Thursday, July 19, 2012

Josiah Tuttle Letter, A Wonderful Find

Josiah Tuttle

Recently I was able to obtain from the University of North Carolina some Tuttle family papers. One of the papers was a letter written by my great great grandfather Josiah Tuttle to his mother Emily Jane Hartgrove Tuttle who lived in Stokes County, North Carolina. Josiah wrote the letter from Murray, Utah in August of 1895.

Josiah Tuttle was the oldest child and son of Alexander and Emily Jane Hartgrove Tuttle.

His father, Alexander, died in July of 1880 when Josiah was 24 years old, leaving behind his wife and 12 children, the youngest just 4 months old. 

 The loss of his father must have left Josiah with a heavy burden to help support his family.

Josiah married Sarah Catherine Barr, a 15 year old local girl on 23 December 1880. Their first child, my great grandmother Hattie Rozella Charlotta Jane Tuttle, was born to the the young couple on 25 January 1882. Three more daughters and a stillborn son were also born into the family over the next 8 years they lived in Stokes County, North Carolina. 

Josiah and his wife joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and along with their daughters emigrated Stokes County, North Carolina and settled in Salina, Utah in April of 1891. Their second daughter, Maggie May died six months later in October 1891. 

The following letter was written by Josiah four years after their arrival in Utah. It is not particularly useful genealogically, but it does give us a glimpse into his relationship with his mother and other family members along with some historical details. 

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