LITTLE, Thomas and Margaret Carr Elliott
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 (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.
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 children of Thomas Little and Margaret Elliott were:
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 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. Walter 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 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
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
14. Thomas John “Tommy” Little (1886-1961) m. Hannah Livingston.