Biography of David Tuthill
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Tuthill, David, was born in Romulus, Seneca county count5, N. Y., October 11, 1819. His great grandfather, John Tuthill, was a great grandson of John Tuthill, only son of John Tuthill, the Pilgrim, who was one of the colony of twelve families that came from England to America on account of religious persecution, and settled on the east part of Long Island, N. Y., in 1640, and founded the town of Southold. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and at one time was detailed with four other resolute, adventurous soldiers to skirmish among the islands of Long Island Sound. They, "with each a good rifle, ran a boat to Long Island and other islands, wherever they could get the advantage of the British, and, annoyed them so much that they offered thirty guineas a head for them, dead or alive; but they got none of them." After the war he moved to Westminster, Windham county. Vt., where he spent the remainder of his days. David's grandfather, John Tuthill, was born on Plumb Island, June 30, 1766. He went to Otsego county when it was a wilderness and took up land in the town of Maryland, where he spent his days clearing up and tilling his farm. He was a man of influence, and served his town many years as justice of the peace. He married Lucy Fuller of Westminster, Vt., and his oldest son. John, was a soldier in the war of 1812; was taken prisoner during the battle of Lundy's Lane, and it is not known what became of him. David's father, Tyrus Tuthill, was born in the town of Maryland, Otsego county. March 30, 1794. When twenty two years of age he went to the town of Romulus, Seneca county, N. Y., and engaged in teaching school, which he followed there for three or four years. In the mean time he and Elizabeth Brown were married, and in the spring of 1820 they moved on to the wilderness farm in the town of Pulteney, where they continued to live the remainder of their lives. For a few years his only business was clearing up his farm, though his service as school teacher was frequently applied for, and after a number of years he engaged in the business and taught several winter terms in different districts in the town of Pulteney. He was a man of strong religious and political convictions, and one who had the courage to announce them: and was ever ready to render a reason for the faith that was in him, whether religious or political. He was much opposed to slavery, a staunch advocate of the right as he saw it, and an occasional newspaper correspondent. Their family of children were Mandeville, David, Phoebe, Harriet M., Lucy, Cynthia and Charles, of whom only David is now living. He died in 1892, nearly ninety eight years old, having lived under the administration of every president of the United States. His wife died in 1884, aged over ninety one years. David Tuthill received his education in the common school in the school district in which his father lived and at the Franklin Academy. In 1844 he married Annis H., daughter of Richard and Mary Stewart Francis, The names of their children are John M., deceased; Mary E., deceased; Mandeville E., Spencer F., and Harriet M., wife of Alfred Brown. From 1846 to 1852 he lived in the town of South Bristol, Ontario county; from 1852 to 1866 in the town of Bath, Steuben county, since which time he has resided in Prattsburg. In politics Mr. Tuthill was first a Whig, and a Republican since the organization of the Republican party. His occupation through life has been farming, in connection with which, in his younger days, he taught school thirteen winter terms in school districts adjacent to the different localities in which he lived. By giving his undivided attention to business he has been fairly successful. His brother Charles enlisted in the fall of 1863, was in Wilson's raid in Virginia, taken prisoner by the rebels and sent to Andersonville prison, where he died from exposure, inhuman treatment and starvation.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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