Biography of Frank Hamilton Little

Washington county is making rapid progress as a stock raising district and among those whose well directed efforts are contributing to its development along this line is numbered Frank Hamilton Little, who resides at Ramona and is recognized as one of the largest operators in this field in the state.

He is a member of one of the pioneer families of Oklahoma and was born at La Fayette, Georgia, March 28, 1875, his parents being William and Theresa (Davis) Little, who were also natives of that state. They came to Indian Territory over forty years ago, settling on a farm near Vinita, where the father engaged in stock raising, and he also became one of the principal stockholders in the Bank of Vinita, conducting his business affairs very successfully. He was a teacher by profession and was thus occupied while a resident of La Fayette, Georgia. He was a veteran of the Civil war, in which he participated as a soldier in the Confederate army, and the battle of Chickamauga was fought in the Davis yard. He was wounded while in the service, carrying the bullet to the time of his death, which occurred in 1911. The mother passed away in 1886.

Frank H. Little acquired his education in the public schools of La Fayette, Georgia, and Vinita, Oklahoma, and previous to his father’s death he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres five miles southwest of Ramona, while his brother William took up adjoining land. The three brothers, William, Joseph and Frank Little, subsequently engaged in stock raising and since the demise of the first named the subject of this review and Joseph Little have successfully continued the business. They own large tracts of land in Washington county, on which they graze their stock, never having on hand less than two thousand head, and they rank with the most successful stockmen in the state. Both reside in attractive homes in Ramona, Joseph Little having married Miss Myrtle Arnold, who was born near Chelsea, Oklahoma, and they now have a family of eight children. A Miss Pallton, a cousin of the subject of this review, is the wife of Dr. Francis Barstow Fite.

On November 27, Thanksgiving day, 1919, Mr. Little was united in marriage to Miss Bertha French, a daughter of Marshall Oliver and Nellie (Holliday) French, the latter a great-niece of Cyrus K. Holliday of the Santa Fe Railroad company, and to this union has been born a daughter, Theresa Jane.

Energy, perseverance and thrift are recognized the world over as the foundation of material prosperity and these three qualities are possessed by Mr. Little. The word fail has never found a place in his vocabulary and his labors have ever been of a constructive character, contributing not only to individual success but also to public progress and development.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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3 thoughts on “Biography of Frank Hamilton Little”

  1. Joanie Cool Jackson

    As an Associate Professor, I always stress to my students when writing a paper to make sure it is clear what noun is being replaced by the pronoun. 🙂
    I tried to copy/paste a picture I took Sunday of William Little’s headstone in the Young Family Cemetery, but alas, the picture would not paste into the message box.
    Some local SCV Camp men and Eagle Scouts are planning a major clean up of the cemetery in honor of several Confederate Vets buried there.
    Thanks and take care!

  2. Joanie Cool Jackson

    Your facts should be checked. IF Frank Hamilton Little was born in 1875, he most certainly did not serve in the Civil War (1861-1865). Colonel Francis “Frank” Hamilton Little DID serve in the 11th GA and was wounded twice. His father was William Little. Col. Little did live in La Fayette, Walker County, GA, but died in 1868, likely from “consumption” (Tuberculosis). According to family letters, Col. Frank Little is buried in the Young Family Cemetery in Walker County, GA. Thank you.

    1. You have misread the 2nd paragraph. When “he” is referenced for the Civil War it is referencing Frank’s father, William. Thanks for the additional details about Frank and William!

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