|Death: ||Feb., 1815|
George Little I. Biographic Sketch from History of Davies Co., Ky.-1883- pages 129-130-121-132.
Short and simple are the annals 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 by 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 set down. He was born in Scotland about the year 1733. The particular 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 connection with those twin roots of British nobility--- the Danish buccaneers and Norman 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 pursuits 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 unknown but he was opposed to war that ensued.
Without fortune or political influence, he asked no more of Government than liberty to pursue, unmolested, his private affairs. Possibly his attachment to the mother country, or kindred left behind, influenced his opinions. A dissenter 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 doctrines of submission to the powers that be--may have colored his political views. However this may be, when war came and the colonial Government required his services, he enlisted in the American Army, no record of the nature and duration of his service survived. Nothing more is certainly known than that in an engagement between the American Forces and a detachment of the enemy under Tarleton's command he received a bullet 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 rebellion 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 manhood, 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 termination of 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 adventurous this prospect was irresistible! 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 to Tenn., where he resided until old age. He went thence to Texas 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 the point on the river had maintained its fortune from its 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 infirmity! But
not probably intended in part a patriotic recognition of his sufferings for his chosen country. These last years were comparatively uneventful 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 alone------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 second 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 resigned 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 opinions 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 kindly 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 fostering 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 ???
Jonas Little (1780 - 1850)*
William Joseph Little (1780 - 1860)*
Anthony Thompson Graveyard
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