Nice to hear from you. I am trying to piece together William J. Little's life after he left Glen Elder, Mitchell County, KS about 1906 and moved to Escondido, San Diego County, CA.
After the Little family left Kansas, William J. Little and his first wife Rebecca Amanda Wentz divorced in Escondido, San Diego County on October 3, 1910.
From Civil War Pension Documents that William J. Little filed on March 23, 1915, he indicated he was now married to the widow of Peter Randall, a member of the 2nd IL Cav, Co H. On this same document, he indicated she had married Peter Randall July 26, __97, and Peter had died August 1906.
The date of July 26, 1897 makes no sense to me. Does this date mean anything to you?
I see by the last Federal Census taken in 1900 for them, Peter and Margaret indicated they had been married for 32 years, 0 children, and 0 children living
1900 United States Federal Census
Home in 1900: Bainbridge, Schuyler, Illinois
Spouse's Name: Peter
Household Members: Name Age
Peter Randall 55, born about 1845 IL, father born KY, mother born IN, farmer
Margaret Randall 50, born about 1850 WI, father born OH, mother born OH
Margaret Randall had to fight for Peter's pension. The Pension board wanted to take back some of her pension payments because Peter owned property. She had to write several letters, stating the property was mortgaged and didn't even cover his funeral expenses. It was sad. I would be happy to scan in a copy and send it to you.
Further in Peter Randall pension documents, Margaret Randall had remarried to a Mr. Ahern in the state of Washington by 1908. In a pension document filed October 1908 she noted her name as M. E. Ahern, widow of Peter Randall, residing in county of Kutsap, state of Washington.
Would you know the first name Mr. Ahern, and when and where he died?
I have not been able to locate that date of marriage between William James Little and Margaret E. Randall Ahern? Would you know?
I am estimating they may have married in Escondido, San Diego County, CA or in San Diego, San Diego County, CA as early as 1914 from California Voting Records. It also appears she may have died by 1916. Would you know the date of her death?
1914 California Voter Registration, Precinct 72, San Diego County, William J. Little, registered as residing, L near 32nd, Republican, Mrs. Margarieth E. Little, housewife, L near 32nd, Republican. William J. Little's sister and brother-in-law, Mary and James Preston, registered in the same precinct, residing at 3303 L, Republican.
1915, March 23rd, William J. Little indicated in a pension document to update beneficiary information as to wives and children, that his present wife was now his second wife, the widow of Peter Randall. William J. Little also indicated he had no living children.
1916 California Voter Registration, Chollas Precinct, San Diego County, William J. Little, occupation rtrd, residence Chollas, P O Address, 3263 J, Republican. No wife was registered in 1916 at the residence of William J. Little.
William J. Little would remarry to his third wife Hattie M. Searles by 1918. A marriage between William J. Little, age 75, to Hattie M. Searles, age 58, born MI, was documented to have taken place April 1918 in San Diego County, CA.
I would love to see any photos you have of Peter and Margaret and hope you can fill in some of my missing information.
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