Brent Carson as William Little
And the History of Delaware County

Brent Carson has chosen to portray William Little as he recalls the history of Delaware, Ohio, as William would have known it and it is recorded in the history of the Methodists in Delaware County.

William was the third child of John and Rebackah (White) Little of Hebron in Tolland County, Connecticut. Nathanial (Note there are three a’s in Nathanial) was the first son and second child of the Littles.

Before Delaware was a county, William and his older brother, Nathanial, came to Delaware County from Connecticut via Worthington. Note there are three a’s in Nathanial. In the October 1808 Election for County Commissioners, William, a saddler by trade, got 1 vote from Sunbury Township and Nathaniel got 9 from Sunbury Township and 50 total from Delaware, Liberty, Berkshire, and Union townships. Nathanial is said to have purchased goods from Byxbe in Berkshire Township. He had a store on in-lots 63 and 64 at the northwest corner of William and Sandusky Streets. He died in 1813 leaving a minor son. The lots were sold to Henry Smith.

During the election William was a saddler by trade switched to mercantile business in a store on the southwest corner of Winter and Sandusky. Perhaps he got his brother’s merchandise. He carried cloths such as velvet, silk, satin, cassimeres and commoners plus shoes, crockery, hardware, medicines, and groceries. Each year he went to Philadelphia for 2 months to purchase stock for his store. Even though Little’s Store was in competition with Col. Byxbe’s Store, he prospered and became a very wealthy man.

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Rest of William Little's Story
by Polly Horn

William owned a large tract of land at the end of Winter Street where Monnett Hall was built. This included the Blue Limestone Quarry. He and his wife Catherine (Wood) became the parents of 5 boys and 2 girls.

Their daughter Catherine married a Mr. Siddles. I do not know what became of them.

When Elizabeth married George Campbell who was known for his Delaware Grapes, her parents built the stone castle for their home. It is now the Delaware County Arts castle.

Son John Andrew Little roomed with Rutherford B. Hayes (his father had the still with Rev. Lamb in Carson’s tale) at Kenyon College. He became a doctor studying with Dr. Case in Columbus.  John  married Caroline Williams, youngest daughter of Judge Hosea Williams,. She  was a good friend of Lucy B. Hayes. They visited President Hayes' family in the White House and Lucy Hayes always visited the Little's when in Delaware.  A bequest from Dr. Case’s widow built Jane M. Case Hospital in Delaware. The name was later changed to Grady Memorial,

William Sparrow Little married Ellen Thomson.

His brother, Louis W. Little became a lawyer in Osecela, Clarke, Iowa. He enlisted as a Sgt. In November 1861 and served in Cavalry as a Lieutenant. He died in Washington D.C. March 18,1866.

George Wood Little married Annette Pettibone and ran a laundry business in Delaware before moving to Cleveland where he ran a stone business.

Charles Otis Little had a law degree but did not use it. He had a career in banking. During the Civil War he served in Washington D. C. and was in Ford’s Theater the night Lincoln was shot. He married Julia and they lived with William Sparrow and his family.

Rest of the Stoy Information came from “Delaware County Then and Now” by Ray Buckingham and Baskin’s “History of Delaware County and Ohio.”

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