Biographical Profile: 2nd Lt. Robert J. Douthitt, Company D, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment

Transcribed by Tami McConahy, 2nd great-grandniece of Corp. Thomas John Martin, Co. F. from "History of Beaver County, 1888.

History of Beaver County, 1888

Page 764

Robert J. Douthitt, farmer, P.O. North Sewickley, was born in this county in 1840, a son of Robert and Phebe (Newkirk) Douthitt, the former born in Beaver county in 1802, and the latter in Washington county, Pa., in 1809. Our subject's grandfather, Joseph Douthitt, a farmer, was born in Carlisle, Pa., in 1764; was a teamster in the Revolutionary War, and in 1796 settled in Chippewa township, this county. The maternal grandfather of Robert J. was of Irish descent. Robert Douthitt had five children: Anthony W., Mary E. (deceased), Shipman N., Robert J. and Ada. The father was a blacksmith twenty years; then carried on a hotel in Chippewa township twenty years on the State road, between Rochester and Ohio. He then retired and lived for twelve years in Beaver Falls, after which he moved to Mercer county, where he still lives. Robert J. enlisted in 1861, in Company D., 100th Regiment, P.V., serving four years less one month. This regiment belonged properly to the Army of the Potomac, but in 1863 it was detatched and sent to the siege of Vicksburgh, remaining until the surrender, when it was transferred to the Army of the Cumberland, and finally returned to the Army of the Potomac, with which it remained until the close of the war. Mr. Douthitt participated in many hard fourght battles through Tennesse, Virginia and Maryland. He received a gun-shot wound in the head at Campbell's Station, near Knoxville, Tenn., was held a prisoner for three months at Columbia, S.C., and was discharged with rank of second lieutenant at Harrisburg, July 24, 1865. On his return home he farmed in Chippewa township until 1871, when he bought his present place, of 130 acres in this township. He married Matilda Crowl, by whom he has two children: Alice May and Theodore A. Mrs. Douthitt died in 1879 Mr. Douthitt married her sister, Sarah. He is township auditor, and has served on the board several terms; is a member of Post 164, G.A.R., Beaver Falls, in politics he is a Democrat. He and his children are members of the Methodist Church, Mrs. Douthitt of the Presbyterian.

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