patriotMinuteman Edmund Littlefield descends from an English Family from Titchfield, County Hampshire. Edmund’s immigrant ancestor and namesake, Edmund Littlefield, was born in Titchfield, England around 1592. He immigrated to the Massachusetts Colony in 1636, and settled in Boston. He was a member of Reverend John Wheelwright’s congregation, and fled to Maine with the reverend when he was expelled by Massachusetts.

Edmund Littlefield the patriot was born on April 3, 1724 in Braintree, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Littlefield and Abigail Spear. Edmund filed an intention to marry Mary Caswell on 6 October of 1750 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Edmund and Mary had nine children: Mary Littlefield (born 1753), Edmund Littlefield (born May 4, 1755), Jedediah Littlefield (born June 18, 1758), Anna Littlefield (born August 3, 1760), Asa Littlefield (born August 8, 1762), Josiah Littlefield (born June 30, 1765), Jesse Littlefield (born August 23, 1767), Elisha Littlefield (born November 17, 1770), and Elizabeth Littlefield (born May 2, 1773).

 

Edmund Littlefield left Braintree, Massachusetts and moved to Stoughton, Massachusetts in 1755. He fought in the French and Indian War (1754-1763), and according to a muster roll, he was in Captain Edward Ward’s and Colonel Joseph Williams’ regiment from 24 April 1758 through 24 November 1758, for which he received 16 shillings per month. He was at Oswego, New York, during the hostilities.

Private Edmund Littlefield was a minuteman and marched from Stoughton on the Lexington alarm of 18 April 1775 under Colonel Joseph Reads in Regimental Captain William Briggs’ Ninth Company. Edmund Littlefield enlisted on May 1, 1775 and served until August 7, 1775. According to family tradition, he served at Bunker Hill with three of his sons: Asa, Edmund and Jedediah Littlefield. On 18 April 1777, Edmund marched in Captain Robert Swan’s Company, under Colonel Benjamin Gill’s Regiment, to Bristol, Rhode Island, to serve under Major General Spencer until relieved by reinforcements, and was credited with 24 days of service.

Edmund and his wife Mary Caswell were among the founding members of the First Baptist church, formed south of Boston in Stoughton on 24 August 1780. On 14 July 1781, he enlisted in Captain Amos Lincoln’s Company. As a result of disabilities, he was detailed to garrison duty, and was later discharged on 1 June 1783. After his discharge from the Continental Army, he removed to Halifax, Vermont. In 1790, he was living in Halifax, Vermont. In 1791, Vermont was admitted as the fourteenth state of the United States. Edmund died sometime before 1805.

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