The Doolittle Family
These were the ancestors of my great grandmother's
family on my father's side.
There are actually two lines of the Doolittle family represented here.
both originating from Abraham Doolittle of Wallingford, Connecticut
and his son and both extending to Abigail Amelia Doolittle, my great
This is the
Doolittle Family story,
as I know it.
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Doolittle Family Roots
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An Abraham Doolittle was christened 20 Aug 1620 at St. Mary All Saints
Church, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, son of Edward Doolittle
and Elizabeth (likely Baker)
The primary case for Abraham of Connecticut being Abraham baptized in
1.The family of Edward & Elizabeth (likely Baker) Doolittle baptize a
number of children including brothers Abraham and John.
2.John Doolittle names Abraham his brother in the former's will.Citation
3.No further record of John and Abraham Doolittle of Kidderminster have
been found in England (thereby assuming they emigrated).
4.The birth years make sense for the John and Abraham in New England.
There is no proof that he was baptized by Rev. John Davenport, nor that
he was raised under strict puritan teachings.
Biographical Review incorrectly claims that Abraham Doolittle was the
son of Sir Archibald Clark, Laird of Doolittle, of County Midlothian,
Scotland, who was descended from Sir Alamus Clark, of Comrie Castle, in
1349. The Laird of Doolittle was Assistant Secretary to James I of
New England Facts
The ship Mayflower arrived and discharged its passengers at Plymouth
Massachusetts in 1620, the place of the first New England settlement. In
1630 the town of Boston was founded, providing an excellent harbor. It
Abraham Doolittle (1620-1690) & Joan Allen (1617-1659)
Abraham Doolittle was christened 20 Aug 1620 at St. Mary All Saints
Church, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, son of Edward Doolittle
and Elizabeth (likely Baker). Joan was born about 1617 in Kempston
County, Bedford England. The name of the ship or date of arrival in
America is unknown but they were in Boston as early as 1640.
Glowing descriptions of the fertile valley of the Connecticut were
attracting many settlers... Abraham and his wife removed to New Haven
before 1642. In a division of land at this village in 1643, his name
with nine others is mentioned, each of whom was "to have 1-1/2 acre in
ye first devissions within ye two mile." ... in 1644 he was... made its
chief executive officer when scarcely 25 years old. He also served
many consecutive years as a selectman; he was chosen 7 times as a deputy
from New Haven to the General Assembly at Hartford, Connecticut.
Abraham may have been the first white man to explore the forests beyond
the Quinnipoac River where the family setteled. This new settlement was named Wallingford. He was
very active in public matters. In 1671 he was chosen Treasurer of
Wallingford; 1672 a member of a committee for approbation of planters to
be admitted; 1672 member of committee to adjust boundary between
Wallingford and New Haven; 1673 he was made surveyor of highways; 1673
made sergeant of the “first trainee band”; 1674-75 selectman; 1675 he
was on a committee to found first church (Congregational) in the
village, later he was selected to superintend the construction; 1675 he
was a member of the Vigilance Committee of King Phillip’s War – he was
selected along with another man by the town to take care of the town’s
stock of powder, lead and other ammunition; in 1677 he was chosen to
oversee the work on a mill dam; in 1679 he was chosen one of the
Deputies to the General Court; he also served in 1679 as a selectman and
was on a committee to lay out a highway; in 1681 he was again sent to
General Court as deputy; in 1683 he was elected ‘Sealer of Leather”; in
1684, 1685 and 1687 he was chosen selectman and in 1685 deputy.
In about 1641 he married Joan Alen, daughter of James Alling and
Margeret Coppin formerly of Kempston, Bedfordshire, England.
Children were Sarah; Abraham, Elizabeth,
Mary who. perhaps died young, and John, The
four were baptized 26 Apr. 1657. Then came Abigail, baptized. 22 May 1659,
young. His wife Joan also died in 1659.
On 02 Jul 1663
Abraham married Abigail Moss, daughter of John Moss and Abigail Charles
Robert Branscomler Rositor who were originally from Catharidge Paris,
Wiltshire, England but then living in New Haven. The children of
Abraham and Abigail were; Samuel,
Joseph, Abigail (again),
Ebenezer, Daniel, beside two daughters (perhaps), and
Abraham and Abigail's first son Samuel, born
July 7, 1665 was the 5th great grandfather of the famous
Abraham died 11 Aug. 1690. In his will he names his wife,
Abigail, the seven sons. and three daughters. Sarah Ebenatha, Elizabeth Brockett,
and Abigail, unmarried. Abigail died November 5, 1710.
In the early years the family name was Dowlittle. The name became common at
Wallingford. There is a well written and detailed story of this family
taken from the Ancestry.com database. See
Abraham Doolittle (1649-1732)
& Mercy Holt (1649-1688 )
|Abraham Doolittle, son of Abraham and Joan, was born
in in New Haven on February 12, 1649. Mercy Holt, daughter of William
and Sarah, had been born in 1649 also in New Haven. Her parents, William
and Sarah had been born in England. They came to America and lived
in New Haven, Connecticut. Part of William’s original lot was sold in
1771 to Benedict Arnold, in 1798 Noah Webster lived on this property.
About 1675 William and Sarah moved to Wallingford, Connecticut.
Abraham and Sarah both moved to
Wallingford with their families. Abraham was elected constable in 1672
The two were married in Wallingford on November 9, 1680. Between
1681 and 1684 they had 4 children, John, Sarah, Susanna and
Mercy died in about 1688.
On the 12th of February, 1689, Abraham
married Ruth Royce Lathrop. She was believed to have been born about
1645. Ruth's parents, Robert Royce and Mary Sims were
originally from Summerset, England. She had been married to John Lathrop
with whom she had 8 children and was widowed. Abraham and Ruth had no
children. she died 26 Aug 1688.
Abraham then married Elizabeth Thorp
on June 5, 1695. He was 46 and she was 27. Elizabeth, born on February
12, 1688 was the daughter of Samuel Thorp and Mary Benton of New
Haven. Her grandparents are believed to have been born in England.
Abraham and Elizabeth had 6 children between 1696 and 1710; Thorp,
Samuel, Joseph, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Lydia.
Abraham died at the
age of 83 in Wallingford on November 10 1732 followed by Elizabeth on
August 29, 1736.
We follow two lines of the family from this point to generation 7.
They are all our ancestors
John Doolittle (1681-1746)
Abraham Doolittle (1684-1770)
Mary Lewis (1689-1749)
|John Doolittle, first son of Abraham and Mercy was
born on August 13, 1681. On February 28 of 1705 he married
Fredericks, born in New Haven on July 22, 1685 to William Fredericks and
John, a Wallingford farmer, was a member of
the Connecticut militia. He served in King Phillip's War (1675-76)
against an Algonquin Indian alliance of Nipmucks, Wampanoags, Pocumtucks,
Squakheags, Norwottucks, Agawams, and Narragansetts. These were New
England tribes who lived among and between the scattered colonial
settlements. There were many massacres and atrocities on both sides. The
Indians' goal was to destroy Boston itself and drive all Europeans out
of New England. A complete English victory meant that those settlers
living inside the disjointed colonial farming frontier in southern New
England and those in the larger towns along the coast like Boston,
Providence, and New Haven, were safe from Indian attacks. It would be
more than 100 years before all Indian/pioneer conflicts in New England
John and Mary's peers of the same age were still
Puritans, but they were more up-beat than their soul-searching parents
and grandparents. As the first mostly American-born generation, they
were trending toward secular optimism. They wanted to build a new,
stable, rational, economically-viable society rather just separate
themselves from unbelievers and outsiders. They were more interested in
hard work than spiritual revelations. Their new emphasis on "good works"
resulted in more public service and civic improvements. As witnessed by
John's service in King Phillip's war, they were also America's first
generation of veterans, rewarded with land warrants and praise.
John and Mary had 12 children between 1705 and 1732 ; Benjamin,
Susannah, Eunice, John,
Phoebe, Frederickt, Obed, Nathan, Mary, Keziah, and patience. John
died at the age of 65 in November of 1746 and Mary followed in death the
|Abraham Doolittle, fourth son of Abraham
and Mercy was born on March 27, 1684. He married, date unknown,
Mary Lewis, daughter of Ebenezer Lewis and Elizabeth Merriman of
New Haven. Mary was born in 1689 and was the great granddaughter of
William Lewis, the patriarch of the Lewis clan in America. He was one of
the earliest arrivals having landed in Boston from the ship "Lion" on
September 16, 1632. He was also one of the founding settlers of Hartford
in October of 1635 and distinguished himself in service to his
Abraham and Mary had 12 children between 1711 and
1730; Hezekiah, Josiah, Zebulon, Charles, Mercy,
Ambrose, Nathan, Mary,
Abraham, Sarah, Thankful, and Deliverance. Mary died sometime after the
birth of the last child.
On 12 Mar 1733 Abraham married Michiel
Chapman. We know nothing of her or her parents. Sh presumably died some
time before 1750.
In 1750 Abraham married a woman named Sarah and
we know even less about her.
There were no children from the last
two marriages and Abraham died on November 10, 1770.
Lewis' family see the
Hannah Royce (1720-1797)
Ambrose Doolittle (1719-1793)
Martha Munson (1729-1811)
|John Doolittle, the 4th child of
John and Mary, was born on the 13th of August in 1681. On October 16,
1737 he married Hannah Royce, born May 15, 1720, the daughter of
Nehemiah Royce and Kezia Hall.
They lived all their lives in
Wallingford, Connecticut and their five children born between 1738 and
1746. They were; Philemon,
Margery, Eunice, Hannah and Titus.
John died in November of 1747
and Hannah on November 30, 1797.
For Hannah's family see
|Ambrose Doolittle, the 1st child of
Abraham and Mary, was born on November 25, 1719. He married
who was born April 2, 1729 to William Munson and Rebecca Curtis. Both
her parents had roots in early Connecticut and England.
1747 1772 Ambrose and Martha were the parents of 13 children;
Lois, Ambrose, Amos, Martha,
Eunice, Abner, Samuel, Silas, Ruben, Loly, Mary Ann, Elakim and
In 1776, Ambrose was a Private in Capt. Bunnell’s
Company of Connecticut in the Revolutionary War.
Ambrose died on
September 25, 1793 and Martha on October 19, 1811.
Philemon Doolittle (1738-1757)
Lydia Hall (1738-?)
Eunice Doolittle (1758-1846)
Joseph Morgan (1758-1831)
Philemon Doolittle was the first child of John and
Hannah, born September 1, 1738. At the age of 9 when Philemon’s father
died, Solomon Royce was made his guardian. On January 5, 1757 he married
Lydia Hall who was born on June 9, 1738, the daughter of Caleb
Hall and Ester Humphrevile. For information on the her ancestry see the
Philemon and Lydia settled first in
Wallingford, Connecticut. In 1771 they moved to Blanford, Massachusetts
and in 1795 to Western New York. He was listed as Reverend and so must
have been a preacher or minister. There were 10 children born between
1759 and 1779; Phebe, Kezia, Lydia, Hannah, Patience, John
Frederick, Rice, Jared, Rhoda
The dates of death for Philemon and Lydia are unknown.
For Information on the Hall & Curtis families and more see
Lydia Hall Pedigree chart.
|Eunice, the 5the child of Ambrose and
Martha, was born on June 21, 1758. On November 25, 1779 she married
Joseph Morgan, born December 19, 1758. See
children, born between 1780 and 1803, include; Elab, Elizabeth, Lorana,
Eunice, Lowly, Lucinda, Joseph,
Sally, Freelove, Samuel, and Elakim.
At least one of their
children was born in Vermont so it can be assumed that they lived there
for a time.
Joseph died on September 29, 1831 and Eunice on
August 8, 1846.
Jared Doolittle (1771-1847)
Abigail Bullen (1773-1847)
Sally Morgan (1795-1886)
Alba Dean (1793-1889)
Jared Doolittle was the 8th child of Philemon and
Lydia and was born February 19, 1771 in Blanford, Massachusetts.
On December 31, 1795 he married Abigail Bullen who had been born in
New York on September 13, 1773. For information see the
The family resided in western New York and between 1796 and 1812 had 11
children; David, Lydia, Reubin,
Seth, John B, Alfred W, and Mary Ann.
Abigail died on May 12,
1847 and Jared followed closely in Blanford, Massachusetts on September
The Royal connection.
Bullen provides the link from Royalty that extends to Charles Butler
Doolittle and his descendants, via Jennie Marcia Thayer to Alden J
|Sally Morgan, the 8th child of Joseph
and Eunice, was born in Vermont on February 18, 1795.
married Alba Dean in 1806. He was born in Oswego, New York in 1793. His
father was from Scotland but nothing else is know of his family.
The family apparently lived in Vohey, New York and between 1820 and 1838
had 8 children; Delight A,
Cordilia, Lewis M, Munson Doolittle, Harriet, Lurancy, Martha, and
Alba died in 1869. Sally died in Elmira, New York on
February 14, 1886.
Delight A Dean (1820-1897)
|Chauncey Butler Doolittle,
the 4th child of Jared and Abigail, was born on March 23, 1803 on
Oswego, New York. In about 1842 he married his 4th cousin, Delight
A Dean, the 1st child of Alba and Sally. Delight had been born in
Volney, New York in 1820.
Family Line for more of Delight Dean's heritage.
They settled in new Haven, New
York then Oswego, New York. Chauncey was in the dairy business and
gardening on a large scale. There were 5 children born between 1843 and
1854. They were; Cordlia, Frances, Lewis Garison, Abigail Amelia, and
Chauncey died in New Haven, NY on Christmas in
1863. Delight spent her last days in Cleveland with her daughter
Abbie. She died on July 5, 1897 and was buried in Sandy Creek, New York.
Mr. Thomas Lies, who conducted Delight’s funeral services, gave high
tribute to her character and dwelt on her sympathy and cooperation in
the abolition cause.
This line continues with the marriage of Chauncey and Delight's 4th child
Abigail, to Oscar Thayer. You can follow it at:
Oscar James Thayer (1840-1879) & Abigail Amelia Doolittle (1851-1926)
The Doolittle family line is just one
of many that has contributed DNA, genes and inspiration to the new
generations of this huge family. Of course every family is huge but we are
fortunate to know much of our genealogy, thanks to my Copeland and Packard
siblings and all the research done by them.
Doolittle line complete with American History. But
the entire story is not in that chart. For that see the line to
For the Family tree
of this line, see
Abigail Amelia Doolittle Pedigree Tree.