, son of
Abraham and Abigail (Moss) Doolittle
, was b. at New
Haven, July 7, 1665, being the oldest s. by 2d.m. The family moved to W. when
he was but a few years old, and there he grew to manhood. The children in those
days were early taught the strict observance of the Sabbath, and only the most
necessary duties were permitted in the household from the time the sun sank
behind the western hills on Saturday until the following evening. At the drum
beat on Sunday morning each family in plain and carefully-kept clothes, after
the toil of the week, devoutly took its way by the trai through the woods,
crossing the brook or skirting the hills to worship at the little meeting
house. Lacking a supply of hymn books, the congregation sang the songs line for
line as they were read to them by the leader of church singing. Sermons in
early days took two hours to deliver, while a prayer lasting less than an hour
was of doubtful effect. Rev. Samuel Street was the first pastor at W. and
continued with this congregation for forty-five years.
The church was an unpretentious affair, built of unhewn logs,
whichhardly kept out wind and rain. It was 28 feet long, 24 feet wide and 10
feet " in stud between ye ground sill and wall plate," and
"comfortably and comleyly fitted up with dores windures & flower or
floors." The interior furnishings were very simple. The presiding elder
and deacons had elevated seats before the pulpit. The congregations were seated
on plain benches, according to age and standing in the community--the men and
women occupying opposite sides of the house. Sentries were stationed at the
door or passed to and from before it. In 1689 the town "voted to build a
fort round ye meeting house." There in the silent wilderness, says S. B.
Thorp, " far away from the busy haunts of men, they seemed and felt nearer
God--more alone with God--than ever before. With reverent joy they rejoiced in
that blessed intimacy of communion and drew from it strength they needed for
the trials and duties taht formed the staple of their daily lives."
Samuel m. Mary, dau. of Sergt. John and Martha (Peck) Cornwall
of MIddletown, Conn. She was b. Nov. 20, 1665, and d. Nov. 16, 1742. They
resided at W. till the birth of their second son, when they rem. to Middletown.
He received land at W. in 1689. His death occurred at M. Sept. 25, 1714.
45. i. Jonathan b. Aug. 21, 1689.
46. ii. Samuel
b. Aug. 31, 1691.
47. iii. Mary b. Nov. 24, 1693; m. Solomon Goff.
48. iv. Abraham b. Sept. 21, 1695.
49. v. Abigail b. April 10, 1697, m. Wm. Mark
50. vi. martha b. April 6, 1698, m. Daniel Hall.
51. vii. Hannah b. Oct. 29, 1700, m. Stephen Turner.
52. viii. Thankful b. June 3, 1702,
prob. m. John s. of David and Sarah (Rockwell) Hall,b. May 9, 1678, at W.
53. ix. Joseph b. June 20, 1704. 54. x. Nathaniel b. Jan 15, 1706. 55. xi. Esther b. July 16, 1709.
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