Immigrated to the US from England



Sources & Further Reading:


  • Tuttle Family in America, Decendants of Symon of Ringstead, Eng. Vol III - From "Tuttle-Tuthill Lines in America" compiled by Alva M. Tuttle, Edited by Gwn Campbell, Solo Press, Keno, Oregon
  • What is it With Those Tuttles?; Sybil Smith; Ancestry Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 3, May/June 1995
  • The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle; George Frederick Tuttle; Rutland, VT, 1883
  • New Haven Town Records, pp. 450 - 452
  • Connecticut State Archives, pp. 68-69
  • The Way Our People Lived; William E. Woodward; Washington Square Press.



William Tuttle

b. Dec. 26, 1602 (Ringstead, Northhampton, England) - d. June 1673



"The Terrible Tuttles"


Our direct ancestor, William Tuttle (1609-1673) came to America with his young wife and his first three children (there would be ten), and extended family in 1635, becoming one of the first settling families of New Haven, Connecticut.


By all accounts, William and Elizabeth were accomplished people.


"William's story is one of a 26 year old Englishman coming to a strange, untamed environment and becoming a successful businessman and an influential Puritan who helped mold the foundations of a great country for his descendants."






"The Terrible Tuttles"


But William and Elizabeth carried a heavy burden.  They had twelve children.  Their home life was troubled with mental disabilities, illness and criminal behaviors amongst their children.  The following account describes the horror of brother killing sister and later, of one of their daughters murdering her own son.


At least one of their children, David, was declared mentally incompetent.  Others appear to have had mental problems as well...


  • John Tuttle
    b. ? - baptized - 1631 (CT) - d. ?
  • Hannah Tuttle (baptized as Anna)
    b. 1633 (CT) - d.?
  • Thomas Tuttle
    b. ? - baptized - 1634 (CT) - d. ?
  • Jonathan Tuttle
    b. ? - baptized - 1637 (CT) -d. ?
  • David Tuttle
    b.? - baptized - 1639 (CT) - d. ?
    David, was declared mentally incompetent
  • Joseph Tuttle
    b. ? - baptized - 1640 (New Haven, CT) - d. ?

    Genealogical And Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley, by Cuyler Reynolds, Vol 1, 1907, pp 465-468,

    (II) Joseph, son of William and Elizabeth Tuttle...

  • Sarah (Tuttle) Slawson
    b. ? - baptized - 1642 (CT) - d. 11/16/1676 (CT)
    Married John Slawson
    Children: Jno (b. ? ), Sarah Slawson (b. abt 1667)
    Sarah Tuttle was prosecuted for "sinful dalliance" in May 1660. She and Jacob Murline were accused of kissing. READ MORE
    Sarah Tuttle-Slawson was Murdered by her brother Benjamin: Crimes, op. cit. Document No. 80: Benjamin Tuttle was tried and convicted for the murder of his sister Sarah on May 29, 1677. READ MORE

    "The Terrible Tuttles"

    "Sarah Tuttle died at the hands of her brother, Benjamin on November 17, 1676.  Twenty-nine year old Benjamin made his family's name in history with that rather indelicate instrument, the ax. That night he began quarreling with sister, Sarah.  A fragment of paper preserved in the CT State Archives contains a statement by Benjamin.

    In it he said that he was with his sister, that they had had a falling out, that he was afraid she would do to him what he had done to her, and that he had no love for her.  He and Sarah may have been arguing about the division of their dead father's considerable property, or perhaps Sarah made adisparaging remark about their sister, Elizabeth, who was showing signs of an impetuous nature and lack of decorum which was quite at odds with the Puritan standards of the day.  Benjamin may have reminded Sarah that she was no angel; she had scandilized the town in her youth by publicly exchanging kisses with a Dutch sailor, for which she and the sailor were fined.

    Whatever the quarrel was about, Benjamin resolved it in a terrible, final manner. He went to the barn, got an ax, returned to the house and struck Sarah on the head, "maulling & mashing her head to many pieces in a barbarous and bloudy maner." Benjamin then ran away and hid in the woods, but was later apprehended and tried and convicted for the murder May 29, 1677.

    An official record of the case appears in Crimes, op. cit. Document No. 80:    A veardet of a Jourey's Inqest in Stamford, novemb'r 18th 1676 one the death of Sarah Slason, wif to Jno. Slason; howe was found barbarsley Slayen In hur one hous, as followeth - READ MORE

  • Elizabeth (Tuttle) Edwards
    b.? - baptized - 1645 (CT) - d. btw 1673 & 1679
    Married Richard Edwards (b. 1647) / Richard divorced her READ MORE / Children: Mary (b. abt 1668) , Timothy Edwards (b. 1669 - d. 1758) and Abigail Edwards (b.?).
    Crimes and Misdemeanors, Divorces, 1664 - 1732, Document No. 235: He found, three mo. after marriage, that she was with child by another (Mr. Randolph), who she accused before 2 magistrates; and her father (William Tuttle) took and brought up the child; which from regard to her and relying upon her fair promises, he (Richard) neglected to take advantage of her, for which he had bitter cause to repent. READ MORE
    ------------------ Mary Edwards (Randolph?) b. abt. 1668 / Mary's "Father" Richard Edwards, filed for divorce from her mother Elizabeth (Tuttle) Edwards. READ MORE
    ------------------ Timothy Edwards b. 1669 - d. 1758 / Married Esther Stoddard (b. 1672 - d. 1770) / Children: Jonathan Edwards (b. 1703 - d. 1758) / NOTE Timothy was the great-grandfather of Aaron Burr b. Feb. 6 1756 NJ - d. Sept 14, 1836. - Burr was an American politician, Revolutionary War hero and adventurer. He served as the third Vice President of the United States (1801–1805). Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey, to the Rev. Aaron Burr, Sr., who was a presbyterian minister and the second president (Mary Claire) of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University; his mother, Ester Edwards, was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards, the famous Calvinist theologian. The Edwards also had a daughter, Sarah, who married an officer in Washington's Revolutionary Army, Sir Solomon Tarbox. In 1772, he received his A.B. in theology at Princeton University, but changed his career path two years later and began the study of law in the celebrated law school conducted by Tapping Reeve, at Litchfield, Connecticut. His studies were put on hold while he served during the Revolutionary War, under Gens. Benedict Arnold, George Washington, and Israel Putnam.
  • Simon Tuttle
    b.? - baptized - 1647 (CT) - d. ?
    Married Abigial (?)
  • Benjamin Tuttle
    b. ? - baptized - 1648 (CT) - d. June 13, 1677 (CT)

    Benjamin Tuttle was tried and convicted for the murder of his sister Sarah on May 29, 1677. He was hanged at New Haven, June 13, 1677.  READ MORE

    "The Terrible Tuttles"

    The Jury return that they finde Benjamen Tutle Guilty according to the Inditment. The court haveing considered the return of the Jury doe approve of the same. And accordingly did sentence the sayd Benjamen Tutle to be carryed hence to the place from whence he came & at a convenient time to be carryed thence to the place of execution & thereto be hanged by the neck till he dyes & then out downe & buryed. This court appoynts that execution be done upon the prisoner according to sentence the 13th of June next & the secretary is appoynted to signe a warrnt to the marshall to see execution done according to the sentance.  And the reverend Mr. Nath. Collins is desired & appoynted to preach the lecture that day execution is to be done." READ THE VERDICT

  • Mercy (Tuttle) Brown
    b.? - baptized - 1648 (CT) - d. ?
    Married Samuel Brown in 1667 / Children: Joseph Brown (b.), Sarah Brown (b. abt 1667 - d.?), Samuel Brwon Jr. (b. abt. 1674 - d. 1691).
    Mercy Brown was tried for the murder of her son Samuel Jr. before the Grand Jury under an indictment dated Oct. 1, 1691. The Jury of Inquest on the body of Samuel Brown, Jr. found three wounds in his head which caused his death. Gerhsom Bulkley was attorney for the defense and Samuel Brown, Sr. was permitted to address the jury. He told the jury that Mercy could have no knowledge of her action, and reminded its members that an asylum was provided for the distracted. The judge intoned, "Mercy Brown, ye hath committed a most unnatural the instigation of the divill...for which thou oughtest to die"
    ---------------------Samuel Brown Jr. b. ? - d. 1691 / Mercy, who seemed to suffer from various mental problems, took an axe to her seventeen year old son in 1691.  He died six days later. READ MORE
  • Nathaniel Tuttle
    b.? - baptized - 1652 (CT) - d. ?







Elizabeth (unknown) Tuttle

b. ? - d. Dec. 30, 1684 (Grove Street Cemetery)

Elizabeth had been living with her youngest son, Nathaniel, who presented her will, but the other children objected to it and it was not allowed. The inventory of her estate is dated Feb. 3, 1685. Her gravestone was removed with the others in 1821 from the Old Green to the Grove Street cemetery, and it now stands in a row along the north wall of the cemetery, but part of the inscription is gone.