Person:William Tuttle (2)

William Tuttle 10 Mar 1672/73 and 27 Apr 1673
m. bef 1593
  1. Richard Tuttle1593 - 1640
  2. John Tuttleest 1596 - 1656
  3. Thomas Tuttleest 1598 - bef 1627
  4. Simon Tuttleest 1600 - bef 1627
  5. William Tuttle1607 - bet 1672/73
m. bef 1631
  1. John Tuttle1631 - 1683
  2. Anne Tuttle1632/33 -
  3. Thomas Tuttle1634/35 - 1710
  4. Jonathan Tuttle1637 - 1705
  5. David Tuttle1639 - aft 1693
  6. Joseph Tuttle1640 - 1690
  7. Sarah Tuttle1642 - 1676
  8. Elizabeth Tuttle1645 -
  9. Simon Tuttle1647 - 1719
  10. Benjamin Tuttle1648 - 1677
  11. Mercy Tuttle1650 - aft 1695
  12. Nathaniel Tuttle1652/53 - 1721
Facts and Events
Name William Tuttle
Gender Male
Christening[6] 26 Dec 1607 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Marriage bef 1631 to Elizabeth Unknown
Emigration[1][6] 1635 On the Planter.
Residence[6] 1635 Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[6] 1637 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[6] 1639 New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Death[3][4][6] bet 10 Mar 1672/73 and 27 Apr 1673
Occupation[6] Husbandman. Miller
Estate Inventory[6] abt 27 Apr 1673 Undated. £449 8s. 6d., of which £274 6s. 8d. was real estate.

Came to New England aboard the Planter with two other Tuttle families: John who settled in Ipswitch and Richard who settled in Boston. Recorded in the ship’s record is William, husbandman, age 26, Elizabeth, age 23, John, age 3 1/2, Anna, age 2 1/2 and Thomas, age 3 months when they set out. A girl age 11 named Maria Bill was also with them. [8]John and Richard were probably brothers (although John supposedly died in Ireland) and Jacobus (in Hale, House) says their mother Isabel accompanied them as well. [Subsequent research has confirmed, based on their father's will, that Richard, John and William Tuttle were brothers. John did die in Carrickfergus, Ireland, where he had gone after a somewhat disastrous mercantile career in New England].

Elizabeth joined the church in Boston 24 Jul 1636. The family had two sons baptized in Boston in the early years, Jonathan and David. They moved by 1640 to New Haven.[9]

The profession of “husbandman,” listed on the passenger list, indicates he likely owned land, but he may also have been a merchant, as that was the profession of most of the other men in the company aboard ship. William is later listed as a creditor to a man named George Griggs in 1638 - along with John Tuttle, indicating a possible connection of some sort. On June 4 1639, the planters of Eaton’s company gathered in Mr. Newman’s barn and signed the Church Covenant for the Quinnipiac Colony. William’s name is on the list. In 1656 William Tuttle bought of Joshua Atwater his original allotment, large house, barn and other lands. This land, situated at the corner of Chapel and College Sts, later became the first lands of Yale College. Other records in New Haven attest to his continued involvement in civic affairs, including when he took the Constable’s oath in March 1666/7.

His children were not exactly known for being models of decorum. His daughter Elizabeth was fined for being with her husband before they were married when a child was born less than 9 months after the wedding. Her husband (Richard Edwards) later found out it wasn’t his child, and sued her for divorce. The town fathers didn’t grant it and he brought the petition again in 1691. By this time he needed the divorce to marry another woman, who had already been fined for laying with him. The divorce records say Elizabeth had committed adultery on several occasions and was no longer really right in the mind. The divorce was granted and there are no further records of Elizabeth. (On a somewhat ironic note, Elizabeth and Richard were the grandparents of puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards.)

Daughter Mercy, who married Samuel Brown, killed her 17-year-old son Samuel Jr. with an axe in the summer of 1691. Her husband at first claimed she seemed rational, but others testified to her “distracted” state. She was indicted for murder on October 1, 1691 and eventually sentenced to death. However, due to confusion resulting from the deposing of Edmund Andros as colonial governor, she escapted the death penalty.

William himself was apparently involved in an incident in 1660 where his daughter Sarah was prosecuted for “sinful dalliance” with Jacob Marlain. They were accused of sitting on a chest and kissing for half an hour, in front of witnesses. There was a law that basically allowed a father to charge a young man with stealing away his daughter’s affections. The two were found guilty and admonished sharply by the court. Sixteen years later, Sarah was killed by her brother Benjamin, who hit her on the head with an axe (there’s a nice gruesome description in Connecticut court records). Benjamin was tried and convicted of murder and was hanged June 13, 1677.[10]

Text References

  1. Cutter, William Richard (ed.). Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (New York, New York : Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1908), 1545.

    "John, Richard and William Tuttle, with their families, all came in the ship "Planter," in 1635, to New England. William settled in New Haven, Richard in Boston, and John in Ipswich. What connection these three brothers were to John Tuttle of Dover, New Hampshire, who came over probably a few years earlier, is unknown."

  2.   Tuttle, George Frederick. The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle: … Also, Some Account of the Descendants of John Tuttle, of Dover, N. H.; Richard Tuttle, of Boston; John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill of Higham, Mass.; to Which are Appended Genealogical Notes of Several Allied Families. (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle & Company, 1883).
  3. New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850. (Hartford [Connecticut]: Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917-1924).

    Listed in an otherwise chronological list as “Mr William Tuttell dyed” between an entry for 20 Feb 1672 and 27 Apr 1673.

  4. Tuttle, George Frederick. The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle: … Also, Some Account of the Descendants of John Tuttle, of Dover, N. H.; Richard Tuttle, of Boston; John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill of Higham, Mass.; to Which are Appended Genealogical Notes of Several Allied Families. (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle & Company, 1883).

    The exact date of death is unknown. His inventory appears right after that of Benjamin Ling, dated June 6, 1673. A deed was presented in court Jun 19 that William had died before signing.

  5.   Tuttle, Charles W. Tuttle Family of New Hampshire. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1867), Transcript.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 William Tuttle, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), 7:138-145.

    ORIGIN:Ringstead, Northamptonshire.
    MIGRATION: 1635 on the Planter (on 6 April 1635, "Husbandman Will[ia]m Tuttell," aged 26, "Elizabeth Tuttell," aged 23, "Jo[hn] Tuttell," aged 3½, "Ann Tuttell," aged 2 a quarter," and Tho]mas] Tuttle ," aged 3 months, along with "Sycillie Clark," aged 16, and "Marie Bill," aged 11, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Planter [Hotten 49]).
    OCCUPATION: Husbandman [Hotten 49]. Miller. On 3 October 1635, the town of Charlestown ordered that "W[illia]m Tuthill have leave to erect a windmill on the town hill" [ChTR 17].
    BIRTH: Baptized Ringstead, Northamptonshire, 26 December 1607, son of Simon and Isabel (Wells) Tuttle of Ringstead, Northamptonshire [TAG 54:173-75, 56:143, 59:214].
    DEATH: Between 10 March 1672/3 and 27 April 1673 [Gillespie Anc 486].

  7.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 4:352.
  8. See Winthrop Society passenger list for the Planter,
  9. Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
  10. See "Those Terrible Tuttles",
The Planter (1635)
Part of the Great Migration. This was the Planter's second voyage to New England under Nicholas Trerise.
Sailed: April 1635 from London, England under Mr. Nicol. Trarice (Nicholas Trerise)
Arrived: 7 Jun 1635 at Boston, Massachusetts.

Passengers: Francis Bushnell family - Nicholas Davis (servants James Hayward, Judith Phippen) - William Fellows - George & Jane Giddings (servant Thomas Carter, Michael Williamson)- Richard Haffield family - Job Hawkins - Francis Newcomb family - Thomas Olney family - Francis Peabody - Thomas Savage - Thomas Stansley - John Tuttle family (servant Nathan Haford) - Richard Tuttell family & mother Isabel - Willm. Tuttell family - Wm Wilcockson family - (among others)
Resources: Primary Sources: Passenger list from Totten Founders of New England, NEHGR 14:302