From the foregoing we may infer that Wm. Tuttle was the equal,
socially, of any of the colonists; that he lived and brought up his
children in a manner befitting his condition, and carefully
provided for them the means of starting in life; that he was a man of
courage, enterprise, intelligence, probity and piety, a just man,
whose counsels and judgments were sought to calm the contentions and
adjust the differences of jarring neighbors and withal, of a
tenderness of heart unusual in men whose lives were passed in strife
and conflict with despotism, barbarism and the savage forces of nature
through all these years that may truly be said to have tried men's
souls, and to the last he possessed the respect and confidence of men
whose souls were tried like his own.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle died December 30, 1684, aged 72 years
The inventory indicates a lady-like refinement in apparel and
household appointments. That she was a faithful and true wife
and mother we have good reason to believe. All her 12 children were
reared to maturity amid privations, dangers and trials of which the
mothers of the present day can hardly form a conception, and which
very few indeed would have the courage to face, or the strength to
endure. In her widowhood heavy afflictions were added to her weight of
years, but the religious faith and hope which she publicly professed
in her youth no doubt supported her as nothing else could do through
all the dark and troubled way and unto the end.
Her grave stone was removed with the others in 1821 from
the Old Green to the Grove Street Cemetery and it now stands in the
row along the north wall of that enclosure. A part of the inscription
is still plain, a part is obscure by the crumbling of the stone, and a
part is entirely gone.
The exact date of his death does not appear. It was in the
early days of June, 1673.
Passenger list of
Planter, April 2d, 1635.
Tuttell, husbandman age 26