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Malcolm Little (Malcolm X) genealogy, GA and BWI

Have been curious for some time about Malcolm X's family history - not just the snippets in his autobiography.

Did some searching today to see what I could turn up.

Found several websites of interest, and some detail on

From a site researching Malcom's and Betty Shabazz' roots:

Malcolm Little, later "Malcolm X, later "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz", b. Omaha, Nebraska 19 May 1925, d. Harlem, New York 21 Feb. 1965 from gunshots at the Audobon Ballroom

The researcher had this data:

2 Earl Little, b. Reynolds, Georgia July 1890, d. Lansing, Michigan 28 Sept. 1931
m. Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10 May 1919 (as his second wife, although he never officially divorced his first wife, Daisy Mason)
3 Louise Helen Norton, b. La Digue, St. Andrew, Grenada 1897, d. 1991
4 John Little, b. Georgia Sept. 1859, d. 1942, bur. Reynolds, Georgia
m. ca. 1880
5 Ella Gray, b. Georgia May 1865, d. aft. 1930, bur. Reynolds, Georgia
6 --- Norton, b. England/Scotland
[non-marital liaison]
7 Gertrude Langdon, b. Grenada
8 Tony, b. South Carolina, d. Georgia, sold as a youth to the Allen Little family, initially of South Carolina, and later of Talbot Co., Georgia, given the name "Tony Little" after his emancipation in 1865, bur. "The Panhandle" near Butler, Georgia
9 Clarrie, bur. "The Panhandle" near Butler, Georgia
14 Jupiter Langdon
15 Mary Jane ---
16 Ajar, b. West Africa, brought to South Carolina as a slave in 1815, possibly came from the Bambara people of Mali, the home region where many Africans who ended up enslaved in South Carolina, according to Oscar V. Little.

The 1930 census has this data:

Name: Earl Little
Home in 1930: Lansing, Ingham, Michigan
Age: 39
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Louise
Race: Negro (Black)
Occupation: Laborer, Odd jobs


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: GA, GA

Household Members:
Name Age
Earl Little 39
Louise Little 32
Wilfred E Little 10
Hilda F Little 8
Philbert N Little 6
Malcolm Little 4 10/12
Reginald Little 2 8/12
Yoomee Little 8/12

Louise (Norton) Little's date of citizenship in the US is listed as 1919. Her father is listed as English, mother British West Indian.

Searching the WWI draft registrations I found nothing in Michigan, but did find this - I believe it is Malcolm's father's:

Name: Early Little
City: Pittsburgh
County: Allegheny
State: Pennsylvania
Birthplace: Georgia;United States of America
Birth Date: 29 Jul 1891
Race: Black
Roll: 1908756
DraftBoard: 8

Details include occupation: Minister
and a disability listed as "loss of one eye"

The 1920 census confirms that spelling:

Name: Early Little
Home in 1920: Philadelphia Ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 30 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Louie
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 891

Occupation: porter

Household Members:
Name Age
Early Little 30
Louie Little 22 (Louise) b. British West Indies. occupation housework private family
John L Richardson 43
Margaret White 30

I don't have access to Canadian census - so was not able to trace Louise in Canada.

1910 Earl Little is listed with his parents, and siblings in GA:

Name: Earl Little
Age in 1910: 19
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: John
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Name: Ella
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Home in 1910: Carsonville, Taylor, Georgia
Marital Status: Single
Race: Black
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
John Little 53
Ella Little 45
Earl Little 19
Sarah A Little 17
Grady Little 14
James Little 12
John W Little 10
Oscar S Little 7

But 1900 goes back to a version of "Early", and more sibs are listed:

Name: Earley Little
Home in 1900: Carsonville, Taylor, Georgia
Age: 9
Birth Date: Jul 1890
Birthplace: Georgia
Race: Black
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father's Name: John
Father's Birthplace: Georgia
Mother's Name: Ella
Mother's Birthplace: Georgia
Marital Status: Single
Residence : Militia Districts 737, 743, Daviston, Carsonville, Taylor, Georgia

Household Members:
Name Age
John Little 40 married 20 years
Ella Little 35 10 children born, 8 living
Etta Little 17
Emmie Little 13
Hurbard Little 11
Earley Little 9
Sarah A Little 7
Gracie Little 5
James Little 2
Babe Little 0


Name: John Little
Home in 1880: Carsonville, Taylor, Georgia
Age: 21
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Ella
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: F. Labourer
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
John Little 21
Ella (Gray) Little 19

There are several Little and Gray listings on the same page.

Ella Gray is listed with her parents and sibs in 1870:

Name: Ella Gray
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
Age in 1870: 15
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1870: Carsonville, Taylor, Georgia
Race: Black
Gender: Female

Post Office: Butler

Household Members:
Name Age
Adam Gray 58
Tempy Gray 40
Fenner Gray 25
Adam Gray 22
Ella Gray 15
Hardy Gray 8
Joseph Gray 6
Andrew Gray 5
Pinkard Gray 4
Frances Gray 3
Dennis Gray 6/12

Have not yet found John Little in 1870 nor his parents as reported above as "Tony" (b. South Carolina) and Clarrie.

Anyone linked to these families?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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