John Leeds Little History and Group Chart

The material in this summary was contributed by Pj Little of Carthage, Missouri. She can be reached via e-mail at Duke.Wessel@cox.net The Sullivan County Genealogical Web Page is grateful to Pj for providing this historical information.  


Lieutenant John Little[3], brother of Theophilus and Thomas, and youngest son of John Little[2], wed Mary Leeds on April 16, 1768 in Gloucester County, NJ. To them a son, John Leeds Little, was born May 19, 1777. There is a question as to whether John[3] was killed by the Hessians at Trenton Ford in 1777, or while leading a party of 30 militia at the battle of Tinton Falls in 1779. Little family records list his death as 1777.

Mary Leeds, born August 20, 1749, was the daughter of Robert Leeds, oldest son of Japhet Leeds of Little Egg Harbor, Gloucester County, New Jersey. Japhet was the son of Daniel Leeds of Burlington County, NJ, a proprietor and a member of the Royal Council of New Jersey before his death in 1720. Mary had four known siblings: Robert, Japhet, Daniel and Thomas.

Prior to his death, John lived on the Chestnut Plain farm of 211 acres, owned by his grandfather John Little[2]. It appears that he was also in charge of one of the family saw mills, possibly the one near Wreck Pond (Bk L of Deeds, p.418 and Book M, p.217)

John Leeds Little married the daughter of Jacob Herbert of Monmouth County, NJ., prior to 1799. John and Mercy Herbert Little were parents to ten children, nine of whom lived to maturity.

John Leeds Little
..+Mercy Herbert
.....1-Gilbert Clark Little b:1800 d:1882 PA
..........+Eliza Ann Havens (10 children)
..............2-Thomas Reimer Havens Little b:1824 NJ d:1906 IL
...................+Elizabeth Marie Richey (9 children)
.......................3-Anna Eliza b:1852 d:1924 KS
............................+George Finlayson
.......................3-John G. b/d:1854 (lived three days)
.......................3-Ellen Emma b:1855 d:1938 IL
.............................+Hiram Medley
.......................3-Laura Henrietta b:1858 d:1929 MI
.............................+Elwood Carlisle
.......................3-Arjamento Richey b:1861 d:1943 MI
.............................+Mattie W. Boyd
.......................3-Kate Wainwright b:1864 d:1929 MI
..............................+George W. Randolph
.......................3-Mary Agustus b:1868 d:1932 MI
................................+Agustus Quick
.......................3-Eburtus Henry b:1871 d:1922 MI
...............................+Daisy Perry
.......................3-William Frank b:1872 IA
................................+Anna Hanton
.....................................4-Herbert Frank Little b:1898
.....................................4-Leonard David b:1900
..........................................5-James Little b:1932
..............2-Mary Hanna d:1906 IL
...................+Augustus Pellman
..............2-John H. Little
..................+Moica ?
..............2-Isaac Jacob
..................+Mary Reynolds
..............2-Abraham Osborn (married and moved to Kansas)
...................+Evaline Reynolds
..............2-Mercy Rebecca (lived in Meadsville, PA)
...................+Lewis Reynolds
..............2-Jessie H.(lived in Meadsville, PA)
..................+Julia S ?
..............2-Sadie b:1842 d:1844 Meadsville, PA
..............2-Joseph Clark b:1845 d:1846 Meadsville, PA
..............2-Gilbert Frank** d:1926 at Meadsville, PA
...................+Sadie Hunter
........................3-John Little
.....1-John Lambert Little d:1892 IN
..........+Mary Wilson
.....1-Jacob Herbert d:1885
..........+Eugenia M. Reeves
.....1-Hanna Leeds
..........+Robert K. Shafto of Shark River
.....1-Elizabeth D.
.........+Peter Knott[1] George Longstreth (3rd cousin)
.....1-Maria Little
.........+Abraham Havens (b/o Eliza Ann -see Gilbert Clark)
.....1-Catherine Little
.........+Halstead H. Wainwright
.....1-Lydia Ann
..........+Thomas Little (s/o John T. Little)
.....1-Jane Little
..........+Charles Kern
.....1-Algernon Sidney d: age 10

Notes: **Gilbert Frank Little inherited the farm purchased by his grandfather, Gilbert Clark Little in 1837. Situated between Meadville and Sagerstown, PA, it was sold after his death in 1926 by his son and heir John Little.

Records of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury indicate that on June 12, 1881 in a meeting attended by Robert Evelman, Henry Tiebaut, Esq., Richard Wikof, Robert Drummond, John Leeds Little and Samuel W. Tenbrook, a resolution was passed to erect a new church whose doors would be opened to all denominations when not in use by Presbyterians. The building was erected in 1822 and is the present church. John Leeds Little died three years later. He and his wife Mercy Herbert Little are buried in the church yard.

Sources:
1-Little family history and documents
2-G.H. Nevius, History: Shrewsbury, NJ Presbyterian Church, Pg 6
3-Record of Deeds at the courthouse in Freehold, New Jersey
4-Gloucester County, New Jersey, Marriages 1684-1850
5-New Jersey Archives, 2nd ser vol III pp 455-56
6-New Jersey Archives, Wills: 1st ser, vol III, p.245 and p.289

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