Saturday, April 26, 2014

APRIL 26, 1814

200 years ago Alexander Little was expecting Washington County’s first peach harvest on his farm just northeast of Royse’s Lick. Alexander Little was one of the 3 sureties on John DePauw’s $5,000 bond to guarantee his performance as the sales agent for the lots in his plat of Salem. Little came to the Indiana Territory from Mercer Co. Kentucky in about 1808. Like many of his fellow settlers he was a native Virginian having been born there in 1779. His father had emigrated from Scotland having come from the Dumfries area which was the home of the poet Robert Burns. Little was appointed the first “lister” of the county to regulate prices charged by various business ventures and to enumerate properties subject to tax in the newly formed county . He must have been rather judicious in his official duties as he was elected to the Indiana House in the first State election of 1816. Little later moved to Hendricks County, Indiana which was formed in 1824.

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