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I am the current Washington County, Indiana Historian and an Air Force Veteran. I work at the John Hay Center, in Salem, IN.|
The first of my mother's family came to this county in 1807.
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By the way he was my 4th Great Grandfather.
A bit of info I have on Alexander Little. I see there may be some debate on the dates. But that set aside here is my info.
*Alexander once owned a slave in Kentucky. He took him on as debt and then set him free, the old Negro was a cooper by trade.
Roger Little, aged 92, phoned me 1-17-98, and will be sending me a wealth of information he has on his family. He grew up in the house Alexander lived in and gave me some tidbits of information over the phone. He said a distant cousin in Kansas has the rifle that was made for Alexander in 1840. Roger has his cane that has carved pictures on it, made for him by an Indian, beautiful work of art, He also stated that either one of Alexander's sisters or a daughter married Eli Lilly, the founder of the pharmaceutical company. Alexander was born two years before the American Revolution. His father, Thomas, was actively involved furnishing supplies in Virginia throughout the Revolution (1775-1783). Evidently he was not a soldier.
Individual: Little, Alexander
County/State: Washington Co., IN
Page #: 204
[Broderbund Family Archive #314, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1820, Date of Import: Aug 9, 1997, Internal Ref. #1.314.1.3606.20]
We have the marriage contract which is hand written and signed by Rachel's father, William, and her husband, Alexander Little:
"We, Alexander Little and William Robinson __?___are held and firmly bound to same 'Garrand(?) governor of Kentucky in the Penal sum of fifty pound current money to be paid to said governor or his successor to the true performance of the above. We bind ourselves, our Heirs as witnessed, our hands and seal this 26th day July 1800.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and so___?___between the above bound Alex Little and Rachel Robinson of this county. Now if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else remain in full force and vested."
Teste, Alexander Little (Seal)
D. Wieseger William Robinson (Seal)
We also have copies of the handwritten land sale records between William Robinson and Alexander Little as well as Thomas Little and Alexander Little. The deed signed by Thos Little has signers as witnesses James McCaskey and William Robinson.
The following account is taken from "The History of Henricks County Indiana", Edited by John R. McDowell, page 406 (Biographies) from a book written by James Little in 1905 called "History of the Little Family": (War of 1812?) When a militia was organized, Alexander was made lieutenant, and later major. He was elected associate judge and served in the state legislature one or two terms under the Territorial Government, starting in 1810. After the capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis, he again served in the legislature. When Alexander moved to Hendricks County, he built what was then a fine brick house and kept a tavern for many years at the corner of the National Road and the Cartersburg Road. His sign read "Entertainment by A. Little." He also had a general store that supplied the countryside. He had the first cook stove in Hendricks County, the first pitchfork made for him by a blacksmith. He owned the first carriage which had wooden springs and a top supported by corner posts. He introduced the tomato in Hendricks County, but he never lived to see it cooked. They were called "Love Apples." Alexander was certainly the Grand Old Man of the Little family....father of 12 and grandfather of 96!
From "The Indianapolis Sunday Star", October 11, 1928 Indiana Genealogy page: "Thomas Little was
my great, great, great grandfather. He was born in Scotland in 1740, married Mary Campbell and because of religious persecutions moved to Ireland, coming to America probably about 1770, settled
first in Rockbridge County, Virginia, later moving to Mercer County, Kentucky where he died in 1814.
All the children mentioned in the query were born in Ireland except the three youngest. My data are of the youngest son, Alexander, born Feb. 20, 1773. Married Rachael Robinson in Kentucky about 1800. He died in Hendricks County, Indiana, July 26, 1843 (on his 43rd wedding anniversary). His wife died in the same county Sept. 7, 1854. Children: Anna, born Aug 27,1801, died Feb 14, 1880, married Robert McKnight, July 15, 1819; Mary (Polly), born Jan 20, 1803, married James Green.
From: A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone, Clinton and Hendricks Counties - A. W. Bowen & Co., Chicago 1895: Alexander was born in Virginia February 20, 1773 and was 10 years of age when his father emigrated to Mercer County, KY from Virginia. He received a good common education, although he was chiefly self-educated. He was a major in the old militia, and during the early history of Indiana, participated in repelling many savage forays. He married in Kentucky, Rachael Robinson, and soon emigrated to Washington Co. IN where they lived 20 years. He was appointed to the territorial legislature and aided in the organization of the state and was then honored by election to the State legislature from Wash. Co. several times. He afterwards was elected Circuit Judge of Washington Co
for several terms. After 20 years of active, useful life in that county, he came to Hendricks Co, IN in
1830 and settled in Liberty township, where he lived until his death. Again his ability, worth and public experience were recognized and he was elected to the legislature several terms. He was an old line Whig and both he and wife were members of the Presbyterian church, which he supported financially. He owned nearly 400 acres at the date of his death, July 26, 1843. His widow survived him until 1854. The children of this estimable couple were born and named in the following order: Annie, Mary, Martha, Betsey, John, Samuel, Rachael, William, Rebecca, Joseph, Robert and Sarah.
Facts about this person:
Fact 1 1783, Moved from VA to Kentucky
Fact 2 1812, Indiana Militia: Lieutenant & Major
Fact 3 1800, Married Rachel Robinson
Fact 4 April 26, 1810, Went to Wash. Co , IN to clear land, returned to KY, moved 1 yr later
Fact 5 Associate Judge 1815-1816
Fact 6 1819, Elected Senator, Washington County
Fact 7 1826, 1826-1830 House of Representatives
Fact 8 1830, He moved his family from Wash. Co. to Hendricks after it was cleared.
Fact 9 1836, 1836-1839 Senator, Hendricks County
Fact 10 Buried in Irons Cemetery, Liberty Township, IN
Irons Cemetery, Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana
Addendum to the family of James Alexander and Rachel (Robinson) Little : This is according to info given to James A. Little by Anna McKnight in Aug. 1905.
*Anna McKnight had 3 children.
*Polly Green had 10 children.
*Patsy Zaring had 10 children.
*Betsy Canary had 3 children.
*John Little and first wife had 10 and with second wife had 7.
*Samuel Little and first wife had 11 children and second wife had no issue.
*Rachel Richardson had 11 children.
*William Little and first wife had 8 children and second wife had 1 child.
*Rebecca Wines had 4 children in marriage 1. Rebecca Welch lhad 1 child in marriage 2.
Rebecca White had 5 children in marriage 3.
*Joseph never married.
*Robert Little and first wife had 2 children and second wife had 5 childres.
*Sarah Jane Simpson had 1 child from first marriage and had no issue from the othe three marriages
(Wilhite, Brown, and hinkle). As coppied from Doris Nadine Littles notes from James A. Little.
** Note by Doris Aliff- William Little, was a native of Kentucky. He was born 5 March, 1814, third son of Alexander and Rachel (Robinson) Little, who were among the first settlers of Hendricks Co. locating in south of Cartersburg. After reaching manhood, Mr Little engaged in farming and stock rasing , and accumulated a large property, owning at the time of his death 430 acres of land, 150 being homestead. He was married in 1840 to Sara Downard, (daughter of James and Elizabeth Downard), who did 18 June, 1858 leaving seven children. In 1859 he marrried Mary E Raded, (daughter of Asbury and Catharine Rarden) and to them was born one daughter, Hattie, who became the wife of Samuel Holdermon of Hendricds Co. and died 29 January 1876. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he was a member for 25 Years.
I have added part of your biography but Calvin, John and Eli were born after Louisa died. John's second wife was Lavina and she was the mother.
I linked Volney and have added names of parents of John Menaugh.
Thank you for your information. I spent a very interesting afternoon doing further research.
I did find a Mary A (nee Menaugh) Marshall which fits the dates as daughter of John and Louisa, but am unable to find out for sure. Perhaps you will know. 46210812
Added by jbmgs on Jun 21, 2014 1:22 PM
Your information has been added.
Added by jbmgs on Jun 21, 2014 8:40 AM