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John Litton
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Birth: 1811
Death: Jul. 6, 1856

LITTON, JOHN

John Litton, pioneer, was born in North Carolina in 1811. He traveled to Texas on horseback from his family home in Lincoln County, Missouri, around 1827 to join Stephen F. Austin's "Little Colony," which settled on the east side of the Colorado River north of the Old San Antionio Road near the site of present Bastrop several years later. Litton married Sarah E. Standifer around 1835 and established a homestead.

In 1836 Litton joined Texas revolutionaries forming Capt. Jesse Billingsley's Mina Volunteers (Company C, First Regiment, under the command of Col. Edward Burleson) to defend Texas against Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's approaching army.

Sarah joined other women, children, and elderly settlers ordered to evacuate the area toward the Sabine River in what became known as the Runaway Scrape.
John and Sarah Litton's first child was born and died during the frantic flight.

Litton later served with 250 soldiers to form a rear guard and protect supplies for Gen. Sam Houston's Texas forces. He received a section of land in Williamson County, along with bounty grants in Bell, Lampasas, and Bastrop counties, for his military service.

By 1845 John and Sarah Litton had joined Michael Young and Sarah's brothers to establish Young's Settlement, also known as Perryville.

The Litton home became the Concord Stage Line station and post office. Litton was appointed the first postmaster of Young's Settlement by President Zachary Taylor in 1849 and was reappointed by President Franklin Pierce in 1853. He served as postmaster until 1855, when he resigned to develop his property.

Litton's eldest daughter, Martha Ellen Litton Turner, was postmistress at Young's Settlement during the Civil War. Litton eventually settled his family on a tract of land at the headwaters of Little Sandy Creek northeast of Young's Settlement, in the first house in the area built entirely of sawed lumber.

He died of acute appendicitis on July 6, 1856, and was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Elizabeth Standifer Litton (1820 - 1892)*
 
 Children:
  John Thomas Lytton (1842 - 1918)*
  Leander Anderson Litton (1846 - 1889)*
  James Harvey Litton (1850 - 1934)*
  William M Litton (1851 - 1936)*
  Frances Janie Litton Harling (1856 - 1953)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Texas State Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 Row:V Number:2
 
Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 31, 2005
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John Litton
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Served well but died too soon
- Robin
 Added: Jun. 11, 2016

- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 17, 2012
This image placed on this site indicates this individual is documented with either the Sons or Daughters of the Republic of Texas as having lived in Texas in the years (1836-1846) of the Republic.
- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 26, 2012
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