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Nathaniel Littleton (bef. 1605 - 1654)

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Col. Nathaniel Littleton
Born before in Hopton Castle, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Northampton co, Virginiamap
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Died in Nandua Creek, Accomack County, Virginiamap
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Nathaniel Littleton was born in England.

Nathaniel was the sixth son of Sir Edward Littleton, of Munslow and Henley, Shropshire, England, barrister, and his wife Mary Walter. He was christened on 22 December 1605 at Hopton Castle, Shropshire.[1][2][3] [4]

Nathanial married Ann Southey of Northampton County, Virginia before 1 June 1640,[5] and they had three children:[6]

Nathaniel Littleton died in Northampton, Virginia in 1654.[7]

From an editorial footnote in an article "The Randolph Manuscript":[8]
Col. Nathaniel Littleton is referred to in the family pedigree book, in the possession of Lord Hatherton, as "Nathaniel emigrated to Virginia in 1635, a gentleman of the Earl of Southampton's Company in the Low Countries, 1625." He settled at Nandua Creek, now in Accomac.[9] In 1640 he was Commander and Chief Magistrate of Northampton county; was appointed to the Council in 1641, and until his death in 1654, was the foremost man on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He married Anne, widow of Charles Harmar, and daughter of Henry Southey Esq. In 1643 the Court of Accomac granted a certificate for land to "Mrs. Anne Littleton in right of her father Henry Southey Esqr., Eldy his wife, Henry Southey his child, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth Southey and others." On November 10, 1655, the certificate was renewed to Mrs. Littleton for the names of Henry Southey Esqr, Elizabeth his wife, Henry Southey, Jr., Thomas, Mary and Elizabeth Southey, John Davenport, Roger Delke, Alis Davenport, Roger Marshall, Mrs. Ann Hutchinson, Francis Stockley, Thomas Newton, Thomas Blackwell and wife and child.
From Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson: [10]
[Col.] Nathaniel Littleton, Esq., 6th son, baptized at Hopton Castle, Shropshire 22 Dec. 1605. He immigrated to Virginia about 1635, where he resided on Nandua Creek, in Northampton County (modern Accomack County), Virginia, member of House of Burgesses, Governor of Executive Council, commander of Accomack Plantation. He married before 1 June 1640 ANN (or ANNA) SOUTHY, widow of Charles Harmar, of Northampton County, Virginia (living 1635), and daughter of Henry Southey, Esq., of Virginia, by his wife, Elizabeth. They had two sons, [Col.] Edward and Southey, and one daughter, Ester (wife of [Col.] John Robins). [COL.] NATHANIEL LITTLETON, Esq., died shortly after 4 Sept. 1654 (date of deed). His widow, Ann, left a will dated 1656, proved 28 October 1656, naming her brother-in-law, James Littleton, Esq., "of Shropshire, near Ludlow" who she made residual heir to the real estate in case of the death of all her children.
From Spalding Genealogy: [11]
Nathaniel Littleton emigrated to Virginia in 1635, settling on a plantation on Nandua Creek, Accomack Co, Va. Like so many Virginians, Nathaniel had military service in the Netherlands. In 1640, he was chief magistrate of Accomack; in 1652, a member of the House of Burgesses, and a member of the Governor Wm. Berkeley's  Executive Council. Col. Nathaniel Littleton married before Nov 23, 1640,  Ann Southey of James City, daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Southey, and widow of Charles Harmar. Ann Southey was born in Rimpton, Somersetshire, England c1610, and died by Oct. 28, 1656 in Northampton Co Va.  Nathaniel died cir. 1654. After her husband's death, the widow moved to Magothy Bay, Northampton Co, leaving "Nandua" in the hands of her son, Col. Southey Littleton. They had the following children:
(1) Col. Edward Littleton, b. c1640,  mar. (a) Sarah Douglas of Northampton Co Va. at age 12 in 1658, she died in childbirth, mar. (b) Frances Robins, youngest daughter of Col. Obedience & Grace O'Neill Waters Robins.. He died 1663.
(2) Capt.  Southey Littleton, b. 1646, of "Nandua," took up much land in Somerset Co Md. by parents. He married c1664  Sarah Bowman,   dau. of Major Edmund Bowman.   
Col. Southey Littleton by his two wives had seven children: (a) Nathaniel Littleton b. c1667; d. by Mar. 1, 1702/3,  mar. Susannah Waters, whose dau. Esther Littleton married Thomas Savage of Cherrystone, son of Capt. Thomas & Alicia Harmanson Savage of "Savage Neck"  (b) Bowman Littleton [b. c1675; d. 1696] unmar. mentioned in Col. John Robins' will 1709 as "my kinsman Bowman Littleton, dec'd [see Appendix] ; (c)  Esther Littleton [ b. c1665; d. c1688] of "Kings Neck" on Chincoteague Island who mar. Col. Wm. Whittington of Northampton Co Va. (d) Sarah [b. c1669; d. 18 Apr 1720] mar. (a) Adam Michael (b) John Custis III (e) Elizabeth [b. c1671; d. 1754]  mar. Richard Waters of Somerset Co Md.  (f) Gertrude Littleton [b. c1673; d. by 9 Jan 1738/9] mar. Henry Harmanson of Northampton Co Va.  (g) Southey Littleton II mar. Mary Brown of Northampton Co.
Col. Southey Littleton was a member of a court martial  which indicted the insurgents of Bacon's Rebellion. In 1679; he was sent to New York with Col. Wm. Kendall, as a special Commissioner to confer with Gov. Andros on Indian uprisings. He died in Albany NY in 1679; his will executed Sept. 1679 is recorded in Accomack Co, Va.
(3) Esther Littleton b. 1646 married Col. John Robins of "Salt Grove" on Jan. 9, 1662. The couple lived near Cherrystone, Northampton Co, Va.  John Robins was the son of Col. Obedience & Grace O'Neill Waters Robins. He was born Jan 6, 1636 in Northampton Co Va., educated in England under the care of his uncle Richard Robins Esq. of Long Buckby, Northamptonshire. He inherited "Salt Grove" and was for many years a prominent man in Northampton Co serving in the House of Burgesses, a Justice of the Peace, and a Commissioner of the Monthly Courts. He died in 1709.[12]


  1. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Vol III page 35.
  2. Hopton Castle is a village near the south-western boundary of Shropshire, so called to distinguish it from another Hopton in Shropshire. There are several Littleton baptisms in the parish register, so presumably the Littletons were living in the parish at the time, though it's not clear where or why. Earlier and later generations didn't live in the parish. Sir Edward and his wife were both descendants of Elizabeth Hopton, the heiress of the Hoptons who held the castle, but were only distant cousins of the heirs (the Corbets and Wallops).
  3. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants, Frederick Lewis Weis, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1992, pg 5, Line 1a, 41
  4. "The Tree of Life", Chapter 12: Nathaniel Littleton: Gateway Immigrant, Steve Smith 2016 <>
  5. Richardson
  6. Richardson
  7. Weis
  8. In Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 18, No. 1 (1910 Jan), page 20. Also at Google Books.
  9. perhaps Accomack? Accomack county was formed from Northampton in 1661 (from History of County Formations in Virginia 1617-1995)
  10. Richardson, Douglas, ed. Kimball G. Everingham: Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (2013), 5 vols., Vol III, page 588.
  11. Archived at WayBack Machine.
  12. Wise and WMQ are cited.

See also:

  • Richardson, Douglas: Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 3 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Volume 2, p 417, LITTLETON 20.
  • Richardson, Douglas: Magna Carta Ancestry, 1st edn (2005), Vol I, p 515.
  • The Littleton Heritage, by Matthew M. Wise, Columbia, SC: Wentworth Corp., 1994, p 5.
  • The Littleton heritage: Some American descendants of Col. Nathaniel Littleton (1605-1654) of Northampton Co., Virginia and his royal forebears, Matthew M Wise, 1997
  • Colonial Families of the United States of America," ed. Nelson Osbood Rhodes, Vol VII, Gen. Pub. Co, reprint, 1993. p. 70.
  • Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis, 7th Ed, Gen. Pub. Co. reprint 1992 by Gen. Pub. Co, pp. 4 - 5. Map of Shropshire, England: Hopton Castle NW of Ludlow. "Line 1A - John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster continues through many generations to Sir. Edward Littleton, Knt. of Hensley, co. Salop, and his son Nathaniel Littleton, b. Hopton Castle, co. Salop, baptised 22 Dec 1605; d. Northampton Va. Oct-Dec 1654, mar. c1638 Ann Southey, b. Somerset Eng c1620; d. Northampton Co VA, will prob. 28 Oct 1656."
  • "The Littleton Heritage", Matthew M. Wise, Columbia, SC: Wentworth Pub. Co, 1997. See "Relationship of the Littletons to the Rulers of England, the Lancastrian Lineage, Edward III, King of England," p. 285.
  • "A Tentative Pedigree of the Littleton Family of Va.", by Dr. Robert Patterson Robins, published in "New Eng. Historical & Genealogical Register," XLV, Oct 1887: 364-68.
  • William and Mary College Quarterly historical magazine, Vol. 9, p. 62, on Google Books.
  • Hopton Castle parish registers, page 9.
  • "Royal Descent of 500 Immigrants" by Gary Boyd Roberts


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A trail between Gateway Ancestor Nathaniel Littleton and Surety Baron William de Mowbray, identified by the Magna Carta Project, was reviewed/approved in December 2017 (see Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails).
The trail to Mowbray-151 is through John de Mowbray. The trail to the Bigods through de Mowbray's maternal grandmother, Isabelle de Beauchamp, was also completed/approved in December 2017. The trail to the Clares, John de Lacy & Saher de Quincy goes through Rose (de Clare) Mowbray.

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On 8 Jul 2018 at 14:41 GMT David Douglass wrote:

Littleton-560 and Littleton-208 appear to represent the same person because: same given name, same LNAB, same DOB, same parents. same child

On 18 May 2018 at 06:30 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! The Magna Carta project is working toward having a project member as "Guardian" for each Gateway Ancestor, to aid collaboration and to help watch over the profile. Many Guardians also develop and/or watch over a trail in WikiTree from the Gateway to a Surety Baron. (See details about the role of Gateway Guardians and Trail Tenders here, the "long answers" on the project's Glossary page.)
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