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Rev. James M. Little

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 427-428.

Rev. James M. Little, of Milano, is a native of Georgia, of which state his parents were also natives. His father, Forester Little, was born in 1778 and resided in his native State until his death, which occurred in 1844. He was a son of Forester and Sarah Little, natives of Ireland who emigrated to America in 1777, landing at Charleston, South Carolina, whence they went to Georgia, where they settled and spent the remainder of their lives.

The younger Little was a planter by occupation, a man of some means, possessed a fair English education, was well informed on the history of his country and devoted to all of its interests and institutions. He was for years a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, of which he was a Ruling Elder, a man of kindly nature, exemplary habits and zealous Christian life. The mother of the subject of this notice, whose maiden name was Sarah Ann Williams, was born in 1800, and was a daughter of James and Polly Ann Williams, who were natives of North Carolina but for many years residents of Georgia, where they died. Mrs. Little died in 1849. She and her husband were the parents of four children, only two of whom are now living, the subject of this notice and a sister, Sarah Jane Little, who is now the wife of James Davis and resides in Bastrop county, this State. The eldest daughter, Mary Ann Little, was married to King H. Mullins, and died in Texas. The second, Margaret F. Little, was married to Robert Little and died in Georgia.

James M. Little of this sketch was born in Jefferson county, Georgia, September 20, 1828. His parents moving to Stewart county, that State, when he was eight years old, he was reared principally in that county. He received a good education in his youth. In 1849 he married Miss Martha A. Pendrey of Georgia, a daughter of John and Martha Pendrey, and in 1860 moved to Alabama, settling at Andalusia, Covington county, where he engaged in the practice of the law. He was a resident of the last named place until 1876, when he came to Texas, locating in Milam county, which has since been his home.

He was engaged for sixteen years in the practice of law in Alabama, but on coming to this State abandoned the profession and began the ministry in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, to which and farming he has since devoted his time and attention. Without aspiring to public life he had been honored with many local offices, the duties of which he has always discharged acceptably to his fellow-citizens and has honored the office quite as much as the office has honored the man. Beginning with the office of Justice of the Peace, to which he was elected in Stewart county, Georgia, at the age of twenty-two, he held the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Covington county, Alabama, for two years; was Prosecuting Attorney of his district for nine years; was Justice of the Peace in Milam county for five years, county Commissioner for four years, and School Trustee for ten years. He has given nineteen years active work to the ministry, having been a Ruling Elder since he was eighteen.

In 1892 Mr. Little lost his wife by death, she having borne him eight children, but four of whom survive. The two eldest were Sarah Ann Ruhama Little and Mary E. Little, the latter was married to C. C. Thomasson, and died; Mary F. Little, now living, is the widow of David Bullock and resides in Covington county, Alabama; Susanna Jane Little is the wife of Andrew Beard, of Milam county, Texas; James E. Little is deceased; and John Lowery Little is yet with his father.

Mr. Little was married a second time in 1892, to Miss Susanna Mitchell, of Hardin county, Texas, a native of Alabama and daughter of Albert Mitchell. All of his family belong to the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and like himself are zealous in all church work.

We must say a special thank you to Lyndal Fisher of San Angelo, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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