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William Little

  • Born: 7 Apr 1771, Newburyport MA
  • Marriage: Mary Chase on 26 Nov 1797
  • Died: 2 Aug 1836, Philadelphia PA

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  • Newburyport MA, Dec 1793: the sheriff of Essex County was commanded to arrest John Burrough of Newbury and William Little of Newburyport, goldsmiths, for:
    ". . . having in their Custody and Possession two dies for stamping and Counterfeiting Spanish Milled Dollars with intent to use and improve the same for that purpose. Also for having and keeping in their possession one plate for forging and counterfeiting Notes in Imitation of those issued by the Union Bank and one other plate for counterfeiting Notes issued by Massachusetts Bank with an intent to use them for counterfeiting the Notes issued by said Banks . . . "
    Burrough was not found, but Little was committed to the Newburyport jail in June 1794. He plead not guilty at the June session of the Ipswich court and was found innocent of all charges. 9
  • He worked from circa 1813 to 1819 as a silversmith in Philadelphia PA 3

William married Mary Chase on 26 Nov 1797. (Mary Chase was born on 7 Nov 1777 in Haverhill MA and died on 7 Oct 1857.)

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