Does anyone know anything about this Lucy Daniel who married Levi Brittain. Also other
surnames are mentioned.
NATIVE VIRGINIAN, GEORGE BRITTAIN,
CALLED "FATHER OF HARLAN COUNTY"©
by Holly Fee (Timm) - originally published in Harlan's Heritage IV,
Weekend Edition of the Harlan Daily Enterprise, February 28, 1987
Often referred to as the "Father of Harlan County," George Brittain was born
about 1768 in Wythe County, Va. By 1800, he had moved from Virginia to the part of
Kentucky that was to become Harlan County.
By May of 1804, he owned 200 acres on Martins fork. This was probably the same tract of
land on which he built his fine home at what is now Browning Acres. He reputedly built a
race track and kept a fine string of race horses.
Brittain served as a colonel in the War of 1812 and was active in early civic affairs in
what was then Knox County. He served from that County in the Kentucky State Legislature
from 1813 to 1814 and was instrumental in the establishment of Harlan County in 1819. He
was also active in the local Home Guard, or Militia as it was often referred to, and that
is probably where he acquired the title of General George Brittain.
Brittain continued his civic activities after the formation of the County and acted as
the first County and circuit court clerk. Most of the official County records of the
1820's were written or recorded by him and his signature is on the 1820 census and tax
His farm, located about a mile and a half south of the present city of Harlan, served
every fall as a Methodist camp meeting ground in the 1830's and probably hosted as
well other community gatherings. In later years, this farm became known as the Skidmore
Farm and continued to host such events as the annual Fourth of July celebration long after
the Brittains had sold it to the Skidmore family.
George Brittain was the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Parks Brittain. Nathaniel
Brittain was born about 1740 and died Oct. 17, 1776, while serving as a private in the
Eighth Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War.
Nathaniel is said to have been the son of James Brittain who came to the American
colonies in the 1700's from Wales. This James Brittain is said to have had seven sons
who all served in the Revolution. Nathaniel and Elizabeth Parks Brittain had five known
children besides George: James, who married Nancy Chadwell; Levi who married Nancy Daniel;
Parks who married first Elizabeth King, second Sally Leonard and third Sarah Price;
William; and Mary, who married James Gray.
James and Nancy Chadwell Brittain settled in Lee County, Va. Some of their descendants
have also lived in Harlan County. Levi and Nancy Daniels Brittain lived in Knox County.
They are the ancestors of many of the Brittain families in Knox and Clay counties.
George Brittain married first in the 1790's to Mary Bailey. She was born about 1772,
probably in Henry County, Va., and was the daughter of Carr and Mary Turner Bailey. Mary
Bailey Brittain died when her five children were still young.
Within a few years of her death, George married Nancy Posey who was born about 1796 in
Georgia. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Susannah Posey. Susannah was the daughter of
David and Elizabeth Turner Chadwell.
After Benjamin Posey's death, Susannah married Daniel O. Daniel. She was left
considerable property by her first husband and by her father and in 1839 in Claiborne
County, Tenn., she wrote a will leaving various amounts of money and property to her
children, several of whom lived in Harlan County.
Nancy Posey Brittain died in 1881. She spent most of her last years in her son,
Carlo's household. In 1850, her nieces, Mary and Nancy Lankford, are living with her
and her husband George Brittain. They were daughters of her sister, Temperance and
Benjamin Lankford. Mary was born about 1829 and married Benjamin Franklin Irvin and Nancy
was born about 1825 and married John Sturdevant. Both were born in Claiborne County, Tenn.
Nancy and John Sturdevant were living in Owsley County in 1860, with them was Nancy's
daughter Jerusha, said to have been fathered by Enoch Osborn.
George Brittain wrote his will June 4, 1846, in which he named his wife, Nancy; his sons
Carr, James, George and Carlo B.; his daughters Sally Goss, Mary Goss, Louisa M. Watkins
and Drucilla S. Lyttle; and his grandson George B. Turner who was the only child of his
deceased daughter Elizabeth Anne. He not only owned large tracts of land, but also many
Census records list him as owning 24 slaves in 1840 and 15 in 1850. Many of these slaves
are said to have died in a typhoid epidemic which may explain the sharp drop in numbers
between 1840 and 1850. George Brittain died Oct. 31, 1850. His will, which was probated in
November of that year, specified by name certain of his many slaves to each of his heirs.
By his first wife, Nancy Posey, he had four children, Elizabeth Anne, Carlo, Louisa, and
Carr Brittain, oldest child of George Brittain and his first wife, was born between 1793
and 1799. The Harlan County marriage books, recopied late in the 19th century, list his
marriage to Caroline Marsee as being in 1837, but it is thought to be incorrect as she is
believed to be the mother of Carr's two daughters, Julia Anne born about 1827 and Lucy
Anne born about 1832. Caroline Marsee Brittain was born about 1801 in Virginia.
Listed in Carr and Caroline Brittain's 1850 household is a two-year-old boy named
Chadwell. In that census record he is listed as a Brittain but in 1860 he is listed as
Chadwell Noe. His relationship, if any, is not known, but he does not appear to be a son
of Carr and Caroline's
Carr Brittain died by June 25, 1864, when sale and appraisal bills were filed in Harlan
County regarding his estate.
Julia Anne, oldest daughter of Carr, married about 1851 to Benjamin Berry Lankford, who
was born about 1827 in Claiborne County, Tenn., son of Benjamin Lankford and Temperance
Posey, sister of Carr's stepmother. Benjamin Lankford served in the Civil War in the
47th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Company F, under the command of Captain Henry Skidmore.
His brothers Robert and William, served in the same Company.
Robert died at Camp Nelson in December of 1863 and William was transferred to Company K
of the same outfit. Benjamin, left alone in the company, deserted Jan. 26, 1864, and is
listed as never having returned to his unit.
Julia Anne and Benjamin Lankford had nine children. Their oldest child, Caroline, was
born about 1851 and died Aug. 13, 1852, at the age of one.
James Ewing Lankford, oldest son of Julia Anne and Benjamin was born Aug. 15, 1853, at
Mill Creek. In 1876, he married America Farmer. They had at least one son, Henry, born in
1879. James apparently died by 1885 when America married Nathan Mitchell.
Their third child, Drucilla Lankford, was born about 1855 and died March 1, 1859, at the
age of four.
Carr Lankford, fourth child of Benjamin and Julia Anne, was born about 1858. He married
first, in 1882, Catharine Howard. They had four known children, Ewing, born Nov. 11, 1883,
married in 1907, Emily L. Fee; Agnes, born Jan. 28, 1885, married 1904, Robert Middleton;
Gilbert born Dec. 25, 1887; and Franklin, born March 17, 1890.
Catherine Howard Lankford apparently died by about 1890 when Carr married again.
By the second wife, Eveline he had Milford, who was born in October of 1891, and married
in 1912 to Laura Fee; Louannie born Sept., 1894; Noble born May 1899 and Beckham born
about 1903. Carr Lankford died by 1910.
Alabama Lankford, fifth child of Benjamin and Julia, was born about 1862. In 1877, she
married Burdine Jones. According to a Harlan Circuit Court case in 1904 involving the
heirs of George Brittain, Alabama and Burdine's children appear to have been Bud,
Green, Milford and Morgan.
Benjamin and Julia had four more children, Jefferson, born about 1863; Edward, born
about 1866; Lucy J., born about 1869; and Elizabeth, born about 1873. Only two of Benjamin
and Julia's children were still living in 1900.
Carr and Caroline Brittain's second daughter, Lucy Anne, was born about 1832. About
1848, she married William T. Hall. They had nine children. Their oldest son was Carlo
Brittain Hall, born in October of 1850. The name of his first wife is not known. In 1900,
he and his second wife Nancy, were living near Mount Pleasant, now the city of Harlan.
William T. and Lucy Anne's oldest daughter was July Ann. She was born Feb. 11, 1853,
in Harlan County. In 1902, she married John C. Clem. She died Nov. 12, 1914, of
tuberculosis. The remaining seven children of William T. and Lucy Anne Hall were Louisa,
born about 1855; George, born about 1858; Mary, born about 1861; Robert, born about 1864;
Nancy, born about 1867; John, born about 1868; and William, born about 1873.
James Brittain, second son of George Brittain and his first wife, Mary Bailey, was born
about 1801. He first married Jane Ely, born about 1820, daughter of William Ely and
Rebecca Saylor. Prior to their divorce in April of 1850, they had three children who
remained with their father as was frequently the case in 19th century divorces. There is
additional information on Jane Ely after her divorce from James Brittain in the article
tracing the Saylor family which appears elsewhere in this special edition.
In 1853, James Brittain married Lavina Shepherd. This marriage was apparently short
lived as she is not listed in James' household in the 1860 census.
Carr Brittain, oldest child of James and Jane Ely Brittain was born Jan. 1, 1843, and
died Aug. 6, 1913. He married Jan. 10, 1867, in Lee County, Va., to Sarilda Jane Ball,
daughter of Arthur and Nancy Daniels Ball. Sarilda Ball Brittain was born Sept. 14, 1851,
in Virginia and died May 3, 1932.
Carr and Sarilda Jane Ball Brittain had seven Children; Nancy Brittain was born Sept. 3,
1869; She first married Allen Smith and they had a son, William Smith, born Feb. 17, 1889,
and died Sept. 21, 1903. Nancy married secondly to William Eads, son of Nancy B. Eads.
James Floyd Brittain, oldest son and second child of Carr and Sarilda, was born April 8,
1872. He first married Martha Scott and second, Charlotte Fee, daughter of Abner Fee.
James Floyd Brittain had 10 children; Laura Jane, born May 1, 1896; America Sarah, born
Sept. 12, 1894; Nannie V., born Sept. 9, 1905, and married Wheeler Cole; James R.; Roy
Lee; Ruth Mae, born Aug. 23, 1906; Ella, born Oct. 8, 1907, and married Roma Lee Bowman;
William, born May 26, 1911, and married Mamie K. Long; John H.; Josie Lee born May 18,
William Arthur Brittain, third child of Carr and Sarilda, was born July 19, 1873, and
died Dec. 23, 1948. He first married Joyce Lee by whom he had two daughters, Jane, born
July 4, 1894, and died November 12, 1896, and Mary, born Aug. 2, 1896. William A. Brittain
married secondly, in 1901, Jane Hensley, born about 1880, daughter of G. and C. Hensley.
Sallie W. Brittain, fourth child and second daughter of Carr and Sarilda, was born Sept.
14, 1876 and married Milton Scott. Milton and Sallie Scott had eight children: Hannah, who
married Frank Brown; Willie; Geneva who married Rufus Middleton; John H., who married
Fannie Middleton; Nannie Lee; Oscar; Obie; Pearl, who married Fannie Smith.
George Henry Brittain, fifth child of Carr and Sarilda, was born June 16, 1880, and died
April 18, 1936. In 1901, he married, in Lee County, Va., Victoria Selby. They had five
children. Annie, born May 26, 1903, and married Floyd Hamblin; Nannie; Lee who married
Reuben Saylor; Frank; Charlie.
John Lewis Brittain was born Oct. 6, 1884, and died Aug. 30, 1957. John and his wife,
Mary Jane Hensley, had eleven children: Sarah M.; Mary Jane; George W., born April 12,
1912, and married Mary Bowlen; Philip Carr, born March 3, 1922 , and married in 1942 to
Martha Fee, sister of the Charlotte Fee who had married Philip's uncle James Brittain;
James Arthur, born May 29, 1925, and married in 1947 to Annie Taylor; Robert Lee, born
April 14, 1930, and married Corrine Taylor; Franklin d., born Nov. 29,1932; Arnold F.,
born March 29, 1935 and married Alma Gibson; Samuel; Campbell; and Jesse W., born June 3,
Martha Alafair Brittain, youngest child of Carr and Sarilda, was born June 25, 1896. In
1915, in Lee County, Va. She married Robert F. Campbell, who was born in 1895. They had
five children. John E., born July 16, 1916, and married Georgia Helen Matlock; James
Arthur, born March 14, 1919, and died Sept. 8, 1919; Anna Elizabeth, born Sept. 23, 1927,
and married Sewell Davis; Harvey, born Sept. 9, 1930 and married Bobbie Foster; and
Pearlie Irene, born July 31, 1932, and married Leonard Campbell.
William Brittain, second son of James and Jane Ely Brittain, was born Feb. 25, 1845. In
1870, in Harlan County, he marrried Rebecca Jane Cole, born June 11, 1852, daughter of
It is known from census records that this Cole family was a least part Indian. Probably
Cherokee. By 1922, William and some of his children were living in Pulaski County he died
William and Jane Cole Brittain had seven children, the youngest of whom, Martha Ellen,
was born Feb. 24, 1887, and died June 27, 1890. Their oldest son, Carr Brittain, was born
June 15, 1867. He married in Harlan County, in 1888, to Martha Fee, born Aug., 1871. She
was the daughter of Stephen and Mary Forrester Fee. Carr and Martha Fee Brittain had 12
Their children were: Mary Jane, born May of 1889, and married Bradley Napier; Nathaniel
W., born Dec. 28, 1890, and died Jan. 24, 1912; Arminta E., born June, 1894, married
Columbus Scott; William W., born Dec., 1892, died June 30, 1984, and married Vesta Ivey;
Nicia, born Jan., 1896, and married Daniel Hensley; Georgia Anne, born Jan., 1898, and
married Marion Smith; Pearl, born Feb., 1900, and married Sophia Davidson; Frank, who
married Anna Osborn; Josephine, who married Wilson Hensley; Mae, who married Clarence
Scott; Grant, who died young; and Naomi, who married Joe Hensley. James G. Brittain,
second son of William and Jane, was born about 1868. He married Nancy Middleton. By 1922,
he was living in Pulaski County. They had eight children. Lawrence; Ora Mae, who died
young; Carl, who died young; Roxie; Bill; Ada; Ruby; and Rufus. Araminty Brittain, third
child and oldest daughter of William and Jane, was born Sept. 20, 1869, and died in 1925.
On July 15, 1886, she marr!
ied James Harrison Eads, newspaper editor and Publisher. James and Araminta Eads had 10
children: Simon Nathaniel, born Dec. 25, 1887; Bertha Faith, born Nov. 20, 1889; Pheba
Grace, born Nov. 20, 1889, died 1932, twin to Bertha; Arthur Dewitt, born April 10, 1892;
Roy William Brittain Duffy, born July 12, 1894; Mark Anderson Carr, born Jan. 4, 1897,
died 1973; Henry Paul, born March 23, 1900; Hiram Gilbert, born June 3, 1904; Sarah Lee,
born Jan. 19, 1907; Granville Pearl, born May 16, 1912.
Carlo B. Brittain, fourth child of William and Jane, was born Sept. 7, 1874, and married
on Feb. 18, 1897, to Josephine Roark, widow of Gilford Fee.
Ezekial 'E.C.' Brittain was killed in a slate fall Jan. 3, 1922. E.C. and Laura
had eight children. Martha Ellen, born about 1902, and married General Fee and later,
Charles H. Baker; William Ray, married Mary Bowman; Carr, born about 1908, and married
Susie Johnson (Carr died by August, 1936, when his widow, Susie, married John Fee) Nellie,
married Ples Hickey; Chloe married Victor Thruman and after his death, John C. Risner;
Carlo, died at the age of three; Elmer; Josephine, who married Smith Gilbert.
Franklin Hiram Brittain youngest son of William and Jane Cole Brittain, was born Oct.
29, 1879. He married Hannah Stepp and moved to Pulaski County with his parents. They had
nine children: Earl, Ethel, James Estill, Rebecca, Henry, Madge, Clyde, Carl who died
young, and Harold.
Caroline Brittain, only daughter of James and Jane Ely Brittain, was born about 1847. In
1873, she married James Garret Hensley.
George Brittain, son of George Brittain, and his first wife, was born about 1807,
according to deed regarding his share of the estate of Carr Bailey, inherited through his
mother, he was living in Jackson County, Missouri in 1835.
He was apparently still living in 1846 when his father named him in his will. As he does
not appear in any of the later deeds regarding George Brittain, Sr.'s estate, he
probably died early in the 1850's, leaving no heirs.
Very little is known about Sally and Mary, George Brittain's daughters by his first
wife, Mary Bailey. They were both born between 1800 and 1810.
Sally Brittain married Hezekiah B. Goss and Mary married Alexander Goss. Both couples
settled in Greene County, Tenn. Hezekiah Goss was deceased by 1844.
Elizabeth Anne Brittain, oldest daughter of George Brittain by his second wife, Nancy
Posey, was born about 1817. On Christmas Eve, 1835, she married her cousin, William
Turner. Elizabeth Anne died March 13, 1837, three days after giving birth to their only
child George Brittain Turner.
William Turner was born June 10, 1812, son of William and Susannah Bailey Turner. He was
a prosperous farmer and merchant in the county and actively supported the development of
the schools. In 1851, William Turner married again to Minerva Brittain. Minerva was the
daughter of Elizabeth Anne's cousin Chadwell Brittain, and his wife Sallie Brittain
who was a cousin of both Elizabeth Anne and of her own husband, Chadwell.
Chadwell Brittain was the son of James Brittain and Sallie Brittain was the daughter of
Parks Brittain. James and Parks Brittain were brothers, sons of Nathaniel Brittain, as was
the ancestor of the Harlan County Brittains, George Brittain.
George Brittain Turner, only child of William and Elizabeth Brittain Turner, was born
March 10, 1837. Until he was 10 years old, he lived with his grandfather, George Brittain.
About 1847, he moved to his father's home and worked for him in his store.
In 1854, he married Margaret Crump, born about 1835, daughter of John G. and Eliza
Watkins Crump. John G. Crump came here from Bedford County, Va., and served for many years
as clerk of both the Circuit and County Courts.
George B. Turner was a successful trader, merchant and lawyer and was active in
Democratic politics, holding several County offices. Margaret Crump Turner died June 5,
1897. George B. Turner married for the second time in 1901 to Dixie Lee Mitchell. He died
Oct. 2, 1915.
Seven of George and Margaret Turner's 10 children were dead by 1911 and at least
several of them died in childhood. These seven were included: William Turner, born about
1858; Carlo B. Turner, born Dec. 1, 1859; George B. Turner, born Oct. 26, 1861; Robert E.
Turner, born about 1864; John K. Turner, born about 1868; Eliza Turner, born about 1871;
and Green Turner, born about 1873. Nancy Elizabeth Turner, oldest daughter of George and
Margaret Turner, was born in May of 1855. In 1876, she married Moses Wilkerson Howard, son
of James G. and Matilda Howard. Moses W. Howard was active in local Republican politics
and served for many years as circuit court clerk. Moses and Nancy Howard had seven
Their oldest son, George Turner Howard, was born Oct. 23, 1877, and died Nov. 8, 1942.
In 1901, he married Nannie Jane Smith. They had six children: Edwin Brittain Howard; Nina
Louise Howard, married John McKinley; Virginia Maud Howard, married Dr. Clement R. Jones;
Moses Wilderson Howard; Robert Smith Howard; George Turner Howard, Jr.
Margaret Matilda Howard was born in 1879. She married Isom Jones. William James Robert
Howard was born in October of 1880; Rella Catherine Howard married Wade Skidmore about
1898. The son of Milard and Mary Ella Spurlock Skidmore, Wade was born in November of
1873. He was elected County superintendant of schools in 1900, but only served two years
of the four year term as he died in 1902. They had three children: Merit, Walter and
Edith. Elhannon Murphy Howard, Jr., was born Aug. 5, 1886. In 1907, he married Martha
"Mattie" Eager, daughter of George Washington Eager and Letitia Skidmore. E.M.
Howard, Jr., was one of the founders of the Harlan Hospital.
Georgia Lillian Howard was born in July of 1889. She married A. C. Jones.
Mary Louise Howard, youngest daughter of Moses and Nancy Turner Howard, was born in
October, 1892. She married George Ward. Louisa, second daughter and sixth child of George
B. and Margaret Turner, was born about 1866. She married William Z. Gilbert. Susan M.,
youngest child of George and Margaret Turner, was born in March of 1876. In 1902, she
married Hiram C. Howard.
In the Harlan County Court orders for the November term of 1866, Martha Farley charged
George B. Turner with the paternity of her son Henry G. Farley. The case was continued and
that following spring, she agreed to dismiss the case with Turner paying her $50.
Henry G. Farley later took the name of his alleged father and in 1900 is living at
Wallins Creek as Henry G. Turner. He was born May 14, 1865, and died Dec. 12, 1928, in
About 1886, Henry married Alabama Long, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Lansdown Long.
She was born in April of 1867 and died in 1949 in Rockcastle County. Henry and Alabama
Turner had nine children: Arlene, Mintie, Martha Ellen, Amanda, Abby, Frank, Annie, Nora
and Mattie. Henry Turner's maternal grandparents are thought to have been Thomas and
Carlo B. Brittain, oldest son of George Brittain by his second wife Nancy Posey, was
born Oct. 20, 1819, and died Jan. 8, 1888. His first wife was Sally Hamblen, born about
1825 in Virginia, probably a daughter of Francis Hamblen. Carlo and Sally Brittain had
seven known children. Their oldest daughter was Elizabeth Anne, who was born late in 1849
and married Levi Hoskins.
Nancy, second daughter of Carlo and Sally Brittain, was born Feb. 25, 1852, on Martins
Fork. She married Creed Fulton Smith. About 1856, Carlo and Sally Brittain had twins, John
and George. John died in infancy.
Mary Louisa Brittain, born April 1, 1858, first married Henry Lewis and then married
Drucilla Brittain was born Dec. 5, 1859. She married Dec. 2, 1876, in Lee County, Va.,
to Thomas P., son of J. P. and Sallie Graham. Thomas and Drucilla Brittain Graham had
three children by the 1880 census: William C., Madison P. and Sarah A.
Sallie, youngest child of Carlo and Sally Hamblen Brittain, was born July 27, 1864, and
died Oct. 24, 1948. She married June 17, 1880, to Hiram Cawood.
Hiram and Sallie Brittain Cawood lived their entire lives in Harlan County, mostly at
Cawood. Hiram Cawood was born Feb. 12, 1860, the son of John and Louisiana Jones Cawood.
He had first married and then divorced Lucretia Skidmore, by whom he had one child Green
Hiram Cawood's father, John, was killed, reputedly one of the many victims of the
Turner Howard feud. Hiram and his mother, as administrators of John Cawood's estate,
authorized the payment of $100 bounty to W. S. Hensley for the arrest of John S. Helton
and Tip Day.
Hiram was named for his maternal grandfather, Hiram Jones. He died at Cawood on Feb. 11,
1934. Hiram and Sallie Brittain Cawood had 11 known children.
Their oldest son, John, was born July 2, 1881. In 1904, he married Rosa Howard. Rosa
died Aug. 6, 1983.
Carlo Cawood, second child of Hiram and Sallie, was born Feb. 25, 1882, and died Dec.
17, 1973. He married April 15, 1905, to Ora Cornett. He was a banker and a veteran of the
Spanish-American war. Carlo and Ora Cawood had two sons, Edward L. and Eugene C. Cawood.
William Proctor Cawood was born Sept. 13, 1883, and died May 10, 1964. In 1909, he married
Daisy L., daughter of George W. and Rachel Ball. William P. Cawood was a doctor and with
Dr. E. Murphy Howard, operated the Harlan Hospital.
Robert L. Cawood, fourth child of Hiram and Sallie Brittain Cawood, was born July 11,
1885. He married Flora King.
Joanna Cawood was born July, 1889. In 1905, she married Ewell V. Pope, son of Moses and
Jerusha Skidmore Pope. They had four children: Abram, Louise, Lee Rose and James.
George Chad Cawood was born June 9, 1892, and died June 3, 1986. In 1919, he married
Nancy daughter of Nelson and Cammie Osborne Skidmore.
James S. Cawood was born June 9, 1896. In 1920, he married Verda Ledford.
Joe Wheeler Cawood, born Aug. 12, 1898, married Dora Shell. Bruce Cawood, born Feb. 27,
1901, married Mary Day.
Susan 'Sudie' Cawood was born Sept. 30, 1903, and died Feb. 10, 1983. She
married James Wash Ledford, son of John and Nancy. They had three children: Cawood, James
V. and Eloise.
Oscar Cawood, youngest child of Hiram and Sallie, was born July 10, 1906. He married
Sallie Hamlin Brittain died shortly after her daughter Sallie's birth. At about this
time, Carlo moved to the section of Knox County that became Bell County in 1867. Carlo B.
Brittain then married secondly to Susan Lydia Burch, born about 1834. In 1870, Carlo B.
and his second wife, Susan Lydia Burch, were living in Bell County. Also in their
household were Carlo's son, George, and daughter, Sallie, by his first wife. Carlo and
Susan had four children: Carlo B. Jr., born Jan. 16, 1867, and died April 30, 1920, Mamie
Baldwin; Bruce, born about 1869; and Sudie who married John A. Ward.
Carlo B. Brittain, Sr., married for the third time to Sarah McNew. They had one
daughter, Lucy, who married Marion Howard.
Louisa M. Brittain, next to the youngest daughter of George Brittain and his second
wife, Nancy Posey, was probably born about 1820. In 1839, in Harlan she married Albert G.
Watkins. Albert and Louisa Watkins settled in Tennessee where he served for 12 years in
the state legislature. Louisa is thought to have married for a second time to William
Drucilla Posey Brittain, youngest child of George Brittain, was born about 1826. She
married David Yancey Lyttle on July 15, 1844 in Harlan County. David Y. Lyttle was born
Jan. 27, 1818 in Russell County, Va. He was the son of Harrington and Susanna Bays Lyttle
and was well known in the Kentucky mountains as a defense attorney. David and Drucilla
Lyttle moved to Clay County about 1856. After the Civil War, he represented Clay County in
the State Senate (1867-1871). Drucilla died Nov. 13, 1865, in Clay County and David
married secondly, in 1866, to Ellen, daughter of Curtis Jett. Also living in their
household in the 1850 census of Harlan County were James Lyttle, age 17, and Mary Lyttle,
age 11, both born in Virginia, and Larkin Bailey, age 26. James and Mary Lyttle are
possibly David's younger brother and sister. Larkin Bailey was a teacher and, as was
the custom, was probably taking his turn boarding with the Lyttle family.
David and Drucilla Lyttle had nine children: Two of these, Louisa and William died in
George Brittain Lyttle, their oldest child, was born about 1845. He served in the
Confederate forces in the Civil War and was later a Spanish professor.
Dale C. Lyttle was born about 1847 and died in 1882. He was a farmer near Manchester in
Carlo B. Lyttle was five months old at the taking of the census in June of 1850. In
1878, in Clay County, he married Isabella Garrard, daughter of General Theophilus and Lucy
Garrard. Carlo was known as Colonel C. B. and was a lawyer like his father.
Carlo B. and Isabella Lyttle had nine children. John Dishman Lyttle, who died as a young
man; Theophilus T. Lyttle, born in 1881; David Y. Lyttle, born in 1882, like his father
and grandfather, a lawyer; Emma Lyttle, who married John Lucas; James M. Lyttle; Lucy
Lyttle, who married C.B. Donnelly; Carl Lyttle died in infancy; Helen Lyttle, who married
J. M. Kieth; and Drucilla Lyttle, who married John C. Whit, Jr.
Nancy C. Lyttle, oldest surviving daughter of David Y. and Durcilla Lyttle, was born
about 1856. She married A. J. Hacker, an attorney from Manchester.
John James Lyttle was born about 1858. He became a merchant in Topeka, Kansas, where he
died in 1901.
Sallie Lyttle, youngest daughter of David Y. and Drucilla, was born about 1860, after
the taking of the census in June. In 1878, she married Harvey L. Hatton of Barboursville.
Robert Lee Lyttle, the youngest child of David and Drucilla, died in 1891, at about age
By his second wife, David Y. Lyttle had four daughters, Malva, Cassie, Lenora and
Margaret. He died in 1907 on his Cedar Craig farm near Manchester