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WILLIAM FREDERICK DOOLITTLE, M. D.
Ye heaven-washed souls that beautify these bowers,
Are not your hearts refreshed like sprinkled flowers?
Not vainly have you spent your lives on earth —
Your offspring testify their patriot birth.
R. Emmons, M. D., in Frcdoniad.
The Reserve Printing Co.,
Beneath the roots of tangled weeds,
Afar in country graveyards lie
The men whose unrecorded deeds
Have stamped this nation's destiny.
We praise the present stock and man;
But have we ever thought to praise
The strong, still, humble lives that ran
The deep cut channels of those days?
Beneath these tottering slabs of slate
Whose tribute moss and mold efface,
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Sleeps the calm dust that made us great,
The true substratum of our race!
J. Buchanan in Munsey.
THE DOOLITTLE FAMILY
They were the fathers of the mighty West.
Their arduous labors Heaven above has blessed.
Before them fell the forest of the plain,
And peace and plenty followed in the train. — Anon.
Philemon Doolittle (John, John, Abraham, Abraham) s. of
John and Hannah (Royce) D. was b. at W. Sept. i, 1738. He m.
Jan. 5, 1757 Lydia Hall of W. where they settled. In 1771 they
rem. to Blanford, Mass., thence to Western New York in 1795.
Their first seven children were b. at W.
804. i. Phebe b. May 25, 1759, m. Orange Dean.
805. ii. Keziah b. Apr. 20, 1760. Her intent of m. to Nathan
Parks was published at Montgomery, Mass., Nov.
806. iii. Lydia b. Oct. 22, 1761, d. y.
807. iv. Hannah b. Mar. 2, 1763.
808. V. Patience b. Jan. 3, 1765 ; prob. the dau. who m. Mr.
Holliday and res. in New Haven (near Oswego),
809. vi. John Frederick b. Feb. 11, 1767.
Rice b. Aug. 27, 1769.
Jared b. Feb. 19, 1771.
Jesse b. Sept. 25, 1778.
Rhoda d. y.
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Hannah Doolittle (John, John, Abraham, Abraham) dau. of
John and Hannah (Royce) D. was b. May 12, 1744 at W. She
was m. i] Jan. 11, 1767 to Zophar s. of Daniel and Phebe (Beach)
Tuttle ( ). He was b. at W. July 19, 1746. They moved
to Vt. and later to Susquehana Co. Pa. He d. there, and Hannah
m. 2] Jonah (s. of Aaron) Blakeslee. They had 3 sons and per-
haps other children from whom a large number of the name of
Blakeslee in Western Pa. are descended.
CHILDREN, (l M.)
814. i. Ezra Tuttle b. in W. Mar. 20, 1768; was taken to Vt. by
his parents when quite young; m. June i, 1787, Re-
becca Thomas. In 181 1 he rem. his family from
Weather sfield, Vt., to Susquehanna Co., Pa., where
he bought a farm of 300 acres for as many dollars.
He was a carpenter, mill wright and farmer; con-
structed a large part of the Wilkes Barre turnpike ;
lived and d. highly respected. Ch. : (b. in Weathers-
field, Vt.) Abiathar, Sylvia, Subrina, Benoni, Betsy,
815. ii. Abiathar Tuttle b. Aug. 29, 1769.
816. iii. John Tuttle lived and d. in Vt.
817. iv. Benjamin Blakeslee.
818. V. Lymon Blakeslee.
819. vi. Zophar Blakeslee m. and raised a family. Ch. : James I.,
Sarah M. m. Asa Packer who was b. in Mystic, Ct.,
went to Pa. as a boy and became a carpenter's appren-
tice; afterward was connected with the Lehigh canal
and interested in building canal boats; was widely
known as a contractor and later as an extensive coal
shipper from Mauch Chunk where he res. in a beauti-
ful home. In 1852 he alone began building the Lehigh
Valley R. R., and, though this venture put him heavily
in debt, it ultimately made him the richest man in Pa.
He was twice elected to Congress and served under
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Titus Doolittle (John, John, Abraham, Abraham) s. of John
and Hannah (Royce) D. was b. at W. June 12, 1745. He m. Nov.
20, 1764 Mary dau, of Dr. Benj. Lewis of C. who was s. of Eben-
ezer and Esther (Matthews) L., gr.s. of Wm. and Mary (Hop-
kins) L., and gt, gr. s. of Wm. Lewis who came in the ship Lion
in 1632 and settled in Farmington, Ct.
Titus and Mary rem. to Westfield, Mass. in 1771 with a
young family and settled in that part which was set off into the
town of Russell in 1792. He was a farmer and d. in R. Nov. 23,
1818, a. 73. He and his wf. are both buried at R.
820. i. John b. Jan. 17, 1766, at W., d. in early life unm. In
Oct. 1793 his bro. Joel was admr. of his est.
Elizabeth b. in 1767; m. Abraham Bradley.
Titus b. 1768.
Mary b. 1769; ni. Noble Fowler.
Joel b. Apr. 1773.
Amasa b. 1776.
Martha m. Solomon Gillet.
Mark b. Dec. 5, 1781.
Obed Doolittle (Obed, John, Abraham, Abraham) s. of
Obed and D. prob. m. Talmage.
828. i. Obed b. at Walcott, Ct., Mar. 3, 1764.
829. ii. Jonathan b. in 1768.
830. iii. Abraham (prob.) whose three children died at Water-
town, Ct., between 1800 and 1807.
Mehitable Doolittle (Hezekiah, Abraham, Abraham, Abra-
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ham) dau. of Hezekiah and Hepzibah (Tyler) D. was b. at W.
Feb. 28, 1738. When she was 12 years old the family rem. to
Litchfield, Ct. and 7 years later on May 8, 1757 she was m. to
Isaac Kilboum of that place by Rev. Solomon Palmer, missionary.
Isaac was b. in L. Jan. 16, 1737, s. of Abraham and Rebecca K.
This Abraham and his cousin Capt. Joseph K. were eminent men
in Conn. Isaac was a surveyor of highways. They settled at L.
near her father's home. Her husband d. at L. in 1807. This
family affords a remarkable instance of the facility with which
brothers and sisters were sometimes lost to each other a hundred
years ago. Of the 7 sons who lived to maturity each went forth
to settle independent of the others, so that in 1848 when inquiry
was made concerning them, their surviving sisters in L. knew not
certainly the place of residence or fate of a single one of the num-
ber. All were b. in L.
CHILDREN (several OTHERS D. Y.)
831. i. Abraham Kilbourn b. Nov. 15, 1759; rem. to Vt. in early
life, where he m. Elizabeth Morranville; had 10 ch. :
David, Truman, Hiram, Amos B., Alvenus, Alphon-
zo, John M., Mehitable, Martha, Martin. He d. in
Poultney, Vt., in 1806.
832. ii. Ira Kilbourn b. Jan. 31, 1762; m. Thankful Benedict of
Norfolk, Ct. ; sett, at Orwell, Vt., where he d. in
1796 a. 34. His ch. : Ira, Marcus, James B.
833. iii. Anthony Kilbourn b. Mar. 17, 1764. He lived for a
time at Castleton, Vt., and is said to have rem. to
834. iv. Rebecca Kilbourn b. Jan. 27, 1767; m. Joseph Westover
of L. Sept., 1787, and had 4 ch. : Marsha, Ira, Leman,
Rebecca. In 1795 Rebecca (the wf.) d., and Joseph
m. 2d in Sept.j 1796, her sister Mehitable, (see be-
835. v. Nancy Kilbourn b. June 13, 1769; m. Capt. Philander
Westover of L.
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836. vi. Hepsibah Kilbourn b. May 8, 1771 ; m. Stephen Scott
837. vii. Mehitable Kilbourn b. Mar. 25, 1773. She became 2d
wf. of Joseph Westover (above). She survived him
and d. in L. Jan. i, 1852. Ch. : Dame, Wealthy,
Polly, Hepsibah, Lois, Mehitable, Amy, Lucius.
838. viii. Isaac Kilbourn m. Miss Throop of South Farms, later
rem. to Canada.
839. ix. Ashur Kilbourn went West; lost to eastern relatives.
840. X. Aaron Kilbourn d. in Hudson, O.
841. xi. Amasa Kilbourn m. Miss Smith of Bethlehem and d.
there 1835 a. 44.
842. xii. Eunice Kilbourn m. Roberts of Norfolk, Ct.
843. xiii. Lois Kilbourn d. in Watertown over 50 yrs. ago. unm.
844. xiv. Huldah Kilbourn m. i] Chas. Williams Jan. 20, 1794.
Ch. : Sally, Chas. K., Warren W., Mary, Maria,
Lucy, Geo. C. In Nov., 1841, Mr. W. was found
dead in a field in west part of L. He had been at
work during the day for a neighbor and had started
home. The night was uncommonly dark. His body
was found several days later. It is not known what
his fate was. His wid. m. 2] Ruel Plant and d. in
Bethia Doolittle (Hezekiah, Abraham, Abraham, Abraham)
dau. of Hezekiah and Hepzibah (Tyler) D. was b. at W. Aug. 17,
1746. At an early age she went with her parents to live at Litch-
field, Ct. She m. Apr. 25, 1765, Jonathan Smith, Jr., s. of Jonath-
an of L. "She was a woman of great strength of character, strong
and keen intellect, a firm patriot, hopeful when others were dis-
couraged, — a conscientious loving wife and mother, kind and sym-
pathetic with the poor and sorrowful, — industrious and energetic
— a model Christian woman."
Soon after marriage they went to the town of Northfield,
then a wilderness, to make a home. Bears and panthers were fre-
quent visitors and helped themselves to the young cattle whenever
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they had a chance. The nightly serenade of wolves were also com-
mon. But Bethia was so happy in the love of her husband and
the care of her family that privations and hardships were never
They lived so far from mill that it required two or three days
to make the trip and her husband always took a load of grain so
as to be obliged to go but once a year. One morning he started
for mill as usual leaving the family alone. Early that evening
Bethia was sitting near an open window busy with her knitting
work, the dog lying under a table on the opposite side of the room,
the children asleep in their trundle bed, and everything was un-
usually still. Suddenly the dog began to act strangely, whining
and looking through the window. She peeped out to learn the
cause of his uneasiness, and there on a large log near by sat a
panther gnawing a bone and watching the dog. She stepped back,
took down a musket which was kept loaded, aimed through a hole
in the chinking at the white spot on the panther's breast and fired.
At that instant, though fatally wounded, it sprang through the
window for the dog, which got badly scratched in the commotion
that ensued and would have been killed, had the panther not weak-
ened by the loss of blood. Bethia kept the animal's skin as a me-
mento of the occasion.
Her husband was one of the first to volunteer in the Revolu-
tion, and the last time he was at home, they sat up all night and
moulded bullets from pewter dishes, as there was no lead to be
had. His furlow stated that he could remain at home until sent
for, and he had been with the family nearly a month getting the
crops in and doing all he could for their comfort, when a courier
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brought the order to return to his regiment next day. His wife
had made him a new suit of clothes and now cooked him a quantity
of provisions, as army rations in those times were not dainties,
then bade him an affectionate farewell, giving her dearest earthly
friend to her country. He was killed soon after in one of the early
battles of the Revolution, and she was left with six children to pro-
vide for, surrounded by Tories who were seeking opportunities
to destroy the lives and property of those whose protectors were
in the. army fighting for home and country. When the sad news
of her husband's death was brought to her, one of her brother's
said, "You are now reaping the fruit of your rebellion," and she
replied witn spirit, "If there are not men enough to drive the Brit-
ish out of the country, I will go." He said, "If the American
Army is made up of such spirits it will win."
When the British passed through that section, they turned
their horses into her wheat field, where the grain v/as from six
to nine inches high, and they ate it down to the ground. When
they left next day, they drove off her eight cows, and a fine span
of horses besides taking all the provisions they could find in the
house, — potatoes, meat, flour and fruit. She now felt desolate in-
deed. Before the enemy came she had taken the bell from the old
cow and put it on a heifer that would stay out. This seemed
providential, for the morning after the British left she heard the
low of the old cow and there she was standing at the bars. Bethia
was so glad that she ran out, put her arms around the old cow's
neck and cried for joy. If the bell had not been taken off, she
could not have left the camp without discovery.
Although the enemy had searched the house and taken away
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everything they could make use of, Bethia was left in better cir-
cumstances than some of her neighbors who lost all they had,
and with whom she shared in her good fortune. The fall before,
their crops were so abundant that they had not enough storage
room, and Mr. Smith built an out-door cellar to store what could
not be kept in the house, — meat, potatoes, turnips, flour and fruit,
— partitioning off a room in which to keep her butter. To make
it frost proof, he built the walls and roof of thick plank and
sodded it over. The army marched over it, and the roof sank in
over the potatoes, but the store of provisions was not discov-
She thought her field of wheat was ruined by the soldiers'
horses, but when harvest came there was a splendid crop which
she and her children reaped and threshed out. She sent a grist
to mill, but the Tory miller refused to grind it and it was brought
back. She put the grist on the old cow's back and went herself to
mill. The Tory miller could not be found, so she opened the mill
door, put the wheat in the hopper, hoisted the gate and ground her
wheat, took her flour and returned home leaving no toll. On the
way she saw in the yard of a Tory neighbor one of her colts
which had been gone a long time, and, calling it by name, it came
to the bars which she let down allowing it to go home. The neigh-
bor forbade her, but she replied that there was no law to prevent
her taking her own wherever found, and she took it without hin-
One evening in the early part of the following winter after
the children were in bed, she was in the sitting room, when she
heard a noise as if some one was at work at one of the windows.
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She looked out into the kitchen and saw a man climbing in at the
window. With great self possession she took the trusty old mus-
ket from its rack near the fireplace and, taking good aim, fired.
The man came down sprawling on the kitchen floor, with the one
word "Waugh." She ran to the door, called for help and discov-
ered that her house was set on fire in three places. The neighbors
came, put out the flames and found Bethia had killed a large
Indian who lay on the kitchen floor with tomahawk in hand and
knife in belt. He intended to scalp the family and burn the
house, but she by her watchfulness and self possession saved the
home with the lives of herself and children. The neighbors buried
the Indian and saw that all was right before leaving.
Bethia married 2] Cain and removed to Haence. In
her father's will dated 1785, she is called "my beloved daughter
Bethia Cain," and is given "one cow or the value thereof together
with one-half of the household furniture after her mother's de-
cease." It is said Bethia's 2d marriage was displeasing to the
Smiths and an unfortunate family estrangement came about. Her
children became useful, intelligent and honored citizens.
When Bethia was 80 years of age, one of her nephews, Dan-
iel Cummings, [husband of Hannah Doolittle (865) the dau. of
Bethia's bro. Benjaminl.went to visit her and found her still en-
ergetic and cheerful, doing her day's work spinning with as much
ease as any young woman. He wanted to call on one of her
daughters who lived eight miles away through the woods. As it
was a busy time in harvest and all the horses were in use, he said
he would walk if some one would show him the way. Bethia
said she would go with him and was soon ready. She walked as
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fast as Mr. Cummings cared to go and did not seem fatigued at
the end of the journey, which shows her marvelous strength and
She, as well as all her father's family, was an Episcopalian,
and throughout her life had services every morning — reading a
portion of scripture, a hymn and prayer, — and lived her relig-
ion day by day. She died at the remarkable age of 96 beloved by
all her connections and honored and respected by all her acquaint-
CHILDREN. (l M.)
845. i. Hezekiah Smith b. July 13, 1766; was a sea captain.
846. ii. Eldad Smith b. July 23, 1768; became a judge. He m.
Dec. 12, 1792, Martha, dau. of Joseph and Esther
(Lewis) Moss. Esther was dau. of Dr. Benj. Lewis
(see 341). Ch. : Hiram, Lewis, Jonathan, Alban,
Amy [b. 1801, m. Orris (s. of Andrew) Tuttle and
had 12 ch. Her s. Hiram S. m. Julia A. Bushnell
and had : Celia L who m. A. Vyrde Ingham and res.
(1903) in Geneseo, 111., ch. : Ida B. and Herbert L.],
847. iii. William Smith b. Feb. 8, 1771, was a sea captain.
848. iv. Mary Smith b. May 24, 1773.
849. V. Didamia Smith b. Mar. i, 1776.
850. vi. Jonathan Smith b. Feb. i, 1778; was principal of the
Dutchess Co. Academy for several years.
851. vii. Abbie Cain was a teacher.
852. viii. Nancy Cain was a teacher.
Frederick Doolittle (Hezekiah, Abraham, Abraham, Abra-
ham) s. of Hezekiah and Hepzibah (Tyler) D. was b. at Litch-
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field, Ct., in 1752. He m. Hannah Wetmore and settled at L. In
1778 he rec'd a deed of land from est. of Ozias Smith. He pur-
chased Sept. 21, 1782, a tract of land for £57 from Elnathan
Mitchell in Washington, Litchfield, Co., Ct. In 1790 he rec'd
lands in L. from his father and from 1790 to 1793 rec'd and trans-
ferred various pieces of real estate in Conn. In 1804 Adam Smith
rec'd a deed from him. About the year 1800 he and his sons
moved from Conn, to Albany Co., N. Y., and settled at Hall's
Hollow (now Medura), or Rensselaerville. Frederick d. 1820.
853. i. David d. unm.
854. ii. Daniel.
Benjamin Doolittle (Hezekiah, Abraham, Abraham, Abra-
ham) s. of Hezekiah and Hepzibah (Tyler) D. was b. 1748, at
Litchfield, Ct., and m. Hannah Killbourn in 1774. She was b. at
L. Mar. 6, 1760, dau. of Solomon and Ann (Palmer) K., and gr.
dau. of Capt. Joseph and Abigail (Stockwell) K. This Capt.
Joseph K. was a very prominent citizen at L., was a member of
the State Legislature and held other offices.
Benjamin Doolittle was a man of fine business qualifications
and had an elegant home and valuable property in L. — a grist
mill, paper mill, and distillery — and by his good management was
adding to its value each year. But the sea breeze was affecting
the health of his family, and, when about the year 1800 his moth-
er, eldest three daughters — Sibyl, Phebe and Nancy, — and his son-
in-law Anson Smith (hub. of dau. Sibyl) d. of consumption with-
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in two years, he was so grieved that he decided to dispose of his
property in Conn, and seek out a healthy location. His bro.
Frederick had settled in Albany Co., N. Y. and his letters were
glowing with descriptions of the beautiful country, fertile soil and
healthful climate in that section. Benjamin finally determined to
take his family with him, visit Frederick and, if he found a lo-
cation which suited him, to settle there.
They took their way through Western Conn, and up the
Hudson Valley whose delightful scenery caused them to forget
most of the fatigue of the long journey. They drove the entire
distance and took only such goods as were necessary and could
not be obtained in the new country in which they expected to
settle. After visiting his brother, Benjamin went down into Dela-
ware County and bought a farm and mill property in the town of
Pine Hill. He lived in this locality the rest of his life. In 1824
he res. at Dry Brook, Ulster Co., but rem. to Bovina, Delaware
Co. and built a stone house in a place called the "Butt End."
He was a farmer and ran a rye whiskey still there in 1825. Here
he died Aug. 1835, a. 87, beloved and respected by all who knew
His affection for his wife and children was very great, and
he would often say to his grand children that their grand mother
was the handsomest, smartest and best girl in Conn. To him she
was the fairest of women all through the 61 happy years of their
wedded life. Hannah survived her husband 11 years and d. in
the summer of 1846, at the home of her youngest son Anson in
Forestville, N. Y., a. 86, "a model in all the qualities that make
a perfect woman." They adopted a dau. Julia, who m. Elnathan
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Sibyl m. Anson Smith.
Phebe d. of consumption in L. Feb. 19, 1798, and is
buried there in West Cemetery.
Nancy d. of consumption in L. June 20, 1798, and is
buried there near Phebe (above).
Hezekiah d. at Gull Prairie, Mich.
Solomon d. in Cleveland prob. before 1830.
Anthony d. in Calhoun Co., Mich., abt. 1840.
Anna m. Jonathan Smith.
Fanny m. Chas. Benham.
Benjamin b. in L. Dec. 16, 1792.
William b. May 26, 1795.
865. xi. Hannah m. Daniel Cummings.
866. xii. Anson d. in western part of N. Y. state 1846.
Ambrose Doolittle (Ambrose, Abraham, Abraham, Abra-
ham) s. of Ambrose and Martha (Munson) D. of W. was b, Dec.
27, 175 1. He m. Miss Azubah Doud, of Middletown, Ct., Jan.
6, 1774. It is recorded in Cheshire. They sett, at C. where he d.
and i3 buried.
867. Benjamin Doud b. June 27, 1775.
Amos Doolittle (Ambrose, Abraham, Abraham, Abraham)
s. of Ambrose and Martha (Munson) D. was b. at W. May 8,
1754. He m. Phebe dau. of Ebenezer and Eunice (Moss) Tuttle.
She was b. Aug. 8. 1764, d. Mar. 4, 1825, and was buried in Grove
St. Cemetery, New Haven. They res'd at New Haven. His
dwellin^,^ occupied a portion of the lot on the north-west comer
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of College and Elm Sts., where 'he d. Jan. 31, 1832, a. 78, leaving
Amos was placed when young with a jeweler and learned
the trade of silver smith. Early he tried engraving upon metals
and, through self instruction alone, mastered the principles and
practice of this art in which he became famous as the first engraver
on copper in America.
At the outbreak of the Revolution he was a member of the
Governor's Foot Guards, (Comp. 2, organized Mar. 2, 1775). At
noon on Apr. 20, '75, when the news of the skirmish at Lexington
was received at New Haven, Benedict Arnold, the captain of this
company, summoned his men and proposed starting immediately
for the seat of trouble. Amos was among nearly 40 volunteers
who determined to go. Arnold requested the town authorities to
furnish his soldiers with ammunition. They refused, and this de-
termined leader marched his men to the house, where the select-
men were in session, formed a line in front and sent in word that,
if the keys to the powder house were not delivered to him within
five minutes, he would order his company to break it open and
help themselves. The keys were given up, the powder procured
and soon the volunteers were on their march for Cambridge. On
the way they were joined by General Putnam who left his plow in
Mr. Earl, a portrait painter, was in the company, and he and
Amos went out to Lexington and Concord as soon as they reach-
ed the patriot camp. At these places they made four drawings
(or paintings), representing as many views of the opening scenes
in the great revolutionary contest now fully begun. They had
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the help of eye witnesses to the engagements, and, according to
Amos, he sometimes acted as a model for Earl when making the
pictures, so that when he wished to represent one of the provincials
as loading his gun or crouching behind a stonewall when firing
on the enemy, Amos would put himself in such a position.
Amos ingeniously conceived the idea of engraving these
scenes on copper for preparing prints, and on returning to New
Haven gave a part of the ensuing summer to the task with phe-
nominal success. The New Haven Journal of Dec. 13, 1775, had
the following advertisement :
"THIS DAY PUBLISHED,
And to be sold at the store of Mr. James Lockwood near the College
in New Haven Four different Views of the Battles of Lexington, Con-
cord, etc., on the 19th day of April, 1775.
Plate I. The Battle of Lexington.
Plate II. A view of the town of Concord with the ministerial