91st PA: Reuben S Little

Reuben S Little

Before the war

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).

During the war

He also served in Warren's Company [?], Pennsylvania Cavalry (8, 12).

He was a substitute (1, 2). He was mustered into service as a private on 24 February 1865 at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 5, 12). He was a private, in company F (1, 14).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 2, 5, 12). He was a private, in company F (14.

After the war

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).

Sources

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)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 30 November 2014, from Fold3]


Little Reuben S
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 257 = 14 handwritten]
line2021
Dwelling-house number100 
Family number108 
NameLittle Reuben- Elizabeth
Age3029
SexMF
ColorWW
OccupationCarpenterKeeping House
Real estate value400300
Personal estate value 225
Birthplace" [Penna]"
Father foreign born  
Mother foreign born  
Birth month if born within year  
Marriage month if married within year  
Attended school past year  
Can't read  
Can't write 1
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

1880 census

[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]
line242526272829
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #192     
family visit #198     
nameLittle Reuben- Marietta- Clayton- Ettie IreneKling EugeneMartin James
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFMM
age333242223
month born if born in year      
relationship WifeSonDaughterS SonServant
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationBakerKeeping House   Baker
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year      
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa
father's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township and Bendersville Borough, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 17, page 5]
[line] 11
[house] 304
[family] 312
[name] Reuben S Little
[rank] Private
[company] F
[unit] 91 Reg Pa
[enlistment date] 24 Feb 1865
[discharge date] July 10 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 4 months, 16 days
[post office address] Bendersville Adams County Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[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]
line2021222324
street     
house number     
dwelling number30    
family number30    
nameLytle Reuben S- Marietta- Oscar R- Arista A Hariet A [?]
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterDaughter
colorWWWWW
sexMFF [sic]FF
birth dateDec 1845Feb 1847Mar 1883July 1886Sept 1889
age5453171310
married?MMSSS
# years married2424   
mother of how many children? 7   
# of children living 4   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year     
# years in USA     
naturalized citizen?     
occupationDay Laborer Farm LaborerAt SchoolAt School
# months not employed6 6  
# months in school   77
can readYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
owned/rentedO    
free or mortgagedF    
farm/houseH    
# of farm schedule     

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 263 = 8 handwritten]
line8687
street[illegible, begins with 'B'] Road
house nr  
dwelling nr180 
family nr193 
nameLittle Reuben S- Hattie A.
relationshipHeadDaughter
sexMF
colorWW
age6520 [?]
marital statusWdS
#years present marriage  
mother of # children  
mother of # living children  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationOwn incomeNone
nature of industry etc.  
employer etc.  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  
# weeks out of work 1909  
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09 No
owned/rentedO 
owned free or mortagagedF 
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vet[illegible]
blind[illegible]
deaf & dumb[illegible]

[pension increases]

[Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg PA), 4 May 1897, page 3]
Bendersville Items
...

Reuben Little has had his pension increased two dollars ($2.00) per month.



[New Oxford Item 12 March 1908, page 5]

Reuben Little, of Aspers, and ..., have been granted pensions under the new act at $12 per month, ...

Reuben S Little is laid to rest

[The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg PA), Thursday 22 April 1926, page 2]
REUBEN S. LITTLE IS LAID TO REST

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.

R S Little died at Mt Tabor at age of 80 years

[The Gettysburg Times, 17 April 1926, page 1]
R. S. LITTLE DIES AT MT. TABOR AT AGE OF 80 YEARS
Native and Prominent Civil War Veteran of Upper End Victim of Apoplexy.

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.


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