Thomas Little (1609 - 1672) MP

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Birthplace: Devon, England
Death: Died in Marshfield, Plymouth, MA
Managed by: Lloyd Raymond Worster
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About Thomas Little

Thomas Little sailed 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. [My Decent from John Keen]

Thomas resided in Plymouth in 1632, then removed before 1662 to that part of Marshfield called Littletown, when he was constable of that town in 1662. He was also "Keeper of the Colony of New Plymouth books".

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Resided in Plymouth, MA for a time then settled in Marshfield, MA.

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Plymouth Court Orders. 1661 - 1668 Vol IV, p. 110

    In answare vnto the petition of Thomas Little and Josias Keane, the court haue graunted vnto them libertie to looke out for a portion of land for theire accomodation; and incase they can find it, the Court haue graunted vnto each of them one hundred acrees of land, viz: vnto Thomas Little one hundred acrees in reference vnto land surrendered vp by him att Manomett Ponds, and vnto Josias Kean one hundred in respect vnto his great nessesitie.

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Thomas's birth date; death place and date [NEHGR 8:191]; Mar VR 427] all this info found on the CD The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1622-1623.

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    Birth: By abt 1608 based on date of marriage.
    Death: Buried Marshfield 12 Mar 1671[/2] [NEHGR 8:191; MarVR 427].
    Marriage: Plymouth 19 Apr 1633 Ann Warren [PCR 1:131]    
    Migration: 1632.  First Residence: Plymouth.  Removed: Marshfield before 1662.  
    Education: Sufficient to fill the office of "Keeper of the Colony of New Plymouth books".  
    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 [OPCR 8:189].  
    Estate: Assessed 18s. in Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:11, 28]. (The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633)
    1633 Tax List 

The first record of Thomas Little in Plymouth is the 25 March 1633 tax list. Under Court Orders 1633 Thomas Little, 00:18:00. (Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620 Volume Eighteen Part One Family Of Richard Warren, Compiled by Robert S. Wakefield, F.A.S.G. Published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1999, p. 3; Records Of The Colony Of New Plymouth In New England Printed By Order Of The Legislature Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts. Edited By Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M.D. Court Orders: Vol. 1. 1633-1640. Boston From The Press Of William White 1853, p. 11.)

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    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 Dec 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 Aug 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 1862, 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 necesity," were allowed to look for land, and if they found it, the court would grant them one hundred acres each [PCR 4:110]. (The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633)

Plymouth Court Orders. 1661 - 1668 Vol IV, p. 110

In answare vnto the petition of Thomas Little and Josias Keane, the court haue graunted vnto them libertie to looke out for a portion of land for theire accomodation; and incase they can find it, the Court haue graunted vnto each of them one hundred acrees of land, viz: vnto Thomas Little one hundred acrees in reference vnto land surrendered vp by him att Manomett Ponds, and vnto Josias Kean one hundred in respect vnto his great nessesitie.

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Perhaps they failed to find unclaimed land, for on 3 Oct 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 600 pounds for "detaining estate of lands and building on them" [PCR 7:126-27]. On 6 Feb 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 15 pounds [PCR 4:119-20].

On 29 Oct 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 Jul 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", "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 10 pounds 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 Aug 1672, administration of the estate of Thomas Little of Marshfield was granted to Anna Little his widow [PCR 5:101].

The inventory of the estate of Thomas Little of Marshfield was granted Anna Little his widow [PCR 5:101].

The inventory of Thomas Little was taken at Marshfield 4 Apr 1672 and was untotalled, with no real estate included [MD 4:163, citing PCPR 3:1:47]. (The Great migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633).

Will

The will of Thomas Little Sr. dated 17 May 1671, exhibited 1 July 1672, names wife; sons Isacke and Ephraim; younger sons Thomas and Samuel; grandchild John Jones; Sarah Bonney (no relationship stated). Anna Little, widow, swore to the inventory July 1672. (Mayflower Families Through five Generations. Vol Eighteen, Part One, Family Of Richard Warren. Compiled by Robert S. Wakefield, F.A.S.G. Pub by General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1999, p. 4)

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Thomas Little is included in a list of those attending town meeting in Plymouth abt 1646 [PTR 1:22]. On 26 oct 1647, Thomas little of "the yele [Eel]River" acknowledged a 20pound debt to the court and king [PCR 2:120].

Thomas Little seems to have been absent from plymouth, and from plymouth Colony, from abt 1652 to 1662. In his dead of 2 Aug 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 dau 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 Feb 1664/5 William Shurtliff sued Thomas Little for carrying off trees Shurtliff had felled and squared. Major Alden and Joseph Beedie 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 1 pound 10s "for disclosing grand jury proceedings" [PCR 4:101, 8:114, 116].

On 7 Mar 1664/5 sometime constable William Holmes successfully sued Thomas Little for 5 pounds in damages for misleading Holmes into unjustly attaching the belongings of Nathaniel Winslow ]PCR 7:122-23]. (The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633)

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Mayflower descendant (family of Richard Warren)

SAMUEL, 9th known child of Thomas & Ann (Warren) was born about 1656 (deposed 18 March 1689/90 aged "thirty three years or thereabouts." He married at Marshfield 18 May 1682, Sarah Gray, daughter of Edward Gray. Source: Anderson's Great Migration Begins

The Winslow Genealogy references "Mayflower Families through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620, Vol 18, Part 1 - Family of Richard Warren" and gives Samuel's death as Jan 16, 1707 in Bristol, RI. -------------------- Immigrated from England in the ship "Ann" in 1623

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Thomas Little's Timeline

1609
1609
Devon, England
1633
April 19, 1633
Age 24
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1634
1634
Age 25
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1636
1636
Age 27
Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass
1638
1638
Age 29
Plymouth, MA
1639
1639
Age 30
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1639
Age 30
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1643
November 2, 1643
Age 34
Plymouth, MA, USA
1650
May 17, 1650
Age 41
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1650
Age 41