He was born on 20 October 1843, in Wethersfield Springs, Wyoming County, New York, to Eli Proudfit Doolittle and Mary Jane Olds. [sources: date: 16 (Oct 1843), 17 (Oct 1844), 20 (20 Oct 1843); 11 (18 in 1861), 13 (16 in 1860), 14 (26 in 1870), 15 (37 in 1880). place: 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20. parents: 20]
In 1860, he was living in Withersfield, Wyoming County, New York. He was living with Eli and Fanny Doolittle (apparently his father and stepmother), and with James, Emma, and H[amilton] Doolittle (apparently siblings). He had attended school within the year. [source: 13]
When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [source: 11]
When he enlisted, he was five feet three inches tall, and had a fair (or light) complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. [source: 11]
He also served in company H of the 9th New York Cavalry, from 5 October 1861 through 20 May 1862. On 5 October 1861, he was enlisted at Warsaw (or Wethersfield Springs), by Captain Wilbert G Bentley. [sources: 1, 2, 3 (20 May), 4 (22 May), 5, 9, 11]
On 28 November 1861, he was 'Left in Hosp[ita]l at Philadelphia'. [source: 11]
On the 31 December 1861 muster roll for company H of the 9th New York Cavalry, he was listed, but not reported present or absent. [source: 11]
On the January-February 1862 muster roll for company H of the 9th New York Cavalry, he was reported present. [source: 11]
On 14 February 1862, Captain Bentley, commanding company H of the 9th New York Cavalry, signed a certificate of disability for discharge. John Spencer, Surgeon of the 9th New York Cavalry, certified that Doolittle was disabled by nostalgia. But he was not actually discharged. [source: 11]
On 7 March 1862, he was admitted to General Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He had rubeola. [source: 11]
On 28 March 1862, he was transferred to South Street General Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was then a convalescent. [source: 11]
On 10 April 1862, he returned to duty. [source: 11]
He was temporarily assigned to the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, by order of Brigadier General Wadsworth (special order 37, Headquarters Military District of Washington, 11 April 1862). He was a private, in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 12, 21]
The March-April muster roll for Company B of the 91st Pennsylvania infantry report him as present. (None of the company's prior muster rolls include him.) The March-April muster roll for company H of the 9th New York Cavalry reports him absent, sick in US Hospital in Philadelphia. [source: 11]
On 22 May 1862, he was discharged, on surgeon's certificate of disability, at Alexandria, Virginia. The discharge was signed by A H Bowman, and by I D Knight, and E H Gregory. He was discharged because of pericarditis and physical disability; he had been unfit for duty sixty days in the last two months. [source: 11]
He also served in the Navy, as a landsman on the Princeton, the North Carolina, the Lawrence, and the Quebec City, from 4 August 1864 through 10 June 1865. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 9]
On 2 October 1867 he married Olive Adelaide Blakely, in North Java, Wyoming County, New York. She was born on 11 January 1847, in New York. They apparently had these children:
[sources: 14, 15, 16, 17 (6 children, 4 alive in 1900), 20 (Olive died 11 Oct 1898)]
In 1870, he was living in Java, Wyoming County, New York. He was living with his (apparent) wife Olive, and (apparent) child James. He was a farmer, and owned $500 in personal property. [source: 14]
In 1880, he was living in Castile, Wyoming County, New York. He was living with his wife Olive, and their children James, Harry, and Laura. He was a farm laborer. [source: 15]
On 27 June 1881, he applied successfully from New York for a pension. [sources: 1, 2]
In 1890, he was living in Hay River Township, Dunn County, Wisconsin. He had been injured in the heel of his right foot. [source: 3]
In 1900, he may have been living in two different places. An Edward J Doolittle was living with his son James B Doolittle in Eldred Borough, McKean County, Pennsylvania. He was a fireman, at a saw mill. But an Edward J Doolittle is also living in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, with his wife Allie, daughter Emma, and son (presumably brother) Hamilton and Hamilton's family. He was a day laborer, and had been out of work for eleven months in the previous year. [sources: 16, 17]
Effective 1 February 1907, his pension was increased to $12 per month. The certificate was dated 7 March 1907. He had a disease of the heart, resulting from measles. [source: 8]
On 16 November 1907, his pension was transferred from Topeka, Kansas. [source: 8]
On 11 June 1908, Olive Doolittle, his widow, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. Effective 11 June 1908, she received a pension of $12 per month, under the Act of 19 April 1908. The pension certificate was dated 20 October 1908. [sources: 1 (not successful), 2, 9]
In 1910, his widow, Olive, may have been living in Sheffield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio. If so, she was living with her daugher Emmie B, and Emmie's family. [source: 18]
Effective 8 September 1916, his widow's pension was increased to $20 per month. [source: 9]
Effective 6 October 1917, his widow's pension was increased to $25 per month. [source: 9]
Effective 1 May 1920, his widow's pension was increased to $30 per month, under the Act of 1 May 1920. [sources: 9, 10]
Effective 4 June 1928, his widow's pension was increased to $40 per month, under the Act of 23 May 1928. [source: 10]
In 1920, his widow, Olive L Doolittle, may have been living in Collins, Erie County, New York. If so, she was living with her nephew, Orville J Blakely, and others. [source: 19]
According to one source, his widow died on 14 December 1929. I have not been able to confirm this. [source: 10]
According to various Ancestry family trees, Edward's wife Olive died in 1898. She is not living with him in the 1900 census; as I read it, his marital status is 'unknown' (but the FamilySearch and Ancestry indexers read it as 'widowed'). This seems very likely to have been the Edward who served in the 91st, since he died in 1908 in McKean County, Pennsylvania. But according to the pension records available online, the widow Olive of the Edward who served in the 91st received a pension after his death, and died in 1929.
I have only one other candidate, whom I am confident is not the Edward Doolittle who served in the 91st. An Edwin Doolittle, born in New York about 1832, was married to Olive Burnett. They lived in Minnesota. Since 'Edwin' and 'Edward' were both often abbreviated 'Edw', they could be (and were!) easily confused. The Edward who served in the 91st did live in the midwest; in 1890 he was living in Wisconsin, and in 1907 his pension was transferred from Kansas (to the Veterans Administration). But I think this is not the Edward who served in the 91st, since he applied for a pension in 1881 from New York, and Edwin was living in Minnesota in 1880. Also, according to 'Our family' (a gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect), Edwin Doolittle born 1832 (to Cyrus Doolittle born in Windsor Broome County New York, and Sally McClure), married to Olive Burnett, died in 1901 in Minnesota. See the following sources for this Edwin and Olive:
Still, the discrepancy relating to Olive's death is troubling, and I may well be missing something.
1 pension index by regiment (Edward J Doolittle)
2 pension index, by name (Edward J Doolittle)
3 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Wisconsin, Dunn County, Hay River Township, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 85, page 1 (Edward J Doolittle)
4 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010) (Edward J Doolittle)
6 Find a grave, memorial 102716625, created by SRGF, added 27 Dec 2012, accessed 14 Feb 2014 (Edward Doolittle)
7 Pennsylvania death indices, 1908 (accessed 14 February 2014) ('Doolittle, Edward J.; 54967; Bradford; June 4.')
8 Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933 (Edward J Doolittle)
9 Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933 (Olive L Doolittle)
10 Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933 (Olive L Doolittle)
11 compiled service record, H 9 NY Cav (Edward J Doolittle)
12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Edward J Doolittle)
20 'Edward Jay Doolittle', in Anglin D 022413_2013-03-03 (a family tree, available on Ancestry.com, ownder sseigel2, accessed 17 March 2014 (Edward Jay Doolittle)
21 special order 37, Headquarters Military District of Washington, Washington DC, 11 April 1863 (Edward J Doolittle)
|Name||Eli P Doolittle||Fanny W Do||Edward J Do||James O Do||Emma Do||H. B. Do||Lucia Colt|
|Value of real estate owned||4,080|
|Value of personal estate||700|
|Place of birth||New York||" "||" "||" "||" "||" "||Canada|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Doolittle Edward||Doolittle Olive||- James|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value||500|
|Birthplace||- - [sc. New York]||N.Y.||- -|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|| ||April|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|street name|| |
|dwelling visit #||264|
|family visit #||276|
|name||Doolittle Edwin [sic]||- Olive L.||- James||- Harry J||- Laura J|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year||Farm Laborer||Keeping House||At School|
|school this year||1|
|street||SOUTH MAIN STREET|
|name||Doolittle, James B.||- Vinnie E.||- Arthur S.||- Edward J.||- Arthur|
|birth date||Apr. 1869||Jul. 1868||Oct. 1896||Oct. 1843||Apr. 1883|
|[the FamilySearch and Ancestry indices read Edward's line as 'Wd'; it's very light--perhaps erased, or added in later, but I'm pretty confident it says 'Un']|
|# years married||6||6|
|mother of how many children?||1|
|# of children living||1|
|birthplace||New York||Pennsylvania||New York||New York||New York|
|father's birthplace||New York||New York||New York||New York||New York|
|mother's birthplace||New York||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||New York||New York|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||foreman-planing mill||fireman - saw mill||telephone exchange|
|# months not employed||0||0||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Doolittle Edward J||- Allie B||-, Emma B||Doolittle, Hamilton B.||- Laura J.||-, Lester C.|
|relationship||Head||Wife||Daughter||Son||Daughter in law||Grand Son|
|birth date||Oct 1844||Aug 1846||Aug 1886||Dec 1857||Jan 1877||Mar 1900|
|# years married||33||33||1||1|
|mother of how many children?||6||3|
|# of children living||4||3|
|birthplace||New York||New York||Pennsylvania||New York||New York||Nebraska|
|father's birthplace||New York||Vermont||New York||New York||New York||New York|
|mother's birthplace||New York||Vermont||New York||New York||New York||New York|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||Day Laborer||At School||Electrician|
|# months not employed||11||0|
|# months in school||9|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Dennis Glen A||- Emmie B||- Nellie L||- Gertrude G||Doolittle Olive|
|relationship||Head||Wife||Daughter||Daughter||moth in law|
|#years present marriage||8||8|
|mother of # children||2||6|
|mother of # living children||2||4|
|birthplace||New York||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||New York|
|father's birthplace||-||New York||New York||New York||Vermont|
|mother's birthplace||-||New York||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||New York|
|nature of industry etc.||General Farm||Private Family [sic]|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged|
|nr on farm schedule||142|
|civil war vet|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||167|
|family visit number||172|
|name||Blakely, Orville J||- Thaddius S||Willett Samantha L||Doolittle Olive L|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)||M|
|age at last birthday||50||84||80||73|
|year of immigration|
|year of naturalization|
|attended school since Sept 1919|
|birth place||New York||New York||New York||New York|
|father's birthplace||New York||Vermont||Vermont||Vermont|
|father's native language|
|mother's birthplace||New York||Connecticut||Connecticut||Connecticut|
|mother's native language|
|can speak English||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|industry, business||Dairy farm|
|number of farm schedule||91|
Is the name Edward J. Doolittle borne on rolls of Co. "B" 91st Penna (enlisted Oct. 5 /61 + dischg'd May 22 62 at Alexandria, Va.Cert. of Disab'y is signed by A. H. Bowman Captain 91 Pa Vols
It appears from the records filed in this Office, that Priv. Edw'd Dolittle [sic], Co. H, 9th N.Y. Cav., was admitted to G.H., Philadelphia, Pa., March 7, '62, with Rubeola, and transferred March 28 '62 Was admitted to South street G.H., Philadelphia, Pa., March 28, '62, (as Edw'd Doolittle,) as Convalescent, and returned to duty Apr. 10, '62.
Please give the last payment, when and by whom made, to Edward J Doolittle, late Private, Company H 9th Regiment N.Y. Cavalry Volunteers, who was discharged on the 9th day of May, 1862 at Philadelphia for DisabilityVery respectfully,
No recordVery respectfully,
Please give the last payment, when and by whom made, to Edward J. Doolittle, late Priv., Company H, 9 Regiment, NY Cav Volunteers, who was discharged on the 9 or 30 day of May, 1862.
Edward J Doolittle of Captain A H Bowman's Company, (B) of the Ninety first Penna. Regiment of United States Vol. Infantry was enlisted by Capt. Wilbert G Bently of the Ninth Regiment of New York Cavalry at Warsaw on the Fifth day of October 1861, to serve three years; he was born in Wethersfield [?] Springs in the state of New York, is Eighteen years of age, Five feet three inches high, Fair complexion, Blue eyes, Light hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty sixty days.
I CERTIFY, that I have carefully examined the said Edward Doolittle of Captain Bowman's Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Pericarditis + Physical disabilityI. D. Knight Surgeon.
This is accepted as referring to Edward J. Doolittle, Private, "H", 9th N.Y. Cavalry, who was temporarily attached to Co. "B", 91st Penna. Vols, by order of Gen'l Wadsworth Apl. 15 /62 and discharged at Alexandria, Va., May 22nd, 1862, on Surg's Certificate of Disability.
This is accepted as the Cert. of Disability upon which he was discharged.
See incl reports from Rolls +cHCC
I have to inform you that Edward J. Doolittle Private, Co. "H", 9th Reg't N York Cavy Volunteers, is reported on the muster-roll of that Company for the month of May and June, 1862, as follows:Discharged by order of Gen Wadsworth May 9. 1862.
Respectfully returned to the Assistant Adjutant General, with the information that there is no record of final payment, nor evidence of discharge in case of the within-named soldier, on file in this office.O Ferriss
Respectfully returned to the Adjutant General, U.S. Army.
An examination in connection with the data submitted, of all records on file likely to afford the information desired, has failed to elicit any evidence in this case, additional to that contained in the enclosed report.BY ORDER OF THE SURGEON GENERAL.
Private Edward J Doolittle of Captain W. G. Bentley's Company, (H) of the Ninth Regiment of N.Y. Cavalry was enlisted by Capt W. G. Bentley of the 9th Regiment of NY Cavalry at Wethersfield Springs Wyoming Co. N.Y. on the fifth day of October 1861, to serve three years; he was born in Wyoming County in the State of N.Y., is Eighteen years of age, five feet 3 inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation when enlisted a farmer During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days.STATION: Camp Fenton [??] Washington D.C.
I CERTIFY, that I have carefully examined the said Edward J Doolittle of Captain W. G. Bentleys Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of "Nostalgia" [sic]. [See 'Nostalgia as a medical condition', in Wikipedia, accessed 1 March 2014.]
In the case of Edward J Doolittle Co. H 9th NY Cavy or Inf or Arty there is not certificate of Disaby on file or any record of discharge other than that shown by a "Register of Discharges, 1862", which show "Edwd I Doolittle Co B. 9" N.Y.--Discharged May 22 1862 for physical Disability, at Alexandria Va, by Col. Gregory. Doctor Knight"Duplicate sent Pen. Off. July 2. 1862
Circular sent Pen Office this day for rec all of duplicate. Please hold up. or return case to this Div. until answer is received from Pen. Off.D + D D Nov. 9. 1880 Then you had better hold it up until you get it back
I have the honor to request that the Certificate of Disability forwarded to your Office July 2" /62 in the case of Pvt Edward J. Doolittle, Company "B" or "H" 9th Regiment of New York (Cavalry), be returned to this OfficeI have the honor to be,
Discharged May 22" 1862 on Surgeons Certificate of Disability while temporarily attached to Co B. 91" Pa. Vols.Summy Copyist.
This man was temporarily attached to the organization named above. His cards are filed with the 9" N.Y. Cavy to which organization he belonged.
I The Battery of 3d Maine Artillery will proceed tomorrow morning (12th inst) as earlly as possible to Alexandria Va and report to Col. Viele Provost Marshall, who will assign them to temporary Quarters or Encampment, and telegraph to Genl McDowell for orders.
The commanding officer of this Battery will today make requisitions and obtain muskets and ammunition for his men to the amount of thirty rounds for each man.
II Private Edward J Doolittle 9th NY Vols is attached to the 91st Pa Vols until further orders and will report immediately to the comdg Officer of that Regiment
III The 4th + 6th Maine Batteries will on Monday next, the 14th inst, at an early hour proceed to Uptons Hill near Fall Church Va and garrison Forts Ramsey and Buffalo. They will relieve Col Siegle 107 Pa Vols in the Guard duly assigned to him except as regards the guard over the vacant Camps of Genl McDowells Corp which will be maintained by Col Siegle who will transmit to the commanding officer of the two Batteries above named the orders he recieved [sic] as to guarding public and private property.
The senior officer of the two Batteries will report to these Head Quarters tomorrow the 13th inst for further orders.
IV Leave of absence of seven days is granted Capt E. C. Ware 10 N.J. Vols
V 1st Lieutenant Charles E Lasher 26 N.Y. Vols. having tendered his resignation is hereby honorably discharged from the Military service of the United States.
VI The 4th Pa V. Cavalry will move from their present position to Camp Sprague N.Y. Avenue formerly garrisoned by 1st U.S. Cavalry as soon as the Camp is policed and put in proper condition.
VII 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Warbass 1st N.J. Vol. Cav. having tendered his resignation on account of sickness is hereby honorably discharged from the Military Service of the United States.
VIII 2nd Lieut. Francis I 3d Battalion NY Artillery having tendered his resignation is hereby honorably discharged from the Military Service of the United States.
IX Leave of absence for twelve days is granted 2nd Lieut B. A. Lunn [?] 2nd NY. Arty. on account of sickness in his family.
X Leave of absence for fifteen days is granted Lieut + Adjut. A. A. Plumer 1st Battal. 4 Pa Cavalry on account of sickness in his family
XI All Officers and Enlisted men belonging to the Division of Brig. Grenl Blenker will leave this city on Monday next 14th inst by railroad for Harpers Ferry and Grafton, to join the Division to which they belong. The transportation and stores remaining at the Old Encampment of the Division at Hunters Chapel Va. will be turned over to the QuarterMaster and Commissary Department. Capt Tod [illegible] A.D.C. will attend to the execution of this order.By Command of Brig Genl Wadsworth
|CLASS.||RATE.||DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.||DATE OF CERTIFICATE.|
|Reis + Inc||12||1 Feb. 1907||7 Mch 1907|
|CLASS.||RATE.||DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.||DATE OF CERTIFICATE.|
|Orig||12||11 June 1908||20 Oct 1908|
|INC.||20||SEPTEMBER 8, 1916|
|INC.||25||OCTOBER 6, 1917|
|INC||30||May 1, 1920|
|CLASS||RATE||DATE OF COMMENCEMENT||DATE OF CERTIFICATE|
|30||May 1, 1920|
|40||JUNE 4, 1928|