Little Families in Oneida County, NY 1800s

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Intro: Hunting for parents of David Little b. 30 May 1834 County Down, my 2nd great grandfather (Little-1721). His father was Andrew Little, a blacksmith living in Dromore in 1856, according to David's marriage certificate. David married Elizabeth Jamison nee' Martin October 1856 in Dromore, Down. They came to the US in November 1856 along with Elizabeth's father, Joseph; his 2nd wife, Mary nee' Adair, and Elizabeth's siblings, including Thomas Martin.  David Little and family listed in the 1860 Washington Mills, New Hartford, Oneida census (blacksmith) and Thomas Martin and family after a few months in New York City, lived in Oneida County, NY between 1857-1863 (Martins left by 1860). They all eventually settled in Oakland, Garrett, MD.

Wondering why they first lived in Oneida County (were they joining family?), I began some research into the Little and Martin families also residing there and found the following. [Martin info not included but available]

If anyone has information on the Little families of Oneida County, NY during the 1800s, please let me know.


1791 - 1834 Church Members Presbyterian Church New Hartford : John Little 1829

1814 Oneida County Landowners according to census for Florence [Florence is about 40 miles NW of New Hartford]
Clark, Job, and Stephen Little accessed 6 Mar 2019

1820 Census New York State, Town of Vienna, New York
Little, Clark with household 1 male under 10, 2 males 27-44, 3 females under 10, and 1 female 26-44    
Little, Stephen with household 1 male over 45, one female 10-15, and one female over 45. accessed 6 Mar 2019
with Job not mentioned was he the eldest of the Little men owning land in 1814?

1835 Vienna Census
Jamson, John p. 11
Little, Clark p. 9
Martin, Thomas p.7

Vienna, Oneida, NY Births 1847-1859
Allen and Catherine Little son Joshua b. 27 Mar 1849
Edward and Grace Little son Andrew b.1 or 10 Sep 1849
John and Margaret Martin son Augustus b. 13 Oct 1849

1865 Vienna, Oneida, NY
Andrew Little aged 83, (arrived by 1840 as in Vienna census that year, occupation farmer so NOT the same Andrew as David's father who was a blacksmith living in Dromore in 1856)
[wife, Mary L. died 1844 and buried in Murray Brook Cemetery, Vienna, NY]
James aged 38
Robert aged 39 (wife Maria); children Mary A aged 12, Emeline (Emma) aged 4
Andrew, James, and Robert were born in Ireland. [additional information on this family in my database]

Vienna Cemetery, Rt. 13, McConnellsville, NY
Little       Allen           1821    1900
Little       Mary           1824    1901
Little       Lodema      1846    1914
Little       Jerome       1850    1852
Little       Hugh          1855    1863
Little       Albert          1860    1863
Little       Henry          1862    1863
Little       Stephen      1750     1834        
Little       Anna           1767     1839
Little       Mary J.        1825    1843

Northgage Cemetery, Deerfield, NY [just across Sauquoit Creek from New Hartford]
Little, Charlotte (Mrs. Thomas) 1782  1856
Little, Harriet A. Hetherington (Mrs. Thomas) 1829 1913
Little, Thomas 1790 1860
Little, Thomas J. ?  1840
Little, Thomas J. 1850 1860
Little, Willie accessed 6 Mar 2019

New Hartford Burial Ground Town of New Hartford (now defunct and graves reinterred in the 1950s and 1990s; see for further info)
Little, Jane, wife of Wm. Little died 17 April 1852 aged 40 yrs. Her remains are now either in Old South Street Cemetery or Greenlawn Cemetery.
WikiTree profile: David Little
in Genealogy Help by Beth Golden G2G6 Mach 1 (14.7k points)
Have you contacted the county historian? I've found the upstate NY county historians to be some of the most helpful people and they often have a wealth of documents that remain unknown without asking what they have.
Thanks so much for your suggestion! Who do you recommend I contact by email or webform (I live in GA)?

I don't (yet) see a specific county historian for Oneida (many of the counties have a specifically titled person) but start here:   I would first send an initial inquiry here:

And note this:

To obtain birth, death, or marriage records, contact the clerk of the town or city where the birth, death, or marriage occurred. For wills, contact the county surrogate court.
When I make these kinds of requests, I contact them first by phone or email to see if it's possible they have additional info. I then generally send a concise written request, a copy of any actual documentation that I already have (even if it is just a print out of the WikiTree entry on someone), and include a $25 contribution to the local historical society (or whomever they are designating).
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Thank you so much for you awesome help!

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Beth, David Little would most likely fall in the Scottish Border Little group in the Little Surname DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.  I did a quick scan of the information I had but didn't find any obvious leads.  If you can find a male descendant of him to take a Y-DNA test, it would sort things outly-- at least narrow the focus of your search. I am a volunteer co-admin of that  project.  Good Luck!
by Thomas Little G2G Crew (480 points)
Thanks so much, Thomas! I too looked at the DNA results at the FTDNA Little Project and didn't see any possible leads, but agree, David's ancestors were likely among the Borderers. So far, I've not had any success in finding a living direct male descendant. David's known descendants were primarily female, but there are a couple of males that need to be pursued. Fingers crossed :D
Thomas, I found a living male descendant, Steven Little, born 1958 WV son of Thomas J. C. "Chuck" Little, Jr. and Marlene nee Dove Little, but can't find current contact information for him. Last known residence was in 2003 in Richmond, VA, when his aunt Peggy Little Wilder died. Do you happen to have any info? Thanks!
Sorry Beth,  I checked the records I have and also the participants in the project, but there is no one who matches that description.

thanks for checking. 

although off topic, would you happen to have anyone researching John Little (Lyttle) a fancy weaver from Belfast and family who moved to Orange County, New York? (son Samuel immigrated from Belfast 1824, John came earlier according to Portrait and Biographical Record of Orange County, NY)

thanks again!

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