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LITTLE, JOHN MORGAN (?–1843). John M. Little, one of the Old Three Hundred, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He married Anna Duff, probably of Tennessee. He started to Texas in April 1822. He voted in a colony election in April 1824. The census of 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser; that year both he and his wife were aged over fifty. He arrived in Nacogdoches on or before January 27, 1827, and the second regidor there attested that Little was a blacksmith and a carpenter. The regidor also stated that Little presented an 1823 certificate from the alcalde of the Colorado River colony at San Felipe de Austin. John M. Little may have been the man who harbored Hiram Friley, who had been indicted on a murder charge and along with Noah Smithwick was ordered out of the Austin colony in December 1830. Little died in Nacogdoches County sometime before August 10, 1843. A son, John D. Little, served as petitioner for his estate.

Another John Little, a farmer from Ohio, traveled to Texas in December 1829 with his wife, Winifred, and a daughter and settled in the Austin colony. The name John Little appeared on the tax rolls in Washington County in 1837, and a Little was a petitioner to establish Fort Bend County in 1838.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vol., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin; Houston Public Library, Houston. Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).

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Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on October 4, 2019. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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