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Col Jesse Carter Little

Col Jesse Carter Little

Belmont Corner, Waldo County, Maine, USA
Death 26 Dec 1893 (aged 78)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Lot B, Block 12, Plot F
Memorial ID 27321953 · View Source
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Son of Thomas Little and Relief White

Married Elizabeth Greenwood French, 26 Sep 1839, Peterboro, Hillsboro, New Hampshire

Children - Helen Amelia Little, Annie Elizabeth Little, Mary Eliza Little, Charles Wallace Little, Edward Kendall Little, Sarah Louise Little, Jessie Frederick Little, William Henry Little, Jedediah Grant Little, George Leonard Little, Alice Josephine Little

Married Mary Maria Holbrook, 29 Jan 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Laura Ann Little, Frank Alonzo Little, Emeline Little, Rozetta Vilate Little, Jesse Carter Little

Married Emily Hoagland, 29 Jan 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Eliza Hoagland Little, Thomas Kane Little, Mary Elizabeth Little, Ella Cordelia Little, John Hoagland Little, Abraham Hoagland Little, Georgiana Hoagland Little, Margaret Hoagland Little, Josephine Hoagland Little, Walter Wallace Little, Thomas Kane Little

History - Jesse Little was one of the original pioneers of Utah. He acted for a number of years as U. S. marshal for Utah, was the first sexton of Salt Lake City, which city he also served as assessor and collector.

Jesse joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States, and was ordained a High Priest April 17, 1845, by Parley P. Pratt. In 1846 Elder Little acted as president of the mission in the New England and Middle States. On a visit to Washington, D.C., he learned from President Polk the intention of the government to raise a battalion of men to march to California. On hearing this, Elder Little started immediately for the camps of the Saints by way of Nauvoo, to consult with the authorities of the Church. Previous to this he had been very active in his labors in the East and had done all in his power to create a sympathy in behalf of his people. After assisting in organizing the battalion and accompanying the enlisted brethren as far as Fort Leavenworth, Elder Little returned to the East to resume his mission. Responding to a call from Pres. Brigham Young, he left a wife and two children at Petersboro, New Hampshire, early in 1847, and traveled three thousand miles to join the Pioneers, whom he overtook April 19, 1847, at a point about seventy miles west of Winter Quarters. When the company was organized as a military command, Jesse C. Little was appointed adjutant. After returning from his pioneer journey he was instructed to resume his presidency over the branches of the Church in the Eastern States, which he did. He arrived in Great Salt Lake valley the second time in 1852, and from that time until the day of his death he was a resident of the Territory of Utah.

For many years he was prominent in ecclesiastical, civil and military affairs, and filled many important positions of honor and trust in the community. In the early fifties he opened a hotel at the Warm Springs, Salt Lake City, and did a good business there for many years. When an ordinance providing for the organization of a Fire Department in Salt Lake City was passed, Oct. 17, 1856, Jesse C. Little was appointed chief engineer.

In 1856 he was ordained to the office of a Bishop and set apart as second counselor to Bishop Edward Hunter; and he occupied that important position till 1874, when he resigned. Subsequently he removed to Morgan county, and resided for a long time at Littleton, in said county. He died in Salt Lake City, Dec. 26, 1893. The immediate cause of his demise was a complication of ailments, and his last illness was somewhat protracted.

In a short obituary published in the "Deseret News" at the time of his death the following occurs: "Col. Jesse C. Little is dead. The announcement will bring into the minds of thousands in Utah, particularly the early settlers, memories of stirring events, whose importance has become more thoroughly understood through the lapse of time, in which Col. Little was a prominent participator."





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