Stephen Tuttle


Stephen Tuttle was a member of the Master's Masonic Lodge of Albany. His son and daughter with Mary Graham were christened at the Albany Dutch church in January 1778 and June 1779, respectively. A number of same-named contemporaries are at risk in the region.

However, this individual is said to have been born in New Jersey in 1733. By the late 1760s, he had re-located to Albany County. His marriage produced at least seven children with Albany-christened Guy being a younger son. Mary Graham is thought to have been his second wife and a sister of Albany resident John Graham.

This individual was not an Albany resident but was a farmer and landholder along "the Kayaderosseras" about "47 miles from Albany."

He lived near Fort Edward, was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1768, served as deputy surveyor of the province under Alexander Colden. In 1772, he prepared a survey of the sources of the Hudson River.

His name appeared along with those of other Tuttles on rosters of Revolutionary war military units. However, his loyalties would lie at the other extreme.

In August 1778, he posted bail for a jailed loyalist.

He was known to the Albany revolutionaries as a loyalist and was declared an outlaw by General Gates. Tuttle and his family joined the British in 1779 and later claimed extensive compensation for losses. In 1779, his Saratoga property was taxed substantially.

By the end of the war, Stephen Tuttle had left New York permanently. In December 1785, he gave testimony at Halifax. At that time he was a resident of Quebec.

Stephen Tuttle died at Wallace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1818.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Stephen Tuttle has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

He was the author of MY SERVICES AND LOSSES IN AID OF THE KING'S CAUSE DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Brooklyn: 1890 1st ed. 24p, edited by Paul L. Ford - but read on. This is the second volume in the "WINNOWINGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY" series published by the Historical Printing Club of Brooklyn. This resource corroberates the above-mentioned particulars and details his ordeal. Tuttle claimed that he sent five sons to serve in the British army.

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