He was born on 31 December 1845 (6, 13; 2 (20 in 1865), 3 (30 in 1870), 4 (33 in 1880), 6 (54 in 1900), 7 (65 in 1910)). He was born in Pennsylvania (3, 4, 6, 7). He was born to [unknown] and Elizabeth Little (13).
He also served in Warren's Company [?], Pennsylvania Cavalry (8, 12).
In 1870, he was living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (3). He was living with Elizabeth Little (apparently his wife) (3). He was a carpenter, and owned $400 in real estate (3).
In 1875/76, he married Mary Ette [unknown family name] (6 [Marietta], 13). In 1900, she reported having had seven children, four of whom were still alive (6). Their children include: (13)
In 1880, he was living in Boiling Springs, South Middleton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (4). He was living with his wife Marietta, his children Clayton and Ettie Irene, his stepson Eugene Kling, and a servant (4). (The fact that he was living with a stepson, and the best candidate I've found for him in the 1870 census appears to be married to Elizabeth, suggests that Marietta is his second wife.) He was a baker (3).
In 1890, he was living in Menallen Township or Bendersville Borough, Adams County, Pennsylvania (5). He did not report any disability (5).
On 24 July 1890, he applied successfully for a pension (8, 12).
In 1897, his pension was increased two dollars per month (11).
In 1900, he was living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (6). He was living with his wife Marietta, and children Oscar, Arista, and Harriet (6). He was a day laborer, and had been out of work 6 months in the previous year (6).
On 3 January 1908, he again applied for a pension (12). In 1908, he was granted a pension of $12 per month, under the new pension act (11).
In 1910, he was living in Menallen Townshp, Adams County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his daughter Hattie (7). He was living on his own income (7). He was widowed (7).
He had three strokes, starting about five weeks before he died (5). Before his strokes, he could "easily pass for a man 20 years younger", and worked regularly (5).
He died on 17 April 1926, in Gardners, Adams County, Pennsylvania (9, 10, 12). He was "active in patriotic demonstrations", and was instrumental in causing Memorial Day celebrations in Bendersville (9). Reverend Mervin Welty conducted the funeral services, in the Mt Tabor United Brethren Church (9, 10). The Sons of Veterans conducted an interment service (10). The pallbearers were E L Weikert, C A Sheads, E F Strausbaugh, Harry Koch, J Warren Gilbert, and J E Snyder (10). The firing squad was George Heiges, Harry Lackner Jr, Lawrence Sheads, Luther Stevens, and Raymond Fridinger (10). He was buried in the Mt Tabor United Brethren Church cemetery (9, 10).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Reuben S Little)
2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 19 January 2005 (Reuben S Little)
3 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 257 = 14 handwritten (Reuben Little)
4 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Boiling Springs S M Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 78, microfilm series T9, film 1122, page 268 D = 20 handwritten (Reuben Little)
5 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township and Bendersville Borough, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 17, page 5 (Reuben S Little)
6 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 28 A = 2 handwritten (Reuben S Lytle)
7 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 263 = 8 handwritten (Reuben S Little)
8 pension index, by name (Reuben S Little)
9 'R S Little died at Mt Tabor at age of 80 years'. The Gettysburg Times, 17 April 1926, page 1 (Reuben S Little)
10 'Reuben S Little is laid to rest'. The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg PA), Thursday 22 April 1926, page 2 (Reuben S Little)
11 [pension increases]. Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg PA), 4 May 1897, page 3; and New Oxford Item 12 March 1908, page 5 (Reuben Little)
12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (Reuben S Little)
13 e-mail, Dennis W Brandt to Harry A Ide, 27 October 2009 (Reuben S Little)
14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Reuben S Little)
|Name||Little Reuben||- Elizabeth|
|Real estate value||400||300|
|Personal estate value||225|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|dwelling visit #||192|
|family visit #||198|
|name||Little Reuben||- Marietta||- Clayton||- Ettie Irene||Kling Eugene||Martin James|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|school this year|
|name||Lytle Reuben S||- Marietta||- Oscar R||- Arista A||Hariet A [?]|
|birth date||Dec 1845||Feb 1847||Mar 1883||July 1886||Sept 1889|
|# years married||24||24|
|mother of how many children?||7|
|# of children living||4|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||Day Laborer||Farm Laborer||At School||At School|
|# months not employed||6||6|
|# months in school||7||7|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
|street||[illegible, begins with 'B'] Road|
|name||Little Reuben S||- Hattie A.|
|#years present marriage|
|mother of # children|
|mother of # living children|
|nature of industry etc.|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09||No|
|owned free or mortagaged||F|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet||[illegible]|
|deaf & dumb||[illegible]|
Reuben Little has had his pension increased two dollars ($2.00) per month.
Reuben Little, of Aspers, and ..., have been granted pensions under the new act at $12 per month, ...[The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg PA), Thursday 22 April 1926, page 2]
Largely attended funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Reuben S. Little, Civil War veteran, who died early last Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer Griffith, Mt. Tabor. Brief services were held at the house, with further services at the Mt. Tabor United Brethren church, the Rev. Mervin Welty officiating, assisted by the Rev. W. D. E. Scott, of Gettysburg. Interment was in the cemetery adjoining the church.
The interment service of the Sons of Veterans was led by J. Warren Gilbert, commander, and E. F. Strausbaugh, chaplain, both of Gettysburg. George Heiges, Harry Lackner, Jr., Lawrence Sheads, Luther Stevens and Raymond Fridinger comprised the firing squad, and E. L. Weikert, C. A. Sheads, E. F. Strausbaugh, Harry Koch, J. Warren Gilbert and J. E. Snyder were the pallbearers.[The Gettysburg Times, 17 April 1926, page 1]
Reuben S. Little, Civil War veteran and widely known in the upper end of Adams county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer Griffith, Mt. Tabor, Gardners, R. D. No. 1, at 1:30 o'clock this morning at the age of eighty years.
Mr. Little enjoyed excellent health and was extremely active until about five weeks ago when he was stricken with apoplexy. He suffered three strokes in succession, resulting in his death. Until stricken, his friends report, he worked regularly and could easily pass for a man 20 years younger. He was always active in patriotic demonstrations, and, through his efforts largely, a big celebration was usually held on Memorial Day at Bendersville.
He served two enlistements in the Civil War and participated in many engagements, including the Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and others. He first enlisted in the Ninety-first Regiment, Pennsylvania mounted [sic] infantry. G. T. Heckenluber, who died in January, was a member of the same unit. He reenlisted as a private in the same regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers.
Born in the Bendesrville section, he lived in that community all his life, having been a prosperous farmer.
He is survived by three daughters and one son, Mrs. Elmer Griffith, Mt. Tabor; Mrs. Englebert Troup, Quinton, this state; Mrs. Edward Hale, York, and Oscar Little, Donora, near Pittsburgh.
Funeral Tuesday, meeting at the house at 1:30 p.m., with services in Mt. Tabor United Brethren church conducted by the Rev. Mervin Welty, paster of the charge. Interment in adjoining cemetery.