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When I was 48 years old I found out that my maternal grandmother was Clarissa Little. Clarissa was the brother of Earl Little, the father of Malcolm Little. Malcolm Little went on to become Malcolm X.

This was news to our family. My mother had grown up in the 30’s & 40’s in Alabama. At that time it was difficult to survive being a product of a mixed marriage. My mother spent her life trying to protect me and my siblings from the pain that she suffered. She led us to believe that her mother died many years ago which is why we never met her.

My mother’s mind was overrun by Alzheimer’s Disease. This made it impossible for her to keep the family secret any longer. We then reconnected with cousins that we had not had contact with for many years (under threat from my mother) and verified our heritage. My mother had always told us that her mother was a Cherokee Indian.

My goal is to connect with the Shabazz family and verify our heritage.

I can be reached at TBeecher@Gmail.com

Tony

Me and my mom
Me and my Mom

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  1. Hi I understand you are looking for information on Tony and Clarrie Little. So am I. My name is Joyce Little and I am in the process of planning the 10th bi annual Little Family reunion. It is to be held in July 2011 in Washington, DC. Twenty years ago my late uncle Oscar Little started the reunion. He supposely traced our ancestry back to Tony and Clarrie Little and yes I understand that the Malcolm X’s father Earl Little was suppose to be my Great Grand father Charles’ brother are and they are allegedly the children of Tony and Clarrie along with 23 others Ranson Little, Rev Earl Little, James Little, Gabe Little, Oscar Little, Reginald Little, Florence Little, Polly Rachel Larkin Little, Tempie Little, Phoebe Hazel Clark Little, Harriet Williams Little, Henry Little, Dave Little, Redden Little, John Little, Smithie Little, Susan Little, Marcellus Little, Tony Little, Benny Little, Betty Elizabeth Little, Alex Little, Paul Little, Lee Little and Lawrence Little. Malcolm Little who later became Malcolm X’s father was Earl Little and his mother was Louise Little. Drop me a line I hope it helps. Who knows you may want to attend our 2011 Little Family Reunion in DC. God bless happy hunting Joyce

    1. My name is Spencer. My late mom is Sandra E. Little, daughter of Walter Little Sr. of Wash D.C who passed in Nov. 1987. My aunt was the late Ella Cromwell. We’re from Hartford. I last attended the family reunion at the Hilton in NYC with my mom in the early 90’s. I also met Oscar at that time and my grandfather, Walter spoke of him quite often. I would like to reconnect and attend the next family reunion. Can you send me info? Spencerajohnson@gmail.com is my email.
      Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Spencer

    2. I am the Great-great granddaughter of Polly Rachel Larkin Little. My grandfather was Steve Larkin who looked freakishly like Malcolm. I would love to connect with my family to learn as much as I can about our important heritage. My email is kjwnvegas68@gmail.com

  2. Hi!!! I’m also in search of the children of Tony and Claire Little. I started this research project almost 6 years ago and have been seeking information regarding the Little Clan. According to several stories that have been told, I am of some relation to Malcolm X but have not been able to connect. After a few searches from the internet I was able to narrow it down that I could either be related as either a Gray or Little, but still was uncertain. During my research, I found that of course Malcolm X father was Rev. Earl Little of Reynolds, Ga. This is the same town that both of my paternal grandparents and my forefathers all originated from. According to my Great-Great Grandfather the Late Mr. J.W. Miller, Sr.; of Reynolds, Ga, he told me of a possible connection to the Malcolm Little Clan. It turns out that his wife who was my Great-Grandmother the Late Mrs. Ella Mae (Durham) Miller was kin the little’s of Reynolds, Ga. In fact just a couple of months ago I was able to verify that my Great-Grandmother Mrs. Ella Mae (Durham) Miller was the eldest daughter of The Late Mrs. Claudia (Little) Batts of Reynolds, Ga.
    Mrs. Claudia (Little) Batts of Reynolds, Ga was my Great-Great Grandmother. She was born around 1891 and died on January 14, 1947 over in Ft. Valley, Ga. Some of my Great-Great Grandmother Claudia (Little) Batts children are still living. Most of them or at least three leave in the New York or New Jersey area. In addition to the connection of being a little by blood I was told by one of my cousins that he had attend the Little Convention some years back up north. I think it might have been Detroit, but am not sure. Personally I would love to connect with my little family and learn more about our heritage.

    Just for the record I am also descendents of other prominent families or related to other allied families of the Reynolds, Butler, Roberta, Fort Valley, Thomaston, Macon, Warner Robins and etc ; Blood Related: The Clark, Miller, Tookes, Christopher, Durham, Montford, Ogburn, Dugger, Raines, and Terrell. Allied Families by marriage and many descendents of the families listed above include: Hicks, Gouch, McCartha, Talton, Worthy, Humphries, Troutman, Walker, Wooten, Edwards, Bentley and etc.

    Hear from you soon.
    Alvin E. Miller of Atl

    1. Alvin, I would like to connect with you. My family name is Miller and Reeves both grandparents from Reynolds. I was told that the littles are family by my grandfather. Malcolm Little looks very much like my grandfather. Reynolds was a small town and there most of the town is related at some level. I am trying to trace my family tree and Troutman, Miller, Hicks and Reeves are prominent family names of mine. Still have a home in Atlanta. Please email me back I would like to match up information. Look forward to speaking with you.

    2. do you know if any of the Edwards came from Taylor county Georgia? my grand parents were ed lockhart and Eddie Lou Edwards.

    3. Hello Alvin,

      I am also related to the Little family from Reynolds, Ga. My great-great grandmother was Emma Little, fourth child of Howard and Amanda Little and sister of Claudia Little. We attend the Little-Peterman family reunion in Georgia just about every year. I happen to be on the planning committee for the 2012 Little-Peterman family reunion.

      Gary Jones – ATL

      1. Hi Gary…Great to hear from you. Did you say your grandmother was named Emma Little who was the daughter of Howard and Amanda Little. Well My Great-Great Grandmother is named Claudia Little I think who married a Batts. I think there might be a connection. However I never heard of an Emma Little. In fact I never heard of any of claudia sibilings at all. Would love to hear more information if we are connected.

        Alvin M-ATL

        1. Hello Alvin,

          Not sure if we are referencing the same Claudia Little. My ancestors, Howard and Amanda Little, had 13 children in the following order: Virginia, Sammie, Joseph, Emma, Amanda, James, Alice, Annie, Young, Howard Jr., Claudia, Louie, Rachel. They were all born around the same time as your great-great grandmother Claudia.

          1. Greetings all, in particular Gary Jones and Alvin Miller. I think we are related, in some way, I have also attended the little-peterman reunion some years, life got busy running track in the Olympics, but I am related through Virginia Little(First Child of Howard and Amanda) and my Great-Grandmother Emma(Smith)Carter-Leonard. I’ve been researching our family and would love to know what you all know, so that I may add to my inquiry. As one of the Young members of the family, Ive very much interested in the history. thanks

  3. I just realized that J.W. Miller is your great great grandfather. He is the brother of my great great grandmother!!!!

  4. My Grandfather was Steve Larkin, Jr. , (born in Livingston , AL in the early 1900’s) his grandmother was Polly Larkin Little. The remarkable thing is that he and Macolm a.k.a Elijah Malik El-Shabazz look so very much alike. Most of the men born in our family carry the heritage of being born with reddish hair. I am trying to research Miss Polly as she was known. Please feel freee to reach out to me family!

  5. I may be related to Early Little on the Troutman’s Side.
    I was born in Reynolds Georgia and I remember JW Miller from Miller’s Park. I think he is the same JW Miller who used to drive the School Bus.
    I now live in the ATL area and travel back to Reynolds as often as possible. I know that Early Little was buried in Reynolds ga but don’t know where. I have been searching for his grave site. I am a historian and have been researching Early Little for years. If anyone know where his grave site is please let me know.
    Most of the above names mentioned such as the Gouches, Hicks, McCants, Millers and many more that I do know. Please feel free to contact me.
    Darlene Godbey

  6. I may be related to Early Little on the Troutman’s Side.
    I was born in Reynolds Georgia and I remember JW Miller from Miller’s Park. I think he is the same JW Miller who used to drive the School Bus.
    I now live in the ATL area and travel back to Reynolds as often as possible. I know that Early Little was buried in Reynolds ga but don’t know where. I have been searching for his grave site. I am a historian and have been researching Early Little for years. If anyone know where his grave site is please let me know.
    Most of the above names mentioned such as the Gouches, Hicks, McCants, Millers and many more that I do know. Please feel free to contact me. darlenegodbey@yahoo.com
    Darlene Godbey

  7. Thanks for allowing me to comment. Lizzie Dancey Little was born in Edgecombe NC in 1849 and appeared in the 1860 Census on the property of LL Dancey. She later was sold or migrated to Warsaw Alabama. It isn’t clear whether my grandmother Cathrine Little 1864 is her sibling or daughter, because she was shown to live with someone else, as was the case in many instances. They appear in several census records, and Cathrine eventually married my great grandfather, Joe Lowe or Low, and lived in Livingston AL. Lizzie married Ben Tankersley. However, Sam Little 1866, Lizzie Little, and Matty Dancy 1868, then lived with Lizzie and Ben, and the census began to name Ben as stepfather. In trying to untangle all this, I would appreciate any information on Little or Lytle and Dancey.  Again, thanks for this opportunity.

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