Good suggestion re Joseph & Benjamin as candidate dads for Dudley (1756).My data shows them in the list of male COLBATHs of a proper age in '56 & living in Newington.This list includes: Leighton b 1739, George Jr b. 1712, Lemuel b 1735, George (another one) b 1738, James 1715, Pitman 1718?, William 1720, Benjamin 1723, Joseph, 1717.
I will not bet the ranch on Pitman's Oct 1756 child being a DAUGHTER, however.The few references I have seen on this appear to have used the same source (a baptism note) that was copied from another source, possibly the original, but I cannot verify. Pitman becomes my lead candidate through coincidences & circumstantial materials at this point. 1st is surname spelling.The NH Gazette for 1759 has "COOLBROTH, Pitman 6 Apr 59 Elctd Hogreeve."South Church Portsmouth funeral records for Sept 14, 1816 has "COOLBROTH, Dudley, 60 years, casualty."2nd, Dudley's DOD of 1816 minus 60 years, gives him the DOB of 1756 that I have hung on him.Same date as Pitman's unk child.3rd, Newington town records for Mar 27, 1786 state that(at the) "Annual mtg of the Freeholders & other inhabitants of sd Newington qualified to vote, elected George COLLBATH and Dudley COLLBATH Haywards."George may have been Pitman's identified son, and (am I stretching a bit?) Dudley his brother (because of the same varient surname spelling).4th, Portsmouth tax list of 1791 for "Roads, Streets, Wharfs, and Ferries" has George COLEBATH and Dudley COLEBATH together in the same small block of names.Again, similiar surname varient spelling.Brothers?
By the by, "Marriages at North Church, Portsmouth" lists "Dudley COLBATH m. June 6, 1786 to Eliza COLEMAN." This confirms Elizabeth as a COLEMAN (I found other confirming data at the NH State Lib in the COLEMAN records). Other notes found at the Portsmouth Athenaeum indicate that both Dudley & Elizabeth died in the Rochester Alms House. Farming in Newington in those days was NOT a way to great wealth!