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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Viola Mae Johns~Simbeck~Littrell: died October 13, 1970

reposted from Oct. 2016

Viola Mae Johns (#411) September 01, 1931 in Loretto, TN., daughter of William Johns and John Bivens. She married John Simbeck. Widowed, she then married Jessie Littrell  She was born November 09, 1909 in Lawrence Co., TN., and died October 13, 1970 in St. Louis, MO.

Children of John Simbeck and Viola Johns are:

i. Geneva6 Simbeck,
ii. James Edward6 “Bud” Simbeck,

Children of Jessie Littrell and Viola Johns are:  

i. Teresia Beatrice9 Littrell,
ii. Jessie Dolan9 Littrell,
iii. Willa Dean9 Littrell,
iv. Mary Christine9 Littrell,
v. Ronald Lyvonne9 Littrell,
vi. Otis Carl9 Littrell, born August 15, 1942 in Loretto, TN.; died January 18, 1945 in East Prairie, MO.
vii. Malcolm9 “Mike” Gene Littrell,
viii. Gary Russell9 Littrell,

Jesse Daniel & Viola Littrell Family

Bud & Geneva Simbeck


First Cousins: The Last Generation?

reposted October 13, 2019

WHO ARE THE 1st COUSINS? GDL-2011 (17)

Jesse Daniel Littrell Family:GRL-12 (23)

Gary Russell, Mike (Malcolm) Gene, Jesse Dolan, Ronald Lyvonne

2002 TSL Reunion (16)Christine
Mary Christine
Willa Dean Littrell Brown
Willa Dean
Jesse Daniel & Viola Littrell Family
Bud & Geneva

not pictured: Teresia Beatrice & Otis Carl

Verily Viola “Sis” Littrell Johnston Family:OLC-11d (1)Mable Lurene & Verily BerniceLJO-1d (2)crpdJ. Fred

More 1st Cousins photos

Living First Cousins (22)

W. Dean Littrell, Gary R. Littrell, J. Fred Littrell, M. Lurene Johnston, Martha Rae Curtis, Bill Davis, J. Darlene Thurman, Ann M. Thurman, Mike (Malcolm) G. Littrell, Mary Catherine Littrell, Sheila D. Littrell, Monte L. Thurman, Troy L. Littrell, Glenn D. Littrell, Fred G. Littrell, Joyce Davis, Richard (Rick) N. Littrell,
Pam Davis, B. Rachelle Littrell, Janet P. Littrell, Orville J. Littrell, Wallace (Wally) J. Littrell

Even though there are some spouses of John & Kizzie's children still living the passing of Onene Littrell-Curtis at the end of 2010  meant there are no surviving children of our common ancestors, John and Kizzie. Onene was the last of her generation. The 1st Cousins (the grandchildren of John & Kizzie) are now the current eldest generation.

Most, but surprisingly not all, of the first cousins know each other.

Beginning with the migration of the family from Tennessee to southeast Missouri in 1932 John and Kizzie left their oldest daughter Viola, ‘Sis’, in Tennessee where she remained the rest of her life and raised her family. Jesse, who had also remained in Tennessee until the family’s moonshine adventure forced him and his family to join his parents in Missouri would settle in the St. Louis area. Eventually Les and Red would also settle in St. Louis and Rubin and Noble in Ohio and Indiana, respectively. JD would travel the world as a career soldier and sailor before joining Rubin in Indianapolis. OJ, Letha Mae, Bertha and Onene would remain in the boot heel area of Missouri. Two children would pass without offspring.* 

So with 3 siblings in St. Louis, 4 siblings in southeast Missouri, 1 sibling in Tennessee, 2 siblings in Indianapolis, the children of John & Kizzie were spread out pretty good over a 5 state area. Even so, with reunions and holidays the family saw each other enough that most of John and Kizzie’s grandchildren, the first cousins, came to know each other.

But John and Kizzie passed and as their children grew older the get ‘togethers’ became less frequent. The first cousins children grew and also spread out as they settled. For years  the occasional reunion and too many funerals were the only times most of the first cousins saw each other. As their children grew that generation has come to know little of their family history and of their own generation. That generation, the great grandchildren of John and Kizzie are for the most part total strangers to each other and their heritage.

This family has reached the point where if we rely on the funerals of first cousins to unite us in the future the ties to each other, John, Kizzie, Jesse, Noble, etc. will be lost. No longer will anybody be able to say ‘That’s a Littrell for you’, and even if they did who would really know what that means?

This is the reason some of us put so much effort into attending and effecting the attendance at family reunions, as well as the website and Facebook group page. We hope you all will get involved. You may not know anyone at the reunions, but I promise you we don’t bite.

9th Annual John & Kizzie Littrell Family Reunion
October 20, 2019
Between Grandin
Doniphan Missouri


Deceased First Cousins (15)

Bertha M. Johnston (1939-1941)
Otis Carl Littrell (1942-1945)
Martha A. Johnston (1941-1947)
Ronnie Dale Davis (1947-1947)
Felecia E. Littrell (1959-1966)
Jerry G. Davis (1952-1967)
T. Beatrice Littrell (1932-1974)
J. Dolan Littrell (1933-1990)
R. Lyvonne (Vaughn) Littrell (1940-1992)
Richard R. Littrell (????-????)
V. Bernice Johnston (1937-1998)
M. Christine Littrell (1938-20??)
Christopher (Chris) D. Littrell, 1966-2015
John L. (JL) Littrell, 1950-2018
Rex (Bobby) Littrell, 1940-2019

*Troy Lee ‘Dick’ Littrell died at age 22 in Missouri.  There is evidence and tradition that Kizzie had another child who either died at birth or soon thereafter in Tennessee.


Noble James Littrell Family:
JL-2011 (44)crpd

Ollie Onene Littrell Curtis Family:
Martha Rae Curtis Savat
Martha Rae

Bertha Ann Littrell Thurman Family:

OLC-4 (1)crpd

Anna Marie & Joyce Darlene 

OLC-5d (2)

Monte Linden

Redford “Red” Littrell Family:

Fred Littrell


Janet Littrell
Janet Pandora

John Daniel “JD” (Junior Dolan) Littrell Family:
GDL-2012 (122)
Troy Lee, Richard Noble & Glenn David

Letha Mae Littrell Davis Family:
2012 Reunion (Oct)
Joyce, Billy Lee & Pam
Jerry Davis Jerry Gale Davis,

not pictured:  Ronnie Dale Davis.

O.J. Littrell Family:
Mary,Wally,Sheila, Chris & Orvile
Mary Catherine, Wallace “Wally” James, Sheila Diane, Christopher David & Orville John.

Leslie Littrell Family:
MLC-2011 (6)
John L. “JL” Littrell

Albert Rubin Littrell Family:

MLC-1d (9)crpd

Richard Rubin, Felicia Ann & Betty Rachelle 

note: Even though I have hundreds of family pictures many have yet to be digitized. If you have a better picture of someone then send it to me and I’ll switch it in. We will have a scanner at the reunion if you want to bring pictures' to be scanned and put on next years DVD/CD and the websites and books.

As always if I have mis-identified someone let me know.


For additional information (click):


Saturday, October 5, 2019

2019 Littrell Family Reunion: October 19, 2019

descendants of John & Kizzie Comer Littrell

How to get to the reunion:

www.littrellfamily.net is an open website, meaning anyone can view it, for this reason we limit the information we post here. We do not share the reunion site address here as it is a private residence all year round.

The reunion site is the same place as the last 7 years. If you haven't been there then try to contact a first cousin or any cousin who has been there for directions.
We have a Facebook group page that you can request membership in and once your membership is approved you will have access to more specific information. If you aren't on Facebook email me at

Please don't wait to the last minute to get information as those of us trying to coordinate things will be busier as the date approaches. At some point we will be unreachable by internet as there is no internet on-site.

Presently we advise everyone coming to make lodging arraignments soon. On the day of the reunion** we can have a meeting point in Doniphan for those who don't know the way. {email me if you want to set this up)


**the day before also if necessary.

North End Motel- 573-996-2164

If you are camping let us know. There's room for campers and tents… There are hookups, but limited, and facilities for tent dwellers are a port-a-let.

If any of our links are/info is outdated let me know.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Family Dates For September:

If your ancestor or family member has a date coming up let us know so we can include it on the calendar.
Click the event (in red or light blue) to see the post.
September 1st, 1931:  Jesse Littrell married Viola Mae Simbeck.
September 2nd, 1988: Krista Catherine White          
September 3rd, 1966: Sharon Denise Cook White    
September 8th, 1910: Jesse Littrell was born.
September 15th, 1934: Onene Littrell married Bert Curtis.
September 22nd, 1938: Bertha Ann Littrell married Lindsey Prior ‘Bordie’ Thurman.
September 23rd, 1933: J. Fred Johnston is born.
September 24th, 1927: O. Imogene ‘Gene’ Hampton born.
September 24th, 1988: Lindsey Prior ‘Bordie’ Thurman died.
September 25th, 1940: Rex Littrell born.
September 29th, 1941: Bertha May Johnston died.
We will try to provide specific information on the Events Calendar, and this webpage (and on Facebook) one or two days before the anniversary date.
  1. Cover V1You can view all family events by clicking the tab “LittrellFamily.net Events Calendar” near the top of the page.
  2. View the calendar for information and to help us identify missing information.
  3. You can submit events and dates for the calendar by email: indianaglenn@gmail.com or by Facebook post on the group page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/littrellfamily.net/


Jessie Daniel Littrell: married September 1, 1931

Jessie Daniel8 Littrell (John Daniel7, Timmons Seburn6 Literal, Eli Franklin5, Rodhom4, Robert3 Luttrell, Richard2 Lutterell, James1 Lotterell) was born September 08, 1910 in Loretto, TN., and died January 21, 1963 in St. Louis, MO. He married Viola Mae Johns (#411) September 01, 1931 in Loretto, TN., daughter of William Johns and John Bivens (and the widow of John Simbeck). She was born November 09, 1909 in Lawrence Co., TN., and died October 13, 1970 in St. Louis, MO.
Children of Jessie Littrell and Viola Johns are:

i. Teresia Beatrice9 Littrell,
ii. Jessie Dolan9 Littrell,
iii. Willa Dean9 Littrell,
iv. Mary Christine9 Littrell,

v. Ronald Lyvonne9 Littrell,
vi. Otis Carl9 Littrell, born August 15, 1942 in Loretto, TN.; died January 18, 1945 in East Prairie, MO.
vii. Malcolm “Mike” Gene Littrell,
viii. Gary Russell9 Littrell,
GRL-12 (8)

Jesse Daniel & Viola Mae (Johns-Simbeck) Littrell

1930, TN., Lawrence Co., Census w/family Sheet 12A/B:
1930 Census V Simbecks parents In the 1930 Census for Lawrence County, Tennessee Viola Johns Simbeck is living in the household of her father-in-law (line 44, Henry J. Simbeck) following the death of her husband, John. Listed/continued on the next page of the census are Viola (Johns) Simbeck and her two children, Geneva, and James (Bud) Simbeck, lines51, 52 and 53.
1930 Census Viola Johns Simbeck .Under “Relationships” (col. 6) Viola is listed as Daughter-in-Law and Bud and Geneva as grandchildren indicating they are living in the household of Henry (Head-of-Household)
Viola would eventually remarry to Jessie Daniel Littrell, the oldest son of John & Kizzie Littrell. Sheet 12A/Sheet 12B Families of Loretto, TN Area:1930~gdl2002
241                 reposted from 2016

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Noble James Littrell: died August 08, 1972

Noble James Littrell  died August 08, 1972 in OH., Lorain.
Red & Noble Littrell R~L-2 (2) R~L-J3
Noble James8 Littrell born July 16, 1915 in TN., Lawrence Co., Loretto.
No obituary available.

To see more of Noble’s family click here.

54/113                                          reposted from 2015

Monday, August 5, 2019

Redford Littrell died August 05, 1995:

Redford Littrell died August 05, 1995 in MO., Marston. was born December 28, 1920 in TN., Lawrence Co., Loretto, and died August 05, 1995 in MO., Marston .

obit courtesy of Lois Campbell Littrell

50/88/122              reposted from 2016

Friday, July 19, 2019

JD Littrell: born July 19, 1922

JD & ???Born in TN., Lawrence Co., Loretto/St. Joseph, and died December 22, 1995 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He married (1) Opal Imogene Hampton (#316) December 23, 1947 in Piggott, AR., daughter of James Hampton and Maggie McDowell. She was born September 24, 1927 in MO., Portageville, and died April 23, 1960 in MO., Marston.
He married (2) Gertrud Anita Bock (#317) June 19, 1964 in Dachau, Germany. She was born December 26, 1933 in Brand, Kreis Tachau, CZ.

JDL-1950s (48)

To view the JD Littrell’s Family page click here and after the page reloads scroll down past this article.

65/86/127/138                     reposted from 2015

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Leatha Mae Littrell-Davis: married Jess Davis 7-12-1941

Leatha Mae Littrell fourth and youngest daughter (9th child)of John & Kizzie Littrell.

Davis Family Leatha Mae Littrell  was born June 23, 1924 in TN., Lawrence Co., and died January 18, 1979 in FL., Ft. Meyers(1) She married (1) Jesse Lee Davis (#428)(2) July 12, 1941, son of Jesse Davis and Fannie Largent. He was born April 18, 1922, served in the US Navy during WW II, and died June 15, 1970 in MO., East Prairie.

More About Jesse Davis and Leatha Littrell:

  • Cemetery: MO., East Prairie, W.O.W. Cem.

Children of Leatha Littrell and Jesse Davis are:

  1. Billy Lee Davis.
  2. Ronnie Dale Davis, born in 1947, died 1947.
  3. Jerry Gale Davis, born May 20, 1952, died May 6, 1967 in a car accident in East Prairie, MO.
  4. Joyce Davis.
  5. Pamela Davis.

sources: Letha Mae

1 John Daniel Littrell Family Correspondence File, (Letters, Family Group Sheets, and charts sent by family members to the compiler Glenn D. Littrell.), undated and unreferenced newspaper clipping, obituary, contributed by Bertha Littrell-Thurman.

2 John Daniel Littrell Family Correspondence File, (Letters, Family Group Sheets, and charts sent by family members to the compiler Glenn D. Littrell.), Ancestor information for Jesse Lee Davis contributed by Billy Lee Davis [9-11-1990].

To view the LEATHA MAE DAVIS’s FAMILY page click here and after the page reloads scroll down past this article.

113/204                       reposted from 2016

Monday, May 27, 2019

Susannah L.E. Landtroop: born 5-27-1837

Susannah was the 5th child of the Virginian, Stith Landtroop, who moved to the Madison/Limestone County areas of Alabama around or before 1826. Susannah married Cassandra Urban, the son of a Prussian immigrant in 1856.
Susanna Urban is Mary Catherine Literal’s mother. Nancy, Susan, Susan, Agee, Margaret, and Daniel are all Mary Catherine’s siblings
Susannah & Cassandra are both buried in Hill Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama.
.........4 Susannah L.E. Landtroop b: May 27, 1837 in Alabama, USA
          + Cassandra Urban b: Jul 04, 1831 in Alabama, USA,
                   m: 1856 in Madison, Alabama, USA
5 Mary Catherine Urban b: Abt. 1857 ; Alabama or Tennessee ??
             + Timmons Seburn Literal
                      b: May 27, 1856 in Lawrence, Tennessee, USA; from death certificate,
                      m: Jul 25, 1877 in Lawrence, Tennessee, USA   
                                                     We descend from Timmons and Mary Catherine.

............5 John H. Urban b: Abt. 1860 in Lawrence, Tennessee, USA
............5 James C. Urban b: Feb 20, 1860 in Tennessee, USA
             + Mary E. Newton b: May 16, 1856 in Tennessee, USA,
                       m: Sep 18, 1881 in Lawrence,Tennessee, USA
............5 Martha C. Urban b: Abt. 1864
             + John Harrison Smith m: Aug 03, 1881 in Lawrence, Tennessee, USA
............5 George T. Urban b: Abt. 1866
............5 William C. Urban b: Abt. 1868 in Tennessee, USA
             + Emily Garrett b: Abt. 1867 in Tennessee, USA, m: Abt. 1888
............5 U.S.G. Urban b: Oct 1869
............5 Susan Malissa Urban b: Nov 26, 1871
             + Samuel Stutts b: Jul 15, 1871
............5 Daniel J. Urban b: Abt. 1874
             + Lola Sirvirginia Philips
............5 Thomas Marion Urban b: Oct 26, 1876
             + Mary Ann Robertson b: Nov 26, 1887
............5 Nancy L. Urban b: Dec 13, 1878
             + Claude P. Richardson b: Jan 11, 1881, m: Bef. 1898
............5 Margaret Urban b: Mar 01, 1881
             + Noah F. Robertson b: Sep 24, 1879
............5 Albert Agee Urban b: Oct 26, 1884
             + Emma b: Jul 04, 1886

reposted from 2016              103

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Littrell Family Mother’s Day (video):

Using photo's from past Mother's Day and photos from the family files I put together a Mother's Day Video. Please send me any pictures (with comments/commemorations) and I will try to put them in the next version video. You can email them to me at: indianaglenn@gmail.com or share then[post] to the family group page..

27                                                         reposted from May, 2017.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bertha A. Littrell Thurman: born April 11, 1919

Bertha Ann8 Littrell (John Daniel7, Timmons Seburn6 Literal, Eli Franklin5, Rodhom4, Robert3 Luttrell, Richard2 Lutterell, James1 Lotterell) was born April 11, 1919 in Lawrence Co., TN. She married Lindsey Prior Thurman (#421) September 22, 1938. They both were buried: MO., Anniston, Anniston Cem.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Kizzie Zore Comer Littrell: 4-1-1967

Obits KizzieImage (3)_thumb[2]198                                                                                                                  reposted from 2017

Friday, January 11, 2019

Cassandra Urban: married Susannah L.E. Landtroop

reposted from 2018

(Cassandra was the father of Mary Catherine Urban, wife of Timmons Literal.)

Fall96 (1)crpd

    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)

    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.

    Children of Cassandra Urban and Susannah Landtroop are:

    susannah familynames

  1. Mary Catherine Urban. (wife of Timmons Literal, mother of James C., John D., Presley Eli Sr, Suzie L., Lesley, & Mary M., Littrell)

  2. James C. Urban, born February 20, 1860 in TN.; died August 23, 1945.

  3. Martha C. Urban, born Abt. 1864. She married John Harrison Smith August 03, 1881 in Lawrence Co., TN.(5)

  4. George T. Urban, born Abt. 1866.

  5. William C. Urban, born Abt. 1868 in TN.

  6. U.S.G. Urban, born October 1869.

  7. Susan Malissa Urban, born November 26, 1871; died December 23, 1925. She married Samuel Stutts; born July 15, 1871; died May 25, 1938.

  8. imageDaniel J. Urban, born Abt. 1874.

  9. Thomas Marion Urban, born October 26, 1876; died May 04, 1963.

  10. Nancy L. Urban, born December 13, 1878; died February 09, 1957. She married Claude P. Richardson Abt. 1900; born January 11, 1881; died December 20, 1957.

  11. Margaret Urban, born March 01, 1881; died March 25, 1969. She married Noah F. Robertson; born September 24, 1879; died September 25, 1937.

  12. Albert Agee Urban, born October 26, 1884; died February 15, 1951. He married Emma [?]; born July



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