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Isaac Doolittle
  • Born: 13 Aug 1721, Wallingford CT
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Todd on 10 Nov 1743 in Wallingford CT
  • Died: 1 Jun 1800, New Haven CT

  General notes:

Silversmith and clockmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Flynt & Fales:, . 3 Previously recorded only as a clockmaker, maintained shop on south side of Chapel Street; now considered New Haven's first native silversmith. Estate inventory, taken by James Bradley and Thomas Punderson June 27, 1800 (original in the Connecticut State Library, Hartford) lists inter alia hammers, beaks, "2 pr spoon moulds" and a number of other silversmith tools. This limited list, according to John D. Kernan, is perhaps a result of his having disposed of most of his tools because of ill health and inability in use then, in his old age. Examples of his silver work have not been found, though clocks of his making are extant in New Haven. For many years, he conducted a diversified business: silver, clocks, powder mill, bell casting, etc. His son, Isaac Doolittle, succeeded in business as a clockmaker.
  • Notice: The Pennsylvania Gazette, on 25 Feb 1755, in Philadelphia PA.
    About Two o'Clock on Friday Morning the 7th Instant, the Shop of Mr. Doalittle [sic], Clockmaker, at Newhaven, took Fire, supposed by leaving some Coals in his Forge, which consumed it, with nine Watches, and two or three Clocks, besides all his Work-Tools; the Loss is reckon'd at near 3000 old tenor.

Isaac married Sarah Todd on 10 Nov 1743 in Wallingford CT. (Sarah Todd was born on 30 Jan 1725 in New Haven CT and died on 10 Mar 1814 in New Haven CT.)

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