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Francis 'the Elder' Littlefield

Also Known As: "The Elder"
Birthplace: Titchfield, Fareham Borough, Hampshire, England
Death: November 1712
Wells, York County, Province of Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Littlefield and Annis Littlefield
Husband of Jane Littlefield; Rebecca Littlefield and Susanna Mary Littlefield Symonds
Father of Edmund Littlefield; Joseph Littlefield; Mary French; Sarah Sawyer; Hannah Moulton and 10 others
Brother of Ann Littlefield; Edward Littlefield; Joseph Littlefield; Anthony Littlefield; Captain John Littlefield and 5 others

Occupation: Innkeeper, Representative to Legislature/Co. Treasurer/Inn Owner, Innkeeper (Wells)
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About Francis 'the Elder' Littlefield


  • 13. Anne LITTLEFIELD. Born in Titchfield, Hampshire, England. Anne was baptized in Titchfield, Hampshire, England, on 11 Feb 1615/1616. Buried on 2 Jan 1616/1617 in Titchfield, Hampshire, England.
  • Research: Baptism: Noyes, Libby & Davis; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; p.438. ALSO: Parish Registers of Titchfield (from NEHG Register, Vol. 67, Oct 1913, p. 345)Burial: Noyes, Libby & Davis; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; p.438. ALSO: Parish Registers of Titchfield (from NEHG Register, Vol. 67, Oct 1913, p. 345)
  • 14. Edmund LITTLEFIELD. Edmund was baptized in Titchfield, Hampshire, England, on 17 Feb 1617/1618. Buried on 13 Jun 1635.
  • Research: Baptism: Noyes, Libby & Davis; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; p.438. ALSO: Parish Registers of Titchfield (from NEHG Register, Vol. 67, Oct 1913, p. 345)Burial: Noyes, Libby & Davis; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; p.438. ALSO: Parish Registers of Titchfield (from NEHG Register, Vol. 67, Oct 1913, p. 345)
    • '15. Francis Sr. LITTLEFIELD. Francis Sr. was baptized in Titchfield, Hampshire, England, on 17 Jun 1619. Francis Sr. died bef Nov 1712 in Wells, York, ME. Occupation: Landowner;Innkeeper.
    • '-(From Noyes, Libby & Davis; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; p.438): The oft-told story of his separation from his family was the imagining of some one trying to account for two brothers of the same name, and not unlikely heaccompanied his father here, but moved around before settling in Wells, where (he was) granted 50 acres by orges in 1643.-Francis Sr. was married three times the first in Mass. Francis Sr moved often he was granted 50 acres in Wells in 1643 but was taxed in Woban MA in 1646; Dover NH in 1648; was back in Wells but bought a house in Charlestown MA in 1653. WasRepresentative from York, and Wells through 1660's. Served on Grand Jury and was county treasurer during same period. Innholder at Ipswich MA May 1670. Licenced at Wells 1700-1702. Wife Rebecca was living when he deeded homestead to sonDependence, except what he already given to sons James and Daniel. Inventory of estate of Francis Sr. 1712/3 administered by son Dependence, who's bill called Francis lately deseased billed for two years of diet and attendance and transporting mydear father twice from the westward to Wells.
    • Research: Baptism: Noyes, Libby & Davis; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; p.438. ALSO: Parish Registers of Titchfield (from NEHG Register, Vol. 67, Oct 1913, p. 345)Death: Littlefield Family Newsletter Vol. 1, #1; p.3Occu: Littlefield Family Newsletter Vol. 1, #1; p.3
    • 'Francis Sr. first married Jane HILL, daughter of Ralph HILL. Jane died on 20 Dec 1646.
    • 'They had one child:
      • 31 i. Mary (1646-1719)
    • 'Francis Sr. second married Rebecca. Born on 31 Jan 1630.
    • 'They had the following children:
      • 32 i. Sarah (1649-1734)
      • 33 ii. Hannah (1652-1692)
      • 34 iii. Deliverance (1655-)
      • 35 iv. James (1657-1690)
      • 36 v. Isaac (1660-1676)
      • 37 vi. Abigail (1661-)
      • 38 vii. Daniel (1662-1718)
      • 39 viii. Dorcas (1664-)
      • 40 ix. Phoebe (1670-1696)
      • 41 x. Dependence (1671-1757)
      • 42 xi. Rachel (1674-)
    • 'Francis Sr. third married Mary Wade SYMONDS. Born in Ipswich, MA.
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'The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 67 By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society

  • Pg. 347
  • 2. EDMOND LITTLEFIELD (Francis) of Titchfield, co. Hants, Exeter, N. H., and Wells, Me., baptized at Titchfield 27 Jun 1592, died presumably at Wells, between 11 and 24 Dec. 1661. He married at Titchfield, 16 Oct. 1614, AGNES (also called ANNE and ANNIS) AUSTIN, probably baptized there 1 FEb. 1596/7, daughter of Richard of Titchfield, the testator of 1623,* whi in his will mentions her, her husband, and their thee chidren, Edward, 'Francis', and Anthy Littlefield. . . . .
  • Children, baptized at Titchfield:
    • i. ANNE, bapt. 11 Feb. 1615/16; bur. at Titchfield 2 Jan. 1616/17.
    • ii. EDWARD, bapt. 17 Feb. 1617/18; bur. at Titchfield 13 Jun 1635.
    • 'iii. FRANCIS, bapt. 17 Jun 1619; lliving 1700; d. bef. Nov. 1712; m. (1) JANE2 HILL, d. at Woburn, Mass., 20 Dec. 1646, dau. of Ralph1 of Plymouth, Woburn, and Billerica, Mass.; m. (2) abt. 1648 REBECCA ___, living as late as 1683. He probably emigrated to New England with his father abt. 1637; was at Wells, Me., 1643, at Woburn, Mass., 1646, and at Dover, N. H., 1648, . . . Child by first wife: 1. Mary, b. at Woburn 14 Dec. 1646: m. (1) 2 Nov. 1664 John Kitteridge of Billerica; m. (2) 16 Jan. 1677/8 John French of Billerica; several children by each husband. Children by second wife: 2. Sarah, 3. Isaac. 4. James. 5. Abigail. 6. Daniel. 7. Dependence.
    • iv. ANTHONY, bapt. 7 Oct. 1621; d. 1662 m. abt. 1652 MARY PAGE, . . .
    • v. JOHN, bapt. 1 Nov. 1624; d. 9 Feb 1696/7; m. abt. 1650 PATIENCE ___, . . .
    • vi. ELIZABETH, bapt. 22 July 1627; m. JOHN WAKEFIELD of Wells, Me., . . .
    • vii. MARY, b. probably abt. 1630; m. JOHN BARRETT of Wells, Me., . . . .
    • viii. THOMAS (twin), bapt. 10 Aug. 1633; d. abt. 1689; m. abt. 1667 RUTH ___, . . . .
    • ix. ANNE (or HANNAH) (twin), bapt. 10 Aug. 1633; m. abt. 1663 PETER CLOYSE of Wells, Me., . . . .
    • x. FRANCIS,* bapt. 24 Mar 1635/6; d. betw. 5 Feb 1674/5 and 6 Apr. 1675, the dates of making and proving his will; m. abt. 16?8 MERIBAH WARDWELL, . . .
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'Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter

  • Pg. 1844
  • (I) The founder of the Maine branch of the family on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Edmund Littlefield, was born in England, 1591. He was knighted for bravery on the battle field, and given a coat-of-arms. . . . The baptismal name of his wife was Annis, but her family name is not known. She died in 1678, having survived her husband seventeen years, he having died in 1661. The children: 'Francis', Anthony, Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Mary, Hannah. Francis. . . .
    • '(II) Francis Littlefield, eldest son of Edmund and Annis Littlefield, was born in England , 1619, acquired a university education, and has a peculiar history. It will be seen, says Bourne, that there are two children of this name, and the first Francis for some cause disappeared from his father's home in England during early childhood, probably when he was not more than six or seven years old, and that he was given up by his parents as not being alive is shown in the fact that about twelve years later another son (the last born) was given the same name. It is not known just when the elder Francis first met his parents in this country and joined the family. In 1639 he was in Exeter, New Hampshire, and then was twenty years old, but he was so far acknowledged a member of the Wheelright combination and a lot of land was assigned him. From Exeter, Francis Littlefield went to Woburn, Massachusetts, and married Jane, daughter of Ralph Hill, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, who died December 20, 1646, leaving a daughter Mary, then four days old, and who died soon afterward. Soon after the death of his wife and child he went to Dover, New Hampshire, and represented that town in the assembly in 1648. He does not again appear in the history of Wells until 1650, when he maintained a prominent position and evidently had an extended acquaintance. He kept a tavern and "because of his good moral character" was licensed to sell strong liquors. That he was a man of considerable influence is shown in the fact that he was elected representative of York in 1668, of Wells in 1675-76. He was a strong supporter of the claims of Massachusetts, and Savage speaks of him as a leader in that contest. The sessions of the general court were held in his house. He was recognized by the inhabitants of Wells as a sound man, and he lived to the good old age of ninety-three years. He may have divided his property among children previous to his death, else he died in very moderate circumstances. His personal property inventoried at twenty pounds, and he had no real estate at that time. He married second, 1648 Rebecca __, by whom he had several children.
      • (III) Dependence Littlefield, son of Francis and Rebecca Littlefield . . . .
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'Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 1 By Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs

  • Pg. 101
  • (I) Edmund Littlefield, born in Southampton, England about 1600, married Annis ___. . . .
    • '(II) Francis, eldest son of Edmund Littlefield, born in 1619, for some cause for which no explanation is given, disappeared from his father's home about the age of six, and was supposed to have died'. Francis Jr. was born about six years later, and the parents named this child Francis. In the meantime 'Francis the elder had come to Exeter previous to 1639, and from Exeter went to Woburn, where he married. His wife died December 20, 1646, leaving a daughter who died later, this being about five years after his father went to Wells. Soon after his daughter's death, Francis left Woburn and went to Wells also, only to find his father and family already located there. Francis Littlefield Jr. married Meribah Wardwell. Children: Joseph, born about 1652; Nathan, Jonathan, Job, David, Mary J., Joanna, Tabitha, Hannah.
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'New England marriages prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley

Francis sailed to America, from England, with his father & his brother (Anthony) in 1637. They landed in Boston, MA. Records indicate he was a Representative to the Legislature in Dover, N.H., a Selectman in Wells (ME.) in 1677, Grand Jury for many years. County Treasurer for York Co., ME. He was a signer for the petition for submission to MA. He is listed as one of the first in Wells, ME. when it was first laid out. He was listed in a list of 12 inhabitants at Cape Porpus (Kennebunkport) in 1663. Licensed as an Inn owner at Wells, ME. 1661-1691 & Ipswich in 1700. The General Court held its sessions at his house (Inn) as he was a strong supporter of the Massachusetts cause.


N.H. Gen. vol. 4 1939. N.E. Reg. vol. 67 p. 345-348 & vol. 70 p. 291; vol. 33, p. 444 AM. ANC. Vol. 3 p. 212; Middlesex Co., MA.

Page 1596 Gen. Dist. of ME. N.H. p. 438.

The book, 'Pioneers of Masschusetts'

Letter from Littlefield descendant ~ Mary E. McKay

Info from cousin, Marguerite (Fleury) Kernaghan 511 La Escena Dr., Bellvue, CO. 80512

Genealogical Dictionary of ME. & N.H.

Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America

Planters of the Commonwealth 1620-1640

Will of his father, Edmund

Info from Franklin Littlefield, Kennebunk, ME.

Book of Accts. of M. Robert Button March 10, 1652/3.

     520. Francis Littlefield, born June 17, 1617; died Bef. November 1712 in Wells, Maine. He was the son of 1040. Edmund Littlefield and 1041. Annis Austin. He married 521. Rebecca. 

521. Rebecca, born January 31, 1629/30; died Unknown.
Children of Francis Littlefield and Rebecca are:

  i.   Sarah Littlefield, born November 15, 1649; died 1735 in Wells, Maine; married (1) John Wells Abt. 1664; died April 11, 1677 in Wells, Maine; married (2) William Sayer Aft. 1677; died Unknown. 
  ii.   Hannah Littlefield, born 1652; died Unknown. 
  iii.   Deliverance Littlefield, born July 08, 1655; died Unknown. 
  iv.   James Littlefield, born October 02, 1657; died Unknown. 
  v.   Isaac Littlefield, born 1660; died Unknown. 
  vi.   Abigail Littlefield, born March 26, 1661; died Unknown. 
  vii.   Daniel Littlefield, born 1662; died Unknown. 
  viii.   Dorcas Littlefield, born October 04, 1664; died Unknown. 
  ix.   Phoebe Littlefield, born 1670; died Unknown. 
 260 x.   Dependence Littlefield, born 1671; died 1757; married Unknown. 
  xi.   Rachel Littlefield, born 1674; died Unknown. 


Francis Littlefield Sr. married (1) Jane Hill who died in Woburn 20 December 1646; they had one child: Mary, born Woburn, in 1646. He married (2) Rebecca [surname unknown). There is no basis for Banks' statement that she was Rebecca Rust or Rusk. No such person existed. The date of birth of Rebecca is given in the First Book of Records for the town of Wells (the book is in the possession of the Kennebunk Town Clerk) i.e. "born 31 January 1630." In the same record will be found the birth dates of the first seven children of Francis Sr. and Rebecca, i.e. Sara, Hanneth, Deliverance, James, Isaac, Abigell and Dorcas. Their dates of birth range between 1649 and 1664. After 1664 were born Phoebe, Daniel, Dependence and Rachel. Francis Sr. married (3) Mrs. Mary (Wade) Symonds. No children by the last wife.

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Francis 'the Elder' Littlefield's Timeline

June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Fareham Borough, Hampshire, England
June 17, 1619
Hampshire, England
June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Hampshire, England
June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Co. Hants, Hampshire, England
June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Hampshire, England
June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Co. Hants, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Co. Hants, Hampshire, England
June 17, 1619
Titchfield, Co. Hants, Hampshire, England
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts