The Kemp Sketch
DOOLITTLE, BERRY -- Born in Madison County, New York in 1809. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 5, 1838 for a league and labor of land by the Gonzales County Board it is stated that he came to Texas in 1834. He was a member of Captain William W. Hill' s Company at San Jacinto but he did not apply for the land due him for having participated in the battle. His heirs on August 17, 1849 received Bounty Certificate No. 539 for 320 acres of land for his services in the army from March 2 to May 30, 1836.
On an original roll of Captain Hill's Company a photostatic copy of which is in the Archives of the Texas State Library, the date and place of birth of Mr. Doolittle is shown. The following information concerning him is also given. He was five feet, eight inches in height; was of dark complexion and had dark eyes and brown hair. By occupation he was a clothier.
Mr. Doolittle was married to Susan Ann Blair. Their Children were Amanda, Mary Jane, and George W. Doolittle. The Probate Records of De Witt County show that Mr. Doolittle died in that county in 1846. On November 30th of that year, Alfred Kelso was appointed administrator of his estate. Mrs. Doolittle in 1830 was married to Robert E. Ross in Gonzales County. Amanda Doolittle, daughter of Mr. Doolittle married S. H. Chamblee in Gonzales county sometime before August 21, 1860.
Mr. Thomas M. Stell, Cuero, Texas wrote to L. W. Kemp September 10th that a great grandson of Mr. Doolittle had told him that Mr. Doolittle was buried near Lockhart in Caldwell County.
Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.
- Died in Battle: No
- Rank: Private
- Company: Lieut. Robert Stevenson
- Date of Birth: 1809
- Birthplace: New York, Madison County
- Came to Texas: 1834
- Date of Death: 1846
- Burial Place: Lockhart, Caldwell Co., Texas
- Bounty Certificate: 539
- Profession: Clothier
- Wife: Susan Ann Blair Doolittle Ross
- Children: Amanda Doolittle Chamblee; Mary Jane Doolittle; George W. Doolittle