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Bridgit Ann Little

Bridgit Ann Little[1]

Female 1877 - 1965  (87 years)

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  • Name Bridgit Ann Little 
    • According to family stories, her given name was Bridgit Ann, but was known to family members as "Biddie." However, she worked for a lady who did not like "Biddie," and so called her "Delia." She kept that name for the rest of her life, though family still called her Biddie.
    Nickname Biddie 
    Born 25 Oct 1877  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Per family stories, given name was Bridgit Ann, but was known to family members as "Biddie." However, she worked for a lady who did not like "Biddie," and so called her "Delia." She kept that name for the rest of her life; family still called her Biddie
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1880  Portage, Saint Charles County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bridget Little, 2 years old, born in Missouri, father born in Ireland, mother born in Pennsylvania, enumerated on census as child in home of William and Bridget Little 
    • 1880 Census: Portage, Saint Charles, Missouri
      William Little, 40 years old, born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland. Farming
      Bridget Little, wife, 25 years old, born in Pennsylvania; parents born in Ireland
      Bridget Little, child, 2 years old, born in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Pennsylvania
      Robert Little, 30 years old, born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland. Farming
    1880 U.S. Census
St. Charles County, Missouri
    1880 U.S. Census St. Charles County, Missouri
    Misc May 1892 
    Flood! Move to Alton 
    • After their marriage, William and Bridget settled on a farm in what is now called West Alton, then called Missouri Point. William and Bridgit lived on a strip of land just above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. William and Bridget were flooded several times. During one flood, they managed to bring their live stock to the Illinois shore until the water went down. In the spring of 1892, however, the area suffered a historic flood. In the middle of May, the levy suddenly broke and the flooding was severe. The family lost everything. The family moved all of their belongings up to the second floor and were living there but the flood waters began coming in the second floor windows. The family had to be rescued from the second story. William helped his family members onto a skiff and they made their way across the river to Alton. When the flood waters receded they went back to find that there was absolutely nothing left-no house, no belongings, no outbuildings or animals. The family decided to return to Alton, Illinois, which they did, settling on Ridge Street. William and Bridgit remained in Alton for the remainder of the lives.
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    Residence 1899  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1129 Green; working as a domestic 
    Residence 1900  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Delia Little, 22 years old, born October 1877 in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Pennsylvania; enumerated on census as servant n home of Walter Waples, a manager at Alton Electrical Services 
    • 1900 Census: Alton Ward 4, Madison County, Illinois
      Walter Waples, 40 years old, born December 1859 in Ilinois; father born in Pennsylvania; mother born in New York. Married for 6 years. Manager at Alton Electrical Service
      Amy Waples, 29 years old, born December 1870 in Illninois; father born in Connecticut; mother born in Illinois. Married for 6 years. Mother of 1 child, living
      Cary Waples, 5 years old, born March 1895 in Illinois; parents born in Illinois
      Delia Little, servant, 22 years old, born October 1877 in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Pennsylvania.
    Occupation 1900 
    servant 
    Residence 1901  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1129 Green (her parents' home); working as a domestic 
    Residence 1902  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1129 Green (her parents' home) 
    Residence 1906  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    830 E. 5th Street 
    Residence 1908  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    415 E. 12th Street; working as a domestic 
    Residence 1910  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1910 Census: Alton Ward 5, Madison County, Illinois
      710 Ridge Street
      Delia Little, 55 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Ireland. Widowed. Mother of 7 children, 4 living
      Delia Little, daughter, 31 years old, born in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Illinois. Servant
      Mary Little, daughter, 18 years old, born in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Illinois. Servant
      Willie Little, son, 20 years old, born in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Illinois. Laborer at lead works. Married
      Lizzie Little, daughter, 17 years old, born in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Illinois
      Agnes Little, daughter, 13 years old, born in Missouri; father born in Ireland; mother born in Illinois. Attended school within the year
    1910 U.S. Census
Madison County, Illinois
    1910 U.S. Census Madison County, Illinois
    Residence 1910  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    415 E. 12th Street; working as a domestic 
    Occupation 1910 
    servant 
    Residence 1911  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    415 E. 12th Street; working as a domestic 
    Residence 1914  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    918 E. 4th Street; working as a domestic 
    Residence 1916  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    918 E. 4th Street; working as housekeeper 
    Residence 1920  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1920 Alton Ward 4, Madison County, Illinois
      Francis B Kehoe, 49 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Ireland. Priest, St. Patrick's church
      Daniel F Daly, 26 years old, born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland. Came to the US in 1917. Ass. priest at St. Patricks
      Delia Little, 40 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Ireland. Housekeeper for priests
    Occupation 1920 
    housekeeper for priests 
    Residence 1921  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    918 E. 5th Street; maid 
    Residence 1923  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    918 E. 5th Street; maid 
    Residence 1927  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    913 Humboldt Ct; also listed at 907 W. 9th Street 
    Residence 1928  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    918 E. 5th Street; housekeeper 
    Residence 1930  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Delia Little, 52 years old, born in Illinois, parents born in Ireland, enumerated on census in home of Francis Keko and Philip Riley, the priests at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Delia was the priests' housekeeper 
    • 1930 Alton, Madison County, Illinois
      East Fifth Street
      Francis Keko, 61 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Ireland. Priest
      Philip Riley, 34 years old, born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland. Priest
      Delia Little, 52 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Ireland. Housekeeper
    Occupation 1930 
    housekeeper 
    Residence 1933  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    818 Spruce 
    Residence 1935  Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Jul 1938  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Laverne Fischer left this morning for Oak Park to visit his aunt, Miss Delia Little. Fischer, who plans to be away for ten days, will also visit with friends in Chicago." AET 14 July 1938
    Individual Note Jul 1939  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for a two weeks' visit with relatives and friends 
    • Monday July 24, 1939
      Alton Evening Telegraph
      Miss Delia Little of Oak Park, Ill., arrived Sunday evening for a two weeks' visit with relatives and friends.
    Residence 1940  Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Delia Little, 62 years old, born in Illinois enumerated on census as maid in home of Raymond Donaker; highest level of education listed as 8th grade
    Residence Aug 1940  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Individual Note Aug 1940  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks' visit with relatives and friends 
    Residence Jun 1941  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks' visit with relatives and friends 
    Residence Jun 1942  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks' visit with relatives and friends 
    Residence Aug 1943  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks' visit with relatives and friends 
    Residence Sep 1943  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Alton Evening Telegraph
      Miss Delia Little of Oak Park has departed after a two weeks' visit with relatives and friends in Alton.
    Residence Jun 1946  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • returned to Alton from Oak Park for several weeks visit with relatives and to attend first mass celebrated by nephew Laverne
    • Saturday July 6, 1946
      Alton Evening Telegraph
      Father Fischer Returns to Teutopolis Seminary
      Father Tarsicius Laverne Fischer has returned to St. Joseph's Seminary at Teutopolis, where he will study for another year. Father Fischer read his first mass at St. Patrick's Church Sunday, June 23, and has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fischer of 4 East Sixth, and other relatives since that time.
      Miss Delia Little, his aunt, will return to her home at Oak Park Sunday after several weeks visit with relatives here. Miss Little came to Alton to attend the first solemn mass celebrated by Father Fischer. Sgt. Louise Boschert, a relative, will return to O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Mo.
    Residence Jul 1947  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    called to Alton from Oak Park by serious illness of sister Rose Richey; Rose died on July 6, 1947 
    Residence Sep 1949  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for visit with sister Agnes 
    Residence Jun 1950  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    return to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks vacation 
    Residence Aug 1952  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    returned to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks visit with sister Agnes 
    Residence Jun 1953  Oak Park, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    return to Alton from Oak Park for two weeks visit with sister Agnes and other relatives 
    Died 30 May 1965  Alton, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    • at St. Anthony's Hospital
    • OBITUARY
      Alton Evening Telegraph
      June 1, 1965
      Miss Delia Ann Little, 86, of 918 Riley Ave., Alton, a former housekeeper at St. Patrick's Church rectory for 28 years, died at 2:20 p.m. Sunday in St. Anthony's Hospital. She had been seriously ill the past four days.
      Miss Little was housekeeper for the late Rev. Father Francis Kehoe when he was pastor of St. Patrick's.
      She is survived by one brother and two sisters: William Little, Mrs. Nellie Richey and Mrs. Felix Boscherts, all of Alton.
      The body is at Burke Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 p.m. today. The rosary will be recited at 8 pm today.
      Funeral Services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Patrick's. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

    • Alton Evening Telegraph
      June 2, 1965
      Nephew Officiates At Little Funeral
      A nephew, the Rev. Father Laverne Fischer of West Mount, was celebrant of a Requiem High mass at 9 am today in St. Patrick's Church for Miss Delia Ann Little, a former housekeeper at St. Patrick's rectory for 28 years.
      The Rev. Father David Peters delivered the sermon and Father Fischer officiated at St. Patrick Cemetery.
    Delia Ann Little Obit
    Delia Ann Little Obit
    Buried Godfrey, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Little Headstone
    Little Lot
    Person ID I71  My Family Tree
    Last Modified 4 May 2020 

    Father William Little,   b. 1836-1840, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1907, Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Bridgit Keefe,   b. 15 Dec 1854, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1935, Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 15 Jun 1875  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church; married by the Rev. J. Janssen; James Christian and Marie O'Day, witnesses
    William Little and Bridgit Keefe Marriage
    William Little and Bridgit Keefe Marriage
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Biddie Little
    William Little Family
    Little Family

  • Notes 
    • Delia Ann Little never married. Much of her employment was as a housekeeper for various priests. She was a housekeeper at St. Patrick's rectory for 28 years, and a housekeeper for the Rev. Father Francis Kehoe when he was pastor at St. Patrick.

      Family members relate that Aunt Biddy was really nice, and that she a would constantly wring her hands.

  • Sources 
    1. [S19128] Citation Text: Delia "Bridgit", age 2, listed in William and Bridgit'shome in 1880. Delia, 31, list.

    2. [S19212] Census.
      1900 Alton, Madison County, Illinois; listing Delia as 22 years old, born October 1877 in Missouri

    3. [S19227] SSDI.
      with full date of birth

    4. [S19232] Tombstone.
      inscribed with birth year of 1877

    5. [S19213] Church Record.
      from St. Patrick Church in Alton, noting Delia A. Little died at age 87 on May 30, 1965. Fr. Fisher, O.F.M. officiating.

    6. [S19226] OBITUARY.
      for Delia, with date and place of death

    7. [S19227] SSDI.

    8. [S19232] Tombstone.
      inscribed with year of death as 1965


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