Abt 1610 - 1671
||Thomas Little |
||London, London, England
||12 Mar 1671
||Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
||12 Mar 1671
||Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
- THOMAS LITTLE
FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
REMOVES: Marshfield before 1662
EDUCATION: Sufficient to fill the office of "Keeper of the Colony of New Plymouth books" [SJC #1960].
OFFICES: Plymouth grand jury, 8 June 1664 [PCR 4:61]. Marshfield constable, 3 June 1662 [PCR 4:16].
In Plymouth section of 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:189].
ESTATE: Assessed 18s. in Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:11, 28].
On 4 March 1647 five acres of upland meadow in Plymouth "at a brook commonly called the Indian Brook" were granted to Thomas Little "so long as ... himself or any of his posterity shall remain within the limits of the township of Plymouth" [PTR 1:23-24, 38]. On 25 December 1655 the town granted to Thomas Clark "five acres of meadow lying in the same meadow with Thomas Little, Tho[mas] Little's being first laid out according to his grant in the town book" [PTR 1:207]. In 1664 Jonathan Morey expressed a desire "to have the meadow land granted to him that was sometimes Thomas Little's being upon the Indian Brook beyond Mannomett Ponds" [PTR 1:76].
On 2 August 1652 "Thomas Little sometimes inhabitant of the town of Plymouth" (with the consent of his wife Ann) sold to Richard Foster of Plymouth, planter, "all that his house and land lying and being at the Eelriver in the township of Plymouth aforesaid whereon the said Thomas Little formerly lived" [MD 1:98-99, citing PCLR 2:1:11].
On 3 June 1662, Thomas Little's rights to a farm he purchased in Marsh~field, formerly belonging to Major William Holmes, were spelled out [PCR 4:16].
On 3 October 1665 Thomas Little, by virtue of land "he surrendered at Manomett Ponds," and Josias Keane, by virtue of "his great neccesity," were allowed to look for land, and if they found it, the court would grant them one hundred acres each [PCR 4:110]. Perhaps they failed to find unclaimed land, for on 3 October 1665 Mrs. Rachel Davenport, as attorney to her husband Mr. Humphrey Davenport and in her own right as heir of Major William Holmes, sued Little and Keane for œ600 for "detaining estate of lands and building on them" [PCR 7:126-27]. On 6 February 1665/6 Mrs. Rachel Davenport and her arbitrator referred the case against Thomas Little to the determination of the court [PCR 4:113] and the court
replied 1 May 1666 that Little should pay Davenport œ15 [PCR 4:119-20].
On 29 October 1668 the court registered the claim of "Experience Michell, Henery Sampson, Richard Church and Thomas Little" to a parcel of land at Namassakett Pond, and declared that "none shall interpose to deprive them of it until the court purchases it and settles it on them" [PCR 5:5].
In his will, dated 17 May 1671 and proved 1 July 1672, Thomas Little Sr. bequeathed to "my loving wife all my housing and all my land, upland and meadow on that side of the brook I now dwell, except only the meadow I purchased of Thomas Tildin and Morris Trewant"; to "my sons Isacke and Ephraim the land on the other side of the brook"; "and all my land at Namassakett upland and meadow to my two younger sons Thomas and Samuell, except only one single share of upland I purchased of Jacob Mitchell which I bequeath to my grandchild John Jones except I do better provide for him"; to "my son Ephraim one feather bed with all meet furniture ... to be disposed to the said Ephraim at the time of his marriage"; to "Thomas and Samuel either of them a featherbed"; "my whole stock of cattle of all sorts ... equally divided amongst all my children"; residue to "my wife"; "my two eldest sons Isacke and Ephraim shall disburse out of their own estates, either of them œ10 to help Thomas and Samuell in their buildings at Namassakett when they shall have occasion"; "and if I should sell my single share of land at Namassakett it is my will that my grandchild John Jones shall have forty acres of land out of the land of Thomas and Samuell and at my wife's decease Ephraim shall enjoy my housing, but the upland and meadow on that side to be equally divided between Isacke and Ephraim"; "Sarah Bonney shall have convenient apparel and a cow at the time of her departure out of her service" [MD 4:162-63, citing PCPR 3:1:46].
On 14 August 1672, administration of the estate of Thomas Little of Marshfield was granted to Anna Little his widow [PCR 5:101].
The inventory of Thomas Little was taken at Marshfield 4 April 1672 and was untotalled, with no real estate included [MD 4:163, citing PCPR 3:1:47].
BIRTH: By about 1608 based on date of marriage.
DEATH: Buried Marshfield 12 March 1671[/2] [NEHGR 8:191; MarVR 427].
MARRIAGE: Plymouth 19 April 1633 Ann Warren [PCR 1:13], born about 1612 (deposed aged "sixty years or thereabouts" [MD 2:178]), daughter of RICHARD WARREN. She died after 19 February 1675/6 (named in son Thomas's will of that date [MD 4:164, citing PCPR 3:1:165]).
i ABIGAIL, b. say 1635; m. by about 1656 as his first wife Josiah Keene (only surviving child, son Josiah, m. about 1681 [MFIP Warren 17-18, 63]; "my grandfather Josiah Keen married with Abigil Lettle" [MD 28:5, citing Hezekiah Keene's account book]).
ii PATIENCE, b. say 1637; m. Weymouth 11 November 1657 Joseph Jones (Thomas Little bequeathed to "grandson John Jones").
iii RUTH, b. say 1639; d. after 19 February 1675/6 (named in brother Thomas's will of that date [MD 4:164, citing PCPR 3:1:165]); apparently unm.
iv HANNAH, b. say 1641; m. Scituate 25 January 1661[/2] Stephen Tilden [PCR 8:29].
v MERCY, b. say 1645; m. Marshfield last of November 1666 John Sawyer [MarVR 5]. He m. (2) Marshfield 23 [blank] 1694 Rebecca (Barker) Snow, daughter of ROBERT BARKER and widow of Josiah Snow [MarVR 19].
vi ISAAC, b. about 1646 (d. Marshfield 24 November 1699 aged about 53 years [MarVR 388]); m. by 1674 Bethia Thomas, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (_____) Thomas (child b. Marshfield 27 November 1683 [MarVR 14]); on 1 March 1674/5 Isaac Little consented to the settlement of the estate of Nathaniel Thomas [PCR 5:158-59]).
vii EPHRAIM, b. Plymouth 17 May 1650 [PCR 8:10]; m. Scituate 22 November 1672 Mary Sturtevant, daughter of Samuel Sturtevant.
viii THOMAS, b. say 1654; d. Pawtucket 26 March 1676 in King Philip's War [TAG 60:240].
ix SAMUEL, b. about 1656 (deposed 18 March 1689/90 aged "thirty three years or thereabouts" [MD 2:248]); m. Marshfield 18 May 1682 Sarah Gray, daughter of Edward Gray [MarVR 19].
COMMENTS: Thomas Little is included in a list of those attending town meeting in Plymouth about 1646 [PTR 1:22]. On 26 October 1647, Thomas Little of "the Yele [Eel] River" acknowledged a œ20 debt to the court and king [PCR 2:120].
Thomas Little seems to have been absent from Plymouth, and from Plymouth Colony, from about 1652 to 1662. In his deed of 2 August 1652 he tells us he no longer resides in Plymouth, but does not tell us where he does live. The Weymouth vital records call Patience Little the daughter of Thomas Little of Cambridge at her marriage to Joseph Jones in 1657, but Thomas Little does not appear in published Cambridge records.
On 7 February 1664/5 William Shurtliff sued Thomas Little for carrying off trees Shurtliff had felled and squared. Major Alden and Joseph Beedle were to settle the bounds and Little to return the trees, but final judgment to await the return of the bounds [PCR 4:79]. On 9 June 1665 Thomas Little was fined œ1 10s "for disclosing grand jury proceedings" [PCR 4:101, 8:114, 116].
On 7 March 1664/5 sometime constable William Holmes successfully sued Thomas Little for œ5 in damages for misleading Holmes into unjustly attaching the belongings of Nathaniel Winslow [PCR 7:122-23].
History of Duxbury, Massachusetts
Thomas Little came from Devonshire, England, to Plymouth, in 1630. He was a lawyer, and his coat of arms is still preserved at the old homestead in the house of Luther Little at Sea View (formerly known as Littletown.) In 1633 he married Ann Warren, the daughter of Richard Warren, who came over in the Mayflower. In 1650 the above Thomas Little removed to Littletown, Marshfield. Died in 1671.
I. Thomas, II. Samuel, III. Ephraim, IV. Isaac, V. Hannah, VI. Mercy, VII. Ruth, VIII. Patience. Ephraim the third son of above Thomas the colonist, was born in 1650, and married Mary Sturtevant in 1672. He died in 1717.
Thomas Little came from Devonshire, England, and is first recorded in Plymouth, MA, on the tax list of 25 March 1633. He sold his dwelling house to Richard Higgins for twenty-one bushels of corn on 7 October 1633. He made a gift of land to his brother-in-law, Robert Bartlett, on 28 May 1635. He received the transfer of the indenture of William Taylor from Mr. John Atwood on 12 March 1638/9. He moved to Marshfield where he became constable on 3 June 1662. He bought farm land which had belonged to Maj. William Holmes, deceased, which he improved. On 3 June 1662, the court ruled that in view of his many improvements, if anyone should show better title to the land in the future, such person would have to pay him fully for his improvements. When he refused to pay rents for this land claimed by Mrs. Rachel Davenport, the court on 1 May 1666 awarded her less money than she had claimed because of his improvements.
Thomas and his wife Anna (Warren) Little had nine children, the first seven born in Plymouth, the last two in Marshfield, MA:
Abigail, b. ca. 1635; m. Josiah Keen.
Ruth, probably unmarried.
Hannah, b. ca. 1636/7; m. Stephen Tilden.
Patience, b. ca. 1639; m. Joseph Jones.
Mercy, b. ca. 1645; m. John Sawyer.
Isaac, b. ca. 1646; m. Bethiah Thomas.
Ephraim, b. May 1650; m. Mary Sturtevant.
Thomas, b. ca. 1654; killed by Indians in King Philip's War, 1676.
Samuel, b. ca. 1656; m. Sarah Gray. 
||31 Aug 2006 |
||Anna Warren, b. 1612, , Kent, England , d. 19 Feb 1676, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
||19 Apr 1633
||Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts [1, 3]
|>||1. Abigail Little, b. 1635, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 1661, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||2. Ruth Little, b. 1636, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. Aft 19 Feb 1676, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||3. Hannah Little, b. 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 13 May 1710, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
|>||4. Patience Little, b. 1639, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 25 Oct 1723, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||5. Mercy Little, b. 1645, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , bur. 10 Feb 1693, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||6. Isaac Little, b. 1646, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 24 Nov 1699, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||7. Ephraim Little, b. 17 May 1650, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 24 Nov 1717, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||8. Thomas Little, b. Bef 19 Feb 1655, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 26 Mar 1676, Killed By Indians, King Philips War |
| ||9. Samuel Little, b. 1656, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 16 Jan 1707, Bristol, Bristol, Massachusetts |
||15 Sep 2006 |
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- [S7702] The Great Migration Begins 1620 - 1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1995).
- [S407] Massachusetts, Plymouth, Plymouth - Vital Records to 1850, Lee Douglas van Antwerp (Main Author), Ruth Wilder Sherman (Added Author), (Camden, Me. : Picton Press, c1993), 652 (Reliability: 3).