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Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Project UPDATE: Volume II / Volume I

update: 8-21-2015

As some may have noted from the increased number of articles on our European ancestors, the emphasis has shifted from Volume 2 stories to Volume 1 stories. The reason is that the size of the Volume 2 work has made it apparent that I could not finish the book in time for the October reunion.

Cover V1As a consequence I have retargeted Volume 1 as the book most likely to be ready in time for the reunion. One positive effect of this change is that it will give everyone a chance to update their family information so you are included in Volume 2 (new target date= before next years reunion). Send me your family information, including your line of descent as far back as you know it. names, dates, pictures, stories, etc.

originally posted: 1-7-2015
…In preparing the first draft for the next book(s) we have found it necessary to address some old unresolved mysteries. Some of these mysteries have been as much as 20 years old. There is a lot more information (good and bad) available on the internet that use to require a visit to some small county library in “Poduck”, Kentucky or somewhere. This has led to some mysteries solved, new information discovered, and even some new mysteries created.

We’ve already posted two mysteries that have been resolved:

There is more, but we don’t want to delay work on the books so we will post them as we process them into the books first draft. We ask you to be patient, but just to aggravate you, here are some teasers:

  • In the past we have pointed out that Grandma Kizzie had the distinction of having ancestors on both sides during the civil war. While we are still trying to verify this we have discovered that Grandpa John also has that distinction. We knew his grandfather, Eli Literal, served and died during the war, serving with the 9th Tennessee Cavalry(CSA). Well, now we know his grandfather on his mother’s side, Cassandra Urban, and Cassandra’s father-in-law, Stith Landtroop (John’s great-grandfather) served together in the 1st Alabama Cavalry(Union). The 9th Tennessee and the 1st Alabama may have even faced off against each other.
  • We’ve discovered a possible additional generation on Grandpa John’s ancestors(Landtroop). We presently discovered an unconfirmed father for Stith Landtroop, John Lanthrop. If this can be confirmed we may also have our second Veteran from the war of 1812.
  • We’ve well documented the service of Grandma Kizzie’s Belew ancestors (Zachariah and Renney) in the Revolutionary War, and we’ve made mention of the marriage of Zachariah’s daughter to Daniel Comer, a neighbor of the Belews in South Carolina. Well it now turns out that Daniel Comer’s father Captain Daniel Comber actually served in the same regiment (2nd Spartan Regiment) as Susannah’s father Pvt. Zachariah Belew, and her grandfather Lieutenant Renney Belew.
  • We have also discovered a will for Daniel Comber of Union County, South Carolina. This the grandfather of Jesse Comer , of Lawrence County, Tennessee. In addition we may have identified his (Daniel Comber) father and grandfather.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Noble James Littrell: married Corene Belew:

reposted from 2013
(Noble is the third son (fourth child) of John & Kizzie Littrell.)
imageNobel James Littrell(1) was born July 16, 1915 in TN., Lawrence Co., Loretto, and died August 08, 1972 in OH., Lorain.
He married (1) Corene Belew (#271) August 10, 1937, daughter of William Belew and Ivy Shelton.(2) She was born Abt. 1917, and died March 15, 1943.
  • Nobel James Littrell: Buried: MO., East Prairie, W.O.W. Cem.
Child of Nobel Littrell and Corene Belew were:
  1. Rex Littrell,
Nobel1 John Daniel Littrell Family Correspondence File, (Letters, Family Group Sheets, and charts sent by family members to the compiler Glenn D. Littrell.), Family Group Data for the family and descendants of Nobel Littrell contributed by Nancy L. Hornbeck-Littrell [12-5-1990], and updated by Rex Littrell at the 1997 Reunion.
2 Both the Belew and Shelton families of the Lawrence County Tennessee area have ancestral connections to the Littrell families of the same area. The Belews connection begins in the area with the Comer ancestry and the Shelton connection dates back to the beginning of the families migration from Virginia in the late 1700s.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

13~Duchess Anne Luttrell-Horton-Frederick [#3037]

AnneLuttrell Duches of CThe eldest child of Earl Simon Luttrell was a daughter, Anne Luttrell [#3037] [and the widow of Christopher Horton] who would remarry to the brother of King George III, Prince Henry Frederick the Duke of Cumberland. King George III considered Prince Henry's (and another brother's) choice of wife unsuitable, which led to the passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, one year after the marriage of Anne to Prince Henry Frederick. That act would require that descendants of King George II could not marry before the age of 25 without the permission of the king.

Upon the passage of the aforementioned Act the marriage of Anne and Prince Henry Frederick was further condemned by Junius' proclamation:

"... let parliament see to it that a Luttrell never wears the crown of England "

In spite of King George III's condemnation of Prince Henry's marriage to Anna Luttrell, she was evidently held in favor by the king's successor and son, the Prince of Wales (the future King George IV) and by the king's granddaughter, Victoria (the future Queen Victoria I).

After Anne was prohibited from attending the Court circle, the Prince of Wales attended Anne's parties more than those of his mother, Queen Charlotte.

Queen Victoria twice visited Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin, Ireland and is quoted as saying:

"I'll always love to come here when I visit Ireland for Anne was born here, she was my favorite aunt "

There were no children from this marriage. Though from a noble family – she was a daughter of Simon Luttrell, 1st Earl of Carhampton, and the widow of Christopher Horton of Catton Hall – Anne seems to have been rather loose with her favors, given one wag's comment that she was

"the Duke of Grafton's Mrs Houghton, the Duke of Dorset's Mrs Houghton, everyone's Mrs Houghton."

imageThe marriage between Anne Horton and the Duke of Cumberland was described as a

“…conquest at Brighthelmstone” (now Brighton) by Mrs. Horton, who had for many months been dallying with his passion, till she had fixed him to more serious views than he had intended."   Horace Walpole

Anne was however generally thought one of the great beauties of the age and Thomas Gainsborough painted her several times. Gainsborough also painted the famous “Blue Boy”

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

John H. Littrell born 1810 VA ,died 1850 OH

Doing research with Stanley Littrell here in Medford, Oregon. He needs advice on how to find the parents of his 2nd great grandfather John H. Littrell born 1810 VA ,died 1850 OH, married Elizabeth Fox 1837 OH.
Best regards, Chuck Eccleston cgecc@juno.com.

I’m sorry but after a review of my computer files I have found nothing on your John Littrell/Luttrell.  I’m presently working on a book of Luttrell/Littrell European Ancestors, when I complete it I will be returning to my colonial research and part of that will include reviewing material that is not yet computerized. I will keep a look out for John H.


Monday, August 3, 2015

The Staunton Court Branch ~~~c.1584-1824

[Chapter 7]

14~John Luttrell [#6369]

The Staunton Court Branch of the family begins with the second son of Andrew Luttrell [#6352]see Chapter 6.25, John Luttrell [#6369].

John appears to have laid the framework for questionable behavior when he entered into an agreement with his grandmother to care for her, but after his purchase of Staunton Court, he failed to fulfill his agreement with her and she sought litigation against him in court.

John had three sons, John [#6442], Francis [#6443], and Edward [#6444], and one daughter Dorothy.

15~Col. John Luttrell [#6442]Cover V1

John Luttrell [#6442] was only six years old at the time of his father’s (John [#6369]) death. John [#6442] would take up arms in the parliamentarian see Appendix 6E cause and obtain the rank of colonel before being killed at a skirmish between Milverton and Wiveliscombre in 1645. Colonel John had seven children and was succeeded by his third child and eldest son, Southcote Luttrell [#6449].
When Southcote was an elderly widower, his first cousin, Edward Luttrell [#6448], son of Edward [#6444] below came to live with the aged Southcote. Edward and his wife, Mary, would involve themselves in Southcote’s affairs, and eventually they engaged him in an elaborate settlement that would serve to disinherit Southcote’s descendants in favor of Edward and Mary’s descendants.

The Lunatic

In 1702, following the death of both Southcote and Edward [#6448], Southcote’s third son and otherwise legal heir, Southcote Luttrell [#6461] was declared insane and placed in the care of Edward’s widow, Mary. After Southcote Luttrell [#6461] “the lunatic” died in 1751 all of his personal property passed to the his nephew, Marshall Ayers, and the estates passed to Edward and Mary’s grandson, Southcote Hungerford Luttrell [#6496].

Another cousin of the elder Southcote (and Edward) was Narcissus Luttrell [#6474], son of Francis [#6443]below a noted ‘antiquarian’ referred to his cousin Edward as both a “villain” and a “rascal”.

The Rascal

On the surface, Edward and Mary’s efforts might appear (in hindsight) as justified, since in this journal and the sources for it, Edward’s family line continues on longer than either of his uncles (John #6442 and Francis #6443). This would be a misleading conclusion though, as the record of Edward’s descendants is more complete because of its connection to the estates that he schemed to obtain for them. The male line of descendants of John [#6442] and Francis [#6443] does not end as a result of no male descendants as much as it ends because of no “record” of males with property.
The paper trail created by ownership of property and/or titles is a major resource in tracing family lines, as records of property, title, military service, and civil court actions are more complete and universally maintained than family birth and death records.

As the second son of the third son, any inheritable properties of his grandfather, John Luttrell [#6369], were not likely to ever fall upon Edward or his descendants by any natural means. His successful attempts at taking advantage of his elderly cousin, Southcote Luttrell [#6449], lacked any legitimate justification as an attempt to keep the estates in the male line of the family as the elder Southcote had a legitimate male heir at the time of the settlement.

This heir apparent, the younger Southcote ([#6461] “The Lunatic”), had not yet lost the use of his reason at the time of the settlement. It appears that Edward (an attorney) and Mary had taken advantage of the elder gentleman’s aged feebleness.

Edward would precede his wife, Mary and the younger Southcote in death, and his grandson Southcote Hungerford Luttrell [#6496] would inherit the estates.

Scandal and Tragedy follow the Staunton Court Branch:

One of four children of the above Edward [#6448] was Captain Edward Luttrell [#6492] who married Anne Hungerford of Wilshire and received a commission in 1713 as a lieutenant and would later obtain the rank of captain.

On October 17, 1721, two bailiffs (Tranter and Reason) arrested Captain Edward, for failure to pay a debt. The captain convinced the two men to accompany him to his quarters were he could obtain the amount of the debt from his young wife. Upon paying the two men, an argument arose when the captain refused to pay the bailiffs an additional amount for their troubles. Captain Edward was called a “rogue”, a “rascal”, and a “minter” to which he responded by striking Tranter over the head with his walking cane. Reason reacted by stabbing the captain nine times and then shooting him.
The captain lived long enough (several hours) to make a short will in favor of his wife, Anne, who was pregnant with their only child (Southcote Hungerford Luttrell [#6496]). The two bailiffs were tried for manslaughter and found guilty, in spite of the brutality of their crime they were not hanged but only “branded” on the hand.

18~Major Southcote Hungerford Luttrell [#6496]

Born without a father the infant was soon completely orphaned, as his mother did not survive his birth for long. The Luttrell estates were placed in trust with Southcote’s maternal uncle, Walter Hungerford.

Southcote would obtain a Marine commission as a second lieutenant in 1741 and would eventually rise to the rank of major in the 45th Foot (Regiment). Documents in England indicate that he married in South Carolina, but his regiment was based in Halifax, Nova Scotia (North America), which is supported by family history.

Major Southcote fathered four children, the oldest born in Nova Scotia. Upon the death of his namesake second cousin (once removed), Southcote Luttrell [#6461],above “the Lunatic”, the major and his family returned to England and resided at Staunton Court. The major would eventually sell Staunton Court but his sons would be provided for through the inheritance of their cousin’s estates, the son of the major’s maternal uncle, Walter Hungerford.

The major had three sons, Wilmot, Edward, and John. All three would sell their interest in the Hungerford Wiltshire estates. While John would have descendants in England, Edward, a military surgeon would be the ‘progenitor’ of many descendants in Australia where he would die in New South Wales in 1824.


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