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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Surname: Littlefield

The Littlefield surname appears to be part of Rosmer P. Kerr's heritage. His ninth great-grandfather, and my eleventh, would be:
  • Francis Littlefield, born 1565 in Exeter, England. He died in October 1618 in Titchfield, Hampshire, England.
  • Edmund Littlefield, born 1591 in Exeter, England. His wife's name was Annis (Agnes) Austin. They were married in England and had eight children. Edmund and Annis are thought to be my tenth great-grandparents.
  • Elizabeth Littlefield, born in England. She married a John Wakefield. They are thought to be my ninth great-grandparents.
Since I've just discovered the Littlefields perched in my family tree, I started with a search for them at Google Books. It quickly turned into a good lesson on taking everything you read with a grain of salt. One story can vary quite a bit from another.

The first three books below were edited by William Richard Cutter. In the first, begin on page 1238, column 2:

Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial; A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, 1913.

Below, start on page 833, bottom of column 1.

Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, 1908.

Below, start on page 1596, bottom of column 1:

Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. New York: Lewis historical publishing company, 1908. (Volume 4)

I've opened The History of Wells and Kennebunk to page 73, where a good section about Edmund Littlefield begins, but you'll find much more Littlefield history throughout this book. Search term: Littlefield.

Bourne, Edward E., and E. E. Bourne. The History of Wells and Kennebunk from the Earliest Settlement to the Year 1820, At Which Time Kennebunk Was Set Off, and Incorporated. Portland: B. Thurston & Co, 1875.

Below, start at the bottom of column 1, page 101:

Little, George Thomas, Henry S. Burrage, and Albert Roscoe Stubbs. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, 1909.

Also well worth a visit are The Littlefield Family Research Page and Glenn Gohr's Littlefield Genealogy. At the first, I learned the name of Edmund Littlefield's father and the surname and parents of his wife Annis. This website, however, lists only one child, a son named William, for Elizabeth Littlefield and her husband John Wakefield. As I indicated in my previously posted Surname: Wakefield, Dr. Albert Wakefield is attributed to this couple also in the book Wakefield Memorial. On p. 136, William, who came over on the Bevis with Annis Littlefield, is "supposed to be a brother of John Wakefield, of Wells." My connection to the Littlefield surname is entirely dependent upon that being the case. I would be most happy to hear from anyone who has delved further into the Wakefield genealogy, especially with regard to Dr. Albert Wakefield's parentage and whether it has yet been proven or disproven.

At Glenn Gohr's webpage, I learned that both Millard Fillmore and Calvin Coolidge have Littlefield ancestry. I was already aware of Millard Fillmore's descent from another of my ancestral lines, Stephen Hopkins and Dorcas Bronson. Through that lineage, President Fillmore was my fourth cousin, five times removed. Through the Littlefield lineage, he would also be my sixth cousin, five times removed.

Well, readers, it just doesn't get any more exciting than that, so this session is hereby adjourned!


Heather Rojo said...

I've found a few Maine and New Hampshire Littlefields from this lineage who have married into my Wilkinson and Perkins families. There still are quite a few Littlefields around here in Rockingham county, New Hampshire.

T.K. said...

Heather, if you know any of them who do Littlefield genealogy, hook me up! I spent quite awhile last night (when I was too tired to bother, so I shoulda just gone to bed!) trying to figure out if my John Wakefield and Elizabeth Littlefield's John Wakefield are actually one and the same. Drawing from various texts, they seem to be, but I still have some doubts. The conclusion seems to be based upon various suppositions that are lacking documentation. I'm pretty sure that better genealogists than I must have beaten the bushes looking for some trace of proof during the last three and a half centuries, but so far I haven't come across anything definitive. I'm puttin' it out here in hopes that somebody somewhere knows something!

ashley said...

I am a littlefield and unfortunately all my family members do not know anything of our history or even most of the names of their relatives. Lets just say when I was a kid the family tree was mostly blank. I found this article interesting makes me wonder if I was ever related to someone way back then.

T.K. said...

Ashley, it sounds like you have an exciting genealogical adventure to pursue... Your Littlefields had to have come from somewhere!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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