Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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The homestead which has been called the "Little Place", lies between House Mountain and Clinch Mountain in Knox Co., Tenn. It is an original land grant of 1786 for Jermiah Chamberlain (1740-1829) for his service as a surveyor during the Revolutionary War. Jermiah married Margaret, and family tradition has her listed as a Worthington. There is a possiblity that Margaret was a Carmichael instead of a Worthington, but more research is needed.  Jermiah gave his son, Ninnian Chamberlain, the land grant and it was to a one room log house Ninnian Chamberlain brought his bride in 1817.
Research is showing that Jermiah immigrated from Ireland to the Colonies when he was 16 yrs. old, about 1756 with his father Ninian Chamberlain and mother Janet. He served as a private in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of King's Mountain.
The original land grant hung in the Old Home Place in a busted frame over Jermiah's wooden survior's desk until the 1980s. After Worthy Little passed in 1964; Lucy Little Dunsmore (1904-1987) took care of the Home Place and Family Cemetery up in the cow pasture, keeping most of the things packed away in the original log cabin room which is the bottom floor, left side of the home and in the attic.  It has been said that a full Union Civil War Uniform hung in the front room which belonged to Frank Armstrong Little (1833-1924).  Lucy gave the Union Civil War cap to her younger cousin Frank Persons(1931-2003).   

The Chamberlain-Little Home Place - 1929
Bottom of House Mountain, Knox Co., Tennessee

The bottom left side of the house is the original part of the log cabin
and over the years it has been added on to.

The old barn.
 Charlie L. is sitting with Charlotte P. and Dan L. is standing with Franklin P. on top. House Mountain in the back ground, working the fields - 1936.

Margaret "Maggie" Adelia Chamberlain Little (1832-1903) was the last Chamberlain to live in the Old Chamberlain Homestead.

Maggie married Frank Armstrong Little in 1865 and from that time on, it has been occupied by Littles.

Frank Armstrong Little

Reunion of Union Civil War Soldiers
L. to R. - Williams, Frank A. Little, Col. Eppi, Rev. W. Shipe
Frank Armstrong Little joined the Union Army from July 16, 1862 - July 6, 1865. He belonged to the 2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry,
Company L first as a Private and then as a 2nd Lt.
He was a Private from July 16, 1862 until his Commission was accepted on Nov. 15, 1862 and he was mustered
in to take effect on that same date of Nov. 15, 1862.
Nov. 15, 1862-Jan. 26, 1863 - Company Muster-in Roll in Murfreesboro, Tenn. for a period of 3 years.
Muster-out Roll in Nashville, Tenn. July 6, 1865.
film # M392, roll 9
US Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Frank Armstrong Little - 1890
Picture is 1896
Standing-  Thomas Prosur Little (1868-1932), Daniel Lynville Little (1873-1933), Ara Jane Worthington Love Little (1869-1964), Ninnian Adam Little (1866-1936), Francis Robert Lincon Little (1871-1934),
Seated-  Frank Armstrong Little (1833-1924), "Maggie" Chamberlain Little (1832-1903), Julia White Little (1868-1910) in her gold wedding dress. Bob, her husband is holding Charlie Little and Arminda Little (1896-1971) is the baby in front.
This is Julia White Little's wedding dress. 
It was donated to the
McClung Historical Collectin in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The family comes together when Frank A. Little passes in 1924.

Bob, Tom, Worthy, Dan and Adam Little - 1924

The only daughter of Maggie and Frank Little,
Ara Jane Worthington Love Little

Obituary from the Knoxville Newspaper-
"Miss Ara Worthington Little, one of Knox County's first registered nurses, died yesterday at the home of a niece, Mrs. Ralph "Lucy" Dunsmore, on Washington Pike, Corryton, Tenn., at 94.
Miss Little, who had ridden side-saddle through dark, cold and rain time and again to her private-duty cases, waited on her last one when she was 75. But Mrs. Lucy Dunsmore says she was still able to wait on herself up to a couple of weeks ago.
The Daughter of Frank and Margaret Chamberlain Little, early Corryton settlers, Miss Little still owned her birthplace home on Circle Rd., and the side-saddle hangs in the attic there. Four years ago, (in 1960) Corryton Community Club honored her with a "This is Your Life" Program.
Miss Little was already 30 when she graduated from the Erlanger Hospital Nursing school in Chattanooga in 1907. She had many of the late Dr. Albert Kern's private-duty cases here and also nursed for a long time in Chattanooga and Florida. She did not belong to a church but attended the Baptist Church in whatever community she was working. She will be buried in the family cemetery near her home in the cow pasture."
Researching Worthy's nursing license- the first licensed Registered Nursing Program in Tennessee was started in 1911.  Worthy graduated from Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing in 1908 with 10 other nurses in her class. Some of the early licenses were granted in local courthouses and so not recorded at the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Also, registration for Nursing Certification was not required early on.

The oldest son of Maggie and Frank Little
Ninnian Adam Little
Adam was born in Corryton, Tenn. at the foot of House Mountain
in the old Chamberlain-Little homestead.
He attended college at the Holbrook Normal College for Teaching.
Adam met his future wife Jennie Alora Shelton while both were attending Holbrook Normal College.
Adam's wife, Jennie Alora had TB as did two of her sisters in Hamilton Co., Tenn. The Dr. told Ninnian that he needed to move to Florida for the weather to help Jennie with her condition. About 1908-09, Adam moved his family down to the central part of the state to Grand Island, Lake Co. Florida.
The following was copied from Memories, Dedicated to the Memory of our Loved one Whos life has been Dear to Us. A Memory Book supplied by Pastor Rev. L.C. Chiles. Place of Services in the Home of Miss Worthy Little. Final Resting Place is the Family Cemetery on August 28, 1936.
Mr. N.A. Little was born July 31, 1866. He was married to Jenny Shelton in 1899. That good wife went on to the other side leaving her devoted husband and three children and his wife's people are here today and they said they never knew anything about Uncle Adam that was wrong. I can't recall having heard anyone criticize Uncle Adam Little.
To this happy union was born two sons, little Frank was taken to Heaven when just a few months of age and Paul who lives at Grand Island, Florida and two daughters, Mrs. W.B. Persons and Miss Sarah Little.
He was saved in his childhood and joined the Church. He remained active in the Church and these last few months he took his place in the church. He went to the Church of his childhood in Washington and found the preacher and had them sing the song, "Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine." He loved that song. He taught school for a number of years successfully before moving to Florida. Like other members of his family he had sterling qualities. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Grand Island, Florida. He was Post Master and Depot Agent for twenty-five years.
When Squire Zachary came in a minute ago, he could hardly walk and he said, "I remember when he (N.A. Little) was superintendent of the Sunday School for years and years and he was a good one." He said, "Adam was a true and faithful superintendent." Some of we people think of him in this light. Several people have told me that they went to school with him and he was a wonderful boy and a good boy.

Jennie Alora Shelton & Ninnian Adam Little
wedding picture - 1899

Monday, February 21, 2011


William Bryant Persons
WWI - In France 1915.
Bill was born in 1899 in Upson Co., Georgia.  His father, Erastus Persons worked him so hard in the fields that he ran away about the time his Mom passed.  One of his older brothers signed his papers so he could join the army and he first served on the Mexican Border in 1912 with Gen. Pershing.  Then he became a cook during WWI, with much of his time in France.  Bill would share some of his war stories with his daughter-in-law and one of them was about the time he spent his entire month's pay on champagne.  His CO told him that he could walk or he'd tie a rope around him and be drug behind the wagon to the next location.  As the cook, Bill would keep a pot of coffee on the back stove and if he didn't like his CO, he'd dump "all kinds of stuff" into the coffee pot.  And with war comes death -- a close buddy died with the last name of Mudeirous from New York.  He gave this name to his only son, Franklin Mudeirous Persons in 1931.
After the war, Bill traveled to Florida, met Margaret Marie Little and they were married April 6, 1924.

Margaret Marie Little
Daytona Beach, Florida - 1920
Marie was born in Hamilton Co., Tennessee at her Mother's home, Jennie Alora Shelton Little.  Jennie had T.B., so Marie's father Ninnian Adam Little moved the family to Florida as the doctor instructed. 

Bill and Marie raised Charlotte and Franklin Persons in Grand Island, Lake Co., Florida in the middle of an orange grove surrounded by fresh water lakes full of fish. 
This is one of the only pictures with the whole famliy pictured together,
 in Grand Island, Lake Co., Florida in 1949.
Charlotte, Bill, Marie and Frank Persons
Bill with his brothers, Clarence, E.J., and Charley

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Ruth Elizabeth Beck & Dr. Joseph Daniel VandeVelde
wedding photo - June 12, 1948

Dr. Joseph Daniel VandeVelde

Joseph graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland Ohio in 1927. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1934 from the Medical School.
After WWII, Dr. VandeVelde went into Private Practice in Lakewood, Ohio, and also served as Police Surgeon from 1951 to 1967. Beginning in 1968, Dr. VandeVelde closed his private practice and finished his career as an Emergency Room Physician at Lakewood Hospital, then Good Samaritan Hospital at Sanduski, Ohio, and completing at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio.
Obituary - The Plain Dealer, Monday April 21, 1975-Dr. Joseph D. VandeVelde, 66, a former surgeon and physician here, died yesterday at H.B. Magruder Memorial Hospital, Port Clinton.
He moved to Lakeside, Ohio, in 1969 after spending about 30 years on the staff of St. John and Lakewood hospitals. Dr. VandeVelde also was an assistant Cleveland police surgeon for 17 years and had offices in Lakewood.
He was an emergency room physician at Magruder Hospital from 1969 until last June.
Dr. VandeVelde was a Major in an Army Medical Battalion in world War II. He was captured by the Japanese in the Battle of Bataan in 1942 and was a prisoner more than three years.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth E., daughter, Betty Ann Ebersole and son, J. Daniel.
Services will be at 11 tomorrow morning at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, Ohio. 

Dr. Joseph D. VandeVelde served in the Army during WWII. His reporting date was May 7, 1942 and he was discharged Oct. 16, 1945. He was in the Medical Corps serving in the Southwest Pacific Theatre: Philippine Islands. He was taken a Prisoner of War and was part of the Bataan Death March. The camp listed was- Fukuoka POW Camp #1 - Kashii (Pine Tree Camp) Kyushu Island 33-130 (National Archives and Records Administration. WWII Prisoners of War, 1941-1946)

Ruth "Betty" Elizabeth Beck

Betty graduated from Tiffin High School , Tiffin, Ohio in 1930. She attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and received her BA in Philosophy in 1934. She continued on at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and received her BS in Home Economics in 1936.
From 1942 to 1948, Betty trained Hostesses and Waitresses for Stouffers in Cleveland, Ohio.
Before moving to Westlake in 1976, Betty was a resident of Lakeside. She was a member of the Ottawa and Cuyahoga County Medical Association Auxiliaries, Lakewood Chapter of the DAR, Womens Guild of St. John's Hospital, and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
  Betty taught French, Biology, and Home Economics and ran the school cafeteria in Green Springs, Ohio for four and a half years.

Betty & Joe

Saturday, February 19, 2011


GrandMa Lind
Her 50th Anniversary Celebration
It all started by cleaning out a drawer. . .
For some reason, over the years, different people would give me papers and tid-bits of information about my family- from both sides of the family- even the in-laws. I've always enjoyed knowing the family scoop--not in a bad way--- but where they lived, why did they select that area to live, what they did for a living, how they met their love, how many babies, what they did in the wars, what religion did they practice,
but especially--
First I organized everything into two folders- one for Mom's side and one for Dad's. Then the more questions I asked, the more papers I would be given about family and four folders had to be set up. Then all those papers and folders multiplied and now I have two huge expandable file holders---
which are about to explode . . . . .
Myrtle F. Harbin with her first car.
1919 - Pleasantville, Indiana
I thank Grandma for inspiring me with all her work, and time, and letter writing, and visiting court houses, typing up family history, and for passing this information and interest to my Mom,
who has passed the papers and interest on to me.What started by cleaning out a drawer has turned into my passion.


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