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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JACOB DOOLITTLE was born in Monongalia county, W. Va., in 1809. Moses, his grandfather, by trade a hatter, removed from New England to Brownsville, Pa., at an early date. On a farm at this place Moses, Jr., was born, who afterward removed to West Virginia, where he married a Miss Susan Miller, and by her had eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, of whom Jacob was the third son. He was a captain of militia, and followed farming for a great many years. Susan, his wife, dying when aged forty-five, he married a Miss Riggs, by whom he had one child (now deceased), he died in 1845.

Jacob, the subject of this sketch, received his education in a log schoolhouse, and at the age of fifteen years learned the trade of bricklaying, served an apprenticeship of three years, after which he removed to Birmingham, Pittsburgh, where he followed his occupation for eight years, mostly in the line of contracting, etc. In the summer of 1845 he came to what is now Mansfield in Chartiers borough, Allegheny county, and being on the line of P., C. & St. L. R. R. Mr. Doolittle, upon his arrival at the above-named place, purchased sixty-seven acres of the Cubbage property, which was originally a portion of the tract of Col. John Campbell of Kentucky, who in 1764 laid out the ground around Fort Duquesne, the embryo of the present city of Pittsburgh. After the original purchase, Mr. Doolittle continued buying and selling property, and has owned the land where Chartiers borough proper is now located. He married, in 1834, a Miss Sarah Cubbage, daughter of George and Nancy Cubbage, of this county, and eight children were born to them, three of whom are dead. The living are Susan Belinda (now Mrs. J. W. Lea), Martha E. (now Mrs. W. J. Glenn), Augusta (now Mrs. A. S. Rowland), Sadie (now Mrs. W. M. Kirby) Mrs. Sarah Doolittle died in 1851, and Mr. Doolittle married, in 1864, Mary E., daughter of Peter Spahr, originally from Carlisle, Pa. The second Mrs. Doolittle died Aug. 3, 1880, aged fifty-four years, one child surviving her, — Jacob Miller. Mr. Doolittle has retired from active life, although he still manages his own business affairs. He is a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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