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James Tufts

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Bloody Brook Massacre, King Phillips War
Place of Burial: Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Tufts, of Mystic Side and Mary Tufts
Partner of Elizabeth Bathrick
Father of James Tufts
Brother of Capt. Peter Tufts; Mary Waite Eades; Johnathan Tufts; Mercy Waite Jenkins; Lydia Tufts and 7 others

Occupation: Soldier
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About James Tufts

Lived in Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Deerfield is now in Franklin County). Among the teamsters killed at Bloody Brook. The teamsters were hauling grain to storage, under the protection of Captain Thomas Lothrop and his soldiers.

James Tufts held property early as the village of Deerfield was planned and settled. "TUFFTS, James, s. of Peter and Mary of Charlestown; he was a settler of 1673 and killed with Lothrop; he prob. settled on No. 37, which was sold by Peter Tuffts to Simon Beaman in 1687." —Sheldon

According to the "Beefe" account, James Tufts was "of Deerfield." —NEHGR

Like many others killed in the battle, James Tufts was young and unmarried. He did have a son, however: his namesake James Tufts. The child's mother was Elizabeth Wells, later Bathrick. Although the Tufts family initially denied that James had impregnated Elizabeth, the child was completely accepted into the Tufts family. Peter Tufts, grandfather of the child, raised him and named him in his will. Elizabeth Wells Bathrick died in 1674, a year before the battle at Bloody Brook. The child James Tufts was thus orphaned as an infant.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GScid=2347043&GRid=50217032&


JAMES TUFTS

Soldier "Flower of Essex"

Killed by Indians at the battle of Bloody Brook - Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Like many others killed in the battle, James Tufts was young and unmarried. He did have a son, however: his namesake James Tufts. The child's mother was Elizabeth Wells, later Bathrick. Although the Tufts family initially denied that James had impregnated Elizabeth, the child was completely accepted into the Tufts family. Peter Tufts, grandfather of the child, raised him and named him in his will. Elizabeth Wells Bathrick died in 1674, a year before the battle at Bloody Brook. The child James Tufts was thus orphaned as an infant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deerfield,_Massachusetts#History


Elizabeth Wells and James Tufts (b. 1650) were the subject of a public scandal regarding the patrimony of her child, James Tufts, in the year 1669. See: Roger Thompson, Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649-1699. http://books.google.com/books?id=PLK2tQetR88C&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=james+tufts+elizabeth+wells&source=bl&ots=18LIWxkJTm&sig=I85gSZkPRmvMv0HYYhKfAKO0yfU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jzkaU6G-L4fF0AG7toCIDQ&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=james%20tufts%20elizabeth%20wells&f=false

Thompson reports that the scandal occurred in "late winter 1669". It is, thus, likely that the birth of the child occurred either in 1669 or, at the latest, the following summer of 1670, and probably in Malden, Medford or Charlestown, where Elizabeth seems to have remained. It is unlikely that the birth occurred in Deerfield, where James, the father, was killed in the Bloody Brook massacre in 1675. The child James Tufts appears to have been raised in Medford by the Tufts family.

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James Tufts's Timeline

1650
May 3, 1650
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1672
June 1672
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1675
September 18, 1675
Age 25
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
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Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts