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Lydia Todd Doolittle of Northfield MA

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DOOLITTLE, Lydia Todd4, (Samuel3, Samuel2 Christopher1) born July 28, 1699, died Jan. 16, 1792, married Oct. 24, 1717, Rev. Benjamin, son of John and Mary (Peck) Doolittle, who was born July 10, 1695, died Jan. 9, 1748. He graduated from Yale, 1716; was ordained pastor of the church in Northfield, Mass., 1718, with an annual salary of 65 pounds, and quite a liberal amount of money and land as a settlement. On the Northfield records one of the highways is laid out, “From Pockany Meadow to a little brook where Mr. Doolittle’s horse died.” The following is on his gravestone.

“Blessed with good intellectual parts,
Well skilled in two important arts,
Nobly he filled his double station,
Both of a preacher and physician.
To cure men’s sicknesses and sins,
He took unwearied care and pains,
And strove to make his patient whole,
Throughout, in body and in soul.
He loved his God, loved to do good,
To all his friends vast kindness showed,
Nor could his enimies exclaim!
And say he was not kind to them.
His labors met a sudden close,
Now he enjoys a sweet repose,
And when the just to life shall rise,
Among the first he’ll mount the skies.”

Children:
I. Olive, b. Oct. 28, 1718.
II. Lydia, b. Aug. 24, 1720.
III. Charles, b. July 31, 1722.
IV. Eunice, b. July 31, 1724.
V. Susanna, b. June 13, 1726.
VI. Lucius, b. May 4, 1728.
VII. Chloe, b. May 4, 1730.
VIII. Lucy, b. Feb. 27, 1731.
IX. Thankful, b. June 20, 1733.
X. Amzi, b. Nov. 15, 1737.
XI. Lucy, b. July 15, 1741.


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