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Biography: Charles Littleton born ca. 1743 Revolutionary War




( b. ca. 1743 d. 1848)


A descendant gives information that Charles Littleton was the son of Solomon Littleton, an Englishman, who owned land at or near Washington City, and is said to have built the first house on the site of Washington. Solomon joined the rebellious colonists and, in revenge, the English captured him and placed him in a smallpox hospital at Ninety-Six, South Carolina, and thus took his life.

Solomon was married to Sarah and they bought land from England and settled near Washinghton City. They had three children Charles Littleton, Mark Littleton and Nancy Littleton. Charles and Mark fought in the Revolutionary War. Charles married the widow of Dick Hampton, Sarah Earle Hampton, in Virginia after the war. They had a son named John “Jack” Marcus Littleton on August 4, 1785. Sarah died shortly afterward and he took his son to live with his mother in Carolina.

He married Elizabeth Henderson, the eldest daughter of David and Hannah Sims Henderson in the summer of 1793 in Union, South Carolina. Charles’ sister, Nancy Littleton married John Gordon and his brother Mark Littleton married Silvia Wadlington, Tom Wadlinton’s sister

  1. David and Hannah Henderson had the following children:
  2. Elizabeth who married Charles Littleton
  3. Mary “Polly”  married Tom Wadlington
  4. Massa married Dr. Chick
  5. Gemima married Mr. Braselman, a preacher

Silva  married Morgan Hunton

Charles Littleton, Tom Wadlinton, John Gordon, Mark Littleton, and other family moved to Tennessee and stopped between Galatine and Nashville. They lived there a year and then went on to Giles County near Cornersville, Tennessee around 1801 and 1802. John and Nancy Gordon died near Cornersville, TN. They had one daughter Casa? who married McCollum? and three sons in East Tennessee. Charles and Betsy Littleton moved again around 1802 to Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Charles and Sarah Earle Littleton’s child

John Marcus “Jack” Littleton, went to Alabama with his father. He never married but remained at home to raise the large family. He was born Aug 4, 1785 in SC and died August 17, 1848 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Charles and Betsy Littleton’s children:

  1. Sarah Earle Littleton was born on March 6, 1797 married Robert Cox in Middle Tennessee
  2. David H. Littleton was born in SC on December 19, 1798? He went back to middle Tennessee and
  3. married Betsy Ann Cook.
  4. Peter Synelman Littleton? was born November 18, 1800 in Carolina. He married Susan Pettus( or Potters?) and moved to Coffeeville, Mississippi.
  5. Samuel Holbrock Littleton born in Tennessee June 13, 1803 – died July 4, 1852 – He never married but became a fine and successful doctor and died on July 4, 1852.
  6. Reuben Sims Littleton was born on December 17, 1805. He married his cousin Frances Wadlinton and had nine known children
  7. Burrell Chick Littleton, was born in Tennessee on May 14, 1808. He married Eliza Turner in Alabama and less than one year later, she died. Then, Chick went to Ripley, Mississippi and married Lavira Pickens. They had at least 5 known children.
  8. Nancy Hannah Littleton was born July 1810 married Dr. James Callicott from North Carolina but died less than two years later on March 1, 1837 and left a baby girl, Marthan A. Callicott to the care of her parents.
  9. Mary Mason Littleton, the last child was born March 15, 1813. She married Alfred A. Westmoreland and had at least two known children; Josephine Westmoreland and Thomas Westmoreland.

Charles Littleton died on his plantation in Lauderdale County, March 29, 1848.

“Charles Littleton was very kind, loved his neighbor as himself, always in good humor, read his Bible every day. He was Baptist by faith and very industrious, always busy doing something. When he was young, he was a blacksmith and a house carpenter. He could make anything of wood or iron. ………

Charles Littleton seemed to know his end was near, yet he was hearty to eat, had no disease, was worn out, made his will bountiful, provided for his beloved Betsy, she was all the world to him, he set at her (right) hand at the table and Jack at the foot of the table, facing mother. He asked Reuben to make a coffin for him of Walnut with a raised lid.

On March 29, 1848, Charles Littleton closed his eyes and was dead. He lived 105 years, was clothed in white linen, white stockings on his feet, with white linen winding sheet, was laid to rest in his place at the Littleton graveyard. The white, Italian-marble that marked his grave read this way: In Memory of Charles Littleton A Revolutionary Soldier. This is 15 miles north west of Florence, Alabama on the Tennessee line. Elizabeth “Betsy” Littleton died June 14, 1857.





2.Alabama State Archives: Charles Littleton aged 74, and a resident of Lauderdale County; private, Georgia Militia; enrolled on October 29, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 183l; annual allowance, $80.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34. He resided in Lauderdale County, June 1, 1840, aged 79. Census of Pensioners, 1841, p. 148.


3.Mrs. P. H. Mell in Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. iv, p. 554 This soldier was from Maryland or Virginia. He rests in a little country graveyard, fifteen miles from Florence, in Lauderdale county, Alabama. This graveyard is nearly a mile from Bethel Grove Methodist church; the church being on Middle Cypress creek. He drew a pension and his grave is marked by a stone which bears this inscription:


Revolutionary Soldier.

Died March 29th, 1848, at 3 o’clock P. M

Aged about 103 or 105 years.

A descendant gives information that Charles Littleton was the son ofSolomon Littleton, an Englishman, who owned land at or near Washington City, and is said to have built the first house on the site of Washington. He joined the rebellious colonists and, in revenge, the English captured him and placed him in a smallpox hospital at Ninety-Six, South Carolina, and thus took his life.

4.Find A Grave Memorial # 87807848 # 87808149 # 87807954


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  1. Would you have a bio on M. A. E. Littleton and her marriage(s) especially to a Wm. A. Orr of Henry Co. Georgia ca 1850

    1. Not at this time.

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