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Amzi Doolittle

Birthplace: Northfield, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: April 09, 1830 (92)
Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend Benjamin Doolittle and Lydia Chapin
Husband of Hannah Doolittle
Ex-husband of Jerusha Doolittle
Father of Electra Rich; Lavina Hicks; Lucy Hazelton; Amzi Doolittle, Jr.; Junia Doolittle and 5 others
Brother of Oliver Doolittle; Lydia Doolittle; Charles Doolittle; Eunice Ashley; Susanna Field and 6 others

Occupation: Daughters of the American Revolution
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About Lt. Amzi Doolittle

DAR A 032909, LT. and Patriotic Service. Served Mass and Vermont.

Amzia Doolittle Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Share Learn about upgrading this memorial... Birth: Nov. 15, 1737 Northfield Franklin County Massachusetts, USA Death: Apr. 19, 1830 Winchester Cheshire County New Hampshire, USA

After marriage to Jerusha Smith in 1757 moved from Northfield to Warwick, MA. They parented 10 children. On September 5, 1774 a company of 50 Minute men was raised by the town of Warwick: Samuel Williams, Capt, James Bell and Lt. Amzi Doolittle, Ensign. Amzi was a Lt during the Revolutionary War in the VT Militia. In 1777 he moved to Townsend, VT and gave sons Amzi, Origin and Roswell each a tract of VT forestland. He divorced Jerusha and married 2nd Hannah Miller Barber, 9 Oct 1787, in Townshend, VT. In 1824 he moved to Winchester, NH with sons Amzi and Origin.

Family links:

 Benjamin Doolittle (1695 - 1748)
 Lydia Todd Chapin (1699 - 1790)

 Hannah Miller Doolittle (1748 - 1826)
 Jerusha Smith Marsh (1742 - 1844)*

 Luther Doolittle (1764 - 1821)*
 Amzi Doolittle (1768 - 1863)*
 Origin Doolittle (1773 - 1856)*
 Jerusha Doolittle Taft (1777 - 1863)*

 Lydia Doolittle Evans (1720 - 1806)*
 Eunice Doolittle Ashley (1724 - 1782)*
 Susannah Doolittle Field (1726 - 1787)*
 Chloe Doolittle Evans (1730 - 1788)*
 Thankful Doolittle Willard (1733 - 1798)*
 Amzia Doolittle (1737 - 1830)
 Lucy Doolittle Chapin (1741 - 1824)*
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Burial: Evergreen Cemetery Winchester Cheshire County New Hampshire, USA


ID: I740 Name: Amzi Doolittle Reference Number: 1120 Sex: M Birth: 15 NOV 1737 in Northfield, Franklin Co., MA Death: 9 APR 1830 in Winchester, NH Occupation: ABT 1803 Constable of Townshend, VT (or was this his son?) Note: BET 1799 AND 1807, Occupation 1 Census: 1790 Townshend, Windham Co., VT Note: Census Note:

A history of Northfield, MA (p. 434): Amzi, Nov. 15, 1737; m. Dec 6, 1757 Jerusha, dau of Dea. Samuel Smith; he was of Warwick but d. in Townshend, Vt. [incorrect; he died in Winchester,NH where he is buried]

From Doolittle Genealogy: "In 1756 he belonged to the Northfield foot company. In Oct. of that year, when the news of Montcalm's victories was received, he with 16 others wasdrafted out of the company to serve under General Winslow; but whether the men went into active service at the time [is not?] recorded.

Soon after his first marriage he moved to Warwick Mass., as the town records show he was there in 1760 as one of a committee to lay out a tract ofland 40 rods square around the meeting house for a burial place and other purposes.

Mary Holman Lovering, in The Scott Genealogy (Boston: 1919, p. 15) records these land transactions: Hampshire Co., Mass., Deeds, 1:623. Abraham Scott of Gardner's or Roxbury Canada, sells to Amzi Doolittle, land in Roxbury Canda (Warwick), 25 May1759. 2:30. Abraham Scott of Roxbury Canada Sells to Amzi Doolittle, land in Roxbury canada, 18 June 1759.

At the first town meeting held in Warwick May 9, 1763, he was elected town treasurer. Sept. 5, 1774, a company of 50 minute men was raised by thetown, of which Samuel Williams was Captain, Jas. Bell, lieut., Amzi Doolittle, ensign. He served as one of the selectmen in 1767 and 1776.

"In 1777 Amzi moved to Townshend, Vt. then a newly settled village, where he bought and cleared a large tract of forest land in the south part ofthe town. He gave his sons Amzi, Origin and Roswell, a tract of forrest in the vicinity of the home farm which they cleared for themselves. In 1824he moved with his sons Amzi and Origin to Winchester, New Haven, where he died Apr. 9, 1830, aged 93." [Doolittles of America]

The Doolittle Genealogy indicates that Amzi Doolittle moved to Townshend in 1777, although the earliest I have so far been able to confirm hispresence there was October 1782 when he purchased 350 acres of land.

NEW: From Joel <> Monday, June 25, 2007 4:06:21 PM

Franklin County Registry of Deeds in Greenfield (abstracted from Hampshire County): Bk4/Pg451. signed 29 Aug 1780, filed 4 May 1792. Amzi Doolittle of Warwick, gentleman, grants to Ebenezer Cheney of Warwick, 144 acres more or less,all my home place in Warwick. Bk8/Pg29. signed 5 Jun 1780, filed 3 Nov 1802, Amzi Doolittle of Warwick, gentleman, grants to John Goldsbury of Warwick, six acres.

"Collections relating to the history and inhabitants of the town of Townshend, Vermont" p. 76, lists the names of men who were [what?] the previouspages are missing from's digital version of this document. But see this:

1782, Oct. 7: Amzi Doolittle is listed with Edward Grieves, Thomas Wood, Timothy Holbrook, John Hazeltine, son of Silas Hazeltine.

Were these proprietors? Note that this is the same month that Amzi is recorded as purchasing 350 acres of land, so perhaps that's what this listabove refers to.

The same page of the same history indicates that Lieut. Amzi Doolittle was listed as one of those listed in the proprietor's books as land owners.[Note: Barber is not so listed.]

Database: American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Name: Amzi DOOLITTLE Birth Date: 1737 Birthplace: Massachusetts, Vermont, d.New Hampshire Volume: 45, Page Number: 12 Reference: Allen mem. 1st ser. Des. of Edw. Allen of Nantucket, Ms. By Orrin Peer Allen. Palmer, Ms, 1905. (123p.):110 Source Information: Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. [database online] Provo, UT:, 1999-. Original data: GodfreyMemorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT: Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952-.

1790 US Census: Townshend, Windham County, VT: Doolittle, Amzi 3, 3, 3 (son Amzi Jr also on this page, 2, 1, 1)

1800 US Census: Townshend, Windham Co., VT: Doolittle, Amzi, Sr. -, 1, 1, -, 1 | -, -, 1, -, 1 (son Amzi Jr also on this page: 1, -, -, 1, - | -, -, -, 1, - (sons Origin and Roswell also listed)

1810 US Census: Can't find him or his sons anywhere.

1820 US Census: Townshend, Windham Co., VT (or is this Amzi, Jr.?)

1830 US Census: Winchester, VT Aaziah Doolittle [he is Amziah on his tombstone] Amzi Sr. died 9 April 1830; check date of census; if after this date, would be his son.

HISTORY OF WINCHESTER, CHESHIRE COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE BIOGRAPHIES AND GENEALOGIES OF EARLY SETTLERS AND PROMINENT CITIZENS AMZI DOOLITTLE, from Townsend VT, came to Winchester in 1824, and located on a farm, where he died, April 9, 1830, aged ninety-three years. His aged wife (Jerusha Smith) survived him till October 19, 1844, aged 102 years. [only partially true; Jerusha did survive him, but they were divorced by then.]

At least nine males were named after him through 1872. And I found one female, Amzona, b 1867. _UID: D42624A6DD594F85BDB21FBB2A36C18FC754 Change Date: 12 SEP 2010

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Father: Benjamin Doolittle b: 10 JUL 1695 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT Mother: Lydia Todd b: 28 JUL 1699 in New Haven, CT

Marriage 1 Jerusha Smith b: ABT 1742 in Northfield, Hampden Co., MA Married: 6 DEC 1757 in Northfield, MA Note: Source for marriage: Type: Vital Record/Index Title: LDS Extract: Northfield, MA Births, baptisms, marriages, intentions, deaths 1713-1839, approx Publication: Family History Library [Births only] Location: (FHL Film 0886783 Batch C502411)

From Betty Barber Lusk Mon, 25 Jul 2005 ... my notes from the microfilms of Warwick, MA: Luther Doolittle, son to Amzi and Jerusha Dolittle- born Jan. 14, 1764 Amzi Doolittle, b. Feb. 24, 1768 Junia Doolittle was b. May the 5th 1770 Origen Doolittle, s to Amzi, b. Jan. 20 1773 Rosill Doolittle, s of Amzi, b Feb. 4, 1775 Jerusha Doolittle, d of Amzi, b. 21 Aug. 1777 That is the last date for the Doolittles in births in Warwick.

Townshend, VT Land Deeds, Volume 1, p. 4, finds a list of two families, recorded at one sitting by Thos. Amsohn?, town clerk in March 1783. Herecorded on one sheet, in the middle of the land deeds volume, the two families of DOOLITTLE and BARBER-- births that had taken place over 20 yearsearlier and not in Townshend. Of ... Children Has Children Electa Doolittle b: 12 AUG 1760 in Warwick, MA Has Children Lavina Doolittle b: 12 DEC 1761 in Warwick, Franklin Co., MA Has Children Luther Doolittle b: 14 JAN 1764 in Warwick, MA Has Children Lucy Doolittle b: 13 DEC 1765 in Warwick, MA Has Children Amzi Doolittle b: 24 FEB 1768 in Warwick, MA Has No Children Junia Doolittle b: 5 MAY 1770 in Warwick, MA Has Children Origin Doolittle b: 20 JAN 1773 in Warwick, MA Has Children Roswell Doolittle b: 4 FEB 1775 in Warwick, MA Has No Children Jerusha Doolittle b: 21 AUG 1777 in Warwick, MA

Marriage 2 Hannah MILLER b: 24 MAY 1748 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA Married: 9 OCT 1787 in Townshend, VT Note: Contrary to the genealogy "Doolittles of America," Hannah Miller was NOT the mother of Amzi's children; Jerusha Smith was. Amzi and Hannah did notmarry until after her child-bearing years were over. Jillaine Smith found record of their marriage in Townshend VT vital records (which she sawpersonally, and transcribed herself):

Amzi Doolittle m. Hannah Barber Oct 9, 1787 Townshend, Vt

Both Hannah and Amzi were of Baptist sympathies at least while in Warwick. The publication "Collections relating to the history and inhabitants ofTownshend, Vermont" contains a chapter about the Second Baptist church which was formed in Townshend in 1827. But on page 249, the writer notes: "Atthe time of the organization of this body, a Baptist church had existed for 17 years [therefore since 1810] at the west village, had maintained itspastor or stated supply, and had occupied its portion of the time in the meeting-house." But there is no list of Barbers or Doolittles mentionedrelative to this Baptist... 2

Sources: Repository: Town Hall, Townshend, VT. Publication: Town Clerk of Townshend, VT Title: Vital Records of Townshend, VT Text: Original ledge of records researched and photocopied by Jillaine Smith, 2003. Page: p. 16, @CN2859@, Occupation Repository: Town Hall, Townshend, VT. Publication: Town Clerk of Townshend, VT Title: Vital Records of Townshend, VT Text: Original ledge of records researched and photocopied by Jillaine Smith, 2003. Page: Including marriages on record in town clerk's office, @CN3554@, Marriage

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Lt. Amzi Doolittle's Timeline

November 15, 1737
Northfield, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts
August 12, 1760
Age 22
Warwick, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts
December 12, 1761
Age 24
Warwick, Franklin, MA, United States
January 14, 1764
Age 26
Warwick, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
December 12, 1765
Age 28
Warwick, Franklin, MA, United States
February 24, 1768
Age 30
Warwick, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
May 5, 1770
Age 32
Warwick, Franklin, MA, United States
January 20, 1773
Age 35
Warwick, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
February 4, 1775
Age 37
Warwick, Franklin, MA, United States