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Descendents of George Embleton (1776 - 1833)
and Margaret Davidson (1782 - 1836)

Second Immigrant Generation

12. Margaret Ann Herbert . Daughter of Thomas Herbert & Isabel Embleton. Born 19 Jul 1825 in Haugh-Head, England. Christen 22 Aug 1825 in Wooler Presbyterian Church, Tower Hill, Eng. Died 10 Jan 1913 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    From York Co NB Marriage Register B 1837-1850 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were Thomas Herbert and Robert Embleton.

    From newspaper obituary - 1913:

    Mrs Margaret Little

    Harvey Station, Jan 13 -- Mrs Margaret Little, widow of David Little, and one of the oldest and most respected residents of this place, passed away on Friday morning after a short illness of bronchitis.   She was in the 88th year of her age, but her mind and memory were unimpaired till the last.

    She was the oldest daughter of Thomas Herbert, one of the first settlers of Harvey and came here with her parents from Northumberland, England, in the year 1837.   She resided with her husband on their farm at Little Settlement for nearly forty years and about twenty-eight years ago came to the Station, where she made her home every since.   Her husband died about twenty years ago.   She reared a large family, only four of whom survive her.   They are Mrs Wm. E. Smith and Mrs M. Briggs, of this place, and Thomas and Eben of Coburn.   She is also survived by about forty grandchildren.   A considerable number of great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.   She was a woman of strong character and much more than ordinary intelligence and of very amiable disposition, and had a large circle of friends.   She was always ready to help in times of trouble, both by word and deed and held a large place in the affections of the community.

    The funeral took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended, despite the cold rainy weather which prevailed.

    She married David Little, son of John Little & Janet Heughan, 8 Apr 1844 in Harvey Settlement By Daniel McCurdy, Presbyterian. Born 25 Aug 1816 in Dumfries, Scotland. Died 9 Oct 1892 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.

    David Little came to NB in 1832 with his parents and siblings, and the family first settled in New Maryland, near Fredericton.   David and his brothers moved to the Harvey area in the early 1840s and settled on land in the Little Settlement area,

    David and his wife Margaret settled on Lot D, in Coburn, and were farmers.   David soon amassed a considerable amount of land--the 1861 Census shows that he owned or occupied 100 acres of improved land and 350 acres of unimproved land.

    The 1861 Census shows David as 45 years of age, Margaret as 39 years, and six children ranging in age from 16 years to 3 years of age.   Two servants lived in their household, James Embleton, age 25, and Sarah Arbuckle, age 20 years.   They had one horse, 5 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 5 other neat cattle, 45 sheep, 3 swine, and slaughtered 600 lb. pork.   They produced 150 lb. butter, 110 lb. wool, 40 tons hay, 30 bu. wheat, 600 bu. oats, 50 bu. buckwheat, 10 bu. timothy, 50 bu. turnips, 100 bu. potatoes and 40 bu. carrots.

    Last Will and Testament of David Little ( Probate Records F11788 PANB No. 444)

    Know all men by these presents that I David Little of the Parish of Manners Sutton, Co. York, and Province of New Brunswick, Farmer, being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and Testament.   1st. I give and bequeath to my son David Allen the south side of the old homestead lot of land which he now occupies the bounds being placed by fences and well known.   2nd. I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer Little the north side of the old homestead lot of land and also the south east triangle of a lot of land adjoining said homestead lot, said triangle being formed by a little brook on one side and two roads on the other sides containing about 5 or 6 acres more or less.   3rd. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Little the lot of land known as the rear lot and on which the said Thomas Little now resides excepting the said South Eastern triangle willed to Ebenezer Little.   4th. I give and bequeath to my sons David Allen and Ebenezer Little conjointly the lot of land known as the swamp lot adjoining the mill pond on the Northeast Magaguadavic river.   5th.   I give and bequeath to my oldest son John Little the lot of land at Harvey Station which I last bought from William Embleton and does not include the field next the railroad nor the house and barn nor the privilege of the spring water for the same, said lot not to be taken possession of by the said John Little until the death of his mother, she having to have the use of it during her lifetime.   6th. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Little should she survive me the house and barn next to the railroad with the privilege of spring water, to be held by her absolutely and at her disposal in any way she may think proper, and it is also my will and desire that said beloved wife shall have two thirds of all my personal property, after paying all my just debts funeral expenses and so forth, and the other third of my personal property it is my will and desire that it shall be paid in equal proportions to my beloved daughters Isabella Embleton, Jane Smith, Mary E. Briggs, Ellen Coburn and Margaret Emma Darling Little, or such of them as may be living at my death, to be held by them respectively for their own private use without the control of any other person whatever.   7th. I ordain and appoint my sons John and Thomas Little as executors of this my last will and Testament.   In Testimony whereof I have hereinto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament in the presence of the witnesses named below this 11th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four.   Signed sealed published and declared by the said David Little as and for his last will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.   (Witnesses:   John Taylor, Thomas Robison)   Signed:   David Little

    Details of this family can be found in the book "The Little Family of Harvey Settlement 1786-1992" compiled by Janet Swan Watson, Brenda Saunders Swan, Jocelean Swan Hall.

    They had the following children:

        69   i.   Isabella Little

  70   ii.   John D. "Jack" Little

  71   iii.   Jane "Janie" Little

  72   iv.   Thomas Herbert Little

  73   v.   Infant Little (Stillborn)

  74   vi.   Mary Elizabeth Little

  75   vii.   David "Allan" Little

  76   viii.   Eleanor "Ellen" Christina Little

  77   ix.   Ebenezer "Eben" Little

  78   x.   Margaret "Emma" Darling Little