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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Are your descendants becoming a ‘lost generation?’

Over the last 5 years many of the First Cousins have tried to rekindle the closeness and affections that we all experienced in the days when large family get togethers were common at Grandpa John and Grandma Kizzie's homestead in East Prairie. But, as our families have spread out across the country these get togethers eventually became limited to the occasional funerals for the children of John and Kizzie. With the passing of Aunt Onene and Bertha the generation of the children of John & Kizzie, the siblings, has passed on.

As the new 'last' Generation of our family some of the “First Cousins" (the grandchildren of John & Kizzie) have tried to rekindle the uniqueness and tightness of our Aunts and Uncles: Jesse, Noble, Sis, Red, JD, Les, OJ, Onene, Rubin, Bertha, and Letha Mae.

We have done this through the annual family reunions, the websites, the family luncheons in the Boot Heel and St. Louis and now the recognition of our Veterans in East Prairie. We realize that everyone cannot attend all these events, but you are missing a great bonding event. Not just the bonding between you and your cousins, but a bonding with your kids and grandkids as they see the uniqueness and diversity from which they come.

When you talk about heritage, our country’s history, the imperfections of our current generations, the loss of values and respect, you are talking about ailments that can be addressed and cured by exposing your kids, grandkids, great grandkids etc., to the heritage and history of our family.

A unique family for many reasons, but especially the fact that we have a well documented history dating back to before the creation of this country. The history of our family is the history of this country. The history of our family's Veterans is the Military History of this country.

Take advantage of these events, help insure that your descendants get exposure to something to be cherished. Grab them and drag them kicking and screaming to some of these events. Support some of these events by participation. Regardless of our political persuasion, the level of our religious believe; in spite of our diversity, our skeletons, warts and imperfections; we unite, bond, and commune as a family. Consider becoming involved.


JDL-1962 (7)

see also: John & Kizzie's homestead today.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

MRC: Chapter IX – Generations.


JD, Troy and Glenn Littrell–Father & Sons

JD is the son of John & Kizzie Littrell.

A career soldier, JD served in two conflicts, World War II and Korea; two branches, Navy and Army; and had two sons serve in the Army, Troy and Glenn. JD was the first of John & Kizzie's to enlist and the family's first career soldier.


Les & John “JL” Littrell–Father & Son.

Les is the son of John & Kizzie Littrell.


Raymond Savat & Lowell Mann

Raymond is the husband of John & Kizzie Littrell’s
granddaughter Martha Ray Curtis.


OJ & Wally Littrell–Father & Son

OJ is the son of John & Kizzie Littrell.


Gary & Garrett Littrell

Gary is the grandsonson of John & Kizzie Littrell.


Bordie Thurman, Angela Cross & Joel Pfaff -- First Husband & Wife

Bordie is the son-in-law of John & Kizzie Littrell.


Jesse, Billy & Blaine Davis–Father, Son, & Great-Grandson
Jesse is the son-in-law of John & Kizzie Littrell.

AFD-1d (7)

AFD-1d (6)

blaine scott davis (wayne's son)

Jesse Davis, Billy Davis & Letha Mae Littrell Davis


Blaine is the son of Wayne Lee Davis and grandson of Billy & Alberta Davis and great grandson of Jesse & Letha Mae (Littrell) Davis and great-great-grandson of John & Kizzie.


Bill Davis



Blaine Scott Davis




Jesse, Bill & Blaine all served in the US Navy.  

Renny Belew actually served at the same time as 3 of his son’s did. In the same unit during the American Revolution.
Renny & Zachariah Belew (father-son) were the first father and son combination to serve, and the only father and son to serve in the same conflict.
Robert, Rodhom & Eli Literal (father-son-grandson) were the first 3 generations to serve.
JD, Glenn & Troy Littrell were the only father and sons to serve during three different conflicts (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam)
Jesse, Bill, and Blaine are the only 3 generations to serve in three different conflicts.

vets2This Chapter started as a tribute to Father – Son service in the Military, but as information was compiled we discovered not just father and sons but also grandfather and grandsons, husband and wives and great-grandfathers and great-granddaughters. As a result of these discoveries we changed the name to “Generation” and present to you examples of continued mulch-generational service.

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


Monday, November 7, 2016

The Landtroop Family: Two Brothers Go To War

William Landtroop and his sons are not our direct ancestors.
William is the great-granduncle of John Daniel Littrell.
(Martha & Peter Lantrop is John’s great-great-grandparents.)

William Landtroop is a son of Martha and probably Peter L. Lantrop of Dinwiddie County, Virginia. After Peter’s death Martha moved the family to the north-central border region of Madison/Limestone/Lauderdale County area. Among Martha’s children was our ancestor Stith Landtroop and his brother William.dedic
William would move to Fayette County, Tennessee between 1840-1850, where he died before the Civil War. Several of his children moved westward following his death. We find his daughter, Sarah E. Landtroop and son, John P. Landtroop Landtroop in Arkansas in 1850, and Stith Jackson Landtroop, in Texas at the beginning of the War. We don’t know where John P. was at the outbreak of the war, but he enlisted into the 38th Mississippi Infantry (mounted) Regiment in March of 1862. His company, Company “B” was made up of men recruited in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The unit was actually at Elkhorn Tavern (Battle of), also called the Battle of Pea Ridge, in Arkansas in March of 1862.
Because of his age at the time of his enlistment John would not have been drafted. His records indicate that he enlisted in the place of P. B. Flowers, who was drafted*.
Stith was a farmer in Texas when he enlisted into 27th Texas Cavalry Regiment.

Even though John and Stith were in different units both the 27th Texas Cavalry and the 38th Mississippi Infantry (mounted) were assigned to the western Mississippi area under General Van Dorn, and would fight in many of the same battles.

  • Battle of Iuka (Mississippi) both.
  • Battle of Corenth (Mississippi) both.
    Following the Battle of Corenth Stith was captured at the Battle of Hatchie Bridge (Davis). He was held for 9 days before being paroled, and rejoining his unit.
  • Holly Springs (Mississippi) Stith
  • Battle of Thompson’s Station, Stith
  • Ft. Vicksburg (Mississippi) both. The 38th Mississippi Infantry (mounted) Regiment was assigned to Snyders Bluff, north of Vicksburg on the Yazoo River. The Regiment was moved to cover the Jackson and Graveyard roads by the morning of May 18th. John P. was wounded on May 19th. By the end of the Vicksburg siege (July 4th) John P. was reported dead.
    The 27th Texas Cavalry was operating on the perimeter of the Vicksburg area and therefore does not appear to have been among the captured. Stith was discharged in January of 1864 by reason of a surgeons certificate of disability. He died in Texas, before the 1870 census.

TITLE: Siege of Vicksburg--13, 15, & 17 Corps, Commanded by Gen. U.S. Grant, assisted by the Navy under Admiral Porter--Surrender, July 4, 1863, by Kurz and Allison

Landtroop-Luttrell Page / Landtroop Family Page
What's the difference? John Daniel Littrell’s grandmother was a Landtroop who’s ancestors go back to Virginia in the 1600s.

  • So whenever we have information or articles on Landtroops that are the direct ancestors of John (and their immediate family) we will label them with the “Landtroop-Luttrell” tag.
  • Whenever we have information or articles on any other Landtroops, not direct ancestors of John Littrell, we will label them with the “Landtroop Family Page” tag.
This way visitors to www.littrellfamily.org who are not descendants of John Littrell can narrow their focus when looking for missing Landtroop ancestors. It is suggested that all Landtroop researchers search both pages. Remember if a page contains a lot of articles/post it may cover more than one page… use the “older post” / “newer post” links to move among pages of the same label.
The labels, called “Index Labels” can be found under the article/post title or in the Table of contents section in the sidebars of the website. Use these labels to list and isolate multiple articles/post by those labels.


Littrell Family Homestead: John & Kizzie, East Prairie, Mo.

updated & reposted from Jan-2013

CaptureThe homestead is located on the edge of town (East Prarie, Missouri) on the corner of Goose Lane and Duck Circle (the western intersection). 

The family worked for Bob Grear, sharecropping at LaForge [1935] for a while, and then moved into a two room shack on Uncle Jim's place. After that they lived on Joe Thomason's place and then Anniston [1940], and then East Prairie on property they purchased from Kizzie's brother Leslie Crutcher Comer who lived next door. John and Kizzie lived the remainder of their lives in East Prairie.

20161024_100640(0)Across Goose Lane (between it and 105) is the drive-up Liquor store that we used to get Slim Jims at, and behind it appears to be a house and yard were on some evenings in the summer Grandma Kizzie and I would go to and watch color TV with her neighbor ( ? ). It was a house trailer back then (mobile home). (After we moved to Indianapolis Richard and I would spend a couple of weeks in the summer with Kizzie & John).
As you can see above the liqour store is still operating, drive-up window and all.


The open field to the north of the homestead is where the watermelon patch was (where we (Richard & I) use to steal watermelons from even though we didn't have to).
If you go north to where Duck Lane turns west, follow the tree line east until it goes north where it meets the creek. Either here or the tree clump just north is where the swimming hole was. It had a Semi cab dumped into the creek which we used to dive from until it rusted to much, there was also a rope swing. When we weren't skinny dipping there we were cane pole fishing. Grandma Kizzie went there with us once to fish, but between the distance and the slim fishing she didn't go often. It now amazes me how much Kizzie walked even though she was always hobbled with arthritis, she would walk to Aunt Claude’s, the store, everywhere with that old age side to side wobbling motion.

I believe Aunt Claude’s was on the western branch of Duck Circle between Goose Lane & W Stork Lane ( ? ) on the west side of the street.

Looking northwest across the property from the corner of Goose Lane and Duck Circle

Looking north across the front yard and Duck Circle.

Looking north across the backyard.

The liqour store (center) and the homestead (right) from across the highway.

1955 East Prairie Reunion
Jesse and Viola on the south side of the house. 1955

J~L- (8)At Grandpa's









J~L-1980 (4)

the brothers: Red, Noble, Jesse, Les, OJ & JD.                                   about 1949

Kizzie and some grandkids: Sheila Littrell, Jerry Davis, Mary Catherine Littrell & Billy Davis.                                  1955

Bobby Jimerson, Red & Rubin.    1980

Same garage in the background

JDL-1955 (9)
The front yard 1955 Reunion.
Remember the tree with the noted roots that we used to sit and play on?

J~L-1980 (14)
The front of the house in the 80s
J~L-1980 (22)
The shed in the back. 1980s

All the structures are gone now and the property grown over with tall grass and weeds. As of 10-22-2016 the property is for sale.


[Using the map below
the “Littrell Family Places” tab at the top of this page]

Gary,Courtesy of Amand06 Lres
During our conversation the other day I forgot to mention that I had the homestead location on the Littrell Family Places map (on the website) here is that info.

  • Go to the Family website ( www.littrellfamily.net  )
  • click on the tab at the top of the page titled "Littrell Family Places) that will take you to another of my websites (Glenn's World) and it will show a map (may take a few seconds to load.
  • In the center of that map is a icon (marker) of a white house with a red roof, near Sikeston.
  • click that icon and it will open up a dialogue box which you need to leave open for now.
  • Use your mouse to zoom in on the location of the house: do this by clicking on the ' +' sign on the top left of the map.
  • Do this until it won't zoom in anymore. This is as far as you can go in the terrain view of the map.
  • The house is setting just off of Highway 105 on the corner of Goose Lane.
  • Now click on the 'Hybrid' button at the top of the map and you will change to a satellite view with map features overlaid (you can eliminate the map overlay by clicking the 'Satellite' button.
  • If you want at anytime you can close the dialogue box by clicking the 'X' in the right hand corner of it, but be aware that with the box closed the map will no longer keep the icon perfectly centered on the map. You will have to manually do it.
  • Now that you are out of 'Terrain' view and in either 'Hybrid' or 'Satellite view notice that you can zoom in more.
  • Do so by once again using your mouse to zoom in on the location of the house: do this by clicking on the ' +' sign on the top left of the map.

JL Homestead



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Other Family Members In The Revolution:

Besides our direct ancestors, there are several distant cousins and uncles who served in the Revolution:

  • Richard Luttrell, Jr.:Virginia Militia

Richard is not a direct ancestor of ours. He is the brother of
Grandpa John’s great-great-grandfather, Robert Luttrell.

Pvt. Luttrell served under Major George Rogers Clark in the successful campaign northwest of the Ohio in 1778-79 (The old Northwest Territory) during the American Revolution. His service earned him two land grants following the war...        read more

  • Thomas Luttrell: Ft. Boonesborough, Ky.

Pioneer, Indian Fighter, Boonesborough Militia.

Ft Boonesborough (17)crppd

Thomas is not a direct ancestor of ours, but he was a first cousin of once removed of Robert Luttrell and therefore the 2nd cousin (thrice removed) of our John Daniel Littrell).
Thomas is the half brother of
Col. John Luttrell, we don't know if Thomas, arrived with his brother John and Judge Henderson, or set out with the [Daniel] Boone party…  …we assume that he was with the Boone (Wilderness) Party. We have little information on Thomas other than land claims and probate papers for him1 and his brother John (and later John's widow and her nefarious second husband). We believe he remained at Ft. Boonesborough after his brother returned to North Carolina…           read more 

  • Colonel John Luttrell: Battle Of Lindley's Mill

John is not a direct ancestor of ours, but he was a
first cousin of once removed of Robert Luttrell
and therefore the 2nd cousin (thrice removed)
of our John Daniel Littrell).


…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...."                read more

see also


excerpted from:

“Military Roll Call: The Littrell Family
of Mississippi County, Missouri”
Chapter 1.
The Revolution. (click here)
Littrell Family Veterans Video


"Walking Among The Stones: The Littrell Family of
Lawrence County, Tennessee & Mississippi County, Missouri

Chapter 2. The Lost Littrell Cemetery.

see also


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