1697 - 1775 (77 years)
|1. ||Daniel REED was born 13 Jun 1697, Norwalk, Connecticut (son of John REED and Elizabeth TUTTLE); died 1775, Norwalk, Connecticut. |
Daniel Reed was a man of considerable distinction in the community of Norwalk where he spent his whole life, and was mentioned in some writings as a tall man. Indeed, the Reeds have always been called a tall race.
About the year 1720 he built a substantial house on the farm conveyed to him by his father, about sixty rods northeast of the original house built by Capt. John Reed, and a portion of it was standing as late as 1882, when it was visited by Newton Reed. It was here that he found many of the records of the reed Family in the keeping of the descendants.
After wife, Elizabeth Kellogg died, he remarried on December 13, 1764 to Susanna Weed. "Wife Susanna," of this old-age marriage, is mentioned in his will, which was made February 8m 1774, and probated January 1, 1776.
Daniel married Elizabeth KELLOGG Abt 1719. Elizabeth (daughter of Joseph KELLOGG and Sarah PLUMB) was born 5 Oct 1703; died 13 Apr 1764. [Group Sheet]
- Eliakim REED was born 18 Sep 1725, Norwalk, Connecticut; died 28 Oct 1810, Amenia, New York.
Daniel married Susanna WEED 13 Dec 1764. Susanna died Aft 1776. [Group Sheet]
|2. ||John REED was born , Rhode Island (son of Capt. John REED and Ann ?); died Bef 26 Oct 1724. |
John Reed, eldest child of John, is supposed to have been born in Rhode Island. He Married, march 28, 1687, Elizabeth Tuttle, who was born November 19, 1666. He continued to reside in Norwalk, where he appears as a voter in 1694, and he seems to have been a citizen of some importance, for after that his name frequently appears in the records of the courts in Norwalk and Stamford. He studied law, and was admitted to the Bar October 7, 1708, and the records state that he was Attorney for the Crown, and Deputy for Norwalk. The inventory of his estate was filed at Fairfield, Connecticut, November 12, 1724, page 1146. He probably died that year.
John married Elizabeth TUTTLE 28 Mar 1687. Elizabeth (daughter of John TUTTLE and Catherine LANE) was born 21 Nov 1666, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. [Group Sheet]
|3. ||Elizabeth TUTTLE was born 21 Nov 1666, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (daughter of John TUTTLE and Catherine LANE). |
- John REED was born 24 Feb 1689, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA; died 1775, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.
- 1. Daniel REED was born 13 Jun 1697, Norwalk, Connecticut; died 1775, Norwalk, Connecticut.
|4. ||Capt. John REED was born 1633, England; died 1730, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. |
The immigrant Reed ancestor was Captain John reed, who was born in England in 1633. In the English revolution he was for some time an officer in Cromwell's army. Born and raised in the tumult of that upheaval in behalf of representative government it is not surprising that he caught the full force of its spirit, and at the earl age of sixteen he became a soldier, rendering important service to the cause.
A souvenir of this service which his descendants would hold priceless could they now recover it--the sword he wore--was preserved in the family for more than a century, but was finally lost sight of.
All traditions agree that he was eminent for the strong will and high-toned moral character for which Cromwell's officers were renowned. He was from Cornwall, England, and is supposed o have belonged to the large family of Reeds in Dorsetshire, one of whom, Col. John Reed, is mentioned in the parliamentary records as having held the Castle of Pool against the King's army.
It was well known that men who had been prominent in the Cromwell regime found England to be an unsafe place for such as they as soon as the throne was re-established in 1660, and this may have been what decided him to emigrate. Coming to this country in 1660 he settled first at Providence, Rhode Island, where he married Mrs. Ann Derby, a widow who had three children by her first husband, Francis Derby, and she became the mother of John Reed's five children.
He was doubtless a man of considerable means, and in 1684 he removed to Norwalk, Connecticut, having purchased a large tract of land there. In time the locality took its name from his family, and became known as "Reed's Farms." Establishing himself in the western part of the town he built his house on a favorable site a short distance easterly of the Five Mile River, a creek which forms the western boundary of the town. it stood on the north side of the old post road, and nearly two miles from Long Island Sound. the site is nearly four miles west of what is now the city of South Norwalk.
After the death of his wife, the date of which is not recorded, John Reed married again, this time also a widow, a Mrs. Scofield of Stamford, Connecticut. he died in 1730 at the age of ninety-seven, and was buried in his own field.
John — Ann ?. [Group Sheet]
|5. ||Ann ?|
- 2. John REED was born , Rhode Island; died Bef 26 Oct 1724.
- Thomas REED died Between 04 Jan 1752 and 13 Mar 1758.
|6. ||John TUTTLE was born Bef 08 Dec 1631, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; was christened 8 Dec 1631, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England (son of William TUTTLE and Elizabeth MATHEWS); died 12 Nov 1683, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. |
John married Catherine LANE 08 Nov 1653, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. [Group Sheet]
|7. ||Catherine LANE|
- Mary TUTTLE was born 13 Apr 1664, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Daniel TUTTLE was born 13 Apr 1664, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; died 1700, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Sarah TUTTLE was born Between 22 Jan 1661 and 1662, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Benjamin TUTTLE was born Bef 09 Jul 1671, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- David TUTTLE was born 14 Nov 1668, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; died Bef 16 Jan 1752.
- John TUTTLE was born 15 Sep 1657, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; died Bef 1723.
- 3. Elizabeth TUTTLE was born 21 Nov 1666, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Hannah TUTTLE was born 02 Nov 1655, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; died 21 Dec 1708, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Samuel TUTTLE was born 09 Jan 1659/60, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; died 08 Jul 1733, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
|12. ||William TUTTLE was born 24 Dec 1607, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England (son of Symon TOOTILL and Isabel WELLS); died Jun 1673, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. |
"Connecticut Ancestry": William Tuttle and his young family signed on to the list of passengers on the "Planter", Mr. Nicholas Travice (Travis), master, bound from London to the New England in the spring of 1635, leaving Gravesend on 2 April, 1635, bound for Boston.
"William Tuttell, husbandman 26 (abt. 1609)
Elizabeth Tuttell 23 (abt. 1612)
John Tuttell 3 1/2 (abt. 1632)
Ann Tuttell 2 1/4 (abt. 1633)
Thonas Tuttell 3 months (b. 1635)
The overall list of names of passengers on the "Planter" is extremely important in that it contains the names of the other related Tuttle families as well as such other well-known early connecticut settlers as William Wilcockson and William Beardsley, and (Mrs.) Eglin Hanford and her daughters Margaret and Elizabeth Hanford, mother and sisters of the Rev. Thomas Hanford later to become the first pastor of the settlement at Norwalk, Connecticut. This was indeed a handsome passenger list and the potential connections between and among these people is typical of Great Migration settlers who migrated together to New England and were associated in various ways thereafter.
William Tuttle settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts, while his brother Richard went to Boston proper and John went on to Ipswich. During his first year at Charlestown, William Tuttle was given permission to build a windmill there, and his wife joined the Boston Church shortly afterward on 24 July 1636, as did many other Charlestown families.
His incentive for joining with the Davenport - Eaton group in the founding of New Haven is not known. For whatever reason, however, he moved with his family to New Haven sometime between his son David's baptism at Boston on 7 April 1639, and 4 June 1639 when his name appeared as a signer of the Fundamental Agreement of the first planters of New Haven.
"Will Touttle" was listed in a place of importance (5th on the list even though his estate was not among the highest in value) on New Haven's comprehensive grand list of planters and heir properties and tax rates in late 1640. This list tells us that there were 7 persons in William Tuttle's household at that time. Bob Anderson used this fact, couples with the fact that an additional child was baptized on 22 November 1640, to determine one boundary of the time of making this otherwise undated list.
With other colonial interests beginning to contend for rights in the Long Island Sound region, the New Haven Colony demanded an Oath of Fidelity be taken by its residents in the summer of 1644 (and afterward until the Colony was absorbed by Connecticut in 1662). William Tuttle was among 28 planters taking that oath on 5 August 1644.
There are several good printed summaries of William Tuttle's numerous records in New Haven, and they will not need to be repeated here. Of these, the most comprehensive are the Tuttle Genealogy itself, Paul Prindle's Gillespie Ancestry (178-90), Branch of Simon (85-105), and Moore Genealogy (532-47). From these records most researchers have concluded that William Tuttle was held in high regard for his judgment and fairness; that he was regularly assigned prominent seating positions in the church sanctuary, also indicating high regard in the community (and solid support for the church); and that he often held positions of responsibility having to do wit boundaries and personal disputes, but did not seek or fulfill any major elected offices.
He owned a considerable amount of property throughout the greater New Haven area, described in detail in many of the same references just cited. After his death and that of his widow, his homestead property at the corner of College and Chapel Streets in New Haven was sold out of the family by its administrators and in 1717 became the site of the newly organized Yale College, later yale University. "The Tuttle homestead was the only land owned by the college for nearly 30 years. It was the first of a long series of purchases (by the college) extending through a period of more than a century, which finally bought the whole of the College Square into its possession. In these transfers, descendants of Wm. Tuttle, who at one time or another owned a considerable part of the square, appear as grantors, either directly to the college or to intermediate holders."
I have not been able to find a concrete reason why three of the Tuttle children married into families from Stamford Although Stamford was originally part of the New Haven Colony, it was quite well separated by distance, and the towns of Norwalk, Fairfield and Stratford, all part of the Connecticut Colony, lay between Stamford and the nearest New Haven Colony Settlement at Milford. Jonathan married Rebecca Bell who had been born in Stamford, Sarah married John Slason who had been born in Stamford, and many of their brother John's children moved to Norwalk and Stamford as well, so his wife Catherine Lane may have been a Stamford girl. Since William Tuttle's brothers both settled in other parts of New England, it may have been Elizabeth (?) Tuttle William's wife, who was one who had the Stamford associations. Until her identity can be determined, this curious connection with Stamford families will have to remain a mystery.
William and Elizabeth Tuttle had to deal with more than their share of problems in their children's lives. This heavy dose of family difficulty was glossed over and generally not even mentioned by the 1883 Tuttle Genealogy, probably out of a desire to spare many descendants fro embarrassment. Later writers, however, notably Prindle and DeForest, have felt it more appropriate to document these serious problems along with their genealogies, providing readers with a more complete understanding of what we would now call the "family history."
Prindle introduced the subject by discussing a Connecticut State Law that provides for sterilization of individuals who might "produce children with an inherited tendency to crime, insanity, feeble-mindedness, idiocy, or imbecility...", the implication being that William Tuttle's family was somewhat formally considered to be an example of the inheritance of undesirable character traits. Prindle then added (without personal commentary) the observation that William Tuttle also shared blood lines with many highly regarded persons, including the Rev. Timothy Edwards and Sir Winston Churchill, and pointed out that the Tuttle Genealogy had estimated that "at least four hundred, or one in twenty-five (graduates of yale University) are known to be of this lineage or affinity, and so of its professional schools (including two Yale Presidents)."
Writing a generation earlier than Prindle, Donald L. Jacobus had mentioned William Tuttle's family as an example in a chapter titled, "Genealogy and Eugenics." Jacobus presented evidence that so-called "defective" persons could produce offspring that were perfectly responsible and desirable citizens, and that well-meaning attempts at selective breeding among humans(eugenics) could therefore potentially do as much damage as good. He cautioned that, "There may be the risk that in eliminating an undesirable trait, a desirable trait linked with it may also "bred out'", and also offered the comforting thought that "I have concluded fro my own studies that in the long run nature eliminates the most degenerate human strains."
Our immediate interest is in the daughter Sarah, born in 1642 at new Haven. In 1660 (when she was 18 and still unmarried) she was called into New Haven court for "imodest, uncivell, wanton, lascivious manner" in her speech and behavior. Actually, all she was accused of was kissing another man in public (which she denied) and having some fresh words for a newly married couple about what they would do that night (which she did not deny). But she was found guilty and fined 20 shillings, the sentence later reduced by half at the request of her father.
Except for this questionable instance in New Haven, we have no evidence that Sarah Tuttle could have been considered unsociable or otherwise degenerate in any way. She married John Slason of Stamford in November 1663, moved back to Stamford with him and began her own family with four children being born to them by 1672. On 17 November 1676, Sarah's younger brother Benjamin Tuttle, age about 28 years, unmarried and living in the Slason household, went berserk about an hour and a half after dark and brutally murdered his sister with an ax in front of her own hearth and in full view of the Slason children. Benjamin confessed to the crime, was found guilty, and was executed by hanging at New Haven on 13 June 1677. the jury who made the original inquest at Stamford the night of the crime consisted of twelve respected male citizens of Stamford, including (at least) two other ancestors of William Weed: Henry Smith and Daniel Scofield. Writing to his friend the Rev. Increase Mather in April 1677, Stamford's pastor the Rev. John bishop reported, "An horrid murther committed among us, here at Stamford. A brother killing his own dear sister, "a very good woman that loved him dearly",...It was one Benjamin Tuttle...."
William — Elizabeth MATHEWS. Elizabeth was born Between 1608 and 1609, England; died 30 Dec 1684, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. [Group Sheet]
|13. ||Elizabeth MATHEWS was born Between 1608 and 1609, England; died 30 Dec 1684, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. |
- 6. John TUTTLE was born Bef 08 Dec 1631, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; was christened 8 Dec 1631, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; died 12 Nov 1683, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Anna TUTTLE was born , England; was christened 20 Jun 1632/33, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; died 9 Aug 1683, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
- Thomas TUTTLE was born Bef 16 Dec 1634, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; was christened Between 4 Jan and 1 Mar 1634/35, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England; died 19 Oct 1710, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Jonathan TUTTLE was born Bef 02 Jul 1637, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; was christened 2 Jul 1637, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; died 1705, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- David TUTTLE was born Bef 07 Apr 1639, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; was christened 7 Apr 1639, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; died 1693, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Joseph TUTTLE was born Bef 22 Nov 1640, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened 22 Nov 1640, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died Sep 1690, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Sarah TUTTLE was born Bef 16 Apr 1642, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened Apr 1642, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died 17 Nov 1676, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Elizabeth TUTTLE was born Bef 09 Nov 1645, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened 9 Nov 1645, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died Aft 1691.
- Simon TUTTLE was born , New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened 28 Mar 1647, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died 16 Apr 1719, Wallingford, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
- Benjamin TUTTLE was born Bef 29 Oct 1648, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened 29 Oct 1648, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died 13 Jun 1677, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
- Mercy TUTTLE was born 27 Apr 1650, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened 19 May 1650, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died Aft 1695.
- Nathaniel TUTTLE was born 24 Feb 1652/53, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; was christened 29 Feb 1652/53, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut; died 20 Aug 1721, Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA.