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Martha Louisa Stevens Little
Birth: Feb. 28, 1862
Gibson County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 1934
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA

Mrs. F. T. Little
Martha Louisa Stevens was born 28 Feb 1862, in Gibson county, Indiana, departed this life 3 August 1934, age 72 years, 5 month and 4 days.
She came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Stevens to Kansas in December of 1870 to Park City, a little town on the Arkansas River, nearly due north of Maize and her father filed on a claim. The farm has been familiarly known since that time as the "Uncle Billy Stevens Place" on the south side of the river. Her mother died in 1871, leaving to her and to an older sister the responsibility of caring for the family.
She was married to F. T. Little, 12 September 1882 at the farm home, and it was there in September, 1932 they celebrated their Golden Wedding.
In the spring of 1883, they moved to Harper county, where they proved up a claim--two miles west and one and a half miles north of Freeport and where they were numbered among the pioneers of that community, and where all their children were born.
In July of 1901, the family moved back to Sedgwick county, returning to the old home place, where they lived for 18 years. On 1 March 1918, they moved to the farm southeast of Maize, where they have since resided.
Mother Little learned industry and economy in the school of adversity. One of her oft quoted passages from the Scriptures was "Why do you spend money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which satisfieth not?"
When a young woman she became a Christian and united with the Baptist church. After her marriage, she united with the Methodist church to which her husband belonged. When the Colwich Circuit was abandoned, and the class discontinued, they transferred their membership to the United Brethren church at Maize, of which she was a member, when summoned to join the Church Triumphant.
She is survived by her husband-- F. T. Little of Route 7, Wichita; her daughters Mrs. Priscilla Locke and Mrs. Susie Miller of Liberal; Mrs. Bessie Nicholson of Colwich and Mrs. Mattie Renner of Maize; her sons R. M. Little of Route 7, Wichita, and W. F. of Wichita; her brothers Guy, Art, and Frank Stevens and her step-mother Amanda Stevens, all of Wichita; 21 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Fletcher Stevens (1834 - 1914)
  Sarah E. Ward Stevens (1833 - 1871)
 
 Spouse:
  Francis Thomas Little (1857 - 1950)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Morton Little (1884 - 1949)*
  Priscilla Little Locke (1885 - 1974)*
  Bessie Little Nicholson (1886 - 1975)*
  William Fletcher Little (1888 - 1981)*
  Mattie Little Renner (1889 - 1970)*
  Susie Little Miller (1891 - 1977)*
  Francis Stevens Little (1898 - 1924)*
 
 Siblings:
  Isaac R. Stevens (1855 - 1879)*
  Priscilla A. Stevens Merkle (1857 - 1930)*
  Charles W Stevens (1860 - 1882)*
  Martha Louisa Stevens Little (1862 - 1934)
  Samuel Morton Stevens (1865 - 1923)*
  Arthur C Stevens (1868 - 1873)*
  George W. Stevens (1871 - 1871)*
  May V. Stevens (1873 - 1879)**
  Ivon I. Stevens (1875 - 1876)**
  Mark E. Stevens (1877 - 1878)**
  Henry Artemus Stevens (1882 - 1947)**
  Curtis T Stevens (1884 - 1886)**
  Francis M Stevens (1887 - 1953)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section O, Lot 175, Grave 2
 
Maintained by: J&D Peterson
Originally Created by: The Old Genealogist
Record added: Jan 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33263208
Martha Louisa <i>Stevens</i> Little
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Martha Louisa <i>Stevens</i> Little
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Martha Louisa <i>Stevens</i> Little
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To my dear great grandmother who was a true Kansas pioneer and Christian mother.
- J&D Peterson
 Added: Jul. 10, 2009
 
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