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Welcome to Littler Family Research

Littler One-Name Study


A website dedicated to the early

​Littler families of England

Beyond Wallerscote Manor

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Now Available

An in-depth history of the early Littler family of Cheshire, England and their home, Wallerscote Manor.


​The book includes pedigree charts, maps, photos and an extensive index.


It is hoped this site will become a reference point for others researching  the Littler name. Not only to share our findings but also to help in  breaking down those brick walls that are sometimes encountered during  our research. Too often strong pedigree lines are developed only to be  brought up short by a lack of records; or too many ancestors with the  same given name in the same place and in the same period of history.  (See PUZZLES tab.)


Beyond Wallerscote Manor: The Littler Family of Cheshire, England is  the result of my own research and explores our family and their origins  in Cheshire. The narrative begins with an overview of the county of  Cheshire and the areas pertinent to the early Littler families. Building  on earlier work by others, my story documents the ten generations of  Littlers who lived at Wallerscote Manor up until the time of its sale to  Hugh Cholmondeley (1636) before examining what became of the Littler  family after the sale of the manor and through the time of the English  Civil War and Interregnum (1642-60). During those years of unreliable  records, I have endeavoured to establish a direct link between my  ancestors and the last of the Littlers living at Wallerscote Manor.  Subsequent generations of the family are then documented through to the  time of my great-grandfather's departure from England for the Southern  Hemisphere in 1860.


Littler One-Name Study: Registered  in 2015 with the Guild of One-Name Studies, the aim of the study is to  document all occurrences of our name upto and including the 1841 census  for England and Wales. Because my own research has centred largely on  16th and 17th Century families, these records will generally be the  first available. The counties of Cheshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire  are where we find most of our Littler families, although there was a  sizable grouping further south; in Hertfordshire, Essex and in Greater  London. This page is under construction, April 2016.


This website will be continuously updated as new material becomes available to share.