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Updated January 6, 2006

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all things connected to Captain George Little of Scotland. There has been much speculation as to the birth dates of his children with a Scottish wife, Mary. My thoughts from browsing the 1790 Union District census records are:
He was born 1733...age 21 when he came to America ( 1754 ) married and then 10 children.....was in war 1776 at age 43 for two years in the Third Regiment of the Colonial Army..was Sargent, Lieutenant, then Captain until Tarleton's men shot him in the hip causing disability......on 1790 census with 10 others in household....I would suspect that since I find no record of all of his daughters and their husbands that it is possible some married and stayed home to take care of the ailing father.

Wouldnt his wife be too old for childbirth after the war?

1790 census shows a Jonas, John, Joseph each in their own household...are they his children or brothers or no relation? They have children!! If Jonas did not marry Betsy Douglass until she was 18, perhaps he had a previous marriage...However if OUR Jonas Little was not born until 1780, as indicated on Laura Little's DAR lineage report, then the guy we see on the 1790 census is "someone else". I personally think that she estimated his date of birth as so many did back then.

Joseph and John Jr are in Colonel Brandon's regiment in 1790 so he is obviously married with family long before they all moved away from SC into TN and KY. So Joseph could have been born around 1750 and his brother's son about 1770 for them both to be in a 1790 regiment ! John shows 9 family members in his household so he's at least been married 10 years.

So the estimated birth dates on other family trees have to be incorrect - these men had to be born before the war and not after....besides at the age of their parents, it might be impossible. Perhaps locating the other sons, William and Thomas, will give us more clues.

George and Mary's daughters were born in the 1760s and I would feel certain that the sons were also........This couple had at least 20 years together before the war and the children were all likely born long before he became disabled. He apparently could not have children with Mary Douglass when they married - in fact there is no record of her having any children after being with Alexander Douglass.

The only other possible theory is that George Little might have come to America with several brothers and they all settled into South Carolina.

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