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hundred and seventy years. The English sur-
names, whence the surname Tuttle is derived,
are Tothill or Tuthill, ancient family names
in England. These surnames are said to be
taken from names of old localities in England
and Wales. Tuttle, the American surname,
came to be generally adopted by the second
and third generations of descendants of the
immigrant settlers, although some branches
continue to this day to adhere to the English
form of the surname. The second syllable of
the English surname passed through every
possible change of spelling before it finally
settled into its present form "tie." A family
pedigree bearing the date of 1591 places at
its head William Totyl, of Devonshire, called
"Esq.," who served as bailiff in 1528, and
again in 154S: was high sheriff in 1549, and
lord mayor of Exeter in 1552. As these offices
were only given to men of large estate and
high family connection, it may be inferred
that he was a man of social eminence. The
present agitation against race suicide would
have found in him an enthusiastic supporter,
as the pedigree above mentioned credits him
with being the father of thirty-six children,
but it is reasonable to assume, however, that
he wa:> married more than once, although his
only recorded marriage was to Elizabeth Matt-
hews, of Vorganwg, \\'^ales. The names of
twelve of his children appear in the records,
and it is quite probable that Elizabeth was
the mother of four of them, namely: Geoffrey,
John, Robert and Richard.

Four distinct families by the name of Tuttle
immigrated from England in 163=;. and three
of them arrived at Boston on the "Planter," in
the spring of that year. The heads of these
three families were: John, who settled in
Ipswich; Richard, who remained in Boston;
William, who went to New Haven. The fourth
was that of another John Tuttle, who em-
barked on the ill-fated "Angel Gabriel," which
was wrecked on the rocky coast of Maine, Au-



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gust 15, 1634. This John Tuttle settled in
Dover, New Hampshire, prior to 1640, and
became the progenitor of a numerous poster-
ity. In the same year arrived another immi-
grant, whose descendants are numerous and
have been conspicuously identified with the
history of New York from a very early period
in its settlement to the present day. Many
prominent citizens of Orange county have
borne and now bear the name.

(I) The first of whom definite knowledge is
now obtainable was John Tuthill, who resided
at Sa.xlingham, England.

{ II) Henry, son of John Tuthill, born 1580,
resided at Tharston, in the county of Nor-
folk, England, where he was buried March
26, 1618, in the churchyard of St. Mary's
church. His will was made six days before
his death. He married Alice Gooch, and the
baptisms of their children are recorded in St.
Mary's register: John, William, Henry, Alice,
Elizabeth. It is a natural supposition that the
John and William Tuthill, who founded fam-
ilies in this country, were of this family.

(HI) Henry (2), third child of Henry
fi) and Alice (Gooch) Tuthill, was baptized
June 28, 1612, at Tharston. He married in
England, Bridget, who accompanied him to
America in 1635. In that year he settled in
Hingham, Massachusetts, where he had a
planting lot at Broad Cove and a house lot in

1637. He was admitted freeman in March,

1638, and served as constable in 1640. He sold
his property there June 20, 1644, and removed
to Southold, New York, where he died before
1650. His wife survived him and married
(second) William Wells, of Southold. Chil-
dren: John, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Daniel.

(IV)" John (2). eldest child of Henry (2)
and Bridget Tuthill, was born July 16, 1635,
probably in Hingham, died October 12, 1717,
in Southold, where he was a large land holder.
He married (first) February 17, 1657, De-
Hverance, baptized October 31, 1641, in Salem,
Massachusetts, died January 25, 16S9, at Sout-
hold, daughter of" William and Dorothy
(Hayne) King. He married (second) May
28, 1690. Sarah, probably the widow of
Thomas Young, and daughter of John Frost.
She died November 8, 1727, surviving him
more than ten years. Children : John, Eliz-
abeth, Henry, Hannah. Abigail. Dorothy. De-
liverance, Daniel, Nathaniel, Mary, all born
of the first wife.



(V) John (3), eldest child of John (2) and
Deliverance (King) Tuthill, was born Febru-
ary 14, 1658, in Southold, where he died No-
vember 21, 1754, in his ninety-seventh year.
He owned land in Southold, where he served
as justice of the peace, and was commissioner
to lay out the King's Highway, the first public
road from Brooklyn to Easthampton. From
1693 to 1698 he was a member of the pro-
vincial assembly of New York, and also served
as sheriff'. He married, about 1683, Mehitable
\\'ells, born 1666, died August 26, 1742. Chil-
dren : John, James, Mary, Joshua, Dorothy,
Daniel, Freegift, Hannah.

(VI) Freegift, fifth son of John (3) and
Mehitable (Wells) Tuthill, was born August
8. 1698, in Southold, died in September, 1765,
in Goshen, New York, at the age of sixty-
seven years. His will is on record in Albany.
He married, in June, 1727, Abigail Goldsmith
and had children : Abigail, Nathaniel, Joshua,
Freegift. All the sons were soldiers of the
revolution, and the last died in the service.
He learned the trade of tailor and was oc-
cupied at that for a few years in his native
town. In 1730 he purchased a tract of four
hundred acres in the wilderness near Goshen,
New York, and there settled and engaged in
agriculture. After a short time he erected
a substantial stone house, which was his home
until his death.

(VII) Nathaniel, eldest son of Freegift and
Abigail (Goldsmith) Tuthill, was born Jan-
uary 17, 1730. in Brookhaven, died Septem-
ber 6, 1803, in the town of Blooming Grove,
Orange county. New York. His farm com-
prised a part of the original homestead on
which he built a stone house. He was among
those stationed at Fort Montgomery when it
was captured by the British durin.g the revo-
lution, but himself escaped capture. He mar-
ried Margaret, daughter of John Herod, of
Long Island, born August 3. 17,^9. Children:
John Herod. Beniamin. Mary. Nathaniel.

(VIII) John Herod, second son of Na-
thaniel and Margaret (Herod) Tuthill.
was born in 1761, in the town of Blooming
Grove, New York, where he grew to man-
hood on the paternal farm. In 1819 he settled
in the town of Erin, Chemung county. New
York, where he purchased nine hundred acres
of land and engaged extensively in agriculture.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church,
and served in the state legislature. He died



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about 1845 in Erin, at tiie age of eighty-four
years. He married Elizabeth Seeley. Chil-
dren: John, died in Chemung county; Edward
Brewster, lived and died in Chemung county;
Hiram, mentioned below; Francis, a merchant,
died in Chester, Orange county; Green M.,
three terms county clerk of Chemung county,
died in Ottawa, Illinois; Orpha, deceased, mar-
ried (first) Timothy Little, (second)

Johnson; Milicent, married Dr. Townsend
Seeley, and resided in Kendall, Illinois ; Eliz-
abeth, wife of John L. Smith, lived in Elmira.

(IX) Hiram, third son of John Herod and
Elizabeth (Seeley) Tuthill, was born Novem-
ber 30, 1799, in Blooming Grove, New York,
where he spent his early years attending the
district school at Goshen. He was in his
twentieth year when he removed with his
father to Chemung county, and there engaged
in farming, receiving one hundred acres of
the paternal homestead to which he subse-
quently added two hundred acres. He was
an active citizen ; a Democrat in politics, and
served four terms as supervisor of the town of
Erin, where he died September 18, 1876. He
was tall and erect in figure, a scrupulously
honest and industriotis man, esteemed and re-
spected in the community. He married Azu-
bah Seeley, born May, 1804, at Hector Falls,
near Seneca Lake, New York, daughter of
Bartlett Seeley, a farmer of that place. She
died in Erin in 1888. Children: i. The first
died in infancy, unnamed. 2. Charles Seeley,
was a grocery merchant for some years in
Chester, New York, and subsequently at
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, where he
died March, 1905. 3. John Bartlett, mentioned
below. 4. Francis G., was a farmer in Che-
mung county, where he died in February,
iQio. 5. William M., a farmer of Chemung
county, died in 1862. 6. Sarah Milicent, died
in early life. 6. Hiram, mentioned below. 7.
Stella Azubah. died unmarried in 1862.

(X) John Bartlett, .second .son of Hiram
and Azubah (Seeley) Tuthill, was born No-
vember 4. 1828, in Erin, died February 24,
1913. He remained on the paternal home-
stead until twenty-one years of age, re-
ceiving his education in the district
schools. On attaining manhood he went to
Chester, Orange county, where for two and a
half years he was a clerk in the general store
of Tuthill, Seeley & Johnson, the senior part-
ner being his brother, Charles S. Tuthill. In



1852 J. I',. Tuthill purchased the interest of
Mr. Johnson, and subsequently Mr. Seeley
sold to William Eager, and the business was
conducted for some years under the style of
Tuthills & Eager. The latter sold out in 1864
to his partners, and for three years the Tut-
hills continued the business alone. They con-
ducted a large mercantile and forwarding busi-
ness, and in 1867 John B. Tuthill sold his in-
terest and soon after purchased a farm, which
he operated two years. Selling this he pur-
chased another farm of one hundred and
thirty-three acres, to which he made subse-
quent additions and carried on a general farm-
ing and dairying business until he retired in
1901. He was a director of the Chester Bank,
and was always active in promoting the gen-
eral interests of the community. In 1874 he
built a handsome brick residence on an emi-
nence, commanding a fine view of the sur-
rounding region. Throughout his life Mr. Tut-
hill was identified with the Democratic
party, and was honored with various of-
fices, such as overseer of the poor and county
overseer of highways. He was very ac-
tive in the Presbyterian church, and was for
six vears a member of the board of education
in Chester.

He married (first) December 10. 1856,
Martha S., daughter of Francis and Elizabeth
(Seeley) Tuthill, born October 30. 1836, died
September 25, 1857. He married (second)
January 26, 1859, Jane, daughter of James
Durland, of Chester, born May 6. 1837, died
September 2-\. 1867. He married (third) Feb-
ruary 4, 1869. .Susan, daughter of John and
Mary Ann (Pilgrim) Fowler, of Monroe,
born November 10. 1835. .granddaughter of
John Fowler, who came from Scotland and
settled in Monroe. Children: i. Stella Azu-
bah. born Januarv 28, 1870; was educated at
the Chester school; married, January 29, 1901,
William W. Startup, born July 4, 1871. at
Ellenville, Ulster county. New York, and is
the head of the drv goods firm of Startup &
Ouackcnbush, of Middletown. 2. Sarah, horn
May W. 1871. died in infancv. 3. Hiram Bart-
lett. December 8. 1872; resides on the paternal
homestead in Chester: he married Nellie,
daughter of Nelson Durland. of Chester, and
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