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Doolittle, John F. (adopted)

Male 1863 - 1941  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name Doolittle, John F. (adopted) 
    Born Mar 1863  Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 01 Jun 1870  Hopewell, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 01 Jun 1875  Montezuma, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 11 Jun 1880  Canandaigua, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 16 Feb 1892  Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 12 Jun 1900  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 16 Apr 1910  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 14 Apr 1918  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 03 Jan 1920  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence Sep 1939  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Died 12 May 1941  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3  VV-Alexander-JaneKING-Rochester-Auburn
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2014 

    Father VanValkenburg, Alexander,   b. 1840, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1910, Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother King, Jane C.,   b. 1840, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Larwood, Emma J.,   b. 1850, Monroe Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1917, Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joslyn, Louise 
    Married 30 May 1918  Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Barrett, Ella,   d. 27 Sep 1939, Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    News about Inquest into Death of Alexander VV (1840-1910) at Auburn, NY.
    News about Inquest into Death of Alexander VV (1840-1910) at Auburn, NY.

    Alexander VV again stated to have been living with his "son-in-law", John F. Doolittle. John Doolittle refers in censuses to Alexander as his "step-father".

    News article found at Fulton History Newspaper Archive.
    Death of Alexander VanValkenburgh (1840-1910), struck by train in Auburn, NY.
    Death of Alexander VanValkenburgh (1840-1910), struck by train in Auburn, NY.

    Alexander VV is stated to have been living with his "son-in-law", John F. Doolittle. John Doolittle refers in censuses to Alexander as his "step-father". Alexander's daughter Emma Rose VV-Bailey was not John Doolittle's wife Emma Larwood-Botsford-Doolittle.

    News article found at Fulton History Newspaper Archive.
    Death notice of Emma Larwood-Botsford-Doolittle (1850-1917)
    Death notice of Emma Larwood-Botsford-Doolittle (1850-1917)

    Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY

    News article found at Fulton History Newspaper Archive.
    Marriage Notice: John F. Doolittle's second marriage to 'Miss Louise Joslyn' in 1918, at Auburn, NY.
    Marriage Notice: John F. Doolittle's second marriage to "Miss Louise Joslyn" in 1918, at Auburn, NY.

    No further notice has been found to confirm the identity of Louise Joslyn, although John F. Doolittle's sister Emma Rose VV-Bailey was living in Canada at this time with a Thomas Hannigan married to Clara Pelkey. Clara Pelkey was related to the Joslyn family in Auburn, NY.


    News article found at Fulton History Newspaper Archive.
    The 1939 death of John F. Doolittle's third wife, Ella Barrett.
    The 1939 death of John F. Doolittle's third wife, Ella Barrett.

    The notice of thanks shows John's Seymour St. address.. this matches his address on the 1940 census. This couple may have retained more than one home in Auburn or Rochester (Ella Barrett had been previously married). WCTU was a temperance society.
    Marriage notice of John F. Doolittle to Mrs. Ella Barrett in 1934, Auburn, NY.
    Marriage notice of John F. Doolittle to Mrs. Ella Barrett in 1934, Auburn, NY.

    No further clues have been found for Ella Barrett, but she was a widow.
    Death notice in Auburn, NY newspaper of Rose Bailey, sister of John F. Doolittle, who died in Canada, 1920.
    Death notice in Auburn, NY newspaper of Rose Bailey, sister of John F. Doolittle, who died in Canada, 1920.

    This notice is confirmed by the Ontario Canada death record. Note that Rose was brought back to Auburn for burial in Soule Cemetery, the same place as her brother John.
    Death notice of John F. Doolittle at Auburn, NY, 1941.
    Death notice of John F. Doolittle at Auburn, NY, 1941.

    His address was 242 Seymour St., Auburn, the same as at the death of his last wife Ella Barrett-Doolittle in 1938. He was interred at Soule Cemetery where his father Alexander VV, first wife Emma, and sister Rose Bailey are also laid to rest.
    Immigration Record: Thomas Hannigan of Marshville, Ontario, Canada crossing into the States 5 May 1920, with intended destination his 'bro-in-law' John Doolittle.
    Immigration Record: Thomas Hannigan of Marshville, Ontario, Canada crossing into the States 5 May 1920, with intended destination his "bro-in-law" John Doolittle.

    Two months earlier, this same Thomas Hannigan of Marshville, had been the informant on the death record of Auburn, NY native Rose Bailey who was a sister of John F. Doolittle of Auburn. Rose had been interred in Auburn. Thomas Hannigan had stated he had no relation to Rose Bailey, but his wife Clara Pelkey had family in Auburn NY. There IS a connection, but what? And the card is stamped "rejected".

    Census Records
    1910 Census - John Doolittle, wife Emma, and John's 'step-father' Alex VV.
    1910 Census - John Doolittle, wife Emma, and John's "step-father" Alex VV.

    (Wall St.), Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York

    This census, taken in April 1910, shows the family living on Wall Street which was along the Auburn State Prison "big wall", nearby to State St. where Alexander was struck and killed by a train later this same year.
    1880 Census showing Alex VV, wife Jane, and two children.
    1880 Census showing Alex VV, wife Jane, and two children.

    Canandaigua, Ontario Co., New York
    John F. Doolittle, 'clerk in drug store' on 1920 Census, Auburn, NY.
    John F. Doolittle, "clerk in drug store" on 1920 Census, Auburn, NY.

    John Doolittle is living as a boarder at 148 Wall St., Auburn, "single". His marriage notice in 1918 stated he was an employee of Edwin F. Parker. Attached is a description of Parker's shopping emporium at the block at 146-148 Wall St., so John would have been living above the store. His employer Edwin Parker's home was next to the emporium, as shown on the same census.

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] 1870 United States Federal Census - NEWYORK-Ontario-Hopewell-VVAlex, "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12828-1883-9?cc=1438024), New York > Ontario > Hopewell > image 46 of 48; citing NARA microfilm publication M593.

      Hopewell, Ontario Co., New York

      Samuel King, 60 b. 1810 New Jersey, stonemason
      Mary Ann King, 53 b. 1817 New York, wife
      Belle, 25 b. 1835 New York, at home
      Ezekiel, 22 b. 1838 New York, sawmill
      Ella, 11 b. 1849 New York
      Henry, 16 b. 1854 New York, cooper
      [next household has a Jane C. King m. to Alex VV, perhaps dau of above family]
      A. VanValkenburg, 30 b. 1840 Canada, teamster
      Jane VanValkenburg, 31 b. 1839 New York, wife
      John, 7 b. 1863 New York
      Emma, 1 mo., b. 1870 New York b. in Apr 1870

      [both the 1850 and 1860 census for Hopewell, have Samuel & Mary A. King as parents of a daughter, named alternatively as Jane King and Catharine J. King b. 1839]

    2. [S1] 1875 New York State Census - NEWYORK-Cayuga-Montezuma, "New York, State Census, 1875," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21621-13639-10?cc=1918735), Cayuga > Montezuma > image 4 of 39; citing State Library, Albany.

      Montezuma, Cayuga Co., New York

      Alex Van Valkenburg, 34 b. 1841 Canada, alien, farmer, married
      Jane Van Valkenburg, 33 b. 1842 Ontario Co. NY, married
      John Van Valkenburg, 13 b. 1862 Ontario Co. NY, son
      Emma Van Valkenburg, 5 b. 1870 Ontario Co. NY, dau

    3. [S4] 1880 United States Federal Census - NEWYORK-Ontario-Canandaigua-VVAlex, 1880 United States Federal Census. NARA microfilm publication T9. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880 population schedules. Part of Record Group Number 29. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007. National Archives, Washington, DC, USA.

      Wood St., Canandaigua, Ontario Co., New York

      [boarding with two other families: and Bennet and Quigley]

      Alex VanVaulkabur, 38 b. 1842 Canada, both parents b. Canada, laborer
      Jane VanVaulkabur, 41 b. 1839 New York, both parents b. NY, keeping house
      Emely, 10 b. 1870 New York, father b. Canada, mother b. NY, at school
      John, 16 b. 1864 New York, father b. Canada, mother b. NY, at school

    4. [S3] 1892 New York State Census - NEWYORK-Monroe-Rochester, "New York, State Census, 1892," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11567-84488-77?cc=1529100), Monroe > Rochester, Ward 09, E.D. 01 > image 10 of 13.

      Rochester, Monroe Co., NY (Electoral Ward 9)

      Alex VanValkenberg, 53 b. 1839 Canada, immigration status: alien, laborer
      John VanValkenberg, 29 b. 1863 US, labourer
      Jane VanValkenberg, 52 b. 1840 US
      Emma VanValkenberg, 22 b. 1870 US

    5. [S9] 1900 United States Federal Census - NEWYORK-Cayuga-Auburn-DOOLITTLE, "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11847-32683-69?cc=1325221), New York > Cayuga > ED 6 Auburn city Ward 3 > image 16 of 21; citing NARA microfilm publication T623.

      3 Green Ave., Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York

      John F. Doolittle, 40 b. Mar 1859 New York, married 5 yrs, both parents b. NY, woodworker
      Emma J. Doolittle, 48 b. Jun 1851 New York, married 5 yrs, father b. Germany, mother b. Pennsylvania, had had 8 children of whom 5 are living.
      Clara Benton, 22 b. Mar 1878 New York, step-dau of HOH, married 2 yrs, had had no children, ropemaker

      [also with boarders: Gilbert and Mary Impson, and Florence Gay. In 1918, widow Mary Decker-Impson died at the home of John F. Doolittle which was by then 90 Wall St. Auburn.]


    6. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census - NEWYORK-Cayuga-Auburn-DOOLITTLE, "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M5C8-HYG), Alex Van Valkenburgh in household of John F Dolittle, Auburn Ward 7, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 20, sheet 4A, family 75, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374941.

      119 Wall St., Town of Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York

      John H. Dolittle (head of household), 49 b. 1861 New York, married 12 years, both parents b. NY, clerk in grocery store, out of work 6 wks in 1909
      Emma Dolittle, 58 b. 1852 New York, wife of HOH, married 12 years, mother of 8 children of whom 4 are living, father German, mother Wales
      Alex VanValkenburgh, 69 b. 1841 Canada, widower, stepfather (of HOH), odd jobs, immigration yr 1858 status: alien, out of work 32 wks in 1909

    7. [S10] RES-Doolittle-AuburnNY-1918, Auburn Citizen (newspaper), 24 Apr 1918. Found at http://www.fultonhistory.com.
      Auburn Citizen, 24 Apr 1918.

      "Funeral services for Mary E. Decker, widow of Gilbert Impson, aged 70
      years, who died at the home of John F. Doolittle, No. 90 Wall Street Wednesday morning will be held at the place of death. Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery."

      [The Impsons were boarders at Doolittle's home on Green St. Auburn, as stated on the 1910 census. Now in 1918 his home is at 90 Wall St.]

    8. [S11] 1920 U.S. Federal Census - NEWYORK-Cayuga-Auburn, "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MJKP-WCV), John Doolittle in household of George White, Auburn Ward 8, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing sheet 3B, family 61, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821089.

      148 Wall St., Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York

      John Doolittle, 58 b. 1862 New York, single, clerk in a drug store, mother b. England (English), father b. NY

      [Living at 148 Wall St. as a boarder with the White family above a grocery/drug store owned by Edwin F. Parker whose residence is next door at 144 Wall St. (F. Edwin Parker is his employer acc to his 1918 marriage notice). He is a clerk in the drug store portion of this department store/soda fountain.]

    9. [S16] RES-Doolittle-AuburnNY-1939, The Auburn City Advertiser (newspaper), 28 Sep 1939. Found at http://www.fultonhistory.com.

      The Auburn City Advertiser (newspaper), 28 Sep 1939.

      The death notice of John Doolittle's third wife - Ella Barrett Doolittle states she had been residing at 92 Washington St. in Auburn - although she passed away in Rochester while on a visit. John's newspaper notice of thanks gave his address as 242 Seymour St. This was his location also on the 1940 census, as a boarder, shortly before his death.