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Descendents of Thomas Herbert (1798 - 24 Feb 1862)
and Isabella Embleton (1804 - 16 Feb 1892)

Third Immigrant Generation

17. Eleanor "Ellen" Christina Little . Daughter of David Little & Margaret Ann Herbert. Born 3 Oct 1861 in Harvey. Died 6 Nov 1895 in Nanaimo, B.C.

    Listed in BC Vital Stats as Christina.   Died at Nanaimo, BC at age 34 years, on 6 Nov 1895.

    She married John Wood Coburn, son of Andrew Wood Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth Messer, 13 Dec 1882 in York Co., NB By Robert Nairn, Presbyterian. Born 30 Aug 1859 in Harvey. Died 13 May 1939 in Vancouver, BC. Occupation Lumberman.

   Witnesses to marriage were Ebenezer Little and Ellen Coburn.

    John and his first wife, Ellen Little, and family moved to Vancouver Island, BC, approximately 1885.   He was a lumberman, and after Ellen's death he married Ellen Cowie in 1899 in Victoria, BC.   From his second marriage he had two sons, one was Wallace Coburn, a medical doctor.

    In 1901 Census, for Victoria, BC, John was living in Victoria and his occupation was listed as Railroad, passenger con.

    From "The Herald", 14 Oct 1893:   "John Coburn, of Victoria, BC, is here on a visit to his many friends and relatives.   Mr Coburn formerly resided here, but left about 8 years ago, and he now holds a lucrative position on the Vancouver Island Railway."

    From "Nanaimo, The Story of a City", published by Nanaimo and District Museum Society, 100 Cameron Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, 1983.   Page 16:   "John Coburn, a well-known logger, operated a sawmill at Cassidy in the early 1900's.   In 1908 he opened a new logging operation known as the New Ladysmith Lumber Company in East Wellington.   His railway covered a total of 12.00 miles with two locomotives and five logging cars.   The logs were hauled from Mount Benson to the mill at East Wellington where lumber was sawn.   The lumber was then loaded on to railway cars to be transported to Brechin Point Rail Siding.   A widely known and colorful engineer on this operation was Charlie Snowdon, nicknamed "Broom Handle Charlie".   He ran the first "lokey" on Vancouver Island.   In 1926, the business was sold to Nanaimo Lumber Company and the mill was relocated at Quarterway."

    (Information from Annabel Cowie to Kenneth L. Coburn -- The BC Archives in Victoria has John Wood Coburn's diaries and papers, which are most interesting.   It is not possible to remove them from the Archives so you must travel to Victoria to look at them.)

    They had the following children:

        107   i.   Lila Maude Coburn

  108   ii.   Dora Pauline Coburn

18. Ebenezer "Eben" Little . Son of David Little & Margaret Ann Herbert. Born 15 Sep 1863 in Harvey. Died 12 Feb 1937 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.

    From his father, Eben inherited "the north side of the old homestead lot of land and also the south east triangle of the 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 5 or 6 acres more or less."

    From newspaper obituary - 1937:

    Ebenezer Little

    Coburn, York Co., Feb. 24 -- Ebenezer Little died at his home here after a lingering illness.   He was born in September 1863, youngest of a family of nine children born to David and Margaret (Herbert) Little, pioneer settlers of Harvey.   He had spent his life on the old homestead.   He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Mary Agnes Lister; three daughters, Mrs David Embleton, Mrs Arthur Cunningham, this place, and Mrs Lewis Rutherford, Tweedside; two sons, Norman, Peace River, Alta., and Irvine, at home, and one sister, Mrs W. W. E. Smith, Harvey Station.

    The funeral was held from his home, when Rev. Alex MacKay, pastor of the United Church, conducted a service and a quartet, Mrs George Speedy, Mrs Edgar Coburn, Gilbert Robison and G. Wesley Coburn sang.   Pallbearers were six nephews, Arnold Little, Earle Lister, David Little, Melvin Henry, Ward Little and Maurice Lister.   The floral offerings included a piece from the Universalist Sewing Circle.   Interment was made in the family lot at Manners Sutton, with prayers at the grave by Mr MacKay.

    He married Mary Agnes Lister, daughter of Edward Irving Lister & Mary Ann Piercy, 15 Oct 1884. Born 4 Jun 1868 in Harvey. Died 1 Jun 1960 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    Copied from newspaper obituary - 1960:

    Mrs Mary Little Died at Harvey

    Harvey Station -- The death occurred of Mary Agnes Little, widow of Ebenezer Little, at the Harvey Community Hospital.   She was 91.   Mrs Little was a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Ann Lister.

    She is survived by two sons, Irvine of Harvey and Norman of Dawson Creek, B.C., two daughters, Mrs Arthur Cunningham of Harvey and Mrs Lewis Rutherford of Tweedside; two sisters, Mrs Lottie Embleton and Mrs Ida Lord, both of Harvey; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by one son, two daughters and her husband who died 23 years ago.

    Funeral services were held from the home of Mrs Little's son, Irvine, with whom she had lived.   Service was conducted by Rev. William Randall assisted by Rev. Jackson.   Many floral tributes were received.   Pallbearers were Arnold Little, Ward Little and Harry Little, all nephews of the deceased, Delbert Lister, Earle Lister and Irvine Embleton.   Flower bearers were Maurice Lister, Melvin Henry, Lester Embleton, George McFadyen, Douglas Earle and Dayton Davis.

    They had the following children:

  109   i.   Carrie Jane Little

  110   ii.   David "Norman" Little

  111   iii.   Mary Ann "Annie" Little

  112   iv.   Margaret "Emma" Little

  113   v.   Neil Lister Little

  114   vi.   Edward "Irvine" Little

  115   vii.   Ida Elizabeth Little

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