Biography

Of

ANDREW LITTLE

Andrew Little, a worthy native son and representative agriculturist of Lee county, is the owner of a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty-three acres on section 34, Viola township. His birth occurred in that township in November, 1850, his parents being Andrew and Charity (Ross) Little, who are deceased and he buried in the old Burg cemetery. The father passed away on the 25th of March, 1857, while the mother's demise occurred on the 20th of November, 1850. They were among the esteemed pioneer residents of the county and were sincerely mourned by an extensive circle of friends.

Andrew Little, Jr., attended the schools of this county until seventeen years of age and subsequently started out as an agriculturist on his own account, beginning the operation of the farm which he had inherited from his parents. As his financial resources increased, owing to his capable management and untiring industry, he extended the boundaries of his place by purchasing adjoining property, and it now embraces one hundred and sixty three acres of rich and productive land on section 34, Viola township. As the years have gone by he has devoted his time and energies to mixed farming with excellent success and has long been numbered among the substantial and progressive citizens of his native county. He erected the residence and other buildings which adorn his property and which stand as monuments to his enterprise, thrift and energy.

In December, 1871, in Lee county, Mr. Little was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Christiance, her parents being Abram and Caroline (Barhydt) Christiance. Her family was the third to settle in Brooklyn township, Abram Christiance coming to this county from New York in 1835. He passed away in 1894, while his wife was called to her final rest in November, 1871. Their remains are interred in Lee county. Mr. and Mrs. Little have one child, Edith I., who is the wife of Burton Hartley, a farmer, of Viola township.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Little has supported the men and measures of the republican party, believing firmly in its principles. He is a Master Mason and a worthy exemplar of the fraternity. Both he and his wife have spent their entire lives in Lee county and are well known and highly esteemed within its borders.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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