John Tuttle, III (1671 - 1712) MP

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Birthplace: Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
Death: Died in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
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About John Tuttle, III

  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • 3. John Tuttle, b. 1646; d. June 1720; Capt. of the Dover Military Co.; Judge of Their Majesties' court of Common Pleas, province of New Hampshire; Selectman of Dover, 1686-7-8; Town Clerk from 1691 to 1717; Town Treasurer several years; Mem. of the Provincial Assemby, 1698-9, 1705-6-6. One of the six Dover Commissioners to the N. Hamp. Convention. In 1705 Col. Richard Waldron and Judge Tuttle were the "two provincial mem." of Dover to hear and determine matters relating to Mr. Allen's Claim." He was Chairman of the Board of Public Surveyors of Land; one of the leading members of the chh. at Dover, and with other members of the General Assembly in 1698 subscribed a declaration adversly to transubstantiation, the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any other Saint, and the Sacrifice of the Mass, as "superstitious and idolatrous." As Capt. of the Dover Co. he had charge of the defenses of the town, and left a large est.; wf. Mary, execx.; Lieut. Tristiam Heard and Capt. Francis Mathews names as trustees for his grandchildren. The hill included in his home farm was ever since been called "Captian's Hill." He gave it to his s. Ebenezer, who sold it to Judge Willett in 1738.
  • I. Mary, m. John Wallingford. 1. Ebenezer. 2. John. 3. Dau., m. James Clements; (2) Hon. Thomas Wallingford, for 21 yrs. Judge of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire.
  • II. Thomas, b. April 4, 1674; d. in Bay of Campeachy, April 26, 1699.
  • III. 'JOHN.
  • IV. Sarah, m. Edward Cloutman.
  • V. Elizabeth, m. Samuel, son of Judge Thomas Edgerly. Hon. James *H. Edgerly of Rochester, Judge C. C. Pleas, is 5th in descent.
  • VI. James, b. April 7, 1662; m. Rose Pinkham.
  • VII. Ebenezer, g. f. of Hon. Wentworth Tuttle of Maine, Counsellor and Senator.
  • 33. 'JOHN TUTTLE, Ens. of Dover, Mil. Co.; killed by Indians, May 7, 1712, while attending to some business at his mill on the upper falls of the Cochecho. His son Thos., who was with him, escaped. He m. JUDITH, dau. of Richard and Rose (Stoughton) OTIS. Rose was sis. to Sir Nicholas Stoughton, Bart., the only chil. of Anthony Soughton, Esq., of Stoughton, in Surrey, Eng. "Stoughton has continued in this branch as a Christian name. At the time of the great massacre in Dover (1689) the father, bro. and sis, of Judith Otis were slain, and her two young sisters and herself were carried away; but the Indians were overtaken by a party of soldiers at Conway, and the captives rescued and brought back to Dover."
  • I. Mary, b. Jan 7, 1698; m. James Canney, a wealthy land owner.
  • II. Thomas, b. March 15, 1700; m. Mary Brackett.
  • III. Judith, b. 1702; unm. in 1734.
  • IV. John, b. May 8, 1704; m. Elizabeth Nute; (2) Anne Meserve.
  • V. Dorothy, b. March 21, 1706; d. young.
  • VI. Nicholas, b.July 27, 1708 m. Deborah Hunt; (2) Bertha Davis.
  • VII. James, b. Feb. 9, 1711; m. Mary Allen.
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  • 2. John' Tuttlr was a man of distinction in civil and military life. He filled successively every public office witliin tlie gift of the citizens of Dover, and was, by appointment in 1695, Judge of Their Majesties' Court of Common Pleas, under the administration of Lt. Gov. Usher. He was Selectman of Dover in 1686-87-88; Town Clerk from 1694 to 1717; Town Treasurer in 1705 and other years following; member of the Provincial Assembly in 1698-99, 1705-6-7. He was one of the six commissioneis sent from Dover to the convention of 1689 to "meet with the commissioners of ye other towns of ye province, to confer about and resolve upon a method of government within this province." — (Dover Records.) The convention met at Portsmouth, and resolved to put the province, as it had been before, under Massachusetts, and it was done accordingly. In 1705, Col. Richard Waldron and Judge Tuttle were the "two principal men " of Dover, chosen " to joyn with the repi'esentatives of said province, and them invested with full power to hear, del)ate, and determine matters relating to Mr. Allen's claim." — (Dover Records.) Besides acting in the public capacities named, he appeais to have been, during all this time, chairman of the board of public surveyors of land. He was one of the leading members of the church at Dover, While a member of the General Assembly in 1698, he and other members subscribed a declaration, declaring " that in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper there is not any transubstantiation of the Elements of Consecration thereof by any person, whatsoever, and that the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary, or any otlier saint, and the sacrifice of the mass, as they ai-e now used in tl>e church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous." The town records show a large number of special public trusts confided to him by his fellow citizens. In a military capacity, Judge Tuttle appears to have "done the state some service." Dover had one military company. Its officers were appointed by the Governor and Council, and were selected for their fitness, especially at this period when a bloody war was raging between the whites and the Indians. In 1689, he was lieutenant John Tuttle of this company; he had prol)ably been ensign some time before. In 1692, he was captain of this company, and remained so for about ten years. He was ever afterwards called " Capt. John Tuttle" in the public records. While captain, he had charge of all the military defences of Dover, and was often engaged with his company, or with soldiers sent him, in scouting and hunting after the Indian enemy. The Council and Assembly records of these years show, to some extent, what his arduous military duties were while chief military officer of Dover.
  • Judge Tuttle died in June, 1720, leaving a large estate, which he disposed of by will among his children and grandchildren. His wife Mary survived him, and was executrix of his will. Her family name is not known. Lieutenant Tristram Heard and captain Francis Mathews were named in the will as trustees of iiis grandchildren. Children :
  • i. Mary.^ m. 6 December, 1687, John Wallingford. They dwelt at Bradford, Mass.
  • ii. Thomas, b. 4 April, 1674; d. 26 April, 1699.
  • 3. iii. 'John, d. 7 May, 1712.
  • iv. Sarah, m. Edward Cloutman.
  • V. Elizabeth, m. Samuel Edgerlv-
  • vi. James, b. 7 April, 1683; d.' 15 May, 1709.
  • vii. Ebenezer.
  • 3. 'Ensign John^ Tuttle, second son of Jurlge John and Mary Tuttle, married Judith, daughter of Ricliard and Rose (Stoughtoii) Otis, Hose and her brother, Sir Nicholas Stoughtoii. Bart., were the oiil}^ cliildreii of Anthony Stoughton, Esq., of Stoughton in Surrey, England. — (N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., vol. v., pp. 179, 3o4.) Judith gave her third son the christian name of her uncle, Sir Nicholas. Stoughton has been a favoiite christian name among her descendants in the Tuttle line, a commemoration of the connection of the two families. Ensign John Tuttle held ^everal civil offices; he was ensign of the Dover military company. He is always referred to as "John Tuttle, Jr., or Ensign Tuttle" in the records. He lived on the west side of Back river, about one mile from his father's, on the farm which his grandfather, John' Tuttle, owned in his lifetime, and which had descended to Judge* Tuttle, who probably designed to give it to his son, ensign^ Tuttle, had he lived to receive it, but gave it to that one's two eldest sons. He and his wife are buried in the old burial ground near the river. He owned a large tract of land iii the parish of Somersworth, and another at Tole End. Ensign Tuttle was cut off in the prime of life by the hand of the Indian enemy." On the 7th of May. while attending to some business at his mill on the upper falls of the Cochecho, accompanied by his eldest son, he was suddenly set upon by a party of marauding Indians, over-powered and slain. Thomas, his son, escaped. The Boston News Letter of May 12, 1712, has the following allusion to this attack of the Indians: "On Tuesday they (Indians) mortally wounded and scalped John Crommet of Dover; on Wednesday at Tole End Mill, about a mile from Col. Waldron's, Ensign Tuttle was killed." This melancholy tragedy recalls, in this connection, the fact that his wife Judith, at the time of the great massacre in Dover in 1689, when her fiither, brother and sister were slain, and her father's garrison burned by the Indians, was taken captive with her two sisters, all young girls, and carried away ; but the Indians being over-taken by a party of soldiers at Conway, on their way to Canada, Judith and her two young sisters were rescued from their captors and brought back to Dover. The untimely death of her husband left Judith a widow with six children, the eldest fourteen, and the youngest two years old. Their success in life indicates that she was a woman of ability and intelligence. Children :
  • i. Mary,* b. 7 January, 1G97; m. James Cannev.
  • ii. Thomas, b. 15 March, 1699-1700; d. February, 1777.
  • iii. Judith, b. 10 May, 1702.
  • iv. John, b. 8 May, 1704; d. February, 1774.
  • v. Dorothy, b. 21 March, 1706; d. young.
  • 4. vi. Nicholas, b. 29 July, 1708.
  • vii. James, b. 9 February, 1710-1 ; d. 9 July, 1790.
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Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
January 7, 1697
Age 26
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