Abraham Doolittle was born in February, 1650, in New Haven, Connecticut. He was baptized by Reverend John Davenport, under whose strict puritan teachings he was reared. He attended the grammar school in his native town and received the careful religious and secular training prescribed for the Puritan youth of that time. His family moved to Wallingford before his twentieth birthday, where they built a log cabin in a forest glen. At that time, Wallingford was a wild place where wolves and Indians were common. At that time there was not a fence, road, church, school or store nearer than New Haven.
At town meeting May 27, 1672, Abraham was elected constable, a position then of much importance.
President Noah Porter of Yale, in writing of those colonial times,says: "The constable was an officer of superior dignity." He was to the inhabitants "the right arm of the King himself; a functionary treated with reverent awe and obeyed with implicit deference. Whoever resisted the power resisted the ordinance of God."
He took an active interest in Wallingford's affairs and is spoke of as " a worthy son of a worthy sire."
Abraham was thrice married, and fathered many children.
The following order of the General Court appears under date of October, 1710: "upon consideration of the great affliction and trouble of Abraham Dowlittell of Wallingford in the weakness and infirmity of his children: This assembly do relive and exempt him the said Dowlittell, from paying any county rates for
|Puritan Literature ca 1660|
November 23, 1732- Martha Hull is born to Miles Hull & Mary Tuttle in Farmington, New Haven, Connecticut.
November 28, 1732- Joel Doolittle is born to Jonathan Doolittle & Rebecca Ranney in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
(Joel Doolittle is my first cousin 8 times removed. He is the grandnephew of Abraham Doolittle. Our common ancestors are Samuel Doolittle & Mary Cornwall and George Hubbard & Elizabeth Watts.
Martha Hull is Joel's second cousin once removed.
Martha Hull is my third cousin 7 times removed. Our common ancestors are Abraham Doolittle, Deacon Paul Peck & Martha Hale, and John Moss & Abigail Charles.)