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LITTLE, Thomas and Margaret Carr Elliott

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Scottish “immigrant ancestor”  Thomas Little would make the Ottawa Valley his home, raise a large family of thirteen children  and live to 94 years of age. He was a Victorian colonial success when Queen Victoria ruled the Empire; 1840 to 1904. He was the son of Robert Little (1810-  ) and Helen Scott (1814-  ) of Roxburghshire, Scotland, and came to Canada with his family when he was 4 years of age in 1842.

Thomas Little´s Family Thomas Little's family, in Scotland circa 1840. Robert Little, his father, his sister Helen and Granny Scott. Photo courtesy of Graham Lyttle.

Thomas Little’s family, in Scotland circa 1840.
Robert Little, his father, his sister Helen and Granny Scott.
Photo courtesy of Graham Lyttle.

Thomas Little (1838-1932) m. Margaret Carr Elliott (1848-1914) lived in Beachburg and according to the 1888 Directory  Thomas was operating saw-mill on the sixth concession. This young couple had first lived in Richmond, Carleton County, Ontario before coming to Westmeath Township and their older 6 children were all born in Richmond before the move.

By 1881 the Little household in Beachburg numbered 15 members including Margaret’s mother Janet Elliott, aged 62 years, and three Elliott siblings William, Mary and John.

1881 Census Little-Elliott Household

1881 Census Little-Elliott Household

Little-Elliott stone, Beachburg Cemetery

Little-Elliott stone, Beachburg Cemetery

Did Thomas’ older brother named John Little also come to the Beachburg area? This death registry entry for a John Henry Little (1821-1878), also a township resident, might be linked. 1878 Death Reg.John Little

A Little FGSReport has been prepared and submitted by Graham Lyttle whose great aunt Mary Ann Lyttle married Robert Little.

The Little Family Circa 1900 Back Row - (L-R) Annie (seated)Married Reverend Archibald Cameron Martha(standing)Married William McLellan Dennie(standing)Married Samuel II Wright Robert (standing) Married Mary-Ann Lyttle Ellie (seated) Married John Dunn Maggie (standing) Married John McLellan Walter (standing) Married Hannah Knox Isabella (standing) Never Married Lizzie (seated) Married Archie McLellan Middle Row (Seated) L-R Mrs. Margaret Carr Elliott Little Eva Never Married Tommy Married Hannah Livingston Mr. Thomas Little Front Row (Twins) L-R Jimmy Never Married Willie Married Ida May Brown. Photo courtesy of Graham Lyttle.

The Little Family Circa 1900
Back Row – (L-R)
Annie (seated) Married Reverend Archibald Cameron
Martha (standing) Married William McLellan
Dennie (standing) Married Samuel II Wright
Robert (standing) Married Mary-Ann Lyttle
Ellie (seated) Married John Dunn
Maggie (standing) Married John McLellan
Walter (standing) Married Hannah Knox
Isabella (standing) Never Married
Lizzie (seated) Married Archie McLellan
Middle Row (Seated) L-R
Mrs. Margaret Carr Elliott Little
Eva Never Married
Tommy Married Hannah Livingston
Mr. Thomas Little
Front Row (Twins) L-R
Jimmy Never Married
Willie Married Ida May Brown.
Photo courtesy of Graham Lyttle.

1901-Census-Little-Household

1901 Census for Little Household

The children of Thomas Little and Margaret Elliott were:

1. Margaret “Maggie” Little m. John McLelland. 1893 John & Maggie Marriage. See McLELLAND entry.

2. Helen “Ellie” Little (1866-  ) m. John Dunn. See DUNN entry.

3. Janet M. “Dennie” Little (1867-1949) m. Samuel Wright in 1888 in Beachburg Village.

4. Mary Isabelle “Bella” Little (1869-1917)

5. Annie Little (1870-1961) m. Archibald Ferrier Cameron in Beachburg Village in 1896. Son Duncan Little Cameron (1900-1963) m. Bertha Blackburn Duncan Little Cameron 1821-1963.

6. Robert Little (1872-1923) m. Mary Ann Lyttle (1875 – 1953) in 1899 at the bride’s home on Lookout Road. See LYTTLE entry. Robert had followed his father into the saw-mill business and worked in the forestry sector in various towns in Northern Ontario. 1923 Robert Little Death Reg.  He partnered with his younger brother Walter and established the “Little Brothers Saw Mill” in Haileybury, Ontario.

Robert Little as a member of the Beachburg Band.

Robert Little as a member of the Beachburg Band.

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Little-Lyttle stone, Beachburg Cemetery

Robert Little and Mary Ann Lyttle raised 6 children:

i) Elliott Menzies Little (1899 – 1985)

ii) Mabel Isabella Little (1901 – 1995)

iii) Thomas Benjamin Little (1904 –

iv) Margaret Helen Little (1906 –

v) Robert Keith Little (1908 – 1981)

vi) William Leslie Little (1910

7. Margaret Little (1873-

8. Martha Jane Little (1875-1935) m. William McLellan. 1935 Martha McLelland Death Reg.

9. Crest_House-eWalter Little, M.P. (1877-1961) m. Hannah C. Knox. Walter was first of the children to be born after the move to Westmeath Township. Walter was a Member of the Parliament of Canada and represented the Temiskaming Riding from October 13, 1935 to August 9, 1953. He and Hannah are buried in Kirkland Lake Cemetery.Walter-Little

Walter Little was the first child of Thomas Little and Margaret Carr born in Beachburg Ontario, on March 25 1877 . Shortly after his 23rd birthday in 1901, he married Hanna C. Knox also of Beachburg and he and his wife and older brother Robert and their families moved to Haileybury, where they established the “Little Brothers Saw Mill”.

The information that follows is the biography on display alongside Walter’s picture in the Hall of Fame at the Museum of Northern History, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Walter was inducted into the Kirkland Lake Hall of Fame, celebrated at the Museum of Northern History, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario on July 1, 2008.

Walter Little (1877-1961)
Founder of Walter Little Transport Co. Ltd.  Inducted 2008
A native of Beachburg, Ontario, Walter Little arrived in Swastika with one team of horses, a wagon, a set of sleighs, and a harness in 1911 at the age of 34 years. In a short period of time, he employed 50 teams to transport mining supplies from the Swastika railway station to the Kirkland Lake mining camp. This was the beginning of the Walter Little Transport System, which spanned from 1911 to 1980, and evolved into McLellan Transportation. His other business ventures include: Walter Little Transport Co. Ltd, Walter Little Lumber Co. Ltd, and Teck Motor Sales. He served three terms on Teck Township Council and was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Timiskaming for 17 years from October 14, 1935 to August 9, 1953.
Born March 25th, 1877
Died: May 30, 1961.
Information submitted by Graham Little

10. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Little (1880-1905) m. Thomas Archibald McLelland (1876-1934) in 1905 in Beachburg Village.  1934 Thomas Archibald McLelland death. See MCLELLAND entry.

11. Eva Little (1881-1946). Buried at Beachburg Union Cemetery.

12. James Adam “Jimmy” Little (1883-1906), [twin of Willie?] buried at Beachburg.

13. William Christen “Willie” Little (1883- 1969), [twin of Jimmy?] m. Ida May Brown

William Christen Little as member of the Beachburg Band

William Christen Little as member of the Beachburg Band

14. Thomas John “Tommy” Little (1886-1961) m. Hannah Livingston.