Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Little family
Title
Little family papers
ID
M108
Date [inclusive]
1773-1853
Extent
0.75 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The material consists of the correspondence of Josiah Little, Jr., of Newbury, MA, and his brothers Michael, Edward, and Thomas B. Little, along with their father, Colonel Josiah Little; and documents and legal papers, most of which concern land and monetary transactions.

Preferred Citation

Little Family papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Josiah Little Jr.(1791-1860; Bowdoin 1811) was born on January 13, 1791 in Newbury, MA. The son of Colonel Josiah Little and Sarah Toppan, he studied law after college only to abandon it, like his father, to become engaged in the land business throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Little family was particularly well-known during this period. Josiah's father was the agent for the Pejepscot Proprietors and a representative for his native town of Newbury in the General Court for thirty years. His grandfather, Colonel Moses Little, was a distinguished officer in the French & Revolutionary Wars. Josiah Little, Jr., went on to become a member of the Massachusetts State Senate from 1839-1840 and an Overseer of Bowdoin College from 1847-1859. He married the daughter of The Rev. Miltimore. They had no children. He died in Newburyport, Ma., on February 5, 1860.


Scope and Content

The material consists of the correspondence of Josiah Little, Jr., of Newbury, MA, and his brothers Michael, Edward, and Thomas B. Little, along with their father, Colonel Josiah Little; and documents and legal papers, most of which concern land and monetary transactions.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

 M108.1 Correspondence, 1805-1853   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

The Little Family correspondence includes personal, family, and professional letters, mostly between Col. Josiah Little and his sons Michael, Edward, Josiah, and Thomas B. Little. Most of the material concerns the family's legal and proprietary endeavors, but personal details can be gleaned from the letters, especially between Josiah Sr. and Josiah Jr. Other names found in the correspondence include Samuel Fessenden, David Hale, William Atkinson, Henry Jewett, and Joseph Adams. Organized chronologically, with a detailed list of correspondents at the beginning of Box 1.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Correspondence, 1805-1815 

    1 2

    Correspondence, 1817-1820 

      1 3

      Correspondence, 1823-1825 

        1 4

        Correspondence, 1827-1853 


           M108.2 Documents & Legal papers, 1773-1853, undated   0.5 linear feet

          Series Description:

          Material includes documents detailing land transactions, tax bills, family account information, legal testimony, and documents assigning power ofattorney. Most of the papers concern the Little family's land holdings in Grafton County, New Hampshire, and Durham and Poland, Maine. Some of the more interesting pieces relate to the establishment of a ferry across the Androscoggin River from Minot to Lewiston just below the Lewiston Falls in 1815-1816.

          Arrangement:

          Arranged chronologically.

          Access Restrictions:

          No restrictions.

          Box Folder
          1 5-9

          Documents and Legal papers, 1773-May 15, 1814 

            1 10

            Document concerning Josiah Little as the agent of the Pejepscot Proprietors, May 16, 1814 

              2 1-11

              Documents and Legal papers, May 17, 1814-December, 1826 

                3 1-5

                Documents and Legal papers, 1827-1853 

                  3 6-9

                  Documents and Legal papers, undated