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Joseph Russell Little 1812-1880

Joseph Russell Little 1812-1880

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

Plaque Location

The County of Lambton
The Township of Warwick
On Warwick Village Road, .5 km south of
London Line (Road 22)
in Warwick Conservation Area

Coordinates: N 42 59.824 W 81 56.837


Plaque Text

Joseph Little came to Warwick Township from Ireland in 1833 to manage the estate of a large landowner. The poverty of many pioneers so shocked him that, indifferent to his own comfort, he gradually gave away his savings, wages, clothing, even his employers' profits, to those in need. A fervent adherent of Wesleyan Methodism, Little had a natural ability in leading song and prayer. As an itinerant lay preacher, he helped establish many Methodist congregations in Lambton County and, after 1871, in backwoods communities in eastern Ontario. When friends of "Uncle Joe" heard of his death on Anticosti Island, they collected money to have him returned to Warwick for burial. His grave is in the cemetery just south of here.


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> Posted December 25, 2009
For more information see "Uncle Joe Little : Life and Memoirs of Joseph Russell Little" by Leonard Bartlett. Published in 1903 by William Briggs

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