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Franklin Lorn Little

  • Birth 28 Aug 1886 Gallia County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 11 Sep 1980 Wellston, Jackson County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Cheshire, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 38875725

My grandfather.

Son of William Edgar Little and Allena Mae Manley.

Husband of Effie Gertrude Saunders.

Beloved father of Elsie Isabel, Leonidas Edgar "Lee", Rivers Chester "Pat", Ray Dale, Carl Clinton, Helen America, and Paul William Little.

Siblings were Eva C., Jesse Edward, Bennett Viska, Roy M., Georgia E., Ezra, Effie Elizabeth, and Cuba Ketchel Little.

My grandfather, Franklin Lorn Little, was the oldest of nine children. He grew up near Cheshire, Ohio, a small village on the banks of the Ohio River. As the son of a hard working coal miner, he went to work in the coal mines with his father at a very early age. For 46 years, he remained in the mines, working from early morning until late night alongside his father, brothers, uncles, cousins, and related families.

Descendants of Scot-Irish immigrants these men had the grit and determination of their forefathers who had left Ireland in the hopes of finding a better life for their children. They worked hard, prayed hard, loved hard, and at times drank hard. They were men who joined every war this country fought, and they were not defeated. They were loved and respected by those who knew them.

My mother said that no matter how hard times were, Granddad always made sure they had fresh oranges for Christmas. He had seven children and by the time the youngest was four, grandchildren were already moving into the house with them because of the early death of their father.

At the end of 46 years, Granddad left the mines, and worked 15 more years for the Republic Steel Co., Canton, Ohio. When he retired, he went back to the area where he had spent most of his life, free to go fishing on the riverbank, enjoy his church, family, and old friends. It is there that he is buried in the beautiful old cemetery of Gravel Hill among the many people he knew and loved.

Franklin L. Little

Franklin Loren (sic - Lorn) Little, 94, formerly of Middleport, died late Thursday at the Wellston Nursing Home.

He was born in Gallia County, Aug 28, 1886, a son of the late William E. and Lena Mae Manley Little. He was a member of the Silver Run Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Little had worked for 15 years with Republic Steel at Canton and had spent 46 years working in the coal mines.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Effie G. Saunders, in 1856 (newspaper error - 1966), a daughter, Elsie Haddox, and a son, Paul, two brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William (Helen) Righthouse, Pomeroy; four sons, Lee, Phoenix, Ariz.; R.C. (Pat) of Massillon; Carl Clinton of Canton, and Ray D. of Pomeroy; a brother, Cuba Little, Pomeroy; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Silver Run Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Merlin Teets officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire. Friends may call at the Rawlings-Coats-Blower Funeral Home in Middleport from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The body will be taken to the church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to lie in state until time of services.

The Daily Sentinel
September 1980

This memorial is sponsored by granddaughter Willi Anderson.




  • Created by: Righthouse
  • Added: 29 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38875725
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franklin Lorn Little (28 Aug 1886–11 Sep 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38875725, citing Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, Gallia County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Righthouse (contributor 47095361) .