Moses Little
Born: May 8, 1724 - Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
Died: May 27, 1798 - Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
Buried: Sawyer Hill Burying Ground, Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts
Service: Moses Little served in the general court of Massachusetts. Moses led a company of Minutemen who marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. On May 1, 1775, he was chosen as colonel of the 17th Regiment. He led three of his companies in the Battle of Bunker Hill,
crossed Charlestown Neck under severe fire from British batteries and ships of war, reaching the scene of action before the enemy and remained throughout the engagement. After the evacuation of Boston, he was present with Washington’s army on Long Island, where he commanded Forte Greene. He was stationed at Flatbush pass during the battle on August 27, 1776. He took part in the Battle of Harlem Heights.
Family: When they were 19 years old, in 1743, Moses married Abigail Bailey. They had eleven children. He was for several years a surveyor and obtained grants of unoccupied crown lands in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. He built a mansion at Turkey Hill. In 1777, he declined brigadier general based on his poor health and family reasons. He had a stroke with paralysis in 1781. In 1784, Littleton, New Hampshire, was named in his honor. His estate was inventoried at $62,356, a large fortune in those days.

Photo courtesy of Paul Noyes and Al Sawyer