John Tuttle, Sr. (c.1618 - 1663) MP

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Nicknames: "John Totehyll", "John Towtill", "John Tootill"
Birthplace: Perhaps , Exeter, Devon , England
Death: Died in Dover, Strafford , New Hampshire
Occupation: Planter
Managed by: Lori Lynn Wilke
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About John Tuttle, Sr.

From The Descendants of William + Elizabeth Tuttle by George Frederick Tuttle 1883,

  • John Tuttle, the immigrant ancestor of the New Hampshire family,sailed from Bristol, En gland, in the "Angel Gabriel;" in 1635.*

The vessel was wrecked at Pemaquid, on the coast of Maine, Aug 15,1635.He went first to Ipswich, Massachusetts. In 1640 his name appears among the first settlers of Dover, where he received lot No. 7 of the 20 acre lo ts. There were 24 of these 20 acre allotments laid out to as many persons, and that of John Tuttle is the only one of the 24that is now and always has been owned by the descendants of the first grantee. He was probably from Devon, Wales,England. A tradition says that he had a brother who settled in Conn.(William Tuttle?)

  • The Angel Gabriel was a "strong ship of 240 tons, and carrying a heavy armament of 16 gun s swung at her moorings in the King's Road, four or five miles distant from the city." The ship departed on the last Wednesday in May, 1635 [May 27th]. The ship was bound for Pemaquid in New England [later considered the Massachusetts Bay Co.]. The ship was wrecked in a great storm , probably a hurricane, in August, 1635. The ship's captain was Robert Andrews. Aboard were hi s three nephews, John,Thomas and Robert Burnham. Other passengers include a number of Cogswells [John (43)and Elizabeth (Thompson) Cogswell and their children, Mary (Abt18), William (Abt 1 6), John(Abt 13), Hannah (Abt 11), Abigail (Abt 9),Edward(Abt 6), Sarah(Abt 3), and Elizabeth ( infant)]. Also aboard; John Bailey, Jr. (B:1613); Henry Beck; Ralph Blaidsdell, Mrs. Elizabeth Blaidsdell and Henry Blaidsdell; William Furber, Samuel Haines; WilliamHook; Henry Simpson an d John Tuttle.
  • John Cogswell of Chebasco later settled in Ipswich, Ma.

William Furber settled in Dover NH; lived at Bloody point from 1666to 1671. He originally had a grant of two house lots, granted in 1610 in England. In 1657, he received 30 acres of the 400 reserved to the town of Dover [this was shortly after Dover came under the control of the Massachusetts government]. Twenty of his acres were on the same side as that of John Tuttle, the northwest side of the creek [Fresh Creek]; this was on the west side of the Back River. The other ten acres were on the other side of the creek.

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  1. Repository:
  • Title: Shipwreck John Tuttle ancestor of the New Hampshire *Tuttles
  • Author: edited by Gwen Campbell, Solo Press, 1992
  • Publication: From "Tuttle-Tuthill Lines in America" by Alva M. Tuttle - 1968

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial by William Richard Cutter

John Tuttle, the ancestor of the New Hampshire family, settled in Dover between 1633 and 1640. It is not known that he was connected with the brothers who came in the "Planter", although there is a tradition that he had a brother who settled in Connecticut. Also it is said that he came to Dover from Wales, while another report has it that he came from the western part of England. Most of the families who settled at Dover between 1633 and 1640 were from the west of England, and "were of good estates, and of some account for religion", so it is likely that he came from that part of England, but no proof has been found. The first mention of him in Dover is in 1640, when his name was on a list of the principal citizens of that place, on a protest against the plan of Underhill to place Dover under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. Those who signed this paper are thought to have been the royalists and Church of England men who did not favor the Puritans of Massachusetts, but rather favored the views of Mason and Gorges. John Tuttle's some was situated on the east side of Dover Neck, about forty rods southeast of what is how Henderson's Field. He owned eight acres of land there, and the land is still in possession of descendants. He also owned thirty acres of the "400 upland on the Great Bay", and had a grant of land from the town which was laid out to his son, Judge Tuttle, in 1706. He was a well-to-do farmer. He died intestate in May or June, 1663, probably about forty-five years of age. His widow was appointed administratrix on his estate, and she made return to the court, June 30, 1663.

He married Dorothy (???), who survived him several years. Children: Daughter, married before 1663, seems to have married Captain Philip Cromwell and if so her name was Elizabeth; Thomas, accidentally killed by the fall of a tree when a boy; John; Dorothy, married Captain Samuel Tebbets.

According to the "History, New Hampshire" John Tuttle, said to be a native of Wales, was in Dover in 1642 when he was granted lot No. 7, in the first division of lots on the West side of Back River. The probability is that he was here some years earlier, and perhaps he came in 1633. He was a resident of Dover Neck, and died intestate in 1663. The inventory of his property was entered in June 1663; his wife was administratrix. " Widow Tuttle" was taxed in 1663 and 1664, and then disappears. Perhaps she got married.

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  • 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)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsofwil01tutt#page/n71/mode/2up
  • JOHN TUTTLE, the immigrant ancestor of the New Hampshire family, sailed from Bristol Eng., in the "Angel Gabriel;" in 1635. The vessel was wrecked at Pemaquid, on the coast of Maine, Aug. 15, 1635. He went first to Ipswich, Mass. In 1640 his name appears among the first settlers of Dover, where he received lot No. 7 of the 20 acre lots. There were 24 of these 20 acre allotments laid out to as many persons, and that of JOHN TUTTLE is the only on of the 24 that is now and always has been owned by descendants of the first grantee. He d. in Dover, June, 1663, a. abt. 45. leaving wid. DOROTHY and three children. Wid DOROTHY appt. Admx. He was no doubt of the Devon family, as he came from that part of England, and the same arms were in possession of his descendants. A tradition says that he had a brother who settled in Conn. For the first 150 years all of this name in New Hampshire were his descendants. -- Rec. by Charles W. Tuttle, Esq., pub. in N. E. Gen. Reg., Apr. 1867.
  • I. A Dau., per. named Elizabeth, and m. Capt. Philip Cromwell.
  • II. Thomas, accidentally Killed when a lad, by a falling tree.
  • III. John.
  • IV. Dorothy, m. Capt. Samuel Tibbets of Dover, N. H.
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Born poss. the the 1610's, England or Wales. Came to America with his family on the Gabriel from Bristol 23 May 1653. Landed in Maine; he & family yo Chebasco (presnt day Essex, MA) and soon to Dover, NH, perhaps by 1638. Wife was Dorothy, perhaps Bill.

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John Tuttle's Timeline

1618
1618
Exeter, Devon , England
1639
1639
Age 21
Dover Neck, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA
1642
1642
Age 24
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
1644
1644
Age 26
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA
1646
1646
Age 28
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
1648
1648
Age 30
Dover Neck, New Hampshire, United States
1663
June 30, 1663
Age 45
Dover, Strafford , New Hampshire
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