Around 1845, Jason Bryant Little and his wife Rebeckah M. Turner Little migrated by wagon train from East Texas to an area which would one day become known as Tarrant County. The couple staked out a section of land to homestead.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hawkins arrived with the same wagon train and sectioned off a piece of land adjoining the Little survey. Jason's wife was the daughter of Mrs. Hawkins. The Little’s and the Hawkins are buried In Hawkins Cemetery which is located off Little Road and Interstate 20.
Jason was born July 7, 1832. He died December 13. 1911. Rebeckah was born January 27, 1841 and died August 19. 1919. Rebeckah outlived her husband and all four of her children.
Jason and Rebeckah's children were preschoolers before the Civil War erupted. After enlisting to fight for the Confederate States of America, Jason traveled to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he survived the 1863 summer siege of Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s forces.
Back in Texas, Rebeckah contended with Indians who were frequently seen in the area. At night, she often would barricade herself and her children in their little log cabin. Rebeckah would place a can of oil close to their beds. If the Indians attacked, she planned to set fire to their cabin. Rebeckah preferred to burn herself and her children to death rather than risk being captured by the Indians.
Jason fought with Confederate troops for two years. Alter one skirmish, General Isaac Van Zandt found Jason on the battlefield with a bullet wound to his head. As a result of the injury, Jason developed amnesia. It took him two years to regain his memory.
Rebeckah raised and sold vegetables to make a living while Jason was away. From the herbs she grew Rebeckah prepared medicine, especially catnip for babies.
One day, as the little children played outside, one of them spied a man walking toward their cabin. The youngster ran inside yelling. "Mama! Mama! There’s a man corning up the lane!" It was their father returning home horn the battlefront.
Imagine the excitement created by Jason's return. Because the children were so young when he left to join Confederate troops, they did not remember their father.
The names of Jason and Rebeckah's four children were Harriett Elizabeth Ann Lotspeich, Mary “Mollie” R. Ferguson, William M. Little and Jason Bryant Little, Jr.
Jason and Rebeckah Little donated a part of their homestead for a school. The first three Jason B. Little Schools stood at that site.