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Thomas Little

Thomas Little[1]

Male 1840 - 1921  (81 years)

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  • Name Thomas Little 
    Born 17 Aug 1840  Lockerbie, , Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Birth So Quaas, Dryfesdale, Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Interesting funeral, business, life story 
    Immigration 1847  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Immigration 1854  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Name T. Little 
    Occupation 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Cabinet Maker 
    Residence 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Free Church 
    Residence 1864  Mitchell, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1864  Mitchell, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cabinetmaker 
    Residence 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    C. Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1874  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    cabinet maker 
    T. Little
    T. Little
    1878 Waterloo Directory
    Occupation 1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Store Keeper 
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    Galt--ThomasLittleUndertaking.jpg
    Occupation 1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Undertaker 
    Occupation 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Furniture Dealer 
    Residence 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Died 16 Dec 1921  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Cause: Uraemia 
    Buried 18 Dec 1921  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence 1922  11 Cameron St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-119669 
    Person ID I119669  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 

    Father Gabriel Little,   b. 1810, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Rebecca S. Saunders,   b. 1812, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1882, Luther Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F29996  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Hutton,   b. 6 Aug 1836, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1918, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 27 May 1864  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. William Tait Little,   b. 18 Jul 1865, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1903, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     2. Gilbert James "Pat" Little,   b. 14 Jun 1874, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1954, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F38382  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Little was born in Locherbie, Scotland on August 17, 1840 the son of Gabriel Little and Rebecca Saunders. He came to Galt in July 1847 and in 1856 began to serve an apprenticeship with John Barbour, a local cabinet maker. He left Mr. Barbour's employ in August 1868 to start his own furniture and undertaking business. He operated the business until 1880 when he went into partnership with the Guggisberg Brothers in a business known as Guggisberg Bros. and Co. He remained in the partnership until the fall of 1886 when he moved to Chicago. Returning to Galt in 1889, he revived his old business, later known as T. Little & Sons, and was joined in the operation of the business by his two sons William Little and James Little. When William died in 1902, the business continued as T. Little & Son. Mr. Little died on December 16, 1921 and is buried in Mount View Cemetery.

      Cambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge

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      T. Little & Son

      Furniture and Undertaking. This large and well conducted business is one of the foremost in the county. The stock is always large and well selected. Mr. Little is one of Galt's early settlers and has done much to make the town what it is. Mr. T. Little has held many positions of honor and trust, and in this memorable year in a member of the Town Council.

      1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt

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      Veteran Furniture Dealer Passes

      Another of our veteran furniture dealers has passed away. This time it is Thomas Little of Galt, Ont., who died at his residence on December 16 [1921], aged 82 years. Although he had been in failing health for some time, he was able to be about until within a few days of his death. Mr. Little was born in Lockerbie, Scotland, August 12, 1840 and came to Galt in July, 1847. With the exception of two years spent in Chicago, he has been a resident of Galt, ever since, a period of about 72 years. He started to learn his trade of cabinet-maker with the late John Barbour in 1856, and he commenced business on his own account on Ainslie street in 1868 and continued there for one year when he removed to the present place of business at 20-22 Ainslie street. He carried on business there until 1880, when he went into partnership with Guggisberg Bros. under the name of Guggisberg Bros, and Co., occupying the store now conducted by R. A. Briscoe, which he maintained to the fall of 1886. At this time he left Galt for Chicago, returning in October 1889 and reopened his business in the old Buchanan block on Main street and was there until 1893, moving from that store to the present place of business, in which he has successfully carried on ever since. Mr. Little served his fellow citizens as an alderman in the years 1897-98. He was a member of the old volunteer fire brigade in the early days and remembered when the biggest part of the south side of Main street was burned down. He was a member of Central church. In his younger days he took a great interest in sports, particularly in baseball and cricket, which were hobbies with him. He was a great book lover and had a remarkable memory for poems, which he would occasionally recite to his friends. He was a man of quiet disposition, simple habits and sterling integrity, respected by all who knew him. He was particularly fond of checkers and could be seen almost any day in the summer under a tree on Harris street playing a game with his old friend, the late James McDougall. He was a member of the Sons of Scotland and the Chosen Friends and is survived by one son, G. J. Little, and two grand-children Bryce and Ruth Little. One sister also survives, Mrs. David Boomer, of Preston. The funeral took place from his residence, 11 Cameron street, to Mount View Cemetery.

      Canadian Furniture World and The Undertaker, January1922, Pg. 72

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Minnie Volkmann Born: Preston Ont Age: 22 Father: John Volkmann Mother: Mary Volkmann Born: abt 1871 Spouse: William Tait Little Age: 26 born: Galt Ont Father: Thomas Little Mother: Margaret Little married 28 Jun 1893 married: Waterloo, Preston

    2. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-6 Page 1.

    3. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 1 Page 5.

    4. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Div 1 Pg 6.

    5. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 57.

    6. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Thomas Little Birth Place: Scotland Residence: Mitchell Age: 24 Father Name: Gabriel Mother Name: Rebecca Sanders Spouse Name: Maggie Hutton Spouse's Age: 24 Spouse Birth Place: Scotland Spouse residence: Dumfries Township Spouse Father Name: James Spouse Mother Name: Agnes McKay Marriage Date: 27 May 1864 Marriage County: Waterloo

    7. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 17 Page 22.

    8. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 5 Page 59.

    9. [S2697] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge, Mount View Cemetery Internet Link.
      LITTLE/ Thomas LITTLE/ 1840-1921/ also his wife/ Margaret HUTTON 1836-1918/ William Tait LITTLE/ 1865-1903/ also his wife/ Minna E. VOLKMAN 1871-1951 G. James LITTLE/ 1874-1954/ also his wife/ Clara A PALMER 1871-1954/

    10. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Thomas Little Birth Place: Scotland Residence: Mitchell Age: 24 Father Name: Gabriel Mother Name: Rebecca Saunders Spouse Name: Maggie Hutton Spouse's Age: 24 Spouse Birth Place: Scotland Spouse residence: Dumfries Township Spouse Father Name: James Spouse Mother Name: Agnes McKay Marriage Date: 27 May 1864 Marriage County: Waterloo

    11. [S573] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Galt - Union Presbyterian Church.
      Gilbert James Little Born 14 Jun 1874 Galt Parents Thomas Little & baptized 06 Oct 1874 Occupation: Cabinet Maker

    12. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 033156 (1921).
      Name:Thomas Little Gender:Male Age:82 Birth Date:abt 1839 Birth Place:Scotland Death Date:16 Dec 1921 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death:Uraemia

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Aug 1840 - Lockerbie, , Dumfries, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - So Quaas, Dryfesdale, Dumfries, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1847 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1854 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Cabinet Maker - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Free Church - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1864 - Mitchell, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1864 - Mitchell, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 May 1864 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Cabinetmaker - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - cabinet maker - 1874 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Store Keeper - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Undertaker - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Furniture Dealer - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Uraemia - 16 Dec 1921 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Dec 1921 - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1922 - 11 Cameron St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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