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Little Family Papers, 1764-1984

Collection of manuscripts from the Little family of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts

Little exterior
A postcard of the exterior of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass.


The Little family papers document the history of multiple generations and two branches of the family descended from George Little (died c. 1694), who settled in Newbury, Massachusetts, after leaving England c. 1640. The papers of Edward Henry Little (1825-1877) are the core of this collection and document his local business ventures, his pursuits as a citizen and public servant in Newbury, and activities at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

This collection contains:

  • Financial records
  • Legal documents
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs

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Little military wages
A letter sent to Stephen Little in 1776 signed by twenty-two men who served under Moses Little stating their right to their military wages, twelve shillings and one penny each, earned as Militia Men during the Lexington Battle.
Little petition
David Little's 1802 petition asking to be relieved of his duty to the militia, citing his long years of service and declining health.
Little letter
A letter from Hannah Latham, a prisoner in the Newburyport Jail, written to David Little in 1793, asking him to oversee the safekeeping of her belongings while she is in prison.
Little Family Papers, 1764-1984