Catherine Little b 1788 New Jersey

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Catherine Little (Born 1788 New Jersey – Death Unknown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Catherine Little was born in 1788 in New Jersey. I believe she had five sons and three daughters with Thomas Little. Further research is needed to confirm who she married if the information is available. She died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after 1870 as she is listed in the 1870 Census living with her daughter Catherine (Little) Hogan. Catherine b.1798 is my 5th great-grandmother on my paternal side (h/t Linda Durr Rudd).

The following outlines what I believe I know about Catherine Little b. 1798.

  1. 1820

In 1820, Thomas Little and family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1820 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia North Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Little 1820

Transcription:

Free Colored Persons – Male – 26 thru 44 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Male – Under 14 – 3

Free Colored Persons – Female – 26 thru 44 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Female – Under 14 – 2

Slaves – Female – 45 and over – 1

Who might this be? I do not believe the family was wealthy enough to own a slave and would lean towards this person being an indentured servant or enslaved. As with many urban areas, indentured and enslaved people had vast mobility and I wonder if this person was a family member. I don’t believe that this person was THE slave of the family but may have been enslaved and living with the family. Based on Gradual Emancipation in Pennsylvania, there are many possibilities for the true story behind this enslaved person living with Thomas Little and his family.

  1. 1830

In 1830, Thomas Little and family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1830 United States Federal Census – Lower Delaware Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Little Pt 1 1830

Thomas Little Part 2 1380

Transcription:

Free Colored Persons – Male – 36 thru 54 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Male – 10 thru 23 – 2

Free Colored Persons – Male – Under 10 – 2

Free Colored Persons – Female – 36 thru 54 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Female 10 thru 23 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Female – Under 10 – 1

  1. 1840

In 1840, Thos Little lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1840 United States Federal Census – Lower Delaware Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Little 1840

Transcription:

Free Colored Persons – Males – 55 to 99 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Males – 10 thru 23 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Females – 36 thru 54 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Females 10 thru 23 – 1

 

  1. 1850

In 1850, Catherine Lightey was 60 years old and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1850 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia Lombard Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catherine Little 1850

Transcription:

Catherine is found living next door to her daughter Catherine Hogan.

Catherine Lightey 60
George Bass 20
Edward Hagan 9
Catherine Hagan 22
Thomas Hagan 3
Edward Hagan 1
Samuel Bass 2
  1. 1860

In 1860, Catharine Littill was 72 years old and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1860 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia Ward 7, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

catherine little 1860

Transcription:

Edgar Hogan 33
Catharine Hogan 32
Catharine Littill 72
Thomas Hogan 11
Catharine Hogan 9
William Hogan 7
Samuel Hogan 5
Margaretta Hogan 1
  1. 1870

In 1870, Cathrine Litle was 81 years old and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1870 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia Ward 4 District 13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

catherine little 1870

Transcription:

Edward Hogan 45
Cathrine Hogan 39
Thomas Hogan 21
Cathrine Hogan 18
William Hogan 16
Samuel Hogan 14
Margaret Hogan 11
Edmond Hogan 8
Elizabeth Hogan 5
Cathrine Litle 81

 

Questions:

Who was the enslaved person living with Thomas Little in 1820?

Is Thomas Little the husband of Catherine and the father of Catherine Little?

Can the other Little children be identified?

Was Catherine Little b. 1798 born free, enslaved or indentured?

How did she come to Philadelphia? What was her maiden name and where did she come from in New Jersey?

Research in New Jersey has proven elusive but I’m just wrapping my head around what is available in Philadelphia. Forging Freedom by Gary Nash has been invaluable in shaping the framework for my research.

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    • Linda, it was very surprised to find I had deep roots in Philadelphia. I believe I’ve identified one ancestor who was born free but was indentured in her early teens. Her mother passed and left their father with several children. The family seems to have split with several brothers going to Massachusetts while this young girl was indentured to a Reverend who happened to be black. But again, she may have been indentured to another family but lived with the Reverend and his family as this was not an uncommon practice in urban areas. I will write more about this interesting history at a later date. I’m hoping I can find good primary sources to fill in a some of the details at the Pennsylvania Historical Society.

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