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John LITTLER

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  • Name John LITTLER 
    Born 28 May 1708  Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN V662-SB 
    History Member of the "70 Families" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 30 Aug 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 30 Oct 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 6 Dec 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Tracey, Grace L. & Dern, John P., Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 87:

      John Littler was a business partner of James Wright. He kept a tavern in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1729-1730, where his records in 1731 show "he is going away." His daughter married Alexander Ross.

      (2) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 193-195:

      LITTLER

      John Littler (b. 28 May 1708) was the son of Samuel and Rachel Taylor Littler. He was taxed in East Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, for the years 1728 through 1729. Samuel and Rachel Taylor (widow of Thomas Taylor, and daughter of John Minshall of Great Britain) were married on 31 July 1707 at Middletown Meeting House. Their other children were: sons Joshua (b. March 1710), Samuel (b. February 1712/13), Minshell (b. April 1718); daughters Rachel (b. October 1715) and Sarah (b. August 1721).

      John (son of Samuel, deceased) and Mary Ross (daughter of Alexander Ross) were married on 5 June 1728 at the Quaker Meeting House in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania with the following witnesses:

      Elisha Gatchel
      James Langley
      John Gartrell
      Jerimiah Bronn
      Nathaniel Pennek
      Henry Renolds
      Jacob Haines
      Arthur Barrett
      John Everett
      Thomas Brown Jr.
      Jacob Beals
      John Taylor
      Joshua Litteler
      Aurthur Barrett
      Thomas Barrett
      John Barrett
      Samuell Litteler
      Elizabeth Abrill
      Hannah Abrill
      Richard Abrill
      William Cronn
      Thomas Charleton
      Alex Ross
      Catherine Ross
      Rachel Litteler
      Lidia Ross
      John Ross
      George Ross
      Simeon Taylor
      Stephen Ailes

      On 3 July 1728, John's sister Rachel married Thomas Oldham at Nottingham Public Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania with these witnesses:

      John Littler
      Thos. Oldham
      John Minshall
      Mary Littler
      Allexan. Ross
      Mary Oldham
      Joshua Littler
      Mary Gowles
      Sam Littler
      Susana Oldham
      William Smith
      John Walter
      Martha Walter
      Jane Smith
      Christen Musgrove
      Elizabeth Musgrove
      John Hyet
      Mary Leonard
      Roger Dyer
      George Leonard
      Moses Musgrove
      Aron Musgrove
      Robt Green
      Ann Green
      Wm Hyet
      Katherine Leonard
      Mary Woodrow
      Rachell Moor
      Margret Miller
      Hannah Jones
      Jane Jones
      Mary Pierce
      Mary Miller
      Mary Jones
      Morgan Jones
      Caleb Pierce
      Andrew Moore
      Andrew Baxter
      Samuell Miller
      David Nickols
      Sam Jones
      Frances Jones
      Isaac Woodrow
      Samuell Jones

      John and Mary were in Virginia by 1731 where, on 17 October 1734, John had Robert Brooke survey 1,085 acres southeast of the present-day town of Clearbrook; Stephenson, Virginia is located within the southwest part of the tract. . . . Frederick County Highways 664, 666, 761, 836 and U.S. Highway 11 cross through sections of the land. 177 He received a patent from the Colony for it on 12 November 1735.

      On 13 November 1734, John also had a 448-acre tract surveyed which he sold to Thomas Rees and Henry Bowen on 25 and 30 January 1743/44. . . . Two days later, on 15 November 1734, John (together with James Wright) had 438 acres surveyed. John then sold his half (219 acres) to John Cheadle. . . . On 28 November 1734, John and Isaac Perkins had a tract of land containing 300 acres surveyed; it became a part of Stephen Hollingsworth's 470-acre patent land. On 25 October 1737, John sold 200 acres of his 1,085-acre patent land to Richard Jones for seven pounds. Jones sold the 200 acres to Lewis Neill, Gent., in 1748.

      John Littler was deceased by 6 December 1748 when his will (written 30 August 1748) was proved in Frederick County Court. He devised 200 acres (of his old plantation . . . ) to each of his sons: Samuel, John and Nathan Littler. He devised another 100 acres to an unborn child, whether son or daughter, and the remainder of the 1,085 acres was to be sold. To Rachel Littler (daughter of his brother Samuel) he devised 30 pounds. The mills, mill seat and mill waterways on the 1,085-acre patent land were to be sold. His wife Mary was the executor of the estate. As executrix of the will, Mary sold 187 acres of the patent land on 13 May 1751 to John Jones for 50 pounds.

      John and Mary had moved from the patent land (c. 1740) to a 421-acre tract of land about one mile northwest at present-day Brucetown, Virginia. John left this land to Mary in his will. On 3 April 1753, she received a Fairfax grant for the 421 acres (surveyed in 1751). She sold the 421 acres in three pieces: 16 acres to David Gilkey on 1 March 1754; 150 acres to Edward Dodd for 40 shillings on 21 October 1754; and 255 acres on the west side of the Waggon Road (Braddocks Road, Frederick County Highway 667) to George Bruce for 200 pounds on 1 June 1761. Brucetown is in the southernmost part of this tract with most of the land situated north of Brucetown.

      Mary also received two Fairfax grants for land about 1?? miles east of the 1,085-acre patent land on the Opequon Creek. One tract of 168 acres lay adjacent Simeon Taylor, Rutherford?s Road (Frederick County Highway 761), Hugh Haynes and Robert Hutchings; it was surveyed in 1754 with a grant issued on 2 February 1763. The other tract of 499 acres, adjacent north of the 168-acre grant, was situated on Littler's Mill Run, (Clearbrook Run), adjacent Joseph Carter, Bryan Bruin and George Bruce; it was surveyed in 1765 with a grant issued on 6 August 1767.

      On 4 March 1765, Mary sold 148 acres of the 168-acre grant land to Isaac Johnson for 20 pounds. She split the 499-acre grant land into two sales: a 257-acre section sold to Mathias Gossett for 200 pounds on 7 November 1769 and the remaining 239-acre section sold to Nathaniel Red for 70 pounds on 3 May 1771.

      Mary died shortly after the last land sale; and sometime before November 1771 when the Frederick County Court appraisement of her estate was returned. On 15 February 1795, Mary's estate settlement was concluded with amounts paid to her sons Samuel Littler and Nathan Littler, to Catherine Jones (probably her daughter), to Robert Bull (probably a son-in-law), and to George Bruce (probably a son-in-law). Catherine Jones received 17 pounds and all the others received 15 pounds, 2 shillings and 4 pence.

      Samuel Littler and his wife Elizabeth sold 75 acres of the 1,085-acre patent land that he had inherited from his father John to George Ross on 20 December 1759 for 100 pounds, and another 6?? acres of the willed land to Stephen Ross for 20 pounds.

      (3) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania. . . .

      John Littler, 1332 acres in his own name, and 438 acres in partnership with James Wright. The first-named tract lies five miles north of Winchester, and here John Littler first established his home, on the stream first called Yorkshireman's Branch, and then Littler's Run. In 1728 he married at Nottingham, Chester County, Pa., Mary, daughter of Alexander and Catherine Ross. In 1729/30 John Littler was living in Nottingham, and kept a public house in his dwelling, Alexander Ross being his bondsman. The Chester County Tavern License Papers, Vol. II, No. 60, contain the following petition indicative of John Littler's removal to Virginia:

      To the Onerable Cort of qurtersessions to be heald at Chester ye Last tuesday in August for ye sd County 1731.

      Your Peticioner humbly Shueth, Whereas John Littler having had a Lisens from this Coart to keep Publick house he now is going Away and your Peticioner Living upon ye same Road Joyning to ye sd Littler having a Mind to Keep Publick house for ye Entertainment of travellers or all Such as Stands in Need your Peticioner humbly Desires yt this Onerable Coart would Greant Me A Lisenes for ye Same which I hope Shall be Preformed with as Good Rule and Order as ye Law derects in Shuch a Case.
      And your humbel Peticioner will be very Much ablidgs to this Onorable Coart.

      The humbel Peticion of Thomas Hughes.

      It is gratifying to know that this labored effort on the part of Thomas Hughes was successful, the petition being granted by the court. John Littler also kept tavern at his new home in Virginia, on the plantation which he named "Rocktown," and also operated thereon a grist mill and sawmill. About 1740 he moved to a tract of land about four miles northeast and established a new home, leaving the old home in the possession of his sons. The new home, where he operated grist mills, sawmills, and carding and fulling mills, he named "New Design." This place eventually became the village of Brucetown, and after his death Mary, his widow, continued to operate his various enterprises until her death in 17__.

      John Littler was a man of great energy and enterprise, and amassed what was in his day a very considerable fortune. He frequently appears in the Frederick County records, in various business transactions, and as being by the court intrusted with laying out new roads and altering and improving old ones. His will is dated August 30, 1748, and was probated December 6, 1748; so he must have died between these dates. He mentions his sons Samuel, John, and Nathan, and also provides for an expected child; makes a bequest to his niece Rachel, daughter of his brother Samuel, and appoints his wife executrix and Joseph Lupton, John Milbourn, and Evan Thomas Junr. executors. Only his wife qualified, with George Ross and Evan Thomas as sureties.

      Mary Littler seems to have been a successful business woman, and among other activities operated a tavern, which entertained the officers of General Braddock's army on May 3, 1755. The diary of Mrs. Brown, a nurse with the detachment of sick following Braddock's army, has the following entries for June 7 and 8, 1755:

      At 4 we began to march. Left Mr. Falkner behind, who did not choose to March with an empty stomach. Great Gusts of Rain. My Wagon and every thing in it wet, and all the Sick almost drown'd. At 4 we halted at my Friend Laittler's who bid me Wellcome, but had no whiskey which was the Soldier's first enquiry; for they were still in the Opinion that they could not live without it. We now live high, had for Dinner a Qr. of Lamb and a pye, to drink, my Friend's temperate Liquor--Spring Water. I spent the Evening very agreeable; Mr. Falkner favored me with several Tunes on his Flute. Chatted till 10 and then retired.

      June 8th -

      I slept but poorly, laying on a deal Feather Bed. Having had no sleep for 2 Nights did not hear the Drum. We march'd at 4. At 9 we halted at my Friend Bellinger's who bid me wellcome. My Brother set off for Winchester, 8 m off, But Mr. Falkner said he would do himself the Pleasure of staying with Me. We spent the Day very agreeably; had for Dinner some Veal and Greens, to drink french Wine, and for Supper Milk Punch.

      Mary Littler left no will, but the appraisement of her personal estate, amounting to 505 pounds, 16 shillings, and 10 pence, a large sum for that time, was made by an order of Frederick County court, November term, 1771. The appraisers were John Rees, Thomas McClunn, and Richard Carter.

      The lands of John Littler remained in the possession of his descendants for over 100 years, but passed to other hands when the owners joined the migration to the West. The large stone mansion-house built on the "Rocktown" plantation by Nathan, grandson of John Littler, is one of the show places of Frederick County. Some years ago the name was changed to "Kenilworth" when it was acquired by the Stephenson family. The last home of John Littler, "New Design," with its mills and tavern, has become the village of Brucetown. Nearly on the site of his house stands the residence now occupied by Mr. O. F. Snapp, and known as the "Tanquary House." Littler's Tavern stood a few hundred yards west, on the Braddock Road, and is now the property of the Timberlake estate.
    Person ID I9688  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 

    Father Samuel LITTLER,   b. Bef 26 Mar 1665, Frodsham, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1727, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 62 years) 
    Mother Rachel MINSHALL,   b. 30 Apr 1679, Great Budworth, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1762, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1707  Middletown Meeting House, Chester [now Delaware] County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary ROSS,   b. 13 Dec 1706, Chester [now Delaware] County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Nov 1771, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 64 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1728  Nottingham Meeting House, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Samuel LITTLER,   b. 1729, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1778, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     2. Rachel LITTLER,   b. 1731, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1821, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Nathan LITTLER,   b. 1732, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1807, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Fanny LITTLER,   b. 10 Mar 1736,   d. 10 Nov 1805, Hampshire County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Sarah LITTLER,   b. 1744, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815, Greene County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F4587  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart