Jul. 10, 1695 Wallingford New Haven County Connecticut, USA
Jan. 9, 1748 Northfield Franklin County Massachusetts, USA
1st Pastor of Church of Christ in Northfield, MA. He died in his 30th year of ministry.
Benjamin was the son of John Doolittle and Mary (Peck) Doolittle. He married Lydia Todd on Oct 24,1717 at New Haven,CT. Benjamin Doolittle also graduated from Yale.
Benjamin Doolittle also served as the town's physician and treated soldiers during the French and Indian War. The town of Northfield held a meeting because they paid taxes back then for him to be their minister. The people in the town brought up that he was paying too much attention to his medical practice and not enough to his ministry.
Inscription: In memory of Mr. Benjamin Doolittle First Pastor of the Church of Christ in Northfield Who died Jany ye 9th 1748 in the 54th year of his age and 30th year of his ministry.
Blessed with good intellectual parts Well Skilled in two important arts Nobly he filled the double station Both as a preacher & a physician To cure men's sicknesses & sins He took unwearied care & pains And strove to make his patients whole Thoughout in body & soul He loved his God lov'd ye to do good To all his friends vast kindness show'd Nor could his enemies exclaim And say he was not kind to them His labors met a sudden close Now he enjoys a sweet repose And when the just to life shall rise Among the first he'll mount the skies