William Tuttle

William Tuttle (bef. 1607 - 1673)

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William Tuttle
Born before in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
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Died in New Haven, Connecticut, New Englandmap
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, New Haven Colony | Puritan Great Migration.

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William Tuttle migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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William, the son of Simon Tuttle (Tuttell, Tootel) and Isabel Wells,[1] was baptized 26 Dec. 1607, in Ringstead, Northhamptonshire, England.[2]


William married Elizabeth by 1631, when their first child was baptized at Ringstead. Elizabeth's family name is unknown. "Elizabeth Tuttle widdow dyed ye 30th day of Decembr 1684," in New Haven, Connecticut.[3]


William, husbandman of Ringstead, his wife Elizabeth, children John, Ann and Thomas, his brother Richard and Richard's family and Isabel, Richard and William's mother, all boarded the ship "Planter" on April 6, 1635. His brother John and family had boarded on the 2nd. The last passengers boarded on the 11th and the ship, under Master Nicholas Trerice, left London to arrive in Boston on June 7, 1635.[4]

Tuttle from Hotten's List of Emigrants

Charlestown and Boston, Massachusetts

William and his family settled first at Charlestown, then moved on to Boston in 1637 and to New Haven in 1639

Besides being a husbandman (farmer), he was also a miller and was given permission in Charlestown to erect a windmill on the town hill. In Charlestown, he was the highway surveyor 17 Feb. 1637/7.[5] William had land in Charlestown: eight hay lots in 1635,[6] three cow commons in 1637,[7] and is mentioned as having abutting land that belonged to John Haule in 1638.[8]

George Griggs was given permission by the Boston Court, 16th 2nd month (April) 1638, to sell his house and garden and 20 acres of his great lot to Mr. Tuttle of Ipswich,[9] and Mr. Tuttell of Charlestown.[10] William's brother, Richard, was already well established in Boston[10] and William's wife, Elizabeth had joined the church in Boston 14 Aug. 1636 and later, 8 Sept. 1639, received a recommendation from the Boston church to the church of New Haven.[11], where they had fairly prestigious seats in the meeting house.[12]

New Haven Colony (later part of Connecticut)

When John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton decided to begin a new plantation in Quinnepiac (New Haven), William Tuttle decided to join their enterprise. So, he sailed with the group and was one of the 63 original planters who signed the New Haven Fundamental Agreement on June 4, 1639.[13]. He took the New Haven Oath of Fidelity 5 August 1644, [14] and, after New Haven Colony became part of Connecticut, he was on the 1669 list of Connecticut freeman from New Haven[15] His name appears in the town and colony records dozens of times.

It was pretty easy to be found at fault in the town of New Haven, and William was no exception to the rule. He was fined for a defective fence,[16] for not registering the name of his child[17] within three months of her birth,[18] for want of a match,[19] for coming late to watch,[20] for neglecting to watch,[21] and in the Colony Court for sleeping on watch.[22]

At the same time, he was performing his civic duty by serving on committees for both the town and colony,[23][24][25] especially those committees involving land and its distribution.[26][27][28] For instance, in 1651, he and others were to “stake out” the path over Dragon Point[29] and he was part of the committee concerning the boundary between New Haven and Milford in 1672.[30]

He held public offices: fence viewer, 1644/5[31] 1663 and 1670,[32] constable 1666/67,[33] arbitrator[34][35] and he audited the accounts of the Town Treasurer, in 1666.[36]

The amount of land a planter received was based in part on the value of his estate. Twice, in 1640, and again before the second division of land, William Tuttle asked to increase the amount of his estate, to take advantage of this.[37] In a list of lands and rates, inserted in the colony's 1643 record, "Will: Touttle had 7 persons, £450 estate, 37 ½ acres 1st division land, 7 ½ in the neck, 26 meadow, 107 acres 2nd division and he paid a rate £2.1.6."[38]

In 1640, he and Ben: Linge were “allowed to have their meadow where Mr. Eaton hath his first 500 acres, (viz) in the fresh meadows towards Totokett”[39] On 3 Dec. 1651 “Mr. Ling and Mr. Tuttill propounded for some meddow which lies upon Stony River near their own and is yet in the Townes hands. The court left it for the Towns-men to dispose of as they see cause.” The following February the town agreed to rent them the meadow, which they were to return should they leave.[40]

On 6 May 1656, William Tuttill received a major increase in his property from Joshua Atwater: “his house, home lot, & barne; 10 acres of land in ye first diuission in ye Yorkesheir quarter, betwixt ye land of Tho. Johnson and ye land that was Mris . Constables; twenty eight acres in the neck, and one peece of meddow, at the heither end of the east meddow, on this side the riuer, lying for fiue acres, be it more or less, being bounded with a ditch betwixt Mr. Atwaters meddow & this on ye north side, and ye neck on ye south; and forty acres of upland of the second deuission among the small lotts on the west side.”[41] On 7 May 1661, William purchased a house and home lot from John Punderson, which he gave to his son John.[42]

Neither a Borrower or a Lender Be

William Tuttle had an ox that belonged to the children of John Clark (deceased). While in the care of Tuttle, the ox died. John Moss and Samuel Whithead, brought suit against Tuttle for the value of the ox, £9. Mr. Tuttill declared that John Parker and Mathew Moulthrop had borrowed the ox. He came home to find it stiff and off his feed.

Mrs. Tuttill said when John Thompson brought it home it was very hot and sweaty. They put it in the barn and later it would not eat or drink and didn’t want to use its hind feet and subsequently died. She thought it was over-driven.

Matthew Moulthrop said they didn’t haul that big a load, the oxen handled it well. John Thompson said Matthew Moulthrop borrowed it. Matthew said John was there.

Edward Parker flayed the ox (a necropsy of sorts). Its heart was broken and its liver somewhat decayed. Mr. Tuttill said Mr. Pell, on seeing the streaks of blood, thought it might be an old disease.

The court decided the ox was overvalued, worth not £9 but 7. 10. They could not tell weather the cause of death was an old infirmity or being overworked. The price of the hide being deducted, the remainder of its value should be divided three ways: one part John Clark's estate, one by John Thompson and the third by Mathew Moulthrop.[43]

Other relations

In 1664, when William and his wife were in their sixties, the widow of Nathan Hill was looking for a suitable home for her youngest son, Robert Hill. Mr. Tuttle and his wife considered this and were willing (for a price) to keep him, unless one of them died (in which case the child had to go back to court). In June, Mr. Tuttle informed the court that he and his cousin, the Widow Hill, had reached an agreement concerning Nathan Hill. It was approved, put in writing, and added to the record.[44] The exact relationship of Mr. Tuttle and Widow Hill is unknown.

Also in 1664, Zubah Lampson was accused of stealing, lying and other evils, which she admitted. Mr. Tuttle referred to her as his niece, and asked that the court have some mercy, because she was not well brought up, probably didn’t know better, and, if she was placed with some godly persons, she would learn better.[45] The exact relationship of Mr. Tuttle and Zubah Lampson is unknown.


William Tuttle died between Feb. 20, 1672/3 and April 27, 1673. The town records read:[46]
"Anna daughter of mr Jn° Hodshon dyed ffebry 20th 1672
Mr William Tuttell dyed
Mr Benjamin Ling dyed ye 27th of Aprill 1673"

The final inventory of William Tuttle's estate was valued at £449 8s. 6d. The real estate was valued at £274 62. 8d. The estate was divided between his widow, Elizabeth, sons Nathaniel, John, Jonathan, Thomas, Joseph, David, Benjamin, and Simon and daughters Sarah, Anne, Mercy and Elizabeth.[47]


  1. John Tuttle, bapt. 8 Dec. 1631, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; d. November 12, 1683, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut; m. Katherine Lane.
  2. Anne Tuttle, bapt. 20 Jan. 1632/3, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; d. March 16, 1695/6, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. (1) Joshua Judson; m. (2) John Hurd.
  3. Thomas Tuttle bapt. 4 Jan. 1634/5, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; d. Oct. 19, 1710, New Haven; m. Hannah Powell.
  4. Jonathan Tuttle, bapt. 2 July 1637, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. 1705, New Haven,; m. Rebecca Bell.
  5. David Tuttle, bapt. 7 April 1639, in Boston; living 14 June 1693, non compos mentis.
  6. Joseph Tuttle, bapt. Nov. 22, 1640, New Haven, New Haven Colony; d. Sept. 1690, New Haven, Connecticut; m. Hannah Munson.
  7. Sarah Tuttle, bapt. April 1642, New Haven; d. Nov. 17, 1676, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. John Slawson.
  8. Elizabeth Tuttle, bapt. 9 Nov. 1645, New Haven, New Haven Colony.
  9. Simon Tuttle , bapt. 28 March 1647, New Haven, New Haven Colony; d. April 16, 1719, Wallingford, New Haven Connecticut; m. Abigail.
  10. Benjamin Tuttle, bapt. Oct. 29, 1648; was executed June 13, 1677, for the murder of his sister, Sarah (Tuttle) Slawson. He was unmarried.
  11. Mercy Tuttle b. April 27, 1650, New Haven, New Haven Colony;[NHV p2 bapt. there19 May 1650; d. aft. 1695; m. Samuel Brown.
  12. Nathaniel Tuttle, b. Feb. 24, 1652/53, New Haven, New Haven Colony;[NHV https://archive.org/stream/vitalrecordsofne01orde#page/8/mode/2up p 9] d. August 20, 1721, Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut; m. Sarah How.


  1. Greene, David L. "Origin of John Tuttle of Ipswich, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist. 54: 173-175. (1978)
  2. Greene, David L. The Children of Richard Tuttle of Boston. TAG 56:143 (1980).
  3. Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917. p 49 at Archive.org
  4. Hotten, John Camden. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years, Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and Others, who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. New York: Empire State Book Company, 1874.
  5. Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011. p. 139, citing Charlestown Town Records, pp. 17, 25
  6. Anderson, p. 140, citing Charlestown Town Records, p. 19.
  7. Anderson, p. 140, citing Charlestown Town Records, p. 33.
  8. Charlestown land records [1638-1802]. Boston, Rockwell and Churchill, city printers, 1878. p. 32
  9. John
  10. 10.0 10.1 Second Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston. Boston:Rockwell and Churchill, 1877. p.33 Richard appears many times in these same records: pp. 9, 10, 11, etc.
  11. “Boston Church Records” The Records of the Churches of Boston. CD_ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008 .)1636 p. 11 Amer.Anc 1639 p 15 AmericanAncestors
  12. William Tuttle and Wife had the following seats in the New Haven Meeting house.
    March 1646/7
    In the crosse seates at the end 1st row, Mr. Pell, Mr. Tuttle and Bro. Fowler
    Women’s seats ‘In the middle’ row 5 sister Tuttle and others.
    Feb 1655/56
    The cross seats at upper end – seat 1 Mr. Tuttill & also Mr. Jno. Davenport, William Fowler and Mr. Allerton Sr.
    Mrs Tuttle is in the fourth middle seat on the women’s side
    Feb 1661/2
    Mr. Tuttle is in the long seats in the middle third row.
    Sister Tuttle also sits in the third row.
    From:History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut By Edward Elias Atwater, Lucy M. Hewitt, Bessie E. Beach. Meriden, Connecticut: 1902. For a seating chart see New Haven Colony
  13. Source: #Hoadley1 NHCR 1:17
  14. Source: #Hoadley1 NHCR 1:139
  15. Source: #ConnCR ConnCR 2:524.
  16. Source: #Dexter1 p.27.
  17. daughter Mercy
  18. Source: #Dexter1 p. 44.
  19. Source: #Dexter1 p. 144.
  20. Source: #Dexter1 p. 146.
  21. Source: #Dexter1 p. 326.
  22. Source: #Hoadley1 p.270.
  23. Source: #Dexter1 p. 360,432/3, 445, 470, 489, 505.
  24. Source: #Dexter2 p. 35, 157, 219-21, 251, 262, 288, 294, 296, 298/9, 303, 307, 309.
  25. Source: #Hoadley1 p. 319.
  26. Source: #Dexter1 p.178.
  27. Source: #Dexter2 p. 86.
  28. Source: #Hoadley1 pp. 41, 156.
  29. Source: #Dexter1 p. 80
  30. Source: #Dexter2 p.305.
  31. Source: #Hoadley1 p. 155.
  32. Source: #Dexter2 pp. 40, 264.
  33. Source: #Dexter2 p. 198, 201.
  34. Source: #Hoadley1 p. 281.
  35. Source: #Hoadley2 p. 292.
  36. Source: #Dexter2 p. 187.
  37. Source: #Hoadley1 pp. 43, 197.
  38. Source: #Hoadley1 p 91
  39. Source: #Hoadley1 p. 44, p 197
  40. Source: #Dexter1 pp. 104,116,117.
  41. Source: #Dexter1 p. 276.
  42. Source: #Dexter1 p. 481.
  43. Source: #Dexter1 p 38-40
  44. Source: #Dexter2 pp 79/80 & 90.
  45. Source: #Dexter2 p. 94.
  46. Vital records of New Haven, 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: Connecticut Society Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917. (p.38)
  47. Anderson: citing New Haven Probate 1:1:158-9 and New Haven County Court 1: 61.
  • Source Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: Anderson, Robert Charles. William Tuttle: Featured Name The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (Volume VII, T-Y., Pages 138-45) Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.
  • Source Hoadley1, Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.
  • Source Hoadley2Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven, From May 1653 to the Union. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1858.
  • Source ConnCR Trumball, J. Hammond. The public records of the colony of Connecticut from 1675-1678 Hartford: FA Brown, 1852.

See also:

  • Bradford, Mildred "Moses S. Curtis Descendants and Ancestors" Author: Publication: Baltimore, Md: Gateway Press, 2000. Repository St. Louis County Library, 1640 So. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Mo, 63131.
  • Hale, House and Related Families: Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, database, FamilySearch.org: (accessed 12 Dec 2013), entry for Richard Tuttle, extracted from Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman, book of the same name (Baltimore, Massachusetts: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978), pp. 771-772.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines "Tuttle, Pantry, Judson and Hurd: An Important Correction," The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) TAG 30 (Jan 1954):7.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932, p. 1881.
  • "History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut" (1902), Edward Elias Atwater, Lucy M. Hewitt, Bessie E. Beach, Robert Atwater Smith; Journal Publishing Company, 1902; Digitizing sponsor: Google; Book from the collections of: University of Virginia; Online at: http://archive.org/details/historycolonyne00smitgoog Pages 109, 119, 324, 474, 543, 546, 550.
  • Campbell, Gwen. Tuttle Family in America, descendants of Symon of Ringstead, England, Vol. II Solo Press, 1990.
  • Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. History of Wallingford, Conn., from its Settlement in 1670 to the Present Time. Meriden, Conn.: 1870. p. 302.

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New Haven Colony in 1641
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Tuttle from Hotten's List of Emigrants
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On 5 Mar 2017 at 21:41 GMT Susan Anderson wrote:

May I have permission to edit a few typos in this bio? For example: under "Charlestown," para. 2, "...William...is mentioned as [having/owning] abutting land..." If you want further explanation, I'll be happy to give it.

On 22 Nov 2015 at 01:46 GMT Anne B wrote:

Please see the question in G2G regarding Elizabeth Matthews.

On 1 Oct 2015 at 13:37 GMT Anne B wrote:

Oh dear! How did this woman, Elizabeth Matthews, suddenly become the wife of William Tuttle? Every thing on the page says she's unproven. Anderson (Great Migration) makes no mention of her. There is not one shred of evidence. She should have been left as unknown. I for one would like to see her returned to her "unknown" status, by changing the LNAB on her profile or disconnecting her profile and recreating Elizabeth Unknown. The first keeps all the managers intact.

On 3 Dec 2012 at 07:58 GMT Eric Clark wrote:

William Tuttle (age 26), Wife Elizabeth (23), John (3.5), Anne(Hannah) (2.25), and Thomas (.25) left London on the ship The Planter Apr. 2, 1635 and Arrived in Boston Jun 7, 1635


On 3 Dec 2012 at 03:54 GMT Eric Clark wrote:

This was the end of my Tuttle line the info I got from my father's research was;

William Tuttle b. Dec 24, 1607, Ringstead, Northhamptonshire, England d. Dec 10, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT m. Elizabeth Mathews ABT. 1630

Children; John born born 1633 in England Hannah born 1633 in England Thomas born 1634 in England Johnathan born 1637 in Boston, MA David born before 4/7/1639 Joseph born 1640 in New Halem, CT Sarah born 1642 in New Halem, CT Elizabeth born 1642 in New Halem, CT

I found William, Elizabeth, John, Anne (Hannah), and Thomas with correct respective ages on the ship The Planter, leaving London Apr 2, 1635, Arriving at Boston June 7, 1635. Here is a link to the site: http://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm

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