I have three different transcriptions of the Solomon Caleb LITTON Sr.
and Jr. Family Bible. The information in them does not conflict, but
the format has been changed slightly by each of the transcribers, so
that it is hard for me to tell what the original looks like. In 1947,
this bible was supposedly in the possession of Miss Pauline Pyle at
Lebanon, Russell Co. A copy was also supposed to have been displayed at
Constitution Hall in Washington, D. C. Transcribers names are:
Clarence E. Shepard of Dayton, OH; Canie B. Litton of Jacksonville, FL;
Mrs. Alexander Frank Litton, Dryden, VA, and Scott Litton of Bluefield,
Information below is quoted as closely as possible:
Solomon LITTON Sr. born in England 22 Dec. 1751 Married on May 24, 1774 His wife, Martha, born 22 Sept. 1756 Children: Births: John born 11 Nov. 1775 Thomas born 27 Sept. 1777 Burton 2 April 1780 Solomon Jr. born 28 Aug. 1783 Elizabeth born 1 March 1785 Hiram born 29 March 1787 James born 18 Aug. 1789 Mary born 21 April 1792 Alexander born 8 Nov. 1795 Caleb born 2 March 1797 Jenny born 20 Feb. 1801 Deaths: Jenny LITTON died 12 May 1802 Thomas LITTON died 23 Sept 1804 age 27 yrs. 4 days Martha LITTON, wife of Solomon Sr., died 31 March 1821 age 65 yrs. Solomon LITTON Sr. died 24 Feb. 1844 age 94 yrs. Marriages: Burton married Jenny SMITH 15 Aug 1802 John LITTON married Sally FULLEN 27 Sept. 1802 Betsey LITTON married Joseph SHOEMAKER 26 Nov. 1807 James LITTON married Becky VANHOOK 25 Sept. 1809 Polly LITTON married Andrew LONG 20 Nov 1809 Hiram LITTON married Patsey COX 22 Oct. 1812 Alexander LITTON married Polly VERMILLION 25 Dec. 1817 Caleb LITTON married Elizabeth DICKENSON 9 April 1818 Solomon LITTON Jr. married Judith SHOEMAKER 24 Sept. 1806 Children: Martha Whitely Katherine Elizabeth Mary Luticia Margaret Isabel Emilia Andrew Jackson LITTON born 6 Nov 1825 Whitley County KY George Washington Marriages: Martha LITTON married Abrah THOMAS Elizabeth married Elija RASNICK George W. LITTON married Obedience Ann B. ELLIOTT 14 May 1853 Mary LITTON married Leonard SHOEMAKER Luticia LITTON married George L. DONAHU Margaret LITTON married James F. LITTON Isabel LITTON married Vincent BROWNING 23 June 1849 Deaths: Whitely LITTON died 31 Aug, 1837 Judith SHOEMAKER LITTON died 23 Oct. 1852 age 67 years Solomon LITTON Jr. died 15 Aug. 1862 Children of George W. LITTON and Obedience Ann B. ELLIOTT, Births: Juda born 15 May 1854 Solomon born 6 June 1855 Mary Jane born 4 Jan 1857 Wilson P. born 10 Dec 1859 Twins Nancy Ann and Armelda born 11 June 1863 George W. LITTON died 22 May 1865 Obedience Ann B. ELLIOTT born 1 June 1832, died 29 May 1881 Other births: J.R. LITTON born 6 Oct. 1871 George W. LITTON born 23 Jan 1876, died 30 Dec 1925 (?) unmarried (End of quoted material)
Most LITTON researchers do not believe that Solomon LITTON Sr. was born
in England. It is believed that this was written in error, and that he
was born at Tinker Creek (Bottetourt Co.) VA, the son of John Richard
LITTON b March 1726 at Rockville MD who m 3 May 1745 Sarah/Sallie
WILCOXEN b 1728. Also, I have a note that Solomon's will was probated
May 2, 1843, and it is doubtful that they did that before he died in
1844. Go figure!
Solomon Sr.'s wife is thought to be Martha DUNCAN SHARP, widow, daughter
of Thomas DUNCAN b 3 Jan 1692 Argyle, Scotland d 1756/60 (Lancaster)
PA/Perm VA who m 1733 Elizabeth ALEXANDER b 1709/10 Scotland d 1814 Elk
Garden (Russell) VA. The LDS Ancestry File has the family of Thomas
Duncan back to 1501.
John b 1775 was John W. (for Whitely or perhaps WILCOXEN) LITTON Sr. d
1853 (Russell) VA (See James Fullen LITTON Family Bible record for
Burton b 1780 near what is now Paris, (Bourbon Co.) KY is Burton Caleb,
named for his uncle who was murdered by Indians in 1779 near Glade
Hollow Fort, Russell Co. Listed in IGI with wife Jane (not Jenny)
SMITH, Knox Co, KY.
Solomon Caleb Jr. was b 1783 in Fort Detroit (now MI) after his family
was taken captive 26 Jun 1780 by the British and Indians and forced to
walk to what was then Canada, along with sixty to ninety other early KY
settlers. The family was released, returning to Russell Co. in 1784.
Solomon Jr. lived for a time in Whitley Co., KY, where most of his
children were born, but later returned to "the corner" near Lebanon,
(Russell Co.). He inherited in 1843 the home of his father which had
been built there in 1789. The house was still standing when described
for Russell County archives by the W.P.A. during the Depression, but is
now a ruin.
Elizabeth b 1785 was the Betsey who m 1807 Joseph SHOEMAKER
Hiram b 1787 d 2 Aug 1852. Listed in IGI, (Knox Co.) KY 1812.
James b 1789 was James Harvey LITTON Sr. who married three times; see
James Harvey LITTON family bible record for details. James' first wife
Rebecca VANHOOK was d/o Lawrence VANHOOK. Lawrence's wife at time of
death was Rachel_______. James Harvey's second wife Mary is thought to
have been born 1802, an ELLIOTT, d/o James ELLIOTT b 5 Jan 1775 d 1829
(Russell Co) VA who m 14 Jan 1802 Obedience PARSLEY b 13 Sep 1786 VA d
11 Nov 1836 (Russell), d/o Moses PARSLEY d 30 Aug/Sep 1831 (Russell) who
m Obedience ______. James ELLIOTT is said by ELLIOTT researcher
Clarence E. Shepard to be the son of Michael ELLIOTT b 1754 d 1823
(Scott Co.) VA who m. Mary Trim b 1758 d 1830 Obey's Creek (Scott) VA.
I hope all that is clear!
Alexander, b 1795 (Russell) d 20 May 1884 near Spinning Gap, (Lee Co.)
VA. His wife was Polly (Mary) VERMILLION b 25 Dec 1801 d 4 May 1873,
d/o Jessie VERMILLION, Rev War soldier from N.C.
Caleb b 1797, is said to have remained in Russell Co. Son: Joseph
Shoemaker LITTON, 1829-1902 m. Mary Ann ASTON.
Catherine LITTON, d/o Solomon Jr. and Judith Shoemaker, was b 1815
Whitley Co. KY
Andrew Jackson LITTON b 1825 KY m Melda __________
George Washington LITTON b 1832 was a Civil War soldier, sent home on
furlough sometime during the latter part of the War. Hungry, footsore,
ragged, and weary from his long journey, he sat down to rest on a hill
overlooking the 1789 LITTON house in "the corner" (Russell Co.). There
he was met by his overjoyed, anxious wife, Obedience, who after talking
with him awhile, returned to the house to bring food and water to
refresh his tired body. In the short time she was away, a band of
Yankees captured him and carried him to camp. There he died soon after,
never again seeing home and family.
Marriages of children of George Washington and Obedience Ann B. ELLIOTT
Juda/Judith b 1854 d 10 Feb 1952 m Gustavis/Tave LITTON
Solomon b 1855 d 23 May 1902 m Mary Ann CAMPBELL
Mary Jane b 1857 d 10 Apr 1937 m George SHOEMAKER
Wilson P. b 1859 moved to the state of Washington.
Nancy Ann b 1863 d 17 Jun 1940 m Joseph A. PILE b 9 Jun 1860 d 4 Mar 1940
Armelda b 1863 d 19 Jun 1935 m Albert LONG