Name: John Littleton
Death: BEF 1 AUG 1721
Virginia Eastern Shore Public Library
John Littleton Sr.1
M, b. 1656, d. before 1 August 1721
Ancestors of William Taylor White
Descendants of John Littleton
According to Whitelaw, it has been impossible to identify his man. It is definitely known that he is not a direct descendant of the original emigrant Nathaniel Littleton, though they may have been a descendant of a collateral branch in England. While the male line of Nathaniel ceased entirely in the early part of the next century, this man still has a number of male descendants living (1951). John was born in 1656 at England.2 John was named as a headright on 16 December 1669 at Accomack Co, VA. It was on this date that a certificate was granted to Capt. John West for 200 acres of land for transporting Isaac Brandon, Christopher Cleverly, John Littleton and Robert Taylor into the colony..3 John was named as a headright on 17 November 1671 at Accomack Co, VA. It was on this date that John Liddleton was on a list of headrights for certificated granted to Capt. John West for 1,200 acres due for transportation of 25 persons into the colony..4 John appears on the list of tithables at Accomack Co, VA, for in 1681. In 1681 he was shown as Jno. Littleton with 1 tithable. In 1687 & 1688 he was shown as Jno. Littleton with 1 tithable in Capt. Hill's precinct. In 1690 & 1691 he was shown as Jno. Littleton with 2 tithables in Mr. Jo. Robinson's precinct. In 1692 he was shown as John Littleton with 1 tithable in Mr. Jo. Robinson's prrecinct and as Jno. Littleton with 1 tithable in Mr. Edm'd Custis' precinct. In 1695 he was shown as Jno. Littleton with 1 tithable in Mr. Ed Custis' precinct. (NOTE: The 2 tithables in 1690 & 1691 implies he either has a son who turned 16 in 1690 or he had a slave. Since the 2 tithables did not continue, he probably had a slave.).5 He married Margaret Riley circa 1682 at Accomack Co, VA.6,7 John bought land in 1699 at Accomack Co, VA. It was in this year that John Littleton brought 200 acres near Hunting Creek. This was the 200 acres that Charles Scarburgh sold to Thomas ORily in 1690. It was on the south side of Timber Creek and between the two Bayside roads. Thomas Riley, wife Sarah, left it to his son Lawrence in his will of 1696 and 3 years later Lawrence & his wife Tabitha sold it to John Littleton. This is the land John Littleton left to his son William in his will. In 1797 John Littleton's grandson Mark Littleton (wife Raner) left a part of another tranct to his son George, and the balance to his sons Southy and James. It was the appearance of the name Southy in this family which has lead many to think that the line came down from the Nathaniel Littleton family through his son Southy, but as shown in the history of several tracts both in N'hamp and Accomack, that male line ceased to exist soon after 1700..1,8 John bought land on 3 January 1700 at Accomack Co, VA. It was on this date that Lawrence Ryley and his wife Tabitha acknowledged a deed for land they sold to John Littleton. In the deed book they were shown as Lawrence Riley and wife Tabitha of Somerset Co, MD and he was shown as John Littleton of Hunting Creek, Accomack Co, VA. It was described as 200 acres on the south of Back Branch at Timber Creek, bounded on the east by the Bayside Road, adjoining the land of Peter Claywell, on the south & southwest by Thomas Riley & John Lewis & on the west by John Arue (Rew) dec'd..9,10 John sold land on 5 October 1703 at Accomack Co, VA. It was on this date that John Littleton presented and acknowledged a deed for land he sold to William Darter. John's wife Margaret Littleton acknowledged her relinquishment of dower. The deed was dated 18 Aug 1703 when John Littleton, planter, and his wife Margaret of Acc Co sold to William Carter of Acc Co 1 acre at Back Branch, alias Timber Creek, being a part of my plantation where I now live, bought of Lawrence Riley of Somerset Co, MD. The 1 acre is bounded on the north by Back Branch, on the east by the County Road & adjoining Peter Claywell and on the west & southwest by Littleton's plantation. The 1704 quit rent rolls showed him still owning 200 acres in Accomack County..7,11 He made a will on 15 September 1718 at Back Creek, Acc Co, VA. He was shown as John Littleton of Back Creek, Acc Co, being sick & weak of body but of good & sound memory giving prase to God for the same & all his blessings bestowed on me and considering my self and uncertainty of man's life do therefore make & appoint this to be my last will & testament, revoaking all other wills by me formerly made & first & princibly I bequeath my sould to God the Great Creator hoping & stedfastly believing through the merits & imtersession of Jesus Christ to receive a full & free pardon of all my sins & a place among the elect in endless happiness & for what worldly estate the Load in mercy has bestowed on me, I do order & bequeath in manner following. I give to my son William Littleton my plantation I now live on with all the appurtances belonging being by estimation 200 acres to him & his heirs forever. I give to my daughter Tabitha Warde on good feather bed with boulster, 2 new blankets & a quilt & a large iron pot of about 9 gallons & in case my daughter Tabitha shall fail of coming or sending for the above legacies for 3 years, then I give the bed boulster, blanketts, quilts & pot to my son Thomas Littleton & his heirs forever. I give to my son John Littleton 1 cow & calf to him & his hiers forever. I give to my daughter Comfort Crowson 1 cow & calf to her & her heirs forever & I also give my daughter Comfort 2 ewes to her & her hiers forever. I give to my daughter Ann Mary Littleton 600 lbs tobacco & 2 ewes to her & her heirs forever. I give to my son Charles Littleton my horse Smoaker to him & his heirs forever. I give all the rest of my estate to my 4 sons Charles, Mark, Edmund & Thomas Littleton to be equally divided among them & to their heirs forever. I also give my son Thomas 2 years schooling & my son William to pay for the same. I do also give to my 4 sons Charles, Mark, Edmund & Thomas 500 lbs tobacco to each of them to be paid by my son Willaim and they shall all come of age at 18 years old. I do order & appoint my son William Littleton to be whole & sole executor & to see this my last will & testament fully performed in all points according to the true intent & meaning thereof all which I do confirm with my hand & seal this 15 Sep 1718. Signed John Littleton. Witt: Ri Drumond, Edmund Tatham & Rich Drumond Jnr..12,13 John died before 1 August 1721 at Accomack Co, VA. It was on this date that his will was probated. According to Whitelaw, it has been impossible to identify his man. It is definitely known that he is not a direct descendant of the original emigrant Nathaniel Littleton, though they may have been a descendant of a collateral branch in England. While the male line of Nathaniel ceased entirely in the early part of the next century, this man still has a number of male descendants living (1951)..12,1
Children of John Littleton Sr. and Margaret Riley
?Tabitha Littleton+ b. c 1682
?William Littleton+ b. c 1692, d. b 17 Jan 1771
?John Littleton Jr.+ b. c 1694, d. b 15 Apr 1746
?Comfort Littleton+ b. c 1698
?Ann Mary Littleton+ b. c 1700, d. a 1747
?Charles Littleton b. c 1702
?Mark Littleton+ b. c 1704, d. 1735
?Edmund Littleton (I)+ b. c 1706, d. b 7 Aug 1754
?Thomas Littleton+ b. c 1708
1.[S572] Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore (A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties), p. 1104 (tract A109) & p. 1187 (tract A124).
2.[S696] Comp JoAnn Riley McKey, Accomack County, Virginia, Court Order Abstracts, 1663-1666, Volume 1, p. 161.
3.[S696] Comp JoAnn Riley McKey, Accomack County, Virginia, Court Order Abstracts, 1663-1666, Volume 1, p. 179.
4.[S579] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack County, Virginia, Certificates and Rights, 1663-1709 and Tithables, 1663-1695, p. 46.
5.[S579] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack County, Virginia, Certificates and Rights, 1663-1709 and Tithables, 1663-1695, p. 116, 141, 144, 154, 159, 163, 165 & 176.
6.[S776] Mary Frances Carey, From Bonwell to Bonneville, a Family History.
7.[S826] Comp JoAnn Riley McKey, Accomack County, Virginia, Court Order Abstracts, 1703-1710, Volume 10, p. 13.
8.[S98] Accomack Co, VA, Wills & c., 1692-1715(xi), Part 1, p. 391.
9.[S704] JoAnn Riley McKey, Accomack County, Virginia, Court Order Abstracts, 1697-1703, Vol 9, p. 84.
10.[S98] Accomack Co, VA, Wills & c., 1692-1715(xi), Part I, p. 391.
11.[S98] Accomack Co, VA, Wills & c., 1692-1715(xi), Part 2, p. 5.
12.[S570] Stratton Nottingham, Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia, 1663-1800, p. 69 (will of John Littleton of Back Creek).
13.[S969] Acc Co Wills&c 1715-29, Part 1, p. 365.
Margaret Riley b: 1665 in Accomack Co, VA
in Accomack Co, VA
- Tabitha Littleton b: 1682
- William Littleton b: 1692
- John Jr. Littleton b: 1694
- Comfort Littleton b: 1698
- Ann Mary Littleton b: 1700
- Charles Littleton b: 1702
- Mark Littleton b: 1704
- Edmund Littleton b: 1706
- Thomas Littleton b: 1708