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Little, George

by Sue Dossett Skinner, 1991

1731–28 Jan. 1800

George Little, soldier, county official, and planter, was born in Chowan County, the son of Chief Justice William and Penelope Gale Little, daughter of Chief Justice Christopher and Sarah Laker Harvey Gale (the widow of Governor John Harvey). When Hertford County was formed in 1759, Little's home was in that part of Chowan that became a part of the new county. On 19 Apr. 1776 he was appointed to receive, procure, and purchase firearms for the use of troops, and on 2 Sept. 1777 he was appointed by the Council of State at New Bern to recruit men to fill up the regiments from the District of Hertford. He was a major of the Hertford County militia. On 3 Feb. 1781 he resigned his commission as colonel, the rank he apparently attained at some unknown date, and in 1782 he was a member of the Council of Safety. He also served for many years as a justice of the peace for Hertford County. In 1760 Little married Mary Ann Person, of Surry County, Va., the sister of General Thomas Person. They became the parents of William Person and Penelope, who married Sharp Blount.


Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of North Carolina, vol. 2 (1906).

Walter Clark, ed., State Records of North Carolina, vols. 11, 14–15, 17, 22–23 (1895–1907).

Estate Papers, Little-Mordecai Papers (North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh).

William L. Saunders, ed., Colonial Records of North Carolina, vol. 10 (1890).

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CSR Documents by Little, George, 1731-1800, Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Documenting the American South, UNC Libraries:


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