222. Littleton7 Sturgis (Levi6, Richard5, Richard4, Richard3, John2, John1) was born in Worcester Co., MD about 1797. Littleton died before May 10, 1865 in Somerset Co., MD, at approximately 67 years of age. Administrators, Littleton H. Sturgis and James J. Moore filed account of his estate. (Som. Accts SCL9:179-Leslie Powell Dryden, Dryden Family and Descendants, Book I, 1992, p. 136)
Priscilla was born in Somerset Co., MD about 1804. Priscilla was the daughter of Mills Dryden and Betsy Winder Murray. Priscilla died before 1870. That Littleton was the son of Levi Sturgis is based on circumstantial evidence: that he appeared on an 1822 deed with Levi; that he would be named for Littleton Williams, his maternal grandfather, and that his age tracks with that of one of the males living in Levi's household from 1800-1820.
Littleton and his family appear in the Dublin District, Somerset Co., MD for the 1850 and 1860 census. (Leslie Powell Dryden, Dryden Family and Descendants, Book I, 1992) In 1850, Littleton, age 53, is a farmer with real estate valued at $4,000. Priscilla 46, Mary, 20, Priscilla Jr., 13, Littleton H., 11, Emma Grace is 9 and Handy 5. A John Webb, 22, farmer, is living in their household.
Littleton, his wife, Miss Sarah Ann, Miss Elizabeth, Mary T., Priscilla, Isaac M. Emma T. and Littleton H. are shown as communicants at Dividing Creek Church as four adults and five children in Coventry Parish Records, Vol. II, (no date-about 1846, as Sarah and Elizabeth weren't married yet)
Littleton Sturgis and Priscilla Dryden had the following children:
268 i. Elizabeth8 Sturgis. Elizabeth died 1876. She married Augustus Johnson in Coventry Parish, Somerset Co., MD, January 19, 1848. Augustus was the son of Isaiah Johnson. Augustus died March 21, 1862 in Somerset Co., MD. Of Accomack County, VA. (Leslie Powell Dryden, Dryden Family and Descendants; Linda Harrison) After her husband's death and before 1870, Elizabeth moved with her children to Baltimore, MD, where she supported herself as a seamstress and her son, Francis, worked as a plasterer. (Linda Harrison)
+ 269 ii. Sarah Ann Priscilla Sturgis.
272 v. Priscilla E. Sturgis was born in Somerset Co., MD about 1837. She married James D. Moore in Somerset Co., MD, April 20, 1856. (license date) His first wife was Eleanor Mc N. by whom he had two children. (Leslie Powell Dryden, Dryden Family and Descendants, Book I, 1992, p. 219)
273 vi. Littleton Henry Sturgis was born in Coventry Parish, Somerset Co., MD May 17, 1839. Littleton died May 2, 1906 in Cape Charles, VA, at 66 years of age. He married Alexine "Ella Roberta" B. Marshall January 5, 1867. Alexine was born in Snow Hill, MD August 15, 1843. Alexine was the daughter of Robert Henry Marshall and Elizabeth Birckhead. Alexine died February 7, 1919 in Roanoke, VA, at 75 years of age. The family Bible belonging to her brother spells her name with "i" and it has been transcribed as Alexene and also written this way in an 1894 diary. But she went by the name Ella for all her official records. It is thought the middle initial, "B" is for Birckhead, her mother's maiden name.
The family Bible of her brother also showed her date and place of birth and written in pencil after the entry "Mrs. Littleton H. Sturgis"
In her 1894 diary, Ida Lankford noted "Alexene came." It would appear it was a day visit, as Ida did not mention that her guest stayed the night; Ida was Alexene's cousin and lived at Princess Anne.
Ella's death certificate gave her name as Ella Roberta Sturgis and shows she was buried on February 9, 1919 at Fairview Cemetery, Roanoke, VA. She was living with her daughter, Ella Rolly, on Day Street, Roanoke, Virginia. A letter from Ella Sturgis dated 1919 indicates she may have had a stroke sometime shortly before her death. She signed her letters "Mama Ella" and "Mama Sturgis."
For more information on this Marshall family, see family journal for Marshalls of Northampton County. Littleton appears in the 1850 and 1860 census in his parents' household, Dublin District, Somerset Co. MD. His children's ages taken from 1880 census. Littleton's date of death was recorded on a funeral card. (Leslie Powell Dryden, Dryden Family and Descendants, Book I, 1992, p. 219)
Littleton was one of the first businessmen in Cape Charles, VA. He was proprietor of a small 5-room hotel located on railroad property in 1883 and later the Arlington Hotel, which opened in Cape Charles in 1886.
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