Little Britain pioneer family directory

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Little Britain pioneer family directory:

This profile is part of the Little Britain, Ontario One Place Study.
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Pioneer families listed here are from the pioneer settlers genealogy section of the 1939 Little Britain Church Centennial booklet, starting page 35. There is a digital version of this booklet available at 1839-1939 Little Britain Church Centennial. Many other names are mentioned in the book but these do not have family descriptions problem, just add their names in the lists below! Eg: Page 29 has a complete list of all the teachers from Little Britain schools, page 28 has lists of physicians, surgeons and nurses, etc.

Any other families not listed here but found through other means should be added to the directory along with the source. The 1842 census is not available online and the 1851 census for Mariposa Township does not survive, so the 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 census' are the primary sources for the scope of families in this community. The 1901 census has an immigration year field which may help some corroborate residency. In general, the scope might be limited to persons who settled in Little Britain area 1830-1891, approximating the pioneer period.

There is a list of resources on the main project page including maps, texts, census', etc to help with your research.

to do:

  • extract spouse names from the LBCC family descriptions and tabulate with their husbands;
  • document missing spouses;
  • split same-surname brothers and cousins into distinct families;
  • link names to their respective individual profile pages;
  • set up separate free space pages for local cemeteries, link to main project page;
  • set up separate free space pages for available census' 1840-1880, and itemize as text;

profile recommendations:

  • of course follow Wikitree guidelines first;
  • include the family description paragraph from the LBCC booklet (blockquote and cite), locate it in either biography or research notes section;
  • discrepancies between LBCC family description text and actual findings... please note the discrepancy under the quoted description text and describe how it differs — this will allow for a future annotated version of the booklet at;
  • try to build profiles for both spouses, or at least indicate spouses name in one profile under research notes;
  • if there are children, eg found in a census, then try to make a list in the bio or research notes in one or both parent profile pages;
  • link back to the main project page from profile pages;
  • link back to the list on this page to make it easy to reach profiles from this page;
  • add categories to 'the project', 'Little Britain', etc. and any others as appropriate;
  • include Familysearch, Findagrave, etc. profile links in the research notes section of each profile;

families profiled in booklet:

A list of pioneer family names is given at the end of this section of the Little Britain Centennial book (page 51), which the authors had no family information but should be included in memory. List additional names that should be included (graveyard tallies and census documents should help fill this out):

Other names appear in the booklet and can be added as they are identified, for example the early saddle-bag preachers and non-pioneer families who came later.

Pioneer family profiles begin on page 35 (

non-pioneer family surnames:

  • Rev. Eynon (Daddy Eynon); one of the earliest remembered preachers who traveled to the community, first on horseback, later by gig[1] as roads improved (page 3).
  • ...

Mariposa township cemeteries

  • Little Britain United Church Cemetery (650)
  • North Valentia United Church Cemetery (152)
  • lakeside South Valentia Cemetery (62)
  • Zion Cemetery (97)
  • Salem Cemetery (433)
  • East Oakwood Cemetery (293)
  • Linden Valley Bible Christian Cemetery (20)
  • Miller Memorial Church Cemetery (302)
  • Bethel Cemetery (82)

project founder — Hi I'm Mark Suggitt. My first name is handed down to me through my father and his father as a middle name, given by my great grandmother Ida Mark. Ida's grandfather was James Mark, the author of the journal, included in the Little Britain booklet, of their Plymouth-Quebec voyage to Canada in 1832; a transcription of the journal can be found in the Little Britain booklet, page 51. My last name Suggitt I inherit through my 2x great grandfather who settled in and around Valentia in the mid 1850s — just down the road from Little Britain. In later years both Richard and my 2xgreat grandfather Joseph Mark (Ida's father) lived as neighbours and in-laws in Valentia. The Mark family is Luxulyan Cornish, and the Suggitts East Riding Yorkshire folk (Tibthorpe, Huggate, Warter)...and all Weslyan Bible Christians, as it turns out.

One of the family books handed down to me is the Little Britain Centennial booklet. I've used it for many years as a quick reference and had really exhausted its utility and pursued research on other family branches. Now I come back to it with the broader goal of documenting all pioneer settlers mentioned in the booklet, open to including persons in the surrounding township, roughly 1830–1881.

The Mark family and their immediate spousal families in Little Britain is my starting point, I invite anyone with an interest or connection with any of the pioneer families mentioned in the booklet to link to this project page, use the resources listed and help document these family lines and the Little Britain community.

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