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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Colonel John Luttrell: Battle Of Lindley's Mill

excerpted from “Military Roll Call: The Littrell Familyof Mississippi County, Missouri” Chapter 1. The Revolution.
reposted from 10-20-2015
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As mentioned in a previous article I was unable to locate the actual Battle Field that Col. John Luttrell had died on, but had found the current location of Lindley Mills and one marker referencing the battle.
I have located the actual location online and the following is from that website:
"On September 13, 1781, the largest engagement of North Carolina’s “Tory War” took place near Thomas Lindley’s mill. In the aftermath of Lord Charles Cornwallis’s invasion of North Carolina in the spring of 1781, a prolonged civil conflict erupted in the Piedmont. With no regular forces actively campaigning in the area, Whig and Loyalist militias openly attacked each other as well as neutral parties. Loyalist Colonel David Fanning, leader of the Loyalist militia in central North Carolina, had received approval from British authorities in Wilmington to attack the state capital at Hillsborough. Fanning led 435 Loyalists from central and western North Carolina. He had been reinforced by two small bands of Tories from Cumberland and Bladen counties led by Colonels Archibald McDougald and Hector McNeil, raising his overall force to nearly 700 men. Battle of Lindley's Mill
      At dawn on September 12, 1781, under the cover of a heavy fog, Fanning’s men brazenly entered Hillsborough, taking the town by surprise and capturing 200 prisoners, including most of the General Assembly and Governor
Thomas Burke. Having thoroughly plundered the village, Fanning and his men, their prisoners in tow, departed for Wilmington in the afternoon.
      Word of the disaster reached Brigadier General John Butler of the North Carolina militia that evening. Butler, who had led North Carolina militia at
Guilford Courthouse, quickly organized men from Orange County to intercept the Tory force. Accounts differ on how many men Butler raised, but a 350-man force is the best estimate. His second-in-command was Colonel Robert Mebane, a Continental army veteran. Another Continental army veteran, Captain Joshua Hadley, arrived that evening with a small company of Whigs from Cross Creek, augmenting Butler’s force to nearly 400 men. Battle of Lindley's Mill
      Butler’s men arrived ahead of Fanning at Lindley’s Mill, near a ford across Cane Creek on a plateau overlooking Stafford’s Branch. On the morning of September 13, as the Loyalists crossed, a musket volley from the tree line on the opposite bank tore into their ranks. At first the Loyalists balked, and Colonel McNeil ordered a retreat, but was rebuked by Colonel McDougald who accused him of cowardice. McNeil, infuriated by the remark, instead led a charge toward the Whig position but was immediately cut down by rifle fire and killed.
      Hearing the gunfire at the head of the column, Fanning rode to the front, ordering the prisoners to be housed in the
Spring Friends Meeting House in the rear. Although outnumbered, Whigs pressed the head of the Tory column back toward the chapel, apparently intent on freeing Burke and the other captives. Fanning then organized an assault that flanked Butler’s men, threatening to surround his forces. Just as he began driving Butler’s men from the field, Fanning received a serious wound in his arm that shattered the bone and severed an artery. He left the column in McDougald’s command and retired from the field. Pressed on both front and flank, Butler retreated, and Fanning’s column continued on to Wilmington with the prisoners.
      That night, local Quakers collected the dead and wounded on the field. Whig casualties consisted of 25 killed, 90 wounded and 10 captured, while the Tories lost 27 killed and 90 wounded. Surgeons from the surrounding countryside were called upon to help administer to the wounded. Among them was Dr. John Pyle, who earlier that year had led his Loyalist militia regiment into an ambush at
Pyle’s Defeat. Putting aside his earlier allegiances, Pyle worked tirelessly for the injured of both sides. In return, Governor Alexander Martin pardoned him at war’s end."
To place the above information in Context to Col. Luttrell the Reverend Caruthers describes the death of Colonel John Littrell and the battle:
"Several of the highest officers on both sides were killed and nearly an equal number of each. These were men of much merit as officers, and their death was a great loss to their respective parties. On the Whig [American] side Major John Nalls and Colonel Lutteral were among the slain...."
"...Colonel Lutteral was also killed about the close of the battle and was a great loss to the country. He is said to have been a brave and valuable officer; but his men thought him too severe in his discipline… Having advanced at the head of his men within pistol shot of a Tory from Randolph, by the name of Rains, who was in the act of loading his rifle, and fired at him with his pistol but without effect. He then wheeled his horse and dashed off, to get out of reach before the other would be ready to fire; but Rains, having finished in time, leveled his gun at him, when at full speed, and shot him through the body. He did not fall but rode to a house about half a mile distant, where the good people took him upstairs and furnished him with a bed and every comfort in their power. While lying there bleeding and dying, he dipped his finger in his own blood and wrote his name upon the wall. The house stood there as a Monument of the Cane Creek Battle and of Colonel Lutteral's death until about seven or eight years ago; and the Colonel's name retained its color and brilliance until the last. There were two men belonging to Fanning's troop by the name of John Rains, father and son, and McBride says that John Rains, SR., was killed at the battle of Cane creek…"
sources:
  • LITTRELL and LUTTRELL HEROES In the WAR for American Independence [All Spellings]: By KARL DEWITT LITTRELL [decsd] with NANCY LITTRELL GOLDSBERRY
  • Patrick O’Kelley, Nothing But Blood and Slaughter (2004), III
  • Algie I. Newlin, The Battle of Lindley’s Mill (1975)
  • William S. Powell, ed., Encyclopedia of North Carolina (2006)
  • Eli Caruthers, Revolutionary Incidents and Sketches of Character, Chiefly in North Carolina (1854)
  • http://www.ncmarkers.com/Results.aspx?ct=ddl&k=Keywords&sv1=Keywords&sv2=Revolution

The above information is from: Military Role Call: The Littrell Family of Mississippi County, Missouri, The Littrell Family Journals Volume IV. (click here)
also: 
Littrell Family Veterans Video

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cassandra Urban: Born On the 4th of July

(Cassandra was the father of Mary Catherine Urban, wife of Timmons Literal. Timmons was our Grandpa John’s father.)

image Cassandra Urban was born July 04, 1831 in Alabama, and died July 21, 1912. He married Susannah L.E. Landtroop (#114) Abt. 1855, daughter of Stith Landtroop and Mary. She was born May 27, 1837 in Alabama ??, and died November 29, 1908.(1)
Cassandra Urban was the son of Cassander Urban and Catherine Wise, the census information on the 1860 and 1870 Census shows Cassandra as being born in Alabama in 1834. Unfortunately, family oral history and Census information provided by some of Cassandra’s children indicates that he was born in Prussia and spoke German. He may have very well spoke German but the 1860 and 1870 Census, clearly establishes his birthplace as Alabama.(2)
Marriage information on Cassander & Catherine substantiates the birthplace of Cassandra as Alabama as they were married in Lauderdale County, Alabama, June 2, 1830. Family oral history and the inconsistent spelling of Cassandra and his fathers name have combined to confuse them with each other. It is most probable that the elder Cassander, husband of Catherine Wise, was born in Prussia and migrated to Lauderdale County, Alabama sometime before 1830, and had at least one son (Cassandra) who spoke some German. Fall96 (1)crpd
Urban Lane

Cassandra was a ‘Southern Unionist’, a Union soldier from a Confederate state. Along with his brother-in-law Stith J. Landtroop, Cassandra served with Company B, 1st Alabama Cavalry. The northern Union Army had at least one unit from every Confederate state made up of southern unionist. One of every ten southern soldier served in the Union Army.

For more on Cassandra and Stith’s story, the family Civil War story, and Southern Unionist click her.

For more on our Urban ancestry click here. and then sroll down the page.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Misc. Draft Cards: World War I–Littrell Cousins Of John D. Littrell p3

Brothers: John David & Charles Fagan Littrell

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Charles Fagan Littrell: I was unable to secure a registration from the back of this card. Fagon’s Navy Discharge date is noted as 1-7-1946.

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John David Littrell: I was unable to secure a registration from the back of this card. John’s Navy Discharge date is noted as 4-18-1946.

There  are two oddities about the draft cards of these two brothers.

  1. Regardless of whatever their registration dates were the  two brothers registered in two different “go-arounds”’ of the draft… the first oddity was that John registered in the wrong draft. His birthday occurred after the time period for the draft noted on this card.
  2. For some reason (?) both cards contain their discharge information.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Parentage of Jessee & Rodhom Luttrell:

Over recent years, researchers and information junkies have tried to identify the parents of Jesse and Rodhom.

Most of the attempts in recent years have been links made based on coincidence or assumption involving circumstantial evidence. Coincidence and circumstantial evidence can aid or steer research in one direction or another but cannot be relied on by itself. This is the difference between research and information collection. Internet information junkies and bucket shop commercial operations are constantly obtaining researched and un-researched family trees, mixing them into a large database and representing the database as a resource. Not verifying what little research they are supported by or comparing them for accuracy they just present them for duplication.

In the case of Rodhom and Jessee:

More often than not they have been linked to parents:

  • with their offspring extensively established in written records, but no mention of Rodhom or Jessee?
  • often the connection has been based on geographical locations being similar,
  • surname and Christian name similarities,
  • or a total lack of information on supposed parents that would provide confirmation or rebuttal to the conclusion.

Such is the case with both Rodham and Jessie. When additional evidence is asked for it turns out it is seldom produced or valid.

Geographical and name similarities can be useful, just as the absence from wills and probate records does not mean non-existence, these forms of evidence must be substantiated.

The latest connection of Jesse to a parent is that he is listed as the child of Michael Litral and Anna Shelton Litral. While the dates may line-up and their locations may often shadow each other that is also true with many others in the group that migrated and settled together over the Virginia-Kentucky-Tennessee-Alabama/Illinois/Arkansas 50 year migration. These circumstances and similarities must be supported by collaborating evidence.

In this case, there is a problem with this identification if you look past these circumstances.

Looking only at the Luttrell family lines and there being no probate records or will or birth records to verifier or dispute the connection to Michael & Anna, it would on the surface appear to be a reasonable conclusion, but in truth 'assumption' not 'conclusion' would be a more appropriate word. On the other hand, if you also look at the Shelton side of this arrangement you will find that Jesse Luttrell married Clary Shelton, his first wife that died in Kentucky. Clary was the sister of Anna Shelton which means that Jesse would have been marrying his own aunt.

Who and Why I believe the parents of Rodham and Jesse was….

Robert and Lydia Luttrell.

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Second Creek Primitive Baptist Church today

Robert Luttrell of Fauquier County Virginia does not have a will on record and because Robert Luttrell migrated from Fauquier County we have not located any death records on him either.

But:

  1. The example of similar geographical and similar names applies here too, but limited as mentioned above.
  2. Robert is living with one son, Robert Jr, on several occasions which makes their connection, along with other information conclusive.
  3. Rodhom and Jesse belong to the same Second Creek Primitive Baptist Church as late as 1834 in Tennessee.
  4. Early records indicate that Robert SR. paid taxes for Jesse & Rodhom. This is the closest we come to establishing a parenting connection.
  5. Family lore has an occasion referred to Robert as a good uncle the inference being that he aided younger relatives either through shelter, patronage, or apprenticeships. If this is the case between Robert senior and the Young Jesse and Rodham then this would establish Robert senior to be at least some sort of Guardian for the two.
  6. Some oral history has survived over generations (in both family branches) that serves to identify traveling family visits between two brothers, the aged Jesse and Rodhom.Second Creek


It is for these reasons I identify Robert Jr, Jesse, and Rodham as brothers and the children of Robert & Lydia. At the very least they are cousins to each other and while maybe not their biological father Robert SR was their benefactor and guardian.


One of the most common problems in doing family research is the fact that there will always be a point where you reach an ancestor that you just cannot find their parents. This is inevitable because record keeping and preservation of family stories have never been as consistent, routine or as important as 'eat, sleep, and survive'. They have never been priorities of our natural order. In doing family research there will always be an ancestor that there is no written or oral record of., or hopefully the record of that ancestor just hasn't been discovered yet.

Such has been the case for three ancestors in this families ancestral line: James, the original immigrant, and the two brothers mentioned above, Jesse and Rodham.

28 years of my own research, a lifetime of research by genealogist William Q. Hill, as well as Elston Luttrell and Laura Luttrell in the 1800s have yielded no concrete record of birth or death that contains the name of their parents. Irrefutable evidence or statements do not exist, yet.

I try to rely on the rules of evidence. In comparison to others that brag of ' a hundred thousand name database I only have a database of 10,000+ names. But these names are researched, not just 'collected'. My database consist of researched Luttrells and connected families including unidentified persons and orphaned family trees in the hope of eventually connecting them.

Monday, June 18, 2018

John Steven Littrell:

Outline Descendant Report for Jesse Luttrell:

1 Jesse Luttrell b: Bef. 1774, d: Bef. 17 Mar 1840 in Lauderdale, Alabama, USA

   + Frances Shelton m: 07 Jun 1806 in Adair County, Kentucky,

          d: Bef. 17 Mar 1840

...2  Jessee Literal b: 25 Dec 1820 in Lawrence, Tennessee, USA,

              d: 30 Sep 1909 in Alabama ??

      + Sarah Jane Walker b: 08 Nov 1823, m: 24 May 1843, d: 15 Mar 1900

......3   Joseph A. Litterell b: 20 Aug 1847 in Alabama, USA, d: 20 Oct 1923

           + Frances E. Freeman b: 04 Oct 1864,

                   m: 20 Jan 1884 in Lawrence, Tennessee,

                   d: 04 Apr  1939

.........4  John Steve Littrell b: 25 Nov 1886 in Alabama, USA,

                       d: 20 Nov 1969 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA

             + Inez Othello Bailey b: 12 Jun 1892 in Tennessee, USA,

                       d: 26 Aug 1982 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA

On the 1930 census, John's name is spelled Littrell. If you notice the varied spellings above this appears to be the point that this branch finalizes their spelling as "LITTRELL". Georgia Eva is not with the family on this census or the 1940 census. She would have been 15 in 1930... married? The family lived in Florence Alabama at 618 E. Tuscaloosa St. a house they rented for $10 a month. John and Inez were married at ages 22 and 16, respectively. Both could read and write. John worked at a stone foundry (can't make out occupation/skill).
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On the 1940 census the family is still living in Florence but now at 155 W. Royal Ave., they are paying $18 a month for rent. As in 1930 they and all their children are still living together, except Georgia Eva. They have been living there since at least 1935. John's occupation is more legible and appears to be "mounter" at a "Stove foundry" where he made $900 in 1939. Alvin Arnold appears to be a 'wrapper' at a bakery where his earnings for 1939 were $552.
Theckla D. is an 'operator' at a 'beauty shop'. John, Alvin, and Theckla al say they were employed for 52 weeks in 1939, but Theckla does not list her income. John says he works a 48 work week, Alvin says a 99 hour work week, and Theckla a 60 hour work week.

Could this stove foundry be Martin Stove & Range Company, Martin Stove & Range Company? In 1905 the Martin brothers purchased the company from King Hardware. Shortly after that, they bought the Florence foundry and began making cast-iron cookware under both the King and Martin names.

Outline Descendant Report for John Steve Littrell

1  John Steve Littrell b: 25 Nov 1886 in Alabama, USA,

              d: 20 Nov 1969 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA

    + Inez Othello Bailey b: 12 Jun 1892 in Tennessee, USA,

              d: 26 Aug 1982 in Florence, Lauderdale  County, Alabama, USA

...2  Alvin Arnold Littrell b: 12 Jun 1812 in Alabama, USA, d: 11 Feb 1970

...2  Georgia Eva Littrell b: 1915 in Alabama, USA,

                    d: 23 Jan 1982 in Nashville, Davidson Co.,  Tennessee, USA

         + Ralph Bernard Christian

...2  Theckla D. Littrell b: 17 Oct 1916 in Alabama, USA,

                    d: 16 Nov 1983 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA

        + Thomas Lee Watkins

...2  Milton E. Littrell b: 1919 in Alabama, USA, d: 17 May 1943 in Margarten, Limburg, Netherlands

...2  Charles Fagan Littrell b: 08 Jul 1923 in Colbert, Alabama, USA,

                    d: 14 Oct 1982 in Chattanooga,  Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA

        + [unknown spouse]

......3  Fagan Littrell

           + [unknown spouse]

.........4  Steven Littrell

...2  John David Littrell b: 22 Feb 1926 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, USA,

                    d: 10 Feb 2017 in Florence,  Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA

        + Mary Ruth Carroll

......3  John David Littrell b: 31 Aug 1950, d: 09 Aug 1998

......3  Phillip Littrell

......3  Donald Littrell Littrell

...2  Fredrick Thomas Littrell b: 1929 in Alabama, USA,

                    d: 05 Jun 1998 in Florence, Lauderdale County,  Alabama, USA

...2  Howard Littrell b: 22 May 1931 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA,

                    d: 28 Dec 1984 in Sheffield, Colbert, Alabama, USA

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OBITUARY

November 22, 1969 "Florence Times - Tri-Cities Daily"

Florence, Alabama

John Steve Littrell, 83, of Florence died Thursday at his residence. He was a native of Lauderdale County. Funeral services were held today at Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home with Rev. Albert Hill officiating. Burial was in Florence Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Inez Othella (Bailey) Littrell; his daughters, Georgia Eva Belle Christian of Nashville, Tennessee and Thekla Watkins of Florence; his sons, Charles Fagon Littrell of Russellville, Kentucky, and Alvin Arnold Littrell, Fred Thomas Littrell, Howard O'Neal Littrell, and John David Littrell, all of Florence; his sisters, Etta Stover of Hartselle, Lona Ella Hale and Nora Myrtle Burney, both of Cullman, Mary Patterson of Decatur, and Minnie Pearl Marston of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; his brother, Moses Hampton Littrell of New York, New York; and sixteen grandchildren.

Jessee Luttrell:

Jessee Luttrell was the son of Robert & Lydia Luttrell of Fauquier County Virginia. He was part of a post-Revolutionary War migration of at least 2 brothers & 6 cousins into Kentucky.

Eventually 2 sets of brothers:

  • Michael, Lott, Richard, and Nathan (sons of Michael and Dinah)
  • Jessee, Robert, and Rodham (sons of Robert and Lydia )

Along with another cousin, John (son of John & Winnefred Lawrence Luttrell) and a collection of Sheltons and Rutherfords all would venture thru the Cumberland Gap and continue on the Wilderness road that their North Carolina cousin, Col. John Luttrell, had blazed with Daniel Boone to central and southcentral Kentucky.

These Luttrells, Sheltons, Rutherfords and their descendants would intermarry, settle and raise families in Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, and Alabama.

This group, the "Allied Families", would first settle the south and central area of Kentucky. They would homestead, marry, and prosper.

From here a subgroup would migrate to Illinois (heretofore we will refer to this group as the 'Illinois Group'), and another group (including Jessee and his brother Rodham) would migrate to Tennessee along the southern border with Alabama (heretofore we will refer to this group as the 'TN/AL Group'). Other's (including Jesse's brother Robert) would remain in Kentucky (the KY Group). All three groups contained members or descendants of the original Allied Family.

Among the group that would move on from KY to TN were:

  • Rodham, Jessee & Francis Shelton Luttrell: Luttrell brothers and their families.
  • Vardeman Shelton, Peter & Mary Graham Shelton, Dudley & Catherine Shelton Rutherford, and Eliphas Shelton: siblings above.
  • At least one of James Shelton's offspring, David Shelton, made the journey to TN/AL.
  • Lott Luttrell would pass away in TN/AL., Nathan Luttrell and several off-spring, Michael Litral who would later migrate to IL. All three are siblings
  • John Luttrell: cousin from an 'orphan' branch.

Years later, prior to the Civil War, there was another migration consisting of some descendants of the above into the Laurence and Randolph Counties of Arkansas. Others ended up in Missouri.

  • Many of Nathan Luttrell and Richard Luttrell (deceased in KY), descendants would end up in Texas.

Jesse would have 129 descendants over the next five generation.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Albert Rubin Littrell: 1930-2004

Ruben is a son of John & Kizzie (Comer) Littrell

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On the 21stof December, 1951 Ruben and Shiley Anita Nelsn when to probate court in New Madrid to obtain a marriage license. On the next day they received the license and were married in Marston by Elder Ottie Brown The license was recorded on the 24 of December, 1951.

Ruben and Shirley would have 3 children:

  • Richard Rubin Littrell: “Yes, that would be me. Richard was married to my mother Linda Lou and they divorced years ago before he married the next Linda. They had my brother and I in 76 and 77. We are his only natural children. Richard only adopted one child named Lynn Albert who lived with my parents (Linda and David) until he was 16. My brother and I were both adopted by our father David. We were still very close to Richard as my mother, brother and Lynn were with him the day he passed away. Our family spent Christmas before he passed in the hospital with him. My parents and Richard were very close. My brother Bubba (Richard Jr) came to Missouri in 96 with Emma and Ralph to visit. I am not sure if you were there during that time. As for the Littrell descendent that I was engaged to, I did not end up marrying him and never really found out how close we were in the Littrell family. Funny”
                 email from Robin Angeline Littrell,6-24-2010
  • Betty Rachelle Littrell: Rachelle had on daughter, Felicia Ann Littrell.
  • Felicia E. Littrell: Felicia died on February 5th, 1966 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is burried in Mounds Cemetery, New Madrid County, MO.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Misc. Draft Cards: World War I–Littrell Cousins Of John D. Littrell p2

September 12, 1918 must have been ‘Draft Registration Day’ in Lawrence County, Tennessee as Grandpa John, his brothers, the cousins listed below (except one), and many others registered on that day.

Son’s of George Littrell uncle of Grandpa John D. Littrell.

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John Thomas Littrell:

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Thomas Avery Littrell

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Turner William Littrell: *
All the family draft cards discovered and identified for World War I are dated Sept., 12 1918 except Turner’s. Turner, age 26,  registered 15 months earlier in June of 1917. The June 1917 draft was for ages 21-31 which meant Turner. The September 1918 draft was the third round of the WW I draft when the draft was expanded to as young as 18 and as old as 45 which included everyone else on this page.

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Edward Jasper Littrell


NOTES:

WWI Draft Registration Cards, Selective Service Registration Cards, World War I: PMGO Form No. 1 RED

*During World War I there were three registrations.

  • The first, on June 5, 1917, was for all men between the ages of 21 and 31.
  • The second, on June 5, 1918, registered those who attained age 21 after June 5, 1917. (A supplemental registration was held on August 24, 1918, for those becoming 21 years old after June 5, 1918. This was included in the second registration.)
  • The third registration was held on September 12, 1918, for men age 18 through 45.

read more on the WWI draft

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Littrell brothers Draft Cards World War II and Korea:

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Redford Littrell: notice the description of residence “1/2 mile northwest of Anniston…” Maybe this can help us locate the farm they lived on out side of Anniston. Date: 2-16-1942, World War II.

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John Daniel Littrell, JR: AKA Junior Dolan, AKA JD.  6-30-1942 the World War II draft. Issued In Union Co., KY

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Leslie Albert Littrell: Uncle Les, 12-9-1946, the Korean War Draft.

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Redford “NMN” Littrell: Notice the “(first name only)” notation for Uncle Red’s middle name above. The family story is that Red’s military records had the letters “NMN” in place of his middle name because he didn’t have one. This was not unusual as not everyone had a three-part name; first, middle, last. It wasn’t until the advent of Social Security that people were required to have a middle name. This was a dilemma for the Littrell family as middle names were not consistently used.

It appears that Rubin, Red, and maybe Les didn’t initially have middle names. We aren’t sure about Les as he was named after his Uncle Leslie A. Comer who may have been Leslie Albert Comer. This is speculative though as Leslie often went by LA Comer and some in the Comer family believe the “LA” stood for Lester A.

All the children of Kizzie & John may have had middle names but over the years just forgot them or since Kizzie and John didn’t use them they were not aware of them. This born out by the double initial names of JD and OJ. ( as late as the 1940 census JD and OJ are still referred to only by their initials.

When faced with the need for a full three-part name we know that Rubin made up his middle name (also Albert) and when signing up for the WPA CCC Camps OJ had to make up full names for himself and JD: Oliver James and Junior Dolan. We have no idea the authenticity of Oliver James, but we now believe we have found proof that JD was actually John Daniel which would have made him John Daniel Littrell, JR., thus OJ’s use of Junior. Where he got Dolan from is a mystery.

By the time JD did his draft card, he was already using Junior Dolan, even though this was a short time after being given that name by OJ… he is still working at the CCC camp in Breckinridge, Kentucky.



NOTES:

This would not be the only connection between JD and Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. After returning from Korea in 1952 he would be stationed there (in the Army) were his second son Glenn (me) was born.    more on Camp Breckinridge, KY.

See Red’s service

See a summary of JD’s Service

See Les’s service

The Boys of Anniston

see also Boydie Thurman’s draft card

see Grand Pa John & his brother’s WW I draft cards

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Lindsay P. & Bertha Ann (Littrell) Thurman:

On the 23rd of September, 1938, Lindsay (Boydie) Thurman of Anniston, age 21 and Bertha Ann Littrell of Charleston* (see footnote), age 19 obtained a marriage license(application) in Charleston, Missouri.

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Two years later we find Boydie and Bertha, now married, living in Anniston. On the 1940 census (below, lines 74 &75) they are renting and paying $6 a month rent. None of their neighbors are listed as living on farmland so it is probably a safe assumption (proven below) that they are living in town. Boydie’s employment is listed as a grocery store clerk working 60 hours a week in previous weeks. He says he was employed and working 52 weeks in the previous year earning $420.

Both Boydie and Bertha are listed as being 21 years old* and having finished one year of high school. (col 11 & 14)

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Living next door to Boydie and Bertha is the family of Ben Merrick (lines 70-73).

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Four months after the census Boydie would register for the draft (WW II). Boydie would list Ben Merrick as his employer.

On the 1940 census, Ben was listed as an engineer for Missouri Power (industry or company name?). Ben list his income as $940 for 1939 and no additional income.

Did Boydie leave his job and go to work for Ben in the months between the census and registering for the draft? Did Ben own the grocery store that Boydie worked at but didn’t report the additional income? On the census, Ben owned his residence and listed its value at $700. Were Bertha and Boydie renting a room from Ben?

From the two news articles below, we can deduce that Ben Merrick was at least their landlord and owned an apartment building that at least had a café on the ground floor at the time of the articles. The articles also shed a little more light on the family story concerning the family’s business’ in Anniston.

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Sikeston Herald Archives
Jun 5, 1952, p. 9

THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS FIGHT ANNISTON

A fire which threatened the entire community for a short time, completely destroyed two buildings at Anniston Thursday.

The Del Hatton family, which occupied an

apartment in one of the buildings barely escaped from the burning structure.

According to witnesses, the fire started in the second floor apartment of the Hatton's in the Ben Merrick building. They said a Kerosene stove exploded as Mrs. Hatton was preparing breakfast

The blaze apparently spread the metal covered building in a short time since occupants were unable to save any fixtures from it.

A café operated by Lee Bird was located on one side of the building on the ground floor. An apartment occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Taylor was located on the other side.

The fire spread to the Phil Tatum home next door to the Merrick building. The home was completely destroyed. Mr. and Mrs. Tatum were only able to save a small amount of furniture.

Four other nearby homes were afire at the height of the blaze but firetrucks and crews from Cairo, Charleston, and East Prairie were able to save the houses.

Cairo sent two trucks, Charleston one, and East Prairie one. An attempt was made to call Sikeston but the message was not received here,”

Sikeston Herald Archives, Jun 5, 1952, p. 9

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"Mr and Mrs, Boydie Thurman moved again last week from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Coffer Property to the Ben Merrick apartments where they formerly lived and operated the café. Mrs. Thurman's brother, Leslie Littrell has taken over the café again which he recently sold to the Arnolds. Mrs. Thurman will help her brother in the café while Mr. Thurman is employed at the Home oil Station in Charleston."

Sikeston Daily Standard Archives, Nov 15, 1951, p. 6



FOOTNOTES:

*It is not uncommon for there to be omissions and errors on marriage, death, birth certificates, and census records. Even the most diligent county clerk or census taker has a bad day, or over time becomes a little less methodical. Sometimes the information is being given third hand or being entered at a later date from handwritten notes. Sometimes everyone isn't present when the forms are being filled out and those present guess at answers such as age, birthplace etc. And last but not least there is sometimes minor deceptions, little white lies, at play to expedite the process.
Any of these can be in play here in regards to Bertha's place of residence on her marriage license where it states she is a resident of Charleston, or maybe she was living there with a sibling. In the case of the two year age difference between Boydie and Bertha on the Marriage License and the no age difference on the census. This should not be of concern. If only one of the two were home when the census taker arrived misstating ages would be an innocent mistake.
Additionally, sometimes the obvious need to connect the dots from one document to another needs to be tempered with undocumented information. Such as the case of her statement on the census says she was living in 'same place' in 1935 as she lives in 1940. We know that in 1935 she was a minor and living with her parents who had not yet moved to East Prairie. By 'same place' the census was saying 'same town', Anniston, not same place meaning apartment or building.

Boydie would eventually serve in the Army Air Corp

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Friday, June 1, 2018

The Littrell brothers Draft Cards World War I: John D., James C., E. Presley.

September 12, 1918 in Lawrence County, Tennessee Grandpa John and his brothers registered for the draft.

JDL~draftcard (2)

John Daniel Littrell, see also

WWI draftcard (2)

James Carroll Littrell

WWI draftcard (16)

Eli Presley Littrell

Unidentified, unknown Littrells/Luttrels Tennessee(all spellings)

These are individuals that I have come across over the years that I have not been able to connect with any known, major, branch. In some cases they are a name on a single document (source) and no more, but sometimes they are multi-generations groups.

I am more than willing to share information as can be witnessed by reviewing this website, but you have to be willing to reciprocate. If you recognize a name and want to know more about that person, what you see is what I have, but if you can tell me more then I might be able to connect them to the missing link. That's what we are both looking for… who is the ancestor, child or sibling of someone in this list.

These are people I found in Tennessee. That doesn’t mean they were born-lived-and died in Tennessee. They could very well be someone you found in another state. I will be posting list from other states, but any names in other states have not been connected to these names. That's something else were all looking for… so we have to be willing to share.

If your new to this type of research you should realize that you can’t get fixated on how your family spells the Littrell name, or any names, including first names and nicknames.

Email me your queries and information at: indianaglenn@gmail.com

Index of Individuals

Name          Birth       Marriage        Death






Letrall, Richard     

 

 

 

 

Literel, Samuel Pierre

24 Apr 1854

 

20 Apr 1881

Walker, Sylvesta

Litral, Garland Gaston

16 Mar 1898

 

 

[Litral], Effie

Litteral, Delilah Parlee

 

 

 

Gold, James Thomas

Litteral, Jackson

 

18 Nov 1847

Bef. Oct 1856

Webb, Julie Ann

Litteral, Lidwell T.

 

 

 

Haley, Harriet

Litteral, Robert W.

28 May 1846

 

03 Feb 1873

 

Litteral, William N.

B.27 May 1832

 

06 Sep 1871

 

Litterell, Rachel21

 

Jul 1859

 

Wilson, James

Littrel, Wilford

20 Jan 1818

Bef. 1849

27 Mar 1903

Melton, Mary F.

Littrell, Alexander

1858

20 Apr 1889

Bef. 1900

McClure, Jennie

Littrell, George Norris

12 Aug 1916

 

 

Bordenave, Lorraine Felicie

Littrell, Helen Joyce

17 Jul 1927

15 May 1948

 

Delahoussaye, Lynn

Littrell, Henry

1855

12 Jul 1877

 

 

Littrell, James

 

 

 

 

Littrell, James Henry

1880

 

 

Setser, Ruth Belle

Littrell, James Henry

05 Nov 1888

 

 

 

Littrell, James Martin Leroy

1827

27 Oct 1842

1900

Taylor, Martha Frances

Littrell, James Martin Leroy

21 Mar 1865

25 Feb 1889

25 Feb 1940

May, Susan Catherine

Littrell, Jennie Eudora

25 Apr 1907

Abt. 1923

17 Jul 1987

Milan, Herman

Littrell, Joe

20 Aug 1877

 

 

[Littrell], Dora

Littrell, John Charles Pleasant

25 May 1844

 

05 Mar 1932

McClure, Mariah E.

Littrell, John Martin Gilbert

25 Mar 1905

16 Aug 1925

30 Aug 1971

Thomas, Irene

Littrell, Julias Edgar

01 Dec 1894

 

 

 

Littrell, Linnie Sebastian

27 Mar 1894

 

 

[Littrell], Unnamed

Littrell, Mae Joan

12 Jul 1938

 

 

 

Littrell, Mary

Abt. 1856

 

Bef. 1870

 

Littrell, Myra Elizabeth

1864

20 Jul 1885

1952

Bryant, Andrew

Littrell, Nancy Frances

21 Aug 1890

16 Nov 1913

19 Nov 1967

Colston, Knox

Littrell, Nancy Francis

21 Mar 1865

Aft. 1900

 

Preston, J.

Littrell, Rosa May

Mar 1900

04 Aug 1919

13 Oct 1939

Latham, Michael A.

Littrell, Ruby Jean

25 Jun 1943

 

 

Coggin, James Frank

Littrell, Soloman M. L.

1849

 

Bef. 1860

 

Littrell, William Clyde

12 Apr 1909

25 Apr 1931

14 Jan 1982

Erwins, Anita

Littrell, William Thomas

1859

1936

 

Syler, Nancy

Littrell, Zora Ann

23 Nov 1898

19 Jul 1914

21 Jun 1940

Beddingfield, George Earl

Littrill, Andrew Thomas

22 Jun 1876

 

 

[Littrell], Bettie

Littrell, Ruby Jean

 

 

 

Lovelace, Doyle Leo

Lutrell, Fannie

 

 

 

Lance, George

Luttrell, Ace

Abt. 1873

 

Feb 1918

 

Luttrell, Agnes Leona

20 May 1895

12 Nov 1912

10 Sep 1984

Morgan, Henry William

Luttrell, Aisley

Bet. 1825–1830

21 Sep 1955

 

Jordan, J. L.

Luttrell, Al

24 Oct 1930

 

 

 

Luttrell, Alta Doris

20 Mar 1920

27 Jul 1938

 

Jolly, James Arnold

Luttrell, Baby

29 Sep 1918

 

29 Sep 1918

 

Luttrell, Calvin

17 May 1847

 

 

 

Luttrell, Caroline

 

 

 

Pennington, Claiborne

Luttrell, Cecil

06 May 1888

 

28 Sep 1893

 

Luttrell, Charles Tillman

30 Apr 1859

29 Nov 1880

Abt. 1898

Ware, Sarah Constance

Luttrell, David Crockett

 

 

 

Schrader, Rosa Jane

Luttrell, David Lee

 

18 Jan 1854

 

Blackwell, Elizabeth

Luttrell, Dillard

20 Aug 1845

 

 

 

Luttrell, Eliza

03 May 1843

 

 

 

Luttrell, Elizabeth Jane

15 Nov 1831

 

 

Burton

Luttrell, George Larkin

13 Mar 1887

22 May 1919

08 Nov 1950

Self, Carrie Myrtle

Luttrell, Hilden Olan

18 Nov 1914

 

18 Jan 1917

 

Luttrell, Homer

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Hugh W.

04 Jan 1843

 

 

 

Luttrell, Inda U.

07 Jan 1883

 

03 Oct 1884

 

Luttrell, James

Bet. 1810–1820

 

 

Wife, Unknown

Luttrell, James Madison

07 Mar 1827

 

11 Nov 1943

 

Luttrell, James Thomas

 

22 Jan 1888

 

Golden, Martha Ann

Luttrell, John

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, John

 

08 Sep 1858

 

Duke, Caroline

Luttrell, John Andrew

11 Oct 1833

 

17 Jul 1845

 

Luttrell, John William

11 Dec 1868

 

25 May 1946

Clark, Frances Lula

Luttrell, Laura Maude

25 Nov 1888

30 Mar 1905

16 Sep 1941

Marshal, Oscar Turner

Luttrell, Lot

Bet. 1810–1820

 

 

 

Luttrell, Lott

21 Aug 1829

 

08 Dec 1843

 

Luttrell, Louisa Jane

17 Apr 1835

 

25 Sep 1908

Bowers, John

Luttrell, Louise Josephine

12 Nov 1881

 

1909

 

Luttrell, Lucinda S.

04 Apr 1845

 

 

Bowers

Luttrell, Mabel Isola

22 Mar 1884

 

05 Oct 1972

Whitlock, Willaim Dolphus

Luttrell, Martha Ann

23 Jan 1841

 

 

Horner

Luttrell, Martha Jane

 

12 Jul 1848

 

Fannon, William

Luttrell, Martin

23 Aug 1851

 

 

 

Luttrell, Mary Ann

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Mary Ann

21 Apr 1839

 

 

Burton

Luttrell, Mary Ann

03 Apr 1842

06 Jan 1858

12 Dec 1917

Shelton, Eliphaz Greene Berry

Luttrell, Matilda

1848

 

1935

Pairsad

Luttrell, Metildy

11 Jun 1816

 

 

Lance, Clayton Nate

Luttrell, Moly

07 Oct 1819

 

 

 

Luttrell, N. C.

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Nancy Viola

 

 

 

Browder, Thomas C.

Luttrell, Newton

 

09 Dec 1847

 

Howard, Juliana

Luttrell, Nina Lorraine

31 Jul 1916

 

Aug 1984

Thedford

Luttrell, Ophelia

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Paizada

11 Jul 1849

 

 

 

Luttrell, Pleasant

Bet. 1800–1810

 

 

 

Luttrell, Raker

 

09 Nov 1846

1849

Broadaway, Elizabeth

Luttrell, Richard Edward

30 Sep 1885

 

 

 

Luttrell, Robert Franklin

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Robert J.

16 Mar 1837

 

 

Smallwood, Elizabeth

Luttrell, Robert W.

16 Mar 1803

 

03 Nov 1886

Raines, Nancy

Luttrell, Roy Talmadge

04 Oct 1890

26 Dec 1913

18 May 1961

Hollandsworth, Minnie Alice

Luttrell, Roy Talmadge

01 Dec 1927

 

Feb 1998

 

Luttrell, Sanders

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Sanders

05 Mar 1815

 

 

Boyd, Elizabeth

Luttrell, Sarah

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Sarah Ann

28 May 1828

Abt. 1848

 

Hockaday, Samuel

Luttrell, Sarah Elizabeth

 

 

 

Hawk, James

Luttrell, Silva

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, Sylvia Jane

14 Apr 1835

 

 

 

Luttrell, Thomas

Bet. 1780–1790

 

Bef. 1857

[Luttrell], Anna

Luttrell, Thomas Abner

21 Sep 1850

03 Sep 1874

01 Jun 1934

Mims, Elizabeth Benton

Luttrell, Thornton

03 Mar 1822

29 Oct 1846

12 Aug 1902

Heath, Sophia Elizabeth P.

Luttrell, Unevista

28 Aug 1875

 

28 Aug 1875

 

Luttrell, Warren Gordan

19 Dec 1920

 

28 Sep 1990

 

Luttrell, Wesley

 

08 Dec 1851

Bef. Aug 1856

Pruitt, Lucille

Luttrell, Willaim C.

01 May 1847

 

 

 

Luttrell, William

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, William D.

21 Dec 1896

 

29 Jun 1953

 

Luttrell, William H.

 

 

 

 

Luttrell, William Jackson

03 Mar 1845

18 Sep 1879

06 Feb 1929

Campbell, Lubertha

LUTTRELL, SILAS

1789

Abt. 1814

Bef. 1820

Harpole, Delilah

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