NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
This is a name small in numbers, but has borne its proportionate share in the material, moral and social development of the United States, especially in New England. It was conspicuous in the first settlement of St. Lawrence county, N.Y., and has sent out from that region many capable business men. Its origin seems to be unknown, and when first found in New England it is frequently spelled Tullor and Tulloe. It first appears in Simsbury, Hartford county, Conn., and was probably identified with the early settlement of the town, which was principally settled by people from the adjoining town of Windsor. In fact, it was at first an outlying parish under the jurisdiction of Windsor. The visitor to the old town of Simsbury will see much of the picturesque beauty and will find in the township beautiful farms.
(I) John Tuller appears in Simsbury about 1690, having a farm near the south line of the town, on the east side of the river. He was a freeman of the town, taxed in 1694, and a member of the church Nov. 10, 1697. His first wife, Elizabeth, died Oct. 9, 1718, and he married (second), July 9, 1719, Hannah Slowman, then a resident of Simsbury.
Sarah, born Aug. 24, 1685.
William, June 10, 1687.
Samuel, about 1690, mentioned below.
Mary, Nov. 27, 1692.
Jacob, May 22, 1694.
Mahable, Feb. 22, 1699.
(II) Samuel, son of John and Elizabeth Tuller, born about 1690, died Jan. 13, 1720. He married, Jan. 6, 1714, Sarah Mills, of Simsbury, born Nov. 5, 1696, daughter of John and Sarah Mills, of that town.
Samuel, baptized May 8, 1715.
Deliverance, born April 4, 1716.
Joseph, mentioned below.
Isaac, born April 24, 1720, about fourteen weeks after the death of his father.
(III) Joseph, second son of Samuel and Sarah (Mills) Tuller, was born Feb. 23, 1717, in Simsbury, where he resided. No record of his marriage is found.
Joseph, died young.
Elisha, born July 13, 1744.
Lucy, Dec. 16, 1746.
Martha, April 5, 1749.
Reuben, mentioned below.
Susanna, Aug. 6, 1753.
Joseph, Sept. 20, 1758.
(IV) Reuben, third son of Joseph Tuller, was born Dec. 18, 1751, in Simsbury, and was a pioneer settler in St. Albans, Vermont, where he died Feb. 18, 1842, at a great age. He was a successful farmer in that town, an active member of the Methodist church, and reared a very large family. His first wife, Esther, died April 11, 1822, and he married (second) Mary Cooley, born 1745, died March 18, 1832. The records of Simsbury show the birth of three children:
Reuben, born Feb. 20, 1771.
Orman, Feb. 5, 1775.
Chester, Jan. 25, 1777.
The second of these was a farmer of St. Albans. The other children were:
Esther, born 1774, married James Madison Haynes, of St. Albans Bay.
Lucretia, wife of John Meigs, a farmer of St. Albans.
Louisa, married (first) a Sherwood, and (second) William Latten, of Lockport, N.Y.
Eliza, wife of Phineas Merritt, resided in Montpelier and died in St. Albans.
Marietta (Mrs. Isaac Sterling), died in Chicago.
Gates, died at Troy, N.Y., unmarried.
George Washington, mentioned below.
Hiram, was a farmer residing in St. Albans.
Of the second marriage there were two daughters -
Cornelia, wife of Ansel Holdridge, and
Catharine (Mrs. Charles Turner),
both residing in St. Albans, Vermont.
(V) George Washington, son of Reuben and Esther Tuller, was born Oct. 23, 1803, at St. Albans, and grew up on the farm there. Soon after attaining his majority, he went to Pierrepont, N.Y., where he clared sixty acres of land and developed a farm. He subsequently added twenty acres, engaged in general farming, and died Jan. 7, 1855.
He took no part in public affairs, and was a Whig in politics.
He married, April 2, 1829, Mary, daughter of Justin and Margaret (Cooley) Darling.
Margaret, married Nelson Northrup, and died in Pierrepont.
Jane J., became wife of Ranson Crandall, resided in Pierrepont, and died at the age of forty-two years, at Cressy Corners, Michigan.
John Comstock, resided on the farm in Pierrepont, went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and was an oil operator, removing later to New York, where he engaged in the insurance business, and died Jan. 17, 1897, at Newport, N.Y.
Ellen C., residews in Auburn, N.Y.
Sarah, died in childhood at Pierrepont.
Loren W., mentioned below.
Eliza, died Nov. 9, 1876, aged thirty-five years, at Auburn, N.Y., wife of Captain Winslow M. Thomas.
DeElbert L., is engaged in real estate and insurance business at Auburn, N.Y.
Watson d., a resident of Auburn, died Nov. 18, 1905, at Ithaca, N.Y.
(VI) Loren Wellington, second son of George Washington and Mary (Darling) Tuller, was born Oct. 27, 1839, in Pierrepont, and attended the country school in the intervals of work on the home farm. At sixteen his father died, and a year later the removal of the elder son left him with the responsibilities of the farm and family. The elder brother returned, and Loren W. Tuller attended a select school in his native town, and at the age of nineteen years left his books to engage in the practical work of life. He taught school two terms, and for about two years he worked as a carpenter. In July, 1861, he enlisted as a soldier in the civil war, becoming a member of Company D, Sixtieth New York Volunteers, going into camp Sept. 11, 1861. For two years he served with the Army of the Potomac, and two years with the Army of the Cumberland, participating in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferrry, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold, Dallas, Resaca and Peachtree Creek; he also participated in the campaign about Atlanta and Sherman's march to Savannah, eventually taking part in the grand review at Washington. During all of this service he was struck by only one bullet, and did not receive any serious injury. For two years he carried a gun, and was then promoted and received four commissions, two from Governor Seymour and two from Governor Fenton. He was successively second lieutenant, first lieutenant, adjutant and captain. He was in command of the three companies, D, F and G, of the Sixtieth regiment on the right of the battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and Ringgold, and soon after this re-enlisted as a veteran. After the battle of Peachtree Creek he was detailed on the brigade staff of General Henry A. Barnum, and continued with him to Washington, after which he was detailed on the staff of Major General Bartlett, continuing until he was mustered out July 17, 1865.
The following winter he spent in the office of Quartermaster General E. A. Merritt, in New York. In 1866 he went to Omaha, where he purchased goods, wagons and four mules, and drove these animals in a company across the plains to the Gallatin valley in Montana. The train was attacked three days in succession by Indians and was the only train on the plains that year that escaped serious loss. The trip was begun May 31 at Omaha and ended in September. Mr. Tuller opened a store in Bozeman, which he conducted more than a years, and then started on his return to civilization, proceeding down the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers in a boat, which he rowed a distance of two thousand four hundred miles to Sioux City.
The following winter was spent in New York, after which he went to Pennsylvania and put in one summer in the oil fields. In the fall of 1868 he went to Sioux City and there conducted a retail grocery business until 1876. In August of that year he went to New York City, where he has ever since remained, enaged in a general insurance business. He represents several large insurance companies, carrying accident, fire, life, liability, and plate-glass risks. For the last twenty-one years he has occupied the office in which he is still (1910) doing business, on 125th street, and he has a large clientage and wide circle of friends.
He is a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, of the Men's Club and Holy Trinity Church.
Politically he ahs always been a Republican, but has taken little part in practical politics.
He married, Feb. 19, 1868, Harriet S. Hewins, born March 19, 1868, in New York City, daughter of Royal and Margaret (Walworth) Hewins.
They were the parents of five children: Lorena D., died at the age of fifteen months; Margaret W.; Mary Darling, died at the age of twenty-three years; Eloise W.; Sheldon Hewins, engaged in the insurance business in New York, and residing at White Plains. The surviving daughters reside with their parents in New York.
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