LYTTLE, Henry and Jane
Only rarely do we have a first-hand account of a meeting with an early settler, so this entry set out in William Logan’s 1845 field notes is extra special; – although not an altogether flattering description of the navigational powers of Mr. Lyttle, his “gift of the blarney” is noted.
Friday 5 September 1845: The party heads inland from Bellows Bay to the current Lookout Road area:
“Mr. McNaughton, Mr. McDougal & I have been to the petrifying spring, which is no petrifying spring at all. It is about 3 miles from where our tent is. It is on the land of Mr. Litle [Little], an Irishman with a great tongue, who keeps a tavern near the spot. He undertook to pilot us to the spring, which is in the wood, not half a mile or even a third of a mile from his clearing. But he took us round & round in the wood a mile & a half before he hit on the place.
“The number of turns Mr. Little made in the wood quite confused his notion of the points of the compass & when we started to return he insisted upon taking one way while all the rest of us determined that the right way was to the contrary. So off we went in contrary directions. We got out of the wood some 20 minutes before him, & he would not have got out at all had he not after some toil & trouble found out his mistake, returned upon his steps and followed our track.”
This trip inland from the river at Bellows Bay would cross a large woodland of cedar that now is part of the Westmeath Conservation Area, and the Bellows Bay area is a part of the Westmeath Provincial Park., land best viewed from the top of Prettie’s Hill at the Lookout Gazebo on Lookout Road, (formerly Sixth Line), Westmeath Township.
Note: The surname Lyttle was sometimes written as Little and also Lytle; the different spellings have all been used in various early documents.
Henry Little (1781 – 1859) was born in Kildallan, County Cavan, Ireland. At age 58 he and his wife Jane ______ (1781- 1868), and their two sons took the North Atlantic spring passage for New York out of Liverpool, England, arriving in June of 1839. That year older son Henry was 26 years old and married to Nancy Bowles with a baby on the way, and younger son John was a lad of 16 years. Henry and Nancy’s first child was born in America before the family then moved north to the Canadian colonies in the early 1840s. The parents would both be long-lived: Henry to age 78 and Jane to age 87.
The two sons of Henry and Jane Lyttle: namesake Henry and his brother John, raised large families in Westmeath Township. Brothers Henry and John and their descendants are outlined in this entry.
Henry’s 5 X great-grandson Graham Lyttle, (the surname spelling with a “Y” has been kept though the generations), has kindly submitted an entry in the Tithe Applotment book in Kildallan, County Cavan, Ireland, with the date 1828; a small sliver of insight into Henry’s life prior to coming to the New World. Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837. Information from many of these books are online at: http://www.irelandxo.com/. – a site very useful to trace Irish roots.
By the time that William Logan made his visit to the family, Henry obviously had a moonshine still or brewery up-and-running and was using his house for a tavern – from the Logan notes we can also wonder if Henry had been taste-testing his wares. Six years later in the 1851 Agricultural Census, which lists the agricultural production on these homesteads, there are four Lyttle men listed:
|George Lyttle||Conc. 2||Lot 4||75 acres|
|Henry Lyttle||Conc. 6||Lot 12||100 acres|
|Henry Lyttle||Conc. 7||Lot 12||100 acres|
|John Lyttle||Conc. 6||Lot 13||200 acres|
Concession 6 lies to the southeast from Bellows Bay and Lower Allumette Lake (a widening of the Ottawa River). These farms are still in production and the landscape of hills and vistas is well appreciated to any traveler on Lookout Road.
Much use has been made of Ancestry.ca material on the Lyttle family genealogy for this entry and our thanks goes out to the contributors to that site. As well, Graham Lyttle has submitted numerous photos to the site.
In the 1888 Directory of Renfrew County five “Little”(no Y in spelling) men are listed – all as farmers with the exception of Thomas Little who was a sawyer.
By the turn of the century this family had become prominent land-owners as seen in the 1896 Voter List of six Lyttle men eligible for the vote. Women did not have the franchise unless they were property owners.
Descendants of Henry Lyttle and Nancy Ann Bowles
Henry Lyttle (1811 – 1875) m. Nancy Ann Bowles (1811 – 1886) Ann Boles Death Reg.and their children and grandchildren are:
- Mary Ann Lyttle (1837 – ) m. John Griffith. She was born in the USA in 1837 on their voyage from Ireland to Westmeath Twp. Mary Ann Lyttle Griffith Birth and Death Records. She married John Griffith and they farmed beside Henry Lyttle and Ann Lyttle Bowles on the 6th line for over twenty years. They moved to Pembroke in the early 1880s. According to 1861 Census of Westmeath Township, John was a school teacher at S.S. No. 3 Bromley Line and farmer. According to the 1888 – Directory of Renfrew County, John Griffith was postal clerk working at 18 Cecila Street, Pembroke, Ontario.
- John “Johnny” James Lyttle (1842 – 1919) m. Jane McBride (1846- ). Jane was born in Antrim County, Northern Ireland. Her parents were Robert McBride and Mary Blair. This McBride family may have been related , (unverified), to another Antrim branch which had immigrated first to Fitzroy Township and then to Westmeath Township,- see MCBRIDE entry.
The children of John James and Jane Lyttle are:
i. William “Willie” Henry Lyttle (1865 – 1936), unmarried, remained on the homestead until his death.
ii. Susanah Lyttle (1867–1948) m. William Johnson (1861-1933) from a Beachburg Family and they would have 4 children. They lived in Nipissing, Cooper Cliff and Temiskaming, Ontario.
iii. Robert Little (1869 – 1886) – died at age 17 from Diphtheria
iv. Mary Lyttle (1870 – 1943) m. Richard Leach, a blacksmith. 1894 Marriage
v. Elizabeth Lyttle (1872 – 1925) m. Newton Morrison, a Sudbury smelter worker. 1908 Elizabeth&MorrisonNewton
vi. Annie Little (1876 – 1944) m. Christie Schutt (1873-1943) a farmer form Raglan Wilberforce Township. They had 4 children and lived in Schutt, ON. near Eganville. 1899 Marriage doc.
vii. Florence “Flora” Edith Lyttle (1879 – 1911) m. William Charles Schutt from Eganville.
viii. Nellie Lyttle (1880 – 1886) – died at age 6.
ix. Ethel May Lyttle (1885 – 1973) m. Harris Brown, son of Augustus and Franny Lebeau. They had 4 children and lived out their lives in Beachburg. See BROWN entry.
3. George Little (1843 –1916)
“Two brothers, George and youngest brother Henry, I refer to him as Henry III, moved to the USA in the 1870s and set-up farms in the vicinity of Hazel, Hamlin County, South Dakota. George dies in 1916 and Henry before 1910 according to the Thirteenth US Federal Census. Both George and Henry kept the spelling of their name as “Little”.” – writes Graham Lyttle.
4. William Lyttle (1846 – 1916) m. Jane Robinson Menzies (1856-1902), daughter of John Menzies (1787 – ) & Catharine Menzies (1788 – 1802), Scottish immigrants living in Carleton Place, Perth County, ON. 1874 Marriage Reg. The 1891 Census lists a Robert Menzies, a carpenter, living with the family – he is probably Jane’s father.
“My great-grandfather William and his brother John changed the spelling of their family names around 1890. Apparently, the mail was always getting mixed-up with Thomas Little who had a large family and lived in Beachburg. I also think that it was an attempt to obtain the proper pronunciation, “Lite-all”. – . writes Graham Lyttle who has generously submitted information to this entry.
Jane and William Lyttle had six children; who are:
i. Mary Ann Lyttle (1875 – 1953) m. Robert Little (1872 – 1923) who was a sawyer in the lumber industry. They had 7 children, and lived in Nipissing and Iroquois Falls. 1907 Registration doc.
ii. Robert Henry “RH” Lyttle (1877 – 1942) m. Ethel “Adelia” Brown (1883 – 1949) also of Beachburg on May 20, 1903 at the Brown homestead, in Beachburg, Ontario. They had five children and lived in Westmeath Township. Robert Lyttle-Adelia Brown Wedding. See BROWN entry.
The children of RH Lytle and Ethel Brown are:
I. Ruth Madeline Lyttle (1904-1979) m. Stewart Earl Beauprie (1894-1960) on December 20 1921. See BEAUPRIE entry. Ruth resided in Beachburg, Renfrew and Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
II. Goldie Adelia Lyttle (1909 – 1956) m. Glenroy “Mac” MacDonald (1906-1968). They resided in Kirkland Lake, Larder Lake and Rouyn QC.
III. S. Borden Lyttle (1912- 1981) m. Zelda McMillan (1911-1990) on June 25 1938. They resided in Kirkland Lake and North Bay.
IV. Desmond Augustus Lyttle (1919 – 1974) m. Geraldine V. Larsen (1924-2010) on December 20 1943. They resided in Kirkland Lake and Iroquois Falls, Ontario.
V. Monica Frances Lyttle (1923 – 1978) m. George William “Bill” Godfrey (1916-1983) in June 1950. They resided in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
iii. Herbert Lyttle (1880 – 1958) m. Mary Gervais ( (1883-1966). Mary was the daughter of Edward Gervais and Marceline Marion. Mary and Herb’s wedding celebration was held at the Gervais Hotel in Beachburg in 1904, with the dinner served outside. See GERVAIS entry.
“When Medrick Labine died in 1937, Herb and Mary Lyttle moved from Kirkland Lake Ontario to help her sister Eva manage the farm which still exists and is located at 893 Lacroix Bay Road just past LaPasse on the Ottawa River. Both Herb and Mary lived on the farm until their deaths. I believe that David Bertrand and his wife still live on the property. Eva, Mary and Herb raised Delbert Bertrand, David’s father. I knew David’s mother Edythe Gervais Bertrand, Edythe passed away in 2004.” – notes from Graham Lyttle.
iv. Mabel Lyttle ( 1883 – 1964) m. George Ephraim Wilson (1865-1932), a veterinary surgeon who would die of tuberculosis at age 67. Dr. Wilson 1932 Death Cert. They had lived in Beachburg for 40 years before his death. They had two children.
v. Peter Menzies Lyttle (1885–1962) m. Lucy Belle Graham (1888-1940),daughter of William John Wesley Graham and Isabella Condie. Peter M. Lyttle was born 09 April 1885 at the Lyttle homestead on Lookout Road, Westmeath Township, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada and moved to Orlando Florida about 1926. He died 21 Jan 1962, in Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA. Lily Belle Graham was born 02 February 1888, in Beachburg, Ontario and died 21 Oct 1940 in Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA. She is buried in the Beachburg Union Cemetery. 1914 Graham-Lyttle Wedding Invitation
Their son Graham Menzies Lyttle was born August 27 1917 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and died March 7 1940 in Ft.Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. His wife Annie “Roberta” Holladay Lyttle – Kjeldson was born 01 September 1922 in Turbeville, Clarendon, South Carolina, USA and died 11 July 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
vi. Alexander Lawrence Lyttle (1888 – 1945) m. Jean Annie Maud Bawden (1888 – 1966) from Newboro, Leeds, ON. They would live in Ottawa and Vancouver.
5. Henry Little (1848 –before 1910) moved with brother George Little (1846-1916) to South Dakota, U.S.A. and settled in Brantford Township of Hamlin County, South Dakota, in 1877. Henry Little, _United States Census, 1900. Mary Jane Wright and her son William Andrew Wright were living with Henry in 1900. Mary Jane’s husband John W. Wright passed away in 1890 when Willie was 4 years old. John and Mary Jane Wright had also emigrated to Hamlin County from Picton Ontario, in 1885.
Descendants of John Little and Agnes McGee
Brother to Henry Lyttle, John Little (1823 – 1878) m. Agnes McGee (1826 – 1907); she is also an Irish immigrant. John was born in County Cavan, Tullyhunco Barony, Kildallan Parish, Drumminion Townland and had emigrated with the family arriving in New York June of 1839 at age 16 years. 1878 Death Reg.John Little. In his death registration Beachburg Dr. Forbes spells the surname as Little as does his gravestone.
The children and grandchildren of John and Agnes are:
1. Francis Lyttle (1849 – 1932) married (1) Esther Creighton (1852 – November 11 1885); they had one daughter Clara May Lyttle (July 8 1883 – 1970). Esther died in 1885 due to child birth related complications.
Francis Little then married (2) Isabella Condie (1861 – November 24 1904). See CONDIE entry. They had one daughter, Edna Agnes Lyttle (1889 – 1968).
2. Mary Jane Little (1852 – Jan 12 1883), married Robert Menzies II: (1849 – June 21 1901). He was a baker in Pembroke, Ontario. This was the second marriage into the Menzies family as Mary’s first cousin William Lyttle had married Jane Robinson Menzies.
Mary Jane Little and Robert Menzies had three daughters:
i. Edith Agnes Menzies (1877- 1879),
ii. Ethel Mary Menzies (1878- ) married Alexander Thomson II
iii. Edith L. Menzies (1880 -1914) married David Elliot.
3. John Henry Lyttle (1852 – 1940) m. Margaret Davidson (1863-1950) in 1884 at age 31 Westmeath, Ontario. See DAVIDSON entry. In 1891 John’s mother Agnes at age 56 is widowed and living with the couple.
The children of John Henry and Margaret are:
i. Edith Florence Lyttle (1885 – May 9, 1973) married William Richard Pedrick,
ii. Albert Francis Lyttle (1891 – 1987) married Janet Hawthorne.
iii. Robert Clarence Lyttle (March 4 1894 – April 28 1977) married Edna F. Jackson.
iv. Lillian May Lyttle (1895 – November 20 1967) married William Ptolmey
v. Hazel Bell Lyttle (1897 – November 25 1965) married (1) Jim MacFarlane and (2) Lloyd Lyttle (1899 – 1921).
vi. John Lloyd Lyttle (1899 –1921) – died at age 22.
4. Willie Lyttle (1854 – 1945) married Charlotte Black (1859 – 1948) on February 22 1881 in Ross Township of Renfrew County. They had six sons and moved to Dinsmore Saskatchewan in the 1920s. The names of their sons were as follows:
i. Harry Lyttle;
ii. Roy Lyttle (1890-
iii. Frank Lyttle (1888–1966);
iv. Leonard Lyttle (1886-1916);
v. Edgar Lyttle (1892-1982);
vi. Burt Lyttle (1896-1976)