Tuttle farm in New Hampshire

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9/9/2010 at 5:18 PM

I think William Tuttle, who came to America on the Planter in April, 1635, is a brother of John Tuttle, who came via the Guardian Angel in August, 1635. Can anyone verify this? Below is a history of the Tuttle Farm in Dover, NH, founded by John Tuttle and owned by descendants of Tuttle until now.

p.s. My great-grandmother is a descendant of William Tuttle and her husband, my great-grandfather, is a descendent of Francis Peabody, both of whom came to America via the ship Planter in April, 1635.

Jerry Smith

376 Years on the Tuttle Farm

The Tuttle Farm of Dover, New Hampshire, is the oldest continually operating family farm in the United States, having passed down through 11 generations from father to son since the 1630’s when John Tuttle arrived in the New World bearing a land grant from King Charles II. John’s arrival was not without incident. The day after he and his fellow-passengers disembarked from the ship that had brought them across the ocean from Bristol, England (a 3 month journey), a ferocious hurricane swept up the Atlantic coast, wreaking havoc along the shores of Long Island and southern New England, then on up the coast of what is now Maine, sinking the ship along with all of the passengers’ worldly goods, and taking the lives of several crew members who were attempting to save the vessel. John eventually made his way from Pemaquid to Dover Point, and joined the settlement there. His land grant was several miles north of the settlement, so he and the other settlers would walk north along the “High Road” (Dover Point Road) to clear the land and begin to tame the soil until it was suitable for growing crops and sustaining livestock, returning each night to the settlement for community and safety. The first two generations of Tuttles lived this way until a log cabin was eventually built for the third generation Tuttle on the actual land grant.

Several generations lived in this cabin until the 1780’s, when the present farmhouse was built to accommodate the growing number of family members. During these years, Tuttles grew or hunted and fished for whatever they needed to sustain themselves, bartering and trading with neighbors, and selling any surplus to "townsfolk". It has been said that the only food they had to buy was salt. Everything else came from the land, their animals, or from the abundance of wildlife in the surrounding area. Lobsters, clams, and oysters were used to fertilize the fields, and manure was "locally produced" by their own animals. Tuttles experimented with growing cranberries (a total failure) and built glass greenhouses in the 1890's (among the first in New Hampshire) to get an early jump on spring planting, and to grow annual flowers for sale. In the 1950’s, several irrigation ponds were dug to ensure a reliable source of water for the crops.

Over the years, adjoining farmland was purchased from those who no longer had the heart for the long hours and fickle climate and who wished to try their luck elsewhere. Increased acreage enabled the family to produce more than they needed, and a thriving wholesale business was started by 9th generation William Penn in the early 1900’s. He established quite a reputation in Dover and the surrounding towns for high quality produce, and people looked forward to Tuttle corn, tomatoes, lettuce and a myriad of other crops grown on the farm, harvested first thing in the morning, meticulously washed and packed in the “washhouse” and delivered to local stores by horse and wagon, and later in the “jimmy,” Penn’s Model T.

In the 1950’s, as chain supermarkets began to force “mom-and-pop” stores out of business, it became apparent that the wholesale business that Penn had nurtured would no longer be enough to sustain the farm. Chain stores were not looking for quality in their produce so much as year-round availability and long shelf-life. 10th generation Hugh and his wife Joan saw an opportunity to open a roadside stand in an old barn that was used for storage of farm equipment, and Tuttle’s Red Barn was born. Open seasonally, it served as the outlet for all the farm was able to produce, and attracted a large following of customers who were familiar with Tuttle quality. During the 1960’s and 70’s, the Barn grew in popularity, and as more and more products were added to the mix to accommodate people’s needs, the Barn was modified and enlarged a number of times, eventually remaining open year-round with produce brought in from outside during the off season. In the late 1980's a new Red Barn was built adjoining the old building.

Over the years, the Tuttles have nurtured the land they love, doing what has been necessary to provide a place for future generations to carry on the family tradition.

Private User
9/12/2010 at 9:20 AM

This John(1) Tuttle is the brother of William Tuttle who came on the Planter. John came with him. John b. abt 1596 in England; Baptism 4 Jun 1596 in Holcot, Northamptonshire, England. He died 30 Dec 1656 in Carrickfergus, England.

He m. Joan Antrobus, in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. She was b.bef. 25 Jun 1592 in England; Baptism 25 Jun 1592 in St. Albans, Hertfordforshire, England. She d. after 29 Jan 1660/1661. He was of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. Together with his wife, and his brothers William and Richard (both of Ringstead Northants, England) and their families, came in 1635 on the ship Planter, in 1635, to America, and settled at Ipswich, Mass. He was at the time 39 years old, and his wife was 42 years old. Mr. Tuttle was her second husband, her first husband having been Thomas Lawrence, and she brought with her to this country three Lawrence children (John, Mary & William). Mr Tuttle subsequently returned to Ireland, and d. at Carrickfergus, in that country, Dec. 30, 1656. Children:--

Abigail(2) born Before 24 Nov 1628 in England. baptism 24 Nov 1628 in England; d. aft. 1635.
John(2) b. bef. 21 Mar 1633/1634 in England; baptism 21 Mar 1633/1634 in England; d. aft.6 Apr 1657.
Simon(2), b. 1637
Simon(2) (John1), was the sixth and youngest child, b. in 1637; m. 1, in 1659, Joan Burnham; m. 2, in 1663, Sarah Cogswell

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