother and stepsister as well as husband and wife.

Tristram's second son, Samuel was born February 18, 1713 in Newbury. He married Dorothy Noyes, the daughter of Joseph and Jane Dole Noyes on his twenty-third birthday in 1736. They had ten children: James, Samuel, Joseph, Sarah, Nathaniel, Jane, Hannah, Eunice, Judith and Samuel Noyes. After the birth of the first three children, the Littles moved briefly to Falmouth, now Portland, Maine and then in 1841 to Atkinson, which was over the New Hampshire border in Rockingham County. This was the first stage of the immigration west, which would speed up in the generations that followed, as land became scarce.

Samuel served in the Revolution and was a quartermaster. He was a shoemaker by trade and pursued farming and lumbering. He was known for his strength and energy. He died September 29, 1792. His wife Dorothy, who was born April 9, 1715 lived to be eighty three dying on March 19, 1798. They are said to have died in Atkinson, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, but their graves have not been found.

Dorothy's parents were Joseph Noyes and Jane Dole Noyes. Her grandparents were Cutting Noyes and Elizabeth Knight Noyes, William Dole and Mary Brocklebank Noyes. Her great-grandparents were Nicholas Noyes and Mary Cutting Noyes, John Knight and Bathsheba Ingersoll Knight, Richard Dole and Hannah Rolfe Dole, Samuel and Mary Brocklebank. Thus her parents were second cousins. In these small towns of New England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it seems to have been very common for second cousins and even first cousins to marry.

Nicholas Noyes, Captain John Cutting (Mary's father) and John Knight are all among the first settlers of Newbury.

Samuel and Dorothy's eldest son, James was born March 18, 1737 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married Tamar Roberts of Atkinson, Rockingham County, New Hampshire on December 16, 1760 in Plaistow, Rockingham County. They lived in Atkinson and had eight children: James, Samuel, Amos, Sarah, James, Tamar, Ebenezer and William. James, who was referred to as a gentleman in various legal papers, died at the age of forty six on April 23, 1783.

Tamar, who was the daughter of Jonathan Roberts and Abiah Belknap Roberts, was born September 4, 1743. She married Thomas Muzzey on November 21, 1788, had a daughter Elizabeth born in 1791, and died in Warren, Grafton County, New Hampshire near her son Amos Little on June 21, 1821.

Tamar was the youngest of the seven children born to Jonathan and Abiah Roberts. When she was only two her father was killed in Cape Britain, Nova Scotia while fighting in King George's War after the taking of Louisbourg. Her mother was remarried in 1747 to Edward Flint.

Amos Little, the first surviving son of James and Tamar Little was born February 28, 1766 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire. He married his second cousin Elizabeth Kimball, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Little Kimball on November 13, 1786, when he was twenty years of age and she was only seventeen.

Three years later with a baby, the young couple made the move to Warren, Grafton County, New Hampshire, a new community about ninety miles to the north. They built a cabin that year and paid taxes of $50.00.

They built a house in 1796, and were taxed on 1797 on a house and land worth $452.00. The house burned in 1845, but was immediately rebuilt by their youngest child, Kimball Little.

Eleven more children were born in Warren: Tamar, James, Benjamin, Betty, Amos, Jesse, William, Jonathan, John, Judith
Dolly, and Kimball. In 1815, the dreaded spotted fever swept through the village and three of the Little children died in the month of November.

Amos Little died April 6, 1842 at the age of seventy six, and is buried in the Warren Cemetery with his wife, who died the following year on March 4, 1843, aged seventy four years.

Elizabeth (Betsey) Kimball Little was born January 27, 1769 in Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire, the third child of the six born to Benjamin Kimball and Sarah Little Kimball. Her grandparents were Jonathan Kimball and Elizabeth Little Kimball, Samuel Little and Dorothy Noyes Little, making her parents third cousins.

Benjamin Kimball served during the Revolutionary War. He had been commissioned a first lieutenant in Captain Samuel Gilman's Company, Colonel Enoch Poor's Regiment on May 25, 1775. He was promoted to captain at Ticonderoga on September 6, 1776, and commissioned captain and paymaster in the First New Hampshire Regiment in the Continental Service, and remained in this regiment until his death on August 25, 1779. "He was shot through the heart at Tioga, Pennsylvania while on Sullivan's expedition against the Indians, by the accidental discharge of a soldier's musket." He was buried at Tioga.

"His widow, who was left with a large family of small children, received half pay in accordance with a resolution of Congress passed August 24, 1780." She was remarried to Jonathan Poor of Poor's Hill, Atkinson on June 2, 1785.

Jonathan Kimball was born April 14, 1720 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Kimball and Mary Emerson Kimball, and the grandson of Jonathan Kimball and Lydia Day Kimball, Joseph Emerson and Martha Toothaker Emerson, all of Haverhill.

He married Elizabeth Little on August 22, 1738, by whom he had five children: Benjamin, Jonathan, Daniel, Nathaniel, and another Daniel. Elizabeth died on February 8, 1753, and later that year Jonathan married Abigail True by whom he had four more children.

"Tradition says he was one of the first to settle in the northern part of Plaistow, now Hampstead, N.H.; that he went up into the woods and had twenty men to help him build his log cabin, and that two stood guard against the Indians while the rest worked. He afterwards returned to the present town of Plaistow.

Jonathan served as the town clerk of Plaistow for twenty one years, from 1757 to 1778 and was a deacon for fifty seven years.

The graves of Jonathan's great-grandparents, Benjamin Kimball and Mercy Hazeltine Kimball can still be seen in the cemetery at Bradford, Essex, County, Massachusetts. The immigrant ancestor, Richard Kimball came to this country on the ship Elizabeth in 1634 settling eventually in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.

(To see pictures of tombstones, click links below)

                     ┌── George LITTLE (Immigrant), d. 1693
                 ┌── Moses LITTLE, b. 1657, d. 1691
                 │   └── Alice POOR (Immigrant), d. 1680
             ┌── Tristram LITTLE, b. 1681, d. 1765
             │   │   ┌── Tristram COFFIN (Immigrant), b. 1624, d. 1704
             │   └── Lydia COFFIN, b. 1662
             │       └── Judith GREENLEAF (Immigrant), b. 1625, d. 1705
         ┌── Samuel LITTLE (DAR Patriot), b. 1713, d. 1792
         │   │       ┌── Richard DOLE (Immigrant), bap. 1621, d. before 1705
         │   │   ┌── Henry DOLE, b. 1663, d. 1690
         │   │   │   └── Hannah ROLFE (Immigrant), b. circa 1630, d. 1678
         │   └── Sarah DOLE, b. 1690
         │       │   ┌── Samuel BROCKLEBANK (Immigrant), d. 1676
         │       └── Sarah BROCKLEBANK, b. 1668, d. 1750
         │           └── Hannah (__________), d. 1690
     ┌── James LITTLE, b. 1737, d. 1783
     │   │           ┌── Nicholas NOYES (Immigrant), b. circa 1616
     │   │       ┌── Cutting NOYES, b. 1648, d. 1734
     │   │       │   └── Mary CUTTING (Immigrant)
     │   │   ┌── Joseph NOYES, b. 1688, d. 1755
     │   │   │   │   ┌── John KNIGHT (Immigrant), b. 1622, d. 1678
     │   │   │   └── Elizabeth KNIGHT, b. 1660
     │   │   │       └── Bathsheba INGERSOLL, b. circa 1629, d. 1705
     │   └── Dorothy NOYES, b. 1715, d. 1798
     │       │       ┌── Richard DOLE (Immigrant) (see above)
     │       │   ┌── William DOLE, b. 1660, d. 1718
     │       │   │   └── Hannah ROLFE (Immigrant) (see above)
     │       └── Jane DOLE, b. 1690
     │           │   ┌── Samuel BROCKLEBANK (Immigrant) (see above)
     │           └── Mary BROCKLEBANK, b. circa 1663
     │               └── Hannah (__________) (see above)
Amos LITTLE, b. 1766, d. 1842
     │           ┌── Robert ROBERTS, b. circa 1617, d. 1663
     │       ┌── Ephraim ROBERTS, b. 1650, d. 1738
     │       │   │   ┌── Emanuel DOWNING, b. 1585, d. 1660
     │       │   └── Susan DOWNING, b. circa 1622
     │       │       └── Ann WARE, b. 1592, d. circa 1622
     │   ┌── Jonathan ROBERTS, b. 1698, d. 1745
     │   │   │   ┌── Daniel HENDRICK (Immigrant), b. circa 1610
     │   │   └── Dorothy HENDRICK, b. 1659, d. 1702
     │   │       │   ┌── John PIKE (Immigrant), d. 1654
     │   │       └── Dorothy PIKE, d. 1659
     │   │           └── Dorothy DAY
     └── Tamar ROBERTS, b. 1743, d. 1821
         │           ┌── Abraham BELKNAP (Immigrant), b. 1589, d. 1643
         │       ┌── Samuel BELKNAP (Immigrant), b. 1627
         │       │   └── Mary STALLION
         │   ┌── Ebenezer BELKNAP, b. 1667, d. 1772
         │   │   │   ┌── Robert JONES
         │   │   └── Sarah JONES, d. 1689
         │   │       └── Elizabeth SOANE
         └── Abiah BELKNAP, b. circa 1710
             │       ┌── John AYER (Immigrant 1637), b. 1592, d. 1657
             │   ┌── Nathaniel AYER, b. circa 1646, d. 1717
             │   │   └── Hannah EVERED (Immigrant 1637), d. 1688
             └── Hannah AYER, b. 1672, d. 1779
                 │   ┌── John TRELOAR
                 └── Tamesin TURLOAR, b. 1647, d. 1700
                     └── Johanna PASCOE

 

                     ┌── Benjamin KIMBALL, b. 1637, d. 1696
                 ┌── Jonathan KIMBALL, b. 1673, d. 1747
                 │   └── Mercy HAZELTINE, b. 1642, d. 1708
             ┌── Benjamin KIMBALL, b. 1697, d. 1741
             │   │   ┌── John DAY
             │   └── Lydia DAY, b. 1676, d. 1739
             │       └── Sarah PENGRY
         ┌── Jonathan KIMBALL, b. 1722, d. 1807
         │   │       ┌── Robert EMERSON (Immigrant), b. 1629, d. 1694
         │   │   ┌── Joseph EMERSON, b. 1669
         │   │   │   └── Ann GRANT, d. 1718
         │   └── Mary EMERSON, b. 1697
         │       │   ┌── Roger TOOTHAKER (Immigrant), b. 1634
         │       └── Martha TOOTHAKER, b. 1668, d. 1726
         │           └── Mary ALLEN, b. circa 1648, d. 1695
     ┌── Benjamin KIMBALL (DAR Patriot), b. 1741, d. 1779
     │   │           ┌── George LITTLE (Immigrant), d. 1693
     │   │       ┌── Joseph LITTLE, b. 1653, d. 1740
     │   │       │   └── Alice POOR (Immigrant), d. 1680
     │   │   ┌── Daniel LITTLE Esquire, b. 1692, d. 1777
     │   │   │   │   ┌── Tristram COFFIN (Immigrant), b. 1624, d. 1704
     │   │   │   └── Mary COFFIN, b. 1657, d. 1725
     │   │   │       └── Judith GREENLEAF (Immigrant), b. 1625, d. 1705
     │   └── Elizabeth LITTLE, b. 1719, d. 1753
     │       │       ┌── Robert CLEMENT (Immigrant), b. circa 1634, d. 1714
     │       │   ┌── John CLEMENT, b. 1653, d. 1692
     │       │   │   └── Elizabeth FAWNE, d. 1715
     │       └── Abiah CLEMENT, b. 1692, d. 1766
     │           │   ┌── Robert AYER (Immigrant 1637), b. circa 1625, d. btw 1713 & 1723
     │           └── Elizabeth AYERS, b. 1652, d. circa 1699
     │               └── Elizabeth PALMER, b. circa 1634, d. 1705
Elizabeth "Betsey" KIMBALL, b. 1769, d. 1843
     │               ┌── George LITTLE (Immigrant) (see above)
     │           ┌── Moses LITTLE, b. 1657, d. 1691
     │           │   └── Alice POOR (Immigrant) (see above)
     │       ┌── Tristram LITTLE, b. 1681, d. 1765
     │       │   │   ┌── Tristram COFFIN (Immigrant) (see above)
     │       │   └── Lydia COFFIN, b. 1662
     │       │       └── Judith GREENLEAF (Immigrant) (see above)
     │   ┌── Samuel LITTLE (DAR Patriot), b. 1713, d. 1792
     │   │   │       ┌── Richard DOLE (Immigrant), bap. 1621, d. before 1705
     │   │   │   ┌── Henry DOLE, b. 1663, d. 1690
     │   │   │   │   └── Hannah ROLFE (Immigrant), b. circa 1630, d. 1678
     │   │   └── Sarah DOLE, b. 1690
     │   │       │   ┌── Samuel BROCKLEBANK (Immigrant), d. 1676
     │   │       └── Sarah BROCKLEBANK, b. 1668, d. 1750
     │   │           └── Hannah (__________), d. 1690
     └── Sarah LITTLE, b. 1744, d. 1823
         │           ┌── Nicholas NOYES (Immigrant), b. circa 1616
         │       ┌── Cutting NOYES, b. 1648, d. 1734
         │       │   └── Mary CUTTING (Immigrant)
         │   ┌── Joseph NOYES, b. 1688, d. 1755
         │   │   │   ┌── John KNIGHT (Immigrant), b. 1622, d. 1678
         │   │   └── Elizabeth KNIGHT, b. 1660
         │   │       └── Bathsheba INGERSOLL, b. circa 1629, d. 1705
         └── Dorothy NOYES, b. 1715, d. 1798
             │       ┌── Richard DOLE (Immigrant) (see above)
             │   ┌── William DOLE, b. 1660, d. 1718
             │   │   └── Hannah ROLFE (Immigrant) (see above)
             └── Jane DOLE, b. 1690
                 │   ┌── Samuel BROCKLEBANK (Immigrant) (see above)
                 └── Mary BROCKLEBANK, b. circa 1663
                     └── Hannah (__________) (see above)

Dole-Little House
Map of area around Bradford, Grafton Co. NH