Captain Johann Daniel Little

Male 1731 - 1775  (44 years)


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  • Name Johann Daniel Little 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 1731  Kusel, Zweibrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Dec 1775  Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2639  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2013 

    Father Johann Henrich Klein,   b. 1704, Kusel, Zweibrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Adams, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 106 years) 
    Mother Anna Margaretha Grimm,   b. Jan 1711/12, Kusel, Zweibrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Oct 1729  Kusel, Zweibrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F848  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Annie Mary Lewis,   b. Abt 1735, Kusel, Zweibrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1805  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 1750  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Peter Little,   b. 13 Sep 1752, Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1822, Lincoln, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +2. Daniel Little,   b. Abt 1755, Rowan, Crane Creek, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1807, Kershaw, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
     3. John Little,   b. 1758, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1780, Camden, Kershaw, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     4. Henry Little,   b. 1761, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1780, Camden, Kershaw, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     5. James Little,   b. 1767, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1842, Stanley, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     6. Lewis Little,   b. 4 Nov 1770, Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1849, Catawba, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     7. Mary Little,   b. 1772, Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1845, Hardeman, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Daniel Little first appears in Rowan CO, NC as early as 1753. He settled at the Crossroads Camp some 10 miles south of the Trading Ford. The Great Wagon Road crossed the Yadkin River here into North Carolina. We don't know from where he came, or if he was already married by the time he settles here in 1753.

      Nothing definite has yet been proven as to his parentage nor whether he had any siblings. He was evidently of German descent, as was his wife, Mary, who spoke broken English all her life.

      Daniel was literate and could speak and write both German and English. He took his naturalization oath at the second session of the court of pleas and quarter sessions, which was organized before there was a town established. This was the first governing body of Rowan County, NC. This second session was held on September 18, 1753. His was the second naturalization oath administered since the court first opened in June. It becomes evident that he was not of English descent or he would not have had to take the oath. Most historians of the family have concluded that he was of German descent. As a German his surname would have been spelled Klein, or the anglicized version Cline, translated into Little in English.
      His first office held in the governing body of Rowan County was in January 1756 when he was called upon to take the job of Constable. Since the constable was required to live in the district in which he served, we know that he was in the Crane Creek area known as the German Settlement. He served a full year in this capacity.

      In January 1765, the following item appeared in the court minutes: On motion of John Dunn, Esq., ordered Daniel Little have license to keep ordinary at his dwelling house in Salisbury. The ordinary would add extra income for the family. The ordinary meant that his home was open to travelers for food and lodging. The prices were set by the court.

      By this time he was already engaged in the tannery business. Daniel's tannery was on the back of the lot where his home was. Imagine the odor coming from the skinning and tanning of these hides! A lot of the clothing of that period was made from hides. They were sturdy and warm. He would load the oxcart or wagon and haul them to other settlements to sell.

      Daniel Little, Esq. qualified and was appointed to serve as Justice of the Peace on February 13, 1770. His duties involved "taking the taxables" for his district of those who reported to him of the members of their households who were liable for taxation. This was an honarary position without pay. But a position which earned him much respect, and would not take away from his other duties of the tannery and tavern and his militia duty, since it only met four times a year.

      On November 7, 1772, Daniel appeared in court and produced a commission signed by Josiah Martin, appointing him Sherrif for the county of Rowan. However, his securities were not approved. Why the securities were not approved is not known. He did not get to serve as High Sherriff, despite several articles that have been written stating that he was. These articles ignore the fact that his securities were denied.
      The last documentation of Daniel Little is his will, written for him by his son, Peter, on December 9, 1776, one day before his death. The will is beautifully written, attesting to the education Peter was given. Daniel died from an unknown illness and was to ill to write the will himself. He knew that he was dying and needed to make provisions for his wife and small children. His true worth lay in real estate and this would have to be sold to provide for his wife and minor children. He was to ill to sign his full name, but was able to write a shaky D as his mark or signature. He died the next day and was the first person to be buried in the Old English Cemetery near the courthouse on the square.

      There is much more documentation on Capt. Daniel Little in the book by Pauline Shook*, in the form of a narrative in chronological order from his first appearance in Rowan County until his death. I do not attempt to include them here, but have chosen only to highlight a few. He was a much respected, intelligent and prosperous citizen. Many of his descendants have followed in his footsteps.

      *"Capt. Daniel Little, Esq. and his Contemparies Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1792"
      Documented by: Pauline M. Shook; Research by: John C. Roberts III; first edition Copyright 1994; Printed by: Anundsen Publishing Co., 108 Washington ST., PO Box 230, Decorah, Iowa 52101
      (Notes by Reba Little Inzer)