Jerusha  (Smith) Doolittle

Jerusha (Smith) Doolittle (1742 - 1844)

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Jerusha Doolittle formerly Smith
Born in Massachusettsmap
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Wife of — married in Northfield, Franklin, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshiremap
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Categories: Centenarians | Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, New Hampshire.


Jerusha was great-grand-daughter of the Rev. Henry Smith, of Weathersfield, 1640.[1]

That she was daughter of Samuel Smith and Sarah Morton and wife of Amzi Doolittle is claimed in the History of Northfield, Massachusetts[2] and Abraham Doolittle, and some of his Descendants.[3]

"There is a tradition that she deserted her family, leaving an infant of 5 months and joined the Dorrellites; that when they were broken up she came back-- Amzi having in the meantime m. again-- and lived with one of her children until her deathOct. 19, 1844, at the advanced age of 102."[4]

The problem with the Dorrellite theory is that Dorrel did not start his sect/cult until after the Revolutionary War (1786). Jerusha's last child was born in August 1777. More likely is that she ran off with Amos Marsh by 1781-- several years prior to the creation of Dorrell's sect.

The Warwick town history identifies her as the "wife of Amzi Doolittle" with whom Amos Marsh ran off-- both being under the influence of the "spiritual wife-ism" preachings of Elder [Moses?] Hicks during the Revolutionary War.[5] Hicks himself ran off with Amzi and Jerusha's daughter [Lavina]. The Warwick history says that Jerusha and Amos Marsh ran off to New York where they were found and brought back and tried, and that Amoswore the letter "A" for the rest of his life. Whether or not true, an Amos Marsh is found living two doors down from a Moses Hicks in the 1790 census in Hoosick, NY.

Amos (and presumably Jerusha) remained in Hoosick through the 1820 census, shortly after which he died. I don't find her in 1830, but she's probably the oldest female enumerated with her son in the 1840 census (Winchester, NH).

Warwick historian (Morse) claims Amos Marsh returned to Warwick after his Northampton adultery trial, probably based on the 1819 diary entry of William Cobb, Jr. of Warwick, but Cobb could *just* as easily (and morely likely) been referring to Amos' son, Amos Marsh, Jr., whose last child was born in January 1819 and who he mentions a few times prior to this date, and not after.

The 1901 Doolittle Family in America incorrectly identifies her as mother of only the first two of Amzi Doolittle's children (and gives the rest of Amzi's second wife Hannah),[6] but this has been disproven by examination of Warwick birth records, Townshend, VT town records, and her gravesite.

She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, NH (route 119). She is buried next to her son, Amzi, Jr. Her gravestone (dated 1844) calls her "Jerusha A., wife of Amos Marsh and former wife of A. Doolittle, age 102."

Sources

  1. Biographical Review of Hampden County MA citizens, p. 866
  2. J.H. Temple & George Sheldon, History of Northfield, Massachusetts, Albany, NY: Joel Munsell (1875), p 536
  3. Orrin P. Allen, Abraham Doolittle, and some of his Descendants, Newport, R.I. : R.H. Tilley (1893), p 15
  4. Allen, p. 158
  5. Jonathan Blake, History of the Town of Warwick, Massachusetts, Boston: Noyes, Holmes & Co. (1873), p 60-61. While published in 1873, Blake wrote this account much closer to the events-- in 1830, according to Warwick historian Charles Morse in his own 1973 history of the town.
  6. William F. Doolittle, The Doolittle Family in America, (1901), p 157-138


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