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Family Bible Record of Solomon Caleb Litton

Submitted by:
Bonnie L. Schermer
1021 Queensboro
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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, W.VA.

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


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.


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
Andrew Jackson LITTON born 6 Nov 1825 Whitley County KY
George Washington 

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

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

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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 decendants.)

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 LITTON:
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

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