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John Wells

Also Known As: "John Well", "John Welle", "John Welles"
Birthplace: Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Death: March 25, 1618 (76-85)
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Place of Burial: Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Immediate Family:

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Father of Isabel Tuttle and unknown Morton

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About John Wells

John Welles was born about 1537 in England to unknown parents. Henry VIII died that year and the next 11 years would be unsettled. Henry’s nine-year-old son, Edward, was king for the next six years, followed by sixteen-year-old Lady Jane for 10 days. Henry’s Catholic daughter then ruled for five years, returning England to the Roman faith temporarily. Finally, Protestantism and stability were restored with the rule of Elizabeth I for the next 45 years. John had at least one brother named Thomas. John married and they lived in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England. Some researches say his wife was Janet Lawtie who was born in 1545 and died in 1571, but there is no supporting documentation for this marriage. John and his wife had at least two daughters, one being ancestor Isabel.

John wrote his long and detailed will on January 20, 1617/18 in Ringstead, “of Northhampt yeoman in health & pfct memory” which indicates he was a yeoman-a free man owning his own farm. In it, he mentioned my daughtr Tootell, as well as his four Tootell grandsons and his son-in-law Simo Tootell, who he made a co-executor of his will; his daughter, grandchildren and son-in-law Willm Morto (Morton) who he made the other co-executor of his will; and his brother Thomas, who witnessed the will, and Thomas’ sons. His daughter who married William Morton is never mentioned by first name. She was probably older than ancestor Isabel, as he left daughtr Morto all the best and great items, while Isabel received the items described as second.

His will was probated on March 25, 1618, which means John Wells died sometime before that date. It is not known where he was buried, but there are just two burial sites in Ringstead. One is the Ringstead Cemetery (mouse over picture left). The other is The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Cemetery (pictured above in Simon's bio) which dates back to the first half of the 13th Century. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about John.

[So it says, but Henry VIII died in 1547]


John Welles

  • Wife is Unknown
  • Two known children Isabel Welles m Simon Tuttle and Unknown Daughter m William Mortan
  • Parents unknown
  • Will 20 Jan 1617 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, Probate 25 Mar 1618
  • Everything else you see aside from his will is rubbish.


  1. Hale House 771
  2. TAG 54:169-73
  3. TAG 59:215
  • John Wells1
  • M, #1020
  • John Wells was born at Ringstead, Northampton, England. His estate was probated in 1618.
  • Family
  • Child
    • Isabel Wells+1 b. c 1565, d. c 1635
  • Citations
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 550.
  • From: ________________________
  • Name John Welles [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Born Abt 1537
  • Will 20 Jan 1617 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England [6]
  • In the name of god amen the xxth daye of January 1617 I John well[es] of Ringstede in ye cou[n]tye of Northampt[on] yeoma[n]...
  • to John Morto[n] my grandchild, land I bought of will[ia]m morton, & I will yt his father shall have the use of yt till ye said John be twelve yrs of age...
  • It[em] to Richard Tootell my grandchild
  • it[em] to Etheldred morto[n] my grandchild
  • It[em] I give to my daughtr morto[n]
  • It[em] I give to Elizabeth morto[n] my grandchild
  • It[em] I give to my daughtr Tootell
  • It[em] Igive to will[ia]m welles & John welles my brother Thom[a]s his sones
  • It[em] I give to Thomas Tootell Simo[n] Tootell & will[iam] Tootell my grandchildren
  • It[em] I give to Anna morto[n] my grandchild
  • It[em] to Simo[n] Tootle & wil[ia]m morto[n] my sones in lawe ye remeander of my leas in Shelton[n?] dale & I will yt all pails [?] & [illegible] to stand as they be to wm morton[n] ye [illegible] next ye land & to Simo[n] Tootell the other.
  • I give to Richard Tootell my hoggscales [?]
  • It[em] I give to Custby Barwek my grandchild and to Lewys Barwek my grandchild
  • It[em] I give to Thomas welles my brother
  • It[em] I give to Richard Tootell my table yt ys at Canards to Simo[n] Tootell ye younger my cubbord there, to Elizabeth morto[n] my bedsted ther & to Etheldred morto[n] ye you[n]ger my chest yt is ther & to wm mortons 3 daughters my 3 [illegible] wheles.
  • All the rest of my goods I give to Simo[n] Tootell & will[ia]m morto[n] my sones in lawe who I make executors of this my last will and testamt & I ordaine Thom[a]s welles my brother & michaell welles his sone overseers of this my said will.
  • signed John Welles
  • witnesses: Tho: welles, John Botcher X his mark, Robt finson X his mark
  • endorsement of probation probated 25 March 1618.
  • Buried 18 Mar 1618 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England [4]
  • Family Hellene, bur. 22 May 1612, Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
  • Children
    • 1. Isabel Welles, c. 11 Mar 1565
  • Sources
  • [S595] Hale House & Related Families, Jacobus, Donald Lines, (Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT, 1952), 929.273 H135j 1978., p. 772.
  • [S49] #2058 The American Genealogist (1932-1965), Jacobus, Donald Lines, (32 volumes in 11. New Haven: D. L. Jacobus, 1932-1965), FHL book 973 B2aga, D25aga., vol. 54 p. 167.
  • [S49] #2058 The American Genealogist (1932-1965), Jacobus, Donald Lines, (32 volumes in 11. New Haven: D. L. Jacobus, 1932-1965), FHL book 973 B2aga, D25aga., vol. 59 p. 215.
  • [S1742] Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England, 1570-1661 [i.e., 1702], Church of England. Parish Church of Ringstead (Northamptonshire), (1976-1988), 942.55/R4 K29c., p. 5.
  • [S20] Royal Ancestry: A study in colonial and medieval families, Richardson, Douglas, (Kimball G. Everingham, editor 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah), vol. 3 p. 551.
  • [S49] #2058 The American Genealogist (1932-1965), Jacobus, Donald Lines, (32 volumes in 11. New Haven: D. L. Jacobus, 1932-1965), FHL book 973 B2aga, D25aga., vol. 54 p. 169-171.
  • From: ________________________
  • Among Isabel (Wells) Tuttle's descendants is the famous Rev. Jonathan Edwards, the Puritan divine, who is generally believed to be the most brilliant mind of the colonial period. My Richardson line descends from Anne (Edwards) Richardson, the aunt of Rev. Jonathan Edwards. Since there are no known male descendants of this particular Wells family,. it would be difficult to determine this family's DNA. I note, however, that one online genealogical database has placed Isabel's father, John Wells, as a member of the same family as Governor Thomas Welles, of Connecticut.
  • Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • From: ____________________________
  • The Tuttle story is one of my qualifying stories for Rootsweb's International Black Sheep Society
  • After checking out the citations that people sent me, as much as I could get ahold of them, mostly TAG, and a couple of citations, I never did get ahold of the Prindle book, I found that documents such as wills establish that the Tuttles were of Northampton. My sources, as well as a summary of the disproven roots cited in older Tuttle genealogies in the United States, are below.
  • Ringstead Tuttles
  • This is the true Tuttle lineage. The material is a little confusing.
  • Here is the version I put together;
  • First Generation
  • Thomas Totehyll, Of Woodford, co Northampton, Engl b 1506. assessed for subsidy there, 1544. Karen Price has him marrying Elizabeth Mason, source? He witnessed wills of Robert Crosse, 1524, Robert Pashles, 1538, Sir Silliam Longe, 1541, Elizabeth Whitbread, 1552, Richard Lyncoln, 1545. It seems to me that he must have had sufficient status to witness Sir William Longe's will; he is likely to have had some relationship by blood or marriage to all of these people. Probably father of:
  • Second Generation
    • Richard Tootill, of Woodford, co Northampton, born abat 1530, m Elizabeth _____. Wayne Barnes identifies her as Elizabeth Lyncoln. Source? Price has he d 1587/88 Woodford. Sam has he d 1589/90 in Peterborough. Jacobus cited his will for March 1589 as the date of his death. I infer there might have been more than one Richard Tootill. Jacobus has him supervised will of Richard Beare of Woodford, 3 Nov 1579, witness will of Elizabeth Lyncoln, 1556. Atleast we know there were Lyncolns around, and again, they were probably closely related to the Tuttle family.
    • Children: (from his will)
      • Symon, about 1560 Ringstead d 1630.
    • Third Generation
      • *Simon Totill or Towtills of Ringstead, co Northampton, b abt 1560, buried Ringstead, 6/15/1630, married abt 1592, Isabel Wells, b abt 1565, dau of John Wells of Ringstead, who mentioned her in his will, 1618. Symon mentioned in both his father's will and his father in law's', whose will also named all four Tuttle grandsons (or rather, four of five of them, he left out John). Simon Tuttle supervised will of Mathew Harris of Woodford in 1600. His widow accompanied her sons on the Planter in 1635, but probably didn't live long. See Simon Tuttle's will at Sam Casey's web site. Simon Tuttle was a very well-off man (though not on the same level of well off as my Noyes ancestors, who had advanced into the gentry), with much property and possibly a fair number of sheep. Gene Curtin mentions that the College of Arms was cited as the source for Simon's children by a family historian ordinarily skeptical of noble ancestry claims, from which he infers that Simon Totill had the right to bear a coat of arms. (A well off yeoman could qualify for a coat of arms.) The catalogue of his property from his will reads:
      • land he gave his son Richard, with land, meadows, and commons, and the house and other buildings, where he and his wife live. land, meadows and commons which he bought from Thomas Holding and Edward Asin alias James and of William Sillyman. the dwelling house where Mr. Wrothfall now lives with all the houses that belong to it, and adjoining yard and orchard. John White lived there or held it too, at some point. the meadow which he purchased from Joane Bateman widow, apparently a large meadow, since he divied it up among his family. (William had inherited 20 pounds from his grandfather, John Welles.) a meadow he bought from Eusache Morton and Thomas Ekins. a bedstead adn furniture, a table in the hall with a frame, "framed stools", more than one chimney in his house, good brass pans, a great cubboard, more than two chairs some of them large, a chest by the bed. a malt mill
      • sheep. Half a dozen of them to a specific family member, the others to be divided.
      • one acre of "leyres" which he purchased from Mr. Carier. Could be something to do with the sheep.
      • Atleast thirty-five pounds. Plus 2(xxs) to be given to the church, the poor, etc.
      • John Wells' will indicates that he was atleast as well off, perhaps a bit wealthier, than Simon Tuttle. subsidy rolls indicate that John Wells or Weales, and Simon Totehill or Symon Tootwell, of Rinsteed, were assessed for pieces of armor or equipment and amounts of money, I forget what if anything that is supposed to signify.
      • Children:
        • Richard (see below) William (see below) John (named in Simon's will, possibly the individual below) Thomas (the Thomas I couldn't identify with William b abt 1609 who I didn't know where he went yesterday were Thomas the son of Simon, and William Tuttle the emigrant - from Jacobus's version. William was not known to be born in 1607, not 1609, until his baptismal record was found at Ringstead. Simon of Burton Latimer, co Northampton, buried 14 Dec 1630 at Burton Latimer, m by license (why, significance?) Peterborough, dated, Mar 1616/17 Alice James who was bapt at Burton Latimer 30 Jan 1591/2 and bur there Jan 1623/4, dau of Wm James. Simon m (2) Burton Latimer 26 Jun 1624, Katherine Brabooke, dau of Richard and Joan Brabooke of Burton Latimer.
  • From: ____________________



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               + John Wells
               + Birth
                     # 1537
                     # in Ringstead,,Northamptonshire,England
               + Death
                     # 1618-03-25
                     # in Ringstead,,Northamptonshire,England
     Parents & Siblings
             o No Father 
             o No Mother 
     Spouse & Children
             o  Jennet Lawtie (1545-1571)
             o  Isabel Wells (1565-1635)

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     25 Mar
     Age: 81

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     Isabel Wells 
         1565 – 1635




This John is not John Welles, Viscount Welles. He has also been reported to be a son of a John Wells of Essex (b. circa 1500 in Colchester). The Wells family of Essex appears to be unrelated to both the Welles family of Warwickshire and the Welle/Welles family of Lincolnshire.

Surname has also been (erroneously?) reported to be Welles.

Place of birth has also been erroneously reported to be Lancashire, England.

  • FamilySearch AFN: RG4D-G7 _________________________________


Category:England, Pre-1700 Managed profile needs work Category:England, Pre-1700 PPPs England


John was born in 1537 or 1540. John Wells ... He passed away in 1618. John Wells of Ringstead was the father of Isabel Wells and grandfatherof Richard, John and William Tuttle who emigrated to the colonies on the Planter in 1635. Isabel and her husband Symon Tuttle were mentioned in John Well's 1618 will.<ref>Donald Lines Jacobus, Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, Hartford, 1952, pages 771-772. William Tuttle, New Haven, Connecticut</ref> The parentage of John Wells is unknown, as is the identity of his wife..<ref>Douglas Richardson, Tuttles Revisited, II Notes on Simon Tuttle and John Wells, The American Genealogist, 1983, Vol 59, page 215.</ref>

Name: John Wells
Born: 1537 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Gender: Male
Died: 25 Mar 1618 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England

Will ===This is the will of the John Welles who was the father of Isabel wife of Simon Tuttle. He did not identify any sons in his will.<ref>"John Tuttle of Ipswich, Massachusetts. TAG 54:169 (1978)</ref>:Will of John Welles, dated 20 Jan 1617, left bequests to the following

::Grandchild John Morton, not yet 21, father still living ::Grandchild Richard Tootell ::Grandchild Etheldred Morton ::Daughter Morton ::Grandchild Elizabeth Morton ::Daughter Tootell ::Grandchild Richard Tootell ::Grandchild William Morton ::William Welles & John Wells, sons of his brother Thomas ::Grandchildren Thomas Tootell, Simon Tootell & William Tootell ::every Godchild ::Grandchild Anna Morton ::Simon Tootle & William Morton sons-in-law ::Richard Tootell ::Grandchild Custby Barwek ::Grandchild Lewys Barwek ::Brother Thomas Welles ::servants of son Tootel and servants of son Morton (names them)::Sons-in-law Simon Tootell and William Morton named executors. Brother Thomas Welles and his son Michael named overseers.

Research Notes ==Removed Thomas Welles and Elizabeth Bryan Welles as parents - see comments on profile. (Thomas-7679 22:22, 18 January 2019 (UTC)}

I am not sure how it has happened, but it seems that this family has become conflated. There is evidence of a Johannes (John) Welles, who had a least one child, Philippa in 1670 at Howden, Yorkshire. It is mostlikely that he is a separate person to this profile or John Welles. From the information in the Douglas Richardson source, neither John's parents or wives are known. It doesn't appear that there is any information to support the following information that was in the main part of this bio: Father: Thomas Welles, b. 1512, Whichford, Warwickshire, England, d. 30 Aug 1558, Whichford, Warwickshire, England (Age 46 years)
Relationship: Natural
Mother: Elizabeth Bryan, b. 1501, Whichford, Warwickshire, England, d. 11 Jan 1553, Warwickshire, England (Age 52 years)
Relationship: Natural
Married: 28 Oct 1535 Whichford, Warwickshire, England Wife 1: Jane Antrobus, b. 1541, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England, d. 1572, England (Age 31 years)
Married: 1562 Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England Wife 2: Jennet LAWTIE, b. 1545, Howden, Yorkshire, England, d. 15 Mar 1570, Howden, Yorkshire, England (Age 25 years)
Married: 04 May 1564 Howden, Yorkshire, England Wife 3: Alice Hunt, b. 1543, Essex, Lancashire, England, d. 05 Jul 1615, Whichford, Warwickshire, England (Age 72 years)
Married: 1572 Whichford, Warwickshire, England

1. Thomas Welles, b. 1566, Essex, Lancashire, England, d. 26 May1620, Colchester, Essex, England (Age 54 years)
2. Robert WELLES, b. 1575, Of, Warwickshire, England, d. 10 Jun 1627, Whichford, Warwickshire, England (Age 52 years)<ref></ref>


<references />* Mildred Bradford, Moses S. Curtis Descendants and Ancestors, Baltimore, 2000.

Acknowledgements==* This person was created through the import of Peterson.ged on 22 September 2010.

  • Thanks to Ellen Blackwell for starting this profile.* Thank you to Susan Ketcham for creating WikiTree profile Wells-4275 through the import of Ketcham Family Tree (3).ged on Mar 20, 2013.
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John Wells's Timeline

Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
March 11, 1565
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
March 18, 1618
Age 81
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England, UK
March 25, 1618
Age 81
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
January 17, 1922
Age 81
January 17, 1922
Age 81
September 15, 1925
Age 81
September 15, 1925
Age 81