Jefferson County, NY

Edmund Littlefield was born in 1761 and was a farmer in Vermont. His wife was Elinor Pennell. She was the daughter of Captain John Pennell of Halifax, Vermont. He served in Col. William Williams' Regiment from January 1776 to July 1782, New York State Militia. Their children were:

1. James
2. John
3. Jesse, Jr.
4. Julius
5. Daniel
6. Esther
7. Hannah
8. Elinor

John Littlefield, the second child of Edmund and Elinor, was born in 1794 in Halifax, Vermont and in 1805 came to Jefferson County with his parents. He purchased a tract of land near where Belleville now stands, which he made his home for the remainder of his life. He was an active farmer and a solider in the War of 1812, being in the battle at Sackett's Harbor, with his brother James. His brother, Jesse Littlefield Jr., also served in the army and was in the battle of South Branch Sandy Creek in Ellisburg. John Littlefield took a prominent part in local affairs, filling the offices of assessor and supervisor. He was a Whig in politics. He married Orrilla Barney, who was born in Guilford, VT and belonged to one of the pioneer families of Jefferson County. John and Orilla were the parents of three children:

1. Calvin b September 1, 1823, on a farm which is now his home. He received his primary education in the common schools, afterward attending Belleville Academy and Union College. Subsequently he became principal of Union Academy, also of Aurora Academy. After serving five years he became a resident of Belleville. In 1854, 55 and 57, he was a member of the State Assembly. Calvin was also a member of the Masonic Order. Early in life he was affiliated with the Whigs and later identified with the Republican Party. In September of 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army and in connection with Judge A. E. Cooley of Adams Centre, recruited Company K of the 94th Volunteers. Calvin was elected captain and in March, 1862 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. His service in the Army of the Potomac included battles at Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain and Antietam, commanding the regiment in the last three named battles. His disability bought about his resignation in November 1862. He rendered very material aid in recruiting the quota in the town of Ellisburg and of Jefferson County and through his services the county's quota was filled without resort to the draft. After his return to civil life, Colonel Littlefield was for several years interested in St. Louis and San Franciso and Atlantic & Pacific Railroads, holding the office of secretary and treasurer of each company. Colonel Littlefield was twice married. His first wife of Harriet L. Sprague, born April 20, 1824 and died June 21, 1878. On January 16, 1883, he married Laura Hungerford of Ellisburg, daughter of Philo and Caroline (Davis) Hungerford. He was the father of five children, only one of whom is now living, namely, Rebecca May, a daughter by his first wife. She married Rolland Stewart who was a real estate dealer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has two children - Clara Eunice and Harriet Maud.

2. Eunice b 1825 and died in 1877

3. Horace, b 1827, went to California in 1849 and died in 1850.

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