Sunday, August 17, 2014

John Tuthill, Graffiti Artist? (1658-1754) (52 Ancestors, #28)

John Tuthill > James Tuthill > John Tuthill > Keturah Tuthill > Elizabeth Lamoreaux > Samuel Ransom > Jameson Harvey Ransom > Charles Francis Ransom > Lillian Emma Ransom > Charles Lloyd Walters

John Tuthill was born in Southold, New York on February 14, 1658 to John and Deliverance (King) Tuthill. He married Mehetable Wells and the couple had at least 11 children. John’s father and father-in-law are listed among the founders of Southold which is located at the eastern end of Long Island.

John owned a large amount of land in Southold. He was also a member of the New York Provincial Assembly in from 1693-94 and again from 1695-98. He served as Justice of the Peace and Sheriff and was one of the men responsible for establishing the first road that ran the entire length of Long Island.

In a speech given in 1868, one of John’s descendants described John as having “great natural shrewdness and energy of character” and this combined with his friend manner and honesty made him “a great favor with the people.”

John was known as “Chalker John” Tuthill because of his habit of always carrying chalk with him which he used to mark various things and to do figures as the need arose.

John died on November 21, 1754 at the age of 96.

Sources: Salmon Records; English Origins of New England Families, Second Series Vol III - speech by Hon. William H. Tuthill from; The Tuthill Family by Lucy Dubois Akerly; Ancestors of James Wilson Yates and his Wife Nancy Davis Terry by Josephine C. Frost


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  2. Thanks for posting this! One of my husband's ancestors